Sunday, November 19, 2017

Hohenwald, TN (2017)

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 Our stay here has been nice, the weather has been on the cool side for me and we have gotten some rain.  The last couple of days the wind has been bad also.

     The park did have their Thanksgiving potluck, and we really enjoyed that.  They deep fried the turkeys plus had ham, I thought the ham was the best.  Tables were loaded with side dishes and deserts.  We sat with a couple that are parked a couple of sites down from us and had a good visit with them.  Also met Tammie, that had responded to a comment Len had posted on Thousand Trails the good and bad, who has an annual site here in the park.

     On the suggestion of our friend Dale we drove to Lynchburg, TN, what a beautiful area.  Len enjoyed the tasting tour at the Jack Daniel Distillery. There is a lot of information and displays in the visitor center.  While it is a dry county the distillery has gotten the approval to sell their product.     We didn't find it any cheaper so didn't feel we needed to buy a bottle just to say we had bought it there.  They will etch bottles you purchase for an additional $10.00 charge, but when you live in a motorhome we watch what extras we purchase as space is limited.

      After the tour we went into the town center to visit the gift store.   With the ticket from the tour you could get a free Jack Daniels shot glass (with a $20 purchase). Spending $20 wasn't a problem, as a couple of souvenirs were needed.
After shopping we had a great lunch at the Barrel House BBQ.  Just a little hole in the wall place with some great food at a good price.  I had a pulled pork sandwich,  Len had grilled cheese on crack sandwich (pork and jack cheese on Texas toast).

     We did make it back to the driving the Natchez Trail Parkway.  So much history.  Some beautiful water falls and the "Trail of Tears" cross the area also.  Even was able to drive a couple of miles on the old parkway, glad we didn't have to do that in a covered wagon or on foot.

     Tuesday we hit the road so will have more adventures to write about later. I added a link at the top of the page so you can see all the pictures we took here.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Natchez Trace Rv Park - Hohenwald, TN (2017)

Here in Hohenwald, TN for the next couple of weeks.  It is cool, in the 60's but the sun has been shining for the last 2 days so felt a bit better.  Yesterday we took a drive to the town of Hohenwald, via Natchez Trace Parkway.  There are several place to stop and learn of the history in this area.  We will visit more of the parkway before we leave.

We stopped at the local county museum which had a lot about Lewis, of Lewis and Clark, Lewis died here.  The volunteer that was working was very knowledgeable about the area and loved to talk, a good person for the job. They even have one of the country's largest Animal Collections by Maddox. They even have REAL Ivory Tusks that you can touch.

Did our grocery shopping and stopped for lunch.

Tomorrow the park is sponsoring a potluck and it will be for their Thanksgiving dinner.  Park supplies the turkey and everyone else is to bring a dish to share.  I will be making deviled eggs in the morning and some cookies tonight.

Our connection for Wi-Fi is iffy at the motorhome so decided to check out the adult clubhouse and use thier free connection, seems to work well.

This is a big park with a nice lake, plenty of sites.

More updates to follow.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Made it to our next stop

We left Memphis yesterday and drove 180 miles to Hohenwald TN. We are staying at Natchez Trace TT RV Park. We will be here for two weeks. This is a real big park with over 400 sites. Not sure what all is in the area but will let you know what we find later. Internet is hard to get here so may be a while.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Memphis, TN (Graceland) Nov. 2017

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What a wonderful stop along the way.  We are staying at Graceland RV Park and it is in walking distance to Graceland.

 Today we toured Graceland,  something I have always wanted to see and I, like my mom, have always been a fan of Elvis.  Our first stop was to the VIP desk to pick up our passes.  VIP is the only way to go, yes, it does cost more but you are not herded around and pretty much have top visiting privileges. You are able to stay as long as you want and visit the mansion as many times as you would like within the day. While we waited for the VIP shuttle to the mansion we were talking to an ambassador who it turns out was/is a close friend to Pricilla, in fact she rode/showed Pricilla's horse.  She was such a delight.  The old Heartbreak Hotel was closed down and the new hotel is across the street, the entire top floor is the suite of Pricilla's.  The shuttle dropped us off at a VIP entrance were we were shown inside and viewed a short movie on Elvis.  Once that was finished, we were taken to the front door of the mansion, no waiting in line, and started our audio tour.  So much to take in.  Once we finished our leisurely walk through the mansion we were able to visit other area including Vernon Presley's office (Elvis's dad), onto the trophy room filled with information on Elvis, then to the racquetball court.  Horses are kept on the acreage and always a Palomino as that was Elvis's favorite horse.  Then a stop at the Meditation Garden were family is buried along with Elvis and also a memorial  honoring his twin brother that died during childbirth.  Then it was back on the VIP bus to return to the complex and continue touring other museums.  Enjoyed Presley Motor Museum, the career museum, Presley Cycles, Archives Experience, Private Presley, his time in the Army, Icons, The influence of Elvis.  Then to the Fashions of Elvis which showed many fashion trends set by the King, and his custom-made clothing.  We also enjoyed The Sam Phillips  Story telling of his legendary record producing.  Viewed clothes and items from country stars as we explored the history of country music and its influence on rock'n'roll. Visited several gift shops as they seemed to have one in every area there was a "museum". 

We had lunch at Gladys' Diner (Elvis mom). It was a good escape from the little rain we experienced, that turned into a downpour.  While it poured outside we found ourselves enjoying the VIP Exhibit and Lounge.
Once the rain let up we were off to the area were Elvis's planes were parked.

Then a stop at Minnie Mae's sweets for some ice cream. Was also a much needed rest for me before we headed back to the RV Park.  It was a full day and one I will never forget.  While Len isn't/wasn't a big Elvis fan my love for Elvis makes up for both of us and he did seem to enjoy the day also.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Denver (2017) update

     As October comes to an end, we find ourselves once again preparing to hit the road.  Our time here in Denver seemed to go by quicker than usual, but I did have more doctor appointments this year.  Len suggested next year to get them out of the way early and book two a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Guess no news is good news like they say as I haven't heard back from my doctors on some of my test yet.

     While in town we had visits from my grandson and his wife, Jade and Aly.  Aly is stationed in San Diego (corpsman in the Navy), so nice to be in town at the same time.  Also a visit from Len's grandson, Christopher, great to see him and will catch up with him when we are back in the area again.

     We have had visits with family and friends, enjoyed favorite restaurants and found some new ones to enjoy on our next stop back here. Nice Len was able to catch up with some co-workers and I did the same.

     Weather has been decent while we have been here, but it has cooled off, so guess it is natures way of kicking us out of town.  Off to warmer temps, at least I hope.

     Looking forward to new adventures and seeing some different areas as we travel down to Florida.  Know several of our RV "family" will be Florida as well and we look forward to catching up with them, after all "It's 5 0'clock somewhere".

     Stay tuned for our next update.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Denver (Oct. 2017)

We arrived home the 1st of October.  Seems like we have been on the run since we arrived.  Our fridge had gone out while on the road so a 3.2 cubic was bought to get us home.  Once home Len ordered an Amish cooling unit.  Nice he had a buddy here to help him out as it was a lot of work and something heavy to position for the repair and then replace.  Everything is up and running once again, you never miss ice till you don't have it.

Doctor appointments are filling my calendar but slowly getting all of those taken care of.  Len got his doctor visit out of the way early also.

Got together with my family for our yearly get together while we are in town.  Always good to see family and get caught up with everything that has been going on over the last year.

Len  met up with an old school buddy who was in town for business,  they did find time to meet up for lunch and get caught up on everything.

We have also been in touch with friends and still more to hook up with, not to mention hitting more of our favorite restaurants.

October is always a busy month for us and it goes way to fast while we are here, just not enough days in the month.

Updates to follow.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Washington to Colorado

We are slowly on the move to Denver.  Stopped at Pioneer RV Park in Hermiston, OR for a couple of nights. While there we drove over to Pendleton.  Visited the Pendleton Woolen Mills, being a Sunday no workers so no tour, but did check out the clothing and blankets.  Beautiful blankets and some very nice clothing.  Noticed on the tags that the material for the clothing was made there but then shipped out of country to be made into clothing, most labels said Mexico, then returned to the US to be sold.  Even back in the room full of markdowns prices were on the high side.

Left Hermiston this morning and are now in Huntington, OR for one night, staying at Catfish Junction on the shores of the Snake River in Eastern Oregon, very pretty view but a lot of bugs to deal with.

Tomorrow we will be in Mountain Home, Idaho for 4 nights and will be meeting up with Len's cousin and his wife for lunch on Thursday, sure looking forward to seeing them once again.

That is the news for now, more to follow.

Monday, September 18, 2017

On the move


This morning we left Paradise TT Park and drove the long distance to Chehalis TT Park. Only 22 miles again as we were here a few days back. The reason for this is Paradise closed today for the season and we still had 4 days till we start our trip back to Denver. We were to go to a State Park on the 22nd in the Columbia River Gorge but it was cancelled because the area is on fire and HWY 84 is also close. So we had to reroute to Hwy 12 to get to Hwy 82. It will all work out and we will still be in Denver on Oct. 1. We will be stopping in Mountain Home ID. to see my cousin Jack again.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Update, Paradise

     Yesterday we took a drive to Mt. Saint Helen's.  At Johnston Ridge Observatory we enjoyed a talk given by one of the ranger.  Mount St. Helens is most notorious for its major 1980 eruption, the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States.[2] Fifty-seven people were killed; 250 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles (24 km) of railways, and 185 miles (298 km) of highway were destroyed. A massive debris avalanche triggered by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale caused an eruption[3] that reduced the elevation of the mountain's summit from 9,677 ft (2,950 m) to 8,363 ft (2,549 m), leaving a 1 mile (1.6 km) wide horseshoe-shaped crater.[4] The debris avalanche was up to 0.7 cubic miles (2.9 km3) in volume. The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument was created to preserve the volcano and allow for its aftermath to be scientifically studied.   While checking out the observatory we also viewed a short movie about Mount St. Helen's, and a lot of history on what happened.  They have a seismograph machine set up for a demo and there is a mat to jump on and register the impact.  There was also an out of order sign on it, can't tell you how many were jumping on the mat and trying to make it register.  So easy to be entertained while Len was walking to the top of a viewing area.

     Then it was a stop to check out big foot.  Big foot is made of some ash from the eruption of Mt. St. Helen's.  There is also an A frame that survived the mud flow from the eruption. 

     Decided to check out the visitor center while we were out doing the tourist thing.  Another short film about Mt. Saint Helen and a nice display of  the information on the eruption.

     Today Len rode the motorcycle to check out a couple of nearby fish hatcheries, one was a salmon hatchery.

Salmon coming in to spawn

     Weather has been nice, and the smoke has cleared.  Did get a little bit of rain one day, but back to the 80's now.

     Will ad more as things happen.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Paradise, Silver Creek, WA


Arrived yesterday, found a full hook-up site and great site for satellite.  Smokey and a little humid, Len seems to notice it more with his asthma.  This park is closing on the 18th of September for the season, so after Labor Day they started shutting things down.  Have several "neighbors" in our area and looks like most leave about the same time we do, on the 18th.

Tonight we went to a local restaurant for some Chinese Food, it was good and so much of it that we both brought home a doggie bag.  Checked out their lunch menu while we were there and it seems like a better value so I am sure we will try lunch before we leave here.

Not sure what we will do while in the area since we are only 20 miles from our last stop and they seem to promote the same things to see.

More later......

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Chahalis, WA - time to leave

Tomorrow is another moving day.  Our trip is only a very short distance, about 20 miles, to our next stop, I will drive the truck instead of hooking it up to the motorhome. We will be staying at Paradise RV park (Thousand Trails) which is in Silver Creek, WA.

Have really enjoyed our time here and will be returning in less than 2 weeks for another 3 days before we start our journey back to Denver.

Our friend Lily told us one of her friends was here at the park, and we got to chat with him.  Nice that Keith stopped by so we could meet him and hope to see him down the road.

While our plans are to travel I-84 and make a stop to see Multnomah Falls in Oregon we will have to wait and see if the fires are going to allow that.  We have reservations to stay at Ainsworth State Park but they are closed now because of the fires.  Will be keeping an eye on it to see if we need to cancel those reservations and make other plans.


Monday, September 4, 2017

Chehalis, WA 9/2017

     I always thought this was easy when Len wrote on the blog, I don't mind it but's remembering what we have done that is the hard part.

     Thursday we invited Lee and Elaine over for some biscuits and sausage gravy, with scrambled eggs for breakfast. Great way to start the morning.  Happy hour in the afternoon and Elaine made some delicious stuffed peppers, was so happy she shared the recipe.

     Friday morning was moving day for our friends (Lee & Elaine) sad to see them go.  We will catch up with them again, and we are always in touch with each other, Facebook makes this easy.

     We were able to visit the local county Museum.  Nice town museum, Lewis County. Use to be when doing a museum I would see things that I remember from my great grandmother or my grandma.  Now with adding more age to myself, I am seeing things from my mom and ME.  It is a joy as Len and I check out the museum and tell each other of our childhood while remembering things that are now "antiques".   They really had a nice working display for model trains.  It was set up were you could run the trains with a push of a button, yes, we pushed them all.

     Saturday was breakfast at the clubhouse, BACON.  (Funny story, after we said good bye to Lee and Elaine on Friday we headed for the clubhouse for breakfast.  Usually smell the bacon when you get close, neither one of us was smelling it.  The minute I step in the store to buy breakfast tickets, I realized it was FRIDAY, breakfast is served on Saturday and Sunday.  What was worse ,half the staff was there.  Everyone got a good laugh and we told them we would be back on Saturday).

     Saturday night we took a ride on the local steam train.  The train operates over a nine mile section of track that extends southwest of Chehalis.  The line winds through some rolling hills, farmland and over several wooden trestles.  We enjoyed talking with several of the employees/volunteers while on the ride and they were able to answer some questions we had and give us information on the area and train.  Were told the gentleman that owns this line also owns the Silverton in Colorado.

     Sunday we were off early to catch the Rust or Shine Car Show that was being held at the Veterans Memorial Museum.  Was impressing the amount of cars they had.  After the car show we checked out the museum and they were having an a an open house.  The museum is mostly information on local service personnel, a large display of uniforms from all wars and a pretty good selection of firearms.

     Sunday Len found a problem with the fridge (his beer wasn't cold).  Have dreaded this might happen as the fridge was the original.  So this morning (Monday) we took off early to Wal-Mart and purchased a mini-fridge.  We will make do with this till we get back to Denver in October and at that time Len will decide if it gets repaired or replaced.

    Last night our "new" friends (Bruce & Sue) we met here through Lee and Elaine, stopped by during their walk, they are such a fun couple, so glad we have become friends with them and hope to meet up somewhere down the road.

     So the journey continues along with the fun, until next time........

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Chechalis Thousand Trails 08/29

Arrived here Wednesday, scored a site two spots away from our friends Lee and Elaine, so have been getting caught up since we stayed at their place in Yuma, AZ.  Wednesday night Elaine had prepared supper for us, such a nice jester after traveling that day.  We also met their friends Bruce and Susan.

Friday the 6 of us went to the Chechalis Garlic Festival, such a variety of garlic for sale.  Food court was interesting, garlic this and garlic that.  Len couldn't get past the garlic dog, it was more like a sausage.  Time for lunch and 3 of us had garlic dogs, added an order of garlic fires, another had a Trump burger and others had pulled pork, it was all delicious.  We looked for garlic ice cream but none to be found.  It was easy for Len to find the beer garden and before we left we sat and listened to a local performers who wasn't bad.  Big barns full of antiques, and garlic from different farms in the area.  Someone was doing metal sculptures and we just couldn't pass up the kitty one.  It is so cute and looks great in the campsite we are parked in.

Saturday Len and I went to the clubhouse for breakfast, they have the best bacon.  Later in the day was the ice cream social and after that was candy bar bingo (no we didn't win).  So the day was busy and we didn't even leave the park.

Sunday I fixed supper for everyone, Len grilled some brats and I made baked beans, potato salad, deviled eggs, relish tray, salsa and chips and "Len's little wieners" ( little smokies wrapped in bacon, sprinkled with brown sugar and bake, always a big hit)  Dessert was. an apple dessert I wanted to try and what better timing than when  there are friends to try it out on.

Monday morning it was breakfast at Lee and Elaine's.  On the menu was McMorris breakfast sandwiches served with hash browns great way to start the day.

Tuesday Len and Elaine decided it would be fun to take their kayaks out on Mayfield Lake.  We packed a lunch and once those two were launched and on their way Lee and I sat and enjoyed watching other water craft launch.  We were really hoping for a Kodak moment when someone fell it the lake but that didn't happen, nothing even close.  Enjoyed lunch once the kayakers were back safely on land.

And a lot of happy hours.

That's all for now.