Camping at Anchor Down RV Resort

We have been camping for several years now and mostly camping close to home if it’s just for the weekend. This time we ventured out a bit further and camped at Anchor Down RV Resort in Dandridge, TN. It was over 3 hours drive and 185 miles. It’s nice to be able to make this trip and being able to spend time with the family. We are fortunate to be able to take my dad places, he enjoyed the weekend. I often thought of my mom, she didn’t have the opportunity to take trips like this. Life is short and one shouldn’t wait until retire to travel and go places.

Max loves camping.

I still have a lot to learn on how to shoot stars, not to mention shooting the milky way. I thought I would be able to see it clearly in an open sky on a clear night but all I see was darkness and lots of stars but very difficult to capture on camera.

I got up early to wait for the sunrise, Sunday morning sunrise was 7:20 am.

It was worth the wait.

This is a nice signature site, I would love to stay here on our next trip.

This was the view from our campsite.

The pontoon ride was $10 per person. This was our first time and it went a lot faster than I thought.

I took these photos while the pontoon was moving and didn’t expect to get good shots. The photos didn’t turn out too bad and nice to see the view from the boat. The water was very low and boats that were on water several weeks back are now sitting on rocks and dirt.

The leaves start to change colors.

The campground from a distance.

The boat was tiny from a distance and difficult to get panning shot, I got one good shot.

It amazed me to see trees survive on rocks.

This was our first time camping in Tenessee and it looked so much nicer than the North Carolina campgrounds that we visited.

The End of Summer Camping

Labor day weekend marked the end of the Summer for us and we were fortunate to be able to go to the beach the last few years. This year the tropical storm came through Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area and we weren’t sure if we would be able to make it. The storm came through on Friday, and we headed out Saturday at 1 am and got to the beach in the morning. It was a nice weekend and glad that we didn’t tent camping this year, the storm left some of the sites flooded.

1st Sart Festival (Kanben) or Merit Making Transference at Wat Greensboro

We celebrated 1st Sart Thai Festival at Wat Greensboro on Sunday, September 18, 2016. The temple called it small Sart day, and the big Sart day will be in 2 weeks. Sart day is a Buddhist tradition where it’s a memorial day for the dead, it is a time to remember dead relatives and merit making on their behalves. This is a belief that once a year the hell gates open for 15 days for the deceased ancestors to visit their living relatives. Lao people called it Boun Kao Padap Din where the Laotians also believe that once a year the hell gates open for souls in hell to come visit the living world. People would leave foods around the temple gates or under big trees as offering to the spirits.



Foods offering to the monks.

Please see more photos at Wat Greensboro’s Facebook 1st Sart Festival (Kanben) or Merit Making Transference