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The Thompson River north of Lytton, British Columbia. Photo taken yesterday.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Hope, British Columbia.

Where are they going next? Langley, British Columbia.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Note to self: Don't plan to purchase propane on a weekend!

Slept great at the Tupelo airport, and took off fairly early in Sherman to get to Jeff Busby Campground at a decent hour. We had a turkey to cook!

We had bought a 12 lb frozen turkey on Friday, and it was busy thawing all day Saturday. Of course the inside of the motorhome was about the same temperature as the inside of the fridge Saturday night! So it wasn't in any risk of going bad but we wanted to cook it as soon as possible and if we were going to have Sunday roast dinner it needed to get in the oven round 3:00pm.

Hardly anybody on the Trace Sunday morning. But there are an awfully lot of churches around this part of the country so we're guessing everybody was in church!

Nice relaxing drive on the Natchez Trace Parkway.

I had looked up a propane place in the town of Ackerman, about a 10 mile detour. Couldn't find any info about prices or hours, but on Google Streetview it looked to be part of a fairly big Marathon gas station so I assumed it would be open on a Sunday.

Wrong.

Normal daytime hours Monday through Friday, 7-3 on Saturday, and closed on Sunday.

Note to self: Don't plan to purchase propane on a weekend!

Anyhow, we're still fine and so we'll get it outside of Kosciusko when we leave Jeff Busby Campground Tuesday morning.

We arrived at the campground around 11:30am. There are supposedly 18 sites, although none of them are marked in any way. Only one other small rig here, and a couple of tenters. So we drove through the one way road and looped around a second time to choose our site.

We had some lunch and then did the short 1.7 mile (2.7 km) hike to an overlook in the park.

Nice day to go for a stroll.

Not much of a view.

The overlook is at about 650 ft in altitude. No, you don't get much of a view from anywhere in Mississippi, where the highest point in the state is only 806 ft!

Jeff Busby.

This has to be the most oddly laid out campground we have ever seen. It's a maze of closely paved roads and because none of the sites are marked, you could easily have more than one rig on the same pull through. 

In fact, we were here in April of 2009 and it was overfull at the time with many snowbirds who were heading north. We ended up parking along with a few others in the day use area. But we remember then how odd the sites were. Meriwether Lewis at the north end of the Trace is much nicer.

Jeff Busby Campground.

We came back from our short hike, and we had visitors waiting for us! Tom and Carroll from Medicine Hat, Alberta have been following our travels and in fact they had come with their big 40ft motorhome a couple of years ago to visit us at Cabri Park. They have since sold their motorhome and are heading to Texas to stay in a rental for a couple of months.

We invited them in for tea, and had a good chat. Nice to see them again.

Ruth, with Tom and Carroll.

12 lb turkey, roasting in the motorhome oven.
It sure did smell good!

Dinner is served, with stuffing, roast potatoes, and gravy.

Yesterday's drive, 88 miles (142 kms).

Looking like a beautiful sunny day today, with a forecast high of 63F (17C)!

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23 comments:

  1. NOTHING can beat a good turkey dinner.. mmmmm

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    1. I don't know about that, a good steak or roast beef dinner just might! ;-)

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  2. And the propane held out! We have had several amusing, sometimes frustrating experiences in the US buying propane. "I don't care what the sign says, we don't sell propane", "We only have it in those little green bottles", "You have a Canadian motorhome, the hose doesn't fit".

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    1. Wow. "You have a Canadian Motorhome, the hose doesn't fit." That's the goofiest thing I've seen in a while. The only "Canadian" motorhome I can thing of is Triple E, which is now Leisure Travel Vans. So... odd.

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    2. Yep, no problem, even still had an 1/8 of a tank when we left the campground this morning.

      To be honest, we have never really had a problem with getting propane in the States, it is more a matter of finding somewhere that sells it!

      Bob, I think that Croft was just being a little funny by meaning that because we have a Canadian motorhome we must not have the same fittings. I don't know anyone from Canada that has had a problem with the hose not fitting.

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  3. We have found as well that a lot of propane places are closed on Sunday as well.
    Nothing like a tasty Turkey dinner with all the trimmings, think I can smell it from here.

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    1. We will have to keep that in mind for the next time that we need to buy propane.

      The turkey dinner was delicious and it smelled wonderful in the motorhome while it was cooking. :-)

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  4. Ruth, it's a mystery to me how you produce a meal like that with your tiny work area.

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    1. It is a mystery to me sometimes too!

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  5. We took a long trip through the southeast a couple of years ago, between Laredo TX to the Keys and back through Asheville NC, >>1,000 miles, didn't see a rise in elevation any higher than a highway overpass. To someone from New Mexico, that really felt weird. Some of our musical friends wrote a song that exemplifies why I love the mountain west, titled "I Just Want To See For A Hundred Miles."

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    1. Your friends that wrote that song might have seen for a hundred miles if it weren't for the trees! You can just about see everywhere when you are out on the paraires. ;-)

      It may not have high elevation here but we are enjoying the scenery and the trees. We sure miss the trees when we are in Saskatchewan for the summer, trees and mountains!

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  6. I found traveling back east that you can't see anything for the trees...even standing on a mound.

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    1. Yep, we totally agree with you there!

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  7. So was the gluten free bread you baked for the stuffing?

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    1. Partly! I had wanted to make bread anyways for sandwiches or toast but I also need a few slices of the bead in order to make some stuffing for the turkey.

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  8. Turkey looks good. Never had any luck cooking a turkey in a RV stove. Come to think of it never had any luck cooking anything in the RV stove. Went to convection the last two RVs and find it much better. Need a hookup though.

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    1. Thank you! I have never tried cooking with a convection oven and I guess I probably never will. As you said, you need to be hooked up. We even took out our microwave because we never used it. I have our oven figured out pretty good now.

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  9. Dinner looks wonderful. Nice to meet up with old friends. Enjoy your travels!

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  10. Another delicious meal served on your new tabletop - our mouths are watering!!

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    1. And it was delicious. Now we have lots of leftovers too!

      We are loving our new table. :-)

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