Monday, April 22, 2013

Sick! Pollen! Sick of Pollen!!!

UGH. What is it with this nasty yellow crud that can make so many people miserable? You would think, because it’s a rebirth of sorts, a new beginning, that it would be a good thing all around. Instead, it makes many feel like they want to die. Spring used to be my favorite time of year. Not any longer. I still enjoy seeing Spring unfold; I just try to do it inside behind closed doors and windows. Yes, I know. This, too, shall pass :) Now that we are s.l.o.w.l.y headed north, I anticipate it will pass sometime in September!!! LOL!

OK. Enough complaining. It’s hard to justify complaining when the temperature is at least comfortable. It’s still snowing in Wisconsin! It’s almost May! What’s wrong with that picture?

I am happy to report that the Red Bay Black Hole only exists in Red Bay…just as I thought. You might remember that before we left, our Fantastic Fan stopped working. We were both under the weather so did not troubleshoot it while we were there as it would have required a rooftop visit and with all the medications we were taking, that did not sound like a good idea :)

We left Red Bay last Monday and headed to Corinth Recreation Area, one of our favorite parks, in Double Springs, AL. We always love coming here and it seemed like a good place to crash for a week and try to feel better. We got all set up in site 40 and for whatever reason, Rick decides to try the Fantastic Fan. He flipped the switch and Voila! It worked perfectly. Still does a week later. Not even a hiccup. I’m telling you, it’s the Red Bay Black Hole :)

We spent the week recuperating and by Sunday, actually felt fairly normal so we headed to Tennessee. We have 6 reasons for stopping there a couple times a year…


Thomas, Patrick, Sabrina, Lily, Carrie and Maggie :)

They live in Franklin, just south of Nashville. Previously when we visited, we had to stay on the north side of town and fight Nashville traffic to get to their house. The last time through, we found a campground in Smyrna, about 20 miles to the east, that worked much better for us.  This time however, when I called to make reservations, I was told they were booked solid until June 1st! Wow.

This put us in a bit of a bind. Every place I tried was either booked or WAY too expensive for our budget at $60-$70/day. Those were the parks closest to Opryland and we prefer to avoid that area anyhow. Eventually, I kept going further and further out and I think I found a hidden gem.

We are now in Cornersville, TN at the Texas T Campground. It’s “right” off I-65, but surprisingly, there is not a lot of traffic noise, especially when indoors. It’s clean, well maintained and everyone is friendly.


It’s 43 miles south of the kids house, but a straight shot on I-65 with much less traffic. I think we’re going to like it here :)

The next couple of weeks will be full of grandkids and I’m sure we’ll be pooped once all is said and done :) Isn’t that what it’s all about?

Till next time, thanks for stopping by. Turtle


  1. What a lovely campground! I know what you mean abou t allergies. We've both been sneezing terribly! Have fun with the grands :)

  2. We find that before we declare something is NOT working, it must not work at several different campsites;o)) The switch for our fantastic fan in the bathroom is very particular that way!!

    Enjoy the Grands...we're heading to Raleigh this weekend to get our fix:o))

  3. I'm sorry to hear about your allergies to the pollen. At least your Fantastic Fan started back working, you're feeling better and you found a nice campground near your family.

  4. Looks like a great campground to spend some time in...enjoy your time there - hope the pollen is GONE by the time we get to NC!!

  5. I think we've timed the pine pollen right. We're still in P'cola so it will all be over when we start heading north in a couple of weeks.
    The campground looks like a nice place for the family to visit you one week end. Enjoy the grands.

  6. Looks like a nice campground. Enjoy your time with your family.

  7. Pollen is the pitts!! We've been sneezing a LOT here which is so not fair now that the temperatures are just perfect and we're wanting to spend a lot of time outside! :-(

    That looks like a really nice campground. Have fun with your family!

  8. Good find! Now you'll feel better knowing that your visiting your grandkids won't be costing you an arm and a least not on your campground fees.

    For some strange reason, we have a hard time saying "No" to our grandkids. ;c)

  9. At least you can use the Fantastic fans to draw the pollen out from inside the motorhome. Have fun visiting with the family.

  10. We just left northern Tennessee for Ga and AL. I can hardly see thru my watering eyes due to the pollen. Did not have this until 2008:((


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