Sunday, September 28, 2014
Knoxville, Tennessee Was Very Good For Us . . .
We enjoyed our three month stay in Knoxville. The people were wonderful, the sightseeing bountiful, and the terrain unforgettable. Southwestern landscapes versus the green rolling foliage filled eastern landscapes? Maybe, just maybe, if we were here earlier in life, this might have been the place!
When we were younger Janet and I were fortunate to be able to travel on multiple occasions to Europe and North Africa, and I had some experiences in Southeast Asia when I was younger. As we neared retirement, and with the world ever changing, whether it be for good or bad, we just decided that we really hadn’t seen all the beautiful places the U.S.A. had to offer. The motorhome experience was just a natural for us.
When we started considering the possibilities for our retirement back in 2006 the option of buying a motorhome and hitting the road came on our radar early. We talked about it continually. We both like to travel, and we have always traveled well together. These are paramount in considering this alternative lifestyle. We took our decision to the edge in 2006-2007 before stepping back. It wasn’t until 2011 that the bug bit us again, and even then we didn’t make the commitment until February 2013. The commitment, the hard commitment, was slapping six figures down on a depreciating asset. Our 300 square foot of living space motorhome!
As they say, “The rest is history”! It just works for us, and naturally we recommend it to anyone that wants to meet interesting people and visit some of the places in the U.S.A. that you have only heard about. Just do it!
As for Knoxville, Tennessee, we came here for a month and stayed for three months. As RVers we have that flexibility. Our path, the line on the map we will follow when we leave Knoxville on September 9th goes to Memphis, Tennessee to visit Graceland - for a possible Elvis sighting. Who knows! Then we will go on to the Branson, Missouri area for a week’s stay in the Escapee Clubs RV Park.
This stop will be followed by a visit to Kansas where I feel a need to show Janet the places and lands of my early upbringing. I like that ole saying whereby, “You can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy”. This old boy is going back for another look.
Before the season ending holidays are upon us we will also visit Colorado Springs, Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, the crater near Winslow along with the south rim of the Grand Canyon on the way back to the Las Vegas area.
This RVing is simple. You just move the motorhome to an area where you want to visit. Then use your tow car to get around the area, and when you have had enough, move to the next spot. Simple.
Here is where we have been since February, 2013.
SIGHTS WE HAVE SEEN ALONG THE WAY
Lake Mead National Recreational Area
Willow Beach, Arizona
Clark County Shooting Range RV Park, North Las Vegas, Nevada
Indian Springs, Nevada
Death Valley National Park
Zion National Park
Grand Canyon National Park – North Rim
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Arches National Park, Utah
Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Wasatch Mountain State Park, Utah
Park City, Utah
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Yellowstone National Park – Old Faithful
Mountain Home, Idaho
Eagle Hot Lake, La Grande, Oregon
Wine Ridge Golf Club, Walla Walla, Washington
Barnard – Griffin Winery, Kennewick, Washington
Umatilla Marina, Washington
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon/Washington
Stonehenge – Maryhill, Washington
Sam Hill Museum - Maryhill, Washington
The Dalles, Oregon
Whidbey Island, Washington
Sahalee Golf Course, Sammamish, Washington
Maritime Museum - Astoria, Oregon
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Tillamook Cheese Factory - Tillamook, Oregon
Air Museum, Tillamook, Oregon
Winchester Marina, Oregon
Coos Bay, Oregon
Eureka Hotel - Eureka, California
Napa Valley, California
Pahrump / Las Vegas, Nevada (November 2013 – January 2014)
Lake Pleasant Marina, Arizona (February 1, 2014)
Cave Creek, Arizona
Botanical Gardens - Phoenix, Arizona
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
The Alamo - San Antonio, Texas
Livingston, Texas – Home of Escapees RV Club
Lake Livingston, Texas
NASA – Johnson Space Center - Baytown, Texas
Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
Silver Slipper Casino, Waveland, Mississippi
The French Quarter - New Orleans, Louisiana
Beau Rivage Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi
Estate of Jefferson Davis – Biloxi, Mississippi20133
Battleship Park – Mobile, Alabama
Gulf Shores, Alabama
National Naval Air Museum, NAS Pensacola, Florida
Corry Station, Pensacola, Florida
Fort Morgan, Alabama
Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, Home of The Blue Angels
Orange Beach, Alabama
Kelly Plantation Golf Course, Destin, Florida
Holmes Beach, Anna Marie Island, Bradenton, Florida
Solomon’s Castle, Ona, Florida
Lake Placid, Florida
Everglades National Park
Key Largo, Florida
Biscayne National Park
Homestead – Miami Speedway
Bluewater RV Resort – Key West, Florida
Hog’s Breath Saloon, Key West, Florida
Sloopy Joe’s – Key West, Florida
The Little White House (Truman), Key West, Florida
St. Augustine, Florida – (Oldest city in U.S.)
Savannah, GA – Downtown
Hilton Head Island, SC
Boone Hall Plantation, Charleston, SC
Fort Pulaski, near Savannah, GA
Bremen & Villa Rica, Georgia
Cummins Power South, Atlanta, Georgia – Fixed Engine Problem
Oak Ridge, TN
Pigeon Forge/Sevierville/Gatlinburg, TN
Great Smokey Mountain National Park
U. of Tennessee/1982 World Fair Park, Knoxville, TN
Museum of Appalachia, Clinton, TN
Memphis, Tennessee – “”Graceland” / Beale Street
Hutchinson / Scott City / Garden City, Kansas
Scott City State Park
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Air Force Military Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
Air Force 28 - Boise State 14
Pike's Peak, Colorado Springs, CO
Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, CO
Cripple Creek, Colorado
Naturally this listing is going to grow in the next few years and we will be out here telling you about some of the sights as we travel along.
Send us an email if you have any questions.
Look for BooniePeople postings in the next few days and weeks as I give you some description of the last 10 or 12 destinations on the list above.
Regards to all,
Janet & Dave (a.k.a. – The BooniePeople)
Travel Website: www.BooniePeople.com