Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Our Chattanooga Departure; Spring Lake RV Resort, Crossville TN

We have finally departed Chattanooga. After months of preparation for fulltiming, we have accomplished our goals and are on our road to life’s adventures! Before leaving, we had many of our friends come by to see our new digs, share barbeque and hugs. It was a wonderful gathering and send-off. As a whole, our Chattanooga friends are some of the most remarkable, happy, generous, caring, people that live life to the fullest. We have been truly blessed to have such beautiful people around us during the ten years that we called Chattanooga “home”.

Most of our friends had never seen a home that looks like a “transformer” and were very interested in our plans for life on the road. It really is odd that these slides all suck in to the width of a lane on the highway.

It took some doing to secure everything for the first trip since we have moved all of our “stuff” into our home. I am sure we probably have more than we need and will lighten our load as we travel across the country.

Early Tuesday, our dear friend Terri came by to see us off and for last minute hugs. I am still amazed that Phil has the hitching-up part down so well. He backed the truck up with the kingpin dead center in the hitch the first time, without needing to make adjustments! Terri and I were there to cheer him on and pump up his male self-esteem. (I think a person needs that if he is about to pull a rig for the first time that happens to contain all, (well, most) of our worldly possessions.) Just as it started raining, we pulled out for our journey! Terri followed us out of the campground and until the divide in the interstate took us in different directions. What a nice gesture that she took time to see us off so early in the morning!

We headed to Knoxville so that RV’s For Less could install a bed cover and front mud flaps on our truck, and to diagnose our bedroom A/C problems. The A/C compressor is toast, and will need to be replaced, which means that we have a change of plans on our first day out, to return to Knoxville next week to get the new A/C installed.

Finally, we were headed to our campground in Crossville, Spring Lake RV Resort. The office personnel were very friendly, and offered to help us back into our campsite. The campground is immaculate, although I haven’t checked out the bathrooms or showers. The owners live onsite, and pride themselves with having a quiet, clean, adult campground. There are 62 full hook-up sites. The daily discounted rate is $29.50 per night. We are backed up to a beautiful spring-fed lake. It is smooth as glass and very serene. The campsites are gravel, but very level. There is a swing, nice grill, and table and chairs on a concrete patio on our site.

We settled in, and then took a walk around the campground. There were a few folks fishing in the lake, and a family of ducks enjoying their habitat. Hanni is happy and enjoys watching the ducks.....They have a “catch and release” policy, which honestly is a little disturbing to me….poor fish. One little girl had caught a catfish, which, according to her grandfather was about 20” long and had three hooks in him. He removed all of the hooks and put him back in the lake. Phil said he is getting a fishing pole today and plans to catch that fish.

After a restful evening, we called it a day and slept with the windows open. The weather is beautiful and is suppose to be sunny and bearable summer temps throughout our week in Crossville. Life is good!


Gypsy Boho said...

I'm so happy for you. You're beginning an exciting adventure and I wish you all the luck. Happy Trails.

I.M. Vayne said...

I.M. glad y'all got off to such a good start. And I.M. thinkin' it are best to find out somethin' are wrong with yer RV on the first day so you start gettin' used to that concept. :):)

squawmama said...

Well look at you... Heading out on such a wonderful adventure. We have been fulltiming for 7 years now and if I can help anyway just let me know. Have fun
Travel safe

ps.. come over and join my other blog on RV Park Reviews... I just started it and have a ton of other RV parks to enter... It will take a long time. LOL

Deborah said...

I.M. - I am beginning to wonder why you are RV' don't seem to like the lifestyle. I have seen new houses that have things wrong, and one would be very lucky to have a two-year warranty such as the one we have on our RV. And, having lived in new and old houses, I have never seen one that is maintenance-free. I don't expect that an RV will be either.

Deborah said...

Donna, thanks so much for your offer! I know that this lifestyle is not for everyone, but I can see enjoying the change of scenery, exploring new places, and meeting nice folks like yourself. I hope our paths cross......

Paul and Mary said...

Congratulations on your new adventures. We've been fulltiming for two years and love it. Hope you do, too.

You are staying at one of our absolutely favorite parks. Enjoy your stay!

Teri said...

Happy Travels! And take lots of pictures to share with all your blogging buddies.

Gin and Syl said...

Life is good and it looks like it's on you! Enjoy your stay at a nice looking park.

Merikay said...

Good luck and safe travels! I hope you always have great places to stay and if they aren't, you can always move along!

Me and My Dog said...

Congratulations, looks like you're doing great so far. Nice campground! Hanni looks very alert - there are going to be so many new sights and smells for him. He's going to love taking his walks and checking out the new campgrounds.
Isn't it amazing how well you sleep in campgrounds? I love it.
Great photos of you both! :)

Sue and Doug said...

enjoy the new adventure!!..can't wait to read all about it!!

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Anonymous said...

Saw your nice of the campsite in Tenn.hoping to visit there in Aug.2012. My husband and I will be empty nesteres 2014 plan on being where you are...hopefully if God doesnt send us another way.I will say a prayer for you and your family that you have smooth roads and cheap gas. Good Luck and Enjoy. No Regrets just Blessed Adventures :) Take Care. TS

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