Settling In

Good Morning.  It’s time to catch you up on our last couple of days.  While I was waiting to check us in at the Texas T Campground, I chatted with a couple other campers that were also checking in.  The gentleman ahead of me was going to Gulf Shores, Alabama where he lives.  The lady I was chatting with said she was going there also.  When they asked me where we were headed, I responded “not sure, west to Texas”.  I explained this was our first trip and that we haven’t been anywhere yet.  She then said they had spent a few winters in Texas, but now go to Gulf Shores State Park in Alabama.  They love it there.

When we got settled in for the night, I looked on the map to see where Gulf Shores was.  It looked perfect for us; south, beach, warm weather and lots to see and do.  The question was do they have availability and could we afford it.  I wouldn’t know until I called.  I called. They had room for us until January 1st only and the monthly rate, even with their outrageous taxes (15% resort fee, 11% lodging tax and a $4. transaction fee) was doable at $24. per night with full hookups.  We will have to leave on New Year’s Day because they are fully booked for the next few months, but we got a spot and I know where I will be spending Christmas.  That was important to me.

Day 10.  We left the Texas T Campground at 9:30 am.  Our total miles for day 9 were 273.  We stopped at the welcome center in Alabama to see what they had for our new destination.

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Taking our time, we stopped at a rest area in Dodge City for lunch, then to Greenville, Alabama where we spent the night in the Wal-Mart parking lot.  We had a perfect spot where we were able to open our bedroom slide out over a grassy area.  We felt comfortable and safe there with other campers and truckers.  It was a long day totaling 549 miles for the day.  We did repay Walmart for their hospitality by getting some needed items in their store.

Day 11.  Yesterday was a short travel day, only 149 miles.  We made it to our destination by noon.  While I checked us in, Clyde unhooked the car from Winnie.  The sites are all paved with a picnic table and grill.  We do not have a fire pit.  We can see the gulf from our site, but we do have to drive to the beach area, which we did check out.  The sand reminds us of Cancun, so white.

Day 12.  Today we will be busy getting settled in.  Grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning and decorating for Christmas are on the agenda.  No hurry, we will see how much we get done.

Loving the lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

 

 

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On the Road Again

Day 9.  After spending a very enjoyable week with our daughter Karen and her family it was time to say good-bye and hit the road.  But, before we did that we needed to fill up with propane, as our tank had run dry.  Kentucky was cold too.  Maybe not as cold as Michigan, but cold enough to run the furnace 24/7.  We thought we could fill up at the campground across the road, but when we pulled in we were told they had run out of propane and didn’t know of anywhere else to get some.  So we hit the road with the plan of looking for some along the way.

Where to go next.  We had discussed taking I-75 south through Kentucky into Tennessee, but we found out just as you enter Tennessee we would have to climb a knob or mountain or whatever and as Michiganders who have not traveled much through mountains in a car, let alone in a motorhome pulling a toad, it was not something we wished to do just yet.  So, I needed to find an alternate route to take us southwest.

The route decided on took us across the Cumberland Parkway, then through Bowling Green, Kentucky and south on I-65 through to Tennessee.  We passed through Nashville and found a campground right off the expressway, the Texas T Campground.  It is a very popular place for overnighter’s on the road.  We were very happy to have gotten a site.  They provide free Wi-Fi, and have pull-through sites with full-hookups.  This meant we didn’t have to unhook the toad.  Nice!  They also give discounts for AARP members and Sams Club.  We have both. 

Oh, we did find propane at a Flying J gas station.  The tank is 22 lbs. and we took 22 lbs.  Guess you could say we were empty.

Loving the lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  Today we will be at our daughter Karen’s relaxing and enjoying good company and a delicious meal.  The last couple of years we went to the Lion’s football game on Thanksgiving Day.  It was a fun-filled time with family as well.  This year we will have to watch the game on TV.  That’s just fine with me. I just enjoy being with family wherever we are.

This year I am extremely thankful to be alive, able to enjoy time with family and friends.  I am able to travel and see America with improved health.  I hope you all have much to be thankful for too.

Loving the lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

Artisan Center

Day 3.  Today we visited the Artisan Center and the Log House Craft Gallery in Berea, Kentucky.  Berea’s motto is “Where Art is Alive”.  The city is noted to be “The Folk Arts and Crafts Capital of Kentucky”.

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 Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

As a crafter myself, I enjoy seeing what other talented artists have created.  I was not disappointed.  The variety of different types of crafts created were numerous, all unique and well done.  All of the items displayed in both places were for sale.

After our visit to the art centers we went to Hobby Lobby’s to further entice our creative juices.  Some purchases were made.  We decided to buy our small Christmas tree for Winnie, along with the lights and ornament, as all Christmas items were 1/2 off.  I was told I was not allowed to put it up until after Thanksgiving, so you will have to wait a little bit to see how it looks.

We are enjoying our time with our daughter Karen and her family.  It is always too long between visits.

Enjoying the lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

Destination: Berea, Kentucky

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Day 2.  We were up early, anxious to get on the road.  A few of the other overnighter’s had already left when we woke up.  We were on our way by 7:20 am.  Traffic was quite heavy for the first hour.  After the traffic settled down, we stopped at a Burger King for our coffee (which was awful) and breakfast.

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Shortly after our breakfast break we entered our destination state of Kentucky.  We made it to Berea, Kentucky by 11:00 am, ready to visit with our daughter Karen and her family.

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Walnut Meadows Campground was easy to find off I-75.  Our daughter Karen prearranged our reservation for us.  We were given a pull-through site with full hookups.  This made it easy to unhook the car and get settled in quickly.

The owners are a very nice older couple who made us feel very welcome.  The campground is small with many permanent residence. It is also very convenient for shopping, restaurants and the well know Artisan Center, which we can’t wait to visit.

Loving the lifestyle,

Until next time,

Kathryn

The Adventure Begins

Friday we were able to get Winnie in to General RV to have the outlet in the bathroom replaced, along with the dinette slide out cleaned, adjusted and lubricated.  Hopefully we are all done with needed repairs for a while.

Saturday was spent with family.  I have mixed feelings about leaving.  I am anxious to get going and see what we can see and enjoy our retirement, but I will really miss my weekends with family and all the other times together.

Day 1:  Sunday morning in Michigan was cold.  We got up early so that we could get on the road and begin our new adventure.  After packing up and getting the motorhome ready for travel, it was time to hook up the car to the motorhome.  We had only done it the once when we bought the hitch.  Would we remember how to do it this time? As it turned out, we knew what needed to be done, but couldn’t figure out how to accomplish it.  We called our grandson Tristan who came right over to help.  He showed his grandpa what to do and how to do it.  It just takes some muscles and a little luck.  Tristan was able to help grandpa get us all hooked up and on our way.  Thanks Tristan.  I don’t know what we would have done without him.

We then went to breakfast with Tristan and his mom, our daughter, Melissa.  We said our goodbyes and were on our way. The adventure begins.

Our goal was to make it at least half way to our daughters in Kentucky for the night.  As we were only looking for a place to sleep and then head out early in the morning, I decided we would try stopping at a Wal-Mart for the night.  We stopped in Middletown, Ohio which was 262 miles total for the day.  We arrived a little after 4pm.  There were already a number of truckers stopped for the night.  After we found a place to park, we went into Walmart for a few items and to get something to eat.  When we got back another motorhome was parked for the night too.  I felt completely safe and comfortable there.  It was a busy Walmart but it did quiet down in the evening.  It was a free and convenient place to stop.  I think we may do it again.

Loving the lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn

 

One More Trip to General RV

We thought we were done with repairs on Winnie.  Nope, not quite yet.  When I went to plug in my blow dryer into the bathroom outlet, it wouldn’t work.  We checked the breakers, reset the switch and still nothing.  Hopefully Jennifer can fit us in sometime this week to have it looked at before we leave on Sunday to head south.

As long as we are at it, I will have them look at the dinette slideout. It is making a lot of noise going in and out.  I hope it won’t be anything major.

Loving the lifestyle.

Until next time,

Kathryn