Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Apologies for waiting so long to post…..there’s no good excuse, except the continuing emotional rollercoaster of downsizing.
Not wanting to reenter the world of depression, we start working on the basement soon after returning from the Townsend rally.
There’s another room to the right where most of my energy is being spent. It’s almost empty of my possessions….can’t say the same for the hubby! Thus the roller coaster. On this particular morning, don’t know if we will be able to sell the house. Is it worth going through all the conflict? When trying to push (him), our relationship suffers. Life is too short!
I’m trying to remember how to live, happily, in a house, in a town, in the same place. Trying to reconnect with people I enjoy and it’s challenging after being away so long! Taking more effort than available. Looking for balance between the travel world full of bloggers and fiberglass rallies and the home world with family and old friends. Must also find a way to balance the downsizing work with exercise and socializing. This hermit stuff is not working for me!
It’s a rainy Tuesday when we arrive at the Townsend/ Great Smokies KOA. We enter a pull though and don’t unhitch. Our 4 night stay on the river starts tomorrow.
Pleasantly surprised that many good friends are already here. Find a whole row of old friends with new trailers, some moving to Escapes, some to more traditional S. O. B.’s, (some other brand). One of our favorite couples arrived 4 nights ago! We walk, frequently stopping to chat and catch up with our buddies.
And the rally begins……non-stop visiting and eating for 4 days!
We are getting braver with the Dutch oven, preparing a breakfast casserole for the morning pot luck. Black Forest dump cake is a success the following night. (Notice, below, the bottom spoon scrapings.)
Our site on the river
The Little River
Difficult to describe a rally….it’s all about the energy of the people….their love for each other and their trailers. Going to parade just a few of our friends…..
This is our third rally in six months and I find myself enjoying the events more and more. Each one better than the last. This time I feel so much love in my heart….are the people here more loving? Or have I changed and can accept the love that was already there? Whatever! Loving the feeling of being loved!
There are 64, maybe more, trailers here. Many friends are not in the pictures as it is Saturday before I remember the blog and the need for documentation.
A few trailers:
Most of the campers, as usual, are Casitas….from the old to the new.
The high spot of the rally is always the Saturday night pot luck. Hungry folk wait patiently for their turn.
One of the reasons the pot luck is so appealing…..this is made in a Dutch oven!
The music begins after dinner.
And it is over! Time for goodbyes and plans to meet again!
We decide to spend another night in the Smokies as a few friends are heading to Elkmont campground.
Another night of tale swapping fun.
Finding wildflowers along the river at Elkmont.
Large white trillium
The weather forecast is ominous with several days of storms, possibly tornados, coming. We are anxious to get home but a trip to Cherokee, NC is necessary. The Tacoma pulls the Chatta-Egg up and over Newfound Gap, elevation 5,046, without a problem.
Happy Holiday RV Park has had a few changes with a new pizza and breakfast addition. We check out the covered pavilion and central fire pit. Discuss some details with the manager and everything is good. The 2014 Cherokee rally is just 5 months away!
Flame azalea in Cherokee