S6E1 – Cages Bend Corps of Engineers Park

Cages Bend COE park is where our Tennessee life began, in late April 2015. We stayed here for five days on our way back to Michigan after spending most of that month awaiting then celebrating Matilda’s birth. We knew Josh and Ami planned to move to Hendersonville soon and Cages Bend was the closest campground to Hendersonville. Besides being a super nice place to camp it was a convenient base to shop for real estate. We didn’t buy our condo then but did identify the development where we wanted live. 

Tilly just turned two and our camping adventures have pretty much been displaced by moving in to our own condo here, selling our house in Marine City and, this past winter, helping Sue’s parents move from Florida to Gallatin.   

A few weeks ago I found myself reading old wanderingourway posts and reminiscing with Sue about all the great times we had camping. I knew it was time to get the Snoozy out of storage and start having some more great times. 

The Snoozy and the electric boat trailer are at a u-store-it place in Franklin KY, about 45 minutes drive north of us. We picked up the boat trailer on our way home from spending a fun weekend with Jean and Craig in Dayton OH. After fixing up and relaunching the boat I took the trailer back and brought the Snoozy home.

Unfortunately our condo rules prohibit parking RVs anywhere in the complex and the Snoozy is too tall to fit under a regular 7′ garage door so I took to right to the Cages Bend campground. It’s just a mile from our house and $12/night.  This gave me a few days to get the trailer back in shape for camping. Other than needing a good cleaning everything was fine. The larger challenge was me remembering how things worked. For example the batteries seemed dead but it only took ten or fifteen minutes of analysis to discover the master switch was turned off 😳.

Josh and I, loving fathers that we are, decided to have mother’s day dinner for our three generations of moms at the campsite.


It was a picture perfect summer evening. Everyone including Tilly and Bosun had a good time.

Sue and I “moved in” to the trailer Monday afternoon so by the next morning had a good idea of what we had forgotten. What we (and by we I mean Sue) hadn’t forgotten was how to whip up a gourmet meal in the camper.  

Tuesday morning we went back home to pick up a few things and then set out for “real” camping 2.5 hours east of here at Fall Creek Falls State Park.

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5 thoughts on “S6E1 – Cages Bend Corps of Engineers Park

  1. Thanks, Denny. Always enjoy reading your posta. Mike

    On Wed, May 17, 2017 at 11:14 AM, Wandering Our Way wrote:

    > Denny posted: “Cages Bend COE park is where our Tennessee life began, in > late April 2015. We stayed here for five days on our way back to Michigan > after spending most of that month awaiting then celebrating Matilda’s > birth. We knew Josh and Ami planned to move to Hender” >

  2. Thannnk you Denny, for the wonderful update! As always, so excellent to hear what you guys are up to! Many beautiful memories to be made this summer& beyond- stay well! 😄

    • Hi Cheryl. Unfortunately our trailer is stored about an hour’s drive away from our house. We expect to be camping at Cages bend and/or Cedar’s of Lebanon the last week of June. Maybe you could visit then?

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