Our very first RV adventure blogging post!

As of September, 2016 we have finally visited all of the 48 connected states in the US!

The blog below was the first blog that started documenting our travels and the experiences we’ve had.  A lot has happened since this first blog.  We were such newbies in the RV world and over the past 3+ years have gained so much experience not only with RV life but in our own lives.  God has been so good to us leading us through this journey.  Hope you will read through the various posts to learn about RV life and about the silly couple that are the Chauvins!

Hello world! Welcome to my first blog about Roy, Rosalyn, Dora and Boots’ adventures exploring the United States. We won’t start exploring for a while, other than an occasional trip to locations around Louisiana and a Christmas trip to Disneyworld! At least, not until our sticks and bricks house is sold! Please someone buy it!

This lovely 2 story Acadian style home on one acre is for sale!!!
This lovely 2 story Acadian style home on one acre is for sale!!!

If you’re wondering who Dora and Boots are, no they’re not our new grandchildren! They are TV characters our granddaughter Madisyn loves and consequently we’ve seen many episodes of Dora. In her show, Dora is an explorer and we learn all sorts of things through her exploring. Since our RV adventures will take us exploring throughout the United States, we thought it fitting to name our RV “Dora”. Our truck we are towing behind the RV is now named Boots, Dora’s trusty side kick who follows her everywhere! Our Dodge Dakota truck that we will tow is called our “toad”, in RV lingo. That means Boots is our toad!

I am married to my best friend, Roy Chauvin! Roy and I are a regular every day Southern Baptist Christian couple living in Hammond, Louisiana. I am a young 58 years old, born and raised in New Orleans Louisiana. Roy is a slightly older 63 year old who just turned the Social Security retirement age in January, 2013 and was born and raised in Metairie, Louisiana right outside of New Orleans. We met in 1971 and were married in 1972. Our first son Chad was born in 1979 followed by his brother Chip in 1981. They are both grown men now with wives and children of their own. All that’s a story for another day but we wanted you to know a little about the folks going on this journey. We moved to Hammond, Louisiana 25+ years ago and have lived here since. It’s a small college town between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. We both currently work at Southeastern Louisiana University. Roy is the Computer Fix It Guru (of course not his official title) and I am the Telephone Billing/Work Order Coordinator which is my official title. We are die-hard New Orleans Saints fans. We’ve loved them since they became a team in our teen age years and have supported them faithfully ever since.

Our adventure began back in August of 2012. I started keeping notes as we began the journey, making the decision to undertake this total lifestyle change. Instead of a daily blog, at first it will be a monthly blog for the months August, September, October, November and December 2012. From here on out I’ll post as I have the opportunity to or when enough experiences have occurred to be interesting.

We hope anyone considering the full time RV lifestyle will learn a little from our experiences as we have learned so much from others experiences. Ask us questions if you want, if we’ve experienced it we’ll let you know what happened with us! If you’re experienced full timing RVers and you see we’re making mistakes please, please shout out to us and share your sage advice with us newbies! We’ve been so happy since we made this decision that we are hoping some of our family and friends will get the itch and come join Roy, Rosalyn, Dora and Boots on our great adventure!

The blogs below are in newest blog first order. If you’d like to read about our experiences in order start at the last one in the list from August and read up to the current date. You may have to click on OLDER POSTS to get to the August one. Please click the FOLLOW link on the right if you’d like to receive an email whenever a new blog is posted!

10.22.16 Before we said Goodbye to Tennessee

Saturday, October 22, 2016 – Before we left Tennessee I set out one day on my own to see Toone, Tennessee and do some shopping in Jackson, Tennessee.  Our former pastor, Dr. Randy Davis and his beautiful wife Barbara are from the tiny town of Toone.  He’s spoken of it fondly in many sermon illustrations so my heart lead me to visit it since it was not too far away.

He was right it is a tiny town, but I got to see his home where his mother still lives, his home church and all that makes up Toone, Tennessee.


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From there I drove north to Jackson, Tennessee.  I found a wonderful Books A Million where I did some Christmas shopping.  I drove by and around Union University where Randy graduated from and where our son Chad’s brother in law Jason teaches.  Both daughters of a couple we know recently graduated from this fine Christian college.


I did some winter wardrobe shopping at their Goodwill!  It was the biggest and nicest building I’ve ever seen a Goodwill in.

This past Monday Roy had his final follow up appointment with Dr. Lawrence Schraeder, his knee surgeon.  Doc said Roy’s doing exceptionally well.  He can bend his knee with no pushing or pain 135 degrees which is better than the goal!

On our way home from Dr. Schraeder in Bartlett/Cordova, Tennessee we saw many cotton fields.  A friend of ours stood in the middle of a cotton field for a photo on Facebook last week and that inspired me to do the same!  Here’s my middle of the cotton fields pics!

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Here’s a field with cotton already picked and packaged.


One of our favorite things to do when we come to this part of Tennessee is get a couple dozen Krystal burgers, eat them on the way home and toss all the boxes in the floor of our truck.  Here’s the evidence of our naughtiness! 20161017_155215

We stopped at Walgreens to pick up some things and Roy seeing one of the Halloween masks had to play with it! Silly boy!20161017_145348

We left Hornsby, Tennessee Wednesday, spent the night at Walmart in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and arrived in Pass Christian, Mississippi Thursday for a two weeks stay here.

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20161014_105846Tuesday, October 18, 2016 – Roy and I voted today for Donald J Trump, President of the United States!  Yes, we voted by absentee, and placed our ballots in the mail. We have never held any public office. We are just your average everyday citizen just like you. We feel that this election is so important and that the outcome will change America for better or worse for many years to come that we felt the need to express our opinions.

If you agree with our feelings, please share this on your own blog or on your Facebook page.  Please help us share this with everyone about this most important vote.

While we filled in the circle on the ballot next to Trump’s name, what we are actually voting for and against are what we feel Donald J. Trump will do for America that we agree with and against what Hillary Clinton will do to America that we can’t agree with.


For America to have a President we can trust to nominate men and women to the Supreme Court who will defend the constitution and support religious freedoms.

For America to have a chance of repealing Roe vs Wade.

For America to have a chance to get back to the values we once held dear.

For America to have a chance to being a Great Nation again by having a President with a backbone instead of one with his/her own agenda.

For America to have a chance to once again be a country upholding moral, Christian values.

For America to have a Vice President proud to be a Christian, Mike Pence.

For America to have a strong military again.

For America to be free from Obamacare.

For America to be a land where English is the only language and being an American (with previous American values) is most important.

For America to go back to being a country where we aren’t pushed to support the Muslim Obama narrative.

For America to be a land where legal immigrants are welcomed openly and illegal immigrants are sent back to their countries. A country where refugees from known terrorist countries are not pushed on us.

For America to put the welfare of our men and women who are serving and have served in the military to take precedence before providing for those illegal immigrants.

For America to show the media that we are not ignorant followers of the lies they spew forth to sway the election for Hillary Clinton.

We share the concerns Donald J. Trump has about America, not the media’s version of his values.


Hillary Clinton is committed to enacting policies that will erode religious liberty, promote abortion, make our country less safe, and leave our boarders unprotected.14718678_10153979510122596_5605215576852809097_n

Hillary Clinton is a person who no one can deny deserves to be in prison for the criminal acts she has committed. It has become clear that there are two standards of justice in the US, one if you’re a Clinton and one for the rest of us.

Hillary Clinton is someone who can’t remember a decision she made, a lie she told, an order she gave, over and over and over.

Hillary Clinton would nominate Supreme Court justices like herself, who do not uphold the constitution.

Hillary Clinton would allow abortion to continue to run rampant through our country.  Abortion is murder no matter how you look at it.

Hillary Clinton would allow more illegal immigrants to run rampant through our country.

Hillary Clinton would continue to allow our wounded service men and women to receive subpar treatment while providing benefits to illegal immigrants.

Hillary Clinton has a misguided belief that her time is now to be President.  She feels this is owed to her after all these years.

Hillary Clinton’s actions as Secretary of State have weakened America’s position in the world. Imagine what her being President would do to us.

Hillary Clinton is a deceitful woman who did everything possible to steal the nomination from Bernie Sanders and so much more that has been coming out in just the last few days, including hiring people to create chaos at Trump events to make him look bad.

Hillary Clinton is a woman who seemingly has the connections and power to turn our FBI into her servants with no regard for the truth.

We do not want a “First Man” in the White House where he abused his power, sexually and mentally abused women.  With the support of his wife they threatened those same women to keep quiet.


Here is a quote from our friend David who is a lawyer and a Christian, “We currently have an administration that celebrates it’s rejection of the historic Biblical view of marriage from the seat of power, the White House itself (as you’ll recall, they changed the lights to rainbows to celebrate the Supreme Court decision). We have a president who mocks Romans 1 and it’s reference to sexuality in order to promote his own view, and claims that the Sermon on the Mount was actually promoting his view of sexuality and marriage.”

What has happened to this country over the last 8 years has to stop. We truly believe that Donald J. Trump is the man who can make the changes we need to get us back to the country that we once had and can be proud of again.  Do we believe he’s a perfect man?  No, he is far from it.  While neither candidate is perfect, we choose the one who hasn’t already been proven over and over to lie, to cover up, to turn her back on our military, and to make poor decisions for our country.  Hillary Clinton is deplorable and anyone voting for her needs to wake up and see the real Hillary Clinton.  We do not choose to stand on the sidelines and see America deteriorate even further by continuing the policies of the last eight years.

We are willing to vote for the political outsider like Donald J. Trump rather than the insider, oh so bought and paid for, Hillary Clinton.  Those “Never Trumpers” and GOP representatives who are turning their backs on Donald J. Trump should be ashamed of themselves.  They are political insiders just like Hillary Clinton and don’t want to see anything changed to affect their cushy rides.

I hope you will join us in taking the step to elect Donald J. Trump as our next President of the United States of America.

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10.15.16 Mud Island River Walk in Memphis, Tennessee

20161013_140310Saturday, October 15, 2016 – Thursday was a beautiful day temperature wise.  Roy and I took advantage of the lower temperatures to go into Memphis, Tennessee where we toured the Mud Island River Walk.

The local Bass Pro Shop – never would have thought that was what this was until we saw the sign on the other side of the pyramid.


On our way there we drove through a beautiful part of Memphis that resides right on the Mississippi River. This was a very large area of beautiful homes beautifully landscaped and quite large!20161013_134148

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The River Walk is one of the most unique representations of the Mississippi River in the world.   It is an exact scale model of the Lower Mississippi River flowing from its confluence with the Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois 954 nukes south to the Gulf of Mexico.   It is scaled 30″  = 1 mile.  It’s entire length is 2,000 feet or 5 blocks. The model empties into an acre size Gulf of Mexico.  Here are some photos from the start down to where it empties into the Gulf of Mexico.

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We knew this would be a miniature version of the Mississippi River’s trail down into the Gulf of Mexico.  What we didn’t realize was how big this would turn out to be. We started at the top and walked and walked and walked watching the Mississippi curve its way through state after state down to our beloved Louisiana where it empties into the Gulf.

Some of the major cities along its path are noted with a layout of the city alongside the mini river.

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Here I am standing in the middle of the river at Memphis. 20161013_141742

Right by my feet in the photo above is what you see in this first photo below.  This is Mud Island as it lies alongside the Mississippi River.20161013_141814

The Memphis area next to the river without me in the photo!20161013_141832

Here we are getting closer to Louisiana which you can see on the flag pole banner.20161013_142315

The actual Mississippi River right next to the River Walk. Cool beans like Madisyn and I like to say!20161013_142518

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This mini version of the Mississippi is situated right next to the real Mississippi River.  It is also in the middle of several buildings surrounding it that normally have interesting things to do in them.  It is also landscaped quite nicely throughout with the kind of foliage you would see as you go down the river towards the Deep South.

Our hometown of New Orleans


These photos depict the Mississippi emptying into the Gulf of Mexico.

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When Chad was a toddler we took him down to Pilottown right on the Gulf of Mexico.  Tried to find pictures we took that day but I couldn’t find them. These maps were stationed all along the river’s pathway.20161013_143235

This is  me standing in the swamp land out in the Gulf with the Memphis skyline to my back!20161013_143350 20161013_143446

This was not a good time of the year to visit what is probably a bustling really nice facility during the summer months.  Other activities there were closed down but since the weather was so nice it was a great day for what we did get to see which was all outside.

I am writing this on Friday and it has poured down rain all day today.  This area hasn’t seen rain in over a month so it is much needed.  The recent cooler weather and this rain ought to help the trees change their leaf color more soon!  The rain delayed my plans to see more of the surrounding area today.  That will wait till Saturday now!  We are leaving in a few minutes to eat dinner at this RV Resorts Friday night dinner at the Bistro, fried catfish, fries and hush puppies!

Roy’s been enjoying the open areas here getting to fly his plane.  He can do loopty loops now really well!  There is also a firing range here where he took his pistol to shoot the other day.  Said it wasn’t great for his hearing afterwards, his ears hurt!

Monday we go to Bartlett (near Memphis) to see Roy’s knee surgeon for his final follow up.  I am hoping that the leaves have changed a lot in their color when we go on Monday.  That will be our last opportunity to see Tennessee trees before heading south to the Gulf Coast on Wednesday.

Here’s a sneak peak at what our next blog will be about – yes we voted!  We are Madison, SD residents and voted by mail in ballot!  All signed and mailed!!


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10.12.16 Check out Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 –  We haven’t been doing much exploring the last few days so I thought I’d share our Wacky Wonderful Wednesday blog with our Dora and the Explorers followers.  If you like this, click here to see more of our weekly Wednesday blogs.  Here it is – Enjoy!


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QUOTES FROM ANN VOSKAMP, Author of A Holy Experience

“When we can’t bottle our tears up anymore, God catches every one in His bottle. God’s catching every falling tear because He won’t let us fall apart.”

“In a storm of struggles, I have tried to control the elements, clasp the fist tight so as to protect self and happiness. But stress can be an addiction, and worry can be our lunge for control, and we forget the answer to this moment is always yes because of Christ.”

“Giving thanks is that: making the canyon of pain into a megaphone to proclaim the ultimate goodness of God when Satan and all the world would sneer at us to recant.”


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In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

“How much is an ice cream sundae?”

“50 cents,” replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied a number of coins in it.

“How much is a dish of plain ice cream?” he inquired. Some people were now waiting for a table and the waitress was a bit impatient.

“35 cents,” she said brusquely.

The little boy again counted the coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and departed.

When the waitress came back, she began wiping down the table and then swallowed hard at what she saw.

There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were 15 cents – her tip.







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Let others see Jesus in you this week!

Be His light in the darkness this week!

Have a Blessed Week!


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10.07.16 Bush’s Beans, Pigeon Forge and the Apple Barn

Roy, Rosalyn and Duke, the Bush’s Beans dog with the Secret Recipe!

Friday, October 7, 2016 – We left Dandridge, Tennessee this morning and are traveling across the state to Hornsby, TN which is about 75 miles east of Memphis.  It is a full days drive. Roy will see his knee surgeon for a follow up while we are there.

On Tuesday we went to see several things in and around Pigeon Forge.  We’ve stayed in Pigeon Forge before and saw a lot the first time. This visit, other than Dollywood, included a few special stops. Most of these photos are clickable to enlarge.

First stop today was at the Bush’s Beans visitors center located at 3901 US 411 in Dandridge, TN.  You probably know that the spokesperson Jay has a trusty dog, Duke, who always wants to give away the Bush Family’s Secret Recipe. header_visitorscenter2x_0

We started off by touring the museum and having our photo taken with Duke.  The photo is in the upper left at the beginning of this post.



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We then watched a 20 minute video about the family with some really funny spots about Duke.  The video also included a peek inside the workings of the Bush Bean factory–from fields to our shelves in the grocery store. It really gave us a great appreciation for this company. It was interesting to learn that they use water from mountain streams to make their beans & the water eventually gets returned to their fields through an irrigation system. Really interesting video!

At one end of the complex is the Bush Family Cafe.  We did not eat there but have heard it’s a great place to stop.  It was full with people waiting outside when we left.  Guess that means its popular at least!20161004_123655After the video we did some shopping in the store.  We found several Bush’s products we’ve never tried before so we bought those and other goodies before leaving there.


It was a great experience and I highly recommend visiting it if you’re in this area.  From start to finish, it was a great FREE tour.

Bush’s Baked Beans candies!!

From there we went into Pigeon Forge which is an amazing town with lots of attractions at every turn.  We came upon a Crafts Fair under a huge red and white striped tent in Patriot Park.  We (strike that we and insert I) enjoyed walking through and seeing all the uniquely Tennessee items for sale.  Found a few I had to buy for others and we were back on our way.

The first photo below is of Wonderworks.  We visited there our first time in Pigeon Forge.  It’s a wonderfully fun place for children and even adults.  We didn’t go back this time so we could check out more things.

ww-pigeon-forge-bldThe beautiful Smoky Mountains.rainy-weather-in-the-smoky-mountains pigeon-forge just-down-the-road-fromab_logo_140hWe ate at the Apple Barn Restaurant, Cider Mill and Store about 5 years ago.  Remembering it well we went back again today to wrap up this outing in Pigeon Forge.  The meal started off with delicious apple fritters and their homemade apple butter.  Roy got his favorite liver and onions.  I got a four veggie platter with dumplins, sweet potatoes, amazing broccoli casserole and fried okra.  A Southern comfort meal for sure!

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Well, we’ve seen a lot and had a lot of fun while in this part of Tennessee.  Wednesday and Thursday were spent resting and working!  On to our next stop in our travels! The tree leaves are starting to change a lot here and I am looking forward to seeing a lot of that in the next two weeks!

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10.06.16 Dollywood, Day 2 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Thursday, October 6, 2016 – I forgot to share in yesterday’s blog post something that needs to be said.

20161003_144538-largeThe atmosphere at Dollywood was warm, friendly, inviting and unmistakably Christian.   I expected country and was pleasantly surprised at the Christian part.  When riding the locomotive they piped in a couple of Dolly’s Christian songs and most everyone was singing along at the top of our lungs!!!  Riding through the Tennessee countryside, singing praises to our Lord was amazing.  All through the park either Christian music was piped in or live Christian Gospel music was being sung and played.  I was singing along and saw soooo many people walking by singing the words to the songs!

Ya’ll know how much I love all Christian music and this experience was quite special to me. If you are not a Christian you may not get it, but if you are a Christian you will love it!


Now on to Day 2 at Dollywood which was totally different than Day 1. This post is long, too much fun and adventure not to include an abundance of photos and lots of descriptions.  Hang on now!

We rode roller coasters even flipping upside down, water rides, an absolutely sickening swing ride, and listened to a couple of great Gospel music shows then finished it off with a delicious buffet at Aunt Granny’s in Dollywood!

I came for some excitement and mostly to listen to some great Gospel music.  Roy came for some Gospel music but also wanted some over the top excitement on the rides.  We did a great combination of the two.

When entering the park we turned left instead of right like we did on Day 1.   A long winding pathway took us to the part of the park where the mega rides were located.  Along the way Roy found a coffin he had to try out, hence the photo below!  Yes, creepy but it made him happy!


We first stopped at the Dolly Parton Celebrity Theater to watch the Hoppers.  The young lady singer sounded so much like Dolly herself.  The whole group sang some amazing songs.  Great way to start of the day, singing Praises with other Christians!


The decorations throughout the park were really cool and old country.  Even the bathroom was called The Privy!20161003_122634-large 20161003_122748-large 20161003_122831-large

First ride was on the wooden Roller Coaster called Thunderhead

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What a wild experience that was hearing the cars go over all the wooden parts featuring a 100-foot drop and a top speed of 55 mph.  What a wild, exhilarating ride that was!  I handled this one well and was quite happy we experienced it.



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This is what it was, upside down, twist over and over high speed fun.  Yes, I said fun!  I was starting to think I could actually handle these speedy, wild and crazy rides.  Its 1,811-foot track travels through an abandoned coal mine.  Uncertain encounters and amazing maneuvers, including a hair-raising 95-degree, 85-foot vertical drop that plunges into darkness! 20161003_131615-large


This is one of those pictures they take during the ride that they try to sell you after the ride.  Well this was so descriptive of our experience I had to buy it.   Roy obviously did way better than I did!  I hung on tight for dear life and survived!20161003_132259-large

This was a cute, very descriptive little diddy about the ride!20161003_132808-large

We strolled around some more on our way to the Eagle, the highest ride in the park.  Here’s what we found when we got there.

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Then we came to a replica of an old school house from 1901.  The children seeing this were just amazed, I was too!20161003_134343-large 20161003_134556-large

The old chapel in the woods was another treat to see.20161003_135947-large 20161003_140047-large During our stroll through the park we came across a spot where all us old folks were rocking.  I think every town should have a space like this, just for us!20161003_141541-large20161003_141610-large 20161003_140501-large 20161003_140510-large 20161003_141422-large Okay, well now comes the ride I would like to say a lot of really awful things about.  I guess my confidence in handling these rides got so strong that when I saw the Barnstormer ride I thought wow, fun.  Roy told me to watch it for a while and see if I really wanted to ride it.  I watched it, still looked like great fun, even with the screams coming from the riders as it swung higher and higher.  I could never have been wronger (probably not really a word). These first few rather lame photographs do not IN ANYWAY prepare you for the evil that lied ahead.


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I can just picture my sister, Harriett, closing her eyes and saying “Rosie, you did do this, did you???”  She’s obviously the wise one of the two of us!  Even though I am getting older I’m still pretty determined not to let that stop me very much.  Today I wish it had.

Not to get to descriptive but I had to sit still hoping not to throw up for at least 30 minutes afterwards.  If the landscaping wasn’t so pretty there I would have given in and done it.  My stomach had gone back and forth, and upside down a few too many times.

After a nice rest and some retail shopping therapy we went on with our adventure. One area of the park took us back to the 50s where drive ins and fine old cars put a big smile on our faces.  20161003_145621-large 20161003_145455-large 20161003_145414-large 20161003_145251-large 20161003_145122-large 20161003_144753-largeDolly’s older touring bus was in this area and we got to tour it today.  The 1994 Prevost features hand-tooled leather from Germany on the sofa and chairs, cherry cabinets and brass fixtures. In addition to three bunks, the bus has two bathrooms and a shower. Dolly’s bedroom features three clocks–one set on Los Angeles time, one on Nashville time and the other on Dollywood time.  Back then this cost $700,000.  Her new one was a piddly $2.5 million dollar bus!  Here’s a photo of the inside.


We then went over to the River Rampage. This white water rafting adventure is full of exciting dips, twists and turns along the way. No two excursions are the same, but each one promises a good soaking for all who dare to brave the rapids.  Roy doesn’t like rides like this but he braved it for his darling, me!  Again no photos on this ride so here’s some I found elsewhere.  We were dripping like rats at the end of this one.

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We eventually dried off and continued exploring the park.  I walked up on Roy with this duck.   When I first walked up he was facing Roy and they looked like they were having a good chat! By the time I got my camera ready the duck was walking away.

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The Joyaires were the next group we enjoyed at the Back Porch Theater.  They ended their program with a patriotic series of songs that almost had me in tears.  God and my country are very important in my life and the combination in one show was amazing!20161003_151756-large  20161003_152041-large Enough time passed since the evil ride and the River Rampage that we were able to enjoy Aunt Granny’s buffet for our diner.20161003_162105-large 20161003_153009-large

That was a long one, sorry!  But we enjoyed the adventure (most of it) so much I had to share.  If you’ve never been to Dollywood I recommend giving it a visit.  It is not as expensive as Disney, nor is it as sparkly shiny and clean, but the over all experience was terrific! There was sooo much more to do and see at Dollywood than this.  If you take your time and enjoy doing all of it, you can easily spend 3 days here.

On Tuesday we went into Pigeon Forge seeing the Bush’s Beans factory, visited a craft fair while going through downtown Pigeon Forge.  We ended our time there at the Apple Barn……………… yum!

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10.05.16 Dollywood Day 1, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 – This past Friday we traveled from Georgia, through North Carolina

20160930_102024-large on our way to Dandridge, Tennessee.

20160930_123449-largeThe RV park we are staying at is not a top notch place, but it is quiet and I feel safe.  We have a nice couple staying next to us, Dennis and Cindy, who have recently started their RV life. We are about 30 minutes from all that is exciting in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.

indexOn Sunday we went to Dollywood.  Dollywood is a theme park jointly owned by entertainer Dolly Parton and Herschend Family Entertainment. It is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and hosts over 3 million guests in a typical season.

Dollywood is the biggest “ticketed” tourist attraction in Tennessee.

We originally planned to go there for three days, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Circumstances narrowed that down to Sunday and Monday which turned out to be plenty of time for us to see and do everything we could do.  Seniors are allowed to go in at 3 pm for free when they buy a full day pass for a different day.  That’s what we did!

Sunday’s three hour visit allowed us to walk through a lot of the park, seeing all we could. Here are some of the Harvest decorations and sights we saw on Sunday.


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We rode this ride on Monday and got soaking wet.  I loved it, Roy not so much.  He doesn’t like rides like this that get you wet but he was a good sport about it!20161002_153616-large 20161002_153730-large 20161002_154002-large 20161002_154030-large

We also road the Dollywood Locomotive around the park and surrounding area.  The photo above includes the locomotive. Here are photos taken from the locomotive.



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After that we road the Ferris Wheel.


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On our way out we wanted to tour Dolly’s tour bus but it was closed but here it is.  We did get to go inside on Monday, very classy bus!


Some other things we saw as we were leaving the park before they closed.

20161002_171745-large 20161002_172728-large 20161002_172956-large When I looked at the park map later I realized we only walked through maybe half the park on Sunday.  Still a lot to see and much more to do on Monday! And believe me we did some awesome stuff!

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10.01.16 A Sentimental Journey to Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia

20160928_215649October 1, 2016 – The Atlanta Braves have been a favorite of the Chauvin family for many years.  We’ve watched several Braves games at Turner Field over the last two decades.  Earlier this year I learned that a new stadium is being built for the Braves and that this would be the last year they play in Turner Field.

That immediately made seeing the Braves play at Turner Field a must do, while on this year’s Northeast journey. After leaving Myrtle Beach we went to North Carolina to meet Deborah, my boss.  From there we went to Cleveland, Georgia which is north of Atlanta.  This week is their last week to play in Turner Field so we made plans to go there on Wednesday.

We parked in the Green parking lot which is where the old Fulton County Stadium stood.  The place that Hank Arron hit his 715th home run out of the park is marked as you see in the photo below. 20160928_182430 20160928_182824Walking in through the front entrance way you see a large courtyard with statues and large baseballs honoring some of the legendary players including Chipper Jones, #10, our favorite Brave!20160928_183054

20160928_183319 20160928_183529 20160928_183720Here’s me in front of the Chipper Jones #10 statue proudly wearing my own Jones #10 Jersey! 20160928_183233 20160928_183244 20160928_183305We walked around the stadium one last time just capturing the sounds and sights underneath the stadium seats in the Scouts Alley.

20160928_18402520160928_185912 20160928_190153We walked through the Braves Hall of Fame.  Normally there is a charge to do that on this last homestand it was free


20160928_184353TOM GLAVINE – PITCHER20160928_184416GREG MADDUX – MY FAVORITE ALL TIME PITCHER.  THEY CALLED HIM “THE PROFESSOR” HE WAS SOOOOO SHARP AND KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT PITCHING.20160928_184427 20160928_184449 20160928_184516 20160928_184550 20160928_184832When the game began we went to our seats and enjoyed seeing the Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 12 to 2.  What fun that was!!!!  Unfortunately all of the players we loved are all gone, mostly retired, except for the first baseman Freddie Freeman #5.  Here are some photos of the game, the stands and their jumbo outfield screen.

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The video below is of the 7th inning stretch when everyone at every ball park sings “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”.  Lots of fun!

On the top level is a neat area where children can run the bases, sit in these huge Coca Cola chairs and play.

Capturefile: E:IMGP3050.PEF CaptureSN: --.000000 Software: Capture One LE for WindowsAfter the game we stopped in the Club house, the Braves store.   We picked up a few souvenirs and Roy found this Braves keyboard.  Oh how I would have snatched one of those up back when we worked in an office.  How cool is that!!!!!

20160928_214428This is the other massive screen that greets you when arrive and leave.  What a sight that is!20160928_215344The sign as we exited the field.  A little sad knowing that is our last time we’ll visit there.  But I’m very happy we did it that night!!20160928_215616

Turner Field is expected to remain standing and be converted into a football stadium for Georgia State University, which along with its development partners plan a mix of student housing, apartments, classroom space and retail around it.

This is what the new Sun Trust Park will look like.  They will host their first regular season game in it next April 15th!


It’s October ya’ll!  And that means that our Chauvin family pumpkin has made its appearance once again!  We’ve had him since our sons (who are now in their mid 30s) were much younger.  He needed a bit of surgery before displaying him but Roy fixed him up and here is Mr. Pumpkin!

That wraps up our time in Georgia.  We’ve traveled on to Dandridge, Tennessee where we will stay for a week.  Tomorrow we will go play at Dollywood, hoping to hear some great Gospel music!  If the leaves start changing colors while we’re here that’s a bonus!  It has been nice and cool outside all day today so that should start the leaf color change soon!

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09.28.16 The unique Alpine like town of Helen, Georgia

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 –  Strolling around Helen, Georgia before we headed to Anna Ruby Falls was a delight and a bunch of fun!  First up are photos of the towns beauty.  From the creek running through the town to the unique Alpine buildings all throughout the town the place is really nice!

20160926_14172820160926_14182620160926_141922 20160926_132845 20160926_132010 20160926_130534 20160926_131518The neat and sometimes odd things we saw in the many shops we strolled through deserved being shared! First was inside the Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen.  Talk about luring this little boy and girl in and we went sooo willing

20160926_13185720160926_131652 On we went to other shops where we found pretty drug paraphernalia labeled “For Smoking Cigarettes” Right!

20160926_133425Tben there was Moonshine scented candles!

20160926_132425One Christmas shop had an amazing Santa and one that was right up us RVers alley!

20160926_141333 20160926_141213The same shop had amazing cuckoo clocks at amazing prices – like $800 each!

20160926_141540 20160926_141553Real Alpine clothing and decorations were found in other stores.

20160926_141639 20160926_141631My dear wonderful loving husband said this might be a tshirt I needed to buy!   Hummmmm, haven’t seen him lately have we!20160926_132651Next I’ll write about our visit to one of my bucket list places – Seeing the Atlanta Braves play  one last game at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia.  Checked that one off the list and I’ll share our fun there with ya’ll next.  We are leaving Friday headed to Tennessee for three weeks! I am really hoping I’ll have lots of photos of fall leaf color changing to share!!  And of course there is also Dollywood!!!

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