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Jul 21, 2014 - End of Westward Ho! Trip

Our Westward Ho! trip has come to an end. We pulled into Townsend, Tennessee to our RV lot near the Smokey Mountains around 1:00 this afternoon on our last leg of our journey. The last 3 days were spent heading east, long travel days, between 400 - 500 miles a day. The following are some of the facts of the trip: Days gone - 68 Miles driven by motorhome - 7,567 Miles driven by Jeep - 4,381 Average MPG with motorhome - 8.9 States traveled through - 21 National Parks visited - 11 Canadian Provinces visited - 1 (Vancouver Island) Now we have...

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Westward Ho! 2014

Apr 29, 2014 - Goodbye Dinner

Our last night before heading to join up with Chapter 42 for their spring rally, Leon Priest(N4TFK), a ham radio friend and also the Camp Host in the park said lets go get some Mexican for dinner tonight in town. So we did and had a great time. He drove us and it was great.

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Nov 4, 2013 - Smoker Holler, Wears Valley, TN

Wednesday 10-23 to 11-5 Smoker Holler, Wears Valley, TN We are staying at Smoker Holler RV Park in Wears Valley, TN for 13 nights. We love this area just outside of Townsend, TN and love driving through Cades Cove and the Smoky Mountains. We were lucky to be here at the perfect time to view the change in the fall colors. Each day the colors turned more vibrate and beautiful. (see attached photos) We will be heading to Emmaus RV Resort in Summerdale, AL for the winter and leaving on Tuesday, November 5.

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2013 NORTH WEST TRIP

Oct 18, 2013 - Cades Cove

We went into the park again today to visit Cades Cove and so did everyone else in the southeast. It took 2-3 hours to drive the 11-mile loop without any stops. We spent about 6 hours in the valley including my photography stops. Cades Cove is a 4,000 acre valley that held a village until the area became a National Park in 1934. The area was opened up to settlers in 1819 and by 1850 there were 132 families (over 600 people) living in and farming the valley. Cades Cove holds the most complete collection of historic structures in southern...

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2013 Fall Escapade

Oct 16, 2013 - GSMNP Opens

With funding from Tennessee, North Carolina, and several counties in both states, the gates for Great Smoky Mountains National Park opened today and the roads were jammed with tourists. I drove up the road along Little Creek to get some water pictures. It was cloudy most of the day, but it didn’t rain. I’m posting about a dozen pictures that I hope will capture the character of the area. I haven’t shown any food recently so I’m including a picture of lunch at Dakota Jack’s Hawg Pit and the brisket sandwich I had for lunch. It was actually...

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2013 Fall Escapade

Oct 15, 2013 - Photos from the Smokies

Monday was the first day of the workshop that I am attending. Sue is relaxing. Since Great Smokey Mountains National Park is still closed we had to come up with a Plan B so we (5 other photographers attending the workshop and I) jumped in our cars and drove to Tellico Plains about 2 hours away to drive the Cherohala Skyway. It twists and turns some 40+ miles through the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests from Tellico Plains, TN to Santeetlah Gap, NC and climbs to over 5,300 ft at it highest point. It’s a favorite for motorcyclists....

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2013 Fall Escapade

Oct 13, 2013 - Into the Great Smokies

We moved a little to the north and east in Tennessee today to the gateway to the Great Smokey Mountain National Park in Townsend. It’s closed, the National Park not Townsend. We’re attending a photo workshop with some members of the Escapees. The original plans were to go into GSMNP for fall foliage colors. We’ll have to move to plan B for photographic subjects because the leaves haven’t really started to change yet and the park is closed to cars. We have our first workshop class tomorrow so we’ll find out what Plan B really looks like. The...

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2013 Fall Escapade

Apr 28, 2013 - Townsend TN

Today was a pretty neat day despite the weather being miserable. It rained basically from Friday night until this afternoon at about 6:00, with only a few lulls. Not real hard rain, but consistent. The rivers around here are a lot wider and faster than they were when we got here. We left the warm confines of the bus about 10:30 and headed back part way through Townsend to head about 3 miles back off US 321 to Tuckaleechee Caverns. We have done caverns before in FL and VA and this one was just as good, in fact it was wider and larger inside...

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Apr 27, 2013 - Townsend TN

Well, the weather dudes and dudettes were right…it started raining off and on at about 11:00 last night and about 11:00 this morning it turned into full-time on. Not real heavy, but more than a drizzle. Temperature isn’t bad – low 50’s – but the rain makes it linger. Took the dog for a walk this morning and took an hour to warm back up. We waffled on what to do today and where to go so we just decided to eat. When it doubt, eat. The theory is that you think better on a full stomach. I did a little research and found a pretty highly...

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Apr 26, 2013 - Townsend TN

We got another lateish start today, but it was for a good reason – we got our act together and headed down the road a minute or so to the Firefly Café for breakfast. It was good, but not stunning, but it beat whippin’ up something at home. After breakfast we headed into the park and onto 441 towards Cherokee and the Oconaluftee Visitor Center with the plan of hitting the Balsam Mountain Road for another off the beaten path day-trip. On the way there we did a little detour and pulled into the Smokemont Campground to look for an old, hidden...

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Apr 25, 2013 - Townsend TN

Once we finally got on the road, we covered a lot of miles. From one of the most remote areas of the park, to Maggie Valley NC, the Blue Ridge Parkway and all the way across US 441 from Cherokee and then back to Townsend it was, by my calculations, about 200 miles. We left the campground around 11:00 and headed north onto Hwy 321 and then into the park at Metcalf Bottoms along Little River Road, then on through the fresh hell that is Gatlinburg to Cosby TN where we headed off on the world’s twistiest road - TN 32 – to the Big Creek Ranger...

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Apr 24, 2013 - Townsend TN

Greetings from the damp side of Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Our decision making this morning was all about the radar. It showed a line of rain moving our way from the west and since we basically had to head west, the decision came down to whether we could beat the rain to our current location in Townsend TN or not. We decided to take our chances and hit the road so right at 10:00 we were out of Blairsville and on our way to TN; rain or not. We headed west on Hwy 129 to 64 near Murphy NC, then onto 294 and 68 – both pretty narrow,...

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