Saturday, June 11, 2011

South-East Tour Day 0 - Getting Ready

Starting tomorrow (technically today since it is past midnight) we will be heading off for a two week adventure across the South-East in our 1980 Volkswagen.

We will be heading West to New Orleans, which I've been really wanting to visit for quite some time. We will then head North to Nashville, going back East through Nashville to Asheville, NC, then back down South and probably home.
We still have not yet planned our trip past Asheville, but it will probably involve a stop in Augusta, GA and a final stop at the Okefenokee Swamp State Park.
I have been able to use this trip as a way to motivate us to get some things done on the van that I've been meaning to take care of for quite some time.  I had my mechanic do some major engine work.  Kim and I also made curtains for the windows.  In fact, we just got done after midnight finishing the curtains.
The three girls are really excited about this trip, and Arianna has asked practically every day, "Are we going to start our trip tomorrow?"  Some mornings she'll even ask if the trip is starting that day.  So tonight I made a big deal out of how we would be leaving first thing tomorrow morning.  So yeah, we're all pumped.
Here's what we have planned so far.
216 miles. 4:29
Saturday 6/11: Pensacola, Fl Big Lagoon State Park Sites 50 & 51
222 miles.  4:43
Sunday 6/12: New Orleans Bayou Segnette Site CI074
Monday 6/13: New Orleans Bayou Segnette CI074
180 miles. 3:46
Tuesday 6/14: Natchez Trace Parkway Natchez State Park 044, Campground B
Wednesday 6/15: Memphis, TN Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
Thursday 6/16: Memphis, TN Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
6/17: Nashville, TN Seven Points Campground
Saturday 6/18 - Nashville, TN Seven Points Campground
Sunday 6/19 - Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tenn. Elkmont Campground, site A7
Monday 6/20- Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tenn. Elkmont Campground, site A7
Tuesday 6/21- Lake Powhatan State Park Asheville, NC Site 21
Wednesday 6/22- Georgia Somewhere
Thursday 6/23 - Georgia Somewhere
Friday 6/24- Okefenokee Swamp State Park
Saturday 6/25 - Drive to Tallahassee
Katie, Kim's sister, will be watching our cat for us.  We have paid an animal sitter to watch our dog Mollie.  I've now got to get back to the rest of our packing so I can hurry up and get to bed.
Oh yeah, and Kim has her own blog going on at http://baucumfamily.blogspot.com/