Saturday, May 8, 2010

A Look at the Calendar

Since we won’t be leaving our permanent home (Valrico, FL) until shortly after the school year ends for Barbie on June 11, we’re in the planning and preparation mode now. Last week we had a baseplate put on our new, 2010 GMC Terrain that we bought recently so we could tow it behind the motorhome. Next week the motorhome goes to the shop for an oil change, lube and to have all belts and hoses checked. After that, a brakemaster braking system will be installed between the motorhome and Terrain. Then the “Castle” will be ready to roll.

We’ll head first to our rv site in Dillard, GA that we purchased six (6) years ago. It is in the Falls View section of River Vista Mountain Village RV Resort. River Vista is in the northeast corner of Georgia, less than two (2) miles from the North Carolina state line.


River Vista Mountain Village is located between Clayton, Georgia and Highlands and Franklin, North Carolina. River Vista sits in a beautiful valley surrounded by the Smoky Mountains to the east and Blue Ridge Mountains to the west.  A clubhouse offers a full kitchen, TV and reading area, card/game tables, computer stations, fitness room, and rocking chairs and checkers tables on the front porch facing Little Estatoah Falls in the Smoky Mountains. The heated pool and spa are located at the main pavilion which also features a large fireplace, picnic tables, and restroom facilities. An indoor pool for adults sits next to the outdoor pool. The Mountain Center, a large indoor facility with kichen, stage, tables and two sided fireplace, can host large rallies or gatherings. River Vista offers full hook-ups at all RV sites including cable TV and telephone. In addition to RV sites fully furnished luxury lodge style cabins may be rented that sleep 4 to 6 people. We love the area.

There is a great slide show of River Vista on the website link I included above. Check those out to see all the features of the campground.

The photos below are ones of our site, from what it looked like when we purchased it and subsequent improvements and additions we’ve made:

Site 212, #1 Blog

#1 is the site as we purchased it.







Rig on site 2, #2 Blog

#2 shows our first addition, a 12X12 storage shed.






Rig with shed & gravel pad, #3 Blog

#3 with the addition of the leveled gravel rv pad with landscape timber framing.






deck with gravel pad, #4 Blog

#4 includes the large deck addition.







Now back to the calendar. After spending most of the summer in Dillard, our plans call for us to be in Elkhart, Indiana, at the end of August to attend a Gypsy Journal RV Rally from August 30 ‘til September 2. We’ll then play tourists for the next week, staying in Shipshewana and touring the Amish stores, the huge flea market, restaurants etc. Then it is a few miles over to Goshen where we will attend the 50th Anniversary Escapade , September 10-17, a rally traditionally for Escapee members but open to anyone for this event. We’ve attended Good Sam and FMCA rallies in the past but never Gypsy Journal or Escapees Rallies. This being the rv center of the universe, we may try to get some “new” additions to the “Castle” while there. We’ll take the next three (3) weeks or so to travel east playing tourists in Ohio, then visiting family in Pennsylvania and New Jersey before finding our way back to Dillard by mid-October to watch the leaves change. That’s the plans for now anyway. The beautiful thing about this rv lifestyle and retirement is they can be changed on a whim. That’s quite different from following lesson plans and a strict syllabus to get all material covered in nine week grading periods as educators. I (Jeff) can leave the concrete sequential days behind!

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