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RE: Planning A Trip

On the panhandle in Florida we stayed at Big Lagoon further east we were late making a reservation and were not able to get into Ft Clinch so we stayed at Stephen Foster Memorial right on the river. Nice park, large lots although not full service. In SC there are four ocean front state parks. Hunting Island, Edisto, Huntington Beach, and Myrtle Beach. Now is the time to make reservations because the full service sections of Myrtle Beach and Huntington Beach all fill up quickly. If you want to stay close to I-95 Santee and Givhans Ferry are good options. Here is a link to SC state parks:
charming 07/16/19 09:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Gettysburg PA routes in and out from the South

Great info, are planning a return visit in the fall. I don't recall the route, but all of these sound easier. Also, thanks for the park suggestion.
charming 05/13/19 11:24am Roads and Routes
RE: Better in Asheville NC, Wilsons or Bear Creek?

Another vote for Lake Powhatan. Good size lots and plenty of trails. You're also near the arboretum. Definite thumbs up to the Moose Cafe and the farmers' market.
charming 05/13/19 11:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Winging it on your travels

On our spring trip we did not have the luxury of no time table. We did enjoy taking out the map and deciding how we were to get to Houston and what we wanted to see. As always on our journeys we ran out of time on each of our stops. We live at the beach and have no interest in beach locations unless it is something a little different. We are interested in history and love going to museums and historic sites. The planner plodder in me is only going to give up so much control.
charming 05/08/19 06:03am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Winging it on your travels

I've read so many people post about going with the flow when they are traveling. Normally, as I've posted on here before, I'm a planner plodder. I was amazed by peoples tales of calling and pulling into a motor home park within minutes of locating it in the Woodalls or other source. So, We had a three month road trip where we had to be in certain places on certain dates. We had to be in Indian Wells on March 2, Houston on April 5, Tallahassee on April 21, and Skidaway Island, GA on April 28. I made those reservations months before the trip. Good thing I made the Indian Wells and Skidaway reservations when I did they both filled up! I posted my dilemma on where to go after Indian Wells. After looking at the weather forecast we headed to Phoenix for a couple of days and then back on I-10. We worked our way over to I-20 and on to several stops at Texas state parks before we hit a wall! We wanted to swing out to the hill country before going to McKinney Falls near Austin. So many places were full, wild flowers were in bloom and so were the RVs. We should have known things were going to get difficult. I didn't have a melt down until we arrived at Palmetto Island State Park in LA. Lovely park with many great features. I thought we would stay there a few days then move on to AL or MS. I started looking and nothing! We needed a place between LA and Tallahassee. The park where we were was full for the weekend but we scored a cancellation that gave us a full week at the park, although we had to move to another site. That left 1 night. We thought we would check at the new Alabama Welcome Center. All the signs said no over nights and there was no one on the grounds to ask. Not wanting a knock on the door in the middle of the night, we moved on. DH driving and me on my tablet searching for a place. We ended up at 9 PM at the Cracker Barrell in Spanish Fort, AL. What a great place to spend the night. Very quiet and a good breakfast in the morning. Thank you Cracker Barrel. So, Sometimes winging works, but spring break, special events, holidays, etc. can make it next to impossible. We could have made the drive all the way from Tallahassee to Skidaway but they were full so we spent two nights at Stephen Foster Folk Center. Interesting place.
charming 05/07/19 05:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Williamsburg/Langley

We stayed at American Heritage when we visited the Historic Triangle, nice park, not a resort but well located close to Wmsburg and to I-64. It is a great learning experience if you want to learn about early Colonial history in Virginia. When we lived in Virginia we would go frequently for the day to either Williamsburg, Yorktown, or Jamestown. We were amazed at the changes in the area. I used to live there and I had no idea where I was most of the time on our last visit, so many changes. In the fall we're planning to head to the Norfolk area, not sure yet our exact destination but a detour on our way up to DC.
charming 05/07/19 05:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cammpground Rant

Just got back from 3 weeks in the Hill Country hitting 7 Texas State Parks. All were full on weekends and most were near full during the week. Lot's of folks from up north spending time in Texas, but just lots of locals spending time in the parks. Texas SP's went to site specific reservation system in Feb and it was amazing how many sites were reserved but unoccupied. I'm sure this will improve as cancellation penalties have increased. I've been visiting Texas State Parks for 40 years and would not attempt to plan a trip nowdays without reservations. But.......I'm finding the same thing in most other surrounding states. Camping ain't what it used to be. We probably crossed paths on our travels through the Hill country. It appears that Fredericksburg TX has become the place to go.
charming 05/05/19 09:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camping At Savannah, GA

We stayed at Skidaway island for the third time last week. Nice state park with an easy drive up to Savannah. Your first stop should be the Savannah visitors center. Information about the city, reasonable parking and a free shuttle around the historic district. While there you might want to tour the railroad museum. A nice day trip from Savannah is Tybee Island. Tour the lighthouse and the fort. If you are there the right time the Masons have tours of the Cotton Exchange. For a taste of what southern cuisine is all about, get in line for lunch at Mrs. Wilkes. Down on the river front are a number of good seafood restaurants. Go and enjoy.
charming 05/05/19 09:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cammpground Rant

We are winding down on a 3 month road trip. We try to stay in state parks and coe parks as much as possible. I had to scramble several times with reservations. Even where we are now we had to wait for a cancellation to add 2 days to our stay. I tried to find a public campground somewhere near I-10 close to the Alabama Mississippi state line, no luck. So the extra 2 days here and a night on the road.
charming 04/18/19 11:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Santa Fe, NM RV Parks and To-Do's

We will be heading up that way in a few days, I hope we can get in at Santa Fe Skies.
charming 03/09/19 11:59pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Indian Wells to Santa Fe then on to Houston

IMHO, you should think about moving up a little further north on the return, and I'd take time to see Arizona and New Mexico as you head to Houston. Maybe something like THIS - Catchin the Grand Canyon - Page - Monument Valley - Canyon de Chelly - Window Rock - Carlsbad Caverns - Then the Long Boring Drive to Houston. You have three Weeks - Easy, JMHO, Thanks for the info, sorry I missed the link when I first read your post. Do you think Hwy 95 up to I-40 won't be too terrible a trek for our gasser pulling a toad? I really dislike the idea of going through Phoenix.
charming 03/07/19 09:27am Roads and Routes
RE: Indian Wells to Santa Fe then on to Houston

Needed to modify question.
charming 03/06/19 10:06am Roads and Routes
RE: This ever happen to you?

I have been run completely off the road a couple of times by truckers. I have had them within 3 feet of my rear bumper many times. I have called in a couple of them to the Highway Patrol. Make their lives easier by giving them plenty of room when you pass. Use your lights and turn signals to let them know when they can pull in front of you. Move over and get out of the way when you can. For the most part we have experienced most truck drivers to be courteous and helpful to our pokey motorhome and toad.
charming 02/12/19 02:43pm Roads and Routes
RE: This ever happen to you?

one strange texan, it turns out that some of those cars are really in a road race! At least in Southern Calif., young guys in souped-up hot rods (can you tell I am really old?) sometimes engage in actual races on the freeways. I don't know if money is involved, or if it is just bragging rights. But they meet up on social media, arrange a starting and ending point, and they're off, zooming through traffic at 90 to 100 mph. I am not making this up -- I have seen it many times with my own eyes, and law enforcement is well aware of this phenomenon. I could be wrong, but some of this was inspired by the Fast and Furious series of movies. (I did not see those films, so I may have my facts wrong.) I hope this "sport" will not spread to other parts of the country. You can see them coming in your rear view mirror. When I do see them, I slow down a little to leave a gap for them to get through, so that they do not clip my front fenders as they whiz across the lanes of the freeway. Usually, there are just two cars involved. Sometimes three or four. They look like they are playing tag, but it's a race. They will zig zag across three or four lanes of traffic at a time. We saw some of that on I-95 in Florida when I was driving my Honda CRV.
charming 02/12/19 02:42pm Roads and Routes
RE: Snow birding or why?

NOt actually snow birds. We don't have super harsh winters normally. One hard freeze and we're usually done. We are leaving Friday for three months and I wonder how folks prepare their homes. I worry about the cold weather we might have in late February and Early March. I have the pool pump adjusted and if a hard freeze is projected I will call and have the timer changed. We will turn off the water heater. It is located in an unheated space behind the spare freezer and refrigerator. We have the Nest thermometers so we can control the temperature inside. There is just so much more to worry about leaving in the winter than other times of the year. However, by not returning until May we will be having to have someone take care of the lawn in addition to watching the pool. Do people use an all in one service? These are things we normally maintain ourselves.
charming 02/10/19 11:13am RV Lifestyle
RE: Drones

I have a small drone I was given several years ago. I've never flown it, don't know what I'm worried about it probably won't go up more than 50 feet, probably more like 15.
charming 02/10/19 11:07am RV Lifestyle
RE: What was the biggest flub on a trip?

TurboJimmy's signature photo reminds me of our visit to Lake Greenwood SP in SC. It was at the end of our first long motorhome trip. The roads are extremely tight, it was not designed for motorhomes when it as originally laid out. I kept telling DH he was too far to the right and yep, he wedged the motorhome up against a sapling. Couldn't go forward or backwards. Per the park ranger who assisted us in getting loose they are not allowed to cut down trees even though that one was in a bad location. I then asked him if they ever heard of salt as a solution to unwanted trees? He had to borrow a large size ratchet thing to pull the sapling off the motorhome. New slide cover, new awning. AT Lake Blackshear/Georgia Veterans SP DH tripped on the fire pit. No broken bones but a trip to the ER, stitches, etc. I got to drive all the way home.
charming 02/10/19 11:01am RV Lifestyle
RE: Indian Wells to Santa Fe then on to Houston

Y'all are great. I think we might choose to stay north of Austin and drive down if it is easier to go the other route. I still have nightmares of San Antonio and Dallas!
charming 02/10/19 10:19am Roads and Routes
RE: This ever happen to you?

Truck drivers used to be highly skilled and the best drivers on the road. Now there are some bad ones. Some are too aggressive like they are doing amphetamines. Drive defensivley at all times. There has always been a certain percentage of truck drivers doing amphetamines. I'm in my 60s and my father, a professional truck driver knew of many who relied on pills.
charming 02/09/19 07:36pm Roads and Routes
RE: Indian Wells to Santa Fe then on to Houston

IMHO, you should think about moving up a little further north on the return, and I'd take time to see Arizona and New Mexico as you head to Houston. Maybe something like THIS - Catchin the Grand Canyon - Page - Monument Valley - Canyon de Chelly - Window Rock - Carlsbad Caverns - Then the Long Boring Drive to Houston. You have three Weeks - Easy, JMHO,lol, Sounds like another trip west.
charming 02/09/19 07:26pm Roads and Routes
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