Friday, August 16, 2019

Towing a Motorhome (Not mine but this is the right way)

I saw this while looking at another blog. This video can be found on YouTube. This is what I had been looking for, the right way to tow a motorhome. I hope we never need to do this but now I know the right way.

It would be very easy to cause extensive damage to the front end of the motorhome if the tow driver was not experienced. This technique is called a "wheel lift". Not all wreckers are equipped to do this. If you ever need a tow, specify that they must use the wheel lift method.

This company and driver knows how to do it. I wanted to save this video so I thought it would be a good thing to add to our blog. It is about 45 minutes so rather long but if you are curious, here it is.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Summer 2019

We left Tennessee on May 1st and headed north to Indiana and Ohio. We will be in this area until Thanksgiving IF there is no snow forecast. After that, we will be in Tennessee for December then south to Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas for January and February. We will not be work camping in the future. Next summer we hope to be in Michigan and other northern states during the hot months of July and August.

Three things are keeping us here. 
Mary had surgery to repair a large hernia caused by a surgery in 2015. She had that done at Christ Hospital on June 28. She is getting better every day but is restricted to lifting about five pounds for three months. On the same day as her surgery, our first great grandson, Caleb, was born at Good Samaritan Hospital. He is doing fine. We are waiting for our second great grandson, arriving in October. We have been visiting in this area with family and friends while trying to avoid the hot weather.

Caleb 7/28/2019

May 2019, lunch at Frisch's with Cousin George and Patty from Philadelphia

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Leaving Tennessee

After six months at Two Rivers Landing RV Resort, we left this morning and arrived at Versailles State Park in Indiana. We will be staying in several parks in the Indiana/Ohio area until November. Next winter we will do more traveling. Our work camper days are over after two winters at Two Rivers Landing.

Spring has arrived and RV's are coming in.

The Crepe Myrtles are growing again after we cut them all off.

John Smith washed our entire motor home yesterday. The pollen in Tennessee is really thick, making our black car look almost yellow. I usually was the motor home myself but decided to pay the expert. The roof was really full of the sticky pollen.

I finally took a photo of Dolly's statue in Sevierville. She grew up not far from town.


We hate to leave these mountain views but we will return.

Just before leaving we talked Don Little, the manager, into a photo.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Spring in Tennessee

We are finishing up our stay in Tennessee, heading to Indiana on May 1st. The weather here has been milder than last winter but it has rained about four days out of seven since February. My outdoor work has been interrupted many times due to the rain. The coldest temperature was 14 for two days, otherwise the lows have been about 22 and highs about 45, near normal. We have been here for two winters and this will be our last. We plan to move farther south next winter, traveling in probably Georgia, Alabama and maybe Texas.

Four of us pruned about 120 Crepe Myrtle trees in the park.
This is what they look like in the winter after flowers are gone.

Crepe Myrtles ready for Spring.

Pine straw is used all around the park. We spread about 1350 bales

The boss ordered a few too many so here is 150 waiting for use later.

Our 15 year old cat is still happy in our motor home. 

This is how you get a wash and wax, available from a mobile vendor. 
He is in the park every week but I still do my own.

The Knoxville Bass tournament was held in March. For you fisherman, you might recognize Gary Yamamoto. I did not take a photo of his trailer that had
a pickup truck with an overhead deck holding his large bass boat. People at the tournament actually make a living by fishing. What did I do wrong??

Clingsman Dome opened again April 1st. We drove to the parking lot
but did not walk the steep path to the overlook.

Many of the trees died off a few years ago from disease but they have come back.

Too steep and too tired to take the path. It's quite a walk if you have not tried it.

The new portion of the Foothills Parkway opened this winter. It has been planned
for and worked on for over 20 years. The Park finally obtained funding to finish it.

There are several bridges constructed across sides of the mountain.This is one of them. These were expensive, difficult to build and funding was the holdup for many years.

Looking down into Townsend from the parkway.

Lots of nice expensive stone walls, typical in the park.
At least they build it to last many years.

The last view before the east end, looking down into Wears Valley.

This is a Chubby Burger. I probably should not eat this but I did make two meals
 from it minus the bun since I can't eat gluten. 

Friday, December 21, 2018

Snow in the Smokies

The snow last week happened in the mountains and east of us. We did not see any snow so we decided to take a drive to look for it. The Park Service closes the road through the mountains when it snows. They do use snow plows but no salt.  The snow started at 3000 feet and increased at higher elevations. The road opened on Monday. 

Tree cutting crew and snow at 3000 feet elevation.

Going up, roads were clear.


Clingmans Dome is closed for the winter.

Newfound Gap.

Heading back to Sevierville.



Our Tuesday drive took us on to Cherokee, North Carolina.

View from the North Carolina side near Newfound Pass.

Elk gather in the fields by the Visitor Center on the Cherokee side of the mountains.


Harrah's Casino at Cherokee. It's not really leaning but I guess my camera was.
This casino is on the Cherokee Reservation.
  
On Wednesday, we drove to the Pisgah National Forest and the small town called Hot Springs. We followed US 25 along the French Broad River. 

Pisgah National Forest at an overlook. This road 290 was about 5000 feet elevation, very narrow and had many curves.

Most of the houses along the road were abandoned but some were still occupied.

There was no flat land, hardly room to grow a garden.


We drove south and came back through Cherokee and the mountains again.
The sun was down but a slow shutter worked for this photo.

It was dark by the time we reached Gatlinburg.
A night view from an overlook on the bypass road.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Smoky Mountain Opry

One of our benefits from working at Two Rivers Landing are free tickets to most of the shows in Pigeon Forge. We went to the Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas Show with our friends from Mississippi, Billy Joe and Fran. 
This was a first class show. Here are a few photos.

Chris Blue from Knoxville won Season 12 of NBC's reality singing competition The Voice.
He is currently working here at the Opry in Pigeon Forge.






Everyone must change costumes many times during the 2 1/2 hour show.
The final was the Manger Scene complete with live animals and flying angles.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Tennessee for the Winter

Once again, we are in Tennessee for the winter season, November through April. We are at Two Rivers RV Resort in Sevierville, same as last winter. I will post a few times on the blog this winter but we are sitting still until April. Christmas lights are already up and lighted. If  anyone comes to the Smokey Mountains, looks us up. We are two blocks behind the Smokey Mountain Knife Works on Route 66.

The colors are still here on November 8th.

We are on site 53 same as last year.