Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Still Moving Along

Man, did it rain last night -- and again early this morning.  There was thunder and lightening and buckets of rain fell.  Don't know if that was the reason I didn't sleep well, but I woke up with a touch of a sore throat, itchy ears and I just didn't feel good.  We were up but moving slow and didn't leave the campground 'til about 11:00.  I must admit -- I do NOT like traveling I-40...wall-to-wall trucks and folks driving way too fast for me!  I cannot imagine driving our MH down the Smokey Mountains, but Alan doesn't seem to mind one bit!  Once we left the mountains, I began to feel some better.

We stopped for gas at a Flying J just West of Knoxville and decided to grab a bite at the Denny's.  Most everyone knows that Flying J's are changing their restaurants to Denny's.  Our daughter works in the corporate office of the company that provides restaurants with their food and other supplies.  And Denny's is her baby -- she is responsible for the ordering of everything for each Denny's.  I selected a new item on the menu of chicken salad with cranberries, pecans and apples -- it was delicious.  

By the way, gas was $3.75 a gal, but yesterday near Asheville, we paid $3.99 a gal at a Love's station...YIKES, most we've ever paid for gas.  I remember when we could purchase a gal of gas for 25 cents...we've come a long way baby!

One thing we've learned is we no longer have to be in a hurry -- to go anywhere -- but we managed to drive a little more than 180 miles to Crossville, Tennessee, and the Spring Lake RV Resort.

At Spring Lake, you can get either receive a 10% Good Sam's discount or a 15% Escapees discount...$25 plus tax, with WiFi and cable, was much better than the $36 we paid at the KOA.  Spring Lake is a little more than three miles from the interstate and is an adult only campground.  Also, tents are not allowed.  That three miles makes a huge difference -- it's very quiet and peaceful here.  There are only six pull-thrus -- the rest are back-ins.

Our site

The interior road is gravel and each campsite has a concrete patio with a picnic table.
 The restrooms and laundry area.

We took a walk around the lake -- it really is a nice park...clean as a whistle!

There are various places all around the lake where you can sit and enjoy the peace and quiet.

The sites on this side of the lake include a swing, patio set and a BBQ grill.

Are these real?

Sorry, they are not, but you can sit and watch to see if they move if you would like.

This guy was sitting high, watching over everything.

There's also a club house...
 ...and a pavilion.

This is the ultimate Tennessee fan...we're a few months away from football season, but...

Another Mama and her babies.
 If peace and quiet is what you're looking for, this campground is the place for you!
We feel very blessed to be able to live this lifestyle.  Today we saw several individuals holding signs, asking for gas money or  one sign stated they were not looking for a handout but wanted to work.  We always feel a little awkward because here we are driving this motorhome...we don't have a lot of money and actually live on a very limited income like most retirees.  When we first started fulltiming, it was wintertime and we fixed bags with a stocking cap, gloves, new socks and various snacks that we handed out to those standing on the side of the road with signs.  I didn't even think about it this time before we left, or I would've made up some bags.  We don't really like giving money, but would like to give something.  What do others do -- if you see someone on the side of the road or in a parking lot holding a sign asking for help, do you give money?  I would be interested in knowing what you do.

Again, we are thankful and blessed to be where we are in life, but none of us know what tomorrow may bring, so enjoy today to the fullest.

Until next time, thanks for stopping by, be safe out there and God bless!


  1. We see them on the corners all of the time. I rarely give them anything.

    There was a guy that begged near my grocery store. He had a yellow lab with him. He really did seem destitute and I bought a box of dog bones for the dog.

  2. That looks like a wonderful place to stay. Adults only would be nice once in a while!

    I too will not give money to panhandlers. We have in the past given gloves, hats and sandwiches. There was a family in a rest area we stopped at on our way home from Portland last week. On one hand I feel compassion for them and on the other hand it angers me that they seemingly use their children for "bait". I don't know their situation so I try not to judge but sometimes I wonder. I saw about every other person give money to this family so think they had a sucessful day. I know in Eugene, there are many avenues of help for families with young children so it makes me wonder. We have an excellent Mission here so I help them out so that they can help others. I really don't know what the best thing is.

  3. Looks like a great RV park, thanks for the tour and pics!

    Although I feel bad sometimes, I don't give money to the panhandlers while we're driving. I kind of think they're in business.

  4. If there is a choice in the same park between a 10% discount and a 15% discount, I know which one I would choose. Isn't it great to be an Escapee? That's a beautiful park, and it has to go into our "someday" list! So those were swan decoys? I remember one time in New Mexico when I stealthily snuck up and and photographed a deer decoy. Felt really foolish when I realized there was a reason that deer was standing so still.