Monday, August 14, 2017

Colorado Time!

We spent our first night in Westcliffe, Colorado at Grape Creek RV Park, a very small and cozy little park with a gorgeous view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. We met up with our friends, Joe & Linda and Rick & Carrie there so we could all enjoy Colorado together.

Early morning view out 
the back of our RV (the living room).


Panoramic view.

The Grape Creek Park stop was merely an overnight stay. It's off the beaten path, and the town of Westcliffe is very small but it looks like a fun place to do a little bit of exploring in the future. 

The next morning, we all headed to camp about 5 miles outside of Ouray (the locals pronounce it Yoo-Ray). 

This purple barn quilt was a cute 
goodbye as we pulled out of Grape Creek.

Outside of Salida, CO.

A pretty photo taken near Gunnison
but, of course, everywhere is pretty here.

Elmer with his butt plopped on  
George's chest the first night.

See ya soon.

Smiles & Hugs from Ouray,

Monday, July 24, 2017

2016~Picnic in the Smokies & A Drive to Clingman's Dome

We always enjoy a picnic in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and this year was no different! This post is to share some pictures from picnic day, as well as views from a drive up to Clingman's Dome, the highest point (6,643 feet) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's also the highest point in the beautiful state of Tennessee.

Our dogs, 
Elmer and Chewy, 
always enjoy picnic day!
Chewy with George

Elmer rests his chin 
and it is cute!

Our picnic locale.

We ventured out on the rocks in the stream.

We gotta check them out.
On the spur of the moment, we decided 
to drive up to Clingman's Dome.
Chewy is ready.

Elmer, laid back as usual, 
and ready to go.

It's a pretty drive indeed.

The colors gradually changed as 
we climbed our way to the top.

When we reached the top, we didn't hike up the remainder of the way for several reasons. Since it was a spur of the moment decision to go, we weren't dressed for the much cooler temps and we didn't want to take the dogs. Maybe next time. Nevertheless, the drive was a total delight!

At the end of our trip, we discovered this place,
Harpoon Harry's Crab House.
Not only is the food fantastic 
but so is the atmosphere.

Amazing wood sculptures 
surround the bar area.
Here's some dolphins!

This Eagle was really cool! 

We sat on that second level.
All the sides were open to the perfect weather.
We will be sure to return!

That's all for
 Pigeon Forge
Gatlinburg & 
the Great Smoky Mountains

We'll be going back soon.

To see the first post about the campground, 
click here.
To see the second post about a Cades Cove trip, 
click here.

Abundant Smiles,

Thursday, June 22, 2017

2016~Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains NP & More

Here I am again (nearly two months later) with my 2nd post from our trip last October to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg & the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There's lots going on but I'm hoping to be more productive with my posting in the future.

While in Tennessee, we were happy that Jack and Middy (bro-in law and sis-in-law) were able to join us for several days. One day, we drove the 11-mile loop through Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As you can see, it was a gorgeous October day!

The scenery never disappoints!

We parked and walked to a cabin...

...explored it inside and out, 
and hung around just a tad bit.

Alluring streams and brooks are beyond 
abundant, and I'm pleased to say that 
they're just as plentiful outside the park too!
For me, they are mesmerizing--it's pure love!

We stopped at this one so Jack could point!
He's an excellent pointer, isn't he?

This is Cable Mill.
I enjoy visiting gristmills!

The rickety wheel methodically turns, 
splashing the water into the stream below.
Listening to history is so cool!

A myriad of colors on both sides of the road.

Cruising through Wears Valley on the way back 
to camp, we passed some really neat sites...
...and pulled into some 
enticing little country locales.

While you watch, a man and his chainsaw 
are creating bear carvings here.

Eastern Tennessee truly 
knows how to celebrate fall!

Delightful Autumn vignettes are everywhere!

Some very tasty stuff can be found in here!

Coffee, coffee, and more coffee!
Oh, the joy!

Middy recommended these Amish Noodles 
so we purchased a couple of bags.
They sure did make our Autumn 
soups hearty and delicious!
I know there are places to buy Amish Noodles 
in Texas (like Fredericksburg for one), 
I hereby declare,
 that in the future,
 it shall be a tradition to purchase 
Amish Noodles when we're in the area.
Thank you Middy!

It's often the little things in 
life that make me happy
like Amish Noodles from Wears Valley!
How about you?

Once we returned to camp, we started a fire.
Not because it was cold but mostly 
because we can and we love it!

We also watched college football.
Tennessee, of course!
They played Alabama, and as expected, 
they lost by a significant margin.

Hopefully, they'll clobber them next year.

See you soon.

Abundant Smiles,

Friday, April 21, 2017

2016~Up The Creek Campground~Pigeon Forge

I can't believe that I haven't posted a thing since October! Since then, I've stayed busy doing stuff and obviously, it was not blogging stuff! 

After a nice trip to Port Aransas
with a stop at lovely
Buckhorn Lake Resort 
in September, 
we traveled out to the 
Pigeon Forge, 
Great Smoky Mountains 
area in October.

It's an area we love as you may well know

I have so many pics and vids that I 
thought I'd just start sharing a little at a 
time beginning with our wonderful little 
campground in Pigeon Forge,
Up The Creek RV Camp.

There's a lot of hustle & bustle in the area, and this campground is a little slice of country heaven after a day out and about. It's a delightful place to kick back and relax, especially if you're on one of the back sites!

The brochure map.
Our site was #15 on the bottom right. 

It was quite spacious cozy 
and quiet (except for our noise!)

That's George in the green shirt 
and you can see our sweet Mini Schnauzer 
Elmer off to the far side checking things out.
Pic above taken standing 
behind our neighbor's site.

And there's that neighbor behind me.  

You can see on the map, that
the campground is on two creeks--
Cove Creek and Walden Creek. 

This is a view behind our row of 
RV's and in front of Cove creek.

 Cove Creek (left) behind our site. 

Here's a short vid driving out of the park
so you can see the country setting.
Looking at the map, we are 
driving along the top road.

See ya soon.


Monday, October 17, 2016

Awesome Buckhorn Lake Resort

As I mentioned at the end of my last post, we sought a cooler place to stay for a couple of days after leaving Port Aransas. We knew that Joe & Linda and Rick & Carrie were going to join us the next day, and we knew we wanted to be near Fredericksburg so Geo steered the motorhome in that direction. After a little internet time, we were happy to discover a comfy, lovely, little park nestled in the Texas hill country at Kerrville. 

The park name:

This tall windmill greeted us near the entrance.

It was perched in front of this cute barn.
I wonder what's inside the barn.
Perhaps groundskeeping equipment?

A rustic kitchen for group gathering.

Another view.
Note the motorcycle up high on the rusty tower.

We crossed this bridge to access 

dog park inside a tree-lined people park!

The bridge photo was taken from the park.

The dog park is in the distance under the trees.

Elmer and Chewy perform a 

serious investigation of the dog park!
You can barely see Chewy though.

Speaking of barely see...

Notice that big dot in the distance?
It's Geo relaxing in the dog park.

Rick & George walking back across

 the bridge with Sugar, Elmer and Chewy.

As we hoped, the weather was 
fabulous--perfect for sitting outside.

Joe crossing over to our site.

Quick, RUN!
Above is Joe & Linda's RV on the left, 
Rick & Carrie's on the right. 
Their doors faced our door across the road. 
It was a cozy and convenient setup!

While at Buckhorn, we managed 
an afternoon in Fredericksburg.
Joe & Linda at lunch time.

The James Avery Corporate store was only a few miles from the campground so Linda and I visited -- BOTH DAYSJoe and Geo joined us the second day, and found the museum interesting.

There's a lot to love (and we did) inside Buckhorn Lake Resort as seen above. There's also an adult section with an adult pool, stocked fishing lake, pickle ball court, tennis court, fitness center and more. Also, across the bridge is a very small neighborhood of really neat, little stone houses which serve as home bases for full-timers. 

The campground is just off I-30 and you can hear the traffic in the distance. It didn't make a difference to any of us because we all loved the place! The campground is convenient to Fredericksburg, about a 20 minute drive or so. 

Access to most things a camper might need (like Walmart) is only seven miles away from the campground in the Town of Kerrville, and the San Antonio River Walk is only an hour away. I'm sure there's a lot more but that's the stuff we know about right now.

We all loved 
Buckhorn Lake Resort
and will definitely return in the future.