James and Monique's Life on the Road travel blog

Our campsite

Resting in our hammock. Unfortunately I did way too little of this....

Monique in our "backyard". She also did way too little relaxing like...

View up the campground road near our site. As you can see,...

Another camper's boat docked at their campsite across the road from ours.


From Huntsville we headed to our favorite campground, “Salt Lick”, a COE campground on Cordell Hull Lake. It is about 30 miles from I-40 near Carthage, Tennessee which is another 30 miles or so east of Nashville. Someone wrote about staying at a COE campground saying it is like living on a golf course. That is good description of our campsite. The view out our dining room window was to a large mowed grassy area. Every evening a group of 5 or 6 deer would come out to graze. One evening a wild turkey walked across.

The campground probably has 150 campsites, most with very large spacing between sites. I imagine no more than 20-25 other campers were there during our stay with about 5 near our site. The only drawback is the campfires that many had going each evening. I used to enjoy campfires out in the woods as a Boy Scout, but we don’t care to have our home on wheels filled with smoke. However that is just something we have to accept, especially at many of the COE and State Park campgrounds. So we keep all windows and doors closed when the fires start burning.

We stayed 10 days at Salt Lick. Most of the time there we worked on projects around the RV, For one, I cleaned and waxed the exterior for the first time. Monique worked on various other interior projects. Unfortunately she was plagued by a nagging cough that whole time.

Once again we had to take Clay to a local Vet. We are meeting new Vets all along our travels. Partially this is because we have boarded Clay several times when we are away from the RV too long to leave him alone. This time it was because he jumped after a raccoon he spotted on a walk with Monique. He injured his leg and really gave Monique’s arm a hard jerk when he reached the end of the leash. The Vet checked him, and he only seemed to have pulled a muscle. Fortunately Clay responded well to the pain and inflammation medicine. He is a bit heavy at 85 lbs to be helping in and out of the RV.

We hope to make it back to Salt Lick before it closes for the season in October. It is definitely the measuring stick we use to compare other campsites.




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