Where We've Been (46 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!

Where We've Been (46 out of 50 States)...Where We Are!
We are extensively traveling around...working and having a blast...Life is Grand!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA)

We joined the MSAA volunteer organization as Resource Detectives, we will be identifying agencies and organizations which provide resources that can benefit the MS community. The information we find will be used by MSAA’s client services department, which handles their toll-free Helpline.

One of the many things we will be researching is how convenient this lifestyle (RVing) would be for the individuals afflicted with this illness, but also how many places out here are handicap friendly.

This opportunity is truly a great fit for us since we love researching, reviewing, and then sharing all we learn with others. What better way to do it all and being able to help others while we are doing what we love.

Several of our friends who has a loved one that is confined to a wheel chair have approached us and wanted some information about the places we visit, if they are easily accessible for the handicap. We could not answer those questions since we really had not paid much attention to that dilemma, but now we will be able to give them all the information they would need to begin living their dream of traveling the country.

We are true believers that anyone can do anything they set their hearts to do and now we can assist them by giving them the tools to do this, what a grand opportunity for us!

For more information how you can become a volunteer, just click on the title and you will be directed to their website to see if anything may inspire you.

Another great link for volunteering is the Volunteer Match website http://www.volunteermatch.org/, they have many opportunities to volunteer, even “Virtual Opportunities”. There is no more excuses why you can’t volunteer, if we can do it while RVing full-time so can you!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Mississippi To Arkansas

Today was a troublesome driving day! The rig continued doing the chugging and we are not quite sure why it comes and goes as it does. Just when we thought we were going to have to pull over…it stopped! We decided to pickup a fuel filter while driving through Brinkley, Arkansas and Jerry installed it and we were back on the road in literally minutes…he is such a genius when it comes to just about everything…anyway…once again we didn’t have another chug incident for the rest of the day. We will need to give it a total checkup when we get to Phoenix.

All Interstate driving from here to Phoenix…ugh…we will only be doing about 300 miles a day which is our max. Whether we do the “roads less traveled” or Interstates it seems 300 is the best for us. On the “roads less traveled” it’s because it’s slow going for the most part…on the Interstates, we do better timing but the stress from the trucks whizzing by makes us want to only do that many.

We drove some really nice roads today, US-49, between US-61 and I-40 is a great road. Went from a divided highway to 5 lanes to a two lane but even then it had quite a few passing lanes.
Looked through our campground membership books and chose a campground to stay at and when we went out of our way to get there…it was the MOST trashy dump we have ever seen. See our reviews for the rest of the story.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Will the Rain Ever End in Tunica, Mississippi?

What began as a two night stay has now stretched into five…will the weather ever clear? We choose not to drive in this rain and especially not in the wind, so we will continue staying “One More Night” until this clears. The weather forecast is for it to finally move out tomorrow so it looks as if we will be leaving the Tunica, Mississippi area then.

In the meantime…we have not been able to do much sightseeing in the area but thank goodness we have several casinos in the area to make it an exciting time. So far, we are ahead and they have been paying for our meals, as well as our stay at the RV Park at the Hollywood Casino. Be sure to check out our reviews for further information.

Life for us has taken a fabulous turn for the best possible ride we have ever had. This has taken place mostly because we are tuning into our spiritual inner selves and just going with the flow in life. Our stopover at the Renaissance Church was the most enlightening time for us and continues to bring us deeper into our true inner selves. Life is truly Grand!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Visiting the Foley's in Tennessee

It was nice visiting friends and just trying to chill out a bit, which ended up being quite difficult for me to do. We did some sightseeing and really had some down time visiting and catching up with all the happenings with one another. During the time we were there they celebrated their 10 year anniversary so while they went out on the town and enjoyed a Dinner Cruise on the Mississippi River we stayed home and watched the kids for them.

We had made a major error when we arrived that caused us a slight delay on the morning we were leaving. They had arranged for us to just drive down their driveway into their unfenced backyard. We were so excited to see them that we did not give it a thorough inspection and by the time we were on our way down the driveway it was too late…we scraped the bottom of our rig, actually only the hitch but going back up was going to be worse. So after looking it all over and checking out all of our options, we chose to drive through the neighborhood, literally. We had to drive through two backyards and down a neighbors driveway onto the next street over. It was an adventure and of course we have learned not to go down too steep of a driveway or any type of road from now on. Of course it all worked out as things usually do in our lives but we are always living and learning.

Here are a few of the places we went sightseeing at while we were in the Great Smoky Mountain area. All of our Photos can be viewed at http://hittheroadjack.shutterfly.com/action/

Cades Cove is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee is 2500 acres of open space. You drive through it on a one way road that doesn’t open to cars until mid morning, so be sure to check the hours before making your plans. We heard there was so much wildlife but we only seen one deer, it was a good size, probably eight or more point buck grazing in the field, the black bears were not to be found on our visit. It’s a loop, so you end up where you started and we recommend this drive.

Tuckaleechee Caverns is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the photos we took do not do it justice at all. It is an amazing place and the guide we had was very knowledgeable of the cavern. Many years ago two young boys at the age of six began exploring the caverns…later in their lives they returned…bought the land and created the sight seeing tours. It is really a great place to visit and we highly recommend it.

The Foothills Parkway is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a wonderful drive. This was suppose to be the peak season for the fall colors but due to the drought the colors were not as vivid as usual. It’s a nice drive, especially after doing the hundreds of stairs on the cavern tour. There are many places to pull off for photos or have lunch as we did. This drive is not a loop and when leaving the park we ended up back on US129, the beautiful drive continued along a lake with a really nice view.

NASCAR SpeedPark in Sevierville was awesome! We drove the go-carts only on a few of the tracks since most of them were not open but there were quite a few that were running. There was a NASCAR store and we found some bargains, still looking for some other items but they are a bit limited with what they have in stock. Visit their website for more information at http://www.nascarspeedpark.com/

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Niagara Falls

Here are just a few of the many photos we took while visiting this grand place. We were on our second, third or maybe fourth honeymoon but our first time here.

Please visit our web page at shutterfly by clicking on this title and it will take you there so you can view all of our photos.