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Bluegrass Valley to Saltville

My mission today was to follow the North Fork of the Holston River traveling southwest through the Bluegrass Valley to Saltville on Rt. 42. Here is what the Virginia Division of Wildlife Resources says about the North Fork below Saltville, “From the town of Saltville downstream there is an exceptional smallmouth bass fishery. It routinely…

The Seven Sisters Trail

OK, I didn’t look hard enough at the hike descriptions, but I had been driving all morning through beautiful Thompson Valley and I needed to stretch my legs. Starting in the campground, the sign said it was a 5-mile hike, which I thought was perfect, but that doesn’t include walking another 2.7 miles on the…

Tazewell County

June 8, 2021 I had several goals for the week. One was to visit Burke’s Garden. Two was to explore, float or fish the Clinch River. Three was to check out other trout streams in Tazewell, Wythe and Bland Counties. I started out the morning following the Clinch River from Tazewell to Claypool. Rt. 460…

Cavitt’s Creek Park, North Tazewell, Virginia

June 6,7,8, 2021 I stayed three nights in Cavitt’s Creek Park while exploring Tazewell, Bland and Smyth Counties in SW Virginia. The park grounds are well-maintained and beautiful, with a stocked lake for fishing, boating and swimming. I did not explore Cavitt’s Creek below the dam and I didn’t hike the trail around the park.…

Burke’s Garden

“God’s Thumbprint”, “Vanderbilt’s first choice”, “Garden Spot of the World”, or as the locals call it, simply “The Garden” are impressive titles for an area I have wanted to visit for a long time. As the story goes, James Burke camped here with James Patton in 1750, burying some potato peels. Another party camping in…

The Breaks Interstate Park, 2

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 We had a hard rain in the night that continued into the morning, which made us relax and take it easy. By noon it stopped and we were ready to get out. Brooke and Pam had recommended the Geological Hike, so we took it. Once hunting grounds for the Cherokee and…

Breaks Interstate Park, Virginia/Kentucky

We crossed some big mountains driving from Abingdon to Breaks Interstate Park, then some winding, narrow roads through coal country, where you quickly see the difference between a hollow and a valley. A hollow, or holler as they are locally called, is just a narrow crease in the mountains with coal mining houses filling the…

Abingdon, Virginia

Saturday, May 16, 2021 The Farmer’s Market in Abingdon is as good as any we have seen, and there are many temptations. Every booth offered good things; fruits, vegetables, farm eggs, goose eggs, duck eggs, meats, ciders, yummy Greek pastries, cookies, cakes, coffee, donuts, honeys, jams, canned goods, crafts and more. We all loaded up…

Abingdon And The Virginia Creeper Trail

We were with a rally of the Virginia Airstream Club in Abingdon, Virginia. The city blocked off a street so we were free to move around without fear of traffic. We enjoyed a nice breakfast hosted by Peter and Stephanie. One of the many attractions of Abingdon is the Virginia Creeper Trail, an old railroad…

Abingdon, Virginia: Silver in The Streets, Thursday

Thursday, May 13, 2021 We drove four hours southwest to Abingdon, Virginia for a 4-day Airstream rally called “Silver in The Streets”. Usually looking for secluded parks set in natural surroundings, this is a new venue for me. Through months of planning, the Virginia Airstream Club worked with the town of Abingdon to allow us…

Hungry Mother State Park 2

We started the day with a beautiful quiche Sandra brought Campground host, Roy Stanley, came around to say good morning as he made his rounds. Roy and his wife, Elizabeth, do a great job. In fact I would later tell him they are the best! We have been to a lot of campgrounds and have…

Drive From Nashville to Hungry Mother State Park

Thursday, March 25, 2021 It was a grueling drive from Nashville on I40 and 81 to Hungry Mother State Park in Virginia. Traffic was heavy, and the rain was coming down so hard, I never took my windshield wipers off high speed all day. Everyone likes to pull right in front of you after they…

Nashville

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 We took the kayaks off the truck and drove into Nashville, thinking we might have to go into a parking garage. Of course we found an outdoor lot. We walked down the block to the Country Music Hall of Fame, where people were waiting in line to get in. Three floors…

Natchez Trace From Meriwether Lewis to Nashville

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 We left Fall Hollow Campground and followed the trace north. It was now rolling hills and a curved road. We stopped at a tobacco farm not far from where President James Polk grew up, then a beautiful series of waterfalls.  There was an easy hike up to a bluff overlooking the…

The Oliver Travel Trailer Showroom in Hohenwald, Tennessee

We went to Oliver Travel Trailers in Hohenwald, Tennessee, just up the road from the campground. We had seen one at our last campground and liked it. After watching a video online, we decided to take a look. We missed the factory tour, which takes three hours, and all the sales people were busy, so…

Natchez Trace From Tishomingo State Park to Hohenwald, Tennessee

Monday, March 22, 2021 We pulled out of Tishomingo State Park and headed north on the Trace. We were headed for Meriwether Lewis Campground, but it was closed for repairs. We didn’t have far to go, so we stopped at various sites, the first being a walk to the top of a hill. You may…

Visit My Cousin in Somerville, Alabama

Sunday, March 21, 2021 It was a 1.5 hour drive to Somerville, Alabama to visit my cousin. It was noon when we got there. Standing in the doorway, talking, their beagle got out. Although she is fairly old, she likes to travel. I think there is a dog down the street that she would like…

Hike Tishomingo State Park

Saturday, March 20,2021 Nice 3-mile hike through the park. Our northeast travels along the Natchez Trace has been flat, sandy with many creeks, swamps and and bogs. Of course there has been a lot of rain in this area. Many trees are down, and the crews have been working very hard to clear the road.…

Natchez Trace From Jeff Busby to Tishomingo State Park

We first drove south on the Trace to French Camp. “Louis LeFleur first traded with the Choctaw Indians at a bluff now part of Jackson, Mississippi. About 1812, he established his stand 900 feet to the northeast on the Natchez Trace. Because of the storekeeper’s nationality the area was often called “French Camp”, a name…

Drive Natchez Trace to Jeff Busby Campground

Thursday, March 18, 2021 It was 10:00 before we got onto the Natchez Trace. We said our goodbyes to Bev and Willow, exchanged contact information and gave her a big hug. I hope we cross paths again.  We left a lot undone in Natchez, but maybe that just leaves more to do when we return.…


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