Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Southwestern RV Trip – Day 3, Natchez, MS

The third day of our trip was a down day in the Natchez area and we awoke to a pretty good rain that lasted until about noon at which time we caught the towboat, Frank Johnson, heading upstream through the mist pushing 21 barges.  The towboat is 180’ long x 50’ wide and is powered by three screws and a total of 9000 hp.




Monday, January 14, 2019

Heading To The Southwest – Days 1-2

Now that the holidays are over, we have hit the road for a long planned RV trip to the desert Southwest, spending most of our time in Arizona.  We departed Almost Heaven South at 10am on 1/10/19 and pointed the coach toward Tuscaloosa, Al – an area still in shock due to the recent blowout football loss to Clemson in the NCAA football championship game.   Our route took us down I-75, I-24, I-59, and I-459 and the road surfaces were mostly very good except for a few rough stretches and the traffic between Chattanooga and Birmingham was very light – I really like that road.

We pulled into Sunset RV ($32/nite) about 3:30 and secured a long pull through requiring no unhooking of the car, however when I went to start it for its required 5 minute post-tow running, the battery was pretty dead.  Not sure why, but this is why I travel with a battery charger and jumper cables – charger did the trick this time and now I need to figure out why.

On Friday, we left Tuscaloosa at 9:30 am and drove I-59 to Laurel, MS and the road was very good except form the MS border to the split of I-59 and I-20.  Since I had heard that both I-20 thru MS and I-10 thru La were pretty rough, I found an alternate that took us thru Natchez, MS, a place I had been wanting to go.  So we exited I-59 at Laurel, MS and traveled west on US-84 but I would not consider it as a smooth alternative to the interstates as only about a third of it was really good road and it had a lot of coach rattling sections.

We rolled into Riverview RV Park in Vidalia, LA about 3pm – it’s just across the river from Natchez with another dead car battery so my first solution did not work.


Friday, January 11, 2019

A Couple More Breakfast Casseroles

You may recall that I made a couple of casseroles to eat for breakfast while my girls were in Florida and I decided nuking a piece of casserole vs cooking something every morning was a good way to go for breakfast and now, I was ready for another one.  I searched through your recipes and settled on one from Dave at eRecipe Cards called Best Damn Cheesy Tater TotBacon Breakfast Casserole Ever.  Dave’s recipe makes two dishes so the first thing I did was cut it in half and then I amended the ingredients and directions a little to get this.


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Surprise - Very Good Italian In Townsend, TN


One of my jobs in our FMCA RV club is to plan our June rally and since I have a fondness for the quiet side of the Smokies (other side is Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge), I wanted to check out campgrounds in Walland and Townsend, TN.  So we decided to make it a day trip, including lunch, and with a recommendation from a campground owner, we headed for Brianna’s Italian Restaurant and Cuisine.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019’s First Meal – French (Toast) Cake

Happy New Year To Everyone

We had most of a cake left from our Christmas meal and Bev came up with the idea of cooking it like French Toast and I decided to call it French Cake.  The cake was provided by friend Kathy but we were not working through it quickly and this seemed like a good way to utilize it.