Anchored Down in Tennessee...and a Celebrity Sighting
November 4, 2015
After Atlanta, we had an easy travel day to our next stop, Dandridge, Tennessee, which is east of Knoxville and north of Gatlinburg. Great location.
Greg had some solar work to do and his customers had recommended one of their favorite campgrounds--Anchor Down Resort. We were super impressed with the website, so had high hopes for the campground and boy, it didn’t disappoint. It’s a fairly new resort, and yes, it really is a resort unlike many campgrounds that use the “r” word in vain. I could go on and on about this place, but I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
Not a bad view in the whole place!! Every pad, stamped concrete. Fancy!!
Premium sites have fireplaces...super fancy!!
View from our rig, not a premium site (darn budget!!) but still awesome!!
And even the cheap seats have a great fire ring!!
The bathroom and laundry room.
The laundry room was so nice it almost made me want to do laundry!!
It’s not very often that we get to a place and are totally content just staying still. This was definitely an exception for us. We arrived and really had no desire to do much of anything. And this was a great place to do that!! But...as much as we would have enjoyed doing nothing, we did have a few things on the agenda.
On Friday, while just chilling and doing a little work around the rig, Greg managed to hit his head on the slide. I was cleaning out the car and heard a thump, and then looked over and there was blood dripping down his face. A day later (Halloween) it would have made for a great effect, but on a Friday afternoon, the only purpose it served was panic—panic for me and well, a possible concussion for him! I immediately thought we needed to make a trip to an Urgent Care; Greg on the other hand opted for some liquid bandaid and an hour or so of just chillin’.
Later on Friday, we had to run to town to pick up a few things and Greg threw me the keys. Yep. He was definitely feeling the effects of the “bump!” Once back at the campground, we hung out with David and Angie, future fulltimers, for a bit and then chilled the rest of the night. Fun, relaxing time.
On Saturday, while Greg was working, I started a simple project, which was reorganizing our spice cabinet (which is my nemesis) and then, somehow before I knew it, I had the contents of several cabinets, drawers and ottomans strewed throughout the coach, in what was to me, organized chaos. To anyone else, well, one would have thought we had been robbed. It was bad. It remained bad until Sunday, when we went to Knoxville to get some bins and stuff. More on that trip later!!
First, Halloween. So the campground had some Halloween activities and the kids did trick-or-treating and many decorated their campsite, etc. We were pretty lame with no decorations (the 18 inch Christmas tree barely made the cut; definitely no room for pumpkins!!) but we did buy some candy for the kiddos. Trick-or-treating started at 4:30 and it was pretty much done by 5:30. While the resort is a nice size (approximately 175 spots or so), trick-or-treating was done in golf carts by most campers. Pretty ingenious from a maximizing the candy acquisition to time efficiency ratio, but seriously, it was like trick-or- treating on speed. Zoom. Stop. Run to campers. Get candy from four sites. Hop back on golf cart. Zoom. Stop. Repeat. Thirty minutes later, a bag full of candy and done. Again, if I was a kid, ingenious, but it sort of seemed to be missing something. Like kids walking (and exercising) and the parents following behind (looking miserable) with their beverage of choice in hand.
This little monster actually did walk the campground. He got extra candy!!
So, back to chaos. As I mentioned, on Sunday we needed to make a trip into Knoxville; it was a must as I still had s*#t everywhere, and I had found the perfect organizational solutions at Bed Bath and Beyond. Greg was even onboard going, which is how I knew the mess was bad (either that, or his desire to shop at BBB was a residual effect of the head injury!!!) We also wanted to check out the World’s Fair Park, so seemed like a good field trip.
Success at BBB and then onto the park. There are only two structures remaining from the 1982 World’s Fair--the amphitheater and the Sunsphere. There’s an observation deck on the fourth floor of the Sunsphere, which, since the fair, has been open to the public off and on and most recently was re-opened in 2014.
Inside the Sunsphere
When we started talking about going to the World’s Fair Park, we both questioned if they even had World's Fairs anymore so, according to our good friend, Wikipedia, the answer is yes. The last Fair was actually held this year in Milan, Italy. The next one is being held in 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan and then in 2020 in Dubai. Knoxville is touted as the last successful World’s Fair in the US, although the last Fair in the US was in 1984 in New Orleans. So...whew....now we're all up to speed on our World's Fair trivia!!
Timing was great for our visit to the World’s Fair Park because along with the Sunsphere, there was a chili cook-off at the Park. Bonus!! So we got tickets and started making our way around the festivities!!
View of the cookoff from the Sunsphere
Yes, it was very hot!! No coincendence the drink stand was right next this stand!!
Some good ole' country music!!
And lo and behold, besides some good chili, we ran into someone famous. Canine royalty.
Duke!!! And no, he didn't give us the secret recipe!!
Duke was the highlight of the cook-off, well he and the B-97.5 Bee.
The Bee had no idea.....he was actually too excited to see Duke to pay any attention to Greg!!
The cook-off was good and we left full after sampling half dozen or so different types of chili. Nice find that we just stumbled upon. Love doing random things!!
So….there’s our Knoxville/Dandbridge/World’s Fair Update…. We’ll be in Nashville for the next week spending some time with our good friends Dave and Sharon!! Thanks for following along!
Oh, and here's a couple pics of the after pics, post tornado!! These are just a couple of the cabinets...there were more....but seriously, it's not that exciting!!
I know, doesn't look like much. But there was a lot of stuff in those bins.