Thank goodness for scooters and glow sticks

Trip Start Jun 26, 2008
Trip End Jul 11, 2008

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Friday, June 27, 2008

We left Wytheville around 11am ("a late start" Bret said), but we were going with the flow. The kids had a great time in the pool in the morning. Rebecca had forgotten coffee filters (although bought a HUGE bag of Dunkin' Dounuts coffee and brought a coffee maker with a timer; we also brought wine and forgot a bottle opener). The KOA coffee would have to do. The water pump was operating all night, taking fresh water from our tank (that allows us to have water on the road). It turns out that the manager who helped us with the water hook up had forgotten to pull up the lever on the water connection (which stays shut in Winter when not being used to avoid freezing). Oops. Oh well. At least we knew how to do it. So, we filled up the fresh water tank before we left. The sewer hook up, however, was too short, according to the manager and a crappy (no pun intended) thin, line, so he said we'd need to buy a new one in order to use it at any camp site. Since our "black water" tank - yes, the poop - wasn't full yet, we decided to try again when we got to Nashville.

We arrived in Nashville at 8:30pmEST, and we gained an hour due to the time change. Rebecca took out the new, easy fold-up scooters from the Harrisonburg Walmart (one Razr for Harmond and a 3-wheel Radio Flyer for Warner) and the kids rode them around all evening on the paved roads at the Nashville KOA (the other campground's roads were gravel). The time change gave us time at the pool after our take out dinner from the Cock of the Walk, a well-known restaurant next door to the campground. Janelle managed to borrow a corkscrew for a few minutes while I went back quickly with the boys (with their scooters) to the RV site to open a bottle of wine to have a glass with dinner. We sat at the picnic table outside the RV (Janelle brought a table cloth!) and pulled out the easy fold-up camping chairs we got from Walmart the day before. When darkness set in, we pulled out the battery-operated glow sticks (great to have an on and off switch!) that a woman at Walmart recommended. The KOA even had a "Music Barn" with live music every evening. The kids danced a bit as they walked buy, and we went back after their pajamas were on, but the concert was over, so we went and played on the playground a bit. They probably didn't get to bed until 10:00pm (or later), but they had a great time. And, yes, we were exhausted and very happy. From this point on, the once cool bunk beds have remained empty, with Rebecca's kids sleeping in the "luxurious" back bed with her, snuggling up under the 70's quilt that Janelle brought for decor. The weather was humid in Nashville, and the mosquitos started making it into the RV, but we all got used to hunting them down and exterminating them with full force.

Thank goodness Tennessee is a beautiful state, with many rolling hills and mountains. This second day turned out to be the longest in the car; Harmond and Warner did play "The Travel Game" for a bit, which Rebecca played as a kid and that her mom still had. The kids did very well considering, but Harmond reminded Rebecca at the end of the day that we didn't even stop to do anything along the way. We told the kids that the next day, from Nashville to Memphis would be shorter, so we kept in mind the need to stop and do something really fun. We're grateful for Meaw, who has helped tremendously with the kids while we're keeping our eyes on the road.
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