While camping at Cherokee Landing Thousand Trails in Tennessee
Tick Removal: Kevin saw a tick on our Yorkie Joey. The tick buried its head into Joey’s neck. Kevin and I took turns holding the dog and gently removing the tick from his neck. Our Yorkie was glad to have the tick removed. It was gross. We bought tick medicine for him afterward, I wish we had bought it sooner. I was told the campground was sprayed for ticks. I found two ticks during our stay. I don’t want to think about how many more ticks would be in the area if thousand trails staff hadn’t sprayed.
New Pans: Kevin and I are trying the new copper pans from Walmart. He bought a flat pan for cooking grilled cheese sandwiches, eggs, bacon and using on his bbq outside. I bought a 9.5-inch pan for cooking veggies and heating chicken for fajitas. The copper pans are working out so far, only time will tell how sturdy they are.
Plenty of open camping sites here but not many big rig sites
Walking: Kevin and I entered the Goal Day 2017 for Fitbit. Our Fitbit goal is 10,000 steps or 4 miles today. I’ve changed my Fitbit strategy. We saw two American Robins on our walk this morning. Kevin and I both reached our Daily Fitbit Goal today.
Next, Camping at Natchez Thousand Trails in Tennessee.
- American Robin
- Chipping Sparrow
- Blue-grey Gnatcatcher (new life lister)
- Red-bellied Woodpecker (new life lister)
While camping at Cherokee Landing Thousand Trails in Tennessee
Campsite– We found a camping site that has direct tv satellite reception, at&t, verizon with our wifi, 50 amps, electric/water only, plenty of room, birds, deer & trees. We had plenty of room to relax. The campground was very quiet.
Childhood Memory Moment- We saw a lightning bug one night. It flew around our campsite. When I was a child I remember seeing them on a camping trip through the South. My family camped near a pond with trees around it on the way to see my dad’s parents in Pennsylvania. I remember sitting outside with a jar hoping to catch some.
Birdwatching– The Summer Tanager is a new bird to us. Its exciting to add a new bird to my bird list. Adding a new bird to our life list is like an Elvis fan going to Graceland or comic fan going to comic-con. Its a good high. I also spotted a white-breasted nuthatch climbing up a tree. It was dropping tree bark on me as it climbed on a branch above me. lol
Local Restaurant– Perkins Restaurant & Bakery in Coulterville has hot coffee and a variety of muffins with a nice crust on top and soft insides. Southwind Restaurant in Middleton has hot coffee, southern patty sausage with good flavor and a biscuit that is mouth-watering. Corky’s Ribs & BBQ in Memphis has dry rub ribs that are flavorful.
Corinth Interpretive Center – This center’s exhibits include information about the Battle of Shiloh and the Siege and Battle of Corinth. Corinth was an important military advantage for the army that has control of it because two railroads came together here. The North wanted to cut off the supplies to the confederates here.
Shiloh National Military Park in Shiloh- has a visitor center with civil war artifacts, 40-minute film, a bookstore with national park stamps inside and a driving tour of the park. This was an intense battle. I had to see the 40-minute film to understand the significance of why was this area significant. The North was trying to cut off the supplies of the Confederates here.
Next, more on our Tennessee adventures.
Local Cafes & Restaurants
Bird Life List
- Summer Tanager
- White-breasted Nuthatch
- Chipping Sparrow
- Wild Turkeys
- Black Vulture
Our 2014 Tiffin Allegro Open Road 31SA needed some work done on it so we brought it back to the factory.
The Tiffin factory is in Red Bay, Alabama. We checked into the Tiffin Service Campground on a Saturday. Its $20.00 a night. The campground is basically a parking lot with full hook-ups, laundry, parts store, Allegro Club Store, waiting area and plenty of Tiffin service bays. When we checked into the campground we were immediately given a paper (punch list) to put in writing what we needed to be done on the rv.
We turned in our punch list of things to be fixed on Saturday. The Tiffin service bays are closed on the weekend. We found the Sparks Restaurant in Belmont, MS its a good breakfast place. The coffee was hot and the biscuits were good.
At 7:00 am on Monday morning Jason addressed all our concerns.
Before 2014 L-shaped couch
On Wednesday the upholstery team started working on our L-shaped couch. We had a rip on the arm of the couch and upholstery damage. They took the whole couch out and re-upholstered it. The staff said it was a bad batch of upholstery. We paid for the labor done on the upholstery. It took them 8 hours to re-upholster the couch.
Our dinette was damaged so that was replaced.
Before 2014 Dinette
After 2014 Dinette
I’m so glad our upholstery is fixed. I was embarrassed by it. We covered it up with sleeping bag liners and blankets. lol
Tiffin has a dog-friendly waiting room. I liked talking to the other ladies in the waiting area. I was surprised how good Joey (our dog) behaved himself.
On Thursday our rv entered the service bay at 7:00 am and by lunch, our punch list was done. It was worth the drive to Alabama.
Punch List- All fixed at good prices
- our shade motor was fixed
- bathroom fan lid fixed
- oven door fixed
- two-seam on the outside of rv fixed
- upholstery fixed
Next, camping at Cherokee Landing Thousand Trails in Saulsburg, Tennessee.
Favorite Local Cafe
“You can’t buy happiness…but you can buy an RV, and that’s pretty close.” by an unknown author
Kevin and I didn’t start our day with the decision to attend the Tiffin Factory Tour.
Kevin and I like to eat local foods so we decided to look at the local farmers market in Red Bay. The google phone map brought us to the Tiffin Factory instead of the local farmers market at just the right time for the factory tour.
This picture below is the Allegro Visitor Center with a 1976 motorhome out front. The motorhome has a green shag carpet and a green/orange color scheme inside. I remember these colors being very popular in the 70’s.
The tour started out with a short video from the Tiffin family. Tiffin makes 12 motorhomes a day. Tiffin is going to start making a Class C & a Fifth Wheel soon.
We saw motorhome ceilings, wires, slide outs, bathroom showers, sinks, water tanks, batteries, wood, rv roofs, lighting, furniture and more. We watched how things were cut, sanded, glued and nailed into the right place in the motorhome. I liked seeing the type of material that was put into my rv.
A motorhome before the paint job
The picture below is me by a motorhome chasis prior to going into the factory assembly line.
I’m glad we went on the tour its interesting to see exactly how a motorhome is built.
Next, Tiffin Service Center
“the war can never be brought to a close until the key is in our pocket.” by Abraham Lincoln
“Vicksburg is the nail head that holds the South’s two halves together…Vicksburg is the key” by President Davis
While camping at the Ameristar Casino RV Park in Vicksburg, Mississippi
Vicksburg National Military Park: Abraham Lincoln considered Vicksburg to be “the key” to winning the war. By late summer 1862, only Vicksburg, Miss., and Port Hudson, La., blocked the Unions control of the Mississippi. Vicksburg was the stronger and more important post. Basically, he who owns the supply routes wins.
In the National Military Park, we saw the Memorial Arch, a short film, Shirley House, U.SS, Cairo Museum, Vicksburg National Cemetery and more. The Military park has a 16 miles drive with a self-guided tour, cell phone tour or a paid tour.
The city of Vicksburg was under siege for 45 days. Some citizens lived in caves during the siege.
Grant crossed the Mississippi River at Bruinsburg on April 30 then moved onward to Jackson then back to Vicksburg to win the Mississippi River. I’m a former Army soldier, I’m fascinated with the strategies these talented military men used to win the war.
The Vicksburg National Military Park isn’t as peaceful and contemplative as the Little Big Horn Battlefield. Vicksburg was less crowded. I’m glad we stopped to see this National Military Park.
Next, traveling onto The Tiffin RV Factory in Red Bay, Alabama.
National Park Stamps for Vicksburg Military Park
While camping at the Shreveport Elks Lodge #122
We visited the Red River National Wildlife Refuge in Shreveport, Louisiana. Kevin and I saw several exhibits at the visitor center. The Alligator Gar was interesting. It lives in the Red River. It has a long snout with sharp-looking teeth. These fish rarely attack humans.
A friendly staff member told us how she uses a compound bow to fish for the Alligator Gar in the Red River. She fishes from a boat and is able to see the fish in the water. She also stamped our blue goose national wildlife refuge book.
On our morning walk at the refuge, we spotted a turtle, Northern Cardinals, Northern Mockingbirds, Pink Primrose wildflowers, Indian Blanket wildflowers and a new bird life lister called a Spotted Sandpiper.
National Wildlife Refuge Stamp
Next, we moved to Vicksburg, Missouri to explore the Vicksburg National Military Park.
Camping at Shreveport Elks Lodge #122
On our way to Red Bay Alabama we stopped at the Shreveport Elks Lodge #122 in Louisiana. The elk members here are friendly to travelers. Even though all 6 of the camping sites were filled a fellow member named Jimmy helped us find an 110 electric outlet and a nice place to park. We were given a tour of the facilities and a free cocktail. It’s such a friendly place that we decided to stay another night to avoid the rains and explore Shreveport.
The lodge amenities: A good size pool with slide that opens late May, swim team, home cooked meals on Wednesday nights, most Wednesday nights entertainment, lunch on Tuesday, meal on Friday nights, outside deck area, bbq’s, non-smoking lounge, smoking area, relaxing room, commercial kitchen, 6 rv parking spots with electric & water for $15.00 a night and more. The lodge has almost 900 members.
Next, Red River National Wildlife in Shreveport, Louisiana