Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Pretty scenery as we travel the USA...

Lovely homes & farms along the way too!

Not much fall colors yet...It's been to warm although the temps are...

We purchased pickled beets & bread & butter pickles here...

These folks were so nice! Lovely baskets too....

Clothes were everywhere but we liked browsing this antique store....

A large part of the event was scheduled to take place on...

The Cadillac's provided some great music!

Cool seating to enjoy your snacks while listening to the band...

Anyone care for a 'Spamitar'??? The vendor played along with the band...

Love the clouds here!

Donna, clowning around with one of several lovely masks. Maybe if you...

On a more serious note!

Yep, we're having a great time here in Tennessee!

One of many beautiful homes along our way to Bell Buckle...

Downtown Bell Buckle...I think it's literally about 8 businesses. Where are they...

Looking down the track in Bell Buckle...

Time to head home...It was cool today! My new scarf, draped around...

Cool skies and the wonderful American flag blowing in the wind!!! Nice...


Well, we've had a great visit with our friends Roger & Donna but it's time to move on. It's dropping into the low 30's, brrrrrr....Our visit this year was a bit out of the norm as we didn't do the 'Nashville scene'. It was relaxing in a way. We did get into town one evening to view the 'Lights' as I mentioned in an earlier post. Last Saturday we made our way to Howenwald for the annual Meriwether Lewis Arts & Crafts festival. This event has been held for the last 41 years and draws between 12,000-14,000 visitors! And it's all held on Highway 20 where every home, business & field (yep, I said field) is set up for business!!!! Miles and miles and miles of yard sales, food vendors, crafts, music etc etc etc! Then this weekend we attended the HUGE fair event in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. Wow, I'm not even sure how many thousands of folks were in attendance there!

All of the local 'fair food' was available including bloomin' onions, funnel cakes, turkey legs, gyros, Philly cheesesteaks, sweet tea, fresh squeezed lemonade...well, you get the point! And the baked goods available were just plain ridiculous, lol. Donna purchased a peach pie, cherry pie, pumpkin roll, cookies, Moonshine jelly, tea, wine 'stuff', dip mixes etc.

We purchased home grown & canned beets, jelly and bread & butter pickles. And three packs of assorted dip mixes. We sampled so much great stuff I can't begin to tell you. Cheeses, dips, hot chocolates and the list goes on. No need for dinner afterward, lol. I also purchased some great smelling homemade soaps and a pretty black shawl. A couple of new phone cases, a hand tooled belt a new cord for Larry's I-Pad wrapped things up for us. Well, a couple of Christmas gifts got in the bag too but I can't discuss those here :)

The crowd was festive as was the music. And we had a blast just people watching! Oh my, there are some interesting folks out and about. Interesting attire, hairdo's and accents. Are we in the South????

After leaving Howenwald we stopped at the lovely Amber Falls Winery. We sampled several varieties and finally chose two. A nice Merlot and a very different Merlot blend called Cajunfest. Just as the name implies, it had a bit of kick and was quite tasty. I don't drink much wine but really enjoyed my glass along with a wonderful rib eye the next evening. Roger has become quite the cook and prepared a couple of very nice meals during our visit. We really appreciated all they did to make our visit so special. Thanks guys!

Monday we visited our extended family Dave & MaryAnn in Smyrna for the day. They treated us to a wonderful lunch and then afterward we went to a large sporting goods store and helped Dave chose an inversion table. He's been suffering with back & hip issues for sometime and we're hoping it will be helpful. We loaded it up, took it home and Larry & I put it together & then demonstrated how to safely use it. Larry was actually quite happy to hang on it & felt it gave him some relief from a bit of 'aching' he's had recently. We left our inversion table at Mom's in Ely when we left in June & he's really been missing it. I think it's going to be back in the rig permanently when we get home. It was nice to visit with D & M again and we've got our fingers crossed that Dave gets some much needed relief soon. Larry spoke to him a couple of days ago & he said he is doing a bit better.

Well, time to get this posted so we can get on the road. We'll be in Alabama this afternoon. Going to the Space & Rocket Center, so we'll see you there. Have a great day!



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