Dale Hollow 2018

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Eagle Cove Resort

Once again it was time for the annual fall/winter meet up with the Cooper family at Eagle Cove Resort on Dale Hollow Lake near Cookeville, TN.  This year the event took place during the first weekend of November.  We certainly enjoyed the family, food and lovely fall weather.

In addition, we enjoyed two days with my brother, Hew, at his place on Nolin Lake in central Kentucky.  We appreciate his hospitality and had a great time visiting with him and Peanut.  Finally, we spent one night in Louisville with Nancy and had lunch with her, Alyson and Corey.  Our thanks for putting us up for the night before our return to Nashville for our return flight.

Finally, our thanks to Ralph and Carlie for allowing us to park our motorhome on their property.  This has been a great convenience for us and has allowed us to visit with them and their family as well.

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Desert Center, CA

From Prescott, AZ, we needed a place to stop in order to break up the drive that would get us to Southern California.  The Lake Tamarisk Desert Resort in Desert Center fulfilled that requirement.

Lake Tamarisk Desert Resort

Desert Center, located approximately halfway between Phoenix and Los Angeles, has a colorful history.  It was founded in 1921 by Stephen A. Ragsdale, also know as “Desert Steve”.  He and his wife began with a simple shack and provided vehicle repair, fuel and refreshments to travelers.  Desert Center offered the only such services for 50 miles in either direction.  Today, there is not much left in Desert Center.  However, there is a small golf and retirement community centered around a nice lake.  We spent two nights at Lake Tamarisk Desert Resort before continuing our drive west.

Next stop:  Sylmar, CA

Prescott, AZ

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We’ve been wanting to visit Prescott but we now had additional incentive.  Earlier this year, our friends Tim and Dinah sold their home in Torrance and moved to Prescott, so this stop allowed us to visit with them and to see Prescott.  Tim and Dinah showed us their new town and took us to see many of the great sights around the Prescott area.  We parked the motorhome at Orchard Ranch Resort.

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Rollins, MT (Flathead Lake)

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Rollins is on the western shore of Flathead Lake, south of Glacier National Park.  We parked at Rollins RV Park.

Flathead Lake

Flathead Lake is the largest natural fresh water lake west of the Mississippi River.  By surface area it is apparently just very slightly larger than Lake Tahoe but I would think that as water levels change, the honor could go to either of these two lakes.  Flathead Lake has a much more irregular shoreline than Lake Tahoe giving it lots of inlets and bays.  We took a boat tour from the town of Lakeside.  We were told that the water is clean enough that many homeowners on the lake pull their water from the lake using only basic filtration.

Next stop:  Missoula, MT

Naples, ID

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We spent 3 nights here at the Blue Lake RV Park in Naples, ID.  It was a very pleasant lake setting.

Sandpoint, ID

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day it seems that everywhere we go we see various types of festivals being advertised.  While we don’t attempt to schedule around these events, sometimes our trip coincides with a local festival.  Last fall we encountered the Avocado and Margarita Festival in Morro Bay, CA.  Here we found that the town of Sandpoint, ID, had scheduled a beer festival to occur while we were parked in Naples, about 23 miles away.  We went down and found Sandpoint to be a very pleasant town on the northern shore of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho’s largest lake.  We enjoyed some of the local beer, some music and the beautiful views of the lake.

Next stop:  Kalispell, MT