Miss camping before I even make it home from last trip

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If you blink, you may not see my favorite flower bloom

Enjoying the simple moments at home in between travels.

Wisteria

She only blooms once a year and I enjoy everyday of the beautiful purple blooms. Even though they do not last long, I look forward to her returning the next year letting me know warmer days are coming soon!

The Long, Long Trailer

**Not my picture, IMBd cover for DVD, and clip below to hint a visual of climbing the mountain with the 40′ train…I mean trailer.😡😡😡😡

​A friend told me about the movie The Long, long Trailer with Lucille Ball starring. This is after I confessed to her in TN, that I had a massive rock and shell collection, soooo inching into becoming a fulltime RV family, it was a concern of mine. Now I have other items that are special or I care about but mainly I am not attached to “objects”. My rocks and shells, different story! I refuse to count how many because living in the unknown makes me a bit more comfortable, so that I do not have to acknowledge it is a obsession. These are all rocks and shells we found as a family, at the beach and mountain digs( hundreds of huge whelk shells mainly and most rocks are large minerals dug out at the mining annual trips) My husband calls my rocks, boulders.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Anyway, telling my friend that I have discussed with my husband that as much as I am committed to fulltime RV transition, I am not giving up my shells or rocks!😬
My sweet, patient husband πŸ™ˆπŸ™Š then says okay we can dedicate a outside cabinet just to your shells. I become very loud (realizing this after the fact) are you sure that’s enough space and hey what about my rocks?! I won’t leave without them!πŸ™ŠπŸ™ˆπŸ™‰
So my friend starts laughing as I tell her the ‘problems’ I am having and said I am sorry I understand, and you need to watch the movie ‘The Long, Long Trailer’.
My dear friend was spot on! It is a must see for any current, past or future RV’r. Even if you are not it is a hilarious movie. My husband and I laughed so hard we had tears. πŸ˜‚ There were moments my husband laughed so hard I could not hear the TV.πŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒ
There are so many parts that will have you rolling laughing. Without spoiling the movie, I want you to notice the part where they are driving the RV up a winding, narrow, mountain road. Close to 8000′ elevation…..Their faces, reactions and struggle…..so real! This was like watching us on TV when we made the Chimney Rock stop from TN earlier in the month. πŸ˜±πŸ˜΅πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
We were terrified, many close calls and lessons that day, but now all we can do is laugh till we both cry watching it played out and remembering all our ‘OH $h*+!!!!!!!!!!’ Moments!
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Highly recommend this movie!!

April 2018 annual dig to Graves Mountain, GA

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Thank you for looking and letting me share the best time of our lives with you!!πŸ’œπŸ’œβœŒβœŒ

Want to join in the free fun for the whole family rock dig on Graves Mountain? Dig, climb and bring back home as many treasures as you would like!! Here is the link for event!! First visit and you will be hooked!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1902302390060014/?ti=cl

Learning the hard way….

On the way home, leaving Anchor Down in Dandridge, Tennessee …..we were all a little sad (mainly me) and a little bored as well so I had this great idea.. So I thought.,πŸ˜¬πŸ™„πŸ‘Ž

πŸ’‘We should stop at a state park somewhere off interstate on the ride back. Just for a couple hours and then we’ll head home…..

I Googled local parks in our path.

CHIMNEY ROCK STATE PARK…perfect only 20 mins off our route.

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Why? 

I figured state park that is well known for tourist, no doubt a RV can park in there…

Wrong!

The road there alone should have made us say, yeah not RV friendly turn around. πŸš«πŸš«πŸ”™But where? On skinny snake γ€°turning mountain road does a RV turn around? Even the little over touristic town you pass right before park would have been a nightmare to do so and we were less than a mile away at that point. 

Thankfully our captain handle the insane tiny road heading straight ⬆! Only taking out a couple pieces of tree limbs hanging over the road. 

So we pull in….gravel driveway…best way to describe the parking lot. Only left side of this gravel “driveway” could you park (of course all 15-20 parking spots were full) and at the end Port a Johns. πŸ™ˆSo no turning around in there…Captain backed out the driveway back onto the tiny paved snaked curved γ€°πŸ”„mountain road. So now we were turned around to head back out and again go thru the scary tiny mountain spiraling road. Thankful the RV did not turn out like a situation Robin Williams had himself in…referring to the movie RV…but we were ever so close to it.

Nightmare. Learned our lesson. 

1. Spontaneous trips in a RV, not a good idea!

Not one sign stating the roads or park were not RV/BUS/TRUCK friendly….really next to impossible!

Living to tell the story, I hope to at least prevent any fellow RV tribes from attempting this journey.

CHIMNEY ROCK STATE PARK=🚫RV

After arriving back in our home state, hours later and nerves rattled to the Max!!!

Out of no where our passenger bottom door window, I call the foot window…FLEW off going 65mph down I26!! Thankfully it did not hit anyone behind us as it blew🌫πŸŒͺ🌫 out. 

At this point we all had to laugh.

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It was just too much and I believe we had hit insanityπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Now we are looking for ideas to cover this useless window cutout…too much to figure out after finally arriving home…we will save that for another day πŸ™„

Here is the picture of foot window after, while in I26 traffic. 

Up side: We are all safe and sound, have some bloopers stories to tell, Gypsy Queen survived as well.  The gas budget still stayed right where we planned….And hey, now we can air our feet on hot summer daysπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Not really, it will be fixed before she is back on the road again. πŸ˜‰

Anchor Down RV Resort~ Dandridge, TN

Have you ever stayed at a campground (or ANY vacation spot) and found yourself crying when leaving because you will miss it so much??!!! Never had I before….THIS is what happens Anchor Down RV Resort – Dandridge, TN …so magical that even though you know you will return soon and many times after, you cry leaving because you will miss it all in between visits! This is where dreams are found. I fell in love from day one and never wanted to leave!

We did not stay on the many water sites mainly because it was forecasted cold weather, in fact it had just snowed one day the week that we arrived….But mother nature changed and the weather was absolutely beautiful the only time we were really cold was first thing in the morning before the sun really came out. We had one night of rain and lightning. And with the top of the mountain view of a 360 turnaround that we had, the lightning storm….So entertaining, that we actually sat outside on our camp site. Watching the beautiful lightning and clouds change and move over and come together from one side of the resort to the other. It was absolutely amazing. Like a firework show but way better because mother nature had a plan.

Our site #11 right at the end of the first loop, perfect! We were able to see a panoramic view of the area with mountains and hills upon hills and mountains and the hills were the bold green grass that you never see. All over the hills, cows graze and we were entertained even by this. Why were the cows entertaining? Especially for family who live in the country??!! Well at one point in the day, Saturday, the cows were no longer scattered through the hills they all were lined in a perfect line with no understanding from us of why… They weren’t being fed… No one and nothing herding the cows….So we did a google search not going to say that I completely understand the little entertaining moment we had with the cows after reading google, has something to do with the magnetic force north to south. So we do not know why, exactly, or how to go and when to go… Nonetheless entertaining cows! Never thought I would say that before, truly magical magical play, magical fun, beautiful things to see and do. We had a great time playing this game that we had never heard of called pickle. Pickle ball is basically in our view a combination of tennis and ping pong ball. These courts were beautiful. The basketball court next to it equally perfect. They have something called gaga ball we never did figure that out.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ All the equipment, the balls the rackets, you borrow from the office for free.

Go down lakeside, volleyball in real sand and yes I felt like I was at the beach because of it. They had tether ball very fun. Amazing small arcade building. All of this is new now. If you see the fire places throughout the entire resort, this was very impressive, the owner actually makes each one of them. Which is why they’re so different, unique looking, made by hand, each one. They are stunning. So much respect for that person and what talent they have. The shower in laundry and bathroom buildings were extremely clean I mean perfect but they have gone all out and made these individual closed door and lock stall with bathroom in a gorgeous shower I must say. Where great water pressure and temperature. You definitely do not feel like you were camping, you felt like you somehow walked into a hotel and not sure how you got there. Everyone that works there works around the clock constant. They have many people on site, you always see staff picking up the trash, saying hello seeing if you need anything, there’s never a moment where you saw anything dirty or something that needed to be done, they were already doing it as it happened. What an amazing resort and team work that has been created and planted there without a doubt we could have easily lived there and felt very very comfortable.

Such a fun little arcade building brand new as you can see my daughter on a bunch of rainbow balls out of the claw and catch game, we all played and had tons of fun on air hockey lots of fun little arcades, they even have packed man. The arcade building is right next to the inground pool and lake, the inground pool is not in season yet not open for the season, but we will be going back to enjoy and very excited to go back. Very sad to leave.
Tether ball big hit with our family. Tons of fun, beautiful view while you’re doing it, it’s right there at the playground so the ones that aren’t playing tether can go play on the playground, walk down to the water, hang out on the sand. Play volleyball tons of options.

As you Can see the playground was a big hit. With the entire family had lots of fun, no matter your age, you’re gonna have fun all over the resort.

Here I am hanging out in the volleyball sand building little cool castles laying out in the sand, the weather was so great the water was right there, it’s like I had the mountains and the beach right there.

This was down by the lake area huge rocks and iT looked like such a fun opportunity to explore. We were right. Going through the rocks. Seeing the different formations the different erosion when the water is has risen, it was amazing and as you can see, it took wonderful pictures because you have the beautiful mountainscape, and then you have the beautiful sky with the water, just absolutely stunning a little slice of heaven on our earth..

Meet our camp neighbors the our family and honestly they are more family than friends. Absolutely wonderful people and not juat because they are the ones that told us how great Anchor Down was πŸ™‚ And Gypsy Queen in the background. Gypsy queen has had a little bit of a makeover. The sign though you see in this picture we bought at local tool store near resort and we had to go ahead and add to the door.

Few pictures of our site area. Honestly I rarely had my camera on me because we just had so much fun, I did not think to take too many.

This is the best place ever and I look forward to many many more trips there.