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Phoenix to Franklin, NC


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The DW and I have been pondering a trip from Phoenix to Franklin, NC sometime this summer. We have been talking about going to Mason's Ruby and Sapphire Mines this summer. Our planned route is to take I-17 to Flagstaff, then I-40 to Nashville, I-24 to Chattanooga, and so on. Franklin is about 3 hrs east of Chattanooga. I would like some advice, or suggestions for points of interest along the way, because we absolutely don't mind sightseeing along the way. It will be the two of us, our 11 & 9 year old daughters, and the father and mother in-law who will be following along with us. Also, I'd like some suggestions on campgrounds along the way that are Big Rig Friendly, because we have an HDT with a 41' toyhauler. Thanks in advance,...look forward to hearing from you all.

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In Franklin I always stay at the Rose Creek Campground - on the same property as the mine. The mine won't open till April 1, but I've found it more productive than any other in Franklin. We always find lots of rubies and sapphires there (along with other stones. The last time there we found a beautiful, unusual strawberry colored ruby that I had cut. We also like gem and gold mining in N. Georgia, around Helen where we found this:

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The picture doesn't do it justice, but it cut out to a flawless 6.5 carat pyrope garnet that looks identical to a ruby - a once in a lifetime find.

 

 

Chip

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You don't say where you have already been so I'll start East of Flagstaff.


Along I-40 going East you can stand on the corner in Winslow Arizona and visit Homolovi Ruins State Park. Then there are Meteor Crater abd Petrified Forest National Park, In Grants, there is the Mining Museum. Just South of I-40 going from Grants are El Malpais National Monument, El Moro National Monument and the Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano. Acoma Sky City is said to be the longest occuppied location in the U.S. They give tours of the pueblo and there is an RV park next to the casino. In Albuquerque, the Pueblo Cultural Center and Petroglyph National Monument are worth visiting in my opinion. Santa Rosa is an old Route 66 town and has the Blue Hole and Santa Rosa Lake State Park which has a nice campground. Tucumcari still has dinners along Historic Route 66, numerous murals painted on buildings, a dinosaur foundry at the community college and other attractions.


In Amarillo, there is Palo Duro Canyon State Park and the Big Texan on Old Route 66.


Hope you have a Great Trip!!!

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On youtube there is a video of a 120lb woman eating 2 of the 72 oz steaks with all the sides in 20 minutes at the Big Texan. She does the first one in 5min. and it doesn't gross you out watching. Off topic but just in case you want to try it you can get some pointers.

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There's also a neat RV museum at an RV dealership in Amarillo http://www.rvmuseum.net/ (It's on the way to Palo Duro if you are going there.) I'd pass on the Big Texan. It's a tourist trap with tough meat. I guess it's like Mardi Gras in New Orleans - you want to go once, just to say you've been, but probably not twice, like the Cadillac Ranch also in Amarillo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadillac_Ranch

 

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