After spending 2 weeks hanging out at my parents home in Pennsylvania, we decided it was time to head out.  We had a great time at my parents.  They live in the middle of a 200 acre farmstead.  The worse part about leaving was having to navigate the driveway.  The driveway is almost a 1/2 mile long rutted lane that is covered by low hanging branches.  It took quite a bit of time to crawl the RV out.

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It was awesome living in a house again, but I am glad to be in my own home again.  I was wondering if the boy would be sad to go back to his loft bedroom.  A few days before we left he told me he was ready to get back to sleeping in his own little room.

It’s nice we are all in the same place again!  At my parents house we would sometimes not see each other for hours.  That isn’t a bad thing, it just is different for us.

We will miss having fancy cable!  Tracy and I watched the first 2 episodes of the new walking dead TV series.  We do not have a place to watch the show here in Tennessee!

Our drive down was simple and uneventful.  We could have made the trip in two days, but we took three instead.  I had a phone interview, so we stopped at a Walmart for the night about 2 hours from our destination of Knoxville, TN.

The interview went well and I am supposed to have a second interview at the end of this week.  Keep praying and cross your fingers!

The drive to Knoxville was pretty uneventful.  We had great weather, but we opted to take the quicker, and cheaper, path through Ohio.  It was a pretty boring drive until we hit the hills of Kentucky.  I love driving over hills and mountains.  I get to use the grade brake and make the gigantic RV Vortec V-8 roar!

Our first night the Walmart we stopped at said the town had a no RV overnighting rule.  Two blocks away from the Walmart was a Cracker Barrel with some nice long RV spots.  Cracker Barrel said overnighting was not a problem and we were welcome to the parking lot.  I don’t know why Walmart isn’t allowed but Cracker Barrel is, but I’ll take what I can get!

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Our second night we stayed at a Walmart about 2 hours from Knoxville.  The RV was parked on a hill so I didn’t sleep that great.  I hate it when my feet are above my head!  I also hate it when I cook on an uneven surface.  All my breakfast eggs keep sliding to one side of the pan!


I am so happy to be in Tennessee.  It was starting to get really cold at my parents house.  It was in the 50’s a lot during our final week in Pennsylvania.  In Tennessee it has been in the 70’s and 80’s.  This week it will be in the 60’s.  We were told that when it snows here, the snow will be gone by the middle of the day!

When we arrived in the Knoxville area we parked our RV and drove around to visit the various campgrounds.  Almost all the campgrounds were full because of the fracking crews in the area.  We found a beautiful campground on Norris lake.  The lake view took your breathe away.  People had cabins built on the docks, and the campground was built on switchbacks down the side of the mountain to the lake.  Most of the sites had million dollar views.

nice park

Sadly I was not suicidal enough to camp there.  The road going to the campsite was barely wide enough for 2 cars to pass, let alone an RV.  My RV would have almost taken up the entire road.  Plus no guard rails and gigantic drop offs would have had my hands in cramps trying to steer clear of our death.  I don’t know how people managed to get their RVs to the campground.  I did notice the campground was mostly empty and that the RVs on site were mostly seasonal.  No tourist would risk visiting in a big rig!

Driving around and viewing all the parks was fun.  Tennessee is beautiful and I can’t wait to really explore the area.  We are thinking we will stay here at least until the end of the year.  We possible will stay all winter depending on how the job situation works out.  Tracy managed to get a lead on a local job around here.  If she gets a job and I land the job I am interviewing for, we would love to just hang out and get connected with the people in this area.

We did manage to snag a nice spot at an affordable campground.  It has a swimming pool and great wifi.  If the weather is actually in the 80’s today like my weather app is forecasting, I might have to go give the pool a try.  The owner said he is turning the heater on this week!

I think we are going to have fun here.  We haven’t had any real roots or connections with community in a while so staying in one spot is going to be nice.  It was nice being so nomadic this summer, but we are all looking forward to spending some time in one place.  Knoxville seems as good as any place we have visited so far, and I can’t wait to get started!

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