The search for spring

Written by on March 8, 2013 in Trips

daffodilWe’re on a we’re-so-tired-of-winter search for spring.

It has not been easy. It took almost 800 miles, heading straight down I-75 from our Michigan home.

At the Walmart parking lot where we spent the first night in Findlay, Ohio, we parked next to a pile of snow. The overnight temps were in the upper 20′s. This was our first time at a Walmart. Except for a couple of big trucks, we were pretty much alone. It was not particularly scenic and there was lots of traffic noise. “You don’t need an alarm clock to get up when you camp at Walmart,” noted Jennifer as we rolled up the blinds and got ready to take off at daybreak the next morning. Still when you are just stopping to sleep and hitting the road early the next day, it sure beats a $30 campground fee.

As we set off, I noted there was still some rooftop ice and snow on top  of our RV. Winter was still clinging to us. It finally melted shortly after we crossed over into Kentucky.wlmart

But as we moved south through Tennessee, the mountains were still snow coated. A late winter storm earlier in the week had hitthe area with a half foot of snow. Miniature waterfalls were frozen into long icicles along the sheer rock face where it had been carved off for the road.

Finally, south of Knoxville, the snow was gone from the ground. But the temperatures were barely above 40.

In Georgia, by late afternoon, they warmed to the low 50′s.

rtspspotAnd this morning, on a walk around the Red Top Mountain State Park about 45 miles north of Atlanta, we found the first official sign of spring.

A lone daffodil, poking up between some pine seedlings, a few hundred feet from our campspot.

This is a beautiful state park, 12,000 acres that wrap  around Lake Allatoona. The camping spots are spacious, shaded by tall pines. rtsplakeThe rocky lakeshore is inviting. We’d stay longer is we didn’t have some things scheduled for the next couple of days.

The Roadtrek eTrek has been plenty warm at night. We can’t believe how well we sleep in it.

We are now heading to a couple other spots in Georgia, to visit with family and celebrate a son’s birthday. Then, next week, Florida.

But we are de-winterizing the RV, confident now, we’re headed in the right direction.

South.



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About the Author: Mike is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, and Norweigian Elkhound, Tai, travels North America in a Type B motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and frustrations of RV life on the road. He is the official on-the-road reporter for the Family Motor Coach Association. a columnist with Family Motor Coaching Magazine and his Roadtreking reports appear in numerous newspapers and publications. He enjoys camping (obviously), hiking, biking, fitness, photography, video editing and all things dealing with technology. His PC MIke TV reports, on personal technology are distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations. .

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  1. campskunk says:

    way to go, mike! i bet that daffodil was a sight for sore eyes. drive carefully and keep headed south – you’ll get some sun on those skinny legs of yours soon.

  2. Jim Temple says:

    I am jealous. I wish I could just get up and go like that and escape this lousy Pittsburgh weather. I just found your website tonight and have spent the evening watching all videos since you began last March. I will keep tabs with your site and watch what you do. If you ever stop in Pittsburgh area, I’ll buy you dinner.

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