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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

General Burnside Island State Park, Burnside, KY (Oct. 18th - 27th) 2011

Choo Choo Gardens and Fountains
Up at "The Dome"
Mill Springs Grist Mill
Natural Arch Scenic Area

General Burnside Golf Course Campgrd. View
Dunlap Coke Ovens
Traveling  through Ohio we stopped at Van Buren State Park, north of Findlay, Ohio (not one of their best parks) still undeveloped  and more of a equestrian camp then anything.  Then we proceeded  onto the back roads into northern Kentucky. We stayed a couple of days at  Kincaid State Park near Falmouth, KY. Had no chance to play golf  at this State Park golf course because we encountered  off and on rain, cold dreary weather from Michigan. This small lake and pool campground was on top of a hill ridge line with some sites level and some not. So continuing our way down US 27, we arrived at the well laid out General Burnside Island State Park in southern Kentucky with an 18 hole golf course .  We were lucky to get in on a cancelled site due to the big planned Halloween weekend there.   We handed out more candy there than we did in our 20 years in Pinckney & Clarkston, Michigan homes all together.  We visited Mill Springs Grist Mill .[missed it operating again] in Mill Springs, KY and the U.S. Natural Arch Scenic Area  south of Burnside, KY.  We took the hike back to the  50 x 90 foot arch formed by the erosion of wind, water, and ice that cut away the soft sandstone and left a hard rock cap that arches across the sky.  We had a very pretty day to visit this arch and enjoyed many of the area's Fall colors.  While the motor home was in the recommended repair shop for a bad AC compressor on Monday, Mike and Jason really enjoyed playing on  the beautiful 18 hole golf course at the General Burnside Island State Park [ which was very very nice]. Heading towards our next destination in northern Georgia, we stopped in and had a picnic lunch at the Dunlap Coke Ovens of Tennessee {deep in history} park located on the western-side in the town of Dunlap, TN.  Our motor home started acting up on us again;  thankfully on a short part of the expressway and eventually dying against a guard rail and on hill at that. That was scary on this busy expressway with  the drivers nowadays especially the speedy Truckers!!  Had to call our road service and after about 3 or 4 hours of  what went wrong, removing the training wheels off the back, and the fact the drive shaft needed to be disconnected so they could tow the RV to the nearest service center our Nationwide Insurance company set up for us.. Here we come Lee Smith in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Thankfully, they had a place for us to plug in and we spent the next day and a half  waiting for them to service us.  So we did our chores and ate at the highly recommended Bea's Country Kitchen where the good is served in country style (reminded us of Frankenmuth, MI which served their famous chicken dinners in the same fashion).  We also had a change to visit the historical site of the Chattanooga Choo Choo (yes there is a real choo choo as the sound goes).  This was where the first railroad passengers trip originated out of Cincinnati, OH down to Chattanooga, TN back in 1880 in which started the railroad industry. So they say!!  It is now a restored structure for all to enjoy.  The cable/train cars  are in the center with gardens and fountains  throughout the area, surrounded by many hotels, little shops, bars and restaurants.  You can even rent the train cars to stay in or ride the trolley.  The architecture and history are tastefully displayed along with the Grand Dome which was the most attractive design feature of its time in 1909.  The Dome was the lobby for the Chattanooga Choo Choo station and where visitors can relive the golden era of the railroads.  When we returned our motor home was fixed and ready to go only to find out it was caused by a pinched wire when the AC compressor was incorrectly installed by the Truck Doctor of Science Hill, TN.  The headache's begin (being billed to correct the first problem) and it was time to head a short-way to our next destination, the Cloudland Canyon State Park in the northwest corner of Georgia.

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