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Whites Creek Lake

Whites Creek Lake

The AC is running full blast in the Airstream.  The Endless Breeze Fantastic Fan is full blast.  And the inside of the Airstream is starting to cool down.  I can’t remember who came up with the idea of following our route from last November through the South…..couldn’t have been me….  I’d never come up with an idea to be in the South during August…nah!

This morning we took a long trek along the Natchez Trace Parkway again.  And like last year’s travel down the parkway it was wonderful.  Smooth pavement most of the way, nobody riding your bumper, no tandem tractor trailers…..  It was a pleasure driving the Parkway.  Quite honestly I think if all commutes were like the Parkway people would be happier!  I remember the stressful drives into Massachusetts every day when I worked in wireless.  You felt like your fellow drivers were actually trying to kill you.  Now if you gave them the Natchez Trace to follow along I think they wouldn’t mind a slower commute, it’s too pretty!

A shot from the other day in Tennessee

A shot from the other day in Tennessee

If you want lots of information about the Natchez Trace Parkway then I suggest you check out my good friend Bert Gildart’s book.  It’s one of his many travel guides, and he spent quite a lot of time working on it.  Janie and Bert travel every year, and there always seems to be this book or that book coming out of their travels (Google him and see for yourself).  Glad to say though, they haven’t done one on the National Monuments of the Southwest.

Rather than pushing on to the Mississippi River in a mad dash west we decided to enjoy the drive today, stopping often to take in the scenery (and to find out just how hot it was outside).  So we didn’t make it to Warfield Point where we stayed last year.  We’re about an hour and a half from there for tonight’s stop.  And that’s okay.  We’ll just see what we do tomorrow.

There have been heat advisories going on for the past few days.  You really don’t want to be outside long, unless you’re swimming in a lake or something.  Intellicast had warnings yesterday and today.  And the water on the lake we’re at?  Yeah, hot bathwater, I’ve already checked.

Tonight’s camping location is Whites Creek Lake County Campground.  It’s a super small park with only 10 spots.  I honestly don’t think there’s a level spot here, but there is power and water so I’m all set!  Granted tomorrow I’ll probably be leaning to my left as I’m compensating for the major tilt in the Airstream right now!

The campsite was found on The Ultimate Campground Project’s App.  Just so you know, it’s also on Allstays.  I’ll say this, if it wasn’t for my iPhone I’d be missing a lot of cool parks that aren’t loaded in the Garmin.  Glad for both apps, and they get a ton of use!

A unique feature at this little county park?  The police patrol it regularly.  They’re also the folks that actually collect you night camping fee!  Meeting officer Lawrence today was pretty cool, and it left me feeling pretty safe about this park.  It’s the first time I’ve ever gotten a camping receipt from local law enforcement!

Happy to say, tonight we have 4G LTE once again.  The park in Tennessee was pretty, but only 1x data.  😛

  • Date:  8/24/14
  • Camped at:  Whites Creek Lake County Campground
  • Fee:  $15 per night
  • Month total Camping:  $759
  • Average Nightly Cost:  $31.63
  • Mileage:  239

Comments 3

  1. I know back in Prescott you had two extra-wide printers, a Canon and an HP, as I recall. You can’t have those in the Airstream, so what do you do when you want a wide print?Don’t tell me you go to Walmart.

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    Ha! No I don’t go to Wal-Mart. That’s just wrong.
    The HP actually died years and years ago. So I bought a Canon IPF-8300. It lasted for a little over a year and a half and then it died as well. The fall of 2012 I did a Canon Lease program for 3 years to get the second IPF-8300, as I didn’t have enough money to pay for it. “Lease” was really a 3 year credit program which almost doubled the price of the printer when you’re done paying for it. Currently every month I shell out $200 for it. And it’s not with me. It’s at a friend’s house. He prints for my former business partner and for himself. He doesn’t print for anyone else as it is a losing proposition on a small scale business.
    And as far as wide format prints for myself? In the end I’ve stored thousands and thousands of dollars worth of prints in a storage unit. Marked them down before hand, but yeah a pretty big financial loss. That’s part of why I left in 12′, the business had bankrupted me but I was too dumb to file for bankruptcy. 🙂

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    Oh, and the printer will be paid off October of 2015. Also, I have no need to make wide format prints. If I needed something on the cheap there are many companies out there that could produce them at half the cost I paid (of course, not archival, etc)

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