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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fleas.".like in a market"

Got a case of the itches today..like in flea market..had to go to it!! All the locals talk about how great it is..NOT..expired food, junk, trivia, ugly stuff...YUK..can't understand why people get geeked about these things...total waste of time..Can't blame the folks with booths though, they're just trying to survive..ate at a local cafe called "Rusty Pelican" (HMMM..what does that mean ?) It was good though!! Ya never know what you'll find while travelling..Sometimes it beats cooking..LOL...Gonna just enjoy keeping the bonfire burning and meeting new folks for a few days and veggin"! Ya'll know you can call us once in awhile..We enjoy hearing from all of you via phone, email or texts..989-709-9356..Really looking forward to Florida travel times..(back to Eastern time)..REMEMBER..LIVE YOUR DREAMS AS TIME GOES BY QUICKLY..Charlie & Heather

Saturday, November 26, 2011

To & From Hollywood Casino

5 days since last blog!! WOW!! We stayed at Magic River Campground by Longbeach, MS  from Fri til Wed A.M., enjoyed a "down home" Thanksgiving dinner 5 days early. The owner of the park started Passport America Travel Club and he and his family know how to entertain. Beside the largest turkey and ham we've ever seen the side dishes were all family prepared and were delicious! On Wednesday, Nov 23rd,  we moved 1/2 hr West to the Hollywood Casino Campground and set up for 2 days..Our casino luck sucked but we made up for that at the all u can eat buffet on Thanksgiving day...lot's of crab legs...Yeah, on Thanksgiving!!  If our friend, Cindy, coulda seen the choclate desserts at the dessert bar she would have gone crazy..LOL..It took a day for the food overload to settle out, naps were in order!!..Then we went back to the gambling floor and played til 3AM..gonna take a couple days to get our hours straightened around to normal again..So Friday we headed back to Magic River for 6 days to let our mail catch up with us..I keep lookin' at all that wood piled up by the bonfire pit..I wonder if I can burn it all in 6 days?? Sure gonna try..Got a few cool people camped here from all around the USA & Canada, it's great meeting different folks from all walks of life..The stories are as varied as you can imagine..and they aren't all old either..amazing how diversified the campers are!! Kinda thinkin' we'll move towards Florida from here next Thursday,Dec 1st, about 150 miles at a time..don't want to rush it too much..that will require us to scoot across S Mississippi and Alabama ( with a banjo on our knees) to the Florida panhandle..got a few people to visit enroute..Hope everyone has a good weekend..Wish ya were here!! REMEMBER..LIVE YOUR DREAMS AS LIFE GOES BY QUICKLY..Charlie & Heather

Monday, November 21, 2011

Long Beach, MS Magic River RV Park

I can't believe it's been 5 days since the last blog! When we pulled in the RV Park Friday we were told that there would be a Thanksgiving get together on Saturday. What a nice surprise..after we got setup I immediately got a great bonfire going at the community fire pit, where the park supplies all the firewood...Man, I've got a lot of firewood to burn!! We met most of the campers at the dinner but didn't stay up too late because it was time to "waddle" back home and cave in like we do after every Thanksgiving food fest..They had the largest smoked ham and roasted turkey I've ever seen! The gravy and stuffing were yummy..the cranberry's were homemade..the desserts were plentiful and tasty!! ETC..We just kinda vegged out Sunday, got another bonfire rolling and walked around the area to wear off the dinner..needless to say we weren't very much in the mood to eat again til Monday..stayed up til late evening trying to put a dent in the woodpile..(not much luck there!!)..Today we got a chance to talk to some of the other campers and had the fire burning again by 10AM..Gonna be here 1 more day and then on Wednesday we'll move down to the Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis MS for 2 days where we usually have good luck..they have a nice RV Park there and shuttle service to the casino even though it's only  short walk between the two..it might come in handy though because the weather man says maybe rain...from there we may come back to here for the rest of the month, who knows for sure!!A lot depends on the weather..Hope you all are enjoying your time on the planet..REMEMBER..LIVE YOUR DREAMS.. AS TIME GOES BY QUICKLY...Charlie & Heather

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wednesday Okatoma RV Park Hattiesburg, MS

This is our next to last night in Hattiesburg..It's been a very relaxed week..Good weather has helped with the relaxing..We were able to sit at the picnic table and sunbathe thru most of the week..Tried some fishing with no luck but ya know the old saying " a bad day of fishing beats a good day at work " !! I must be losing my touch at starting campfires..we got a bunch of wood from the park and tried for an hour to get it lit..now, this has to be the hardest wood I've ever tried to burn cause it resisted every effort..Went thru a lot of fire starter fluid but it ain't gonna burn!! I went and got some kindling today and we'll try again tomorrow..Got our laundry done in short order, I guess ya gotta do those domestic chores too..The park's pond has a bunch of what I call, UGLY ducks..We fed them thruout the week about 3PM so almost on cue they come to our rig and the little beggars quack all around us..a few of them will eat outa our hands..kinda mindless entertainment..Decided to help the park and we shovelled some dirt back into the trenches around our rig left over from some new water lines they're installing.. We'll probably get 1/2 packed up by tomorrow night so we can depart early Friday morning..Going to head towards Long Beach, MS and one of our favorite RV Parks and our money-making Hollywood Casino..YAHOOO!!..REMEMBER..LIVE YOUR DREAMS AS TIME GOES BY QUICKLY..Charlie & Heather

Monday, November 14, 2011

Okatoma RV Park..Hattiesburg MS

Boy, are we relaxed after 3 days here! All the travel  gear is working--phones, internet, satellite tv and this park has free firewood, fire rings and fresh laid eggs !! It's nice haveing some old friends camped around ya and the big pond is populated with crazy ducks that'll come on shore and eat out of your hands..that's actualy kinda fun !! There's a rumor amongs't the long timers about a gator in the ponds but we've yet to see it..HMMM, I wonder if the rumor is true??? Ya never know..Ran into town today to stock up on groceries and alcohol in a "wet" county..Decided that white Russians should be the drink of the day ! Nice change of pace...Tried to start a bonfire but after an hour or so we found it wouldn't flare so got serious about "happy hour" instead...Good  decision..We'll give that a go tomorrow!! Had a problem with our furnace thermostat not  coming on when it was chilly so we need a new thermostat for the furnace so we stopped at a camping supply store to check out prices..as usual, they wanted $45 for something we can buy on the internet for $25..guess we'll wait and order one..I finally figured out how to keep the passenger side mirror from drifting in  by pegging it with a washer and self tapping screw and that resolved a persistant headache..just love the DIY world.. Are ya getting the idea why I headlined our blog with "Rolling Earthquake" ? " Move 500mls,,fix stuff" !! Guess we better figure out something to eat so bya for now..REMEMBER.LIVE YOUR DREAMS AS LIFE GOES BY QUICKLY..Charlie & Heather

Friday, November 11, 2011

Okatoma RV Park, Hattiesburg, MS

After a nice sunny 4 hr drive we pulled into Okatoma RV Park..we've been here before and actually did some workamping for these folks 2 years ago..It's nice to be back and we bumped into "Sam", who was our workcamp boss back then..the park in almost full, the owners have made a lot of improvements and their efforts show..the "pond" has more water in it than our last visit and the wild ducks have already visited and ate some "cat food" we carry with us to use as wild animal feed !! LOL..It only took about 45 minutes to get all set up, including the satellite dish..YAHOO..now we can watch football on Sunday..We're gonna sit for a week and surely will enjoy this stop..I finally feel that we've arrived "down south" and the Gulf of Mexico is only another hour South of us..ON THE GOOD SIDE OF THIS VISIT  is the fact that Forest County is NOT a dry county..YAHOO..it gets really old having to drive 30 miles away to buy a case of beer..Tennessee and Kentucky and a large portion of Mississippi are filled with prohibition areas..( I think they don't want to compete with the local moonshiners) This yankee thinks it's rather archaic and STUPID..any clerk in any store will immediately point you to the nearest normal county to make alchohol purchases..if they ever did that in Michigan, the State would go bankrupt..okay !! Enough ranting..(grin)..Hope you all have a great weekend..REMEMBER..LIVE YOUR DREAMS AS TIME GOES BY QUICKLY..Charlie & Heather

11-10-11 Tom Bigbee State Park, Tupelo, MS

I read Park Reviews about the Tom Bigbee State Parl in Tupelo, MS and got a mental image of it..We arrived to find a very small park of about 20 sites but very pretty..1 nite here and gone by 9AM with a planned 4 hr drive after gassing up and a breakfast stop. Breakfast got delayed by a "lost" order ticket and an attitude by the cook following the screw up for over 40 minutes..I drank so much coffee waiting for our order the I JJiitteerreedd !!! Nice sunny drive...see ya on the next blog..REMEMBER..LIVE YOUR DREAMS AS TIME GOES BY QUICKLY..Charlie & Heather

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Florence, Alabama-- McFarland City Park

Pulled out of camp at 10AM.Had a rainy 3 1/2 hr drive..Glad we weren't sitting in a camp during the 1/2 day rain..it was warm and the sun finally came out about the time we arrived in Florence, Alabama (with a banjo on our knee)..Was a good travel day..Pulled into camp about 3PM..This is the first camp in weeks where we have tv,internet,phones, hot  & clean showers, fire pits and FHU's all at once..And we're outa the mountain driving !!So to celebrate, we declared an early happy hour.(of course)..with my great senior discount it's only $15/nite (to stay, not the happy hour!)..sites are on the river looking across to magnificent bluffs which show off the strata of the area in reds and browns..At the moment the sun is blazing on the bluffs and it takes your breath away!! Saw several good sized yachts plying the river headed to the city marina that adjoins this park..I'm gonna remember this little gem of a campground..it's close to town too with lots of places to eat and things to do..It's the home of Helen Keller too (makes me wanna move furniture,, don't know why!(grin))If we'd known how nice this place is we would have planned to stay a few more days..Oh well!! Next trip.Continueing to the West in the A.M. to pick up the Natchez Trail SW to Mississippi..REMEMBER, LIVE YOUR DREAM AS TIME GOES BY QUICKLY...Charlie & Heather

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Chapel Hill TN Henry Horton State Park

Left Granville and set up camp at Chapel Hill by 3PM..finally decided that we'd reset all the clocks to the new time and time zone...BANG, 2 hrs are gone and it's dark at 5PM..YUK!!..sun's gonna be up awfully early in the A.M... This stop is a 1 day only..heading for Mississippi again in the morning..only 3 campers in the whole park so it'll be very quiet tonite..Planning on taking the Natchez Trail SW as it's about the most direct route to MS and we want to get to our favorite campground pronto.. It's in Long Beach,Ms and close to casinos (grin). Only 2 or 3 more stops til we get there..The mountain colors are mindboggling at this time of the year so driving never gets boring..Glad we had the brakes updated before we left as they're getting a real workout thru Kentucky and Tennessee.. Wish we had a Jake Brake..Some of the uphills slow us down to less than 50MPH..you can hear the song " I think I can, I think I can" as the old Chevy 350 pushes on !..Mid grade gas down here in going for $3.56/gal, which, to a Michigander, is cheap..food, cigarettes and camp fees are a lot less expensive too..we're still staying lucky weatherwise (knock on wood) and hope it holds out for driving days..hope all of you are happy..REEMEMBER, LIVE YOUR DREAMS AS TIME GOES BY QUICKLY..Charlie & Heather

Monday, November 7, 2011

Granville, TN "Maple Grove" CG, soon to be "Made in the Shade RV"

I wonder if our internet connection will last long enough to do this blog..I don't know what's more aggravating, no internet or sometimes internet..we've been here 4 days and the connections have come and gone...we gave up on verizon phone service but verizon internet has either been spotty or gone..Oh well!! life on the road brings a lot of excitement..this area is gorgeous, we've traversed enough of the roads to be comfortable so it must be time to move again which we'll do tomorrow..gonna move west and then southwest till we get into northern Mississippi then head south til we see the ocean..saw a lot of sun the last few days and we hope it'll continue for the next few days..gonna post now while we have a connection..catch ya'all in the next few days when connections are better.This Park just changed owners, Ron owns it now...REMEMBER, LIVE YOUR DREAMS AS TIME GOES BY QUICKLY..Charlie & Heather

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Last day Corbin KY

Woke up and had a nice slow coffee hour (or should I say hours)..The sun was so bright this morning that we had to block it from shining on the tv and computer screens..Regis & Kelly were getting  "tanned" on the TV !! The day warmed up to the 60's quickly and it inspired us to get a nice walk in by the Cumberland waterfall..was thinking how awesome the roar of the waterfall musta been for the early explorers..we can hear it from  the campground a 1/2mile away..the view from the overlook is unbelievable..majestic rock precipices up and down the river with a fall's drop about 100'..another thing that's gotta be something to see is the moonbow (night time rainbow) during clear full moon nights..only place in the USA known to have that..too bad we won't be here on the 12th as that's the next full moon night and if it's as clear as tonight it oughta be great viewing..gotta plan that better next year..got domestic chores done and met up with Biker Bill in town...ate a nice lunch at Waffle House (always good no matter where they're located)..started loading up as we make a move to Tennessee..we have about 130 miles to drive and the day is supposed to be sunny and 60F so it'll be a pleasant drive. It will probably be confusing for everyone when we report our next location as it's called Cumberland State Park (NOT Cumberland Falls)..it confused me as we planned it (of course I get confused easily--grin) We might stay at a COE Park that's in the same area, we shall see, once we get in the area..Actually we have 3 potential spots and it's always fun exploreing the possibilities once we're in an area..Oh, the pressure, the pressure, of decisions !!..Aren't ya glad you're not us??..REMEMBER..LIVE YOUR DREAMS AS TIME GOES BY QUICKLY..Charlie & Heather