May: Douglas Dam Tailwater Campground, East Tennessee

This was a fabulous campgroud, run by Tennessee State Parks. We stayed here twice. The first time was my first experience without power. Oreo finally got used to being in the camper alone when I went to the showers. We had to stick with the same routine every day though; I’d get up, take a lightning-fast shower, come back, then make coffee, we’d walk as the oatmeal cooked over the embers, then everyone had breakfast. One time I went out of order and she panicked and chewed a hole in my screen.

It did get very hot one day and Oreo overheated. She actually started crying. I got over my aversion to talking to strangers to ask two guys if I could pass through their site to get Oreo to the river to cool off, and they said yes. (No dogs are supposed to be in the water because the current can get quick, but it was an emergency. I kept her on her 30′ leash.) Ten minutes later, she was like a new dog! Happy as a clam.

Unfortunately, Charlie the cat passed away from a urinary tract blockage while we were there. It was the worst thing that’s happened to us on this whole odyssey (I’m writing this in Jan. 2019, trying to get caught up). Gray Kitty is the only cat left.

While I was there, someone told me about Thousand Trails campgrounds so I joined, and that’s one of the best things that’s happened on this whole trip. If anyone wants to join let me know and I’ll send you a link so I get a $25 referral bonus. 🙂

The campsite at Douglas Dam Tailwater. We stayed in the tent a couple days while the Shasta was getting her roof sealed (again; wrong).
Waterfront site
Oreo enjoying the coolness


Beautiful foggy morning (bah ha ha! Look at all the pet hair on the window, ewwww, that’s on the inside).
Stealth painted the back and front of the trailer when camp managers weren’t looking.

Author: weddingdance

Tripawd mom to angel Oreo, who passed over the Rainbow Bridge on Oct. 7, 2019. I miss her to pieces.

2 thoughts on “May: Douglas Dam Tailwater Campground, East Tennessee”

  1. Awww that sounds like a lovely place to stay! Next time we are out there, count us in as neighbors.

    So sorry about Charlie, that must have been awful. My heart goes out to you and Oreo, what a sad loss.

    And I’m so glad Oreo made it through the heat meltdown. Wow you thought on your feet, good job!

    Can’t wait to hear about more of your adventures.

  2. It sounds like you and Oreo are having an incredible adventure! Your campsite is lovely…and the lake view is gorgeous!

    This has to be such treasure trove of memories in the making. Good for your Soul, and Oreo’s Soul. Amd full of growth lessons for both of you! Yoj arr becomkng… er…”social”, and Oreo is getting over her separation amxiety😁

    Thanks fot sharing, and we look forward to more!

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

    PS. I am so sorry Charlie had to shed his earth clothes. I know you still feel his energy with you though.

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