Our “lets-try-it-out” trip got an early start Wednesday, December 28 at 7:00 a.m. – in -3 degree temperatures! As exciting as it all was to be on the way, it was a little daunting to venture out to the Silvermine with the last few items that needed to be packed. Everything was stiff from the cold, and Tom couldn’t get the electrical cord to coil up for storage – he threw it in the back of the truck, and we took off.
The route was straight down Interstate 75, one that we had traveled a hundred times until we turned off in Knoxville to continue on 75 south by-pass. Our destination was Yarberry campground just miles down the road from sister Tink. She was waiting for us as we pulled into the campground access road, and led us back to the camping area. It is amazing how many water-front sites this campground was able to excavate – some on Tellicoe Lake, and some on little coves and inlets. Camping season must last a lot longer down here in Tennessee, as there was a descent population of trailers throughout. Our site was a long, straight, back-in with a nice lake view.
Tom walked Charlie and Tink sampled the new trailer and while there was still sunlight we got some pictures of our first campsite in the new Silvermine. We stayed hitched up, and Tink drove us to our favorite dock-side restaurant, Calhoun’s, for dinner: ribs, wings, shrimp . . . wine, beer, Bloody Mary . . .
Back at the campsite by 6:30, we were ready to enjoy our first evening of real camping in the trailer – all of which took place inside due to the below freezing temperatures! COZY!
A clear, sunny 30 degrees greeted us in the morning 33 degrees above when we left Van Wert! Here’s hoping that it only gets warmer from now on!
We were on a slow track this morning with only a 3 hour drive to Atlanta in front of us. We enjoyed breakfast, coffee, and a walk around the campground before pulling out at 10:00.
It is not often I disagree with the GPS, but why she sent us south to the Atlanta beltway to run east and then head back north away from Atlanta to Cumming -- I just could not figure. Not having looked at a map, it was too late to revamp the route, and we spent a very slow hour in heavy traffic, with Atlanta speed-demons . . . and construction. Moral – keep the map handy!
Our destination, Cumming, is north and east of Atlanta, and is the home of Tom’s cousin Marilyn. We have been saying “we’ll visit you some day” ever since she moved to the Atlanta area five years ago. We were excited that “some day” is finally here!
Our campground, Twin Lakes, was less than five miles from Marilyn and our campsite was right on the water. The wifi was strong and the view was great outside our dinette table. But (and this is a BIG BUT) the campground did not have bathrooms! Our on-board bathroom got a good test run!
Marilyn came to the campsite for a few minutes, and then led us to a Mexican restaurant for a great dinner. We then spent an hour visiting at her beautiful home – her floorplan is unique, open, spacious and beautiful. And I didn’t get a single picture!
The Cotton bowl was on in the evening, but didn’t start until 8:30. We made it back to our camper for the start and enjoyed a game that didn’t tease like some of the other games this year! By midnight we were asleep.
I did manage a few pictures of the Silvermine on this second night of our voyage. Tomorrow we head for Savannah!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown