Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

Henry David Thoreau

Leaving the Smokies

Monday April 25, 2011
Leaving Elkmont Campground
Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Arriving Cumberland Mountain State Park, TN

Busy Day.
As we were packing up our neighbor Barbara Loy
and I got to talking about her travels in her van.

She’s from Michigan and after the death, a few years ago of her husband
has been taking numerous trips on her own.
She sleeps in the van and has it very well organized.
Bed on one side, essentials in bins on the other.
Looks like a very simple way to go especially
while we were checking everything in Winnona
and cheking and putting away everything, unplugging.

She says her friends think
she’s crazy.  But I admire her spunk.

After a quick breakfast, slides in, jacks up, we were off
for gas and a grocery run before heading out
for Cumberland Mountain State Park on our way west.

Current destination, by early June,
the Grand Canyon

We gained an hour moving into Central Time
so that helped our arrival at Cumberland.  
We took the car off of the dolly, drove around
the campground to check out the sites.

There are 5 separate camping areas in the park
but at this time
only 3 of them are open.

Section A has full hook ups
which are more expensive of course and
we usually skip them and use the dump station
in favor of saving money. 
Section A also is slightly shadier than B & C.

We chose Site 79 in section C

and went to the Registration Center
to pay our $20 a night for water and electric. 
Way to go Tennessee!!

Here's the view from Duckie's window

It’s supposed to rain and be windy for the next two days.
So it’s unclear whether we’ll get to do much
hiking or kayaking on the lake.

Check back and see what happens. 


  1. Good for Barbara! She's living life her way :)

    If it rains, you'll read and chill for a day or 2. Nothing wrong with that :) Have fun!

  2. Looks like a good spot. Hats off to Barbara- it is working for her.

  3. Nice place for your Earth flag. Wish we were with you. Thanks for sharing. You go Barbara!! Travel safe.
    Syl & Gin


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