Sunday, August 13, 2017

New Places

We have moved a couple of times since last Blog. First, we went to The Falls Campground in Fallsburg, KY. The campground was a little small and didn't have full hook-up. So we didn't stay long. It was a very interesting drive getting there. The Garmin took us down state road 707! It was like going down a driveway. No lines down the middle of a very narrow road with no shoulders and it was 11 miles long. My driveway at home was wider. We almost got hit head on by a car on one of the curves.

The water falls were right in the park. It was an OK park but we won't be back. You could see the foundation of an old mill that was built in 1812.  
So now for our second move. We are at Robert Newlon Airport RV Park in Huntington, WV. This is a real cool park. Our site isn't that good but they have a great restaurant in the park, Fly In Cafe. They had live music Saturday night on the patio.
We've eaten there twice already and will again before we leave. They have a Seafood menu. They fly the seafood in. Peggy had the Crab and Lobster Lasagne, she said it was great.
 This is the home for West Virginia Sky Divers. So all weekend we've been watching them come down.
Looks like fun but NO way am I going to try it.
You can see two people on this one.
 This guy landed right in the RV park, right behind our rig.
It rained 1 inch and our site is like a swamp. That's the bad part of this park and the road in the park has huge pot holes.
We met Jack one night parked next to us. This is the very first RV he's ever owned. This is week 3 for him. We moved the truck for him so he could get out a little easier. He's driven all the way to Montana and back already. You're doing great Jack!
 We had to get our mat out to cover the swamp. No pictures of Peggy for a while. She got a bad hair cut! But look at the great hair cut I got. Thank you Peggy.

Funny things you see in RV Parks.
This guy's awning was coming apart. He didn't seem to care. I think awnings are the funniest things. In one park in Jackson, MS a guy was beating his awning with a hammer. We watched as his neighbor offered to help but was turned away. When a hammer is involved, frustration levels are already high.

Live Happy and Always Go Big.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Horsing around in Kentucky

We are in Georgetown, KY at a nice park.Whispering Hills RV Park. We have a nice, long, pull-thru site. The park has lots of amenities and a big pool.
 No grass on our site but some sites have grass.
Nice pond in the park.
We did some BGE maintenance by replacing the gasket on the top and bottom. The closest dealer was right down the street from the park; less then a mile away. They had the gasket and lots of Eggs and accessories. We added BGE towels and a beer can chicken rack to our purchases.
 Under construction. It only took about an hour to do the job.  
Looks like new. The food should be much better.
We got our EGGtoberfest tickets for Stone Mountain.
The big event is SOLD OUT already! It sold out in two days.

We made a trip to downtown Lexington to the Tin Roof, a place we've been to before to get "Cheesy Bacon Fries" and they were as good as we remember.

We stopped at Two Keys Tavern and played some Keno and we hit on our second draw. Got 4 out of 4 for $72 big ones! After we bought the bar a round we put $50 in the gas fund.

Funny thing; a guy I worked with (Who can not be named, because he found this during working hours) sent this post to me from the Forest River Camping Forum. The category was "funny things you see in camp grounds." I'm not sure why we made that category. The photo above ours was of Bill and Diane from Wisconsin who were traveling with their two grandchildren. We met those fine folks again at Singing Hills Park in Cave City, KY.  

Live Happy and Always Go Big.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Mammoth Cave National Park

We are in Cave City, KY at Singing Hills RV Park. It's a nice small park. We have a unique site right next to the barn.

It's a nice long site with nobody next to us.
We don't have the best eastern view though.
We went to Mammoth Cave National Park and took the Historic Tour. It takes you into the big cave.
Here's the entrance into the cave. It was a hot and humid day but going down into the cave it cooled down to 54 degrees.

It's pretty dark inside the cave. 
They only have some small lights on some of the walls.
The tour was about 2 miles long and has 400 stair steps going up and down. Here's Peggy in one of the small rooms.

Tours started in 1816. The cave was privately owned until 1941 when it became a national park.
 Back in the 1800's all the guides were black slaves. Stephen Bishop was one of the most famous guides. The Bradford family guided tours for four generations in the cave and mapped most of it. There are 405 miles of the cave that are mapped.
We did find one cave cricket.
 This photo was in "Fat Mans Misery" a real narrow and low walkway. It was the hardest part to get thru until we got to the stairs that take you back to the entrance. We should've taken water with us, it was a hard walk.
But back in our rolling home Peggy had started our dinner before we left. She made Shantell's soon to be world famous "Creamy Chicken over Noodles" in the crock pot. Oh my God was it good! I have never put a recipe on the blog but I think I have to for this one.
You need:
2 cans of Cream of Chicken soup
1 - 8 oz pkg. of Cream Cheese 
1 dry packet of Italian dressing mix
1 or 2 pounds of boneless Chicken
1 package of Butter Noodles
In a crock pot, mix together the soup and Cream Cheese and Italian dressing. Add the Chicken and cook on low for 4 hours. Cook the noodles and spoon the chicken mixture over them and enjoy.
Thanks to Shantell for this killer dinner. Try it!
We were told this area was a "Dry County"  but it's not. A recent vote changed all that. Having been dry since the 1930's, they were ready to open their first drinking establishment, "The Cavern". The only bar in the whole county is in Cave City. It just opened in March. We had to check it out.
Here's the best bartender in the county! Lenny. The local residents are keeping her busy. It's a nice small place in a historic building in old, downtown Cave City.

Live Happy and Always Go Big.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Camping in the Smokies

We're in Gatlinburg, TN at a small park called Camping in the Smokies. We have a nice big site that looks out to the road. One of the best things about Gatlinburg is that we can use the Reeper to get around.
We're having a little problem with the big truck. When we went to leave Nashville the battery was dead. We called Good Sam road service and explained that our Freightliner needed a jump start.
They sent this guy with a clown car and a jumper box. That was a joke. When I saw him drive up I almost laughed, but it wasn't that funny. He couldn't get us started (surprise, surprise) and he blew some fuses in the truck. So then we called another guy with a huge battery charger and replaced the fuses and of course it was raining the whole time. But the problem came back here in Gatlinburg. The battery went dead again. This time after we got it jump started I took it to the Freightliner dealer in Knoxville. They checked and cleaned the battery and said it's all OK. We'll see. This is the first time we've had any trouble with the truck.
My mom and JoAnn came down to visit us and do some sight seeing.
 We went to dinner at the restaurant just down the street from the park, Crystelle Creek Grill. The food is good there.
Mom, at one of the outlooks in the park. It was a nice visit. That was the first time we have seen them in three years.
We hopped on the trolley and met up with Mom and JoAnn, at  Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. It's rated as the best Aquarium.
They even have Penguins.
Here's some of the fire damage. There's a lot of fire damage all around town, but very hit and miss. There might be a house burned up and the one next to it wasn't touched. That's kind of strange how that happens. 
We did some Reeper sight seeing up in the mountains. I got new tires delivered to the park for the Reeper and put them on.
 These tires are more street friendly.
Beautiful mountain stream.

I need to go on a little rant. Class A motorhomes are driving me crazy! Why do they have to start their engines and let them run for 45 minutes before they leave in the morning?! We had one in our park in Yuma that had a ritual of at least once a week he would start it up and check all his tires for air pressure and then go NOWHERE! While we were in Tom Sawyer park, one peaceful, nice evening, with lots of people cooking out and watching the barges going by, a guy starts up his class A and just lets it run for an hour! He never even came outside! What's up with that? This is probably the best one of all; we were in Nashville and at 11:30 at night the two Class A's next to me start up their generators! The power in the park is on. Why did they start them up? Then yesterday, a Prevost pulls out in the street right by the entrance to the park and just lets it run for 45 minutes. He then parks his towed truck next to it, now blocking the whole road! The park manager had to come out and tell them to move the truck. What the #ell is wrong with these people?!  Thanks for listening 😏      

Live Happy and Always Go Big.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Music City

We have moved to Nashville, Tennessee! 
We are at Yogi Bear Jellystone  RV park. This park is full of kids and is expensive ($80 a night) that's way over our park budget limit. Sometimes during a holiday weekend you have to do what you have to do in order to have a site. So we're only going to stay a week.
We went downtown on the shuttle that picks us up right here in the park. Round trip to downtown is only $10 each. Now that's a good deal. Make sure you take lots of money downtown as the food and beer ($5.50 a beer) are expensive.
World Famous Tootsies Orchid Lounge! This place is famous as being the place that Willy Nelson first played the song "Crazy", made famous by Patsy Cline.
All the bars downtown have live music.
Peggy having fun.
This band was pretty good, but to see all the bands, one can only have one beer per bar.
Friday we met up with our friend, Shantell Ogden, a Nashville recording artist and song writer, for steak dinner. The next day we went to Shan's house and had a killer lunch.
Here we are hanging out at our rolling home.

Shantell Ogden.
Shan gave us a thumb drive with five albums on it. I can't wait to listen to it. You can listen and check out Shantell's music at  
Shantell is the daughter of our friends, Jeff and Diana from Utah.
We met a new friend here in the park.
Dixie Girl. She is a really nice pup. If you say "Bang" she jumps around and plays dead.

Live Happy and Always Go Big.