Red Bay, Huntsville

Alabama

Red Bay Acres Office and Store
Tiffin Repair Bays

After two weeks in Red Bay, we finished our maintenance at Bay Diesel and Precision RV and repairs at Tiffin. It took about a week for Tiffin to find a leak that has been plaguing us for more than a year. We are hoping to leave that issue behind.

Marcy on the bicycle trail

While in Red Bay we visited Natural Bridge Park in addition to Florence, one of our favorite towns in “The Shoals”. Florence is known for its homes overlooking the Tennessee River, as well as for its artistic charm, musical influence and Native American history. We rode and enjoyed Mussel Shoals Reservation Bicycle Trail again.

 

 

Natural Bridge Park

 

Monte Sano State Park

Last year we took a day trip from Red Bay to visit Huntsville’s Botanical Gardens and wanted to spend more time in the area. We journeyed east stopping at Monte Sano State Park where we spent 7-days enjoying the area. 

 

In Spanish, Monte Sano means “Mountain of Health.” In the late 1800s, visitors from across the United States came for “the season” to experience and enjoy Monte Sano’s fresh air, spectacular views and mineral springs. The park’s 2,140 acres were purchased in the early 1930s, and between 1935 and 1940 the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built 11 rustic cabins, an amphitheater, and a lodge using the natural stone on the mountain. The lodge burned in 1948 and was not rebuilt until 2002.

 

Founded in 1805, Huntsville recently named “The Best Place to Live” by US News & World
Report, 
initially grew because of its cotton and railroad industries, but today it is best known for its Space Command and aerospace industries. It was here that scientists designed and tested the Saturn V rocket that would send men to the moon for the first time.

 

We walked the North Alabama Japanese Garden started in 1988 by Mr. Robert Black, as just a hobby garden and something to enjoy doing with his children. This was an area in Monte Sano State Park not traveled by many because it wasn’t developed before the Japanese Garden was established. The Tea House was build in 1991 to add Japanese character. The first annual Japanese Spring Festival was held in 1992. The garden is full of Japanese Maples and native azaleas. And there is frisbee golf surrounding the garden.

 

North Alabama Japanese Garden

 

We enjoyed the Huntsville’s Botanical Gardens again. The garden is a beautiful place to relax and get away from the hustle & bussel of daily activities.

 

Huntsville Botanical Gardens

 

We toured the largest space museum in the world: the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Not only is America’s space program on exhibit in Huntsville, it was forged here. It is known as the “Rocket City” because Huntsville is where rockets were developed that put men on the moon and about NASA’s current plans (and Huntsville’s role in it) to travel to Mars with the world’s most powerful rocket – the Space Launch System (SLS). We walked through a life-sized replica of the International Space Station and rode a virtual liftoff of a space shuttle into orbit. The Center’s grounds have many rockets and military equipment displayed.

 

U.S. Space & rocket Center

 

Lowe Mill Art & Entertainment

We stoped by Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment, the largest, privately-owned arts facility in the South. With a focus on visual arts, this historic factory building has been redeveloped into more than 150 working studios for over 200 artists, makers and independent businesses, 7 art galleries, a multi-use theatre, 4 performance venues, restaurants, a foundry, a chocolate shop, and a community garden. The open door policy allows the public to visit artists and makers during the different stages of their creative process.

 

Wernher von Braun Planetarium

One evening we visited the Wernher von Braun Planetarium within the state park. VBAS, von Braun Astronomical Society, was originally founded in 1954 as the Rocket City Astronomical Association, thanks to the efforts of a group of high school students interested in Astronomy lead by Sam Pruitt, along with the help and influence of Wernher von Braun. By 1956, the organization had grown to include several members of the Von Braun Missile Team and they completed the observatory. The facilities today include a second observatory, astronomical library, solar telescope, and planetarium.  

 

 

 

Our first Lucky Duck Find
The oldest toy store. Can you find the duck?

We participated in the Huntsville Lucky Duck Scavenger Hunt. Their website states, “Want a super fun and totally unique way to explore downtown Huntsville? Take part in the Lucky Duck Scavenger Hunt and see a side of the Rocket City you can’t see any other way! The Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau has cleverly hidden 14 ducks around downtown Huntsville, and it’s up to you to find them all. And while you’re

looking, you can experience the sights and history that the heart of our city has to offer. Perceptive players who find all 

Downtown Huntsville

14 ducks can stop by the Visitor Center and get a special prize.” We one the prize! Actually the lady at the visitor center gave us the prize when we stopped by to inquire about the hunt.

Luck Duck Award

 

We did our usual shopping at Trader Joe’s. We do this whenever we have the luxury of finding one in the areas we travel.

 

Next we travel further east to Bald Ridge Creek in Cumming, GA.

 

 

 

 

Today’s Thought 

Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me. I may not lead. Walk beside me… just be my friend.”

Albert Camus

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Wed, May 30, 2022

Augusta, GA

Heritage RV Park

Enjoy your visit to Augusta, GA from the comfort of your own RV. Heritage RV Park has been proudly catering to Masters patrons for over 10 years.  We are located just 8 miles away from the tournament.

Miles from last stop: 179

 

Thu, May 26, 2022

Charleston, sc

James Island County Park

Enjoy the natural beauty of James Island County Park, with year-round fun for the entire family. Just a short drive from downtown Charleston, the 643-acre park offers an abundance of exceptional recreation offerings and natural beauty.

Miles from last stop: 192

 

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Thu. April 21, 2022

St. Augustine, Florida

Heading for St. Augustine

The day has come! After months of planning and replanning destinations, activities, schedules and prepping our house, we leave on our summer vaca away from the heat of Florida.

We managed to transfer what we think we’ll need from our home to the coach, filling every nook and cranny. We prepared our house for extended leave and are as ready as we’ll ever be.

Our trip takes us to new and old destinations across our country. We’ll visit friends and family, and like many RVers we’ll meet new friends along the way.

Our first stop is St. Augustine, Florida (not sure I needed to add the state), founded in 1565. It lays claim as the oldest city in the U.S. We’ve visited many times and it is still one of our favorite destinations.

We’ll be glamping 4-days at the Sun Outdoors St. Augustine, formerly known as Compass RV Resort. We are joining our neighbors in the MOSN FMCA Chapter rally from Polk City, FL. Rallies are great ways to reacquaint.

We arrived on Thursday, setup and then visited and planned activities for our stay with some of our group until time to settle in for the night.

Kookaburra Coffee
Enjoying Kookaburra Coffee on the Patio

The next morning we bummed an early ride with friends into to St. Augustine. Parking is at a premium around the historic district and our friends had free parking at the Trolley Tour Welcome Center. We did a bit of walking-shopping stopping for great coffee at Kookaburra’s We met up with our gang at the marina and hopped aboard the Scenic Boat Tour. We cruised the Matanzas River (“Matanzas” means “killings” or “slaughters” in Spanish.) traveling under the Bridge of Lions to the St. Augustine Light House viewing the city skyline and historic sites along the way. We saw many Bottlenose Dolphins playing in the surf and Egrets along the beaches. The weather was fantastic!

 

John, Kelly Ann, Marcy & Joe at O.C. Whites

After the tour we had a great lunch across from the marina at O.C. Whites Restaurant.

Catered dinner with our rally friends

Back at the campground we sat down to a catered dinner with our rally friends.

Saturday we rode the streets on the Old Town Trolley. We’ve taken this hop on/hop off ride many times and is a great way to catch up on the history of St. Augustine. We like to stay on for the entire route noting the places we will hop off on the next loop.

 

 

 

 

Cottondale, FL

Monday we crossed the Florida panhandle stopping at one of our favorite stopovers, Hitchin Post Corral and Campground RV Park in Cottondale. Marcy and the dogs fed the horses a few apples before sunset.

 

Red Bay, AL

On Tuesday, traveling a familiar route, north on HY 231, we roam through the center of Alabama, passing through Dothan, Montgomery and Birmingham where we turn northwest to Red Bay. Red Bay sits on the Alabama/Mississippi border approximately 50-miles south of Tennessee.

Red Bay Acres

We decided to make Red Bay, AL, one of our first destinations. We have made this pilgrimage yearly since obtaining old blue. Red Bay, home of all things Tiffin, is the ideal place for RV maintenance and fixes. Our opinion is that Tiffin expertise like this cannot be found anywhere else. We are not the only ones. We will stay at Red Bay Acres.

Marcy and the Dogs at Red Bay Acres

We are never sure how long we’ll spend here since Tiffin does not take service appointments. It’s first come, first serve. We are in the queue hoping for quick turnaround, but in the meantime we’ll we’ll enjoy the area. Stay tuned for more on our Red Bay stay.

 

 

Today’s Thought 

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.

Amelia Earhart

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Wed, May 18, 2022

Cumming, GA

Bald Ridge Creek

Bald Ridge Creek Campground is on Lake Sidney Lanier, popular for its aqua-blue waters and spectacular scenery. Each year, over 11 million visitors travel to Lake Sidney Lanier for fantastic fishing and boating on the beautiful reservoir in northern Georgia.

Miles from last stop: 310

 

Thu, May 26, 2022

Cumming, GA

Sawnee

Sawnee Campground lies just north of the Buford Dam on Lake Sidney Lanier. The campground features beautiful views of the lake as well as excellent access to boating and swimming. The lake, named for the poet, Sidney Lanier, is well known for its aqua-blue colored water, spectacular scenery and variety of recreational activities. Each year, over 11 million people come to visit.

Miles from last stop: 11

 

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It’s that happy time of year for vagabonds. With about 6-months until our go date, we are in the planning stages of our 2022 Journey. Due to the influx and growth of the US RV Industry, planning is taking a little more planning. … if you will. We thought we would give this adventure a theme. What shall we name this trip? We’ve heard of the Summer of Love, the Summer of 69, Summer of Soul and just about the Summer of Anything. Let’s go with the Summer of Reunion

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta – WTW PHOTO

For the first time we will be utilizing professionally guided Caravans and Rallies Tour Company, Fantasy RV Tours, to nail down two highly popular events that are on our places we must go list. They are the Calgary Stampede, July 13-18, 2022 and the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, October 6-10, 2022. This will be our second visit to the Balloon Fiesta! This is a “must do” on your bucket list whether you RV or not. Several RV friends from our home base, MOSNwill also be on the same tours and will make the events that much more fun!

Now we begin the planning to fill in the gaps. We will select new stops and visit some of our favorites. As usual, we use RV Trip Wizard, as well as internet resources and reviews for travel planning.

One new stop will be Deer Creek Motorcoach Resort a deeded class A only motorcoach resort located in Galax, Virginia just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. We learned of Deer Creek through new friends “found” while camping in Red Bay, AL. Mark and Valerie own property in the resort and told us how beautiful it is.

Art in Fish Creek, WI - WTW PHOTO
Art in Fish Creek, WI – WTW PHOTO

We’ll be returning to Door County WI this year. We enjoyed the “county” last year and vowed to return.

Custer State Park - WTW PHOTO
Custer State Park – WTW PHOTO

We’ll also return to the Black Hills of South Dakota, another 2021 stop that has become one of our top destinations. We’ll be staying at the Rafter J Bar Ranch Mountain Resort in Hill City, SD.

Every year we add Glacier National Park to our list but inevitably we have had to cancel for various reasons. It is on our 2022 list and we’ll spend time at the West Glacier RV Park before crossing the border into Canada for our 4-week journey in Alberta and British Columbia. As well as Calgary, we’ll be visiting Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Edmonton, Valemount and McLure. Reservations for Parks Canada opens in a few weeks and we’re ready to join the rush to reserve!

We have a tentative schedule for the remainder or our summer sojourn but we’re planning something very special. We are wanting to have a family reunion on our return to Colorado. We are hoping to organize a get-together with our families from Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida and Washington possibly over the Labor Day week.

Stay tuned as we finalize our plans for our 2022 journey.

As we like to do with each of our posts, we’ll end this with a quote.

“In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.”

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Alex Haley

Fri. October 8

We left Polk City on June 3, 2021 and returned on October 20, 2021, travelled over 7,500 miles, stayed in 34 different campgrounds in 21 different states. And saw the most amazing places in America. We visited with friends and family along the way and that is why we do this!

Now that things have settled down a bit it is time to finish up the last few stops of our 2021 summer journey.

On October 8 we left the Asheville area and headed southwest 54 miles to the Mountain Falls Luxury RV Resort in Lake Toxaway, the largest private lake in North Carolina situated in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. Located near Cashiers it is a short “mountain drive” to Brevard, Highlands, Hendersonville and the many mountain towns in between.

Mountain Falls Luxury RV Resort is an ownership resort for class A motorcoaches. Being “newbie’s” here, it appears the resort has a valley area and a ridge area. On the “ridge”, where you’ll have unobstructed views of the mountains, you’ll find RV lots priced in the millions. The “valley” lots currently are a little less. Owners rent their sites and we took advantage of a valley rental site, close to the clubhouse and their cascading waterfalls. The resort is beautiful and amenities and events abound. We were invited to several dinners at the clubhouse and Marcy participated in the Fall Classic Pickleball Tournament! She and her teammate picked up the 3rd place award! Not bad at all!!

We celebrated Marcy’s birthday by having a nice dinner at the Greystone Inn on Lake Toxaway. We love their motto, “There are endless things to do, although it’s perfectly alright to do nothing at all…” 

We’ll add Mountain Falls to our “places to return” list and who knows, may find a summer spot there some day. Of course we have a list of about 10 places we might want to make our summer base.

 

After 8-days in Lake Toxaway we set our compass southeast for Savannah, GA, our last stop. 

Sunset from The LakeHouse

We stayed at the CreekFire RV Resort. The resort has many amenities, several of which are the Lazy River, swimming pool and lake. They have large RV sites and an on-site restaurant, The LakeHouse which is very good. We’ll be back.

Established in 1733, Savannah is separated from South Carolina by the Savannah River. It’s known for manicured parks, horse-drawn carriages and antebellum architecture. Savannah is noted for its 22 squares, small parks arranged along five historic streets running north to south. Each street has from three to five squares.

Forrest Gump On The Bench

One of the most popular, Chippewa Square, features a large statue of James Oglethorpe, the city’s founder. The square is the location of the park bench seen in the 1994 film Forrest Gump from which the title character dispenses wisdom to others waiting for a bus. The bench was so popular that it has since been moved to the Savannah History Museum. Additionally, there were four other benches created for the film, one of which sits in the Smithsonian, two with Paramount Pictures, and one was gifted to a security guard who was on patrol during filming.

To get up-close and personal, we enjoyed a bicycle tour of Savannah which allowed us to soak in the town and history.

Savannah was the perfect “last stop” for our summer adventures.

 

We are already in the planning stages for next years sojourn. We have booked the October 2022 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and soon will have the July 2022 Calgary Stampede wrapped up. Then we’ll need to fill in the gaps! Hop in an RV and join us!

 

 

Today’s Thought 

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”

Martin Buber

Upcoming Trip Schedule

May, 2022

TBD

On the Road

Stay tuned for our plans for next summer!

Miles from last stop: 0

 

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Wed. September 29

Our Two Rivers Site

On Wednesday, 9/29, we arrived at the Ridge Outdoor Resort in Sevierville, TN. We had planned to spend our 7-days here but the resort is under construction and many of the amenities they advertised were not in place. This will be a great resort when completed.

Our Campsite on the French Broad River at Two Rivers Landing RV Resort

We moved to Two Rivers Landing RV Resort   located on the French Broad River. Our site was a “pull-in” with a fantastic view of the river. This RV Resort is top notch and we will be back. 

We had to shorten our stay here due to the extra time we spent in Red Bay and the move between parks and an unexpected trip to a veterinarian in Knoxville for Lucy. The vet there diagnosed her with Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD). They didn’t do any

Sunset From Our Site

X-ray or CT scans so when back in Florida we’ll have to have a cat scan performed to confirm their diagnosis. We’re hoping they were wrong. Along with that and several days of rain hampered our exploration of the area.

We went into Knoxville and walked some of the shops and art stores. We had dinner after in an area where the street was blocked off from vehicle traffic. During dinner we were entertained by street musicians and animal acts. Knoxville, like some of the other areas we visited this summer. 

Marcy & Joe at Smoky Mountain National Park

We spent much of our time touring the area via vehicle. The Smoky Mountain National Park scenery is beautiful but the area has become a Mecca for tourists seeking the entertainment offered in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. We did visit Gatlinburg SkyLift Park and rode the SkyLift to the SkyBridge, the longest pedestrian cable bridge in North America. The views were fantastic at 1800 feet above sea level.

Tunnel on I40 on the Way to Asheville

On Tuesday, 10/5, we pointed the “Bus” east towards Asheville, Swannanoa, NC, to be exact, for our 4-day stay at the Asheville East KOA. 

Unfortunately it rained the entire time we were there. The drive was wet but the leaves are becoming more colorful, with the reds popping through the yellows, oranges and greens.

Whenever the rain stopped we ventured out and visited the town of Black Mountain. Black Mountain was voted Best Small Town in Western North Carolina. Located a mile from the Eastern Continental Divide, Black Mountain is situated amidst the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, the oldest mountain range on earth. 

Near Black Mountain is Montreat. Montreat is a secluded, beautiful village deep in a mountain cove. It’s best known for Montreat College.

We also ventured into Asheville, one of our favorite destinations, for lunch at the Twisted Laurel Restaurant and a little shopping. Stopped by and viewed fantastic photography at Benjamin Walls Fine Art Gallery.

Blue Ridge Parkway

When in this area we always take a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is a beautiful and serene trip.

As the National Park Service states, “A Blue Ridge Parkway experience is unlike any other: a slow-paced and relaxing drive revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands. The Parkway meanders for 469 miles, protecting a diversity of plants and animals, and providing opportunities for enjoying all that makes this region of the country so special.”

Fall Colors in North Carolina

Friday, October 8, we drifted south, the beginning of the end to our summer trip. We will stop at the beautiful Lake Toxaway area where we will live in luxury at the Mountain Falls Luxury Motorcoach Resort

 

 

Today’s Thought 

“The time to make up your mind about people, is never.”

Philip Barry

Upcoming Trip Schedule

Fri, October 8, 2021

Lake Toxaway, NC

Mountain Falls Luxury Motorcoach Resort

We will spend 7-days in the Lake Toxaway area exploring Brevard, Cashiers, Highlands and much more.

Miles from last stop: 60

 

Fri, October 15, 2021

Savannah, GA

CreekFire RV Resort

We will spend 4-days in the Savannah area exploring the area. Our next stop is home!

Miles from last stop: 334

 

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Wed. September 18

Approximately 36 miles NW of Red Bay we discovered an area that consists of several small towns that have an incredible impact on American music.

The towns are:

  • Muscle Shoals. The 2019 census states the population was 14,575. 
  • Sheffield, located in the Shoals metropolitan area, had a population of 8,986 in 2019.
  • Florence located across the Tennessee River had a population of 40,309 in the 2019 census.

That’s what makes this area extraordinary and disproves the adage that “size matters” which alludes to the larger, the better.

We’ve heard musicians have pilgrimaged to Memphis or Nashville to get discovered and make their start. So why are we writing about the Shoals?

Founded by Rick Hall, FAME (Florence Alabama Music Enterprises) Studios originally located in Florence is now located in Muscle Shoals and had produced many hit records and was instrumental in what came to be known as the Muscle Shoals sound. The session musicians, known as “The Swampers”, created their signature sound, a combination of country, R&B and soul music. The group surprised black artists, who were often in disbelief to learn that the studio musicians were white.

FAME’s website states, “Some places retain a quiet magic. This magic doesn’t announce itself, but you do feel it nonetheless. It’s in the air and among the denizens as if they’re keeping a secret they can’t wait to share—but hold onto tightly nonetheless. You can count Muscle Shoals, Alabama among those mythical places… With little more than 13,000 residents, it’s located 678 miles from the Motown of Detroit and just under 1,000 miles from New York City. However, this cozy community built on 16 square miles of damned-up swamp land unassumingly served as the fertile creative ground for seminal smashes by everyone from The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan to Etta James and Aretha Franklin. You might know the words to every song by heart, but you only knew the place by studying the liner notes of dusty old vinyl’s from the 60s, during which the south was at the height of the Civil Rights movement. Under the shadow of Jim Crow and the KKK, this creative bastion made a stand for equality by uniting African American and Caucasian musicians in the studio on these immortal records.”

In 1969, four session musicians, known as the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section left FAME to start their own recording studio, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio (now mostly a museum) located in Sheffield. 

These two studios have produced the Muscle Shoals Sound and have worked with some of the Greatest artists in Rock music history.

Artists such as Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Otis Redding, the Osmonds, Jerry Reed, Alabama, Mac Davis, the Gatlin Brothers, Bobbie Gentry, The Gregg Allman Band, Third Day, Michael McDonald, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Aloe Blacc, Chord Overstreet, Keb Mo, John Paul White, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Matisyahu, Band of Horses, Drive by Truckers, Bettye Lavette, Cyril Neville, the Civil Wars, Anderson East and Jamey Johnson and The Rolling Stones to name a few.

The Muscle Shoals Sound Playlist

 

We visited the Alabama Music Hall of Fame museum which tributes these musicians. Photos below.

 

We also visited the Huntsville Botanical Garden. The 112-acre garden is open year-round and contains a diverse ecosystem of meadows, upland and bottomland forest, wetlands, and a variety of specialty gardens and native plant collections. This garden is well worth the visit when in the area.

Huntsville is best known for its military technology and aerospace industries. It was here that scientists designed and tested the Saturn V rocket that would send men to the moon for the first time.

Garden photos

Tuesday, September 28, we left the Tiffin service area and Red Bay and started the last segment of our trip in search of “leaf season”, the beginning fall in the Appalachian Mountains. Our first stop is in the Chattanooga area for an overnight stay and then on to Sevierville, TN.

 

 

Today’s Thought 

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Winston S. Churchill

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Wed, September 29, 2021

Sevierville, TN

The Ridge Outdoor Resort

We will spend 6-days in the Sevierville area exploring the Smokey Mountains.

Miles from last stop: 159

 

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Wed. September 10

We are always looking for interesting things to do in the areas we travel. On this day we jumped into the jeep and headed to Elvis Presley Birthplace in Tupelo, MS. Tupelo is a short 34 miles west if Red Bay.

We were pleasantly surprised at this memorial established to Elvis’ early life. The grounds are landscaped beautifully and quite meditative. The exhibit and stories from friends and family were interesting. The Birthplace memorializes the first 13-years until the family moved to Memphis. This memorial is maintained by the East Heights Garden Club.

Their website says, “In 1934, Vernon Presley borrowed $180 for materials to build a small frame house in East Tupelo. Vernon’s father Jessie and Vester, his brother, helped with building the little shotgun house. It was in this humble two-room home lit by a single light bulb in each room that Elvis Aron Presley was born on January 8, 1935. Elvis was one of twin brothers born to the Presleys. His brother, Jessie Garon, was stillborn.”

The “birthplace” does not talk about Elvis’ later life and it is my assumption that Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.  has control of most things “Elvis”.

 

We went to Muscle Shoals for a bicycle ride.

The Muscle Shoals National Recreational Trail is a 17-mile paved and primitive trail and bikeway located on TVA’s Muscle Shoals Reservation. The ride took us through lush landscapes and across the Tennessee River on a long bridge.

Monday, 9/13, started our time in the Tiffin service bay. While the RV is in the bay, we spend time talking to other Tiffin owners in the waiting lounge.  On Thursday, we finished all of our “small” repairs and had a ladder installed on the Bus to make it easier for Joe to access the roof. Next stop is the cabinet bay to have our leaky shower floor repaired. After that, off to the paint shop for a minor scuff on the front fender and the bottom of the replaced spoiler. (No one seems to know why the bottom of the spoiler was not painted when they painted the top.) We’ll be in Red Bay longer than planned so we cancelled our reservations in Diamond Caverns Campground in Park City, KY. We’ll be re-planning our future routes to accommodate our extended stay here in Red Bay.

Such is life on the road. Flexibility and a good sense of humor is key. In the meantime we enjoy the company of friends at the campground and Red Bay Area.

 


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Today’s Thought 

“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.”

Elvis Presley

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Sun, August 31, 2021

Red Bay, Al

Red Bay Acres

We have scheduled (+/-) 17-days in Red Bay, home of Tiffin Motorhomes. This is Tiffin owners place to be for repairs, modifications, etc.

Miles from last stop: 230

 

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Wed, September 1

We arrived in Red Bay, AL, early afternoon after a drive through Memphis (a town we love), but were unable to stay due to the rains of Hurricane Ida). We waved as we passed through vowing to return on our next sojourn. With an hour left on our drive we passed through Tupelo, MS, birthplace of Elvis. We thought we might have to go back and tour the singer’s hometown. Also, not far from Red Bay is the birthplace of Helen Keller in Tuscumbia, AL, Coon Dog Cemetery and the Rattlesnake Saloon.

When we got to town we went immediately to the Tiffin Service Center to turn in our paperwork that will put us in line for service. Tiffin will send someone out tomorrow, Thursday, to let us know the wait time before they can get us into a service bay.

We then went to Red Bay Acres where we will “camp” while we wait for service. RBA, as it is know here, is Red Bay’s luxury RV resort with their own restaurant, a fully stocked pond and pickle ball court. Red Bay has many places to “park” and hook up to support the influx of Tiffin owners getting service from Tiffin and the many 3rd party vendors.

The guy from Tiffin arrived around 9AM Friday and told us it will be a week to week and a half before a bay will be available. Now the waiting begins! We’re number 15 on the wait list.

We drove to The Fish Place in Belmont, MS, and had their excellent fried catfish. When in Rome. … To fill in the time we scheduled COVID booster shots for tomorrow. We’ll have to drive the 40 minutes to Muscle Shoals and Florence to get them.

After our shots, Saturday, we went to a Publix in Florence. Who would have thought Publix would have stores out here?! That evening we went to the Rattlesnake Saloon in Tuscumbia. The Saloon, located under a huge rock, took just 49 days to construct before opening on Labor Day weekend in 2009. Since its opening, it has been featured in magazines, music videos, and tv shows and has become one of the top attractions in the area. We met a couple of nice ladies, Cathy and Charlotte and rode down the hill to the Saloon in the taxi, a pickup with benches in the bed covered by a canopy. We joined them for dinner and music. The band, Backdraft, played country classics we all enjoyed.

 

Monday, Labor Day, we traveled to the Coon Dog Cemetery, aka “Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard” to join in the Annual Labor Day Celebration hosted by the Friends of the Coon Dog Cemetery. The Cemetery has become a popular place to visit when in the area. The popular 2002 movie “Sweet Home Alabama” starring Reese Witherspoon, even included a scene featuring a recreated version of the graveyard. The Labor Day entertainment includes music, dancing, food and a liar’s contest.