Woke up this morning in our nice WalMart spot. They are open 24 hours, but when I woke up in the middle of the night, it seemed very quiet to me. But Jim said when he woke up a little, he heard noises. But he's the big protector man, so he is always listening, and hears things. He's busy keeping watch. ( a line from a movie, do ya know which one ) We both woke up around 6:30, although at the time we didn't know what time it was, seems pretty dark out. We both got up, made the bed, and put our travel items back on it. Jim got the generator going first thing, and I made Jim a big breakfast of potatoes, leftovers I made in the IP, onions, peppers a little bit of leftover pork with eggs, he said it was good. I had a bowl cereal and a yogurt. As warm as it was yesterday the camper stayed nice overnight . I left the roof vent open in the bathroom . It was about 72 I think upstairs when we got up . We continue to get ready, not that much to do when boondocking, because you don't have that much out. We only put 2 of the 3 slides out also. We watched a little Morning News and weather. Jim as always was in a hurry to leave, especially since we were both up so early. Which I don't think he was expecting that, especially for me to be up. Once we closed everything up, I took the trash out, picked up the new trash that was in our backyard. And walked it over to the trash can I saw next to the shopping cart return area. We pulled out right before 8:30 a.m. we stopped at a Love's for fuel, and potty break in Meadowview Virginia. Made a quick stop in a rest area. I talked to my brother for a half an hour today about our plans to get together for Memorial Day weekend . And then kept driving till we arrived at our final destination. Which is Lee Hi Travel Plaza in Lexington, Virginia. We drove a total of about 264 miles today, arrived here just after 1 pm. Jim fueled up the truck as I went in to pay, per our usual routine. We are doing something different this time though. We've been here many times before. But always stay in the small Campground that is back behind the truck stop. Lee hi Campground, which is about $34 a night. But as an omage to my father, in an attempt to save money, in his honor. We are Boondocking, the last 3 nights we are on the road. Which is nice to do when you have a choice. Also now we have the equipment to do so. I guess I'm kind of looking at it as a challenge. That we can do it. Although Jim does most of the work, I just cook, as he says per usual. So last night we saved money by staying at Walmart, tonight we're saving $34. And we didn't go into the IHOP, that was right across from us last night. There is a big parking lot around with a few trucks when we arrived. We went all the way in the back, where we wanted to park there was already another truck there. The truck would have been facing the campground we decided to back up at the other end of the parking lot instead. This is our view out our window in the very back.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
This morning we both got up at the same time. Did not take long before the FW started to warm up. Today's high is supposed to be 87 at least. We had coffee and I started to prepare breakfast. First we had a smoothie, then I made Jim some eggs, he made his toast. I made oatmeal with quinoa. As Jim got ready outside the neighbor was talking to him, and slowed us down a little. I premade wraps for lunch and we left at 9:45. We had a lovely drive today, hardly any traffic, smooth roads, Blue Skies and sunshine. It felt like we were doing out of the way Backroads, sort of. Even though they were 4-lane highways, with just very little traffic. So no rest areas around, we finally found a pilot fuel station, for our first and only stop. We filled up while we were here and grab lunch quick. We drove about 229 miles today. From Diamond Caverns RV Resort & Golf, TT in Park City Kentucky, to a Walmart in Morristown, Tennessee. We had a time change again, now we're back on Eastern time. We arrived here around 3 p.m. Parked and went into Walmart to make sure it was okay to stay the night. They want us to go to the back of the parking lot which is our favorite spot anyway. There's just a service road right behind our grassy spot, that I call our backyard.
Monday, April 15, 2019
This morning I got to watch all of The Today Show too. I made breakfast, Jim had the rest of the IP egg bites I made yesterday, I also made some oatmeal. I put a little bit of quinoa in the IP. Tomorrow I will mix it with my oatmeal, makes it higher protein. Jim went outside and torque the tires for tomorrow, he got the grill out for later. And I could have sworn I seen the caulk gun in his hand again. I called and booked us both a doctor appointment for when we get back. We were trying to plan the rest of our day. It was another beautiful day it was about 86, so sunny. We picked up a coupon book somewhere yesterday with a lot of different things to do in the area. we decided to go to the Lost River cave boat tour. We called ahead for reserved seating for two pm. We had lunch before we left I made the rest of the pizza I froze from Walmart. The Lost cave is in Bowling Green Kentucky, which was about a half an hour drive away. We arrived at1:45 went in and signed up for the tour. It was very fascinating we had a very good tour guide.
This morning when I got up, I got to watch the whole Today Show. I didn't quite get up at 7 but 8:15. So I did miss the first hour and 15 minutes. For breakfast I wanted to try something new in the IP. I'm on a Facebook group with instant pot. They were talking about making egg bites. But I don't have a mold. They were talking about different things to use. So I tried it using the foil muffin cups, in the new wire nesting baskets. First you put for eggs in a blender, I also added onions, pepper's, ham, spinach, and cheese blend it up, poured into the cups. I put it in the pot for 3 minutes. They were very good, Jim like them too.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Today is travel day for both of us. Super short for us, and over 12 hours for Bryan. I thought they would leave really early, but they didn't. I got out of bed first and turn the coffee pot on right away, Jim had it all ready to go since he unhooked everything last night except the electric. So it's easier to fill the pot up before he shut the water off. We don't drink the water out of our freshwater tank. Jim went over to check on them and see when they were ready to leave. His fuel filter was leaking and he had to fix that before they left. Jim said goodbye and safe travels told them to keep us posted. After they left, which was around 9, he heated up his French toast that I made him yesterday and made a couple eggs to go with it. We were not going to leave until 11, we have a short travel day today thank goodness. We were packed up and ready to leave just after 11 then. We were heading to Thousand Trails, Diamond Caverns in Park City, Kentucky. We figured while we're right here, we might as well hit Kentucky. We had about an hour and a half drive, 80 some miles. No other stops needed. The registration is on the one side of the road and you enter the other. We saw a fifth wheel enter the RV side right away, but we came over to the registration side, but nobody was here so we drove over there, and the guard was coming out as we were going in. He told us to pull up to the white building and wait for him. He went and got our paperwork. Jim jumped in the golf cart with him and they looked at a few options. Had pull throughs for 30 amp or some back ins for 50 amp. We chose the back in for 50 amps. We got all set up. And I made us lunch, by then it was after 2 and we were ready to eat. I made us a salad and a quesadilla with chicken and cheese. Jim set the satellite up right away. I took a Benadryl before we left to stop my sneezing. Which made me sleepy so I napped for a bit. Jim took a shower. Later just after 5, I made us dinner. After dinner we went for a little walk around the campground, dropped garbage off at the dumpster.
I tried to watch SNL last night but was falling asleep. So I went to bed just after midnight. Jim came back around that time, and went to bed also. The weather forecast said there was supposed to be rain on Sunday. We did here it raining overnight, heavy at times. We woke up and watched Willie Geist. Had coffee, later I made a smoothie, Jim drank his outside, he went outside to do a few chores. Bryan left for the day to go to the zoo. He tightened up a few loose screws, torqued the lug nuts on the tires, glued some seals around the slide back into place, caulked a few things, he put the satellite away. He was out there for 2 hours 8:30 to 10:30 or so, he wanted to beat the rain that was forecasted to start shortly. We watched a few people leave and watched a few more come in. By then it was raining, also heavy at times. Since we only had a smoothie and it was 10:30ish, I asked Jim if he wanted, late breakfast food or early lunch food. He said he didn't care. I asked him to pick one, and very wisely he asked what the menu choices would be. I love cooking for my man. So I told him and I made lunch food for him, breakfast food for me, and made breakfast for him tomorrow, which will make for travel day breakfast easier. He had leftover beef noodle soup, that I don't eat, and I use the good bread to make a grilled ham and cheese . I used the same bread to make French toast , one slice for me and two for him tomorrow . After breakfast he took a shower and then he wanted to go get diesel, so while he went to do that. I started some laundry and did the dishes. I also wanted it to write down what we spent the last two days. I've been keeping track because I want to know how much we are spending in the full-time lifestyle. I just wish I had a better system, I don't like it, there has to be a better way to write it down. Last month I think I had 15 different categories. Everybody always says they spend the most on diesel and RV parks. I think we spend the most on restaurants and grocery shopping. We do eat well, healthy too, just too much. Especially when you're not working or doing much vigorous activities. After he was back from getting diesel, which did not take very long. We sat outside for a bit, had an Apple with peanut butter / yogurt dip . Then we put on our sneakers and took a walk around the campground Nashville East, KOA Lebanon, Tennessee. It is very small, so we walked around twice. Started drizzling, near the end of our walk. When we got back to the FW we sat outside, talked about our trip to Florida this year under the awning. Drizzling but feels cool, and also feels humid too. Then we came inside I put another load in the dryer. Bryan got back at 4. We had dinner a little after 5, I made leftover yellow rice with the grilled chicken. Jim went over to Bryan later, they had another fire, and was talking with the neighbor. The same one that offered us wood the other day, his wife was with him this time, she is from Russia, Jim enjoy talking with her. She wanted to see our FW, I wasn't feeling that great all day just kind of blah, I think the allergies are just killing me. There was a lot of TV shows I wanted to watch, I did my best but without having the satellite change to Local stations, had to do it the old fashioned way. I asked him to give me a few minutes and he brought her over around 9, we gave her a quick tour she was a very nice lady. They went back to everyone at the fire, I continue watching my shows, went to bed pretty late Jim came over right after that joined me.
Woke up this morning did our normal morning routine, very slowly and leisurely. Had a substantial breakfast, we were all getting ready for our day trip to Nashville again. Bryan drove his truck, I sat next to the window, so I can put it down, either because it was too hot or I need air. They both smoke in the truck, but not when we are in it with them, which is not very often. We found a place to park, same place they went to yesterday. Bryan paid $24 to park I think it was. We walked around went into quite a few gift shops, a lot we were in yesterday. Except this time I bought a few things for family, won't say what they are but I'm sure they won't read it here. Then we ate lunch at Honky Tonk Central at 329 Broadway.