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Nov 28, 2015 - Sweetwater, TN

Continuing South on I-81 as the clouds move in. We'll be heading into rain by tomorrow, but so far so good. Crossing into Tennessee we merge unto I-75. Traffic is heavy around Knoxville as the crowds gather for the college football game. We pull into the Sweetwater Valley KOA in Sweetwater, TN at 3:30. It's been 6 1/2 hours and another 373 miles. We're on a nice level and paved site, so we're going to spend 2 nights here and wait out the heavy rain and traffic forecast for Sunday. I called Glenn and found they've been having some...

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Dec 27, 2014 - Saturday- Day 1

Dec. 27, 2014 - Day 1 Well how'do everyone & how y'all bin. Yes it is time for Janet, Arwen, & I to hop into the 4x4 Jalopy & head for the Deep South a.k.a. Florida for some sunshine (hopefully) & warmth (hopefully). Hey to y'all who are new to our Journals, but Arwen is our Russian Blue varmint/cat. I thought that this time I would try to incorporate some Southern/Redneck words/slang into these pages; so here goes the 1st little bit of trivial info; " Southern vs. Redneck: Rednecks are everywhere. The term “redneck” is generally thought of...

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Nov 24, 2014 - Three States

Not much to report as we kept to the I-20, 59 and 75 today. We left Alabama and passed through the northwest corner Georgia and into Tennessee. We did pass a replica of the Statue of Liberty in Birmingham. According to Roadside America, it's a bronze replica commissioned by the founder of Liberty National Life Insurance Company to stand atop its downtown office building. The statue was cast in France, set on its rooftop perch in 1958, and moved to its present location in 1989. At 36 feet tall this is among the largest Liberty replicas in...

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2014 Cross Country 2

Nov 14, 2011 - Tennessee Mountains

Monday, November 14 We decided to head north on I-59 to TN. Finally back on Eastern time. We stopped at the Tennessee welcome center for maps and brochures, then rode on to Chattanooga. We rode up on Lookout Mountain and to Rock City. The fall foliage is still pretty, though certainly past its prime beauty. We had lunch in Lookout Mountain. Since I was coming down with a cold, we stopped in Athens, TN, to pick up some OTC medicine. We rode east on TN 39, a lovely, winding road. We stopped at the Sweetwater KOA in Sweetwater, TN, for the...

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Blessed To Travel

Aug 29, 2011 - Novel Class #1

Trish has a novel writing class every three months for the next 18 months here. We picked the KOA for a place to stay. They gave us a site without sewer, don't know why there were plenty of sites open. Nice pool, store, and people. Had a doggie recreation area where Teddy could run free but all he did was sniff. The highlight was watching the birthday party. They had a Pinata. The first kid could hardly swing the stick - they were using a golf club!!!!!!!! The second kid hit it once, the second time, it exploded. There must have been candy...

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Travels with Teddy

Sep 29, 2010 - 1st Week

Saturday we left Chattanooga and drove 62 miles to Sweetwater spending one night. We visited The Lost Sea it was an underground lake we were given a guided tour then we went on a boat around the lake. Very pretty formations some Anthodites ( a Greek word meaning cave flowers). We then wandered around some Antique shops in Sweetwater. The weather has cooled of a lot today and even had some rain. The Lost Sea is America’s largest underground lake, it is 140ft below the ground level, so coming back up was a steep hike. Sunday moved on to...

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Wandering America

Jul 26, 2010 - Day 2

Got tire replaced first thing this morning. Only $125.00. What a DEAL Huh? Drove another 400 miles to Sweetwater. Had to stop for about 20 minutes in a WalMart parking lot just north of Choo-Choo because rain was so hard couldn't see road. Also broke cover of bath fan on low BP light fixture at station along the way. Interesting day. KOA campground only gets a few TV stations. Brenda NOT impressed.

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R & B's TRAVELS

May 30, 2010 - "Lost Sea"

Today we went to The Lost Sea, a huge underground lake in Sweetwater, Tennessee. We parked the car and walked into a small building with a sign that said "THE LOST SEA". Upon entering, we saw a huge, bright yellow tunnel, the entrance to the caves. We purchased our tickets and joined the tour group. Heading down the yellow tunnel at a steep angle we moved from the world of warm sun above to the world of dimly lit damp below. The first thing that strikes you as you walk in is the SIZE of the caverns. Many of the chambers could have easily...

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Oct 8, 2009 - Sweetwater, TN

10-8 2009 Drove to Sweetwater TN to spend some time and stayed at the KOA. This was a nice small Tennessee town. Seven miles from town was place called The Lost Sea This is a large underground cave with a lake inside. We found a Veterinary service that provides doggy day care, so we checked the girls in for doggy day care so that we could go through the cave. The Lost Sea begins with a guided tour through the cave that involved winding, sloping paths ¾ mile long walking downward to 140 ft below to the lake where we took a boat ride across...

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Apr 1, 2007 - Sweetwater, Tn... the final run home

This morning we jumped up, packed up, and headed for home. It was almost sad to leave such a peaceful campground. The scenery was just beautiful and there were absolutely no sounds of civilization to be heard. Even Dusty was in her travel house and ready to go. We have a plastic, decal map of the US and were delighted that we could add another state to our list of places we've visited (even passing through). Our first stop was a nice KOA in Sweetwater, Tennessee. Since we don't plan to "visit" anywhere on this leg of our trip, we won't...

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Jan 22, 2006 - The Lost Sea

Today we visited the Lost Sea. The lake was discovered in 1905 by a thirteen-year-old boy named Ben Sands. As the story goes, Sands, who often played in the cave, happened upon a small opening and crawled through. The room was so large he was unable to see the ends of the room with his lantern, so he threw balls of mud in all directions and heard splashes. When he went back home and told people of his discovery, they were hesitant to believe him. By the time they went back down to explore it with lanterns, the water had receded, leading to...

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