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.

Mt. Hood Village RVP


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


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.

Sunriver RVPark



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  NOT the need to have EVERYTHING!


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.

 

Butch Cassidy RVPark

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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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4.26.19-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…

 

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
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)*****************************************

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

			

Mission San Xavier

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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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2.20.2019

The text below in bold and italic was taken from Wikipedia.

Mission San Xavier del Bac (Spanish: Misión de San Xavier del Bac) is a historic Spanish Catholic mission located about 10 miles (16 km) south of downtown Tucson, Arizona, on the Tohono O’odham Nation San Xavier Indian Reservation.

Fr. Francis Xavier rest at the founder of the Mission and co-founder of the Society of Jesus

The mission was founded in 1692 by Padre Eusebio Kino[1] in the center of a centuries-old Indian settlement of the Sobaipuri O’odham who were a branch of the Akimel or River O’odham, located along the banks of the Santa Cruz River. The mission was named for Francis Xavier, a Christian missionary and co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit Order) in Europe.

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At the end of this tour you’ll find vendors, local parishioners, cooking and

selling fried bread to us, the tourists. The bread was delicious. After sampling the bread Sue and Tom drove us to a Mexican restaurant in Tucson where we enjoyed an excellent Mexican meal. We went to the Mi Nidito Restaurant, Bill Clinton, as well as, many other celebrities and athletes as well. The food is great but the parking leaves much to be desired.

The original church was built to the north of the present Franciscan church. This northern church or churches served the mission until being razed during an Apache raid in 1770.

Today’s Mission was built between 1783-1797; it is the oldest European structure in Arizona; the labor was provided by the O’odham.[1] An outstanding example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States, it hosts some 200,000 visitors each year.

Below sue Ward listens to our tour guide.

Tom Ward and Carla lead the way our tour guide is going.

The site is also known in the O’odham language as “goes in” or comes in: meaning “where the water goes in”, as the water in the Santa Cruz came up to the surface a couple of miles south of Martinez HIll and then submerged again near Los Reales Wash. The Santa Cruz River that used to run year round in this section, once critical to the community’s survival, now runs only part of the year.

The Mission is a pilgrimage site, with thousands visiting each year on foot[4] and on horseback, some among ceremonial cavalcades, or cabalgatas in Spanish.

This mural is high above the left side of the church. You will only see it in this church. It is a mural of Mary, Mother of Jesus, diapering the infant Jesus. This may not be that clear but at the same time it’s over one-hundred years old. Not one thing I’ve ever done will be around 100 years from now.

“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

			

So Longs but no goodbyes.

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

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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01.12.19-SAYING SO-LONG FOR NOW TO OLD FRIENDS
It’s not as emotional as when I was twelve and just spent a week at Camp Squanto with many of my scouting friends, but similar. Reminds me of that 8 by 8 foot army tent that, prior to my arriving, was inhabited with mosquitoes the size of silver dollars! But it is, once again, the last couple of days of a very relaxing stay here in Orlando.

Today we began our so-longs by revisiting the Russell’s. One of the nicest families we know. Vanessa, Scott and Kora. That’s a close-up picture of Kora to the left. She’s a little chatter-box but her communication skills are awesome; definitely a product of home schooling. They were also planning to leave Orlando just after us but their plans got messed up a bit and they’ll be remaining here for a little longer. Then we drifted over to revisit Randy and Pat Hill, a blossoming author with another soon to be best seller, The Vigilante, waiting for you to purchase it. What we did not know is that Randy and Pat had left the park but were not that far away, thank you Walmart. We met up with them at our local Olive Garden and had a very enjoyable evening. As Carla mentioned earlier this evening, “it’s refreshing to be apart from friends for months at a time, and then once your back together again, it just like old times again.

It was only a few days ago that we were fortunate enough to join up with Ann as well. For the future, at least six months of the year, we now know that she’ll be enjoying the Three Flags RVR in her new camp-style home.

Lastly would be my brother Dennis. He hopes to close on his new home in just a few days. Turns out the Christmas-Boat-Parade will be parading directly in front of his new condo. Guess who plans to be in Boynton Beach next Christmas? We were fortunate to have been able to visit with him a couple of times during our stay.

I’ve prayed every day for months that his everyday experiences might some day take a new course, and for the first time, I’m optimistic that HE may have finally answered these prayers. All in all it’s been a fun stay; even had a chance to wax the HHR, first time in two years. A couple of days ago we met Joel ands Lucy Swapp. They’ve lived and vacationed in Utah extensively so we were very anxious to pick their brains for their input on everything Utah since Utah will be our state of interest in just a couple of months.

 

“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.

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

			

New Years Day 2019

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

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01.01.2019 NEW YEARS DAY
Carla and I wish friends, family and everyone we know and all those, around 2800 readers, who visit and read this blog every month, a Very Happy and Healthy New Year. In 2015 readership, quite honestly, averaged in the low teens. Now back to the day at hand. Yesterday we traveled from the Riverside RV Park in Arcadia, FL. Currently we’re back in Clermont, FL at the Orlando Thousand Trails RVP. We’ll be here for fourteen nights. It will be from this campground we will jump start our travels for 2019. Our travel schedule for the next four weeks. To see all our planned travels go to the top of this blog and click on the “TRVEL PLANS” title.
2. Jan. 14th Lake City, FL – Overnight
3. Jan. 15th Marianna, GA Overnight
4. Jan. 16th Arrive in  Robertsdale, AL – Wilderness RVP (RPI) x 4 days 
5. Jan. 18th Hammond, LA Overnight
6. Jan. 19th Lafayette, LA Overnight
7. Jan. 20th Willis, TX staying at Lake Conroe (TT) RVP for 12 days.

On another note my brother Dennis has been looking for new home. If all goes well in the next week of so he might actually close on a condo in Boynton Beach, FL. More to follow on this topic. On a dumb note yesterday, on our trip back here, we saw a Carvana Vending Machine. We had plenty of quarters with us, but I doubt we had enough to purchase any of the cars available.

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Everything we will be is calling to us,  
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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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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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Everything we will be, is calling to us, 
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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.

Highland Woods RVP

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11.20.18 Tuesday-Travel to Pompano, FL
We got up early this day, don’t know why? By 10am we were on the road. We were told could not enter the park until 2pm so we had to kill some time. Carla noticed the right rear tire looked low so we called Sam’s in Fort Pierce to see if they could check the tire for us. The Sam’s auto technician was good and fast, yes; the tire needed some air. After getting the tire straightened out we could not pass up having lunch and possibly do  little shopping, awesome!
Highland Woods is a Thousand Trails Property located in Pompano, FL. We will be staying here for five-nights leaving on the 25th. As a result this will be a free stay for us. This is  very big campground. It’s made up of three parks all either next to each other or across  the street. It looks like they could have about 1500 sites altogether. What we were not told is that all reservations go through the Breezy Hill Resort; we found that out the hard way. Nothing fancy here, but who cares, we’re just here for Thanksgiving and visiting with Dennis. Dennis is aggressively looking a new home in Broward County.

Above is a section of a Solar Farm that is being fitted with solar panels. Below is another section that is further along with panels. This parcel of property must be over one-hundred acres, really big. Next time you’re traveling north just past Ft.  Pierce, FL look to the west, Driver’s side, and you’ll see it with no difficulty.

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.

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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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.

 

 

 

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 Lynchburg RVP (pictorial)

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9.30 -Traveling to Lynchburg RV Park in Gladys, VA
Today, the 30th, we will leave Woodstock and drive 150 miles to Gladys, VA. We’ll be staying at the Lynchburg Thousand Trails Campground.
We arrived in Lynchburg all in one piece. The trip was very pleasant especially a fifty mile segment of it on US 29. It was a 4-lane divided highway which looked like it was carved right through the Shenandoah National Park. In general the roads rated a 9+. On our trip down here we saw highway signs for  the President Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Appomattox, VA the courthouse. This would be the location that General Lee surrendered. The picture below is not very clear but is a result of my asking Carla to take the picture in a coach going sixty miles per hour.

The road up is littered with farms both big and small, beef cattle in general.

The views come in so fast, unless you’re riding with a camera in your lap, it’s hard to catch them all in time.

As we traveled south we were in constant view of the Shenandoah Mountain Range and to the west were the Appalachia Mountains. Just prior to our leaving Walmart we met a very nice couple who had just gotten married about a month ago. They were traveling North to attend their daughters wedding. She, in a past life had been a RVer for sixteen years and had talked her new husband into the lifestyle. They mentioned that their home base is in Bowling Green, FL where they spend their winter months. I’m sure we’ll be seeing them again. I think she said the campground there at is Arcadia Peace River RV Park.

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.

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.