Seneca Rocks NRA, WV

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Our campground today

After a quiet ride through the mountains we ended up in the Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area and found a nice quiet camping spot for a few days.  Internet and phone service is out, but after a 20 mile drive we found an area with internet access and are able to do a quick post.  After spending a quiet day we’ll move into Virginia tomorrow and look for a spot along the ‘Skyline Drive’ in the Appalachians.  Internet & phone connections are not expected in the area.  We’ll see and keep you posted next time we have a decent connection

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Forked Run State Park, Reedsville, OH

Since our return from the late winter trip to Florida, we purhased a new RV trailer and have been anxious to take it on a road trip.  We decided to take take a trip to Washington DC, a place we visited in 1976 and were always hoping to visit once again.  Today is the 1st day of that trip.  After a 450 mile day mainly through Ohio, we ended up in the Forked Run State park, on the East side of the state next to West Virginia.  We’ll spent the next few day working our way through the Appallachian Mountains in both West Virginia and Virginia before ending up in Greenbelt, MD, 10 miles North of downtown DC by Tuesday next week.

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Forked Run State Park

Norris Dam SP, Norris, TN

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The highlight of the trip today was going through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Established by congress in the 1930’s as part of Roosevelt’s job creation program, the park is a true gem.  The border between Tennessee and North Carolina, and the Appalachian Trail run through the center of the 820 square mile Park.  If you get an opportunity to check out this beauty grab it!Norris SP, TN 03

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‘Blue Ridge Mountains’

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typical park scenery

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Norris Dam next to our campsite

After coming out on the West end of the park at Pigeon Forge, a busy tourist town best to avoid, we continued heading Northwest and ended up in Norris State Park next to the Norris Dam.  The dam is part of the Tennessee Valley Authority, again another successful part of Roosevelt’s job creation program during the 1930’s.

The plan is to make it to our last stop in Kentucky tomorrow, before heading home on Tuesday.

Twin Lakes Campground, Pendleton, SC

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Water’s edge at the park

Twin Lakes Campground, SCAfter a six hour drive along the back roads of Georgia & South Carolina, we ended up in another nice Army Corps of Eng. campground.  We have stayed at 3 or 4 Corps Campgrounds and have always found them to be clean, roomy, and a great deal.

Tomorrow’s plan are to head for Norris Dam State Park in Tennessee.  To get there we’ll be taking the back roads again, through the mountains.  So tomorrow’s drive should be interesting.

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Savannah, GA

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This morning Nancy & I set out to check out the city of Savannah, GA, which was one of the main objectives of our trip.  We were not disappointed.  Since the weather was not the best for a casual stroll (rain showers) we took one of the many tour busses through the historic part of town.

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one of the many historic buildings
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Forsythe Gardens

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one of the city squares

The historic part of the city is a ‘planned’ city with at least 20 cool city squares throughout the district.  Many of the buildings were over 200 years old.

Savannah was certainly worth a visit!

Tomorrow we’ll again move on and plan on heading into South Carolina on our slow trip home and spent at least 1 day in one of the state parks there.

Faver-Dykes SP, St. Augastine, FL

Nancy in sun_edited-1Yesterday we made it to our last planned stop in the Sunshine State, a small, quiet campground 20 miles South of St. Augustine, FL.  All 20 sites are filled, but very private – just the way we like it.  Nancy is in hog-heaven laying out in the sun a lot.  I prefer the shade, but am loving the temps.

This morning we took a ride to St. Augustine, the oldest city in the US and check it out.  Pretty cool stuff with the main attraction the old Spanish Fort.

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The plans are to leave here in the morning and head for Savannah, GA, where, depending on the weather, we plan to spend a few days before starting our way home.

Highland Hammock SP, Sebring, FL

There has been times I’ve been quick to judge, and yesterday after entering this park was one of those times.  The circus atmosphere of the large campground quickly turned me off, and if it wasn’t for the weather we probably would have moved on today.  Today, however we had a chance to discover the miles of biking and hiking trails, taking us through some breathtaking Florida landscapes.

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checking out one of the many hiking trails

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boardwalk taking us thru the wetlands

The hiking and biking we did today were certainly worth the stop.  In the morning we’ll be leaving the park behind and head for another State Park near St. Augustine.  Highlands Hammock SP, Sebring, FL 017