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May 18, 2015 - Day Trip: Oak Ridge, Tennessee

It is not one of our best museum days. We drive to Oak Ridge to visit the American Museum of Science and Energy. Fortunately for us, it is only fifteen miles away. The museum has a science section. There are interactive displays geared toward school trips. The museum has a history section. Displays take you through the development of the atomic bomb. There is a three hour bus tour that we skip. There are movies showing that we also skip. I sit in on a science show. There is one small school group and me in attendance. The show is good....

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Oct 29, 2014 - Home Again

Decided to head on home today, so got tanks cleaned out and headed up the road. Beyond peak on the trees but still had a little color, even home in Oak Ridge. Had our Krystal burgers tonight and probably traditional pizza tomorrow. Spending so much time with the weigh watcher Nielsons and Healys created a great trip.

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2014 Trip West

Nov 3, 2013 - A Visit to Secret City

We went to Oak Ridge, TN on Saturday to visit the American Museum of Science and Energy. The Museum was opened in 1949 in a WWII cafeteria as the American Museum of Atomic Energy. The name was changed to AMSE in 1978, probably as a result of the events at Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant, and is intended to teach children and adults about energy with a focus things related to nuclear energy and the city of Oak Ridge. The museum present the timeline of discoveries in nuclear science that eventually led to the development of nuclear weapons,...

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2013 Fall Escapade

Oct 31, 2013 - Home Again

Home again after a great trip, 6735 miles round trip. Lot of driving but really enjoyed the trip and all that we got to see...and being with our South Dakota cousins. Came through Kentucky in the rain so missed a lot of the remaining tree color but did see what was left as we entered Tennessee. Went from shorts to winter coats shorts to winter coats to shorts when we got home, 65 degrees at home. Sherry is now waiting for her laundry good fairy. Me, I'm waiting to see if the rain (raining again today)cleans the road grime from the camper,...

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Gambling and Nature

Nov 3, 2012 - Home Again

Got in Friday to our home beds, very nice. Only problem with coming home is emptying the camper of food, cloths, guns, and junk. Finished up the majority today so now can start on washing and drying cloths and cleaning the roof and sides to get 2 months of road dirt off......fun time. Good trip of 3,730 miles, picking up 2 states to add to our state map, with South Dakota being the highlight, as always. Always sad to leave SD, maybe we should adopt the whole clan and bring them here.

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2012 South Dakota

Sep 19, 2011 - Oak Ridge TN

Left our campsite next to the barn right at 9:00 for the short trip into Waynesville to do some restocking and meet my parents and brother for some lunch and catching up. They got into town from Sky Valley GA at about 11:00 and we gabbed a little bit in the WalMart parking lot before we headed downtown to Nick & Nate’s on Main Street. I’ve been there a few times for pizza but today was my first lunch there and it was pretty good. They had a lunch buffet that included 3 different kinds of pizza, chicken pot pie, mashed taters, green bean...

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Sep 16, 2011 - Oak Ridge TN

Well at least today we got to do some touristy stuff after we relocated the bus. We left Lazy Acres Campground and drove about 10 miles NW to a different campground - and it is miles above and beyond Lazy Acres. I should have taken pics yesterday and today to show the difference in the two but I didn’t. This place is at Melton Hill Dam just north of I-40 and Lenoir City TN and it is a TVA facility. The site is great, it’s quiet, we have deer wandering around the campsites…did I mention that it’s quiet? We may even stop here on the way back...

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Oct 31, 2010 - Home Again

Made the trip from Nashville fairly easy yesterday and then started the hard stuff.....moving food and cloths to the house.....during football games. We left the majority until today and did watch a bunch of football yesterday. Sherry has all of our laundry done and we have most of the stuff in so now we start doing all the other stuff, clean up the camper, mow and clean the yard, get rid of the weeds, rack up the leaves, wash the camper and winterize it.......just goes on and on. Sure am glad we are back, does anyone need a camp host...

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Apr 4, 2010 - More of Yesterday

Today has been kind of a catch up day around the house. I spent my time labeling and organizing my photos, something I haven’t done is several weeks. It doesn’t take long for it to be a monumental task. Gene spent his time scrubbing the dirt off the roof of our rolling home. A lot of effort for something you can’t see, but at least we know it’s clean. This campground allows you to wash your vehicles. Gene will take advantage of that while we’re here. Not many campgrounds allow such an extravagance with water. We had a very busy day...

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Scratchin' the Itch

Sep 12, 2009 - American Museum of Science & Energy

From Caney Creek RV Resort, Harriman, 40 miles west of Knoxville, TN. Perhaps it is native-state pride, but having lived in Tennessee during all of the years of my life, I had always understood that the atomic bomb that ended World War II was totally developed in what we now know as Oak Ridge, Tennessee. I had never studied the history books close enough to know the real story. Being that Oak Ridge is only 25 miles from our current home location, we had had a visit to it on our “to-do” list since before we arrived here. A few days ago (Sept...

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We're Wingin' It

Jun 8, 2008 - Still enjoying Hot Eastern Tennessee

While off wandering around, finding new roads and places to visit, we rode to Oak Ridge and had a visit at the American Museum of Science and Energy. Oak Ridge was created in 1942 as a “secret city” built as a major site of the “Manhattan Project,” a massive wartime effort that produced the world’s first atomic weapons. What had been farmland and small rural communities quickly became populated by over 75,000 workers, most of whom only knew they were “helping the war effort” and did not know they were completing tasks such as separating the...

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Jan 19, 2006 - Oak Ridge - World War II Secret City

Today we drove to Oak Ridge- World War II Secret City. Here we visited a museum which told the history of Oak Ridge and the Manhattan Project, the Allied race against the Axis Powers to create the first atomic bomb. Oak Ridge was so secret it was not on the map. Only the President and a few top advisors knew its true purpose. There was a secret industrial complex and city of nearly 80,000 created almost overnight. Genius, hard work and patriotism united to end World War II and begin the Atomic Age.

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