October 24, 2016

Our RV Trip Is Ending: More Photos To Share

We will pull into our driveway just about the time this post sees the light of day. After a journey of almost 5,000 miles and 49 days, we have had another memory-filled, relationship-building trip. We added 13 new states to the map on the side of the RV, bringing our total to 32 visited in four years. 

The decision about where we go from here with the motorhome will take some time and thought. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy some pictures from the second half of the road trip.












The Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg - 20,000 sets



Bailey after her bath





Can you find the dog?

Ceiling of Chattanooga Choo Choo Station



Chattanooga Aquariums

Chattanooga Art Museum



We still prefer printed maps, but notice the GPS



Legend's Bar in Nashville..huge collection of unusual guitars

6 necks on this beauty!

You meet some interesting folks at a bar

Inside the massive gardens and water features at Opryland Hotel




A 16 mile driving tour between the Union and Confederate lines


The stunning remains of the USS Cairo




Our favorite RV spot ever: Tyler State Park in Texas


This is our site....unbelievable







A guy I used to work with 40 years ago  in radio. What a treat to see again






T-shirts say "Life is Good"   How true!






The old and the new in Nashville


My nephew and his family, with Betty and me

The whole Lowry crew in Tennessee..acting normal!



A fitting close..sunset on another fabulous trip


21 comments:

  1. Bob, a lot of the places you visited (such as the museums) wouldn't allow a dog to enter. So what do you do with Bailey when both of you want to enjoy an attraction? When I did some limited travel with my dog, I found that was a real limitation.

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    1. Bailey has no problem staying in the RV (with the air conditioning on) while we tour an area or museum or go to dinner. She is just fine for up to 5 hours, though we tend to keep our away time to 3 hours or less.

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  2. Very Nice Photos. Looks like the trip was a winner

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    1. We came home with a mounting repair bill, but the RV is 10 years old with 139,000 miles.

      Yes, the trip was a success.

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  3. You picked the best time of year to travel weather-wise. Pictures tell the story; trip was a 10, no doubt! Always great to come home though; welcome home!

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    1. It was warmer than we expected, or packed for, but I think that will be the new normal. The trip was a 9.5-10.

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  4. Looks like a fantastic trips. And if that's you acting normal, then that means "life is good" for you!

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    1. We have a family that occasionally shows its wild side.

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  5. Great photos! I love traveling with people vicariously. Thanks for sharing!

    There's no place home. *taps ruby slipper heels together*

    --Hope

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    1. You are welcome, Hope. Do sneakers work was well as slippers?

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    2. Does tapping my sneakers together count?

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  6. Glad you're home safe and sound! The photos are beautiful, as always. That's a lot of ground to cover and I can see how traveling like you do is advantageous to exploring out of the way places. Our next trip is in February and we're looking forward to seeing you guys!
    b

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    1. Yes, seeing you and Dave will be lots of fun. The weather should be perfect in February.

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  7. You photos are great and looks like you had a lot of fun. Right now we our travelling has been in Europe as while working we rarely had a chance to get there, a lot of history, culture and great cities. We look forward to exploring more of the US and Canada RV style once we get Europe out of our system.

    - David

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    1. We have been to Europe a few times but would love to go back. At this point we thought it best to do the more physically demanding stuff (driving an RV 5,000 miles is demanding!) while we are healthy and active.

      In a few years, when I am less likely to enjoy all the work involved in RVing, it will be time to head back to Europe for a river cruise.

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    2. I hear what you are saying Bob. I looked at it the other way thinking that 9-10 hour flights, driving where you are out of your element, and walking around old cities and hill towns was more demanding (we've never been on a cruise or organized tour). My father RV'd into his 80s so I figure we've still got some time but as you say RV'ing isn't labor free.

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  8. Bob, I'm jealous. I now want to hire a motorhome and visit the US. Nice photos.

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    1. We can switch houses when we come to England!

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  9. Great photos, especially the one at the bar. Ha!

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    1. Those Nashville folks know how to party!

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    2. Yep, we Tennessee T-cakes know how to have a good time!

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