Friday, February 4, 2011

Unexpected Trip

Much sooner than planned, we found out how our Suburban would tow in the Mountains.

My mother in law passed away and we took our Passport (out of necessity). This certainly wasn't a "fun" trip - for obvious reasons. The temps were just too cold to do any traditional camping activities - we never even got our chairs our or opened the awning. But, since we took it, I wanted to post a few pictures from the campground.

We got a late start heading out. We had to pick the Passport up at Lazydays because it had been in for service. We didn't get on the road until 2pm, so we opted to drive a little less than 1/2 the trip. We stayed the night at Reed Bingham State Park in Georgia. We pulled in about 6:30pm, at dark. Thankfully, we had enchilada's left over from Delena's birthday party that we were quickly able to heat up for dinner. We had a nice pull thru site which made overnight camping super easy. With all the crazy emotions going on, me nor Mark slept well. I got up around 4:30 the next morning and saw rain coming. We didn't want to drive in it, so we left around 6:00am to get ahead of the rain as it moved north. So we stayed the night in a campground that I have no idea what it looked like since we arrived and left at dark!

Coming home, we got another late start, so we stayed in Tifton at a KOA. My hubby didn't like it at all, but it really was OK. We got there about 4:30pm. My brother in law and his wife were driving home also and staying in a hotel in Tifton. So, they actually came over to the campground for dinner with us. I cooked spaghetti and made a salad. They brought strawberry shortcake and garlic bread. The dinner was good, and it was nice to spend time with them, especially as we all deal with my sweet mother in law's passing.

So, we stayed at Creekwood Resort in Helen, GA. The campground is very small, only about 17 sites. They also have 3 cabins they rent. When we arrived, snow and ice where on the ground, which totally scared me! But we got set up without much of a problem. We were the only campers there during the week, so we just picked a site and went with it!

The campground is very clean, but there isn't anything really to do at it. For our purpose of going, it was a bit far away. It took us about 25 minutes to get to Mark's dad's house. It probably would've been better to have gotten a hotel.

We also learned that our camper doesn't have good insulation. We ended up purchasing a space heater but it didn't help a whole lot. When we go back for Thanksgiving, we will have electric blankets!

Family picture at Anna Ruby Falls. On Thursday, my brother in law and his family met up with us over at the campground and we did a small bit of sight seeing. Creekwood is on the same road as Unicoi State Park, only about 3 miles past it. Getting to the falls was super easy. It was cold but as always, the falls were beautiful!

Here is a side view of the campground. We picked the only site with a wood deck. Too bad we never got to use it.

Kids playing in the snow. The snow all melted by Thursday but for the first couple of days, they sure had a blast with it! It didn't snow while we were there. The kids would've loved to see snow falling.
Front view of our site. Site 9, Creekwood Resort. All paved, full hookups and even had an anti-freeze hydrant.

The campground was beautiful! I would love to stay here in October sometime. I bet it is beautiful! Not sure yet where we will stay for Thanksgiving. Maybe we will stay here, we will be able to do more sight seeing and its close enough to get to Clarkesville.

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