Saturday, April 22, 2017

Day 174, Saturday, April 22, 2017, Townsand KOA, Day 4

The Group Photo
Saturday, April 22, 2017, Townsand KOA, Day 4, 0 miles, 7,599.1 Miles For the Trip

It rained off & on overnight, but did hold off long enough for me to cook my enchilada dinner. By morning it stopped, and I walked around the campground for a round of photos. After that it was time to make the second blueberry pie. There were a few drops of light rain, but no wind, so cooking under the awning went OK. A few more photos, and it was time for the pot luck dinner. One good thing about site 70 - it is only a few steps to the pavilion. Makes carrying two pies, my tray eating utensils, drink & camera a bit easier!

As usual, plenty to eat with lots of variety. I even got a piece of one of my pies!

After most finished eating we took a couple of group photos. If you want a full size version, check the rally page. A few minutes after the group photo the rain came down.

Dinner was, of course, the pot luck. Right now (at 7:00) I'm listening to Prairie Home Companion & a fairly constant rain on the roof.

Until tomorrow -

Day 173, Friday, April 21, 2017, Townsend KOA,Day 3

Around the Campground
Friday, April 21, 2017, Townsend KOA,Day 3, 0 miles, 7,599.1 Miles For the Trip

A very warm night - it was in the 70's for most of it, but no rain. After breakfast I wandered around, stopping to talk to oth
er fiberglass owners, then decided to go to Maryville for the pie makings. On the way I stopped at the Bronco rally, something that seems to happen at the same time as the fiberglass rally. Lots of Ford Broncos in all kinds of shape, some are amazing for 50 year old vehicles. I took a few photos of some of the trucks, all the photos I did for the day.

I did stop by the office to make reservations for next year. Assuming that I'll be returning from Arizona or Texas around the same time, the rally makes a good stop along the way. Evidently, many others had the same idea. I wanted one of the more "polished" sites that have patios, etc and there were only 3 left. I'll be in site 55, a full hookup site for the same price as my water & electric site (they give a special price for the rally).

Today is the first "official" day of the rally, so I'll take some photos & add them to the page, as well as start a separate rally page. I didn't get everyone - it is raining, so I only made a quick round.

After getting back from the Maryville Walmart I started the first blueberry pie. I set up the toaster oven outside on the picnic table - too hot to cook inside. It looks like rain, so after cooling the pie outside for an hour I moved it inside. I hope the rain holds off long enough to cook dinner. I plan to use the toaster oven to bake a Amy's enchilada dinner on the picnic table. It is under the awning, but if the wind kicks up I will need to take in the awning, and an electric toaster oven doesn't do well in the rain!

Until tomorrow -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Day 172, Thursday, April 20, 2017, Townsand KOA,Day 2, & The Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Little River Cascade
Thursday, April 20, 2017, Townsand KOA,Day 2, & The Great Smoky Mountain National Park, 0 miles, 7,599.1 Miles For the Trip

More rain overnight, but it stopped during the morning. I headed into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park & The Cades Cove loop for some photos. I added a page to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, page 1 I keep in the National & State Parks links. Since I did the same thing in 2015, some of the photos on page 3 are duplicates.  As usual, there are a few more photos at today's LakeshoreImages page, or, you can start at the beginning of the Great Smoky Mountain National Parks page, or go to today's additions.  So many choices!

I was tempted to hike to Abram Falls, but there were thunderclouds on the horizon & it was described as a 3-4 hour hike, so I skipped it. I did take a photo of the stream at the trailhead. Of course, it never rained...

After that it was back to the campsite. I talked with a new neighbor with an Escape 19, then headed inside to put the Great Smoky Mountain National Park page 3 & today's journal post together. Next is a shower, then dinner, which will be leftovers - a chicken thigh, rice & pinto beans, and asparagus.

Until tomorrow -

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Day 171, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Townsand KOA

Site 70
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, Townsand KOA, 107 miles, 7,599.1 Miles For the Trip

Another damp night, although the rain held off while I packed up the trailer & for most of the drive to Townsend. Most of the drive was on TN 68 & US 411. I stopped at a Walmart & picked up some stuff, then crossed into the Eastern time zone, reaching the Townsend KOA around 1:00. I set up in site 70, a water & electric site for $42.46 per night (No one ever said KOA's are cheap!)

I sat under the awning in a light rain and read for a bit, then made a run to the local IGA to see what they had in the way of blueberry pie supplies. No specials on blueberries, so it will probably be frozen ones. I hope they have enough for two pies, otherwise I'll need to go out of Townsend to get them. The last time I drove to Pigeon Forge, it took a couple of hours. It isn't that far, but the traffic is horrendous. I'll worry about that on Friday.

Back at the trailer I wandered around saying hello to a bunch of other early arrivals, then fired up the grill to make dinner.

Dinner was a grilled chicken thigh, pinto beans & rice, and asparagus. A thunderstorm passed through while I was cooking dinner, but the wind wasn't bad enough that I had to take in the awning.

Until tomorrow -

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Day 170, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Cumberland Mountain State Park, TN, Day 3

Ozone Falls
Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Cumberland Mountain State Park, TN, Day 3, 0 Miles, 7,492.1 Miles For the Trip

Rain off & on all night & morning. Mostly light, but it didn't go away until around 11:00AM. Even then, it only got down to a light mist. I decided to head to Ozone Falls. Only about 15 miles from the campground on Deep Draw Road & US 70 / TN 1. The closer I got to the falls, the harder the rain fell. A good AT&T signal at the parking area, so I checked my weather radar app & it showed the rain throughout the area, with no break in sight, so since it wouldn't help to wait, I decided to give it a try anyway.

A short, flat hike to the top of the falls, where I met a family exploring. I too a few photos, then headed for the trail to the bottom. Very rocky, steep, and the rain was still falling. I was soaked & muddy from slipping and sliding into a puddle on the way, so I passed it up. I'll have to visit these two waterfalls during dry weather!  More photos at today's LakeshoreImages page.

Of course, as soon as I got back to the campground, the rain stopped. I sat outside & read for awhile. It started to rain, so rather than cooking inside, I headed to the campground restaurant for dinner. The buffet was better than the one at David Crockett (which, I'm afraid, isn't saying much). The sides & salad were OK, but the pork chops were dry & tough.

Until tomorrow -