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RE: Suggestions for rest of Florida trip in Feb

If you're lastly in the Tampa area & eventually heading north from there you might want to check out Florida's Nature Coast. It's 1-2 hours north of Tampa along the Gulf. The two towns you would want to research for camping are Homosassa and Crystal River. Do some research on the various campgrounds in those areas. We stay at Rock Crusher Canyon in Crystal River, but there are several campgrounds in the area. Some are west of U.S.19 and border the Homosassa River or the Crystal River, while our CG is a few miles east of 19, not far from the local airport. The Nature Coast isn't a beachy area although there is a small beach west of CR on Halls River Rd. Don't take your RV out there. This area is known for their manatees, kayaking, fishing, bike trails, and is more rural than you'll find along the Atlantic or south of I-4. The seafood joints are always good. Suggested route from south of Tampa would be I-75 north to Brooksville exit and follow 98 westward to U.S.19 and then north.
Parrothead Mike 01/14/21 07:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Any one else giving up snow birding due to the covid

We are 80+% sure to be heading back to Florida after Thanksgiving barring any unforeseen situations. We're in a more rural area of FL and feel we can lay low down there just as easily as here in Michigan. In fact, being able to get out and exercise in the fresh, and warmer, air is better for us than being indoors much of the time in the northern colder climate.
Parrothead Mike 10/20/20 08:49pm Snowbirds
RE: Snow Birds ??

We have reservations in Florida, December 1 - April 1. Five months to make a final decision. Five months ago was February 1. A LOT has changed in the past 5 months and I suspect the next 5 months will help us make a decision. We will remain flexible and leave later if necessary or we may have to spend a full winter in Michigan for the first time since 2012.
Parrothead Mike 06/30/20 09:01pm Snowbirds
RE: West Coast of Florida

We snowbird in Crystal River, FL. Taking US19 south of I-10 you will drive on an accessible 4 lane through a lot of forest and a few small towns. US98 heading east to US19/Perry would follow the gulf on the south side of the panhandle. There are some interesting stops off US19 as you head south. You may want to take SR24 west to Cedar Key. It's a small town on the water. I bought a t-shirt there a few years ago that said: Cedar Key - Old Florida. It has been said Cedar Key is what Key West was like many years ago. There are a few RV parks along SR24. The Crystal River/Homosassa area is a great place to stay. There are several RV parks in the area. We spend 4 months at Rock Crusher Canyon RV Park. It's a nice park that gives you a state park feel with plenty of trees & shrubs between most sites. There's also a nice pool area. The area is known for lots of manatees and you can find places where you can rent kayaks and get close to them or even swim with them. The two main rivers are the Crystal River that flows west from US19 at Kings Bayin downtown CR. The Homosassa River has a different personality and one we prefer. Take Halls River Road from US19 west and take the first main split to the left. It goes past the Ellie Shiller visitor center and worth a stop. The road goes west to an area called Old Homosassa. You go right to the river there where you'll find some interesting local eateries; The Freezer (great shrimp & clam chowder) and McCray's - The Shed. McCrays is right on the river where you can rent a pontoon, have a beer or two, and get something to eat. There are some RV parks out this way, but during certain times you run into no-seeums when closer to the water. You can continue south and rather than take US19 down to Weeki Wachee and further south toward Tampa you can head east at US98. You can take that all the way to I-75 or you can take the toll road 598 south toward Tampa. If you got south toward Tampa on the toll road you can catch I-275 just south of the airport and head west to the ocean. It's not exactly RV friendly in the area near the ocean, but you can take the I-275 Skyway Bridge back to I-75 south of Tampa. We originally travelled south along I-75 to Naples and then over toward Miami on US41. There are several RV parks and/or state parks where you can access the Gulf and several well known beaches along the way south. Venice is nice and not so crowded like Bradenton & Sarasota areas. Myakka State Park is nice with plenty of wildlife & birds. Riverside RV Resort east of I-75 about 4-5 miles is nice for a stay and where you can explore the area. Arcadia, further east, is known as an antiques hot spot.
Parrothead Mike 05/30/20 08:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tybee Island, GA. Rivers End Campground./Info Appreciated

We've stayed at Rivers End with a 34' 5th wheel two years ago. We had a back-in site and found it mildly tight, but workable. Some sites were a bit more crowded. We are speed walkers so we got around the park several times and noticed those sites on the street were not very private. We spent most of our time in downtown Savannah walking the parks, river area, and shops. We also took a nice day trip up to Charleston, SC. If you get up there go to the old part of town and walk the side streets. Some beautiful old homes and yards. On Tybee we enjoyed eating at Bubba Gumbo's which isn't very far from the campground. Not real easy to find, but laid-back and good food.
Parrothead Mike 05/26/20 08:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: MI extended stay at home

Let me see if I got this right. The MI governor is telling everyone to stay home and not travel. Yet her husband called his boatyard, 150 miles away, to get his boat put in the water in time for Memorial weekend? He's turned down so he drops his wife name. So the peons are on lock-down while the state's royalty goes boating far from home? Double standard for the rich and famous? Unfortunately you do not have it right. Our governor has done a great job of taking our opening slowing. Before Memorial weekend two zones, the Upper Peninsula & northern portions of the lower peninsula, were allowed to open various retail, eateries, bars, etc., with reduced seating, based upon actual data showing those portion of our state had much lower infection rates than the lower parts of the state. The northerners are not overly happy to see all the southerners pouring into the north, but if people follow proper social distancing & wear masks where necessary all should go well. We'll know for sure in a couple of weeks. The governor's husband called a boat storage in Traverse City, an area opened prior to the holiday weekend. He shouldn't have asked for special favors and I'm sure he's in the governor's doghouse right now. The term "lock-down" is a bit strong. I live in SW Michigan, although lived in the U.P. and Gaylord for about 25 years, and we are not locked into our homes. Many businesses are open. We go shopping at the grocery stores, hardware stores, get our vehicles fixed, go golfing, go to the beaches, go fishing, and outside of some places that remain closed we currently live a fairly normal life right now. Wearing masks are no problem for a majority of folks because we are doing it for the good of everyone.
Parrothead Mike 05/26/20 08:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Overnight park US-2 W. Iron Mountain

Just west of Watersmeet is the Sylvian Wilderness area. There is a campground there, but I don't recall if there is electric. It's beautiful back in there. There is a private CG on Golden Lake called Golden Dreams CG. There appears to be a CG in Iron River called Klint Stafford Memorial Park. BTW, our governor is doing a great job of trying to keep us all safe. The slight inconveniences are minor. PS: You might want to check out whether the casino in Watersmeet allows overnight RV stays.
Parrothead Mike 05/03/20 04:17pm Roads and Routes
RE: Fort Wilkins SP, MI

Fort Wilkins camping area is nice. There is plenty of grass and trees. The old fort is right next to the campground and an interesting historic display. The area's history is about mining and forestry. Copper Harbor itself is small, but there are places to have a bite to eat. You might want to drive along the Lake Superior shoreline on M-26 to Eagle Harbor. There is a very good little bakery there run by monks that is worth a stop. Estivant Pines has some short trails for a hike, but it has some virgin forest areas that are very nice. Please note that once you get to the Houghton/Hancock area the trip from there to Copper Harbor is a bit slow going due to hilly and winding M-41 with small towns. If you have time you might want to get down toward Ontonagon where you'll find Porcupine Mountains State Park. There is a state park with electric/showers on the north end of the huge park and a rustic CG at the south end. This park is very large and has many hiking trails, waterfalls, and scenery. One of my favorite places to hike is at the south end of the park near the rustic CG. You can hike both sides of the Presque Isle River from a parking lot closer to the CG or from South Boundary Road (the road that goes around the park away from Lake Superior). There are several falls along that stretch of the river with plenty of overlooks and you can even walk out onto the rocks in places. There is also a small roadside park just north of M-28 & US-41 intersection called Canyon Falls. It's on the west side of US-41 and you'll miss it if you're not looking. There is a short hike back to the canyon and worth the time. In regard to Fort Wilkins being crowded, I don't think you'll have too much of a problem. My last trip up there was about 5-6 years ago in mid to late July and the CG was not busy. Porcupine Mts. may be busier.
Parrothead Mike 05/03/20 04:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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