Monthly Archives: November 2013

Westgate River Ranch RV Park

Located between the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic Ocean on US-60 near Lake Wales Florida, Westgate River Ranch RV Park, part of the Westgate River Ranch complex, has to be the most awesome RV Campground we have stayed at to date!  The sites were all large, level, with full hookups, and each with their own special personalities.  The sites are privately owned and some are rented out by the owners when not in use.  Our site, number 326, was a corner lot with swings and benches around the patio, a sunken fire pit, lush landscape, and a separate toad parking area around the corner!

Since it was only a couple weeks away from Thanksgiving we decided to cook a full on Thanksgiving Feast, Diva Camping Crew Style!  We cooked a 14 pound turkey in Kristin’s roaster, stuffing in the crock pot, green been casserole in our coach oven, and mashed potatoes in the microwave.  It was a wonderful meal!!

Besides our Thanksgiving feast, we spend Saturday at the Skeet & Trap shooting range, and the Rodeo in the evening.  We all had an awesome weekend!

The rodeo was great if only for the shear show of patriotism and love for our great country!  The crowd all joined in during the singing of the National Anthem, stood whenever a US flag entered the arena, and there was not a dry eye  in the house when John Wayne’s Why I Love America was played (which I had never heard before but is very awesome!).  If you’re looking for some good old fashioned American pride, just take a visit to the rodeo!










Tennessee: Our return home

Sunday morning we packed up the coach, aired up the tires, and hit the road.  Since there was not a level place to hook up the toad, we decided we would drive up to the Smoky Mountain NP Visitors Center to hookup.  Since all the National Parks had just opened back up a few days before the park was super busy!!  It took us 2 hours to drive about 5 miles from Twin Creek up to the Visitors Center. 

Stephanie talked to a few of the Park Rangers the previous day and decided that we would drive over US-441 through the Smokies.  I was quite nervous but Stephanie was ready to go!!  What a gorgeous drive!





It took us about an hour to transit the park.  We stopped at the Cherokee Visitors Center for lunch in the coach before heading down the road.



The rest of the day was spent on US-441 through Macon Georgia down to I-75.  We stopped at the Flying J in Cordele Georgia for the night.  By the way, if you need to stop for the night in Georgia, don’t stop in at the Cordele Flying J!  It was so noisy!  There were train tracks right behind the station that came by blasting the horn about every 30 minutes…  Ugg…


We arrived home about 2:30 on Sunday afternoon.  What an awesome trip!! 

I’ll be posting a little more detail about the two campgrounds we stayed at in the future.

Tennessee: Clarksville to Gatlinburg

Tuesday October 15

We left Clarksville and Fletchers Fork, our home for the past 3 nights on Tuesday morning to head for Gatlinburg.  It was so beautiful this morning with the fall leaves falling in the cool breeze.

We needed to fill up the tank on the coach before heading out of town so we decided to drive separately over the the gas station across the street from Shea and Ashley’s apartment since the price was right!  After the fill up, we pulled into a Home Depot to hook up the Vue and hit the road.

The drive was just perfect.  Lots of fall colors, some nice up and down and not too much traffic, at least until we got into Sevier county, then all bets were off!



We arrived at our new home for the next 5 nights, Twin Creek RV Resort, just after 5:00.  Our site was up on the side of the hill and Stephanie had to back in up the hill and then into the spot…and as always, we were perfectly parked the first time!

We spent the evening with woodturner friends from St Pete Tony and Karen around a perfect campfire and then it was off to bed!


Stephanie and I spent the day in downtown Gatlinburg.  We checked out the big Craft Fair that Convention Center.  Lots of fun and interesting crafty items for the price of a $5 entry ticket…good stuff!  After the craft show, we walked down to the Pancake Pantry for a bite to eat.  They may have been the best pancakes we have ever had!!!  Stephanie ordered the Apple Cinnamon Pancakes and I opted for the Buttermilk.

After a bit of window shopping, we headed back to the car and drove the auto loop through the Smokies.  Very beautiful drive!


It rained overnight and we ran the heat for the first time in our coach. 


On the list today was a trip over to the Bush’s Baked Beans Museum and Café and then to check in at Arromont for my pen turning class.




We did not get to go to the factory but they had a fun movie, “Roll that beautiful bean footage”, information on their process and fun facts.  The café was quite good and if we were in the area again we would go back.  You even get a free sample of beans when you are seated!  Awesome!!


Friday & Saturday

While I was at class Stephanie did some serious shopping at the amazing Christmas Store in Pigeon Forge on Friday.  Saturday Stephanie headed over to North Carolina to visit the Biltmore Estate.