April 2018 – Family, Friends and Fun Times

April was a great month for us.  I feel like I say that every month, but it’s the truth.  Making the decision to live a life in an RV traveling the country was the best thing we’ve ever decided…other than getting married.  🙂  The month was fabulous because we were able to see all of the kids, visit good friends, and spend a lot of time in our “home” National Park – the Great Smoky Mountains.  We’ve seen many more parks since traveling, but there is always something special about the Smoky Mountains.

Since we’ve been to the Smokies many times, we were looking for new hikes or trails to explore this year, and we were able to do just that.  We took the trip to Cataloochee Valley in the Jeep which turned out to be a fun day in the Jeep.  There were some seriously winding trails on the way, and we were able to see some wildlife along the way.  We also walked the Alum Cave Trail which turned out to have beautiful views.  Finally, we rode our bikes through Cades Cove on my birthday which was a different experience from driving through it like we have tons before.


We spent some time with some RV friends while in Gatlinburg and checked out a cool hole in the wall Irish pub, ate at a fabulous farm to table restaurant called The Local Goat which we highly recommend.  After Gatlinburg, we headed to Dahlonega, Georgia to spend time with more RV friends.   Dianne and Gayle let us stay in their parking lot, I mean driveway, and we all had a blast, as usual.  We attended the local Relay for Life event (11 years cancer-free for me – yea!), toured a local gold mine, ate great food, and played a lot of guitar, of course.


April was the month for family get togethers which is weird since we no longer live by family!  Tanner was playing baseball in Auburn, so Eric decided to pick Ryley up from Atlanta and make the trip to Auburn to see him play.  While there, he saw mom, dad, and Windi’s gang.  On the same day, I flew to Mobile to surprise Tyler for his 25th birthday and spend some time with Ally.  It was great to see the kids again, and I was able to stay long enough to see my parents when they got back from Auburn.  Rarely do we get to see all of the family in one weekend while we are still traveling.  It was an awesome treat!


After our time in Dahlonega, we headed to Atlanta to spend a litlle more time with Ryley.  He came and stayed with us at Stone Mountain for the weekend, and we had fun visiting a local shooting range and checking out the park.  He introduced us to his new sous vide device and we were hooked.  It’s a Joule and it is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets now.  Perfect meat everytime!

After Georgia, we headed north to Indiana.  We had to attend an RV show the first week of  May, but we left ourselves a week or so to get there.  On our way north, we ran into some friends at a Thousand Trails park and had a great happy hour that extended into the night (as most of our happy hours do).  We had both been in Maine last fall, but were unable to connect.  I’m so glad we did this time because we had a blast!  They are such down to earth, fun people and I can’t wait to reconnect again down the road.  To round our month out, we also were able to connect with even more RV friends we met earlier this year in Texas at The RV Entrepreneur Summit.  We were on our way north and traveling through Kentucky.  We both have Jeeps so we made a day of off-roading to catch up.  They are relatively new to RVing and are much younger than us.  We love to see younger people embracing the RV life.  It’s such a great experience and community out here.  We see people we know everywhere, schedule trips with close RVing friends, and meet new awesome people all the time.


So see…April WAS a great month full of family, friends, and fun times!  May is going to have to work hard to beat this one. Check out the pictures from the month here:  Tami and Eric’s April Google Photo Album

– Tami

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