From North Carolina to Ohio
Our second big stop after Maggie Valley was Delaware, Ohio. It wasn’t until I started planning this trip that I discovered Ohio even had a town named Delaware. It’s north of Columbus, OH and convenient to just about any place you need. Before I talk about our Ohio visit and all the wonderful things we got to see let’s look at the places we stopped at on the way.
The first mini stop was to visit the in-laws. We stayed at Riverside RV Resort in Sevierville, TN only about a 15 minute drive to their place in Kodak. Other than spending a little time with them, including a night out to the local Texas Roadhouse, we mostly hung out at home.
The second mini stop was in Frankfurt, KY. This was a last minute change from a trip to West Virginia after the floods. We just didn’t want to chance driving up there, so we changed our route. I picked Frankfurt so we could visit Louisville and Lexington. We stayed at the Elkhorn Campground.
The Lexington trip was to the Thoroughbred Center. It was an interesting place. We got to see the thoroughbreds during their morning training sessions. During our visit we were told that jockeys can weigh no more than 105 lbs, but trainers can weigh as much as 130 lbs. We watched several horses on the track and then learned about the education program they have on site as well as other interesting information. If you’re into horses I would recommend a visit if you’re ever in the area. Click here for additional pics.
The Thoroughbred Center
Gorgeous horse in the barn that kept making faces and showing his teeth at us.
Louisville Slugger Museum
The most entertaining trip was to the Louisville Slugger Museum. We got to tour the plant to see how bats are made. They produce bats seven days a week; although professional bats are only made Monday – Friday. It only takes 30 seconds to cut a bat from what is called a billet, which is made from either Ash or Maple wood, which is harvested out of Pennsylvania. We walked down main street to see members of the Walk of Fame. There is so much about this place that was amazing. They had a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not that had some great items. Click here to see some of my favorites from the museum and Ripley’s.
Louisville Slugger Museum
We also spent some time getting the truck serviced as well as searching for covered bridges. There was one only a short distance from Elkhorn Campground, so we took off to see it. It was beautiful from the road, but once you got up close and walked through you could see how people had desecrated what use to be a beautiful bridge. I will never understand why people want to paint and destroy a part of history.
Our next stop would be the big city of Delaware, OH. We stayed at Alum Creek State Park where I discovered I really messed up when I made our reservation for an entire week. The site only included electric. Luckily it was 50amp, but we had no water. The people at check-in were of little help. Instead of telling us at check-in where we could fill our water tanks up at, they didn’t tell us anything. Hell I had to ask for a map to find our site. It wasn’t until my husband was hooking up on the outside that he discovered we had no water hookup. Once you back in a 38’ fifth wheel and level the last thing you want to do is unhook and search for water. Had we known prior to going to our site we could have filled our tanks up. We found a solution by running several water hoses to a water tap nearby. It was a big inconvenience that could have been avoided. We are looking at it as a lesson learned.
Our first day out we went to the Columbus Zoo. It was bigger than most I’ve been to and although the temps were in the eighties, it was still an enjoyable day. Please click here to view pics from our visit.
Columbus Zoo, Ohio
One of the main reasons I wanted to go to Ohio was to visit Amish Country. We took a day trip up around Millersburg and saw lots of farms and even went through Nashville, OH; which looks nothing like Nashville, TN, where we use to live. It was one of those towns that if you blinked you might not even realize you had driven through it. Once we arrived in Millersburg, we did see a couple of horse and buggies as well as some Amish people. However, I think we saw more Amish at the Zoo in Columbus than in Amish Country. We ate at a place called, Olde Country Bakery. We both had a farm burger, which is just a hamburger with an egg. It was good, but the fries were even more delicious as they were fresh cut. The best part was the fresh bread. I wished I had bought two loaves.
Our final tour of Ohio was to see covered bridges. I picked several that were built in the 1800’s within an hours drive from our campground. We saw five different ones and a gorgeous church with beautiful stained glass windows. My favorite covered bridge pic below included a lovely couple that were locals taking a bike ride on a trail leading to an ice cream shop on the other end. You can find several pics from the tour by clicking here.
B&W of my favorite
Stained glass window
Beautiful church with stained glass windows
On Saturday we were headed to the outlet malls when my dear husband decided to stop at a couple RV dealerships. The first one didn’t seem too interested in showing us anything…..boy was that a mistake. At the second one they had the 2017 Montana’s. The 3791 model has way more storage than we’ve ever seen in a fifth wheel. We looked and looked, asked a lot of questions and told the salesman we needed to keep looking before we made a decision on whether to trade or not. By the time we left the outlet mall we both knew we wanted the new model, so we stopped back by and looked again, but I still wouldn’t agree to do anything. However, by Monday morning we were back signing papers and ordering our new house with all the options we want, so in less than 8 weeks we should be picking up our new house.
From Ohio we are headed to Niagara Falls. A place neither of us have ever visited. From there we will travel east through Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine before we start our journey down the east coast. Hope you’ll continue to follow our journey.
It always amazes me what you can find in small towns. We are back in Cornersville, TN staying at Texas “T” Campground again and while we were in Florida I saw a post on their Facebook page about this small town of Lynnville, which is about 7 miles away and knew I had to check it out when we got back. Some of these little old towns can take you back to the old way of life, a time so many people have forgotten and a time I wish I had lived in as an adult.
The town of Lynnville is located off I-65, Exit 27 and has a population of 345. The total area of the town is only 0.3 square miles. For such a small town, it has a lot of character. As we made the drive we saw some beautiful homes, barns and open fields with cows and horses. When you approach town, right in the middle is the town square, which is host to the Lynnville Railroad Museum. The museum is a reproduction of a turn of the century depot. You can read the full story by clicking here which will take you to the Lynnville website, providing a multitude of information about this little town. We strolled along the street across from the depot taking in the 19th century architecture with street lamps and memorabilia from days gone by.
There are several stores along this little strip including a stitching store for quilters, which I have to go back and look through. In addition, there is a family owned restaurant, Soda Pop Junction, which claims to have the best burgers in Tennessee. Unfortunately we had eaten lunch before driving over, so we will have to make another visit to check out these famous burgers. According to their Facebook page, they have a great Sunday buffet that starts serving at 11:00 am.
Hopefully the pictures below will give you a small glimpse into what we saw and give you reason to check this little gem of a town out on your next visit through Tennessee.
Where the coal gets put
Where the coal is stored
Seats in the railcar
Seats in the railcar
Inside the caboose
Inside the caboose
Another look inside the caboose
Another view inside the caboose
Newspaper from 1906 laying on the tellers desk
Memorabila, history on the street
Memorabila, history on the street
Since arriving in Tennessee on the 17th, we’ve been taking it easy with the exception of a couple of days in one of my favorite locations: Cades Cove in the Smokey Mountains. The drive is only about an hour from our current location in Lenoir City, so we have gone twice in the past week. Our first drive over was on Thursday where we spotted 2 bears and 2 cubs, 4 deer and a turkey. On Sunday we only saw 1 bear, but it was the best bear sighting I’ve ever had in the park, 17 deer and a turkey.
As you enter the loop around Cades Cove, on the left, is a field of horses. You can’t help but fall in love with these majestic animals. On Thursday, they were all grazing in the field and looked like a scene out of a movie. I love everything about this pic from the beautiful horses to the gorgeous mountains in the background.The first bear sighting had a ranger directing traffic to keep going, so there are no pics from that sighting except in my mind. That was also where the cubs were and every time we have been in the Cove and cubs were spotted, a Ranger always seems to be there making people move on. However, on the second sighting, the bear below was walking through the forest, eating, minding his own business. It seemed like everybody on the loop was stopping to get a look as well as pics. People were using everything from cell phone cameras and tablets to point & shoot and DSLR’s with the longest lenses I have ever seen.
The next 5 pics are all the same bear. These were taken on our first visit out on Thursday between 3:00 and 4:00 pm.
On our visit on Sunday, we again went around 3:00 pm hoping that being in the afternoon and after a rainfall, we would see more wildlife. We were right, as for deer, as we seen a total of 17 that afternoon. The first four were on Sparks Lane, which is the first road to the left after you enter the loop. We don’t usually go down that road, but it also runs along the field that the horses are in and they were beautiful both days we were out and I wanted to get a closer look at some of them and in the process was able to see the deer below. They had just jumped the fence from the open field to this one with lots of growth.
We continued our adventure which eventually led us to another road block where a beautiful black bear was just hanging out in the open field. Although the Rangers were there making sure people stayed far enough away, it was at a location that everyone could get out and actually get a clear view, which for me resulted in some good pics as you can see below. All my pics were taken with a telephoto lens and cropped to get a closer view. Eventually he ran through the field to the edge of the woods.
The only other wildlife we seen on these two trips was a turkey each day. Made me wish it was Thanksgiving time already. Tennessee has lots of places to visit and we have a few in mind to see over the next few weeks that we are here. I would love to hear what your favorite places to visit in Tennessee are. Please leave a comment below as to where you like to visit.
Hope to see you on the road…
We left WV on the 8th only to turn back around the next day and head for Gatlinburg, TN to spend a few days in a cabin that we had rented. I wanted to visit Cades Cove to see if I could spot any deer or bear. I was able to see both, but the scariest part of the trip was the snake we both about stepped on at the little Early Mountain Community in Cades Cove. Our cabin was beautiful and the hot tub relaxing. The food at The Old Mill was to die for. I could spend weeks if not months in this area of the country.
Momma bear that we saw after we left the falls. She had 2 cubs with her.