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    Southern Outdoor Adventure at River Vista RV Resort

    Fresh mountain air in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains is the best vacation for me. A recent trip to River Vista RV Resort just north of Clayton, Georgia proved to be the perfect weekend getaway. Only a two-hour drive for us, as well as another couple who recently purchased a motor home; we met at the resort to enjoy some down time. Located near many attractions and full of amenities, River Vista RV Resort maintains a beautifully landscape campground which can accommodate larger rigs. Why River Vista? During most of our camping trips, we like to do three things… make a campfire and be lazy hike to local…

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    Smokin J’s Barbeque Was Hot in Hazelhurst

    Three Rivers Festival It was bittersweet at the Three Rivers Festival in Haselhurst, Georiga this past weekend, as it was the 9th and final festival to be hosted by Jim Sewell, in the small southern town. Organizer Jim Sewell held back tears as he dropped the news on 23 Georgia Barbecue Association cook teams during Friday evening’s cooks meeting. “I really struggled with this decision specifically because of the many fine people I have met by putting on this contest,” lamented Jim. ” I will always be grateful to those who supported our contest over the years.” Doug and I are very sad about the demise of the Three Rivers Festival. Our…

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    Smokin J’s Barbeque at Eggtoberfest 2016

    Another Eggtoberfest is in the books for Smokin J’s Barbeque.  This was our 9th Eggtoberfest in the last 10 years.  We missed one year due to a Georgia Barbecue Association event taking priority. This year Smokin J’s Barbeque used the event as practice for some pork loin testing.  We tried several different flavor profiles and asked attendees for comments.  Surprisingly, most agreed we need to add more heat to our profile.  We had great positive feedback on our sauce, which we have been tinkering with.  Overall, it was a great opportunity to get some honest opinions.   What is Eggtoberfest? Eggtoberfest is an annual celebration for the ceramic smokers’ enthusiast. …

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    Moonshine Creek Campground

    After our wonderful experience at a family operated KOA Travelers Rest campground, see my summary at http://joannsfoodbites.com/camping-koa-travelers-rest/; Doug and I were looking for another family operated a campground in the Blue Ridge Mountains for a quick getaway Fourth of July weekend.  Moonshine Creek Campground is a quiet, clean and a comfortable location fitting the bill perfectly. Moonshine Creek Campground Amenities Providing 91 shady campsites, the family operated campground has long-term leases on several of these sites, however, there are sites available even for those larger rigs, like ours.  The majority of sites have full hookups (sewer, water, electric) and cable for a small additional fee.  Not all sites provide 50…

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    RV Travel

    Top 10 Tailgating Essentials

    Football season is in full swing, so let’s examine the essentials of a good tailgate party. We love BASEBALL, NASCAR AND NFL FOOTBALL AND we love tailgating! It is even better when you can take all the comforts of home with you to the tailgate event! I have tailgated out of the back of my car; froze under quick tents; been under sweltering heat and in the snow! Since relocating, we are closer to Darlington Speedway, the “track too tough to tame,” I am hoping to have the opportunity to tailgate with our camper at a NASCAR Race. Nevertheless, there are some essentials every tailgater NEEDS to make his party…