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 but mostly to listen to some great Gospel music.  Roy came for some Gospel music but mostly 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.  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 the old folks were rocking.  We joined them for a spell.  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.


20161002_165641-large 20161002_165628-large 20161002_165306-large We saw a country show and heard some beautiful Gospel music throughout the park.

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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 “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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09.27.16 Anna Ruby Falls in Helen, Georgia

20160926_150944Tuesday, September 27, 2016 – During our return visit to Helen, Georgia on Monday we drove out to Anna Ruby Falls.

These beautiful falls are located in the Chattahoochee National Forest. There is a $3 per person park entry fee wich we did not have to pay because we have a Senior Pass for National Forests and Parks. The water cascading over the drop offs is created by two creeks. The Curtis Creek falls drop 153 feet and the York Creek falls are a much shorter but still spectacular 50 feet. The water at the bottom of the falls is then considered to be part of Smith Creek which flows into and forms Smith Lake – the centerpiece of Unicoi State Park.

To get to the visitors center you will need to drive through Unicoi State Park which is quite pretty in itself.

20160926_145854 20160926_145912It is a bit of a hike to get to the falls, but I have to tell you, people of ALL ages were doing it. So off Roy and I went along the almost half mile hike to the Falls.  There were plenty of places to rest along the way, and the park is very well cared for.  20160926_152229 20160926_152240 20160926_152420 20160926_152617This is worn out old Rosalyn halfway up the hike taking advantage of one of the many stone benches along the way!  Even though the hikes are difficult, even the easiest of hikes, what we’ve gotten to see always more than makes up for the exhaustion!!  20160926_153103 20160926_153725_001 Majestic Anna Ruby Falls – Tumbling down from Tray Mountain, Curtis and York Creeks flow over exposed granite to form two extraordinary waterfalls.  The taller of the two, drops 153 feet, while York creek joins it with a 50 foot drop.  Together they form Smith Creek at the base of the hills.  Colonel Jon H Nichols found the water falls and named them Anna Ruby, after his only daughter. 20160926_154521 20160926_154523 20160926_155032I’ve resized my photos in this blog to where they start out larger than before.   I’m hoping just seeing them here like this gives you a better idea of the beauty we’re seeing without having to click to enlarge.  They are clickable still in case you really want to wow and ooh and ahhh!!

Next I’ll be writing about the time we spent strolling through downtown Helen, Georgia.  The other day I wrote about our drive through there and what we saw around there on Monday.  On Tuesday we spent time exploring the shops and all there is to see!

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09.22.16 Cabbage Patch Kids in Cleveland, Georgia

cpklogoThursday, September 22, 2016 –  First, big thanks to Rhonda Smith for letting us know about this adorable place.  We came to Georgia to see one last Atlanta Braves game at Turner Field.  Didn’t even know about this!  We so very much appreciate our friends sharing their cool experiences in place we are traveling to!  Every photo in this blog post is clickable to enlarge.

From their website:  “Pack the ‘Kids™ up for a trip to the new BabyLand General® Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia, voted one of the Travel Channel’s Top Ten Toylands. Beautifully situated on 650 acres in the North Georgia Mountains, this Southern Style home filled with Cabbage Patch Kids will capture the imagination of your entire family. ADMISSION IS FREE.

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Pollinated by fanciful Bunnybees®, our magical Cabbage Patch is tended by our Licensed Patch Doctors and Nurses. Babyland General Hospital is the only place in the world where you can witness the birth of a hand-sculpted Cabbage Patch Kid.

With thousands of Cabbage Patch Kids throughout the hospital, you are sure to find your perfect match. Take the Oath of Adoption and your new baby will give you unconditional love.

Babyland General Hospital is located at 300 N.O.K. Drive • Cleveland, Georgia. Visiting hours are Monday – Saturday 9 – 5 and Sunday 10 – 5″

After a really nice day of rest on Wednesday, catching up on a lot of things, we headed out to visit the BabyLand General Hospital where Cabbage Patch Kids are born!

It is a beautiful large home that inside looks like a maternity ward with babies all around!  Driving up to it, it looks more like a colonial mansion than a hospital!


In the front room is a large velvet cabbage which I plopped down on for a photo!  There are large display cases of old Cabbage Patch dolls some of which are now worth $15,000.

20160922_124948 20160922_125101 20160922_125107In cribs, in rockers, in incubators and all throughout you can hear sounds of babies cooing or crying softly!  Too precious.

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After looking around a while I found Roy watching a Cabbage Patch birth.  Under the Magic Crystal Tree there are many Cabbages growing in the Cabbage Patch.

A family already adopted the one that was being born (we did not see the adoption process).  The doctor attending the birth explained all about it and sure enough out came a little red haired Cabbage Patch baby.  It was wrapped in a pink blanket and showed off proudly.  The adopting family was just tickled at their new born.  Yes they were a real family.  Each adoption gets this elaborate birth display.



20160922_12563720160922_125620 After everyone oohed and aahed at the new baby, the family adopting the baby were asked for a name and a few suggestions were give.  The baby was allowed to pick the name she liked which was Stephanie Annie.

The doctor left with Stephanie headed to the baby nursery where we watched her through the viewing window.  Just like in a real hospital everyone gathers to see the baby being measured, weighed, and her heart checked.  This was too cute as well.

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The doctor came out and presented the mama with her beautiful bouncing baby girl!  I took photos of them and gave the grannie our card so they could read about and see our photos as well as having their own.20160922_13005820160922_130205

We had fun shopping in the Cabbage Patch store.  Little girls would just have such a great time in this place!  The ones there were just giggling and smiling while they strolled their newly adopted babies in tiny strollers.  Quite a sight to see!


Out front there are several large concrete white cabbage patch kiddos.  Here’s two out front!

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We drove through the town of Shelby to check things out and found an Ingles grocery (never been to one before) and we bought some Blue Bell Camo and Cream  ice cream


and a 5 pound bag of green peanuts to boil.  I am trying out various seasonings in the pot of peanuts to see which turns out most flavorful without adding salt.  We’ll see!

Our New Orleans Saints will be playing on Monday Night Football against our arch rivals the Dirty Birds of Atlanta (Falcons).  We are representing our Saints proudly here in Dirty Bird territory with our Drew Brees Tin Can Man.  We’re hoping no Falcons fans take him out!


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09.20.16 A couple of GREAT days in Shelby, NC

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 – The last two days of our stay in Shelby, NC were great and I want to share them with ya’ll!

Sunday morning we followed Dorothy (our Boondockers Welcome host) to their church, First Baptist Church Shelby, in downtown Shelby.  Very large old church, established in 1847.  I don’t believe I’ve ever attended a Worship service in a church building that old.  The building itself was beautiful but the Worship service (the whole thing, music, sermon, more music!) was much more beautiful!  You know me and snapping pictures everywhere, well I behaved at their church Sunday and took no photos.  These are photos I found on the internet.

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They have a much larger choir than we do at home.  They sang an amazing song along with a soloist.  The song is “We Are Not Alone” by Pepper Choplin.  I can’t stop hearing it play.  What a beautiful thought that with Christ as our Lord and Savior we are truly never alone.  One of their church members, her sister and a friend sang as a trio, “I’m Gonna Make It”, by Garon Davis.

I hope to have a link to Sunday’s Worship Service soon.  Check back if you are interested.

Not only was the music totally Worshipful but the Sermon about “Can we be honest about grief” was perfect.  I needed to hear a lot of what their pastor, Tony Trench had to say.  I’ve never heard a choir praise the Lord like our own church choir at Trinity.  This one was up there with our gang.  Anyone singing anything to the Lord is beautiful no matter how they actually sound.  But when the music being sung gives you a feel of being in the presence of our Lord, that’s special.

Their daughter Katie Graves was in church Sunday and we got to meet her.  Her dad, Tommy, send me a link to her blog which is great and I’d like to share with ya’ll.  Click on Katie’s photo to get to her blog. meet_katie2A young, much loved Shelby Police officer was killed last Monday, the day before we arrived.  Officer Timothy Brackeen was killed while trying to serve a warrant on someone.  They apprehended the killer in another state, later in the week.  All over town were signs about prayers for the officers family.  Please be in prayer for Officer Brackeen’s family.  This was in front of their church:


Tommy and Dorothy are quite active in their church.  One of the things they do that I found exceptional is this.  On many acres of land in the area they grow white potatoes and sweet potatoes to give to needy people.  Through Salvation Army, Food Banks, etc.  They’ve done this for several years and I feel like that is such a great ministry that helps so many.

We talked to Tommy throughout the week and one day he invited us to eat dinner with them our last night there, Monday.  That was Day 2 of our GREAT last two days!


They cooked an amazing North Carolina Style BBQ dinner for us topped off by the most amazing banana pudding!!!  We got to enjoy several local food items with them.  We must have visited a couple of hours before dinner and maybe just as long during dinner.  I honestly could have stayed all night at their dinner table visiting with them.  We enjoyed talking about RVing, gospel music, their church, ministries and our lives.  I truly feel like we’ve got two very special people in our life now!  Their RV is this massively large Prevost which is truly amazing inside.   If you’re ever in the New Orleans area, be sure to stay in your RV at Pontchatrain Landing, that’s his park.

We pulled out from their home Tuesday morning.  We headed to Cleveland, Georgia but had an unexpected detour along the way.  Our GPS decided to pull a sneaky trick on us and redirect us down a dirt road with many pot holes which turned out to dead end at a junk yard.  We tried to turn around after we realized there was no RV Resort anywhere around there.  Having a tow vehicle (Boots) attached to Dora makes backing up almost impossible.  Roy got out to detach Boots from Dora.  As he was doing this a man came out of now where and offered to help.  God definitely did provide for us at that moment!  Here’s the road and a couple of pictures of the junk yard (actually more of a junky yard than anything official).


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That was our special adventure for the day.  Roy and “the man” were able to get us headed in the right direction before long.  When reentering the Yohan Mountain RV Resort’s address in our GPS we learned it was almost an hour away.  That made our day’s drive much longer than we thought it would be.

Along Interstate 85 in South Carolina was a town’s water tower shaped like a Peach. Super cool!


We’re settled at the RV Resort now.  Two things we know we’ll be doing while here are:  1) Go to an Atlanta Braves ball game for the last time in Turner Field. 2) Go to Babyland General Hospital where Cabbage Patch babies are born.  Other local places we’re looking into are: Tallulah Falls, Tallulah Gorge, Jaemor Farms and Loganberry Heritage farm. 

It is hot here in Georgia but we will be here for 10 days so I am hoping it cools down a bit.  We should get to see a lot and get a lot of good resting in as well.  We finally are in an RV park where our RV was easy to level, we have 50 amp, our statellite picks up High Def channels, we have water and are hooked up to sewage!!!  We love the South so much because of this!!  We may never again go above Virginia on the east coast because of all the difficulties with those things.  Because we’ve been able to stay at parks longer and not travel (using diesel) so often it is costing us much less to live.  Yay!!!

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09.19.16 What is Boondocker’s Welcome???

bdwnewlogotagMonday, September 19, 2016 – Once upon a time, not so long ago, I did not have a clue what “Boondockers Welcome” was.  Nor did I know what a wonderful thing it would turn out to be! I always want to share RV knowledge with other possibly new RVers to help in their journey so that’s why I’m writing today. A little summary of what it is all about:

Since 2012 Boondockers Welcome has grown to over 1000 North American locations (hosts) that offer RVers free overnight parking on private property.  There are hosts all over the world also.

The host (owners of the property) are asked to offer a legal, free parking space.  Many of them provide electric and water hookups but some don’t.  On the Boondockers Welcome website, we (as guests) can search by state and will find many hosts.  Once we narrow it down to an area within that state, we click on the best location to see the host’s criteria, such as size of RV accepted, whether pets are welcome, as well as if there are any utility hookups available.  They tell a bit about themselves and may post photos of their property and where we would park.

This wonderful site is open to all RVers.  After we find hosts on the map in the area we are looking for and checked out their amenities, we contact them securely through the site.  Host’s true names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses are not provided on the site so the privacy of the host is protected.

We check out any recommendations the host has received to see, if they are people we’d like to stay with!  While writing to them introducing ourselves I usually provide this blog’s web address so they can really check us out. They also check out the recommendations other hosts have left of our visits with them.  I’m happy to say we’ve always gotten great recommendations.  Yes we managed to behave long enough while we were there!  You’d never think that could happen right??!!  When leaving a recommendation for a host, we are instructed to not use the host’s real names or reveal any information that would affect their privacy.

Once they’ve accepted our request to stay we’re set.  We always communicate with them before we arrive to obtain their address, phone number, email and their real names.

Annual membership for Boondockers Welcome is $19.95 for the hosts that can offer an overnight parking location.  It is $24.95 for those who cannot, like us.   Our RVillage Gold Level membership gave us 50 percent off of the $24.95 so for only $12.50 annually we have access to over 1000 homes to park out throughout the United States.

The website address is Boondockers Welcome website.  Here’s a link to a page of testimonials, Boondockers Welcome Testimonials

Roy and I have been blessed enough to stay at four different Boondockers Welcome homes throughout this Northeast journey.  All have allowed us to hook up to 50 amp electricity and most have provided water as well. Even if their host profile showed less than a week long stay, twice we’ve requested to stay a week and both times were told yes.  In both cases we offered to pay for the electricity we used since we were staying longer.

Because our Coast to Coast RV park system requires us to be out of the “system” for 7 days in between free stays at Coast to Coast parks we are always looking for at least one week a month to do that.  Sometimes finding someplace to stay for a week (especially this Northeast journey) this has been difficult to do for us.  Each time we reached out to a Boondockers Welcome family and their willingness to let us stay there was so appreciated!

I won’t use their real names below and will use the state only in the information below.  The actual city/state is usually a few miles from what is shown in Boondockers Welcome to protect their privacy.

First we stayed with Terry and Malcolm in Delaware.  We only stayed one night there but they offered to let us stay longer.


Next we stayed with Marjle1 in Vermont

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Third stay was with Desert Winds in Virginia

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Right now we are at the home of TCamperman (his display name) in North Carolina

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All of the hosts are RVers like us.  The ones we’ve stayed with, so far, have not been full timers like we are.  One thing they’ve all had in common was that their properties have all been quite expansive so that we are not parked right by their house.  They’ve all shared with us things to do in their area which is much more meaningful than the list of things to see you may receive in an RV park.  Locals know the right places to visit!!   We’ve also been allowed to roam around their property which has been quite a nice treat!  It is very different from staying in an RV park where there is always activity around us.  The peace and quiet of staying on private property is quite enjoyable!

If you are an RVer this is an absolute must join website.  Next to RVillage.com it is the best resource that has improved our RVing life!  And if you are a Gold Level Member in RVillage.com you can join for under $13.00!  RVillage is free!!!  If you join RVillage.com let us know so we can be friends on the site!!

Here’s another link to Boondockers Welcome if you would like to check it out!

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