Thursday, April 24, 2014

Saugerties Woodstock KOA Campground

882 Route 212
Saugerties, NY 12477
(845) 246-4089
saugertieskoa.com
Road at Entrance

Road entering Park
Fountain along entrance road
Office

Bikes for use

Propane on right, entrance to sites
distance between sites

Road is dirt.  Sites are gravel/dirt

There is Daisy, tucked in for the night

Spring Has Sprung....or Not...

Here is a stark difference of Spring with a 7 day difference and about a 2,000 mile spread.

Fort Worth

Pine Grove, Pennsylvania

Staunton Walnut Hills KOA, VA

484 Walnut Hills Rd
Stauton, VA 24401
(540) 337-3920
walnuthillskoa.com
Entrance



Daisy

Office




Sunday, April 20, 2014

Morning Has Broken

~Cat Stevens~
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyU1ksb4-90

Morning has broken, like the first morning.
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird.
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning,
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word. 
We drove thru the Smokey Mtns
Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlight from heaven. Like the first dewfall, on the first grass. Praise for the sweetnes of the wet garden, Sprung in completeness where His feet pass.
Thru the rain
Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning. Born of the one light Eden saw play. Praise with elation, praise every morning; God's recreation of the new day.
And Spring was in the air
Morning has broken, like the first morning. Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird. Praise for the singing, praise for the morning, Praise for them springing fresh from the Word.
So very steep declines coming out of those mountains


But when I woke this morning, it was all worth it.  I opened my shade, and this was our view

I stepped outside into the crisp morning air, and this was my view (see the side mirror on the left side of the picture?)

Another view from our lot

And so perfect was the Bunny Tucker and I spotted, on Easter morn.  Happy Easter everyone!

Lake Normal RV Resort

6738 E NC 150 Hwy
Sherrills Ford, NC  28673
(877) 489-6033
www.lakenormanmotorcoachresort.com


Entrance (on a bend in the road)

Enter and go to the left of the Office if you tow

gated

This campground is in tiers.  This is the top tier.   That's where we are.
This section sits back off the lake a bit and is lower

These coaches are on the water at the lowest point of the Campground

More sites on the water

These are the sites that site back from the water
Dog Park

You can see the upper tier on the left, and the lower tier on the water to the right

And beautiful Lake Norman

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Map of our Journey in our Journey

You can see how we are making our way back home below at the Google Map I created with links to all the campgrounds we've stayed at.  The link to this map is on the right side-bar under "Reference Links" entitled "Winter 2013-14 Google Map".


Friday, April 18, 2014

Great Smoky Mountains

We drove thru the Smoky Mountains today. The day was overcast, and gave the mountains a smoky color. As you look at the pictures, you can see that in the beginning, as we entered the region outside of Knoxville,  the trees were lush with Springtime. By the end, they have yet to sprout their leaves. This is a very pretty area, and it reminds me of my home.

From wikipedia:

The Great Smoky Mountains are a mountain range rising along the TennesseeNorth Carolina border in the southeastern United States. They are a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains, and form part of the Blue Ridge Physiographic Province. The range is sometimes called the Smoky Mountains and the name is commonly shortened to the Smokies.

The Great Smokies are part of an International Biosphere Reserve. The range is home to an estimated 187,000 acres (76,000 ha) of old growth forest, constituting the largest such stand east of the Mississippi River.[2][3] The cove hardwood forests in the range's lower elevations are among the most diverse ecosystems in North America, and the Southern Appalachian spruce-fir forest that coats the range's upper elevations is the largest of its kind.[4]

The Great Smokies are also home to the densest black bear population in the Eastern United States and the most diverse salamander population outside of the tropics.[5]












Uh oh....a tunnel ahead!


ahhhhh!

This truck, went thru the tunnel ahead of us.  Shortly after the 1st tunnel, we approached a 2nd tunnel. A tractor trailer was between us and the tanker truck above. He actually moved over and passed the tanker, just as we entered the 2nd tunnel.  The tanker truck above laid on his horn.  Can you really be in that much of a hurry?  So there we were in the tunnel, with each lane just ahead of us taken up by tractor trailers, and a very loud horn.....  We both sprouted a few new gray hairs then. 

It was shortly after we came out of the 2nd tunnel, that a slow poke in la la land, wasn't merging quick enough from the ramp onto the highway, and Jim laid on our air horn to alert him.  The tanker truck in front of us (same one from the tunnel) probably laughed.  We followed him for about 10-15 miles.  The roads were very windy, and we (and him/her) were just taking our time.

You can really see how the leaves have not yet sprouted, in these trees.