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Aug 17, 2017 - Grand Rivers KY – Lake Barkley - Canal COE Campground

Stopped here to check out the Land Between the Lakes again. The Land Between the Lakes is a U.S. National Recreation Area located in Kentucky and Tennessee between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. The area was designated a national recreation area by President John F. Kennedy in 1963. We were first here in the early 80’s, when we lived in Ohio. We brought our slide-in camper and pickup truck and spent our vacation roaming Kentucky and Tennessee. This is a great place for boaters and fishermen. If you’re like me and like canals and barge...

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Retired at Last!

Aug 3, 2016 - Western Kentucky

Visiting area that was a favorite of my family when I was much younger. Camping at Kentucky Dam Village State Park. Campground leaves a lot to be desired. I assume the layout was designed by someone who had no idea how campers and RVs need to hook up. In order to save money, there is a common common power pedestal shared between two sites - that means that at least one of the sites will need a 50 ft power cord. And, there is shared water service, which also means at least a 50 ft water hose. Oh well! The price is right: $21/nite. If the...

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May 29, 2014 - Leaving Home

After several trips through the house eyeing every corner in hopes that nothing important was being left behind, we rolled out of Franklin at 6:15am and arrived here in Grand Rivers, Kentucky in the early afternoon. The Kings were here by 6pm. We're hoping for good weather tomorrow to travel the state of Illinois from end to end. I'll be waving as I pass my alma mater, Illinois State University!

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May 25, 2014 - Land Between the Lakes - KY and TN

We moved camp to the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area on Monday, May 19th. We stayed here for a week. The LBL as it is called is managed by the USDA National Forest Service. There are several campgrounds in the LBL ranging from full hook-ups to primitive and every combination in between. There is even an area for horse folks --called Wrangler Campground. We stayed at Hiller Ferry Camp. This strip of land was originally called the Land Between the Rivers, the Tennessee and the Cumberland Rivers. In the early 1940's a dam...

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May 2, 2014 - Grand Rivers, KY

5/2 We get up early and pull out of St. Joseph MO around 0730 The morning starts out beutiful and sunney we get into the clouds and rain we saw yesterday and then back into the sun as we pull into KY. State number 47. A bit over 500 miles today, a long day. We will stay here for a couple of nights, next is cave city and mammoth caves, but I do not want to go on the weekend we will plan on going Monday.

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Nov 23, 2012 - Enjoying good weather

Friday (the black one), November 23, 2012 We have been enjoying our time at Land Between the Lakes. Weather has been very nice with highs of mid 60’s and lows in the 40’s. Took a hike a few days ago exploring the area. I mentioned this a few years ago but as a short recap of the history of this area it was settled in the 1850’s by those hardy pioneers pushing west. Iron ore was discovered around here as well as coal and there is a lot of limestone also. The area boomed in the late 1800’s and then things fell off. The Tennessee River was...

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Nov 18, 2012 - Headin out for our 5th winter on the road

And here we go again. The Highland’s have hit the road to wreak havoc on unsuspecting fellow travelers, relatives and southerners in general. We left our paradise on Kane Lake on Tuesday, November 12 with about 1 ½“of snow on the ground and colder than H. But it was still hard to leave. We had a great summer season on the lake. And as in past years we did a lot of hard work. No, retirement is not a picnic nor for the weak of heart. But it is what we choose to do. Our biggest task this summer was the construction of a garage. We took down a...

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Aug 5, 2012 - Quiet Day

After all the excitement with the tire yesterday we were ready for a quiet day. We went to church at the Calvert City First Baptist Church. It was a very friendly church. With a very good preacher. He did something that I wish more preachers would do. He preached about how important teachers are in children's lives. After the service he ask all the teachers to come down to the front then the congregation came down and laid hands on them while the preacher prayed for them. After church we found a grocery store which was not a easy task. I...

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Don't wake me up

Aug 4, 2012 - Interesting Day!

We didn't leave Campbellsville yesterday because it was raining and Tammy and Cassidy were coming down and we wanted to see them one last time. So sometime in the night I woke up to thunder and lighting so when we got up it was raining. It did stop before we left so that was good. We pulled out about 9o'clock. Stopped at Camping World in Bowling Green and bought the Good Sam's road assistance and got a good deal. It was on special for 2 years for $99. It is normally $79 a year. Left Bowling Green about 10 o'clock central time. Feeling...

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Don't wake me up

Jun 27, 2012 - Ohio River Scenic Byway

We spent 2 days doing the Ohio River Scenic Byway. The byway is across the river from Ky so we crossed the river at a small city called Paduka. Paduka is about 20 miles from the campground and is very small by our standards but pretty big as things go around here. They have lots of restaurants and fast food places and a tv station. (Remember all the campers looking for a place to eat? plus it is on the interstate) It has lots of waterfront on the Ohio with big walls to prevent flooding-wall levees?? It also has a Paneras so we got to check...

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Jun 25, 2012 - Land Between the Lakes

We spent 2 days doing the Ohio River Scenic Byway and 2 days in land between the lakes (lbl) with Fort Donaldson battlefield mixed in. Again it's been really hot so we saved the fort for the only coolish day (high only 86 vs 101). Since we had no wifi I am writing this after the fact and I really don't remember what day we did what. The scenic drive thru the middle of lbl isn’t so scenic, but the side roads are (warning-stay off the gravel roads). The side roads take you over to the lakes and sometimes along the lake. There are lots of boat...

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Jun 23, 2012 - Canal Campground Ky

Arrived at Land Between the Lakes (LBL) today. The Cumberlamd and Tennesee rivers have been damned up to form two lakes. The Land Between the Lakes is the land between these two lakes. Interestingly named Lake Barkley and Lake Kentucky. The TVA created the lakes (we think for power and navigation) but they turned over the running to the Corp of Engineers and the National Forrest Service. Anyway the campground is a COE (corp of engineers) campground and very nice. We aren't waterfront in this one but we can see the water across the road...

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