Moving on – to Middleton,TN

4/5/14 Saturday Middleton,TN (Cherokee Landing-TT)

Because we had both our big slides in overnight, pre travel work went quickly and we were on the road by 8 am. I think that’s a record! This includes having breakfast and cleaning up the dishes. Many people don’t eat breakfast on travel day until later, I think. Connie said they wait until they reach a freeway Rest Area and pull in for a quick microwave breakfast.

We saw lots of small farms, many with cows and once even a couple goats. This trip went West through Alabama into Mississippi, then North to Tennessee. I love US 78 (4 lanes).

US 78 1 US 78 2 US 78 3

The adventure this trip was that without my laptop we had no MS Streets and Trips GPS. We had our MSST map (on John’s computer) but he couldn’t get the GPS part to work on his. Of course our path was quite different from our Rand McNalley’s GPS plan, so we had to rely on road signage. There were 2 times we had close shaves. Once when we thought we turned down Hwy 195 but we had actually turned too soon. The road wasn’t so bad and SAM (Rand McNalley GPS) gave us the name of the road to turn onto next -when there was no signage to help. She spoke up helpfully another time we didn’t have any signs-at Old State Line Rd. This is the road that leads you to Cherokee Landing campground. Our campground instructions said there would be no sign, but look for the totem pole. Guess what – the totem pole was stolen a couple years ago. There IS a small blue sign (on right) that says Cherokee Landing. Fair warning for anyone coming here. We also found the CRV battery was dead when we arrived. Hmm. This happened when we arrived at Hidden Lake too. So either the Invisibrake is using more battery than the Brake Buddy or else these last 2 drives were just that much longer to let the parasitic battery use do it in.

This is a really rustic park (NACO)-huge with a large lake (good fishing) and lots of sites to choose from. Especially since few people seem to stay here. We saw about 6 rigs in this 300 site preserve.

There are a few sites with sewer but they are mostly too short for big rigs-go figure. If you have a pop up trailer you’d have great sites to choose from. We did find one long and level, with TV reception and near the bathrooms. They are spacious sites as well.  No sewer of course.

campsite 1 campsite 2 campsite 3

Once settled we played cards (winning is pretty even these days – am I getting smarter or luckier?), found churches and places to visit. More cards until supper, then more until bedtime.



About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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