Roanoke and Jamestown

Roanoke and Jamestown

We explored both the historic Roanoke and Jamestown settlement sites while in Virginia and northern North Carolina. These were the locations of the first attempts of England to settle in North America. Roanoke settlement was a complete failure and Jamestown settlement was a huge struggle. The national park service and Virginia both had great exhibits …

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Stratford Hall Plantation

Stratford Hall

Stratford Hall Plantation is a Virginia plantation dating to prior to the Revolutionary war. The Lee family built the Stratford Hall Plantation on the south shore of the Potomac River in Virginia. The plantation is to the east of Pope’s Creek. Pope Creek is the birthplace of George Washington. I mentioned Pope Creek Plantation in …

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Washington’s Greatest Gift

Washington's Greatest Gift

What was Washington’s greatest gift to our country? While in Virginia we have been visiting locations associated with George Washington. Perhaps more words have been written about George Washington than about any other American. Without his monumental effort, our country wouldn’t exist. His gifts to our country have a lot to do with the birth …

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Shenandoah River

There are only a few places that I know of that inspire people to write songs. Shenandoah is one of these places. Shenandoah is at the north end of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Unlike most of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Shenandoah River flows lazily along the valley parallel to the ridgeline. The Shenandoah River …

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Coal Mine Life

Working the Coal Mines

For the previous 200 hundred years in West Virginia, coal from the coal mines was the number one resource that everyone wanted. Everyone in every West Virginia town that we have visited worked for the coal mines, even if they were not coal miners. Coal Miner’s Daughter Coal Miner’s Daughter doesn’t describe me but does …

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Wampus caterwauling

Wampus caterwauling

Drinkin too much likker causes wampus caterwauling . As we explore western Virginia and West Virginia we are really enjoying it. That doesn’t mean we understand the locals when they talk. It is way different than I expected. The locals call it mountain talk. One local even mentioned the word hillbilly. I will explain more …

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Two Virginias

Two Virginias

We have found two Virginias in Virginia. I am not referring to West Virginia and Virginia. Rather, two Virginias inside the state of Virginia. Years ago we visited the Washington D.C. corner of Virginia. That was our first introduction to Virginia. We are now in the other of the two Virginias. Most people divide Virginia …

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Crazy Kudzu

Crazy kudzu

Crazy kudzu is everywhere. This is our number one observation over the last month. Crazy kudzu dominates North Carolina and southern Virginia. I first heard of kudzu in the 1960s. It was already a problem invasive species intentionally imported from Japan as decoration in 1876. It spread as food for animals and erosion control. I …

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Campsite Review: Horseshoe Point Campground

Campsite Review Horseshoe Point Campground

Campsite Review: Horseshoe Point Campground is located northwest of Martinsville Virginia. The campground is operated by the Army Corps of Engineers on the east side of Philpott Lake. The nearest city big enough to have the most services is Roanoak, Virginia. Horseshoe Point Campground has easy access and a boat launch on Philpott Lake. There …

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Campsite Review: Goose Point Campground

Campsite Review Goose Point

Campsite Review: Goose Point Campground is located northwest of Martinsville Virginia. The campground is operated by the Army Corps of Engineers on the west side of Philpott Lake. The nearest city big enough to have the most services is Roanoak, Virginia. Salthouse Branch Campground has easy access and a boat launch on Philpott Lake. There …

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Campsite Review: Salthouse Branch

Campsite Review Salthouse Branch

Campsite Review: Salthouse Branch Campground is located north of Martinsville Virginia. The campground is operated by the Army Corps of Engineers on the east side of Philpott Lake. The nearest city big enough to have the most services is Roanoak, Virginia. Salthouse Branch Campground has easy access and a boat launch on Philpott Lake. There …

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Campsite Review: Buffalo Park Campground

Campsite Review Buffalo Park Campground

Campsite Review: Buffalo Park Campground is located west of Clarksville Virginia. Buffalo Park Campground is operated by the Army Corps of Engineers on the south side of the John H. Kerr Reservoir. The nearest city big enough to have the most services is Raleigh, North Carolina. Buffalo Park Campground has easy access and a boat …

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Campsite Review: Holly Point Campground

Campsite Review Holly Point Campground

Campsite Review: Holly Point Campground is located north of Raleigh North Carolina. Holly Point Campground Campground is operated by the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation system on the north side of Falls Lake Reservoir. The nearest city big enough to have the most services is Raleigh, North Carolina. Holly Point Campground has easy …

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Bull Durham

Bull Durham Ball Park

Yesterday we went to see the “Bull” Durham baseball team, play ball with Charolette. The team is a minor league feeder for Tampa Bay Rays in Durham North Carolina. The game was delightful even though the Bulls were not able to put any runs on the scoreboard. After the game, there was an incredible fireworks …

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Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer

What does the dog days of summer have to do with the stars? Everything and nothing. Dog days of summer isn’t a new term. In fact, it is very old but describes July in North Carolina very accurately. We have heat day and night. The dog days actually refer to the stars. Really one single …

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Piedmont Blues

Piedmont Blues

Piedmont Blues is an early blues style of music that was founded in the Piedmont region of the east coast between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic coastal region. We are currently in the Piedmont Crescent of North Carolina. This is between Charlotte and Raleigh and includes Winston/Salem and Greensboro. Piedmont is a Latin …

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Campsite Review: Lake Norman State Park

Campsite Review: Lake Norman State Park Campground

Campsite Review: Lake Norman State Park Campground, is located north of Charlotte North Carolina. Lake Norman State Park Campground is operated by the North Carolina State Park system and is on the shore of Lake Norman. The nearest city big enough to have most services is Mooresville. Lake Norman Campground is on a peninsula and …

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Surecall Cell Phone Booster

Surecall Cell Phone Booster

Updated review: Our Surecall cell phone booster has become essential for travel in the east half of the country. This was totally unexpected. Our cell phone coverage by both AT&T and Verizon has been very limited while we have been traveling in the mountains of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. Both AT&T and Verizon …

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Campsite Review: Linville Falls Campground

Campsite Review: Linville Falls Campground

Campsite Review: Linville Falls Campground, Blue Ridge Parkway, is located north of Morgantown and south of Linville, North Carolina. Linville Falls Campground is operated by the National Park Service and is on the Blue Ridge Parkway The nearest city big enough to have most services is Spruce Pine to the west. Linville Falls Campground is …

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Amazing Biltmore Palace

Amazing Biltmore Palace

Our visit to Vanderbilt’s Biltmore House really amazes me. It is like a French chateau or maybe a manor house. My name for it is the Amazing Biltmore Palace. With plenty of money to spend and after traveling as a socialite among the rich in Europe, George Vanderbilt started construction on the Biltmore Estate, finishing …

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Ultra-Light Camp Chairs

Ultra-light camp chairs

Ultra-Light Camp Chairs: Our new Cascade Mountain Tech Ultra-light camp chairs are new additions to our outside living space. They are new and long-term testing isn’t done. Actually, long-term testing hasn’t even started. They are our new back of the car chairs and we are taking them everywhere and are getting lots of use out …

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Knoxville

Downtown Knoxville

We have been knocking around Knoxville for almost three weeks and have a pretty good feel for spring in Knoxville. We really like it. Since tax day is around the corner, (we just filed yesterday) I am in a numbers mood — so in three weeks we have traveled 155 miles and been to five …

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More Tennessee Waterfalls

More Tennessee Waterfalls

This week we visited more Tennessee waterfalls. All were as good (or better) than last week. The waterfalls are all very pretty and most of them are easy to access. I promised last week that we are still hunting for more Tennessee waterfalls. This is partly because I had a few more pictures than I …

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Tennessee Waterfalls

Tennessee Waterfall Old Stone State Park

I had several titles for this post but Tennessee Waterfalls easily became the winner after looking at the pictures. The top photo was taken at Old Stone Fort State Park. We walked to this waterfall and the others in the park from our campsite. Old Stone Fort State Park was our second stop in Tennessee. …

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Red Bay Makeover

Red Bay Makeover

Red Bay Makeover: Why go to Red Bay to remodel our RV? Why would we need to remodel our RV? Red Bay is the home of Tiffin Motorhomes. The people here have more experience with Tiffin Motorhomes than anywhere on earth. While here we performed our annual maintenance, fixed a few broken parts, and gave …

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Mississippi storms

Mississippi Storms sunset photo

In Mississippi storms (and mud) are part of life in the spring. We started in the south and are now just shy of the Tennessee border. We have traveled nearly the entire length of Mississippi — mostly on back roads. Our number one observation is how wet it is. Wet is everywhere rivers, lakes, ditches, …

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Best Burger

Bulldog Burger

Best Burger… the Bulldog Burger is now on the all-time winner’s list for their great Mushroom and Swiss Burger and for their great french fries. Colleges and burgers go together, the Mississippi State Bulldogs provide the namesake for Bulldog Burger in Tupelo (and Starkville) Mississippi. They are masters of burgers and fries. In fact, they …

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Storming Arizona

Storming Arizona

Storming Arizona describes both our stay in Arizona and how we left Arizona. We have never traveled so far so fast. Now it is warm. I was telling friends that we were going to slow down when it got warm. The last few days were in the 70s, and then it was more than 80. …

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