Our Time in Nashville

Location: Nashville KOA, Nashville, Tennessee

Dates: Apr. 8 to 21, 2018

Malcolm worked in the office every day the first week we were here and the first four days of the second week. On Friday, April 20, he decided to work from the trailer. That gave us a chance to make sure everything was ready for our trip north to Kentucky on Saturday, the 21st.

Malcolm drove the truck downtown those nine days he worked downtown. He parked in the parking garage next to the office building and the receptionist gave him vouchers to pay for his parking. Val worked on projects in the trailer those nine days and rode the shuttle from the campground to downtown Nashville once each week to have lunch with Malcolm and the crew.

One reason we came to Nashville was so that Malcolm could officially receive his plaque for 20 years of service with the company (his 20th anniversary was February 23, but we weren’t planning on coming up in the dead of winter).

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Malcolm receiving his plaque from his boss.

On Saturday and Sunday in the middle of our visit, we took care of normal shopping and also visited a few thrift shops and antique stores. We also picked up a new hotspot from AT&T. Our old one was working fine, but this one has been getting great reviews for speed and stability.

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One of the neat antique stores we visited was Pre to Post Modern, which carried a lot of mid-century modern items. We didn’t buy anything, but it was fun looking at all the things they had.

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On the second Monday we were there, the temperature was right around freezing in the morning. Malcolm went to get into the truck and found the windshield covered in frost. These Floridians have no ice scraper in the truck, so Malcolm just waited until the defroster melted it enough to clear with the wipers.

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Frosty

A couple days later the temperatures had gone back to more spring-like levels. All the blooming trees have been blooming here.

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Pink blooms littering the ground and water feature

We ate at the Cock of the Walk restaurant a couple times while we were here. It is located next door to the campground, so it was an easy walk. As a matter of fact, you could see our trailer from one of the dining rooms.

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There’s our house (on the left)

We packed up the trailer this morning (Saturday, the 21st) and headed up the road to Lexington, Kentucky. Stay tuned for that visit in the next installment.

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Here, There and Everywhere

Location: Washington State visiting Grandchildren

Dates: Mar. 27 – Apr. 2, 2018

Once we were back from the beach trip, Malcolm and the girls worked on their pinewood derby cars for Awana. Malcolm and Violet both got sick shortly after we got back. Not sure about Violet, but Malcolm had the flu (we never got around to getting flu shots).

Violet’s car won 2nd place in her division for design. Malcolm’s car won first place in the adult division for design. None of our cars were terribly fast, though, but they at least made it to the finish line. Violet was home sick the night of the race, so Nana raced in her place and accepted her award.

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The rest of the week we all just had fun. Malcolm tried to work as much as he felt like even though he had the flu.

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Eventually, on Friday, Malcolm went to the doctor. They determined he had the flu and gave him a prescription for flu meds, though they wouldn’t guarantee that they would do any good since he had the flu longer than 48 hours. (They did help some).

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Cole came home from India on Friday afternoon. Elizabeth went to the airport to bring him home. He caught up on his sleep over the weekend. Malcolm was still sick on Easter Sunday, so he stayed home while everyone else went to church.

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The girls had an Easter egg hunt on Sunday afternoon. Scarlet sorted all her candy out by type.

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On Monday, Malcolm was feeling better. We spent the day getting ready to fly home. Our flight left late in the evening on Monday and arrived early morning in Orlando on Tuesday.

Location: Our RV Lot at Deer Creek RV Golf and Country Club

Dates: Apr. 3 – 6, 2018

We flew in to Orlando early in the morning on Tuesday, the 3rd. We picked up our car from the parking lot and headed home. We slept very little on the plane, so we slept for a few hours once we got home. Later, we headed across the street and brought Callie home from our neighbors who were watching her while we were away.

We spent Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday catching up on laundry and getting the trailer ready for travel. On Friday morning, we hooked up the trailer to the truck and headed out for a couple weeks in Nashville.

Location: Tifton KOA, Tifton, Georgia

Dates: Apr. 6 -7, 2018

Our first stop on the way to Nashville was Tifton, Georgia. We had some slow traffic in Florida due to the heavy spring break traffic mixed with a tanker truck that had crashed and caught fire.

Location: Holiday Travel Park, Rossville, Georgia

Dates: Apr. 7 – 8, 2018

Our second stop was in Rossville, Georgia (just outside of Chattanooga). We again hit traffic due to a traffic accident and generally heavy spring break traffic south of Atlanta.

Location: Nashville KOA, Nashville, Tennessee

Dates: Apr. 8, 2018

Today’s journey from Chattanooga to Nashville took less than 3 hours up I-24. It was a generally smooth drive. There was a lot of spring break traffic again but it generally moved well.

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We’ll be here for two weeks while Malcolm works in the office here.

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Big Trip West – Day 2

Current Location: Holiday Travel Park, Rossville, Georgia

We hooked up this morning and hit the road a little after 8:00 AM. We drove on up I-75 and decided to stay on I-75 north through Atlanta. Traffic was a bit heavy, but not unbearable. We made it through just fine.

We stopped for lunch at a truck stop near Dalton, Georgia. We backed into a site along the back and ate lunch in the truck, watching the trucks drive by to go to the fuel pumps. When we were done eating, we noticed a couple trucks in front of us and not really moving. We had debated filling up our truck there after lunch.

Malcolm ran back to the trailer to throw away our trash and use the restroom before closing up the trailer. The truck that had been stopped in front of us for a while looked like it was going to back into another space on down from us. Malcolm could see a lot of smoke rising from the area of the fuel pumps, but figured it was an older truck spewing a lot of exhaust.

It turned out that a truck in line for fuel had caught fire. A fire truck was already there hosing it down, but we decided to turn out the way we came in and get fuel elsewhere. Various other fire vehicles were arriving as we were leaving and they were blocking the entrance for any more trucks to come in. Lots of excitement. We just got back on the interstate and stopped for fuel on up the road.

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Site 117 at Holiday Travel Park

We arrived here about 3:00 this afternoon and got all set up. Though the actual campground is in Rossville, Georgia, we are in the general Chattanooga, Tennessee area (literally 1/2 mile south of the Georgia/Tennessee border).

While the air conditioners were doing their thing cooling down the trailer, we drove across the interstate to Camping World and picked up a few things we needed. We bought a pair of LED lamps to replace the ones in the dining room fixture and found out they were too dim, different sizes and even different colors though they were both packaged as the same bulb. Malcolm drove back over and returned them. We’ll order the correct bulb(s) off Amazon later.

We ate dinner in the trailer and generally just relaxed. Tomorrow we head on up to Lexington, Kentucky to stay at the Kentucky Horse Park for eight days.

 

 

Nashville And Work

Current Location: Seven Points Campground, Hermitage, Tennessee

This past Monday, May 1, we packed up and headed out from Wetumpka and ended up in the Nashville area. We are back in the COE campground, Seven Points, that we stayed in last time we were here. It really is a beautiful campground and late spring seems to be a good time to visit.

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Our Wooded Site

We have both vehicles with us this trip. Malcolm is working in the Nashville office this trip.

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Train Tickets

After we got set up on Monday afternoon, we headed over to Kroger to buy train tickets for Malcolm so he can ride the train to work. He has been driving the truck over and parking it while riding the train into town for work. The only exception to that was Thursday when we had a lot of rain. He drove the car, instead, just in case he needed to drive on into town. As it turns out, the rain wasn’t too bad, but Malcolm left too late Thursday morning to catch the train. Instead, he got to sit in Nashville rush hour traffic for 45 minutes.

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When You Miss Your Train

Thursday evening, Malcolm met Val and our friends the Mangums for dinner at our favorite Irish restaurant. The Mangums are here sightseeing for a few days.

On Friday, almost everyone in the office cut out at 4:00. Malcolm typically leaves at 4:45 to catch the train without rushing. With an extra 45 minutes to kill, he decided to walk through a couple stores and ended up at Acme Feed (restaurant/bar) for a beer while he waited for his train to arrive.

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Friday Afternoon Drink

On Friday evening Malcolm emptied our gray tanks and ran the tote over to the dump station (fortunately fairly close) twice to empty out all our gray water. We’ll probably have to make another run mid-week and then will be good until we leave, when we’ll use the dump station to empty all the tanks from the trailer.

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Toting the Gray Water

The last couple of nights have been pretty cool, with temperatures dipping into the upper 40’s. We’ve been running the furnace and, upon checking propane levels, we found we have one empty tank and the second was well on its way. We ran around and did some shopping today and took the empty tank with us. We had it filled at Camping World on the way back home.

Val has been working on various projects during the week. Malcolm will be working at the office again this coming week. We will be here until next Saturday then will head back to Wetumpka.

Christmas Parties and Presents

Current Location: Fort Toulouse Campground, Wetumpka, Alabama

Since our last update, we’ve been taking care of day-to-day stuff. Some of it involves preparing our new car for travel duties. We had a Class III hitch put on it. We’ll probably have the bikes riding on the back of the car when it travels with us. For that purpose, we purchased a bike rack (we had one like it before, but gave it away when we thought we weren’t going to be using it anymore).

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New hitch and bike carrier

Malcolm also installed a new rear hatch window gasket on the car. After five years, the original one was compressed and was allowing water to leak into the hatch. Seems it is a fairly common problem. The new gasket is a Ford part ordered through Amazon.

Last week, Malcolm found out that his company was having a Christmas party for the office here in Wetumpka on Thursday evening. We attended and had a nice dinner and conversation with some of Malcolm’s co-workers that are still in the office here in Alabama.

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Wetumpka office Christmas party

The next day, on Friday, we loaded up the car and headed up to Nashville for the weekend (sans trailer) to attend another company Christmas party – this time for the office that Malcolm is officially assigned to.

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View of Nashville from the top of our hotel

When we got into town, we stopped by the Green Hills mall and did a little shopping before heading to the hotel. The initial plan was to check into the hotel and head to our favorite Irish pub and restaurant for dinner. However, we decided to stay close to the hotel and eat nearby instead of driving through Nashville rush hour Friday traffic.

On Saturday, we got out early and braved the Opry Mills mall. We were fortunate to have beat most of the holiday traffic going in. Leaving was a breeze. After leaving there, we stopped by Kroger for some tea that Val likes as well as to pick up a last minute Christmas gift for one of Malcolm’s co-workers. We stopped by the Irish place and had lunch since we were in the neighborhood. Then we headed back to the hotel.

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Irish fare

We watched TV and relaxed all afternoon at the hotel until it was time to get ready to go to the Christmas party. It was supposed to be rainy all evening, but the rain didn’t move in until much later at night. We were able to walk to the Christmas party (just a block away) and back to the hotel with no problem. The temperature all evening was in the 70’s.

Overnight, the storms rolled through along with the rain and wind. By morning, it was all frozen. The cold front that swept through left the temperatures in the upper-20’s all day in Nashville. We waited for a little while before checking out of the hotel and heading south back to Wetumpka, where the temperature was at least in the 40’s.

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Frozen cars in the hotel parking lot

Malcolm has been working the early part of this week (Monday through Wednesday). He worked a little this morning, but took off when our new Christmas present arrived via FedEx late this morning. We got a new set of steps for the RV and Malcolm installed them (with some help from our son who was already in town visiting friends). You can read more about the steps in our product review by clicking HERE.

After the steps were installed, we took David to go get pizza for lunch, then returned to the trailer. He headed off to visit with his friends and we spent the afternoon getting ready to leave for the Seattle area. We’ll be driving up to Atlanta tomorrow, staying in a hotel overnight and flying out early Saturday morning.