Clearbrook RVPark




HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



03.12.2020-Clearbrook RV Park in Clermont, FL

First time visiting Clearbrook RVPark. This park has over 1600-sites. Most, and I mean most, are annuals; those RVers that have decided to remain in place and stop traveling. A good percentage of the sites have campground-homes; tiny home, about 400-square feet or less, but sturdier than an RV. Many others are just living permanently at the campground living in their RVs. As I’ve mentioned in the past, this is the living style of the future. Living in your RV is much more spacious, since the furnishings are keyed for  the living space available. This viability is due to the inexpensive rents for the site you choose, usually about 400-$500 A MONTH. This rent usually includes water, electric and even cable. Property taxes, home Depot expenses are non-existent and insurance for a motorhome is minimal. Below you can see at once how tight the individual sites are.

This is a first for us and is, most likely, the reason why there are so many annuals living here. Below you see the daily activity at this RVPark; Golf! Yup!- there goes another happy golfer/camper. Our site is sitting right on the golf greens.

Sumter Oaks RVP



HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


 

02.15.2020-Sumter Oaks RVP in Bushnell, FL

Our trip here was nothing to brag about. The total distance was about twenty-six miles. We did pick up some fuel so it took us a little over an hour to make the trip.

This campground is a first for us. We have recently joined Escapees, and this is  one of their campgrounds. Above is the clubhouse.

The clubhouse is used for everything involving a large group, like Bingo and/or cards.

You don’t find this to often, a room for Crafts and sewing.

 

Above again is another library and office with all the office toys one would need. Next is an Audio/Video room for DVD or TV watching with 6-8 Lazy-boy lounge chairs.

It’s always nice to find a pool table, one that is in decent shape.Outdoors are Shuffleboard and a community fire ring.

This is about all there is here to see. It’s only a ten-day stay but should I find more I’ll post it.

January blog and notes



HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



 

01.26.2020-Sunday
We’ve moved along quite a bit this week. Most importantly are our travel plans. They now extend to July 02, 2020. The coach looks like brand new with the Diamond Shield now having been removed. A couple of days ago Scott Russell dropped by to say hi. Carla and I will be paying the family a visit in the next couple of hours. As of now our plans call for us having dinner at a local Texas Roadhouse this evening. Most importantly I have finished converting all the posts up to 2020 into the PDF format. These links can be found on the right hand column on the Web Site. In some cases these files may take a few seconds to download, but once downloaded they open up instantaneously. This PDF format produces a very clean-cut product and very easy to read. The best attribute of the PDF format is that the pictures will not move around nor will they fail to materialize.

I am giving an example of this PDF: 2014-RV Travel PDF FINAL 1.19  They’ve only been available for viewing for only a few days but they have received quite a few hits already. In the meantime we continue to view the Impeachment broadcasts.

01.27.2020-Monday-Carla continues to firm up our reservations
for 2020 and points North.

Spoke to my daughter Cheryl and we’ll try to meet up with her and husband Paul in May. It’s taken several months but all the PDFs for all our travels since 2014 are complete and I’m already having some hits on them. Yesterday we spent some time visiting the Russell’s especially since they’re just a stones throw from our site just to catch up and exchange travel stories. Shortly after visiting them we opted to take ourselves out to Texas Roadhouse for an early Dinner.As always the experience did not disappoint. Carla and I want to thank Cheryl and Paul for their Texas Roadhouse gift certificate again. We each had the 6-inch Filet but I had mine with shrimp; delicious! It’s hard to believe that our 2-week stay at Orlando Thousand Trails is coming to an end. Tomorrow, Tuesday, a day we normally would do tanks, won’t be the case.  We’re not sure, but, we think that Tropical Palms (TT) will not have a sewer option, so we’ll wait until Wednesday to pull tanks for a change.Are stay there is only for three-nights than off again, this time back to Wildwood, Three-Flags Thousand Trails Resort. After Three-Flags we try something new. We’ll head just North of Wildwood,FL to Bushnell RVP an Escapees Resort. We’ve just joined Escapees this year.

01.28.2020-Goodbyes to the Russell’s.
We continue to bump into friends, both new and old. We’ve kept in touch with Scott and Vanessa since the first day they began RVing full-time. Little Kora, now ten, will not be “little” much longer considering how fast she is growing.

Right now their plans are to stay at this campground possibly for the year, but it’s still up in the air. I have no doubt we’ll be running into them in the near future, or at least next year at this time. Today we work on the kitchen sink. Yea! Even RVs have sinks that can get clogged. Scott gave us a powdery substance, he says, works well, so we’ll give it a go. Today is our last day here, tomorrow we move to Tropical Palms RVP in Kissimmee, FL. This is a whopping ten-mile drive from here. This will be a short stay, four-nights, basically a gap-filler, to logistically allow us to get into Wildwood, Three-Flags RVP, once again.  With so many campers staying here from the North, not to mention Canada, we have to sometimes do these gap-fillers to make everything work. Once again, we try very much to stay for free whenever possible. 

01.29.2020-Wed,-TROPICAL PALMS, Kissimmee, FL
For a change we took on a 30 minute drive to this RVP. The trip was so short and quick we had to hang out at a local Lowe’s to kill about forty-five minutes to facilitate our arriving at the appropriate time of 1 PM.  By 2 pm we had found our site and are now looking to the skies for a possible shower. This is an Encore(ENC) and Trails Collection (TC) which means we stay duty free. The park is quite nice, the roads, however, are very narrow and do require patience and some skill while backing in to the sites. As we were told the resort provides 50-amp, cable, satellite availability but no sewer options except for a pump-out station in the park itself. 

01.31.2020- End of month again
We’re enjoying our last day at Tropical Palms. It’s been very relaxing but four days was enough. It was a free stay and I would not hesitate to re-visit this RVP again in the future. On a political note it look like Trump will dodge another bullet. It appears that it will be up to the populace to render a verdict now. Once it warms up a bit I’ll have to refill the fresh-water tank and that’s about it since none of  the sewer hoses are out. We closed out the month of January with a movie as usual. Anything was more relaxing than watching the Senate vote on the need for discovery and first hand witnesses, but that’s another story. The film we chose was Les Miserable. Without a doubt it is in the top-ten of our DVD library.

Hart Ranch, Rapid City, SD *****



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8.14.2019-Hart Ranch history-from their Web Site

This write-up courtesy of the Hart Ranch Website

His name was John Harrison Hart, and he settled the ranch in the 1880s. It is only fitting that this land bears his name today.

Hart was straight from the pages of Old West history, and he carved out his ranching empire while Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane roamed the streets of Lead and Deadwood.

There is much about him which is legend, but far more which is fact. This bull driver, Civil War fighter, scout, pioneer, and frontiersman blazed a reputation remembered even today by those who live around the ranch. The legend says he arrived in the Black Hills with only $15 in his pocket and survived the first winter by chopping wood for 75¢ a cord. The facts show his hard work, entrepreneurial skill, and innovative mind parlayed what little he had into a successful freight line from Pierre to Rapid City and Cheyenne, Wyoming.

The legend says he never learned to drive a car, even though he lived to see World War II. The fact is that you still can find people who remember driving him around his ranch when – too old to ride a horse or wagon anymore – he just couldn’t stand being away from the land he loved.

The final chapter of our story is the purchase of the 13,000 acre Hart Ranch in 1983 and the construction of the Camping Resort. In 1984 the membership was deeded the 195 acre resort. There are several companies associated with the Hart Ranch name – Hart Ranch Arena, Hart Ranch Golf Course, and Hart Ranch Development Company. The Hart Ranch Camping Resort Club is an independent and separate corporation.

John Harrison Hart came to the emerald forests and creek-carved canyons of the Black Hills during the gold rush days of the 1880s with $15 in his pocket. Tapping his entrepreneurial skills, Hart soon bought a 13,000 acre ranch for himself. But he didn’t let success get to his head. Hart was a true cowboy, driving cattle by horseback on his ranch until his death.

The Western life was all he knew, for though Hart lived to see World War II, he never learned to drive a car. Today, Hart Ranch is South Dakota’s premier recreational resort, but like John Hart, we haven’t let success give us a big head.

We may have swimming pools, hot tubs, and tennis courts, to name a few, but our greatest amenity is the simple Western lifestyle Hart Ranch has represented for over a century.

Just a short post-note to this blog. All campgrounds offer storage areas. This is a parking-lot for RVs, campers, coaches and 5th wheels. Hart Ranch has this tractor trailer truck that works all week bring the RVs that belong to families who decide to visit for a weekend or much longer. These owners notify the camp director as to when they will be arriving and the camp puts the tractor trailer to work fetching the RV from the storage lot and delivering it to a site ready for the campers for when they arrive. I guess all campgrounds do this, it’s just that with over 500 sites, the retrieval ritual is repeated all day long some days. Shortly after the campers leave to go back home or somewhere, here comes the truck to take the RV from the site and store it once again. The cost for storage of an RV is relatively cheap especially when you consider the delivery and removal services.

 

 

 

Grandview Camp & RV Park


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8.10.2019-Grandview Camp & RV Park
Welcome to Grandview. The view is not really that grand. This is one of those private parks. It’s also a Good Sam Park. These four days we pay the full price but we needed a resting place for four days before we can move on to Rapid City, SD.

 

 

 

 

 

This is not a very big park actually kind of small. I bet it’s a great little business. Upper left is the site plan for the park, we’re in #36. Below is what we always hope for, a wide entrance to the office. We’re also greeted by Smokey the Bear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upper right is the office; it’s in a state of renovation inside. As you can see in the lower left pic. What is nice about this rv park is a major fuel station on the other side of the road entrance to the park; how convenient. In its defense we do have cable, 50amp, satellite, sewer and very good Verizon phone reception. Everything we are always hoping for.

Mt. Hood Village RVP


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7.19.2019-Mt. Hood Village RVP

In the above picture is typical of the last few miles of our drive here from Portland, OR. Once we left Portland it was one small town and another, mostly on 4-lane divided highways. Navigating small towns in a big bus does not make for a relaxing day but we made it without a scratch.

I definitely have nothing to complain about concerning this campground. The trip was only around fifty miles but we ended up taking almost two-hours to get here. They call it a village, rightfully so. This is also a Thousand Trails Encore Property; which means it’s a free stay. Our site is embedded in trees so tall they’re almost immeasurable. Just to recap Thousand Trails (TT). By joining TT you are a member in Equity LifeStyle Properties, offering all forms of camping, vacation get-always and rentals overseas. This campground is the best we’ve seen from TT. There are nicer properties but we enjoy the more rustic, back to nature venues.

This is our site and yes the coach is back there in the shadows. We also have a corner lot which means we possess real-estate. Even on the driver’s side of the coach we have and almost unobstructed view. This campground, unlike the Pacific City Encore, looks like heaven. In this Village we have Wi-Fi, Verizon cell service, sewer, no satellite but we do have cable TV; Awesome! Everything you hoped Pacific would offer but did not get.

I’ll definitely have more to say on this in the days to come.

Travel to Portland, OR


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Travel to Portland, OR

7.16.2019
Wow! to quote that famous movie line; “We’re Back!.” It’s been three arduous weeks hibernating in Pacific City.

We endured no Verizon phone service, no Wi-Fi, no sewer and no in-house bathroom conveniences for our last three days. The bathroom thing arose from the limitations on our black-water holding tank. When full, or almost full, you must forgo using it. It’s usually good for 5-6 days and it did last 5 days then we were delegated to the campground facilities. It wasn’t a big hardship since the facilities were about a one-minute walk from the coach, but it did rain a lot and then there’s always those 3am emergencies, but we survived.

Our newest rant is an old one; our driver’s-side slide-out. It’s acting up a bit. It does work properly. It’s just that the bottom of the slide, on one occasion, dislodged mostly because of the terrible campground roads at Pacific City, so I didn’t want to chance an incident on our travel to Portland. Just a quick picture on this beautiful city of tall glistening building and multi-level over-passes.

At the local Ace Hardware in Lincoln, OR, I think, I had two 2×4’s cut to the exact depth of the slide, which was twenty-nine inches. The measurement was perfect and when we retracted the slide we wedged one board on each end of the slide between the slide bottom framework and the interior wall of the coach just to insure it did not wiggle lose as we traveled today, and the slide behaved nicely.

 

 

 

I almost forgot to mention Scooty’s new-found friend. We’ve seen this fella several times, it suffers from a very damaged ear on the top of its head. Scoots never gave it a name, but since we had a bunch of left-over cat food that Scooty refused to eat, we fed it to, let’s call him “Peter.” Peter ate a full-bowel within ten minutes. So we put out a much fuller bowl and when we woke the next morning, our travel-day, it was just about cleaned up. Before we left we put out another bowl and can only hope the future inhabitants of this site will take pity on him as well. How did the saying go; “feed the hungry and less fortunate.” The author probably didn’t have Peter in mind, but it worked for us.

Pacific City RVP-must improve*


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-NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


 

 

To sum up this RV Park:

NO sewer (only one pump-out station available)

Few Restrooms-(mostly portal-potties)

NO cell service from Verizon

NO satellite service from coaches

NO Wi-Fi (minimal from the Clubhouse.)

Few descent camp roads- many very precarious.

Need I say more

 

 

Whaler’s Rest-Newport, OR(TT)*



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TRAVEL ITENERARY
May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m)
May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 lay-overs) x7n (234m)
May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
June 26th Pacific City, OR @ Cloverdale RVP (T3 x14n)
July 16th Portland, OR @ Columbia River RVP (PPx2n)
July 18th Welch’s, OR @ Mt Hood (T3 x12n)
Time to travel East

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 We actually arrived here yesterday, the 14th. It was a very short uneventful ride of less than one-hundred miles. Nothing any bigger than a two-lane undivided highway and, at times, a country road. This is a pretty good size campground, not so much as number of sites but how big it is. The big attraction here is across the street; the Pacific Ocean. You can see it in the picture below. Below is also the town of Newport. It’s a typical small coastal town, like Mystic or New London, CT
 

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Another look at the ocean. We’re just now crossing over the bridge that will bring us into Newport. As a person who still has a love for boating this marina is awesome. Below, once again, crossing the bridge.
 

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This is another Thousand Trails RV Campground and it’s a first come- first serve basis as far as choosing a site. They’ve gotten very organized. Our primary objective is Wi-Fi and Satellite for Dish, we got both.  They actually gave us a print-out of each site designating which had line of sight satellite with either carry-out or roof-mount availability; awesome! Why can’t they all offer that convenience. The last time we were here Wi-Fi was a zero except for directly inside the camp buildings. Verizon, on the other hand, does not exist here, at least not at this time. No phone service at all. If you catch a break it’s very broken up and not worth the effort. 
 


 Today the 15th and yes, Father’s Day, and I won’t go any further on that. We were getting antsy and needed some exercise so I suggested taking a walk to the ocean. It’s not far, about a half mile, half of it on a small windy trail to the ocean, but we did it.


 Today is very cool and breezy around 53 deg., unlike Boca at 85,  and Greenfield, MA t 64.  The wind is very strong but it does feel good. Once again, unlike New London, CT you just don’t get that strong mist of “salt-air,” I miss that sensation.


 We hung out at the ocean for about twenty minutes and decided we’d had enough so it’s time to go back to the camp.


 Below is the camp game-rooms.


 Today, being Father’s Day, all the dads were being treated to a free hot dog. It’s free so we stayed and each had a dog. Just prior to the dog we chose a DVD for this evening viewing, since we have no Verizon connection, and chose Skyscraper. Haven’t seen it before, most likely a B movie. About half way home I noticed I had my camera and soda but no DVD. Went back and looked around. I distinctly remember putting it on the table when we ate, but got the table mixed up with the table we went to, to get our dogs. Got to give RVers a little credit. Thirty minutes after leaving it on the wrong table, it was still there, and Carla retrieved it, Thank-You Lord!

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Blue OX in Albany, OR*


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Unlike most RV Parks we stay at this one is one of the select few with paved roadways. In fact each site has a concrete pad. Does not get much better than this. For us this will be only a sleep-over on our way to Newport, OR.

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Possibly not this park, since I’m sure we could not afford to allocate one of these pad as our “home site”, but the area is very addictive.

 

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This is a true pull-through. We never bothered to detach the tow-car.

Sunriver RVP*



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6.07.19-Walk around the campground.
We were getting itchy feet and needed to get out and get a little more use from the new camera, so we took a couple of pictures. The Rodeo and the Paulina Lakes are still on the to-do list.

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The roadways here are, unfortunately, laden with crushed stone that looks like it gets replenished often unlike the roadways in front of the individual sites. The sites are left with dusty gravel.

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Plenty to see and do in this area.

Sunriver RVPark



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5.24.2019-Must view the

Lava lands, Observatory, Lava river Caves, Crater Lake, Mount Bachelor and Newbury Lakes.

Sunriver is another one of those Equity Lifestyle Properties. One of the big perks of staying here, as you probably know, is that it is a free stay. If we did not belong to this program our stay here, for twenty-one nights, would be close to one-thousand dollars.

This is by every measure a huge RV Park. Our site is at the top of the site map above in I-26.

As you can see we are cradled in a bouquet of evergreens. Not sure but they do look as though they reach about sixty feet tall. 

What is not seen yet is the river that runs along the parameter of the campground, the Oxbow River. More on this later.

All the roadways connecting the many sections, are all extremely roomy. Enough space to have two coaches pass each other on any connecting road.

 I will expand on this blog a little later, since we’ll be here for 2 more weeks. Below I often mention that this “will be  nothing day.” This is Carla enjoying her nothing day. We did Crater Lake yesterday and that went from 9am to 5pm and we’re a little tired today.


Looking down the street at from our site. Each site has about a sixteen foot buffer from the next site…awesome! Yurts can be found just around the corner from us.

Above is one of those blurry pics..


Above is a community Meeting Hall very suitable for a large group of people. This venue is also located in the recreational section of the campground-two pools, two hot tubs, tennis and pickleball.





The porches of the large Meeting Hall room both front and back. Off the back porch is a large fire pit venue.


Sitting on the back porch or enjoying the fire ring you can enjoy the views of the Oxbow River.

Pictures below are from the new camera. One nice option of the D3500 is the option to have the Date and time stamped onto the front of the picture. In some cases this might be a little distracting but for me it should prove to be very helpful. Below I’m trying to talk Scoots into trying corn.

 

 

And then we have days like this. Not even Scoots wants to do anything.

Temperatures is upper seventies and no humidity. If only I had a hammock.

We haven’t had a fire in a long time, most campgrounds forbid them, especially in the dry season. This area is anything but dry.

Carla likes her flower pictures. Below we’re not cooking up much, just a dog on a roll.

 

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March/April ITENERARY
May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m)
May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 layovers) x7n (234m)
May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) x7n (654m)
June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
June 26th leave Whaler’s Rest
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5.06.19 Mountain Valley RVResort, Heber, UT

This is truly a “Resort.” Not to often you can rate a campground at a 10, this is one well qualified to be a 10.

 


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March/April ITENERARY
May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m)
May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 layovers) x7n (234m)
May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) x7n (654m)
June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
June 26th leave Whaler’s Rest
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5.02.19-Tripping to Green River, UT

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It  isn’t  very  clear  in  the  picture  above, since I’m utilizing the poor-man’s telephoto lens by cropping the original picture. This is a “serious” cattle round-up of several hundred head of cattle. The purpose for the picture was the munchkin on the center horse. Boy or girl, not sure I was driving, but he/she could not have been older the ten…pretty awesome way to spend a day and possibly bonding with a parent. We were still passing cattle two miles from here. Sure beats watching grass grow.

This was on a plaque by, I think, the National Park Service (NPS),
posted at the scenic area stop.

“Humans have lived among these rocks and cliffs for longer than you can imagine. Archeological investigations conducted as part of the Interstate construction across the Swell during the 1970s and 1980s located over a hundred prehistoric sites.

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The sites show that hundreds of generations of Native American peoples inhabited this rugged land for thousands of years and in all seasons. Archeologists explored sites from the early Archaic Period of hunting and gathering about 9,500 years ago, up to historic ranching sites of the early 20th Century. People survived by hunting and gathering until about the time of Christ., when small-scale agriculture, dependent on corn, beans, and squash, was adopted.

We’re at a Rest Area for a few minutes and I had the chilling moment that the coach quietly began rolling down this steep road. Just popping in the tire blocks to assure my “moment” never happens.

Archeological remains of these farmers, whom we call Fremonts, include small settlements of pit dwellings, granaries, outdoor shaded work areas, hearths, storage pits, and trash mounds. the earliest evidence of farming on the Swell dates to about A.D. 500 at the Confluence Site.

 

Scenes from the Rest Stop. Below was a father/daughter team viewing also. He was visiting from Tokyo…Awesome! Just checked, coach has not moved!

This site provided important insight into the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture in the region, and predated previously known agricultural sites by 200 years. Bows and arrows and ceramics were the technological innovations of this time.

Remember the name of these guys in the center of the picture?

Yes! Hoodoos.

Researchers found Fremonts sites in the Ghost Rock area, a few miles east of here, which is an upland environment and not well suited for growing corn. Study of the sites told archeologists much about the Fremont way of life, which included hunting and gathering year-round and farming at lower elevations along riverbanks.

 

Scenic views like this one above and below appear every couple of miles. Below, I’m sure you’re saying, snow again! NO! That’s salt. I hope to have a separate blog on “salt” soon.

It was a little over two-hours to get here but the scenery was well worth it. We’re staying at the Shady Acres RVP in Green River. Green River, as far as I’m concerned, is an oxymoron. The river is a muddy brown color.

 

Butch Cassidy RVPark

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March/April ITENERARY
March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights
April 5th St. George, Utah (119m) x13 nights (119m)
April 19th Kanab, UT at Crazy Horse RVP (80m)x7 nights (80m)
April 26th Salina, UT at RPI RVP(163m) x7 nights (163m)
May 2nd Moab, UT at KOA Campground (159m)x4 nights (159m)
May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 overnights) x7n 234m
May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
June 26th leave Whaler’s Rest
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4.26.19-Butch Cassidy RVPark

The Butch Cassidy RVPark is located in Salina, UT. It’s also part of the Equity Properties family as an RPI Member (Resorts Park International). It’s not a freebee but it’s only a $10/night which is a cheap stay. It’s basically only worth that much as well. Not much here, just a open dirt campground. We do have 50 Amp service which is nice. Verizon and Wi-Fi are here but marginally.  

Basically this RV Park doesn’t look like much, offers even less. They have a nice pool table, so we just left to pay a game or two, It’s a pay to play table. How cheap can you get. Wi-Fi sucks, satellite is about the same but there’s plenty of blowing sand, and weeds to go around.

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You’re right, chickens and a peacock. More to come, hopefully.

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Yes, there’s even. Duck or two. The duck below is sitting on thirty eggs, wow!

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This small petting zoo also has a resident goat.

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One looks like  parrot the other an owl. But am not sure. Below are just some of the animal pens housing all these animals

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Salina, UT-Butch Cassidy RVP

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HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING
you NEED,
NOT the NEED to have EVERYTHING

 

March/April ITENERARY
March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights
April 5th St. George, Utah (119m) x13 nights (119m)
April 19th Kanab, UT at Crazy Horse RVP (80m)x7 nights (80m)
April 26th Salina, UT at RPI RVP(163m) x7 nights (163m)
May 2nd Moab, UT at KOA Campground (159m)x4 nights (159m)
May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 overnights) x7n 234m
May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
June 26th leave Whaler’s Rest
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4.25.19-TRIPPING TO SALINA, UTAH

By 7:30 this morning we were up and about. We’re looking at a 163 mile jaunt to Salina, Utah.

 

By 9 am all the utilities were appropriately packed away and even the mirrors and windshield got a once over to insure a most enjoyable ride.

 

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On our ride up here we saw some of the most beautiful scenery you could ask for, not to mention mountains and mountain ranges that rose over eleven-thousand feet.

 

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Something unique was, what I think an ATV/Walking and biking trail. This trail ran parallel to the highway we were on (89). That’s it on the right side of the picture. It even has a center line running down the middle of it. Must get plenty of use, so many, here at this RVPark have one. Eventually it did end or it deviated from the road enough that we could not see it any longer.

 

 

Something else which was very prominent on the way here were these farms having these very long buildings, not much higher than 8-10 feet tall with absolutely no windows just a couple of huge fans at either end. We’re assuming they harbored either chickens or pigs, wish I know. If anyone knows the use for the buildings in the picture above please comment on it.

 

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6954-We finally did arrive at the Butch Cassidy RVPark in Salina, UT. This is an RPI, which means we will pay but only $10.00 per night. You cannot live at home at that price. We’re here for seven nights. Yes, Butch is pat of the Sundance Kid twosome.  Yea, it was small, but most likely, paid for. It probably sat on forty-acres and with a little bit of luck the roof did not leak. But NO! Butch wanted more. You know the story, he and Sundance began robbing banks in the late 1800s. Not being that successful they migrated to Bolivia, where their luck did not improve. After a short stay there they were hunted down and met their end. He could have stayed in Utah, run the farm, raised chickens, pigs, children and grandchildren, who knows! Never bite off more than you can chew…

 

Crazy Horse RVR, Kanab, UT

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March/April ITENERARY
March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights
April 5th St. George, Utah (119m) x13 nights (119m)
April 19th Kanab, UT at Crazy Horse RVP (80m)x7 nights (80m)
April 26th Salina, UT at RPI RVP(163m) x7 nights (163m)
May 2nd Moab, UT at KOA Campground (159m)x4 nights (159m)
May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 overnights) x7n 234m
May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
June 26th leave Whaler’s Rest
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4.21.2019-Crazy Horse RVR in Kanab, UT

Crazy Horse is a private campground. The owners have three dozen other resorts besides this one. Not being a Thousand Trails property means we have to pay, but it is worth every penny. We’ve been told they’re asking $550 a month for annuals.

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This RVR has been newly acquired and renovations are going on seven days a week. For a change we have an excellent site.

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Notice our neighbors, they’re very quiet. Very few drawbacks most notably would be very poor Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi is a problem in many campgrounds in this neck of the woods. The solution turns out to be expensive to purchase time on the campground Wi-Fi.

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This is the check-in station. As you can see the parking outside is extremely spacious. Below is the signature signage of the resort. Very hard to drive by this monument. 

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Excellent signage and awesome views can be found in every corner of this park.

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There’s always a pool. This one has been totally refurbished. Carla has rediscovered lilacs. Something that grow everywhere in New England, but nowhere down south.

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Above and below are pictures from inside the Check-In  center

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Brand new pool table. This is the media center. Books abound here. At the other end of this building are hundreds of DVDs.

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Roy Rogers and Dale Evans were customers of the previous owners, in days gone by.

“Everything we were, we carry with us. 
Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier

 

KOA St. George, UT-nice RV Park

 

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March/April ITENERARY
March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights
April 5th St. George, Utah (119m) x13 nights (119m)
April 19th Kanab, UT at Crazy Horse RVP (80m)x7 nights (80m)
April 26th Salina, UT at RPI RVP(163m) x7 nights (163m)
May 2nd Moab, UT at KOA Campground (159m)x4 nights (159m)
May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 overnights) x7n 234m
May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
June 26th leave Whaler’s Rest
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4.05.2019-arrive at KOA St. George.

Located SW portion of Utah.

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The beginning of another sunset.

 

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In season this campground is full to capacity.

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The roadways in the campground are all paved. The campsites themselves are of crushed stone.

 

Carla makes friends with a single camper from Alberta, CA

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The view from our coach. Below one of many bathhouses.

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Entrance to the campground, plenty of space. Above nightfall.

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“Everything we were, we carry with us. 
Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier

			

Las Vegas RV Resort

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HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING
you NEED,
NOT the NEED to have EVERYTHING

 

March/April ITENERARY
March 3rd Phoenix, AZ overnight (. )
March 4th Cottonwood, AZ at Verde Valley RVP (TT) x14n
March 18th Grand Canyon Village at GC Campground for 4 nights
March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights
April 5th St. George, Utah (119m) x13 nights (119m)
April 19th Kanab, UT at Crazy Horse RVP (80m)x7 nights (80m)
April 26th Salina, UT at RPI RVP(163m) x7 nights (163m)

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3.22.2019-Las Vegas RV Resort

Strangely this RV Park is a plain Thousand Trails Park. It has the looks and feel of an Encore Property, lucky for us.

We’re on site #59.

As I have mentioned in the past, Equity Lifestyle Properties has a big family of RVParks by other names, like Thousand Trails, Encore, Trails Collection and Resorts Parks International. Equity does not own all of them but all these parks are affiliated with Equity and we get to enjoy any one we want at just a small fraction of the nightly fees they normally charge. 

It doesn’t look like it in the picture but the coach needs a bath.

Well the coach is now clean, car also.

The campground is basically blacktop, stone and, of course, a wall.

What an awesome drive-in to the office to the right. Plenty of room for everyone.

It wouldn’t be a campground without horseshoes and a pool.

Got to have a wall. Trump would approve of this wall. Concrete, stone and barb wire.

Must lookup this Web Site. Had a chance to meet this guy. A full-timer and he’s only about 30. He says he’s a writer and has published seven books. Below, we’re still waiting for the man to come give the coach a bath.


“Everything we were, we carry with us. 
Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier

			

Trip To Las Vegas RV Resort

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HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING
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March/April ITENERARY
March 3rd Phoenix, AZ overnight (. )
March 4th Cottonwood, AZ at Verde Valley RVP (TT) x14n
March 18th Grand Canyon Village at GC Campground for 4 nights
March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights
April 5th St. George, Utah (119m) x13 nights (119m)
April 19th Kanab, UT at Crazy Horse RVP (80m)x7 nights (80m)
April 26th Salina, UT at RPI RVP(163m) x7 nights (163m)*****************************************

3.22.2019-FRIDAY-TRIPPING TO LAS VEGAS, NV


First item, Happy Birthday Mom. It’s also Cindy Lango in Flagstaff, AZ.  I awoke this morning around 5:30, much earlier then normal, but we’re looking at a 260 mile trip to Vegas. 

Yes, a snow plow!

It is impossible for anyone to feel the cold in a picture, but this is what 35 degrees looks like in the GC. We went to bed last night hoping for no new snow, well, it wasn’t that much. The coach roof was covered, The toppers (pieces of canvas that cover the slides when they are extended) had about 4 inches of snow on them, the windshield of the car was covered in ice and the car had over six inches of snow. We will definitely be picking up a snow brush.

No story behind this picture except that Carla liked the Eagle.

 

 

Now we’re regressing. temp now is 25 degrees. The road is wet with water, ice and slush. We’re moving along at a very moderate 50mph.

 

 

 

Above and below are two separate accidents about ten miles apart. This is the reason we’re moving along well below the speed limit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One hour or about fifty miles into our trip this is what we have. temp  is in the high 30’s and I’m loving it.

 

The scenery we’ve seen along this trip has been just short of awesome. The roads are excellent and the bridge art deco is beyond description.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A quick glimpse of Lake Mead of the Boulder Dam. We were not in a position to photograph the dam itself, but we all know what it looks like.

 

 

Highway bridge décor, beautiful. Instead of plantings before and after the overpasses they make extensive use of stone of all kinds and colors.

 

The trip was uneventful but interesting. Take time to read the blog on the trip to Vegas. Our destination would be the Thousand Trails RVResort in Las Vegas.

 

The site map for Las Vegas thousand Trails. We’re located on site 59. Temp here is 65 and the AC is on.

 

 

 

 

“Everything we were, we carry with us.
Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier

			

Verde Valley RV Resort

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This month’s Travel Plans:
14. March 4th Cottonwood, AZ at Verde Valley RVP (TT) x 14 nights (A section!!)
15. March 18th Grand Canyon Village at GC Campground for 4 nights
16. March 22nd Las Vegas at Las Vegas TT Campground for 14 nights

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We got a very early start, about 8am to go one-hour to Lazydays in Tucson, AZ. About 3pm we were on our way again getting no satisfaction from Lazydays except a prognosis on the repairs needed. Cottonwood was over 200 miles from here which is 4 hours travel time in a coach. What we did not expect was taking almost one hour to travel through Phoenix. It’s always been my intention to never travel at night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Sunset came at 6:30, still very good driving except for the awesome sunset skies. At 7pm the sun had gone, and the only hint of its existence was the dark blue glow on the evening sky, but that blue glow separated the road and mountain ranges from the sky. By 7:30pm we were totally in the dark except for the light from the headlights and we reduced are forward speed to a very safe 40 miles per hour. It was white knuckle driving then things went south.

The 4-lane divided highway, after the seventh roundabout turned into a 2-lane country dirt road. We were on the Thousand Trails Road but with no idea where the campground was. It was so dark I had trouble seeing what was or was not on the left side of this road. Carla quickly got on the cell phone and out of no-where an distant pickup truck was approaching the coach in the opposite direction to us; I flagged him down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Is TT on this road I asked? At the same time Carla was getting instructions from the camp ranger on duty at the campground. As the trucker was telling me, “it’s the only thing on this street, at the end of the road” , Carla was getting collaborating information as well. We continued to creep along even slower until we spotted the TT flags…Home!

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The ranger station was just where it was supposed to be with tons of parking to the right of the station. She welcomed us to Verde Valley and gave us all the paperwork we needed to begin our stay. She gave us two suggestions on good sites. We were exhausted and asked her if there was a BIG parking lot we could easily find in the pitch-black of the park, and she said yes. “take your first right and follow the road to the ADM building; Sure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first right took us onto a construction site for I don’t know how many feet, but she was right, and there it was, barely visible in the heavy darkness. After we parked safely, we departed the coach and WOW! You should have seen all the stars…Awesome! Needless to say, we slept well that night. it only took us a few minutes to find a site that met our needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Construction equipment I everywhere.

 

Imagine trying to navigate this in pitch-black darkness!

This campground should be awesome when finished. They’ve told us by the end of April much of it will be completed. Wi-Fi is skimpy. They’re installing a Wi-Fi for all  for a price, we’ll probably have to pay should be pick up one of these sites s a permanent site.


“Everything we were, we carry with us. Everything we will be, is calling to us, from the roads not travelled yet.” pjgrenier


			

Valley Vista in Benson, AZ

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This month’s Travel Plans:
7. Jan. 20th Willis, TX at Lake Conroe (TT) RVP x 12 nights. (190m)
Seguin, TX -Overnight (156m)
4. Feb. 2nd Lakehills, TX at Medina Lake RVR (TT) x 13 nights (71m)
5. Feb. 15th Fort Stockton, TX overnight
6. Feb. 16th El Paso, TX – overnight
7. Feb. 17th Deming, NM overnight
8. Feb. 18th Benson, AZ at Valley Vista RVR(T3) x13 nights
Phoenix, AZ overnight

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2.18.2019-Valley Vista RVP- Benson, AZ

We’re now in Valley Vista Campground in Benson, AZ. Benson is about forty miles south of Tucson, AZ. Valley Vista, thankfully, is another Thousand Trails, Equity Lifestyle Property. In short, we get to stay here for two week at no charge. There was a two dollar per day surcharge for a 50Amp site, which is well worth the costs.

As you have read on our first day our driver’s side slide was stuck halt in-half out. It was fixed the next day, just needed some hydraulic fluid. Our second day was not what we were expecting-SNOW!

This campground is also an Encore Property. These properties are a step above the average Thousand Trails property.

“Everything we were, we carry with us. 
Everything we will be, is calling to us,  
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier

			

Medina Lake RVR (TT)

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HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING
you NEED,
NOT the NEED to have EVERYTHING

 

This month’s Travel Plans:
7. Jan. 20th Willis, TX at Lake Conroe (TT) RVP x 12 nights. (190m)
Seguin, TX -Overnight (156m)
4. Feb. 2nd Lakehills, TX at Medina Lake RVR (TT) x 13 nights (71m)
5. Feb. 15th Fort Stockton, TX overnight
6. Feb. 16th El Paso, TX – overnight
7. Feb. 17th Deming, NM overnight
8. Feb. 18th Benson, AZ at Valley Vista RVR(T3) x13 nights
Phoenix, AZ overnight

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02.02.2019-SAT.-GROUNDHOG DAY-MEDINA LAKE RVR
Awoke to a very thick fog.

Our visibility was less than 1/10th mile so we began this trip slowly. GPS informed us that work was being done on I-10 and traffic was at a stand still, so it gave us an alternate route to follow.

Eventually we arrived in San Antonio with just a little fog to contend with but with so much traffic I was glad to have Carla riding shotgun for us.  Just like being in a gauntlet.

Bye bye big city, hello country.

Medina Lake RVResort is a Thousand Trails property. As I’ve days mentioned before it’s part of the Equity Lifestyle Properties family. We’re staying only thirteen nights, but if we had opted  to we could have stayed for twenty-one nights at no charge. The no charge is the eye catcher. You can’t live at home, a stick and mortar place, at no charge. below is a schematic of the campground. In the nine o’clock position is a black marker on site 141 section F, that’s us.


White tail deer, Scoots wants to go out and join them. Deer, deer everywhere.


San Antonio Texas is only about a thirty minute ride from this campground but the terrain is so vastly different from that big city. We’ve got the windows and door open letting the outdoor 74 degree temperature make our day. We’ll be attending St. Stanislaus Catholic church in Bandera, TX about a 30 minute drive from here.

We’ve never sat on so much Real Estate. Yup, the HHR took a beating on the way down. We have an excellent site with 30 amp electric, sewer, a corner lot with a view of the lake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a first for us. We have dozens and dozens of deer meandering all over the campgrounds. The campground actually encourages the residents to feed the deer. More to come!!

 


“Everything we were, we carry with us.

Everything we will be, is calling to us,
from the roads not travelled yet.” pjgrenier



Lake Conroe TT RVP, Willis, TX

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HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING
you NEED,
NOT the NEED to have EVERYTHING

This month’s Travel Plans:
7. Jan. 20th Willis, TX at Lake Conroe (TT) RVP x 12 nights. (190m)
8.  Feb. 1st Seguin, TX -Overnight (156m)
9.  Feb. 2nd Lakehills, TX at Medina Lake RVR (TT) x 13 nights (182m)
10. Feb. 15th Fort Stockton, TX overnight
11. Feb. 16th El Paso, TX – overnight
12. Feb. 17th Deming, NM overnight
13. Feb. 18th Benson, AZ at Valley Vista RVR(T3) x13 nights

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01.20.19-Sunday- LEFT SULFUR, LA FOR WILLIS, TX
Very seldom do we endure a trip that continues to offer up challenges to, what should easily be, a boring two hundred mile commute. Even the campground would not cut us a break. We left at 9:30 and arrived just before 1pm, in general just about what it should have taken.  Temperatures last night dipped to 32 degrees with a feels like of 24 degrees. What was nice is that we can now let our new inverter supply the power to run the electric heat for the evening.  The challenges we incurred were mostly self inflicted. I have a tendency to just get up and do what I think is the next thing to do, you can’t do that with this lifestyle. I’ve worked hard trying to remember this axiom and in general I do abide by these rules, but I do slip up occasionally. No repercussions resulted thankfully; just have to think for a second before taking action.
From the pictures above and below, we did make it to Texas. Finding the campground directions we’re proving to be elusive. GPS, map book and map info were not complementing each other.  This was adding to the several other problems we had to deal with today.

Breakdown-lane in the picture can also be used for evacuations.

Let’s take a walk through the campground. Below is our site. It’s on two small hills. One goes left to right, and the other goes from the front to rear of the coach.


Above are rental cabins, they’re all over the grounds.

Play area and more cabins.


Basketball court and a far look of the lake area.


Office and sales offices. At the far end is a group gathering area. No picture yet since the camp was having a child appropriate movie at the time I was there.



Some pictures of the pool area.





Mini golf and tennis with pickle ball.


The gathering room building.



Registration and sales office.




Above is the entrance to the park and below is a major expansion project that’s in the works.


"Everything we were we carry with us.
Everything we will be is calling to us, 
from the roads not yet travelled." pjgrenier

			

Walmart, Lake Charles, LA-NO!

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HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING
you NEED,
NOT the NEED to have EVERYTHING

This month’s Travel Plans:
7.  Jan. 20th Willis, TX at Lake Conroe (TT) RVP x 12 nights. (190m)
8.  Feb. 1st Seguin, TX -Overnight (156m)
9.  Feb. 2nd Lakehills, TX at Medina Lake RVR (TT) x 13 nights (182m)
10. Feb. 15th Fort Stockton, TX overnight
11. Feb. 16th El Paso, TX – overnight
12. Feb. 17th Deming, NM overnight
13. Feb. 18th Benson, AZ at Valley Vista RVR(T3) x13 nights

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01.19.19-Travel to Lake Charles, now Sulfur, LA.

Traveling above the protected bayous and swamp lands. This  above the water road way went on for dozens of miles. We got to leave Lafayette and headed for Lake Charles, LA, at a local Walmart. Shortly before going to church we dropped into Walmart to ask permission to stay overnight. It as, we thought, merely a formality, since we were told it would be Okay,  to our dismay, we were told NO! Boondocking at a Walmart is a privilege, need to go to plan B.

 

We would head out to Sulfur, LA to a Cracker Barrel. It was a delightful stay and put us ten miles closer to our destination for tomorrow.

“Everything we were, we carry with us.
Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier

			

Ann’s new home

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This month’s Travel Plans:
2. Jan. 14th Lake City, FL – Overnight (147m)
3. Jan. 15th Marianna, FL Overnight (169m)
4. Jan. 16th Robertsdale, AL – Wilderness RVP (RPI) x 4 days (165m)
5. Jan. 18th Hammond, LA Overnight (183m)
6. Jan. 19th Lafayette, LA Overnight
7. Jan. 20th Willis, TX staying at Lake Conroe (TT) RVP for 12 days.

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01.10.19 ANN CUNNINGHAM’S NEW HOME
We last spoke of Ann way back in October of 2018. She has never been a full-timer as we are, but she would travel for six months in general. Her daughter and other family members have expressed concerns of her RVing life. This is not, in general a dangerous way of life, but I can understand their concern.

Her answer to their concerns will be her  ending her travel plans and settling down at the Three Flags RV Campground in one of their camp model homes. She will now be enjoying a considerably larger living area while, at the same time, still enjoying many of the RV lifestyle of RVers and friends.

Her best friend, MO,  should enjoy the new lifestyle as well. We enjoyed a very delightful afternoon with her, not to mention an excellent dinner she hosted us to, and the new direction her life will be moving in.  We make Three Flags RVR a regular stop in our travels so we will be keeping tabs on her on a regular basis.
We wish Ann every happiness in the decision she’s making.

“Everything, we were, we carry with us.
Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier

			

Riverside RVR, Port Chatrlotte

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12.25.18 The Riverside RVR
This campground is located in Port Charlotte in the town of Arcadia, FL. To say the least this is one of the best we’ve ever stayed at. It’s a Thousand Trails property in their Encore collection.

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Everything we will be, is calling to us,  
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier

			

Move to a new site, same park

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12.29-MOVE TO A NEW SITE, SAME PARK
We’ve never done this before. according to the old schedule we were supposed to leave Riverside and travel to Wauchula. If you remember some of the old blogs on Wauchula, you’ll remember that the park has a very high water table. The last time we were there we had to be towed out, an easy way to spend one-hundred dollars. The last couple of weeks have been very rainy and we did not want to chance another mishap. Christmas was very nice and yesterday we celebrated a bit by going to the movies. This is a luxury we do only 2-3 times  a year. Can you believe we paid over nine dollars a piece for a matinee showing!  I’m beginning to sound like my father; unbelievable. To get back to our move today, since I have very little else to talk about our total distance was about five-hundred feet. On our way to the new site was the propane filling station. We have a  twenty gallon tank but usually only refill it once a year. Now we are fully ready to travel. We’ll be contacting Alliance again since the slide on the driver’s side is sticking a bit, always something.

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The Peace River, Riverside RVR

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12.25.18 THE PEACE RIVER

It doesn’t get much more relaxing than this.


Many of the residents here, many annuals, have towable boats of all sizes on the grounds.


I doubt if I’ll ever forget the thrill of driving a boat; if only I were younger!


Excellent dockage here for putting your boat in the water. The Resort has all the attributes we’re both looking for,  should we ever we get older, except that it’s in Florida.

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Orlando RVP in Clermont

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12.08.18-TRAVEL TO ORLANDO RVP  
We did get up around 7am but could have slept a little longer, if that luxury was still an option for us. Orlando RV Park is one of Thousand Trails’ biggest parks.

They have relatively new rules. Under no circumstances can you arrive even fifteen minutes early, as we did, and expect to stay even in the huge parking lot. We were told to get out and come back in fifteen minutes. I think it’s the only park in the TT gallery of properties with such stringent rules. The ranger who directed us to our site mentioned that the campground has almost nine-hundred sites with over one-hundred-fifty more in the planning.
Just a few random picture of this beautiful campground.

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Three-Flags RVP and Alliance RV

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11.30 Friday- Finally settled in a campground
We’ve been in the area, Wildwood, FL, for a few days, but hanging out at Alliance RV as they remedy the passenger side slide and an oil change. It’s taken three days and we must go back on Monday for them to fix a hole they accidentally drilled into the side of the injured slide.

We are now staying at Three-Flags RV Resort in Wildwood, FL. Alliance is just five miles from here. Needless to say this park feels like home. For six months they let us stay here for a very modest price while I finished chemo and radiation. Wednesday and Thursday nights were spent at a motel called “Sleep Inn.” A little pricier than what we usually opt for but was worth every penny. Just down the street from the Inn was Hungry Howe’s. We’d never eaten there before or any of its franchises but I’m ready to go back. We both decided on the buffet. I was delighted with every item I chose. Salad, spaghetti, 2 slices of pizza, 2 pieces of Bowie bread and corn; awesome! I even went back for seconds on the pizza. That was just about it for something to Wright about. Forgot, I did take some camera pictures. 

This contraption would eventually pick up the slide, which weighed in at over 1/2 ton, so the techs could repair the slide skids which were on the bottom of the slide, which is why the slide had to come out. To lighten the weight of the slide furniture components inside had to be dismantled, cloths removed for the closet and draws relocated to other parts of the coach.

This is about what it looked like. Needless to say both Scoots and I were getting a little depressed. Fearing she might go catatonic we both spent a little time talking her through this ordeal. One saving factor was her new portable condo, a gift from Carla’s sister Ozzie.

In the end we all survived the trial, especially the coach. The oil change was on schedule for today, Friday and Monday they plan to finish repairing the hole the placed in the slide.

Sunshine Travel Park (pictl)

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11.13.18-Sunshine Resort
What a beautiful and well organized campground. As we checked in, in TT tradition, we were given a campground packet and told which site was assigned to us. Just a thirty second walk from the clubhouse, pool and everything else. It’s also known as Vero Beach Encore, but is located in Fellsmere, FL. The picture below is a site-plan on this campground. We’re occupying site 190.

As you can see in the picture this campground is an Encore. Encore parks are also members of the Equity Lifestyle Properties group. In a nut shell Encore parks are similar to the Marriott Hotels,  four star properties. Thousand Trails RVParks would be grouped as similar to a Motel-6 or Holiday Inn type properties. There are five star hotels as well as five-star campgrounds. Some, I’ve been told charge from $100 to $1000 night. I’ll have to take everyone’s word on these since we’ll never have reason to experience these properties.

Our site #190 for our stay. Great location, 50 amp and satellite access… awesome!

These camp style homes dot the campground everywhere. This is one of TT most beautiful parks and annual residences are popping up everywhere.


Another campground gathering place. Also used for dances, bingo library for books and DVD’s and most importantly the mailroom.


Both above and below is the office where we register when we arrive.

Rose Bay RVP in Port Orange, FL

10.30-Arrive at Rose Bay in Port Orange,FL
We spent last night at the Walmart in Kingsland, GA. It was much quieter than we were anticipating. Temps dropped to the low fifties and, inside the coach, the temperature was at 64 at 3am this morning. I wasn’t to concerned since I was sleeping soundly, except for Scoots climbing on me on the bed looking for shelter under the bed cover from the cold. I decided to just turn on the electric heat, oops! Forgot we were boondocking; therefore no electricity. Normally I would just turn on the generator, but we’re sharing this parking lot with eight other RVs all in close proximity. Generators are noisy. My neighbor in back of us made his feelings felt when he came to the coach last night to ask us when we were planning to turn it off.


This was one of the two signs that we’ve been looking for. We’ll spend a little time in Georgia but the sign we are really looking for is Florida.

I was a little taken back by the question, since a Walmart parking lot has no rules, you get what you pay for, and your not paying anything, you have to accept the conditions as they present themselves. We went without the generator; just snuggled up a bit more. We arrived in Port Orange after travelling 136 miles right around 1pm. We got a nice site with good Wi-Fi and Satellite. We are having a small problem with the electricity but that should resolve itself. We’ve called Carla’s sister a couple of times and we’re waiting for her to call back. Tomorrow morning it’s blood work, Walmart (fix light) and it’s time for us to get haircuts. To the left is a schematic on this campground. We will be here for two weeks and it’s a Thousand Trails “Trails” facility. Basically it’s a freebie.

Awesome highway/bridge infrastructure in Jacksonville, FL.
The “Bow Tie Bridge.” We cross this bridge and we’re welcomed by the St. John’s River Bay.

The Oaks in Yemassee (pictorial)

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10.27 Saturday-Travel to The Oaks in Yemassee, SC
We woke up a little earlier than usual this morning and for that reason we were able to get on the road by 8:30. The trip would be longer than usual around 260 miles. Surprisingly we got to The Oaks a little after 1pm and we’re all settled in in 1:30. We are here for only 2 nights and will leave Monday morning for Florida. Excellent travel day temps around 55 with bright blue skies. This is a Thousand Trails property which means it’s another freebie.
I don’t think in two days I’ll get around to take another bunch of pictures on this campground but I’ll give you a link to visit the blog I did on this place on Oct.  2015, almost exactly three years ago to the week.
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Carolina Landing (pictorial)

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10.23.2018
This is a schematic on the Carolina Landing RVP.
Trip to Fair Play, SC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pride RVP, Maggie Valley (pic)

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10.15.18- Pride RVP is a privately owned park, not a Thousand Trails Property. For that reason we must pay to stay. Visiting Maggie Valley was very restful but in the future I’m going to recommend staying no more than 3 days, just to expensive.

 

 

 

Hurricane Michael

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10.12-Friday-Hurricane Michael is gone.
Yesterday, as the storm was in our area, we took a ride to Mocksville, NC.

Over the course of the trip we counted over a dozen huge trees that were taken down through the might of this storm, even though the storm here was just a lot of water and some, not that strong, winds. Half the trees had fallen in the roadway blocking one full lane or more, everyone proceeded cautiously, warning on-coming traffic of the impediment. On our way home, about 1000 feet from the entrance to the campground another tree came down. We sat patiently, in the car for about an hour, waiting for the obstruction to be remedied.

Today we’re planning a trip into Advance, NC to go to a Wells Fargo Bank. Around here we don’t talk about cities, more like towns or villages. Sat. we attend Mass at Saint Francis of Assisi CC.

Our time here is quickly coming to a close. We have nothing worth mentioning planned the next couple of days. It’s jacks-up on Monday morning, and heading to Pride RV Campground in Maggie Valley. goto: Maggie Valley
I thought I had pictures of Maggie Valley, the town, but I don’t. Only have pictures of the campground. Hopefully we’ll fix that next week. This link should get you to my Maggie Valley blog back in October, 2015. It’s a beautiful place to visit even in a blog. By using your “page-back” key after visiting this blog of the past, this page-back key should bring you back to this Journal.

Forrest Lake RVP (pict.)

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10.7 Sunday -Relaxing at Forrest Lake with a cook-out.
Could not imagine the steaks would come out so good. We took our time and let them sear for quite a while. After about thirty-minutes time was up and it was time to serve up the potatoes and carrots.


As you can tell this is a very big campground and for the next five days it is 100% sold out. It’s amazing we got such a great site. more to come.

Camp lake and mini golf park.

This is the adult lounge.

This is Hairston Hall. It’s a small venue for church services and meetings.

This hall is the Forest Lake Store and Grill. Also serves as a youngsters lounge with gaming machine, pool (also pool table in the adult lounge) and even an air hockey table.

Friends of ours, Adventure detour ahead, are full-times and just moved up to a Solitude fifth-wheel.


At this point our quest is for a historical site. This would be a quarter-mile walk in an mosquito infested forest area. This is the first time in five years that we’ve had to deal with mosquitos.

It took a while to find this historic site. It’s actually an original structure. A tobacco barn. After walking almost forty-five minutes we noticed the tobacco barn was just a minute walk from our coach, going in another direction.

Finally, we’re home again. Now it’s time to download the pictures and finish off the RVP blog.

Trip to Advance, NC-Forest Lake

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10.6 Tripping to Advance, NC

Above is just a very small sampling of the incredible beautiful farmlands we view every time we get up and drive off to another location. Not sure how early in the morning these folks get up to prepare for these yard sales. No lack for patrons, every yard sale has a good amount of shoppers.


When we drove by this sign, I told Carla, would anyone rent a Porta Potty thanks to this sign? Within five minutes this truck drove by us, go figure!


As we made our way south I needed a break and we pulled into the Caswell County Rest Area. This place is so pretty it’s almost a destination. Below are two chairs; we call “Coke” chairs. We had a cocktail table with tow tall chairs at our log cabin, a $600 expense, but guaranteed to last a lifetime. They have been constructed from recycled Coke bottles.

 We spent about twenty enjoying this venue. Chairs, tables and benches are generously located all over this property. The inside of this building was as nice as any beautiful home could be. Below- This is a very big, clean and sold out park. Many of the  campground roads are paved, Awesome!

The trip to Forest Lake Preserve took about three-hours but three very pleasant hours. We got here safely and not that tired.

Lynchburg RVPrk (pictorial)

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9.30 Sunday- Lynchburg RVP in Gladys, VA

This is a Thousand Trails RV Park. The roads may not be paved and we do not have 50amp service but the park roads are wide and clear of overhanging branches. We do have satellite service which few sites have since this is heavily wooded. This park covers 161 acres with an eleven-acre lake. The number of sites are 223. It has all the rest of amenities of most parks. This will be a 5-day stay leaving this coming Friday. Pictures to follow. For such a short stay we still have a couple of venues we want to experience.

  

Upper right hand corner is our site. Hiding amounts the trees. When we arrived here we were scheduled to leave tomorrow morning, but due to a scheduling conflict we’ve decided to extend our stay by one day. This means we’ll be jacks-up on Saturday morning.

Timothy Lake Resort (TT)

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9.18.18- The Timothy Lakes Resort.
In a couple of days we hope to get an early start and go into the city and experience the new tower and possibly Liberty Island, Statue of Liberty. Below is the site map on the NORTH section of this campground.


On this site map we’re located in the upper section marked in orange of the Southern section of this campground. We should be quite comfortable at this location. We’ve got sewer, cable, electric and satellite line of sight…awesome! Site #92.

In a couple of days we hope to get an early start and go into the city and experience the new tower and possibly Liberty Island, Statue of Liberty.

Rondout Valley Park (pictorial)

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09.13.18


As you travel the beautiful Mettacahonts Road you exit this road to the campground entrance below. Rondout Valley is  Thousand Trails facility.


The entrance to the campground is just a little difficult to understand do to space limitations but the staff is very aware of the situation and do a good job in directing travelers in the right direction. If you’re a regular and possibly weekend camper to this campground this would not be a problem. I find these lift gates a little primitive but at least they don’t have the tire spikes as many camps have. The black magic marker indicates how we travel from the campground entrance to our site just a very short distance. The park is providing us with sewer, water and cable. We’re not utilizing the cable option because our satellite provides greater coverage.


This little bridge is very quaint and is big enough for even coaches. The water below the bridge was bigger than a stream and is a small river. During my absence Carla tells me it was close to breaching its banks. Very happy hurricane Florence is not coming our way.


You can see our site, coach with the orange awnings. It was a very easy back-in site. We have excellent line of site to the SW compass reading for our satellite receiver. Pictures from here on are from a walk we took just because we needed to stretch our legs. Grounds are wet since we’ve just had three days of on and off rain.


Small pond at the far end of our street. Across this small bridge spanning a small stream to the pvillion and, snack bar, arcade and activities center building.

There are so many tent campers, hard to believe. Below is just a simple picture of a tree I thought was so unusual.

Either side of the creek as we cross the bridge.

Can’t have a resort with a pool.

The Pavilion Building.

Little kids are never forgotten.

The Millbrook Stream is just about up to its banks.

The check-in office and general store. Now we walk our way back to the coach.

This is our site.

Alpine Lake RV Resort (pictorial)

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8.22.18- The Alpine Lake RV Park Corinth, NY
I should have additional pictures in the days to come but for now this is our location in this big RV Park.











This picture is for Dennis, my brother. I think he would be quite comfortable in a camp cabin. I would like, very much, to see him leave the heat and humidity of Boca and spend his Summer months in a location like this.

Prouty Beach RV Park(pictorial)

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8.16-Prouty Beach & Campground – Newport, VT

 

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Patten Pond RV Park (pictorial)

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8.05.2018-Patten Pond RV Park (pictorial)


As you can see from the picture above Ellsworth, ME is about thirty “slow” miles SE of Bangor, ME. Patten Pond RV Park is located in Ellsworth. This is an above average RV park especially for Thousand Trails. Just wait till you see the lake.

What did I tell ya!

This shot is for Dennis- We thought it was a very smart looking trailer. It’s called an “Aviator.” We still hope he finds a way to enjoy this lifestyle. Below are the conventional camp cottages. They come even smaller, just wait.


I can understand paying to play air hockey, but pool also? No wonder the table looks hardly used. Below is the office and general store.

Squaw Creek Marion, IA

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6.18.2018
Squaw Creek, in Marion, IA, (just walking distance from Cedar Rapids), is not an RV Park, but rather a county recreational campground. There are as many Pup tents here as RVs.

This is actually our spot. The picture you saw in a previous blog was from a previous stay in Loop A.  Just looking at the pictures it’s easy to tell the difference. A big plus here is that the park only reserves Loop A. Loop B is on a first come first serve basis which worked out very well for us this year.

Both Loop A and B offer electrical  and water hook-ups, as well as, a very impressive fire pit. What B lacks is the sewer hook-up.  Also missing is a cement pad, which is neither here nor there, as far as I’m concerned. The park does provide a pump-out station, several in fact, just outside the park areas as you enter or exit the parks.

Kids are never forgotten. A very elaborate swing and climbing area is available to them and it’s always in use.

What you will not find here is a pool or even a pond, although I think there is a lake in Loop A , if I’m not mistaken.

Cedar Rapids stay

They discovered first and we fell in love with the food and service as well. At the same time it looks like we’re going to get some more rain. Will take this time to do a short blog on Squaw Creek Loop B
6.18 Monday We arrived here at Squaw Creek Campground right about noon, a time we had projected. It was a short and very uneventful trip.  Four weeks ago when we inquired into staying here for a this 2-week time period we were told there were no site vacancies. It’s no wonder, this is such an awesome park.

What the campground does have is “Loop B” which is “first come first serve” accommodations. Carla and I both agreed that most campers in the Loop B would, most likely, be leaving on Sunday or at least Monday, and we were right.  
The pickins were very good. Sites available everywhere, but that would not be the case by end of week. We were able to find a very nice site just about half way through the loop. We had no sooner set up camp when we had a call from Joyce MacDougall welcoming us and inviting us to have lunch with them. Chicken salad, corn and so much more,  not to mention, excellent company.
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6.19 Tuesday Having eaten so well we slept equally as well last evening. We’re planning to meet up with Don and Joyce in the afternoon and end the evening with dinner at their home.  Just short of a feast. Mashed potatoes, native corn, pork loin so tender a knife wasn’t needed and more. We ate very well then enjoyed their company till dark set in.
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6.20 Wednesday This is our third day here in Cedar Rapids, IA, and the last two we’ve had rain. Everything here is just so green. I believe we’re to have one more day of rain and that should be it, not complaining, Don and Joyce are treating us like royalty. Needless to say we’re still kinda stuffed, so this evening we’ll have a typical meal at home, hot dogs.
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6.21 Thursday I believe we spent most of the day at home doing some shopping and taking care of some lose ends. Our day would culminate at the MacDougall’s with a steak dinner. Next day, Friday would be a quiet day for us but it was definitely our turn to reciprocate on dinners, but where to take them, since this is not our neck of the woods? We would let them decide and decide well they did. A choice I would not have made based on the restaurant name; Mandarin Spice!

What on earth would a restaurant with a name like that, serve? Was I ever surprised. Don had Mongolian steak to die for, Joyce had orange chicken, Carla enjoyed sautéed shrimp and I feasted on teriyaki chicken, which I hadn’t had for many, many years, Heavenly!
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6.23 Saturday As everyone knows our routine for Saturdays is generally to relax, Mass, pizza and beer, and so it would be tonight.
The MacDougall’s’ would be nice enough to join us just after we got back from church. As always the pizza came out excellently and we enjoyed food, drink and company. for the evening.
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6.25 Monday. We have just a little bit of we time before we get together with Don and Joyce for dinner at Noodles. We were joined by Duncan this evening, grandson to Don and Joyce.

If I could buy a franchise, this would be it. Awesome food, great service and a very friendly atmosphere.

They discovered first and we fell in love with the food and service as well. At the same time it looks like we’re going to get some more rain. Will take this time to do a short blog on Squaw Creek Loop B. Here we are at the MacDougall’s checking out Don’s Pachysandra. Believe it or not there are one-hundred plantings. Really miss those days, LOL.
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6.26 The Youngville Café, where we went for soup, sandwich and pie is on the Lincoln Highway; so what is so special about this place and the Lincoln Hwy? This highway was the first in the country to stretch from the east coat to the pacific coast. It does go by different numbers along the way depending on the state and county it is in, but it is still the same road. Construction began in 1913 and was completed in 1928. The length of the road was 3389 miles long. It begins on the East coast, Times Square, NY and moves westward to San Francisco, CA. As the name implies it was dedicated to Abraham Lincoln. In short this was the Rt. 66 of its times.




As I said the Youngville Café is located on the NW corner of Cedar Rapids, IA and was probably the Howard Johnson or Cracker Barrel of its day. Below we are enjoying desert.

This is a very small establishment with dining for a small group in the back.

These are the actuas gas and diesel pumps of that day.


We returned home, back to the MacDougall’s and were visited by a family of four deer. One of the two fawn this afternoon.
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6.27 Wednesday Spiedie Chicken Day What an awesome day. For a guy who had aspirations of a “Parenthood” type family, this day was so nice to experience. The menu included a very special “Spiedie Chicken”, potato salad, beans and fruit salad. Paul and Ivy, Son and wife to the MacDougall’s with their three children also joined us. Duncan, grandson flew through quickly. He belongs to John and Meg. He’s spending some quality time with the grand-parents. Everyone went back for seconds not to mention repeats on several of the wines produced by Paul.
6.28 Thursday – Meatloaf at the MacDougall’s As we continue eating our way through this two-week stay, we will get to enjoy a meatloaf dinner with left-overs from the day before. An excellent meal enjoyed by all of us. As an extra Don has downloaded the final season of Downton Abby. Today we enjoyed episode ten, the final episode. Carla and I really loved this series. Now it feels like our good friends have moved away, never to be heard from again; Sad!
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6.29 Three venues today.
St. Francis Xavier Basilica
This beautiful Basilica is located in the Field of Dreams town of Dyersville, IA As with this venue and the last two, I will be having separate blogs on each of the three.
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Field of Dreams field trip
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Breitbach’s Country Dining
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Neshonoc Lakeside RV Resort

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6.9- The Neshonoc Lakeside Resort is located in West Salem, WI. It’s an Encore Resort, which are usually a step or two higher in quality than an average Thousand Trails Resort, and so it is here. As you can see from the resort map this RV Campground is spread out over many acres of lane. We arrived on Saturday but must leave by Wednesday. Our stay may be short but full of memories of the campground and our friends Tome and Sue.


The high point of the property is, of course, the lake. Tom and Sue lived on the shores of this lake about 4-5 years ago before they sold it all to be full-time RVers. Are view , the first night here, had campers in front of us, but their stay ran out and we got our view.


Behind us were the Ward’s coach and just behind them was the upper level pool which was active from early morning until dusk.


Another view of the pool complex. There is also another pool area, equal in size but not quite as active, at the entrance to the campground.


Here, as at almost all campgrounds, you’ll find horseshoes. a boat launch, Volleyball, recreation hall and many other outdoor activities. We did not use it, but each campsite also has a campfire ring and wood is for sale at the office.


This campground is not a year-round facility, winters prevent that. But many stay for long periods in trailers, coaches and cabins for rent, for those not into the RVing lifestyle.

March 2017-Three Flags RV Park

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Well, here we are and here we stay; at least until June 2018. The coach has not seriously moved since Labor Day, about eight months ago. Actually, just to show how sure we are about not moving, our engine battery died about 2 months ago and we just got around to replacing it this week. Carla is at 100%. She is controlling her Lymphedema very well; cataracts done and she just picked up her new glasses today. I, on the other hand, am in the third phase in my cancer treatment. The last phase was chemo and radiation. This phase is three weeks of chemo, with a one-week break followed by another 3 weeks of chemo. This is the same chemo I had in the beginning and I expect to do well for the next couple of months. So in nine weeks that will be done. Last test is a PET Scan to look for any abnormalities. We are so anxious to be on the move again. Since this is the end of the month and I really don’t have much else to talk about, I’d like to reintroduce you to the RV Park we’re staying at. This is actually a copy from a post I blogged a couple of years ago.

Welcome to Three Flags RV Resort in Wildwood, FL.

This is another property belonging to the Equity Lifestyle Properties group otherwise known as Thousands Trails. I believe they have eighty-five properties in the group and as of now we’ve stayed at fourteen of them. As you can see from the picture our site, like most of them here is a “pull-through.” Once again, as you see, the sites offer little privacy. However, if this were a privately owned campground, instead of paying zero dollars to stay here, it would be more like eight-hundred or more to stay.

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The perimeter road and the connecting cross-roads are paved and every site is very easy to access. The RV Park consist of two connecting properties. We’re in the front section while others we know are situated in this back section. Below is the community clubhouse. It has pool tables and also serves as a Bingo Hall.

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Just outside the clubhouse you’ll find horse-shoes and mini golf. The mini golf area is awesomely clean and free from debris and leaves, unlike most campgrounds we’ve stayed at.

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Above is a community fire pit, no fires permitted at the sites here. Below, what looks like a small tennis court, is actually pickle ball.

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The resort is not very heavily wooded, but trees may be found here and there, should your site preference mandate a little shade. Below is the main entrance to the park from RT-44, excellent access.

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Notice the large drive area coming in and below is the office, with equally generous space for anyone with a camper to park comfortable and safely while you check in. Mail is delivered here and there is WI-FI provided for a very handsome price, we usually opt to use our hot-spot for this.