The stories she could tell. . .

Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2013, 12:08 am

Vintage AirstreamVintage Airstream

We met this silver headed lady near Wytheville, Virginia.  If she could only talk, there is no doubt she would have some interesting stories to tell. 

Despite age and years of neglect, she still maintained her youthful beauty. It was a pleasure to meet her.


Caney Creek

Posted: Saturday, September 28, 2013, 11:28 pm

Sundown on Watts Bar LakeSundown on Watts Bar Lake
Caney Creek RV Resort is located on Watts Bar Lake in Roane County, Tennessee.  Many sites in this gated RV park are located right on the water and have gorgeous views.

Caney Creek EntranceCaney Creek Entrance

The park is located off Highway 70 and has a very attractive entrance. 

Caney Creek RV ResortCaney Creek RV Resort

Looking across the inlet at other RV's in the park.

Caney Creek PavillionCaney Creek Pavillion

The clubhouse is relaxing with outstanding views of the lake.

Sundown on Watts Bar LakeSundown on Watts Bar Lake

Sunset view from our favorite spot in the park - #38.

Campfires are good for the soulCampfires are good for the soul

Having a campfire next to the Airstream always makes a great day even better.

The view from insideThe view from inside

This is living riveted.

Cumberland Mountain State Park

Posted: Monday, September 23, 2013, 7:58 pm

Cumberland Mountain State Park CampsiteCumberland Mountain State Park Campsite

I grew up in East Tennessee but for some reason I just never spent much time in Cumberland Mountain State Park. Last month, my parents requested a day trip to the Cumberland County Playhouse to see a Johnny Cash play in celebration of their 64th wedding anniversary and while there we had lunch at the park restaurant overlooking the beautiful park bridge. Immediately we knew that we had come back for a weekend soon.

Cumberland Mountain State Park Campsite

This was our first official camping trip after getting home from picking up our new Airstream from Colonial RV in Lakewood, New Jersey.  And lucky us, we inadvertently picked the weekend for the annual Homestead Apple Festival.  It was a very good first trip with lots of valuable lessons learned for a couple of newbies.  A few of which were:

  • wimpy wheel chocks are just flat dangerous;
  • if you don't like your assigned spot don't hesitate to ask for a different spot;
  • be prepared for heavy rain at all times; and
  • we're not very happy campers without wifi :-)   

A little early fall colorA little early fall color

Although we have a lot to learn, our new Airstream is already a pro.  There is nothing about her that isn't amazing.


Cumberland Mountain State Park BridgeCumberland Mountain State Park Bridge

Abingdon, Virginia

Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013, 9:06 pm

One of the historic homes in Abingdon, VirginiaOne of the historic homes in Abingdon, Virginia

We had a little extra time while in southwest Virginia and opted for a stop in historic Abingdon. Sounded simple enough -- let's exit the interstate, find a place to park, and take a walk down the historic Abingdon Main Street.  But finding a place to park 40 feet of truck and Airstream can be just a little difficult.

Washington County CourthouseWashington County Courthouse  

Luckily we found an empty parking lot at a downtown church and hoped they wouldn't mind. Thank you, Abingdon Baptist Church.

Abingdon United Methodist ChurchAbingdon United Methodist Church

Abingdon ClockAbingdon Clock

The Barter TheaterThe Barter Theater

Abingdon, Virginia is a beautiful town that's loaded with history and well worth visiting.

If you're towing an Airstream, don't let that stop you. There's plenty of parking.


Harmony Hill Road Covered Bridge in Pennsylvania

Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013, 9:50 pm

Harmony Hill Road Covered Bridge Harmony Hill Road Covered Bridge
This is the Harmony Hill Road Covered Bridge in Pennsylvania.  It is located at the intersection of Harmony Hill Road and Route 322.  Built in 1872, it is 78 feet long and 14 feet wide.  Nope, not going through there with an Airstream but so glad we got to drive by and see it.

We had just left the KOA in Chester, Pennsylvania. This was night #3 as "newbies" in our Airstream. Making our way to the Pennsylvannia Turnpike enroute to I-81 south, the roads were challenging to say the least -- narrow, hilly, and rough -- presenting us with lots of opportunities to refine and develop driving skills while towing a big trailer.  

East Penn 2179 Locomotive  parked close to Harmony HillEast Penn 2179 Locomotive parked close to Harmony Hill

At the Pennsylvania Turnpike entrance, we could not for the life of us find the turnpike ticket that you are suppose to pick up at the manless ticket booth. So to avoid an excessive fine of exiting the turnpike in about 80 miles without a ticket, we pulled over to the side and I risked life and limb to run across 8 lanes of traffic to beg forgiveness of a yet to be found ticket agent. Extremely long story short, I survived all the dodging, angry traffic triumphantly with a ticket in hand and all was well.

Highlight of the day was definitely the beautiful covered bridge.