Tuesday, December 31, 2013

End of Amazon.com 2013

Staying at Green River Lake State Park was definitely a plus to our stay this time while we worked at Amazon.com from October through December.  Our site was spacious with a concrete patio (which kept the rain puddles away) and the dogs were able to run around our site with no hindrance.  Our fellow workampers staying around us were all great people and we really enjoyed making new friends.  The hardest part was leaving everyone since we all go our separate ways and we hope to be able to meet up with some of them in the future. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

General George Patton Museum, Fort Knox, Kentucky

We visited the George Patton Museum of Leadership located on the Fort Knox base. Drove by the actual Fort Knox where all the gold is stored, but did not have time to stop in there. The George Patton Museum of Leadership is the U.S. Army's only museum dedicated to the history of Army leadership at all levels and ranks. It operated as the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor from 1949-2010, when it began transformation to its new theme and storyline.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Mountain Walk, Tremont Outdoor Resort, Townsend, Tennessee

Up the mountain behind the campground where I walk the dogs. Lots of clouds this morning covering the Smoky Mountains. This is also where the Mountain Laurel is blooming. This afternoon the clouds have gone and the sun is out with temps into the 80s.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tail of the Dragon, Tennessee

Deals Gap is a popular and internationally famous destination for driving enthusiasts, as it is located along a stretch of a two-lane road known as The Dragon (or The Tail of the Dragon). The 11-mile stretch of the Dragon in Tennessee is said to contain 318 curves. The road segment earned its name from its curves resembling the back or tail of a dragon. The stretch bears the street name Tapoco Road in North Carolina and Calderwood Highway in Tennessee and is signed entirely by U.S. Highway 129. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Tremont Outdoor Resort, Townsend, Tennessee

Arrived at Tremont Outdoor Resort on March 7, 2013 and got settled in our spot with the help of the manager, Jesse, and one of the other workampers, Scott.  Good gravel driveway and a little grassy spot to the back.  We have two gnomes off to one side next to the fence and a deck in the back with a picnic table.  Put in the Double Down Dog Run in the back near the table for the girls.  Got settled in on Friday and Saturday, washing the truck and trailer and going to the grocery store in Townsend for a few things.  

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Smoky Mountains, Newfound Gap & Clingman's Dome

Enjoyed a drive on March 20, the first day of spring, on the Foothills Parkway starting just outside of Townsend, driving south to Route 129. Found a place where we will want to take a short hike on Look Rock Tower Trail. The tower provides a 360 degree panoramic view of the Smokies. West is the Tennessee River Valley toward the Cumberland Mountains. The Look Rock tower is used by scientists to study air quality. While it is not directly in the park, I have included pictures of the area as it's all part of the Smoky Mountains.

Monday, February 25, 2013

TCT Rally - Brooksville, Florida - February 2013

Got to Sertoma Youth Ranch on Wednesday afternoon and shortly after setting up Bill & Julie pulled in.  They set up next to us and we walked around the park a little to see what is going on.  Later we drove into Dade City, just 12 miles south of the campground to meet up with Lisa and have dinner at a Mexican Restaurant.  Met Forrest and his wife Jerry at the same place and they joined us for dinner. 

Had a great week visiting with Bill & Julie as well as the other members of Tin Can Tourists. We do not get to see them very often anymore; saw a lot of each other when our kids were growing up, but now they are all grown up and living their own lives. Met Lisa for dinner in Dade City the first night we arrived; the rest of the week events were planned by the TCT, including dinner and a band on Friday night. Went into Dade City a few times, visiting antique shops and an old hardware store that had everything one could think of, and very old stuff as well.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Man in the Sea Museum, Florida

We stopped at this museum on our way to the Margaritaville. When Jim worked the oil spill he would drive up and down Hwy 98 and see this museum but never stopped in. It intrigued him though and he never forgot it. Luckily, we were able to stop by it when we were in Panama City Beach, but unfortunately it was closed. At least we were able to get out and walk around the outside displays and he was able to look at them closer and see what they were. There are a couple of plaques that are hard to read but they describe some of the subs and what they did.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, Mobile, Alabama

The USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park is dedicated to honoring all Alabama Veterans who have participated in all conflicts of the United States Armed Forces. It has been self-sufficient since opening on January 9, 1965 and depends solely on admissions and park revenue for daily operations.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Galveston Railroad Museum, Galveston, Texas

Located in the former Sante Fe Union Station is the Galveston Railroad Museum with rail cars from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There are opulent private cars, passenger cars, mail cars and of course, the caboose. Inside the museum building are the artifacts of the golden age of rail. In the depot you can imagine the conversation among the life-like ghosts of travelers past while they wait for the train.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Ocean Star Drilling Museum, Galveston, Texas

The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum. The retired jackup drilling rig has a video about the offshore industry and features three floors of models and interactive displays illustrating the story of offshore oil and gas from seismic technology to exploration platforms, actual drill bits and remotely operated vehicles (ROV) as well as videos and exhibits explain drilling, geology, seismic, well servicing and production.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Kemah Boardwalk, Houston, Texas

Located just 20 miles from downtown Houston, the Kemah Boardwalk has become the perfect family getaway. There are festivals and concerts; watch the shrimp boats, sailboats and pleasure craft as they cruise through the channel. It is home to many different restaurants as well as amusements for children and adults. Boardwalk Bullet is the coolest coaster on the coast - 96' tall wooden roller coaster; 92-foot vertical drop; travels at speeds of more than 50 mph (it was not running when we were there, but I doubt if we would have rode it anyway). Ellie really enjoyed riding the Merry-go-round and train.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Stone Mountain, Georgia

We have been here in Stone Mountain for a couple of weeks now.  The girls have really enjoyed their freedom and our walks around the lake.  It is so nice not having them on a leash when walking them and they get to run and get some good exercise.  The only thing better would have been me not having a sprained ankle as I had to walk gingerly around the sticks and pine cones that lay all over the ground.  We walked around Harry's lake every morning and evening while the ducks swam around the lake following us.  Sometimes Jemima would join us and even walked the rail to get to the island as the boards are no longer there to walk to the island. 

Buckwheat and Lucy enjoyed running together and Hayley would sometimes stand at the end of the bridge looking at the island to see if any muskrats would appear - she used to go after them as they are a nuisance and need to be gotten rid of.  It is so good to see water in the lake as high as it is.  Joe did a lot of work getting it high again - I am sure the fish appreciate it, as do the ducks.

Unfortunately, there is work to be done on the house and this does not make Jim very happy. The well stopped working about a week ago and we are now hooked up to Frank's house. They determined that the low flow switch was bad so I bought another one at Lowe's yesterday so now Jim & Joe have that to do. The kitchen sink needs a new washer and the main bathroom pipe underneath leaks. 

Christmas Day was very nice.  Jacklyn cooked a wonderful dinner (she learned on her own without me teaching her) and Jim & I drove up and got Mom.  Met with Jack & Tam'ra while we were there, and then brought Mom back to Stone Mountain for dinner. Also Skyped with Josh in the afternoon so Mom got to see Ellie, which I was very glad about.  Mom at 94 is very frail and cannot walk very well. She complains about still being alive and wishing life would be over already - she is ready to go meet Dad already. Will be going to have lunch with Jack & Tam'ra and Mom on Friday afternoon, and then see Janice on Saturday.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Kentucky Bourbon Trail ~ May to December 2012

We enjoyed traveling to the different bourbon distilleries in Kentucky on our way to Minnesota and while we were in Kentucky working for Amazon. Our first stop was Bardstown in May where we visited Heaven Hill. We should have stopped at Jim Beam as it was next on the trail north, but for some reason we just did not stop. Bardstown was a great little town to visit and I would have liked to go again just to walk around the town. We did not finish the trail until we were on our way back to Kentucky where we stopped at Woodford Reserve in Versailles. Drove this small winding road towing the trailer - Jim was not happy about that and did not enjoy it at all. To top it off, there was no parking for RV's and we had to maneuver our way into a parking lot, only to miss the last tour of the day.