In mid-January we drove from California to Louisiana in five days. We then rested with sweet daughter and her sweet family for a week; catching up on many, much-needed hugs.
From Louisiana we drove to Orlando (by way for Orange Beach, AL to visit long-time friends) to attend sister-in-law’s retirement event.
From Orlando we drove to Tennessee by way of Atlanta where we spent the night and had dinner with our adopted daughter, Michelle.
Between Atlanta and east Tennessee, we stopped to stretch our legs in Toccoa Falls, Georgia — a must see, for sure!
In Tennessee we had snow/ice for three weeks holding up the moving, settling in portion of our life. We spend most of that time on the rehab of the condo, since we couldn’t get our stuff out of storage. We had to sleep on the couch for two weeks.
We have been setting up a base in East Tennessee since early February. We have moved into a small condo and completely refurbished it. It would be totally finished by now had I not gotten vertigo in mid-March (I’m better, but not quite 100%). Sweet husband has basically had the balance of the work on his shoulders since then. We had friends from Virginia drive down for a week to help with the heavy moving and installing. I have family an hour from here who have also stepped in to lend a much-needed hand. We have taken a few days off to rest, recuperate and visit with our friends in this beautiful part of the country. (pictures of our friend/family helpers and much-needed time off above).
It is our goal to be “Living in our minivan” again this summer, so getting organized and well is our only goal. We are proud to report we have found a church and met a couple of nice locals. Onward and upward.
Below are pictures of the almost finished/organized base of operations.
As time allows, I will get back on this blog to show you this beautiful National Park. Next weekend is the Dogwood Trail and Art Festival in Knoxville. This is one of the oldest festivals in our nation. We plan to go, if that happens, I will post pictures.