Thursday, September 29, 2011

RV Trip #2 – Day Two & Three

After a cool and misty day on Thursday, it was down in the 40’s that night and we had no heat in the RV (the furnace was on the blink) so we spent a pretty cool night, but awoke to a beautiful Saturday.

After a light breakfast, we headed down to Cumberland Mountain State Park for a look around.  Most of the parks structures were built from the famous sandstone in the area, by the CCC and WPA during the depression, including the damn and bridge.

They built this wall along the lake edge which was partially submerged due to the recent high rains.

And the restaurant where we ate lunch on Sunday before heading home.

After the park, we headed down to the Homestead Apple Festival and like most, it was crafts, food, and music and this guy having a ball with the kiddies.  Homestead was one of the Roosevelt's New Deal planned communities.

After going to the Buckwheat, Strawberry, Tomato, Cornbread, Hatch Chile, and now Apple Festivals, I’m pretty sure I’ll survive fine without ever attending another one.  I think the same vendors and crafters must move from one to the next and there’s really just nothing there I want, but others must feel differently as the place was packed.

Then came the highlight of this trip – a first meeting and dinner with George and Betsy Adams (Senior Moments and Joyful Reflections) at the Catfish Cabin for some of the best catfish I've eaten.  After supper they came back to the campground, which was just across the road, to meet the rest of our family (the pups) and pose for a couple of photos.

I really enjoy meeting my blogger buddies in person and they were just like I imagined they would be – friendly and delightful.  It’s amazing how well you can get to know someone from just reading what they write and seeing some photos.

After they left, we built a fire and settled in for a relaxing dusk period – then the three police cars and ambulance showed up about 50 yds. away to deal with the alcohol induced fight that broke out.  This campground is pretty amazing – clean, nice sites, good facilities for only $27/ day and a free Saturday night fight. 

All photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.



  1. Wow. You didn't have to pay extra for the fight channel. What a deal. Looks like RV-ing is agreeing with you.

    We had friends over for dinner last night that were visiting our area from Florida in their RV. From their description and yours, it seems like the RV experience is very similar to Cruisers on boats that we knew in the islands going to neat places and meeting new people. Life is good.

  2. I would give a lot at this point for a few evenings in the 40's even if I had to bundle up extra...Sounds like a wonderful few days out on the open road.

    It is always an extra bonus to meet up with blogger friends.


    P.S. Our Fall garden has been planted. Fingers crossed. We even built a small cocktail terrace to enjoy drink while watching our cabbage grow.

  3. LOL.. I love how you see the positive in the whole Saturday night fight thing!! lol
    The trip sounds lovely.. and yes, it does sound like you might be a bit burned out on festivals... :)

  4. It is so great to read that you are having a good time "RV"ing. Your darling Bev deserves special mention for looking gorgeous while wrangling both your doglets at once while being photographed with your self and your new friends.

    I hope the doglets were as nice to your new friends!

  5. Did you have to pay extra for the excitement at the end of the day? We have wonderful campgrounds out this way too, Larry. Hope you have a chance to visit them someday. Those small town festivals are pretty much the same but give local folks a chance to visit. We have a hokey one in my town but everybody goes and pays too much for greasy food. Nobody would miss the pancake breakfast the fire department puts on.

  6. Hi Larry (and Bev)---We SO enjoyed being with you all. I must apologize for the fight which broke out... I guess Crossville needs a little excitement every once in awhile.... ha ha

    Glad you went back to the state park for Sunday dinner. It's usually good when we go there.

    Glad you came.. Hope we meet again sometime soon.

    Thanks again.

  7. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to our neck of the woods in spite of (or perhaps because of?) the extra excitement on Saturday night.

  8. Larry, You are becoming a regular back roads explorer! Hooking up with new friends too... You're on the way to earning your RV Explorer Badge. Thanks for the tip on the Catfish Cabin! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  9. 40's .. schmorties. ;)

    Being from Colorado I just couldn't resist saying that.

    Another great trip in the RV! Thanks for sharing all the photos.

  10. I know my parents will enjoy that campground sometime in the near future. They were going to camp at Cades Cove last week but couldn't get a spot for more than 4 days long (they like to stay longer term).


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