Trip Start May 03, 2005
27Trip End Ongoing
We arrived here after leaving Wilder Mountain. This place is very different because it's a city. We booked at the Volunteer Family Campground and at first the place wasn't impressive because it was crowded but the owners are friendly and it's convenient to everything. It has all the amenities including wifi. They offer home cooked meals every night between 5 and 7 pm for about $5 to 7. The first night we ate pot roast and on Sunday we had a turkey dinner with all the fixins. These meals were cooked by the wife and she had help from the kids. It's a nice touch. The worst part was that there's a cement company and a trucking company on this street...trucks blasting past us every few minutes. But thankfully, they quit at 5:00 pm and didn't work on the weekend.
Parked right next to us is a very talkie lady. John and I had to devise a system whereby I would ask him if he was ready to visit our "friends" and would look at his watch and be surprised at how late it was getting to be
This campground also had evening entertainment. On Friday night they had a local Bluegrass band. They had 9 folks up there playing banjo's, guitars, fiddles, and base violin. Everyone was invited to join in and some of them did. It was nice but a bit on the nasally-twangy side as real Bluegrass is apt to be.
Saturday was spent looking at different properties. We saw two different ones, neither of which worked. The first one was straight up a hill and the second one was on a residential street, restricted as to having an RV on it and full of poison ivy. I didn't notice it until it was pointed out to me and after I had tromped through a bunch of it. As soon as we got back to the RV, I washed everything I had on in hot water and took a shower with some patchouli scented lye soap that I had bought at an old fashioned store. As of yet, no outbreak. I will keep my fingers crossed.
We thought Saturday would be a good day to scope out Smokey Mt National Park for the next part of our stay but we got caught up in a 10 mile traffic jam. It turned out that there was a 3 day music festival called Music in the Hills Jamboree to help kick off the summer vacation season and celebrate Memorial Day. We got off the highway and checked out a Welcome Center to get our information and that was even better I suppose
Sunday shined bright and early and we went to Mass again at another church named St Joseph. It was a small church with angular windows overlooking the hills. St Joseph must be watching over us. :-)
On Monday, the holiday, we had no particular plans so we hopped back in the car to check out some properties that John found in the Sunday paper. The first one was 22 acres with a mobile home on it. Besides being too much land, there were not enough flat areas and we're not exactly billy goats so we drove back over to the Hanging Limb area (2 hours) and found a jewel! It's about 5 acres and part of it was cleared and lots of it was level. Only 1 tick discovered here. So, we'll call the guy tomorrow and see if we can work something out.
Tomorrow we're off to the Smokey Mountain National Park into a primitive campground so this will be the last e-mail for a few days. We'll be roughing it! (But I made sure I was in an area that allows generators :-)