Monday, October 17, 2016

Douglas Dam Headwaters - 2016

I think I've found my new favorite TN campground... :)   We went in mid October because we wanted to try some place we've never been to and it was an annual fall camp for the Volunteer Campers.  The campground has 3 bath houses spread out. They are nothing to write home about, just one shower for the men and one for the women in each, (the one closest to the lake is shared with the public, you have to bring your own soap and hand towel... fair warning)   The sites have plenty of room between them to spread out.  It used to be a self serve first come campground that has recently been turned over to a third party company to run which now takes reservations.  There is no store, but the camp hosts will sell you ice and firewood.  There is also "The Dam Store" if you need small stuff, its just up the road from the campground.

We went during the TVA's drawdown for Douglas Lake.   They lower the lake levels in the fall to prevent flooding risks in the winter and spring with the added bonus of generating electricity.   In the summer the flood risk is lower so they allow the lakes to fill to capacity.
                                                   Site # 34   .....  This is my "Happy Place"

 Saturday we took a trip into Knoxville and stopped at the flea market along the way.  My daughter is holding a "Sugar Glider"....  Cute little guy, even had a leash.   Though I can't imagine taking your sugar glider for a walk... LOL
 The kids never go anywhere without their music....

 My Son is standing in the bottom of the swimming area (below you can see they do have a beach)
 In the summer time the water levels are a lot higher as you can see.

 The campground is split into two sides with the boat ramp being in the middle...  (these two pictures are of the opposite side from where our site was.
 Above is a site I'd like to try next year.  #49

 Below is the side our site was in... it has one loop and one dead end row.  Lots of shade.  
 The Volunteer Campers had a pot luck meal.   We got to see some old friends and meet some new ones... Also celebrate 2 birthdays... we had a really nice time with some really nice folks...  

Over all we had a great weekend and the headwaters has a permanent place on our come back list....

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Natural Tunnel SP Labor Day 2016

This years Labor Day camping was at Natural Tunnel State Park.   We're starting to make a tradition out of camping here over Labor Day... LOL  :)

When we got there we were surprised to find that there were a lot of sites with placards on them but no campers there.   Evidently someone had checked in all their buddies, without their buddies being there and put their placards on all the close spots.   To me this is not a fair practice since you are not allowed to reserve specific spots and kind of goes back to the old days of showing up early and placing a folding chair or pup tent as a way of holding a spot for your friends.  Long story short, there were only 2 spots to choose from in a campground that was half empty.  We chose the best of the two which turned out to be site #10.

Things turned out after all because of all the spots, my wife liked this one the best because of its privacy  (like having your own backyard without any other campers in site) and that it is right next to the bath house.   As long as she's happy.... I'm happy :)

First night (Steak.... its whats for Dinner... )

Second day, my daughter rescued this moth (a.k.a.  Alfred)  who was hanging around the community sink and was about to get drowned by my wife's dish washing.

Alfred liked hanging out with my daughter so much that he refused to leave and hung out with us for the remainder of the day....  We went for a short hike up the road and back... Alfred clung to my daughters shirt the whole way there and back...

Mom and Dad came to visit and brought food....  

 Family Pic's.....

Don't ask me what she's talking about ????

 Hanging out....

Later that day we took a "Hay Ride"... only without the "Hay"  though the local area around the park.  They told stories about the man who built the original fort (Below)  and the "Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail"  how it was a toll road.  How not all Slaves back then were black, some were Irish. We learned about out the many sink holes around that area and how the Natural tunnel was formed.  The thing I remember most is about the story of   Chief Benge  who was a half indian who sold captured people as slaves up north.  "He was a pretty Evil Guy"

A safe bet to find where my kids hang out .... (anywhere they can get WIFI ).... ;P

My favorite time camping is when the kids read by the camp fire.  It just don't get any better... :)

That's All Folks....