LONG DAY - Getting to Lake Grenada

The day started out as any typical moving day.

Get dressed, eat breakfast, move all shifty items to safer ground, bring in slide-outs, empty holding tanks, do a walk around, hook-up the truck, un-plug from electric, do another walkaround . . . .

Not normal - "John, does this tire look low to you?" John replies, "Maybe a little. Let me get out the tire gauge". After finding three tire gauges that no longer work, John said those stomach wrentching words, "Why yes Christine, the tire is flat - 50 psi". "What is it suppose to be"? was my reply. "75 to 80". "@%*@#%$*@"!!!! I replied.

So much for our early start.

The good news was that we were still in our site, not on the side of the interstate, and the kids could go to the playground to play. The bad news was that someone reserved our spot for that day, and we had to be out of there ASAP. So I did what any girl does - I called my Mom and Dad. After being able to talk things out, we had a plan, so I put the slide outs back out, fixed lunch, and began rummaging through all the paperwork that came with the camper. Come to find out, we were covered by not just one but three different emergancy roadside policies. Talk about being over insured. We had our automobile/camper insurance ($100 deducable), we had the dealership insurance ($200 deductable), and the manufactures one year warranty (FREE), so you know which one I called first :) And I couldn't have been happier. The lady on the phone was so nice, and within an hour she had Goodyear tire and repair out to our camper, on a Sunday afternoon no less. The repairman was super nice and had our flat tire off, screw pulled out, tire patched, and back on the camper in less than 40 minutes. What a great experience for such a crappy start. I would definately recommend the Forest River Coachnet membership to anyone.

So, even though we were a little late getting started and had to stop four times (in just a 200 mile stretch) for potty breaks, we still arrived at Lake Grenada before dark. We have driven by this exit everytime we visited Biloxi but never had a reason to stop, which is too bad because the lake is a really neat area. Senic route 332 goes right over a beautiful Dam, which over looks an oak lowland.

We stayed at the North Abutment COE campground, and were not disappointed. They have beautiful full-service hook-ups right on the lake with nice bathhouses and a brand new playground area. We were actually camped over in the wooded area to the right in the pictures but decided the next time we stay we will be over in the water area.

Although we only stayed two nights, this is definately a redo. We spent most of our time here repacking, cleaning, and crossing things off the honey-do list. We were just too anxious to get to Biloxi to really stay and enjoy the area (it's been two years since we have seen MawMaw, PawPaw, the Big Girls, and our grandsons).

Even though the day started out rough, alls well that ends well, and who could stay mad with a view like that.




The Best Days of Our Life - Memphis

Rock 'N Roll and Memphis - We really are living the best days of our lives. There are times when I feel guilty about the life we are leading beacause I know there are so many people in this world who are not having these kind of days. Life truely is a blessing no matter what road one is traveling but some roads are easier to enjoy than others. Memphis is a city that exemplifies this juxtaposition. There are beautiful townhomes right next to the homeless person on the corner. The sinners and the saints walk Beale street side by side. Memphis has so much to offer everyone in every walk of life. I told John I could spend a couple months here easy but alas, we only got 6 days.
We pulled into T.O. Fuller State park, which is located on the south side of Memphis around 2 p.m. after an easy drive from Poplar Bluff. The park was easy to get into, and John did another amazing job backing the beast into our spot.
Right out our back door was the playground, which made morning coffee extra easy for me.
As part of our Oak Meadow curriculm, the kids create a seasonal table, so they made a beautiful plate of autumn things, and have been adding their favorite findings. It is nice for me because now instead of them dragging all thier cool stuff inside they have a special place to put it, and the best part is the stuff stays outside.
The twins came from the playground holding hands and were soooo precious but you could just see the mischief in their eyes - Double Trouble!

The park itself has a lot to offer with wonderful hiking trails, and some ancient Native American mounds. One evening we set out about an hour before sunset on a short hike, and the fall forest was wonderfull. We also found the cutest little acrons to add to our nature tray, as you can tell by my fingers, they were teeny, tiny little things - perfect for making fairy caps.
We also spent one day on Mud Island, which was so much fun! We didn't even make it inside the actual museum because the Mississippi River replica was so fasinating to walk. This was better than any classroom or park we have ever been in and it was FREE. A definate must see for kids. We also took a lunch with us, and ate where the Mississippi River dumps into the Gulf of Mexico.
Our real mission while in Memphis was to go the Juice Plus conference, which was a blast. The kids had a great time socializing in the family room with other healthy Juice Plus kids, and John and I learned so much more about how good nutrition really changes the body on a cellular level. Plus the kids got to say they seen Elvis :)
We also drove up to the Naval Air Base one day, and the camping up there is definately a try next time camp. The base is about 20 minutes North of Memphis, and an easy drive. And no trip to Memphis would be complete without a drive by Graceland, so not only did the kids get to say they seen Elvis but they got to see Graceland and his personal jet Lisa Marie.
Goodbye for now Memphis but we shall return.