Monday, November 21, 2016

Flame Genie Product Review

The Flame Genie portable fire pit uses wood pellets instead of fire wood. At only 12 pounds it is easy the store and transport. It comes with a nice carrying case. There is little to no smoke or sparks once the pellets start to burn. This is a nice little fire pit to carry and use when campgrounds do not have fire rings on site. Would also be great to use at home. We have only used ours about 4 times but so far we are happy with it. The flame pattern is nice to look at once it get going and it does put out plenty of heat. The pellets are readily available at stores like Lowe's, Home Depot, Walmart and Tractor Supply. We got ours at Tractor Supply  $2.99  for a 40 pound bag. What we have found that most times we burn about 20 pounds a night and you do have to keep adding pellets to keep the fire burning. But at 20 pounds a night and only $2.99 a bag it is still cheaper than having to buy fire wood. This fire pit may not be for everyone but it is nice to have when no fire ring is available. Clean up is easy and there is very little ash to deal with. I would recommend this pellet fire pit to anyone that want something easy to use and it comes in two parts so it is small and easy to carry with you.




Saturday, November 05, 2016

Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi

Having a little spare time on our hands yesterday we decided to take a ride to Ocean Drive in Corpus Christi. It is a nice area with some nice homes and great views of the Gulf Coast. We where able to send a little time just driving up and down the drive and taking in all the sights. There is just to much to do in the Corpus Christi area it is impossible to do it all in one day. One of the things on our list is the tour of the Air Craft Carrier the USS Lexington. You can see it in the pictures below that we took from about a mile away, I had the lens on my camera lens maxed out so you can see just how big it is. We are hoping to do the tour sometime soon.










Sunday, October 30, 2016

Padre Island National Seashore

Today we spent some time at Padre National Sea Shore. We where checking on the status as for as us camp hosting there in Jan. and Feb. we should know something for sure on Tuesday. All our paper work is in and in process. We did notice while we where there that there is little to no cell signal , some we might be offline for 2 months if we do host there. They do have WiFi at the visitor center. The Gulf was ruff today with high tides and rip currents but there was still people out enjoying the waters. We also checked out the camp ground or one of them, and the sites are nice and level and some back up the beach.





I am at a lost for words on this picture !!







Friday, October 28, 2016

Lake Corpus Christi State Park

We arrived at Lake Corpus State Park day where we will be spending the next 2 months. It is nice to be back and meet up with some friends we made here last year. The weather seems to be a little warmer than normal for this time of year. Hope this is not a sign of things to come. We had a good day on the road, it was a easy drive and traffic was fairly lite for a Friday afternoon. Got most of our things set up today and well finish up tomorrow. Then time for a little R&R. We are in the same site we had last year and the view of the lake is really nice. Will post some pictures in a day or so.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Cloud Nine RV Park Review

4 1/2 Stars

Cloud Nine RV Park is a great little on the top of a small mountain or hill. The road to the park is a little steep but is paved and in good condition so it was not a problem. The office staff and camp host where every helpful and friendly. The sites are fairly level and hook-ups are easy to get to and well layed out and well lite. All on the sites are gravel easy to get in and out of. The bath and shower are some of the cleanest and nicest that we have seen in our travels. The game and sitting room has a big screen TV and nice sitting area. There is also a pool table and others games. On the deck out side the view is really nice and a great place to sit and take it all in. I would highly recommend this park for any one looking for a place to spend some and relax. They also have monthly rates for the snowbirds. If we are ever back in this area we will be sure to stop in for a few days.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Hot Springs Arkansas

Spent the day sightseeing at Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. We took a nice drive in the and around the Park and had a good day. Hot Springs is a nice town with lots of shopping and things to do and see. It is also the home of the Clinton's but I will not hold that against them. The views from the the mountains ( or hills ) nice , it was a little hazy so some of the pictures did come out as good as I would have liked. The ride up the Mountain Tower was fun although Gwen had her eyes closed most of the way up. We where only able to go to the second level, the third level was closed, but we where still able to get some nice pictures. These where taken from the second level of the tower.

             










The pictures below where taken from the mountain drive and lookouts.









Tomorrow we will be leaving the Hot Springs and if all goes as planned will be in North Texas sometime in the afternoon. At this point we are not sure just how far or how long we are going to drive. We are due in Lake Corpus Christi State Park on Nov 1st  so we still have a little time.
















Monday, October 24, 2016

Tennessee Hills Campground Reveiw

0 Stars

If you are planning on staying at Tennessee Hills Campground and you have anything bigger than a small pop-up or camper I would make other plans. The road going into the campground is nothing more than a dirt and gravel road that is very steep and has some sharp switch backs ( you all most meet your self ) and is very ruff and narrow. If you are lucky enough to make it up the road without tearing up something and make it to the campground the sites are not level and some are very hard to back into and some are just impossible it you have a larger rig. We did call ahead and where told that there was room for our 34 foot 5th wheel ( wrong ) . It is more suited to be a hunt camp and not a campground, There is nothing there no store, we did not see a bath or shower house. There was not a office that we could fine. As soon as we could get turned around we made the slow and ruff trip back down the hills and was lucky enough not to damage anything and was able to fine a lot better place to spend some time.

Made to Arkansas

We pulled out of Loretta Lynn Ranch today and after a 6 hour drive  we are now at Cloud Nine  RV Park. In the Hot Springs area of Arkansas.  Our plans where to stop In Memphis TN. But we where making such good time we decides to just keep on driving. I will say however that I 40 roads are as ruff as any we have been on . After we got to Arkansas they seemed to get a little better. Cloud Nine RV Park is a nice little park . Looks to be very clean and we'll kept. Will be here until Wednesday then will be headed to Texas.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Loretta Lynn ' Ranch Campground

We are spending some time at Loretta Lynn Ranch  and Campground.  This is a really nice park and we are having a great time just kicking  back and relaxing. We have been spending a lot of time at the campground there is a lot to do and see. We will be until Monday and headed to Little Rock Arkansas.




Monday, October 17, 2016

Change in plans again

We where due the leave Sevierville TN and head to Nashville TN. Today but when we got up this morning I could barely walk on my left foot. So we have decided to stay put for one more day.  We have had a good time sightseeing in the Smoky Mountains . Traffic has been crazy the last few days here in Sevierville , Pigeon Forge  and Gatlinburg. We took a little drive last night to see everything all lit up. The more I move around my foot feels a little better so maybe it will be better by the end of the day.

Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway
The fall leaf are in full color on the Parkway and it is beautiful to see . Have not seen any Bear or Elk but the day is still early.  We are starting back toward the Gatlinburg area to find some lunch.