Monthly Archives: April 2016

Shelby, NC – Owl’s Eye Vineyard – April 30, 2016

We left the Atlanta, GA area today, heading to Michigan. Kelly’s daughter, Stephanie, is graduating from Wayne State’s Physician Assistant program. We’re taking a bit of a diversion though, through Washington DC.

Our first stop is in Shelby, NC at Owl’s Eye Vineyard. We joined Harvest Host (www.harvesthost.com) when we got our RV, with the expectation that we would love to stay at wineries on our travels. Harvest Hosts provides lists of wineries and farms which allow RVs to boondock on their property for a night. It works well for them, as they get publicity and patrons, and it works well for the RVers as they get to wake up in a beautiful environment, and they don’t have to worry about how much wine they drink because their home is in the parking lot! We arrived at Owl’s Eye around 3:00pm and enjoyed some wine tasting. We enjoyed it so much that we bought 3 bottles of wine.

One of the nice things about staying at a winery or farm is that you are often times near quaint small towns. In this case, we were just outside the town square of Shelby, NC. We drove into town around 4:30pm, which was unfortunate because everything was starting to close and we had just missed an art fair. However, I was able to catch an art store open and found a perfect pottery gift for my daughter, Sarah, back in Atlanta.

We had dinner at Joe’s Grill and Pub serving American, Italian & Thai. As you can imagine, their menu was quite interesting. We went with the Thai theme. We shared Thai Salmon and Cashew Chicken. Both were very good.

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We returned to the coach after dinner. By then the winery was closed and we had the entire lot and vineyard to ourselves. I imagine it would have been nice to break out one of our new bottles of wine and sit outside by the vineyard, but we were experiencing our first hard thunderstorm in the RV. It poured hard all night long. In the morning the sun came out and we headed to our next destination; Deer Creek RV Resort in Galax, VA.

 

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Cumming, GA – Bald Ridge Creek Campground – April 19-30, 2016

After spending a night in Red Bay, AL to get our Dish Satellite system installed we headed to Georgia. We were excited to get home to visit with family and friends, and to give tours of our new toy.

Bald Ridge Creek Campground is another US Army Corp of Engr. Campground. As I mentioned in my earlier posts, we really love these campgrounds. We stayed in 2 different sites over the period of 11 nights. Charlie wanted the site that was more open, while I wanted the one that was wooded and set back on a peninsula. So, we split our time between the two. Both were fantastic.

Charlie was able to play with another one of his toys while we were in the Atlanta area. He has a Diamond DA40 plane. We flew it over the campground and captured some pictures. You can see our coach in the open area, just behind the white RV.

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Site #44, which Charlie chose, was very nice. The lot itself was very spacious, although the afternoon sun was pretty fierce. Our granddaughter appreciated the fact that she could wade in the water just outside the coach.

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Site #30, which was my choice, was set out on a wooded peninsula. It was very private. You could stroll to the end of the peninsula for a view of sunrise and sunset. Below is a sunrise picture I captured one of the early mornings.

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Site #30, before our move-in.

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In the early mornings I’d stroll around our private peninsula and find lots of birds, including woodpeckers and a blue heron.

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We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Bald Ridge Creek CG. It’s location to our home base, friends and family is perfect.

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Lawrenceburg, TN – David Crockett State Park – April 15-17, 2016

We spent a couple of nights at the David Crockett State Park while in transit from Nashville, TN to Red Bay, AL. The park is located on Shoal Creek, where David Crockett settled in 1817. He started a powder mill, grist mill and distillery. However, these were all ruined in the flood of Sep. 1821. The park was established in 1959. It has 2 campgrounds, one for tents and one for RVs. There is a historical museum on-site, covering Crockett’s life. It is very small, but provides a lot of interesting facts. There are bike trails and hiking trails throughout the park, as well as a 40-acre fishing lake.

The park seems to be designed for smaller RVs, but we found a site large enough to accommodate us. It was very wooded and the pad was sloped a bit. We were unable to overcome all of the slope. They only offer 30-Amp service and the water pressure was very low. We enjoyed the ambiance though.

 

 

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Nashville, TN – Seven Points Campground – April 10-15, 2016

We spent our second week of RV’ing in Nashville, TN, at another US Army Corp. of Engr. campground. Seven Points is a beautiful campground on J. Percy Priest Lake in Hermitage, TN. It is just 10 miles East of Nashville. The campsites are very large and wooded, giving you the feeling of privacy on the lake.

The roads are very narrow at Seven Points and maneuvering a 40 ft RV can be a little tricky, especially for us newbies. It was a little difficult to back into our site considering the narrowness, and the stone wall on the opposite side of the road which we had to deal with. All-in-all we were successful at backing-in on the 1st attempt. However, once in, we decided we didn’t want to do that again so we learned how to limit our water use, as there are no sewer hook-ups in the Corp of Engr campgrounds.

We are beginning to love the US Army Corp of Engr campgrounds. They are very clean, private, have large sites, are on nice waterways or lakes, and you can’t beat the price of $12/day for anybody having the US Senior Park Pass (age 62 and above – which Charlie qualifies, but not me. Many years away for me:-) ).

 

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While in Nashville we took a few day trips. We visited the Andrew Jackson Hermitage. It was very informative. The tour took about 3 hours. I’d highly recommend it.

 

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We also visited Franklin, TN. It is a quaint village with great shops and restaurants. We had lunch at Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant. Both the atmosphere and food were fantastic.

 

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After lunch we drove along beautiful country/farm roads to Leiper’s Fork, TN. We passed many scenic horse farms along route 96 and 46. There are a few art, antique, and historic shops in Leiper’s Fork, as well as an old police car on the side of the road.

 

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On the way back to the campground we stopped by Arrington Vineyards for a bottle of wine. It is a vineyard which friends of ours, the Huntley’s, introduced us too. It is a great place to visit in the summertime, as you can sit outside and enjoy any food you choose to bring, and a good bottle of Arrington wine while looking out over the vineyards. It was a little chilly on this day though.

The weather finally turned sunny and warm the day we were leaving so we spent the morning hanging out on our ‘private’ sandy beach in front of our site. We will definitely return to Seven Points again.

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Fulton, MS – Jamie L. Whitten Campground: Apr 5-10, 2016

Since Charlie and I have never RV’d, and neither of us consider ourselves as campers, we were a little nervous about how the campground life would be. This was our first campground and we loved it!

This is a United States Army Corps of Engineers campground, and it is beautiful. It sits along the Tom Bigbee River. We were in spot #57; a lakefront slot surrounded by trees. The nice thing about that was the constant shade. The bad thing was that we were unable to extend our awning fully and we did not get satellite reception. The lack of TV would not have been an issue, except that it was the end of the season for many of our shows. To address this, Charlie ordered a portable satellite TV antenna and had it delivered to the campsite in time for our Blacklist season finale!

This campground is very well located for getting work done at the Tiffin Service Center in Red Bay, AL. If you ever find yourself on a long waitlist at the service center you might want to consider camping here to pass the time. It sure beats the Tiffin Service Parking Lot.

There are a couple of short trails throughout the campground and a long bike/hike trail along the river, just outside the campground. There is also a historical center which you can stroll through.

The view from our Campsite.

The view from our Campsite.

Lots of trees, beautiful lake view, and lots of privacy.

Lots of trees, beautiful lake view, and lots of privacy.

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The Build in Red Bay, AL: Tiffin Allegro Bus 40AP

On March 3rd, 2016 Charlie and I headed to Red Bay, AL to watch the RV be built. We spent a week there and was amazed at how quickly the unit transitioned from an empty frame to a full fledge coach.

While in Red Bay, we were told by a number of people that a visit to Coon Dog Cemetery was a must. I guess it is a place that you have to see to believe.

We also took a day trip to Florence, AL. We took a tour of Pope’s Tavern and Museum. I’d highly recommend it. There is an abundance of Civil War history to be learned from this little museum. We were very impressed by the number of true artifacts from the 17 and 1800s.

While in downtown Florence we strolled over to the University of North Alabama where we learned that their school mascots are live lions. We then enjoyed a nice lunch at a quaint restaurant; Odette.

We wished we had had more time to visit other historic sites in the Florence area. We did take a drive over to the Wilson Dam, named for former President Woodrow Wilson. Construction of this enormous Dam, and National Historic Landmark, began in 1918 and was completed in 1924. Its 94 ft lock lift is the highest single lift lock east of the Rocky Mountains.

We stayed in Red Bay for only a week, before heading back to Atlanta. It was hard leaving our new baby. A month later, on April 4th, we picked up the finished unit from Sherman RV Center in Sherman, MS.

Sherman was great and we’d highly recommend them if you are looking to get an RV!

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