First a big HOWDY to Cruzin2Some and Mary Ann and William who have stopped by to read our blog. Thanks and welcome.
What have we been up to the last two days?
Tuesday, October 19.....
We packed a picnic lunch and headed to Big Ridge State Park in Anderson County about 20 miles or so from the campground.
Following all this expended energy, we were hungry so drove down to the picnic area for a quiet lunch stop.
Wednesday, October 20.....
We drove about 17 miles over to Oak Ridge, TN.
Oak Ridge was not even a town in 1942 when it was created as a major site of the "Manhattan Project" a massive wartime effort which produced the world's first atomic weapons. The town grew from 3,000 to over 75,000 in just a year and a half, making it the fifth largest city in Tennessee. Quick housing was needed. One solution were tidy little prefab houses with a living room, small bath with shower, kitchen with pantry and two bedrooms. Total cost of the 576 sq. ft house = about $3,000 and this included all the furniture.
In front of the museum is a statute made from scrap metal from the Twin Towers.
Some of the displays related to WW2:
After spending about two hours at the AMSE (and only scratching the surface) it was lunch time. We had packed our lunch minus the sandwich. We had decided a Subway sounded good. Luckily there was one right around the corner from the museum.
We found a picnic area next to a lake right outside of town.
We then drove about 3 miles to the University of Tennessee Aboretum
We picked out a relatively short trail for today. One can only imagine how beautiful this place is during the Spring.
Again, we arrived back at the campground in time for social hour. I was delighted to find that Nick and Terry Russell had checked in. Nick is the editor of Gypsy Journal. I have visited their web site several times over the last few years. Often I have thought about attending one of their Gypsy Gathering rallies. We probably will at some point. To check them out go to http://www.gypsyjournal.net/
This life is really good. So much to see, so much to do. And we are just gettin started.