Pictures of an incredible journey

July 27, 2009 The birth of Lindsay. Daughter of Sara and Chris Lewis.

Little Lindsay, held by Amarins, surrounded by aunts Cheyenne, Jasmine and Robin, brother Christopher and uncle Jesse.

Grandpa Bill


July 28, 2009 Jasmine and Robin get a haircut.

July 30, 2009

Cheyenne and Nathan, buddies through thick and thin.

Amarins getting all the cloths ready for the trip.

More stuff that needs to be brought on the journey.

July 31, 2009 The unofficial departure date, from our home to Renfro Valley KOA.

'Our' car now belongs to our friends Regina and Julio. We know they will enjoy it as much as we did.

The fully loaded (overloaded...) trailer, ready to roll.

August 1, 2009

The girls are sound asleep.

Final tune-up before departure.

Marty with the trailer he sponsored.

Leaving the camp site a little cleaner then we found it.

Enjoying supper with friends.

Friend Regina

Friend Wendy

August 4, 2009

Peter playing the harmonica and the guitar.

August 5, 2009

The girls are pretending to go out west in a covered wagon.

August 6, 2009

The girls are playing while Bill fixes our flat tire.

The story of JP Morgan

Jimmy Jones from Wartburg, Tennessee

August 7, 2009

Cheyenne is admiring the scenery

On the Clinch river bridge.

This is a hackberry tree. We needed to use our tree book to find out the name of it.

The leaves and fruit of a hackberry.


Cheyenne is like a fish in the water.

August 8, 2009

Playing boardgames at Laura and Randi's home.

Robin is sharing her zippy cup with Tucker. Perhaps a lesson on hygiene is in place?...

Our princess Jasmine!

Friends from Owsley county Kentucky came all the way on their motor cycles. It's good visiting.

Ehhh, can we borrow some horse power perhaps?

August 9, 2009

Moon over the Watts Bar Lake. Once again a reward for getting up early to enjoy nature.

A mill on the way from Kingston, TN to Sweetwater, TN.

Cheyenne and Jasmine got to freshen up in the creek. Cold!

Curtis and Kim in front of our bicycle, at their restaurant Dinner Bell, off of exit 62, I-75 in Tennessee.

The duckpark in Sweetwater, Tennessee. Robin is feeding the geese under the bridge.

This joyful couple provided us with a night in a motel in Madisonville, Tennessee. Thanks guys!

August 10, 2009

Jasmine gets a bandage on her hurt knee. It immediately takes away the pain.


From Mount Vernon, Kentucky, to Mount Vernon, Tennessee in 10 days. We are having a pick nick under the trees. Pure enjoyment for the girls.


Ship ahoy! Smokies ahead! We still haven't figured out how to cross them...

August 11, 2009

Jasmine is admiring a beautiful sunrise, while enjoying some yummy donuts.

Just outside of Tellico Plains, the sun is creeping out from behind the clouds.

We made it to the Cherokee National Forest. Turns out to be only halfway up the mountain. Yes, we are calling them mountains now. The hills are behind us for a while.

Yes! The lane ends. Finally to the end of the mountain, we think... Think again. It never really went downhill from there...

The girls are enjoying the old(?) replicas of covered wagons. Just their size too. Perhaps we can take these on our next journey. We'll put Shetland ponies in front of them!

Now this is a product worth investigating. If you have triplets or twins, this triple decker stroller is what you need. A double decker stroller is also available. Click on the picture to get redirected to their website. We found them here in the mountains in Coker Creek.

The old wall around the homestead is still standing. Who lived here? Why did they leave? When we see these kind of things we can only wonder.

What is the name of this flower? Let us know via the kidsworld page.

These are the leaves that go with the flower.

A beautiful place for a break. The Hiwassee river. We swim, cool off, enjoy.

It's a dragonfly. Do you know more specifics? Let us know via the kidsworld page.

Nature provides. Fresh water from the rocks. Delightful.

We are to the end of our rope. Still no end in sight. When will this mountain stop? We walk a bit, we ride a bit. We take another break. A local couple has stopped by a couple of times to see if we are all right. This time they bring lunch. Cheese, tomatoes, bread, bologna, mustard, mayonaise, peanut butter cookies, water, juice. Lunch never tasted so good.

Strenghtened from lunch, we eventually (finally) arrive within miles from Turtletown. We give up on the Ducktown destination for today. We have worked hard to make it these 24 miles from Tellico Plains.

Needless to say, we never exceeded the speedlimit.

We have set up camp in a park in Turtletown. Near a small creek.

August 14, 2009

Sayonara Ducktown motel.

Looking back we see the sign for Tennessee. Are we out of state yet? Nope, still two more miles to go. Confusing.

While the girls and Amarins are off the bicycle, Bill is cutting the copper wire out of the chain.

Jasmine takes great pictures. This one of the sun is a favorite.

Jasmine took this picture of Cheyenne. From this perspective it looks as if Cheyenne is on a high mountain somewhere.

August 15, 2009

Before we take off from our motel in Murphy, North Carolina, we run into this couple from Louisville, Kentucky. Turns out that the young man actually knows Bill's dad! What a coincidence!

The scenery in Western North Carolina is breathtaking. This is just one of the many beautiful sights we see along the way.

Jasmine and Robin enjoying another fly moment.

As you can tell by the brick pillars underneath the barns. These are from a time long gone by.

Picture taken by Cheyenne.

Robin surrounded by flowers. Picture taken by Cheyenne.

August 16, 2009

Bill is talking with Mr Phillips. Mr Phillips knew the area before the dam was put in and the lake was made.

It takes Robin a while to enjoy the boat ride, but eventually she enjoys it tremendously.

August 17, 2009

Silly jasmine decided to put her helmet on backwards. It fits pretty well.

A trailhead on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.

A fellow European! Anita is from Hungary, but now lives with her husband and children, Oliver and Mamie, in Florida. Perhaps we will get to see them again as we bike our way through the panhandle!

August 18, 2009

After a short stay in Georgia, we roll down the mountain, cross the Hiawasse river and arrive into South Carolina. State number five. Statistically, we are one third of the way done with the journey, this being state number five out of fifteen...

The girls are having a great time exploring. They see a big fat river rat in the bushes. They find different flowers and reeds. They are out in nature having a great time.

Jasmine has climbed on top of Wilt. He stopped by on his way back into South Carolina. He saw us climbing up the mountain earlier and was curious for our story.

Jasmine is having a good time with the camera. Robin doesn't mind having her picture taken. Pretty soon she'll be taking pictures too.

August 19, 2009

Katie is weaving the dough for Jasmine's private cobbler.

August 20, 2009

Jasmine is enjoying the river. Enriched with a 2+ rapid experience.

Robin is testing the waters. After climbing up and down the rocky area, she decides this is the best spot to be engulfed.

Jasmine and Polly are going for a ride.

The Magleys in the water.

Polly is like a fish in the water. Only three years old she swims like the best.

Like a mermaid she manouvers the currents. Sarah is there with a strong arm when Cheyenne goes through the rapids.

Big brother Howard, holding little sister Mary Eunice.

Martha is lying in a crevice. From time to time she lets herself totally submerge under the water.

Eventhough Cheyenne can swim, the currents are new to her. With a life jacket on she is mastering them well.

August 21, 2009

All 12 of us together.

August 22, 2009

Another supper shared with friends.

August 23, 2009

The girls are playing games at the playground.

Robin is taking it easy after lunch.

Stevie Ray is helping Bill fix the flat innertube.

It takes three men this time to put the wheel back on the bicycle.

It is good swimming in the lake.

After the girls are done swimming, it is time to get back to our campsite.

Once again we make a moment to work on our journals. Cheyenne is working on her cursive abc. She can write up to the letter d already.

August 24, 2009

Jasmine made an airplane out of sticks.

Cheyenne at the top of yet another hill.

Waiting for the laundry has its benefits. Another opportunity to play!

August 26, 2009

South Carolina is beautiful.

The sunflowers still have seeds in them. An old homestead shows in the background.

August 27, 2009

Ray with his rig.


August 28, 2009

Cheyenne and Jasmine are looking at the stuffed animals.

Robin and Jasmine are mesmerized by the baby alligator.

Jasmine is holding a toad.

August 29, 2009

We are still in rural South Carolina. Beautiful scenery keeps surrounding us.

We are so close to Charleston, we can almost smell the sea air. In a couple of days we will walk into the Atlantic Ocean!!!

The girls are immediately on top of Harding. Playing, wrestling, they are having a good time.

August 30, 2009

Making new friends at the Huddle House.

While we are continuing on our journey, Harding is waving us goodbye.

August 31, 2009

Cheyenne and Jasmine are using the canon as a horse.

Cheyenne and Jasmine are posing at the statue that has been erected to commemorate the confederate defenders of Charleston.

Cheyenne is reading the historical plaque, describing the historical events of the fortresses.

Cheyenne has caught a miniature crab. These walk around here a lot. It is funny to see how the walk sideways.

We are on the right path to Folly Beach.

One of the marinas and the highway 17 bridge over Ashley river.

We left downtown Charleston to go to Folly Beach where we hope to put our feet in the Atlantic Ocean.

On the overpass we have a great view of the marshes.

The marshes are filled with egretts.

We enjoy the ride from the Applebees to the Holiday Inn. With this scenery, we understand better why people want to live on the islands.

The ocean from our hotel room.

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