The Hermitage Nashville TN

We had the opportunity to visit The Hermitage, the 7th president of the United States, Andrew Jackson’s home in Nashville TN. Andrew Jackson purchased the land in the early 1800’s completing the first home between 1819 and 1821. The current structure is the 3rd rebuild completed in 1837 after heavy fire damage. This was a great opportunity to visit a part of early 1800’s history, discover life during this period, even the political struggles that had a great impact on our nation.

One other point. There are many aspects of life during this period and this presidency that offer dark parts to US history and the people it impacted. A statement was made by one of the presenters during the introductory video viewed in the museum stating: “History is messy.” I couldn’t agree more. I’m a huge history buff. My hope is our history, regardless of what it was at that time, we learn from it, and never to return to the darker parts.

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RV Apps – 6 Essential RV Apps for Travel

6 Essential RV Apps for TravelWe love RV travel. Part of our formula to make RV travel easier is trip planning along with a number of valuable travel tools we use to reach our destination. We have 6 essential RV apps for travel we use on a regular basis to find campgrounds, map our travel, locate rest areas along the way and to purchase fuel. There are a number of other RV apps used from time to time, but these 6 essential RV apps for travel are always part of our RV adventure both in planning as well as those days we’re on the road.

In this video we show how we use our favorite apps – RV Parky, TripAdvisor, Google Maps, Rest Stops, Allstay Big Truck Stops and last but not least, Gas Buddy.

Chaptacular 2017 – Chainsaw Carving Event

Chaptacular 2017 Chainsaw Carving EventChaptacular is a yearly event held in Jones County just a few miles northeast of Gray, GA. This event is off the beaten path, but well worth the day to travel and see these incredible chainsaw carving artist perform and show their works.

Chaptacular is touted as the second largest chainsaw carving event held in North American.

Big Pig Jig – Vienna GA

big pig jigWe traveled to the Big Pig Jig in Vienna, GA. The 36th Annual event was held the weekend of November 3-4 and is the southeast’s largest and Georgia oldest barbecue cooking contest. This was my first time visiting the Big Pig Jig and we had a blast. We visited and yes we tasted great barbecue from competitors from all parts of the US competing in for this year’s best pork shoulder, pork ribs and whole hogs.

Dahlonega GA

Dahlonega GAThere’s so much to do in North Georgia. We took 2 trips to the town of Dahlonega GA. Over the years, we’ve been here many times and never tire of the scenery, food, the many and varied wine tasting rooms and for Joan, the eclectic group of shops.

Serenity Vineyard and Winery

Serenity Vineyard and Winery Serenity Vineyards and Winery was another great stop on our North Georgia tour of vineyards. This vineyard was in a quite little valley and was a bit unassuming as drove in. One of the other vineyards in Cleveland, GA mention Serenity Vineyard and Winery as a must stop and we now understand why.

Yohnah Vineyards and Winery

On this cloudy October, Joan, I, our son Joel and his girlfriend Amanda, continued our North Georgia winery tour. We traveled to Yohnah Vineyards and Winery just a few miles north east of Cleveland, GA.

Yohnah Vineyards and WineryYohnah means bear in the Cherokee language and the vineyard not only carries the name, but uses the bear as their logo. Arriving at the entrance of Yohnah Vineyards and Winery, you are immediately swept up in the expansive size of this beautiful property. The drive winds through the vineyard and you are greeted at the end by the stunning wine tasting room,

Hiawassee Mountain Fair

A great way to spend a beautiful October day is at the Hiawassee Mountain Fair. The fair is located on the edge of Chatuge Lake in the mountain community of Hiawassee, GA. On this day, we were able to enjoy the visit with the many crafters selling unique household items, custom knives, leather and much more. Plenty of food vendors offered a reasonably priced lunch. Every day in the fall, the Hiawassee Mountian Fair promoters provide a music venue twice a day and on our visit we were able to enjoy a local favorite, Raven & Red and nationally renowned, Clair Lynch.

Hiking Tallulah Gorge

Hiking Tallulah GorgeOn this fantastic October day, we took the Neal crew to Tallulah Falls State Park. Wow! What an incredible day hiking Tallulah Gorge. The scenery, water falls, rock formations and early fall colors made this one of those days we will always remember.

What you will experience is one of the largest canyons on the US east coast. Over 1,000 feet deep, you can expect to see 2 water falls, scenes along the mountain river, a trek across an 80 feet long suspension bridge and beautiful trees and flora along the trails. On the day we hiked, we saw an eagle land on one of the gorge rocky ledges.

Babyland General Cleveland GA

Babyland General Cleveland GABabies and more babies everywhere. That’s what we discovered at Babyland General Cleveland GA. We took the crew to see where the Cabbage Patch Babies are born and they had a blast. This has been a dream of our daughter to visit since she was a small girl and it was so much fun to watch her reaction along with the grandkids seeing all Babyland General has to offer.

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