RV Adventures with Bug Smacker

Walmart – Berea KY

We just want a place to sleep…..

On our way back to Michigan from Myrtle Beach, we decided to stop and visit with family in Tennessee.

But first, we had to stop by Tony Gore’s Smoky Mountain BBQ. This is always a requirement we ever we are in the area.

We got to the town where we were to meet our family a bit early. So Terri and I decided to check out the local Walmart and see if it looked like a good place to stay for the night. The parking lot was extremely busy and we felt a bit uncomfortable here. So we went down the road a bit and found a nearby Cracker Barrel.

The Cracker Barrel was an OK place to stay but it was getting very hot outside and we did not have the generator with us. This was not going to be a place to get any sleep. So following a very nice gathering with family, we hit the road in search of another spot to sleep.

During our travels, we did a bit of research and discovered a place called Westgate RV Park. The reviews were not great but then again we only wanted a place to sleep for the night.

We arrived at Westgate RV Park and after giving it a good look decided that it was not worth the $39.00 dollars they were asking. Especially since we only wanted a place to sleep for the night ( and at this point, the night was getting quite a bit shorter). So once again we hit the road.

Another 1/2 hour or so down the road we found the Walmart in Berea Kentucky. We had stayed here before and found it to be a decent place to get some sleep for the night. So we did just that.

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Ocean Lakes Family Campground

This year our trip to Ocean Lakes was scheduled later in the season. This time the pool was open daily instead of just on weekends. It is great to be able to grab a tube and float down the lazy river as the warm sun beats down on you. What a relaxing time this is. Better yet, all the holiday crowd has gone home now and left the pool all to ourselves.

While we were in town we hit all the normal dining spots, like Nacho Hippo, The Original Benjamin’s, Drunken Jack’s, Simply Southern Smokehouse, Eggs Up Grill, Krispy Kreme, and McAlister’s Deli. But our favorite go-to place to eat (and drink) this time was Dagwood’s Deli & Sports Bar. Everything here is delicious and the price was good too. Dagwoods had the best Philly Cheesesteak we have had in many years.

We took a day trip to Charleston, SC. Terri had been wanting to visit this place for quite some time. We went to the Angel tree and then headed to the Charleston City Market downtown.

Along the way we had a chance to stop and visit with an old friend.


While in Charleston, we took a horse-drawn carriage tour through the city. The horse pulling our wagon was a bit skittish. He would rear-up and try to outrun every other horse we came across. This was the most awesome ride ever. And I thought this history trip through town was going to be boring.

During our stay at the beach, we met Paul and Jenny. They were staying in a Landmark 5th wheel next to us. It was a pleasure to chat with Paul. He advised me of an outfit called Keep It Clean RV Detailing who would come over to wash & wax my rig for me.

After the trailer had been washed, I noticed that the fridge inside was blinking in error. I looked online for a fix and discovered that the procedure to resolve the condition involved a large magnet. I call Jim, the owner of the RV cleaning service, he said this problem happens every couple of weeks to them. He was nice enough to come right over with a big magnet and fix my problem.

The next day Paul showed up and presented me with a big magnet of my own that he had so graciously purchased at the local Harbor Freight while he was in town. What a nice guy.

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So once again we took a gamble and decided to try and get into Tamarack on our way to the beach. It is a good half-way stopping point between our home and Myrtle Beach. We only needed a safe, quiet place to spend the night and Tamarack usually fits the bill.

As we pulled into the service station below, feeling extremely tired after several hours of driving, we noticed it was packed. There were literally a hundred Big-Rigs parking there for the night. Scattered in between them were even a few RVs.

We quickly filled our fuel tank and headed up the hill to check out the parking above. Luckily there we found a nice quiet place to park for the night.

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Harrisville State Park

Its still winter up here, where is spring?

Harrisville State Park

Harrisville State Park is a great place if you are lucky enough to get a site right on the lake shore. This time of year is great for us. The park is still relatively empty and it is a lot easier maneuvering our rig into some of these smaller campsites that are at these older state parks.

Harrisville State Park

With the chill in the air during the day and the cold nights, we didn’t spend a lot of time outdoors on this trip. But, even from the comfort of our RV, you couldn’t beat the view on the lake out the back of our trailer.

Guess that’s why they call it a “Picture” window.

Harrisville State Park

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Purple Mattress


We happened to be window shopping when we ran across a store that sold Purple mattresses. We have heard a lot of good things about these mattresses and thought we’d give it a try.

While talking to the store manager about the Purple mattress, he asked about mattresses we have owned in the past. I looked around the store and noticed that he sold Denver mattresses as well here, so I answered we have a Denver mattress at home. We actually did.

We liked the Denver mattress in the beginning but that was extremely short-lived. I explained that it was now very uncomfortable and we no longer used it. When he asked how long we have had it, I was surprised to find out it was still under warranty. I was even more surprised to find out that he was willing to let us trade it in on a new Purple mattress. So today we brought home a new Queen sized Purple Mattress.

We will now put it to the test and compare it to our beloved Leesa Mattress.

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