- Cove Lake SP, TN - Our first
stop on our latest adventure. It's only 138 miles from home and less
than a mile off I-75, north of Knoxville. The picture is of the same
spot two years ago. The price went up from $16 to $18.
We left home late this year primarily because we have a new grandson,
Landon, born 22 September but also the weather held so no need to go
south. It rained all day and most of the night so car and the rv are a
Upon arrival we had no hot water, just lukewarm. The gas came on but
only ran for a short time. I called Atwood (the water heater
manufacturer) and the tech told me he
thought I had a plumbing problem. He was right. The outside shower
valves were open (from when I had drained the system) and the hot water
was mixing with the cold.
12 November 2008
CG - We are in Site #7 of this 150 site COE campground on Allatoona
Lake near Acworth, GA. The weather has been cloudy with occasional
rain, temps in the 50s.
We had hoped to see our friends Eric and Stephanie who were managers
here during the summer but they had left already. More pics and info
It's always something. A tire on the tote tank had a blowout and so had
to drive about 35 miles to the nearest Tractor Supply in Canton for a
replacement. I had replaced the hard plastic tires that came with the
tote with pneumatic ones. They are quiet and the tote can be dragged at
much higher speeds. The Chinese tires lack in quality but they were
cheap. A hitch on the car to drag it to the dump station draws lots of
Monday, 17 November:
A legally blind 67-year-old woman
knocked on our door Sunday evening. She was cold and hungry and
couldn't find her campsite. We took her back to her "camper". She had
been living in it with her son and two cats but the son had gotten
drunk the night before and had been arrested. We fed her and called her
son-in-law who picked her up later that night. There's a fine line
between long-term camping and homelessness.
Still at McKinney. It's cold this morning, in the
low 20s, so the water line had to be disconnected last night and we're
using the on board water pump and our tank water. We woke this morning
to the sounds of multiple gunshots so deer season must have started
today. This gal is safe here in the park though and she seems to know
it. I've been watching her out the front window for quite a while.
The squirrels aren't as much fun
though. They collect hickory nuts and climb into the trees over the
camper where they break them open and drop the shells on the roof. It
sounds like they're dropping coconuts.
Tuesday, 25 November:
left McKinney yesterday morning and went a little over a hundred miles
south to R. Shaefer Heard COE CG which is on West Point Lake southwest
of La Grange, GA. It drizzled most of the way but cleared and was quite
warm, about 60, when we arrived. We set up in site #7 (below left) and
tried to call home only to find out we had no signal at all. We went
outside the park to make our calls and decided we would leave this
morning. I went for a walk this morning and about 1/2 mile from our
site, at site #29 (below right), I pulled out my phone and found I had
5 bars. So instead of leaving we moved to site #29 and will stay here
This is my view out the front window while sitting at the computer and
what it looks like just outside the door:
The Corp of Engineer Campgrounds are run by manager contractors
who bid for the job. Most are full-timer couples who live on sight and
share the long hours required to handle all the campers. The larger
parks have two couples who work four days on and four days off. The
vast majority are really nice folks. When we arrived here at R. Shaefer
Heard yesterday afternoon there were fire trucks and an ambulance at
one of the manager's camper. The wife had had a heart attack and had to
be taken to the hospital where a blocked artery was opened and a stint
inserted. The husband was back at work last evening and again this
morning when he reported she was doing fine. More pics and info about R. Shaefer Heard
Thanksgiving is over and although
almost all sites reservable were reserved, there were a number of
walk-in sites available. It's become a tradition to go camping over the
holiday and all campgrounds are crowded. Fortunately the sites are far
enough apart here that the smoke from all those campfires isn't too
bad. It also helps that we are upwind. We remember being at Hunting
Island SP, SC during Thanksgiving a few years ago; the smoke was so
thick you could barely see your neighbor. Below is a picture of one of
our neighbors here:
There's another bad tire on the tote tank. I've ordered a new one from
Northern Tool. It should be here by mid-week. This time it was a front
tire and with the application of several patches it's holding up ok.
This is such a beautiful spot I want to post a couple more pictures of
our site taken from the same point but in opposite directions:
The island with the tree on it (in the center of the picture) is now a
peninsula as the COE has been drawing down the lake water level every
day. Every morning at about 6 am a horn blows at the dam for about a
minute to warn anyone downstream. Then about a half hour later the horn
sounds again as the floodgates are opened. The dam is 1.6 miles away
but you can't sleep through that horn.
On Friday the 5th we left R. Shaefer Heard and
traveled another 100 miles south to White
COE CG which is
about 10 miles south of Eufaula, AL. It was our first visit there and
although the sites were very close together we had plenty of privacy as
there were only about five campers there. We were in site #77, right on
We stayed there until Monday the 8th and then went to Eastbank COE CG
in the extreme southwest corner of Georgia. We stopped at Camping World
in Dothan, AL on the way and spent about $45 on some repair materials
and looked inside some new campers. We'll stay here at Eastbank until
the 22nd. We had reserved site #42 but construction of a new bathhouse
is to begin there soon so they asked us to move over to site #56. We
walk to Florida every day.
It's been a great week here at Eastbank
with daytime temperatures pushing 80
and nighttime temperatures in the 60s but this morning a front came
through with some rain and the temperature dropped into the low 50s.
It's supposed to be cool but sunny tomorrow for our trip to Ocean Pond,
then warm up again.
We don't usually socialize much with fellow campers but have met
several people here whose company we have really enjoyed, especially Ed
from MA and John from MS.
I forgot to take my camera with me to Buddy's Market in Sneads, about
five miles from the campground. It's an open air market that sells
fresh fruits and vegetables and fresh fish and shrimp. We've stocked
our freezer with shrimp after stuffing ourselves. We also sampled
mullet for the first time, which many consider a trash fish. We thought
it tasted great.
When I tried to upload these last comments I found the site was down
and don't know how long it's been down.
28 December 2008:
We've been at Ocean
for a week but going back to Eastbank tomorrow as there are
too many yapping dogs here for us. The campground is pretty full with
locals and you can hear dueling banjos most of the time if you get my
drift. We have
met some nice
folks here, a retired Navy guy and his wife and two couples from The
Netherlands with whom we spent fun evenings.
We made a trip to Nettles Sausage to stock up and stopped by
Ichetucknee Springs to catch up on our friends there.
If you're reading this you know we're now at "georgeandmy.com".
Time-Warner's free web space at roadrunner.com decided to change the
address, add a banner to our site and make it very difficult to upload
to. So it was time to get our own domain.
Friday, 2 January 2009,
We walk out on the dam usually twice a day, a two-mile
round trip. Below are shots of the campground from the dam and another
below the dam. We had some new friends, Vernon and Charlotte from VA,
over on New Year's Eve for some wine and hors d'oeuvres but we didn't
wait up until midnight. Vernon's a fisherman and caught a couple of
catfish below the dam and Charlotte cooked them and some cornbread for
our dinner yesterday. Of course My's been generous with the eggrolls
I finally got a picture of Buddy's market.
Tuesday, 13 January
We're still at Eastbank. Starting into our sixth year of
"camping" we had never had a medical problem requiring a physician's
care until yesterday. My fell getting out of the shower and cracked a
rib. I can report that if you do have a medical emergency while
traveling it couldn't happen in a better place than Chattahoochee.
Local Dr. Abbey Strickland saw her immediately and an x-ray was taken
at Jackson County Hospital in Marianna. The staff there was
exceptionally kind, not only to her, but also to every patient I saw
them come in contact with. The doctor also called in a prescription to
the local CVS which included insurance info so no waiting when we
picked it up. My's feeling better today. She says it only hurts when
she breathes. We're staying at site #46 for another week. A
highlight of the past week was a seven-mile bicycle ride with Ed from
MA and Bill from OH.
Sunday, 18 January
We'll be on the road again tomorrow, moving south about
70 miles to a small NFS CG called Wright Lake near Sumatra, FL in the
Apalachicola National Forest. I don't
expect to have cellphone service there so may not be able to keep in
touch for a few days.
Friday, 23 January 2009:
Monday we proceeded south as planned and stopped at Wright Lake (site
18). A first and last stop at that campground for us, but you don’t
know until you actually stay there yourself if it’s good or not. Lake
Wright would be better named Camp Dog Poop. Although I was lucky this
time and spotted the numerous fresh piles around our campsite, neighbor
Dave from IA was not and tracked it into his Casita camper before
realizing he had it on both shoes. He spent the afternoon scrubbing
shoes and carpet. There were several hunters camped there who let their
large dogs run loose.
Dave’s day wasn’t all-bad however as I ran an extension cord to his
camper and he shared the electricity from our generator which we ran
several hours in the evening and again Tuesday morning. It was very
cold and we ran the furnace for the first time this winter. When we
have an electrical hookup the two portable electric heaters are enough
to keep us warm.