October 31 thru
November 2- Halloween Camping at Fort Mountain State Park -
(for more pictures of the weekend, go to
November's PB&J Adventures)
This year, we tried something a little different fro
Halloween. Instead of Trick-or-Treating in a local neighborhood, we
decided to try it at a campground. Other than the slight concern of
what dozens of pounds of candy might do to attract bears, we had no
reservations about the concept. It turned out to be a lot of fun.
We decorated the motor home for the occasion, and started invading
neighboring campsites just after dark. It turned out to be a real
blast! For more about this fun-filled weekend,
check out November's PB&J Adventures!
25, Largest VW Parade in the US (today) - Chattanooga, TN
We learned about his parade at the
Three Sisters Blue Grass Festival held recently near here.
Needless to say, we wanted to see it (and be in it, which didn't work out).
We got to Chattanooga just as the parade was beginning, so we intercepted it
near its destination at the First Tennessee Pavilion. We enjoyed
wandering around looking at all the cool old VWs, especially the
yellow bus seen in
several pictures below. Daddy's
favorite bug is the
light green one. Of course
Herbie was a hit (both of
them)! Daddy noticed the temperature (53) as we were leaving the house
headed for this event. Spooky, huh?
(O | O) We don't have a bug, so we drove our Jeep O
Yes, that's a VW Trike...
October 18, Frontier Day, New Echota Historical Site -
Last Capitol of the Cherokee Nation
We are very lucky to live so close to
New Echota, and we
should visit more often. This is our first time to visit during
Frontier Day, and we're really glad we did. All the buildings were
open with fires roaring in the fireplaces. There were a number of
demonstrations of old-timey arts, crafts, music, weaponry, candle making,
leather working, flint knapping, bows and arrows, blow darts, Indian jewelry making,
shape note singing, story telling, Dutch oven cooking, and more! All
this in one of the most significant historic sites for the Cherokee, and the
south in general. It is fascinating to learn how these people had
their own sovereign nation, right here in the Southeast, with three branches
of government (just like the US), a Supreme Court, etc etc. This is
the site of the Treaty of New Echota, the treaty that resulted in the
assassination of the tribal leaders (including the
Great Grandfather of Jim Boudinot, the guy posing in one of the pictures below) that signed it, and the ultimate
complete withdrawal of the Cherokee people from their land. This is
the true beginning of the
Trail of Tears.
One of our friends, Mr. Lee, was demonstrating
flint knapping, the art of making weapons and tools from stone (like flint).
We want to invite him over and have him teach us sometime. Super Dave, Carly Sue, and Carson met us at there later in the day (Dianna was at a
Note, this is yet another great value of the Georgia State Parks Annual
Family Pass (get
one). When you buy the pass you get lots of
You get two nights free camping
($50 value) or free golf, a free pass into all parks and historic sites, and 10% off
everything else (including camping and golf).
October 10-13 - Fall Break PB&J
at Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee (Sorry, still no Legendary
We spent this Fall Break with Super Dave, Carly Sue,
Dianna, and Carson as well as Andy's crew camping at Fall Creek Falls State
Park in Tennessee. We made reservations for this weekend several
months ago. Since that time, gas prices went through the roof (over
$4), so we considered cancelling. Fortunately, Fanny Mae, Freddy Mac,
and most of the big banks went under, the stock market crashed, and gas
prices dropped, thus making this nice trip a little less painful. The
Lord does work in mysterious ways.
We have been moderately disappointed with Fall
Creek Falls' camp sites in the past. However, after locating our site,
all concerns about the place were soon forgotten. We couldn't have
asked for a better spot (with full hookup no less). Super Dave and his
clan occupied the neighboring site, and the kids played in the large wooded
area until they dropped. The camp site was adjacent a large meadow
featuring a play set, volley ball court, and lots of room to play. The
field was surrounded by camp sites and a paved road, perfect for bike
riding. We also loaded the bikes up and hauled them to the lake and
falls bike trails. Everyone rode their bikes for a long way on the
trails. Daddy pulled Lainey in the doodle bug for a little while, but
John Micah rode he whole way. Of course, the big boys and Dianna rode
the whole way.
We did a bit more hiking this time around.
We really enjoyed the trails and canyons in the park. It's really a
beautiful place to explore, and the trails are challenging and fun. We
rode by the stables to price a ride, but at $25 apiece ($150.00 total) for a
45 minute ride, Daddy couldn't hardly justify the expense (being the
cheapskate he is). Instead we decided to just ride around the park
with the top down in the Jeep. In all, our experiences at the park
have convinced us that this is still a place to come back to in the near
October 04, 2008
Three Sisters Bluegrass Festival - Ross's Landing, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Lee Thomas and Mommy helped our
friend Mason celebrate his Birthday at the IMAX Theater in Chattanooga
midday on this fine Saturday. Daddy did some Googling and discovered
that there was a bluegrass festival happening that evening on the banks of
the mighty Tennessee river. Daddy loaded-up the remainder of the tribe
in the Jeep, and took the long scenic route to Chattanooga via Summerville
(which reminded us we need to come back to get some more agate for
polishing). Anyway, when we got there, it wasn't real crowded.
The temperature was a little warm, but not bad, but the music was great!
We enjoyed a couple of bands, although one or two of the singers really
liked to sing through the nose. Then, this band got on the stage
called The Steel Drivers. First off, the band was GREAT, but the lead
singer, Chris Stapleton was particularly awesome. He had a voice that
would have seemed just at home singing the blues, but could sound just as
traditional as Ralph Stanley. When you combine that voice with the
edgy aggressive sound of the band, it makes for some enjoyable listening.
Summary: We've been places where live music was
playing outdoors, and it wasn't long before we were ready to move on.
On this day, we arrived around 4pm, and stayed until after 9pm. The
lawn venue was nice and felt very safe (which wasn't the case a number of
years ago), there was plenty of good food and beverages, the environment was
relaxed and festive, and the kids played in the grass for hours. All
in all, we're looking forward to coming back to Chattanooga for similar
events in the future. 12 Thumbs Up!