Saturday, April 22, 2017

Stickers, Fun, and Food......

Happy Saturday morning all.  We hope this latest post finds everyone enjoying their weekend so far.   As you can tell from the title, this little post will be all over the place, so lets get started.


Yep, don't worry, this trip involved stickers.......


There was fun to be had.......


And of course food was involved.  Be it square sausage, and cinnamon rolls, a patty melt from a local restaurant, a hot dog cookout, or an all night cook of a big hunk of pig on the GMG for today's covered dish supper!!


Have to have a miscellaneous picture
(A carpenter bee trap)

*****Extra Credit*****

And for extra credit, make up a caption or story to go with the picture.  Bet you can't guess who this is......well maybe you can 
after all if you think about it a quick minute.   

So as you can see, yesterday was a pretty random day.  Let's just sit back and see what today may bring.   I do know we're breaking most of our camp later this morning.  Rain is forecast to move in and we may have a rainy morning for hitching up and pulling out, but we've done that before.  So have a great weekend, and as always......

Until next time, stay safe out there.....-R,T,&J

Friday, April 21, 2017

A Thursday Sort of Day......

Happy Friday everyone from Townsend, Tennessee.  We're still camping at the KOA, attending the world famous Tink's Spring Fling.   We've had a great trip so far, so pull up a seat at let me tell you about Thursday.  

Our morning started with a some rain, which started just as Jackson and Rob stepped out from under the awning for Jackson's early morning walk.  As you can bet, that was one of the shortest dog walks in the history of dog walks!!  Thankfully, in just a short while, the rain moved on and the skies started to clear for what was to become a beautiful mountain day.   

We started our day with breakfast and a little bit of horse trading between Mark and Rob.   Seems back late last year, Mark had ordered this special cast iron skillet from Lodge.  Rob missed out, because it was a limited production, and sold out very quickly.   Some how between computer issues, and multiple phone calls by Mark to pay for his skillet, he managed to buy two skillets.   So of course, Rob bought the extra skillet from Mark.  

All the while, a hearty camping breakfast of waffles and bacon was being fixed and eaten.  (Yes, we can multi-task when food is involved!)

After breakfast, Susie went off to "work from camper" and Mark, Trisha, and Rob all loaded up in Ruby (Sue and Mark's new truck) to go explore Elkmont Campground.  

Even with no hookups, we decided this would be a great place to camp in the future.   By now it was getting close to sandwich thirty, so we rode back to camp, had sandwiches, naps, walks, etc. and greeted the last few podders to arrive.

We rode over to the dulcimer store, for Sue to have a good look, and word on the street is she may go back today and make a purchase.....

After our ride to the Dulcimer shop and back, we gathered for a quick dinner of burgers, steaks, and chips on the charcoal grill.  Of course we managed to sit outside for the rest of the evening and tell tall tales, and fix a camper or two in the process......

And just like that, before you know it, this particular Thursday was in the books and it was bedtime.  

Now there are plans for the day, but at this point we've not made them just yet, so we can't share them with you.  If you'll drop back by tomorrow, you can read all about them right here.  

Until next time, stay safe out there.....-R,T, &J.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lunch With a View......

Good Thursday morning everyone.   The gang is back camping for the last few days of Spring Break 2017.   Our original plans were to be at the beach this week, but a few months back, we changed them to join friends, other podders, and even ex-podders for a little rally known far and wide as Tink's Spring Fling.  

We're gathering at the KOA on the "Peaceful side of the Smokies" here in Townsend, TN.  Yesterday was a travel day for us.  We encountered rain, drizzle, gloom, drove through clouds, and by the time we arrived here, it was sunny and nearly hot!   

We had an uneventful drive, making two comfort stops, one fuel stop (not really necessary, but Rob just wanted to be safe) and even a stop for lunch.   You can see our lunch stop below......

We were traveling on US 441 also known as Newfound Gap Road. Rob had pulled over to use my bathroom and Trisha ordered cheese crackers for lunch.  So Rob grabbed a tub of Palmeto Pimento Cheese and a sleeve of Ritz Crackers from Pod,  and as we traveled along up and over the mountain, lunch was Pimento cheese and Ritz crackers.    

We arrived here about 1:30 in the afternoon, got checked in, and proceeded to set up camp.   We have a very nice campsite.  In fact, there seems to have been lots of improvements made to this KOA since we last camped here several years ago.   Here are a couple pictures of our set-up......

You'll notice we didn't set up the dome, but set up the quick awning and The Clam for the few days we'll be here.   It just so happens that Rob is sitting out in the Clam this morning, listening to a gentle rain shower (that is supposed to move on by in the next hour or so).  

Food is always important on any camping trip, and last evening for supper, those of us here gathered at Tink's place for french dip sandwiches, chips, and homemade brownies.   It was all yummy, but we forgot to take any pictures.  The plan for breakfast this morning includes waffles, bacon, sausage maybe, and who knows what else.  

One last picture for this morning.   A short part of our drive yesterday took us along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The views weren't so grand, but we did have that section of the BRP pretty much all to ourselves.  Rob stopped at an overlook to take this picture, and I think it's going to be one of his favorites.....

Well we're going to sign off for now.  Everyone have a great Thursday, check back in the morning to see how this day unfolds, and as always......

Until next time, stay safe out there......-R,T, & J.   

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Waking Up......

Happy Saturday everyone.  It's Pod here with MY first official blog post of 2017.  See I've been snoozing and trying my best to keep warm in my Pod-port since our last camping trip of 2016.  To say it has been a strange winter weather wise would be an understatement, in fact, snow is in the forecast here for tomorrow morning.  UGH!!

Now, while I've been hanging out in my Pod-port, just relaxing and dreaming of camping trips to come, Rob hasn't forgotten me.  Every so often, he comes down to visit me usually with some project, chore, etc., he's taking care of.   

So far this winter, Rob's replaced my battery.  My old battery was giving issues toward the end of last camping season, so it was time for a new one.  This is my third battery!! Wow how time flies.  Now I hear there may be further battery type mods down the road.....

Another upgrade, mod, etc. was the Mr. and Mrs. decided they'd like to have carpet in me once again.   So last weekend, Rob went to a carpet store he has done business with in the past, looked at the remnant section and found the perfect piece for just twenty bucks.  This particular carpet pattern is what is used in a local resort, The Great Wolf Lodge, so it's very heavy duty, and the owner told Rob they'd always have remnants in stock.  

I'm just tickled with how it turned out.  Rob says he could have done a slightly better job of fitting the carpet, but he said it was very difficult to cut.  

Also over the course of the winter, Trisha was given a new sign/cork board which Rob mounted in my entryway.  (Don't I sound grand having an entryway!!)   At the same time, Rob relocated one of my racks and paper towel holder to a more convenient location.  

I'm saving the best mod for last, but it isn't really a mod at all.  Today Rob made my bed with fresh clean linens and even spiffed up my seating area!!

This can mean only one thing.  Yup, you guessed it, there's a camping trip in my very near future.   This coming weekend, we're all making the short trip over to Tanglewood Campground for Cousin Sharon's NC-Dog (that's Dutch Oven Gathering) where Rob has a CDO (that's Camping Dutch Oven) dish already planned out to cook along with something yummy on the GMG!

Well I think that's about it for today.  I'm sure someone will be blogging about the NC-Dog this coming weekend.  So everyone think good "Springy" thoughts and let's go camping!!  So for all the gang.....

Until next time, stay safe out there......-Pod

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Cooking Up A Storm......

Happy Sunday everyone.   If you don't know it by now, we had a little snowstorm around these parts.  It started snowing late Friday night and snowed till nearly noon on Saturday.  The precipitation started as sleet, changed to big fluffy snowflakes, then finished off with several hours of a dry powdery snow.  Then Saturday night, the temps took a nose dive, bottoming out at about 10 degrees with cold, way below freezing weather predicted for the next several days.   As we sit here writing this blog, we just found out the local school system (our employer)  has cancelled school for the next two days!!!

Now, back to the title.  This past Wednesday, Rob received his Christmas present to himself.  A Green Mountain Pellet Grill and Smoker (GMG for short).  After assembling it Wednesday afternoon, Rob has proceeded to cook up a storm, or cook during the storm for the past couple of days!!

As with most things ordered, it came "some assembly required," which was no problem at all.  In very short order Wednesday afternoon, Rob had the grill assembled and heating up on a test run. 

Of course, you can't just buy the grill, but you HAVE to have a the right cover,  a neat-o camo carrying bag (not pictured), several bags of pellet fuel, and food to cook on the grill.

The very first thing Rob choose to cook on the GMG was to grill some very fresh Salmon....

The results were just perfect.  Next was a small pork tenderloin which somehow or another, not a single picture was taken of while, during, or after cooking.   Needless to say, it's all gone now, haha.

Next up was two racks of pork ribs.  By now, there was a nice layer of snow all over everything, so it was a perfect time to cook something that would take awhile......

As you can see, the results must have been pretty good, because very little was left!!

Today was a simple pork loin.  It only took about two hours from start to finish and it is resting now, wrapped in foil while the Mexican Cornbread bakes.  Add a side of crower peas, homemade coleslaw, and baked (on the GMG) sweet potato, and lunch will be just right.

Rob has already ordered another 100 pounds of pellets (these are burned to provide heat and smoke).  He ordered pellets made from Hickory, Apple, Cherry, Pecan, and Oak woods, with plans to create his own custom blend of pellets.  

This version of the GMG, is also Wi-Fi enabled.  Rob still had a go-phone smartphone we bought a couple summers ago while camping where Verizon had no cell service but AT&T did.  He is able to use the old phone as a dedicated controller for the GMG after downloading the proper app, and setting it all up.

Rob also discovered when cooking in very cold windy conditions as the past couple days have been, you have to put an old towel over the grill to both hold in heat, and to keep the wind from blowing out the fire.  Now the GMG will be going camping with us, so you'll be hearing more about Rob's cooking exploits with it. 

Well we're off to finish getting lunch together.  We hope everyone  has a great snow day, week, etc. or if no snow, just a great week. Thanks for checking in and as always......

Until next time, stay safe out there.....-R,T,&J.