We had a mission to get some laundry done today so, thanks to the work crews, we were up bright and early to make sure that could happen. This morning was not going to be a relaxing one for us. We went for a nice walk over the walking bridge and found these huge bugs laying near death on the walkway. I was happy they seemed to not notice us. We left them alone and they left us alone. I liked it.
When we returned to the RV Park, we went to the office to prepay for the washing machines. It’s interesting how different every park is. This is locked after 4pm and you must prepay. The other parks are open 24/7 and you just need to pay with quarters at the machines. We walked to the office and the door was locked. We thought that was odd because the website said the office was open from 8-5. Then, I saw a woman come to the door and asked “what can I help you with?” “We’d just like to use the washer and dryers.” Thankfully, she let us in even though it was before nine.
The morning was full of laundry, showers in the Park showers because, of course, Mimi and Papa don’t have a hot water heater and the further north we go, the cooler the water becomes. Ha! ☺️ We pulled out of the park right at the 11am cutoff for checkout. I must say, it feels good to have an empty laundry basket.
We drove out of Arkansas and right into Tennessee. Papa and Mimi think Tennessee is a really pretty state, it reminds them of New York. The wind was pushing the RV a lot today. Mimi feels bad that Papa has done so much driving, but she’s also so grateful to have him behind the wheel in the wind. She was thinking about how important it is to have a good balance between what you can control and what you can’t. And then, what you should control and what you really shouldn’t. It is true that you don’t want to be controlling, there are things that you must keep under your control. Papa must keep this RV under control or we will crash and someone will get hurt. In the same way, we need to keep ourselves under control or we might also cause a crash that hurts someone. But, we always want to remember that God is always in control; He never loses control. You can count on that.
We made a pit stop at Walmart to stock up on some food for dinner and ate our lunch in the parking lot. We were surprised to find that there are very few Walmart’s that allow you to park overnight. Years ago, when Great Grandpa and Grandma had an RV and travelled, they always stayed in a Walmart parking lot. Not anymore!
We drove for a few more hours and decided that we’d spend the night in a little RV Park in Dickson, Tennessee, about 45-minutes from Nashville. We met the owner, Rick who was such a kind man. He and his Grandson, Harrison came to greet us and get us registered. They have a horse, Trixie, who is the camp mascot, Rick said. He told us, “She likes to eat anything you give her, but when the food runs out, she’s been known to bite. She doesn’t like it when the food runs out.” ☺️ (neither does Mimi).
Papa asked Rick if he had a shady place to park and he put us in site 100, right under a beautiful, shady tree. We prepared the RV and enjoyed a chat with Avery and Nolan. Papa was pretty happy when he was able to get the tv working enough to get most of the football game. Y’all know how Papa likes his football. He already had to miss the Fantasy Football draft - not the game, too. Whew. He was able to watch it!
Our next time zone will be EST and that’s going to be fabulous. We’ve had a really fun time, but are travel-weary.
Love and Miss you,
Papa and Mimi