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  • Pilgrimage to Aldhart

    October 2012 my wife and I decided to embark on a family trip with my parents. The purpose of the trip was a pilgrimage to Aldhart, Tennessee for my parents to see my brother's farm. My brother and his wife retired a few years back and moved there from Florida. I knew my parents were anxious to see his place and basically had no way to get there since they don't drive. Mom is 86 and dad is 88 and she gets around with a walker and dad uses a cane. In addition, dad is legally blind.

    After carefully considering all the challenges there would be to take the trip, we decided the best way would be to take them in our motorhome. We made it a two day trip driving up there and everyone was fairly comfortable and the trip was off to a good start. On the second day, I had a mishap with the motorhome. While stopping for fuel, I turned too sharp and the rear of the coach struck a concrete pole! Needless to say that put a damper on things for the rest of the day, but once we arrived at my brother's place the mishap was mostly forgotten.

    We all had a great time with the sightseeing, cookouts, and fishing. We even timed it right for a local pumpkin festival. After a few days with my brother we headed to the Townsend/Gatlinburg area for a few more days before heading home. My mom and dad, in their younger years, always vacationed in the Smokey Mountains. When we were kids we camped throughout the area also so they were excited to see the sites again.

    After arriving in Townsend and setting up at the RV park we drove my son's Jeep, which we had borrowed because it was a 4 door, to Gatlinburg. On the way there the transmission began jerking and making noises. After a telephone call to the Jeep dealer and, a stop at the Smokey Mountain Knife Works, we drove back to Townsend and the vacation was over.

    The next morning we headed back to Florida with a damaged motorhome and a blown transmission.

    Even though we experienced some bad luck, we had a great time and accomplished what we set out to do even though we cut our site seeing a little short. Mom and dad still, almost one year later, talk about the trip. So, I'm sure it meant more to them than I realized at the time.

    Oh yea....the motorhome's fixed and the jeep has a rebuilt transmission $$$$$

    Mom and dad already for their trip

    OOPS! My bad...........

    My brother's place....mule stalls

    Camping in my brother's yard

    Mom out fished everybody in my brother's farm pond

    Dad held his own fishing

    Me, mom, dad, and my brother...coolest old store ever!

    sorghum mill... brought back memories for mom and dad

    Luckiest woman in the world at the pumpkin festival

    Hot apple cobbler and ice cream

    After a long hard day

    The long drive home
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New Story Contest for Driftmaster Crow Foot System - July/Aug 2013 started by Slab View original post
    Comments 19 Comments
    1. Billbob's Avatar
      Billbob -
      what a way to travle
    1. Rsw's Avatar
      Rsw -
      Great pictures!!
    1. DCottrell's Avatar
      DCottrell -
      Great pics, glad everything worked out
    1. eric 3501's Avatar
      eric 3501 -
      Good to see your folks sprie and still getting aroun. Great of you to take them up to Tenn. to see their son when they couldn't no longer drive. Super cudo's, man. Job well done. Looks like all enjoyed them selves, dispite a bit of bad luck getting there. Just super.
    1. TnT's Avatar
      TnT -
      Do you have a rear camera yet??
    1. Eagle 1's Avatar
      Eagle 1 -
      looks like a good time for all . let the insurance worry about the rv .
    1. boatdocksam's Avatar
      boatdocksam -
      great story
    1. tenncrappie's Avatar
      tenncrappie -
      Your Mom and Dad are blessed to have a son that will do this. thanks for sharing. Lost my Mom in 93
    1. Fiishergurl's Avatar
      Fiishergurl -
      Great story. Love the pictures of your mom and dad fishing. Now I see where you got it from!

      Ginny
    1. NYHellbender's Avatar
      NYHellbender -
      Great story, thanks for sharing it with us.
    1. hawgdog's Avatar
      hawgdog -
      Great Story
    1. blugrasmaniac's Avatar
      blugrasmaniac -
      really nice story - love the pics
    1. specktacklure's Avatar
      specktacklure -
      Nice trip. Isn't that billbob's RV, very nice of him to let ya borrow it
    1. mdperson's Avatar
      mdperson -
      Great Story
    1. PawPaw Gene's Avatar
      PawPaw Gene -
      Speck, I bet there are a bunch of us out here that wish we could have one more road trip with our parents too. For quite a few years I drove mine up to Tennessee from Louisiana to visit my youngest brother for Thanksgiving. It wasn't always a trip I looked forward to for myself, but I never regretted one minute of the 12 hour drive. Now that they are gone we do trips for ourselves but wish they could be with us.
      "gene"
    1. riverbull's Avatar
      riverbull -
      Great looking crew u have there--nothing like being with family
    1. Gindog's Avatar
      Gindog -
      Thanks so much for sharing your story. What a great thing for you to do. Wish I have another road trip with my mom and dad.
    1. Fastguy155's Avatar
      Fastguy155 -
      I look forward to those family outings.my family is separated by 1700miles In either direction. Me in tx a bro and sis in Cali and my
      Folks and another sis in pa. Don't get to see them nearly enough. But when I do it's like we have been around the entire time. Great story. I'm going inside to call my folks now. Thanks
    1. ronetone's Avatar
      ronetone -
      sounds like you had a great road trip with your parents
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