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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We 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 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.
We 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.
There’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 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.