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Mush & Alga's Adventure: 30 Day RV Trip - Tennessee, Virginia & Pennsylvania
10-24-2007
On our month long RV trip we drove to NE Tennessee to visit old friends and explore the mountains around them, headed into Virginia, stopping at Endless Caverns, on into the Poconos to witness the awesome fall colors and spent a few days in Lancaster learning about the Dutch Amish.

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Our Drive Thru NE TennesseeFriday, August 31, 2012
We made our way up to the Johnson City, TN, area to visit Alan's childhood friend Steve and his wife Ann.  They took us on a beautiful drive through the mountains north east of them where we visited Backbone Rock and Tunnel and the park area around it.  We warmed ourselves by the fire in the cabin, walked by picturesque streams and enjoyed the fall colors.  The tunnel was built by the Empire Mining Company to meet up with the Virginia/Carolina rail line.  They blasted a hole in a 75' high ridge that was 20' thick, then they had to hand chisel the top of the tunnel so the smoke stack of the train could pass through.  Lot of work to build a railroad track.

Our next stop was Watauga Lake,TN.  A little more than half of the shoreline is in the Cherokee National Forest and can't be developed so everyone gets to enjoy the lake.  There is camping, water skiing, fishing, boating and you can go as fast as you want....no speed limits!  Down stream on the Watauga River, you can go whitewater rafting, kayaking,  or fish for trout.  Lots of houseboats on this lake as well as your normal speed and fishing boats.  Steve enjoys here to fish and relax.

We stopped for lunch just over the Tennessee border in Damascus, VA.  There were lots of bicycle riders enjoying the fall color changes stopping for a bite to eat, as well as many of us that came by car.  Sort of a pretty tourist pit stop!

We drove back toward Johnson City through the mountains taking photos of the pretty things we saw.  Beautiful area of the county and just west of the Smokey Mountains.  Had a good time visiting with old friends.

Driving in Northeastern TN 2Friday, August 31, 2012

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That is one giant pumpkin.

Driving in Northeastern TN 1Friday, August 31, 2012

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Mush, Alga in his favorite pose and our girl having fun in the forest.

Lake Watauga, TNThursday, August 30, 2012

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Peaceful views of the lake.

Backbone Rock Tunnel 3Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Alan and our friend Ann visit with another guest, while keeping warm.

Backbone Rock Tunnel 2Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Forests area around the tunnel.

Backbone Rock TunnelThursday, August 30, 2012

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View of the tunnel.

Endless Caverns, New Market, VAThursday, August 30, 2012
We stopped anywhere that looked interesting on our month long adventure to the east coast and Endless Caverns had caverns and an RV park. It's located in New Market, VA , in the Shenandoah Valley, just off interstate 81.  The were discovered by two boys in 1879, they are mapped for more than 5 miles and they still haven't found the end of  these caverns.  They did find a fossilized wooly mammoth's tooth.  They have been open to the public since the 1920's.  We enjoyed seeing what lies beneath the surface of the earth....some amazing things.  They have guided tours to give you the history and geology of the caverns.  For more information to endlesscavernsdotcom.

We enjoyed the camping facilities, it was peaceful and quiet as school had already started, our favorite time to go RVing!


Inside Endless Caverns 3 Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Alan is having fun.  Photos inside the caverns...mapped for five miles and that is not the end of the caverns!

Endless Caverns 2 - ExteriorThursday, August 30, 2012

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We loved the rustic rock work around the entrance to the cavern.

Endless Caverns - RV Park & OutsideThursday, August 30, 2012

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Ever noticed that Alga has a favorite pose?

Our Drive Thru The PoconosThursday, August 30, 2012
The Poconos has been Pennsylvania's most popular tourist destination for years.  It's known for the brilliant colors that the trees turn in the fall.  It is truly beautiful and we were told it was a bad year but we grew up in Arizona and to us it was awesome.  The Pocono Mountains are located in northeastern Pennsylvania, they are part of the Allegheny Plateau, the Catskills are nearby.  The highest point in the area reaches 2693' and goes down to 350'....quite a range.  About 80% of Pennsylvania's resorts are in this area, you can see why!  While in the area you can gamble, go camping (Scout and Jewish summer camps and more), skiing in the winter and even a few race track (including NASCAR races).  Seems like a busy place.



Driving thru the Pocono Mountains in PennsylvaniaThursday, August 30, 2012

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Autumn colors in the Poconos.  Our photos don't do justice to the fall colors and they were taken through the windows of our motor home.  Promise to do better next time.

Lancaster in the FallThursday, August 30, 2012
Lancaster, located in the south central part of Pennsylvania, is home to the Dutch Amish.  During our short visit we drove around a lot getting a feel for the area....seeing the farms, the horse and buggies, the locals, the shops, etc.  We saw a young Amish women talking on her cell phone as she hurried down the street; we saw a man doing carpentry using battery operated tools; and we saw a farmer working in the field with horses pulling a plow.  Takes you back to a simpler time but at the same time you see that technology creeps into their lives even when they don't want it to.  We met a few of the single older women who worked at their stores and got to visit a bit.  We still have an Amish quilted pillow in our motor home.  We enjoyed out short time in Lancaster.

Lancaster, PA area (Amish country) 2Thursday, August 30, 2012

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These horses miss being on the road and are watching the cars go by.....we thought this was funny.

Lancaster, PA area (Amish country) 1Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Classic view of the Lancaster area.

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