Posts Tagged With: Pearls

Camden, Tennessee (GA478)

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The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails RV Resort in Seaside, Oregon. I’m scheduled to depart October 17th.

 

 

 

Since my RVing life is changing (see above), I’m starting to re-visit previously visited places. So rather than constantly re-blogging past entries, I’ve decided to do something different.

This entry was posted May 2, 2013…

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the about 75 miles from Savannah to Camden, Tennessee.

 

 

Along the way we traveled on some narrow back roads…

 

 

 

 

 

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

 

 

 

 

 

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Our first stop was at a rather unusual place…the Birdsong Marina, Campground and Pearl Farm/Museum. The next photo is of an aerial photo of the 58 acre complex…

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And a photo of one of their advertisements…

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Owners Bob and Judy Keast have two very complete websites. Here’s the link for the marina/campground…
http://www.birdsong.com/index.php

 

 

Bob told us that this is the only freshwater pearl farm in North America. Here’s the link for the Pearl Farm/Museum…
http://www.tennesseeriverpearls.com/index.php

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some of the photos that I took there…

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To see the other 21 photos that I took, click this Picasa Web Album link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/PearlMuseumCamdenTennessee

 

 

 

 

 

Then on into Camden where we parked the motorhome at the back of Elks Club #2156…

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and my usual dinette window photo…

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I then unhooked the Bronco to drive the Bronco the about five miles to the Patsy Cline Crash Site Memorial location. Patsy Cline was a very famous country-western music singer who was only 30 years old when she died. You can read about her and the crash by clicking this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patsy_Cline

 

 

 

 

 

Once you reach the parking area you have to walk down an incline for about 300 yards. Mary wasn’t up to the return climb so she waited for me at the top…

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Once you know where to look you can barely see the rock through the trees…

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In 2007 I passed through Patsy’s hometown of Winchester, Virginia and visited her two homes, the drugstore where she once worked and her grave site. You can see those photos by clicking this Picasa Web Album link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/PatsyCline

 

 

Upon return to the Elks club we went inside and met a bunch of very friendly people. So much so that when we exited two hours later we declared Elks club #2156 in Camden, Tennessee…The Friendliest Elks Club In The United States!

 

 

We will move along further down the road later this morning.

 

 

Enjoying interesting places and museums is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

 

 

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location near Memphis in the State of Tennessee. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

 

 

 

 

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

 

 

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

 

 

 

 

 

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

 

 

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

 

 

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

 

 

TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! MARY WROTE A MANY GREAT BLOGS…SO WHENEVER SHE PUBLISHED A BLOG POSTING THE SAME DAY THAT I DID…YOU WILL BE ABLE TO READ HER BLOG BY CLICKING THE BELOW LINK! DO IT NOW!

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Forecast for today is rain showers and 52 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Oregon. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

 

 

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

 

 

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

 

 

There are more than 700 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://get.google.com/albumarchive/110455945462646142273?source=pwa

 

 

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

 

 

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

 

 

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2018

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PERLICULTURE, PATSY CLINE AND CAMDEN ELKS CLUB.

 

Pearls were used as decoration 3,500 years before Christ. The only gem that formed naturally and useable as soon as you bit down on one while eating a mollusk of some sort. They became valued for their beauty and natural perfection by all early cultures and remain so today. Birdsong Bob Keast bought into the only place in North America that farms pearls. Bob’s Birdsong Resort, the pearl farm, boat slips, boat rentals and sales is not unlike a little city of its own.

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An aerial view of the spot on the Tennessee River off I-40 near Camden is where Bob runs his farm, gives tours and sells beautiful pearl jewelry, among other needed items in his store. A little museum tells the story and a 45 minute film shows how it is done. Bob even has his own sauce, Birdsong Bob’s Barbecue Sauce-mild, unlike his personality.

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In fact, Bob was so busy, (his wife Judith calls him “Type A”)) we didn’t get a picture of him. He appeared to be putting out wildfires right and left. I guess a resort with permanent sites, rental sites, room for tenters, along with boat rentals coming in from fishing for the day, and…well you get the point. It is a very busy place. The formal picture above is from when Bob was made official Ambassador for the State of Tennessee. And, we all know Judith helps make all he does possible.

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And now to the culture of fresh water pearls. My first thought was how do they find the particular mollusk that has been “seeded” with an irritant to produce a pearl? Well, the answer is pretty simple. The mollusks are tied in wire racks and suspended in the water until the pearl forms. And, I learned that pearls can be formed in any number of different mollusks such as oysters, clams, conch and others. The large mollusk above has room enough to seed forty small pearls at once. DSC05235 (Copy)

The mollusk is soaked in warmish water until it relaxes and opens its mighty grip. It is sometimes necessary to sedate them a bit. Then, the “seeds” made from plugs of used shells or thinner organic mantle material are inserted and the mollusk is left to form a crystalline carbonate natural coating over the irritant, and thus the pearl is formed.

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Though cultured pearls are made by the bi-valve, the same way a naturally occurring pearl is made, culturing allows different shapes to be put in the shell and form squares, crosses, or your initials if you are so inclined.

 

 

 

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Perhaps the most famous pearl was once owned by a queen and purchased by Richard Burton for his queen. Truly gorgeous.

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Bob’s store carries a beautiful line of finished pearls for sale, some quite affordable I might add.

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Anyone of these necklaces, with all colors of pearls, can be purchased for $45.

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Fine  jewelry as in this pearl winged swan set in gold is also available.

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White gold and pearl necklace and earrings sells for $1,500.

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A golden fish with pearls and a diamond in his mouth, a real beautiful piece.

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You can also buy some beautiful polished shells at Bobs.

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Pearls come in many colors, even gray pearls are beautiful on their own. In the film a piece of jewelry shows a bright orange pearl as the bulbous body of a spider.

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Birdsong Resort is a bit off the beaten path but well worth a visit. And Bob is a first-rate character.

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We left Birdsong and visited the Patsy Cline Memorial. She died March 5th, 1963.

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The memorial is printed on a rock deep in the ravine where the plane went down. A sad day for all of us when  her  beautiful voice was silenced.

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We spent the night at Camden Elks Lodge #2156 where we discovered the friendliest Elks Club we’ve ever visited. What a great bunch of guys….and gals. The guys gave Jim a shirt referencing their annual crappie tournament, and me a lodge pin. I’ve asked my lodge to give me something to handout along the way, but they don’t seem to be interested.

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And, I’m not sure how this plumbers butt picture got into my camera. All I know is she usta wazza truck driver, but plumbing pays better, so she got a surgeons tattoo?  Or something like that. Itsa mystery. We gals had a grand time yakkin away. Thanks to all of you from Lodge #2156.

 

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