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December 11, 2015 travel holidays

Home for the Holidays, Day 22 - Marion, Virginia, to Sevierville, TN

We had a pretty typical driving-day morning today (walk/breakfast/reading/training/workout/pack-up), aside from part of the dump hose getting stuck in the sewer connection.

On the road, we made a quick pitstop at Walmart to restock our drinking water - I would have never predicted it, but this has actually been one of the more challenging things to find as we travel. While Christian was exchanging empties for fulls, I walked Alfie to the Sonic across the street and got some junk food for lunch (chicken strip dinner and Ched’R’Peppers).

During the drive I assisted Christian in getting to inbox zero, as has become something of a habit for us - I read out the sender and subject, and he tells me star,” delete,” or the brief reply necessary. The landscape on the drive today was really pretty: rolling hills that reminded me of England and Ireland. Alfie and I also napped while Christian listened to podcasts for the shorter-than-average drive (2h15min according to Google Maps, which was actually 3h30min with traffic and driving an RV).

Upon arrival and check-in we decompressed for a few minutes, unpacking the RV back to living mode, then took Alfie for a walk around the campground. It’s always a little strange adjusting from rural state/national park campgrounds where we’re one of two or three rigs on-site to a larger parking lot’ style campground. They both have their pros (easy hiking vs. proximity to restaurants and other attractions) and cons (harder to get groceries and other basics vs. noisier and more crowded, but traveling and living in the RV has helped both of us realize that we would like to settle down in a more rural area.

Back at the RV, we had leftovers/freezer fish for dinner. Christian continued working through his email backlog and learning React (yet another new language) while I planned Christmas decorations for the RV and watched Project Runway Jr. I was also craving some junk food, so I made fully loaded mashed cauliflower and a chocolate mug cake.

Fully loaded mashed cauliflower (instead of potato)Fully loaded mashed cauliflower (instead of potato)

Tomorrow we’re planning to go into Knoxville (half an hour away) to explore parks and restaurants, so I went to bed early.


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Home for the Holidays, Day 23 - Sevierville and Knoxville, Tennessee This morning on our walk we went down by the Little Pigeon River and Alfie saw a rabbit. Little Pigeon River We went through the rest of our morning