Today we got up and started loading the van and shutting down the camper.

After John-John jumped off the van, we hooked up and were ready to go by 10:30 or so.

We said our goodbyes to the Lackey's and headed to Fazoli's in Clarksville where, after looking over the whole menu for 10 minutes, I ended up ordering the only thing I ever eat there: fettuccini. We gassed up the van, only 10 gallons because it was $$ for gas there, and we went to the Riverwalk, which was closed, I guess because of the flooding.

At 1, we went to the Customs House, which is a museum/cultural center and messed around there about an hour. Sunday turned out to be their free day, which was nice.

We were back on the road by a little after 2 and stopped once more at the AL state line for a leg-stretch and bathroom break. We got home by 6 and had the van unloaded, dogs let out, pigs refilled on water and fresh grass and were inside starting the laundry in record time. I will have 6 loads of laundry, easily, from the trip. Everything we left out to dry got rained on, so there were more towels than we would have gone through on a normal trip-well, on a drier trip anyway because we could not reuse the dry ones.

All the critters were in good shape, the house was still standing, the grass is awaiting a trim and there are new blooms in the yard. Tomorrow, our mail service will resume and all will be back to normal. *sigh*

Weather:
Sunny and dadgum hot.

Expenses:
$29 in gas
$29 for lunch

Trip total: $383.75
Not bad considering $96 of that was paid for 5 months back, making our daily average under $50 a day for the trip-half of what I usually plan for. Yay for staying on budget! Even adding the camping fee back in, it's just under $65 a day.

My awesome parking job!
And, metered spots are free all weekend.

Clarksville is really pretty, we hope to get back up there in milder weather so we don't melt in a puddle trying to take a few outside pictures.

Trains!

The light was so low, there was no option other than letting the trains blur. I kind of like it, though.
I think that's an owl on a rock. Look how huge it is! That little car does not stand a chance.

Fishing display:

Animals seen:
spiders
mosquitoes
ticks
beetles
caterpillars
flies
bees
wasps
hummingbirds
indigo bunting
squirrel
bobcat
groundhog
osprey
eagle
wolf
coyote
bison
elk
deer
turkey
ladybug
beaver
dragonflies
great horned owl
barred owl
barn owl
screech owl
blackbird
centipede
frog
Fowler's toad
rat snake
garter snake
box turtle
red eared slider
skunk
fish
tadpoles
water strider
goldfinch
heron

New words:
road-kill turtle: squirtle
road-kill possum: squassum


Campground pros and cons:


Pros:
laundry
bathhouse centrally located
on the lake
laundry sink in bathrooms

Sites situated close together from the loop road, but are spread out with space between them on the hillside. So it's easy to run back and forth, but you still have some privacy.

Cons:
No privacy in the showers
no water pressure if 2 showers are running
sites not level
several sites difficult to get into
lots of rutting in the roads
no sand at beach
squirrel and bird gangs destroy anything left outside
roving night skunks make bathroom treks more adventure than needed at 2 a.m.
only 2 water spigots for the whole loop
activity field was mosquito-laden
playground small

Middlin:
no patrol from campground hosts
I still don't know what the quiet hours were
This was great for us, but would have sucked eggs if we had loud neighbors.
I like a good set of rules.