So I know it’s been a while since the Gatlinburg fire, but the damage is still very evident in the forests surrounding it. It was scary to see just how close the fire came to the main strip… just like the hill behind the Aquarium… fire was right there.
This is taken from the rise right above Gatlinburg. You can see the damaged trees. Nature always amazes me. It just comes back and grows… maybe even stronger then before.
I guess that’s how the people of this region are too. As we’ve meet a few of them and listened to people talk about the help that people received after the fire. It is amazing. Stronger then before as they banded together, plus people who didn’t even know them before giving help to total strangers. Kind of gives me hope for humanity.
Ok, we saw this place yesterday when we went to the Pottery House for lunch. But we were in the hurry to get back so didn’t stop in. Today I made Scot go back there after doing some business cold calls and stop in to see what it was all about.
OMG! Cat lovers everywhere should make the trip down here to see this place.
It is packed full of all sorts of stuff… kitty clocks, kitty jewelry, kitty t-shirts
… toys for kitties. And much more… even some dog lovers things. Of course they also have some cool kitties that hang around in the shop.. some even are up for adoption.
We managed to sneak away to another rally with the Horse Shu Kru. This time to Sevierville, TN. We are staying at the Two River Resort right along side the French Broad River. I mean right along side it. The view in front of our RV is the gentle river.
Callie is thrilled by the view, she sits on the dashboard and keeps watch on the river and the trees for birds. Then she alerts us with her “chirp” meow in case we aren’t watching. Frau got up on the dashboard one day and a little chickadee landed on the mirror outside and did a stand off with her. She wasn’t sure how to take it and has confined her lounging to the bed now.
This time we decided to be brave and took Kismet, our Australian Shepard with us. She is a sweet girl, but timid with noises and very dizzy when it comes to instructions and rules. Now that she has gotten older, (Think she’s around 11 now), she has calmed down a lot. She has done really well. Enjoying meeting all the new people and some of the dogs.. though she could do without them. I’m very happy with her behavior, so think I will just take her with us if we are able too. I used the belt from the couch and run it underneath and belt her seat belt to it when we travel. Gives her security and keeps her in a safe location.
Anyway, I wanted to tell you about the campground. It’s right at the beginning of Sevierville just a few miles south of interstate 40. It’s a small RV park only 55 spaces. All the spaces are concrete and double wide, so no problem parking your toad or towing vehicle in your space. They have a small pool and small playground for the kids.
There is the usual amenities of laundry and bathrooms. It’s just one street with RV spots on both sides. There is a club house with an exercise room and a gathering area. They are currently looking for campground hosts. 6 month time slots – May-Oct, Nov-April. So if you want to spend an extended time in the Smokies this would be a great place. It’s close to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.
Scot and I have really enjoyed the time down here. We have done a little cold calls to see if we can pick up a wholesale client in this area with our orbs.
We sell to the some of the KY state parks and several visitor’s centers. Thought TN might be a good expansion.
We have gotten to do some socializing with the great Horse Shu Kru, meeting several more members. And spent countless hours reading, walking the dog.. and even napping. OH MY Goodness.. you heard me right, NAPPING! Yep, life is good.
Things have been crazy at my home.. we are trying to put in a building to house the RV and organize a few things around here. Plus do art shows and make money to afford the building and stuff we are doing to make the house we are living in more marketable…ie: put in it’s own driveway and paint etc. So in April right the weekend before one of our biggest shows, we were going ten different directions as we were getting the pad put in for the building, try to build inventory that should have been done ages ago and just live. So what did we do when the plumbing inspector invited us on a camping rally with the local group of the Family Motor Coach Association.. The Horse Shu Kru? We made some cool Horse Shu Kru orbs and threw some things in the coach and took off for 3 days. Luckily Georgetown is only about 45 minutes from us. Scot took the coach and I followed after making a stop into the post office to mail some orders out.
We stayed at the Whispering Hills RV Park in Georgetown area. I highly recommend it as it’s nice and inexpensive. http://www.whisperinghillsrv.com/. Lots of amenities and large easy to get into sites. Beautiful Pond with the Canadian Geese swimming. There was even 6 goslings.
Anyway, it’s nice. But the nicest part of the whole experience was the Horse Shu Kru. Made of mostly retired folk, they were welcoming and just awesome. For 3 days, I spent most of my waking hours chatting, playing card games, eating group meals and more playing card games. I haven’t socialized that much since college. We had some much fun, that we joined the Kru and are planning on doing their monthly rallies as often as we can. Wise decision? Who knows, we probably should be working.. but sometimes you just got to play a little.
In Eastern Oregon, in the middle of nowhere we discovered a mini oasis of sweet relaxation.
On highway 78 a little ways for Burns, Oregon is a small hot springs with RV hookups, tent camping or cabins. They are in the process of building rooms with private baths too. It is a very laid back place. Open gravel parking lot for RV camping. There is only a few with hook up for dumps, so if that is important make sure you reserve a space early or dump at the welcome center coming in to the west of Burns before you get there. You can also dump at the country store 3 miles down the road for a fee. They have restrooms and a couple shower stalls. Nothing fancy, but they can take a shower if you want after getting out of the hot springs.
It’s a great place to stop and relax and a wonderful break after driving across Nevada. So if you get up in this area, stop in and relax. You can also just stop for a few hours and take a dip.