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I don't have anything to add but I miss living vicariously through YOUR RV trips, etc. Please share!

OK, you'd like to hear about our trip. Just a few days, returned a few hours ago. Went to Gatlinburg, TN for an "artists and crafts" fair that had been touted by some people we know. We've been to Gatlinburg before, and while the town itself is "tourist heaven" - full of ice cream shops, Ripley's Museums, T-shirt shops, etc -, there is a nice little run of artists shops, jewelry makers, potters, etc. along an 8-mile run outside of town with some pretty nice stuff.

So we were all excited about the "artists' show." It turned out not to be, it was mostly crafts, most of which was "country crafts." Now that's OK, and in fact it was pretty nice stuff, but it wasn't what we were expecting, so we were disappointed.

(This was Mrs. Goofy's & my 17th wedding anniversary weekend, for which we always do something special. At least the Aquarium (Ripley's!) was good, if pricey. $16 per person. Whew!)

Anyway, the rest of the story is directed at just one person, or one family, rather. My chances that they will read this are pretty small, I realize, but I thought I would just jot down the note anyway.

I understood when you pulled into the campsite next to us at 3:30 in the morning; perhaps you'd been traveling for hours and hours, or maybe you had a breakdown and just got waylaid. I felt so sorry for you.

I wasn't surprised that you need to plug in, even though it was 70 degrees in the mountains, making air conditioning unnecessary for several hours, so I let it pass. I did wonder if it was necessary for you to fill up your water tank at that hour, and particularly to keep hollering to your co-pilot inside "Is it full yet?"

I even wondered if you really needed to set up your satellite dish at that hour, but maybe you like to sleep to the TV, or perhaps there was some giant news story you were following, although the next morning I didn't really find one.

I do have to question whether it was necessary to bring down your awning, and to pound tent pegs into the ground to secure it, and I was even more amazed that you found it a convenient time to drag the picnic table clear across your campsite, across the asphalt on your pull-thru, and over onto the side of my site, screeching and shuddering as you moved it in the middle of the night.

Well, anyway, I just thought I'd mention how sorry I am that I was banging pie plates together under your bedroom window at 7:00AM the next morning. I know some people might have thought that inconsiderate, but "it's just what I do", so I hope it didn't bother you too much.

I also enjoyed emptying my sewage right next to your picnic table while you were eating breakfast a couple of mornings later. Perhaps if you moved your picnic tables when there was light you would notice where the sewer connections are and not put your picnic table right next to them.

Hey, I'm only kidding about the pie plates and dumping while you were eating, but believe me, I thought about it. And just a bit of fair warning. I can be as nice as the next guy, but if you are my "neighbor" again, and if you do it again, I will not be nearly so nice the next time.

And that's the story of my trip. Hope you enjoyed it!
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