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May 1, 2017 - Appalachia

On Sunday, Steve and I took a trip to the nearby town of Clinton, TN and visited the Museum of Appalachia. Our buddy, Beck Bryant, recommended that we go, and we are glad we did! This museum (admission $20/adult, or $15/adult with one of several discounts) sits about a 1/2 mile off I-75 and features several large buildings that contain artifacts from the area, including children's toys, Indian baskets and arrowheads, furniture, tools, pottery, paintings, pictures, and musical instruments to name just a few. The museum has done a fantastic...

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Apr 29, 2017 - Dam

***** PSA - there are quite a few new readers of the blog, so I wanted to let you know that you can click on the first photo above, and it will open up in a new window. Then you can click through the pictures one at a time, either before or after you read the narrative - Enjoy! ***** Our first full day at Raccoon Valley started out really wet, so we didn't get outside until late in the afternoon when the rain stopped. I cooked a whole chicken on my NuWave oven and we ate outside on the picnic table. After I cleaned up the dishes, I went...

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Apr 27, 2017 - Tennessee!

This past Sunday was a rainy day. Justin and Suzanne came over around noon and we ate leftovers for lunch - it was kind of a potluck, hit or miss sort of lunch, eaten while we gathered around the table inside of Mo. We enjoyed our last bit of time with them before they headed back to their camper to get ready to pull out. It was so good to see them and get caught up on their lives. We love having company and spending one-on-one time with folks! Hint Hint! Y'all come see us! Another couple did exactly that! Julie and Bill Hamilton from...

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Jun 15, 2015 - Drive to Knoxville, TN

Not much excitement today. Lots of driving in mountain roads and lots of wind out of WV through VA and into TN. This 300 miles felt like 600. I have a great knack for buying fuel at the highest prices. Explanation of water tower pic above: http://www.wythevillefestival.org/pages/balloon.html We'll camp in an RV "resort" tonight called Volunteer Park in Heiskell outside of Knoxville. It is operated by a group of vets. Tomorrow, we'll finish the drive to Chattanooga, TN tomorrow where my sister lives. She will take Wednesday off and we'll...

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Sep 10, 2013 - Our first Escapees Park: Raccoon Valley Tn.

Rolled just after 2pm, first impression: "A Pit" but it'll do for $18 a night. Here for 20 days then off to Sevierville for a reunion with my Aunt Bev. We're by the pool, its a game changer............. 9-16-2013 Ok, been here a week. Today which is Sept. 16th they put the cover on the pool, I don't get it, its 80 degress and its gonna be plus 80 for the next 2 weeks............We are going to leave next week, giving up a weeks rent. After a week, our first Escappees Park has been a disapointment. Met a nice couple from Texas yesterday at...

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Jul 24, 2013 - Just Travellin', July 23 and 24

Not much to tell for a couple of days. We left Charlottesville, VA, on the 23rd and found the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is a small 2 lane road, but is very beautiful. After a couple of hours on it, we had an opportunity to hit the main highway, so had lunch and moved on to faster travel...almost as pretty, but lots faster travel. Late in the afternoon, we stopped in Wytheville, VA, for the night. There was a great dog walk area with cattle on the hillsides all around us - a very relaxing stop. Next day was to an RV park just north of...

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Nov 10, 2012 - Knoxville Wrap Up

We left the Escapee's Raccoon Valley RV Park this morning and headed to Chattanooga. It was a short ride, about 2.5 hours. We were really glad that we weren't going in the other direction. It was bumper to bumper almost all the way! We really liked the Escapee's park and the Knoxville area. The Knoxville area is composed of rolling hills that were covered with deciduous trees that were changing color. We weren't there for the peak color but it was pretty none the less. We were on the outskirts of town so it was quiet and peaceful most of...

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Oct 30, 2012 - Nasty Sandy!

And now for the rest of the story! We were sitting in the Baltimore area last week, blissfully ignorant of what Mother Nature was preparing to fling at us. We decided that we would leave Baltimore on Friday, October 26 and head to the Asheville, NC area. So off we go and spent the first night in Waynesboro, Virginia in a Wal-Mart parking lot. The only RV park on our route was fully booked for their Halloween festivities! During the day we kept debating if we should alter our plans and head further south and west to avoid the rain. Well, we...

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Oct 27, 2011 - Escapees park near Knoxville

I've stayed here before and it's convenient to I-75, so I decided to stay here again and rest for a day. I did go letterboxing but only found 1 of four letterboxes in the next little town of Powell! I did visit 2 graveyards, a library, and a deadend street! This evening, I attended a jam session with people in the park. Members with guitars, banjos and a mandolin played and sang for a good crowd of campers and it was very nice.

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Jun 30, 2011 - McDonald, TN to Heiskell, TN

Today we left our wonderful location in McDonald, TN. I'm always so sad to leave my brother and his family and my best friend and her husband. I know we'll return in a couple of months but I always feel sad when we leave. We had a short and easy drive to the Escapees RV park, Raccoon Valley. It's the first time we have visited this Escapees Park and it was just as I expected. Even though it was a holiday weekend, and they don't take reservations, we had no problem getting a site for the week. After we set up we drove to the next exit...

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May 7, 2011 - Wrapping up our stay in Tennessee

Art arrived home safely from visiting his mom in Nanuet, NY. We decided to spend another week in the Knoxville area because I wanted to attend a bluegrass festival in Townsend, a gateway city to the Great Smokey Mountains and about 40 miles away. Most of the festivals or events that are held in Tennessee take place on Friday and Saturday – never on Sunday. So we decided to beat the crowds and attend on Friday. We enjoyed a fun afternoon listening to bluegrass music. All of the folks that got up to dance were clogging – not the usual dancing...

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Apr 29, 2011 - Calm after the Storm

Sunny skies returned to eastern Tennessee today. It was a beautiful day with low humidity and moderate temperature. This day was such a contrast to two days ago when severe storms ripped through the Knoxville area. Our weather radio screamed out tornado warning after tornado warning starting late afternoon until after midnight. The biggest storm was around 11pm with lightning and rain like I’ve never seen before. Our bail-out bag was packed in case we needed to make a run for the brick bathhouse which was right across the road. But to think...

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