Campground Nowhere

Last night we stopped at a county park campground in Bastom, Alabama, called Neal’s Landing. This campground was an unmarked almost free campground. We found it on the site https://freecampsites.net/. We had to use their directions because Google tried to take us somewhere else. That somewhere was an exercise in determination and patience for Capt. Jim as he had to turn the camper around in a tight space. He did well!

Neal’s Landing was very pretty with tall pines throughout, surrounded by a thick wooded wildlife management area. We chose a site next to the river although we could not get to the river from our site due to a steep embankment. There was a boat ramp further up. We chose not to put the canoe in as the river was fast moving. Kaelin had fun running through the campground. It would have been perfect for his trike however, a flat tire flattened those plans.

We had many sites to choose from as there was only the campground host as a neighbor. Quite empty. Although it was very pretty and cost us a whopping $5, we stayed only the one night. The biggest drawback, besides the relentless bugs, was NO WATER. Anywhere! This is truly some boondocking!! We did enjoy a very quiet, dark nights sleep.

This campground could be such a gem with a little more management. Add even just water spigots and you might increase the camper population.

I give it a 3 star rating for cleanliness, quiet and layout.

Captain Jim gives it a 4 star rating for it’s boondocking mystique.

Chief Ladiga and Burning Bridges

autumn bridge daylight fall
Photo by Rene Asmussen on Pexels.com

Oh My!  What do I say about this trip?  Wow!

As I stated before we are “winging it” this summer.  No reservations, just the general direction of North or Northwest as our heading and using camping apps as our guide.

“Chief Ladiga!” I exclaimed while viewing Allstays. 

https://www.chiefladigatrailcampground.com/

https://www.allstays.com/

“I remember seeing information about this campground when we camped at The Rock (next to the Silver Comet Trail.)  Let’s go there.”

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Campsite Numero Uno

After a long sometimes brutally hot day anywhere is nice. We used Passport America to find our first nights stay. We are at Ingram’s Marina and Campground near Quincy, Florida. It’s easy enough to find. Sites are well spread out and seem kept up nicely. The lady at the office was very pleasant and said if we wanted to stay longer than a night, no problem. Using Passport America allowed us to stay here with full hookup cheaper than going to a State Park. Yay Capt. Jim! Smart move.

For those that like nature there are walking trails at a nearby State Park and fishing here is supposed to be some of the best. There were pictures of some huge bass and crappie in the office. The campground is right on Talquin Lake. It’s tempting to stay longer but onward we will go tomorrow after a good night’s rest.

Here we go again.

Two years seem to be all Goodyear tires can give us. Every year we have a flat tire on one side or the other. Last year it was the passenger side, this year driver’s side. Fortunately, a Wal-Mart was nearby. Unfortunately, all they have are Goodyear. Oh well, it’s better than nothing. Next year we will replace then ahead of time with something other than Goodyear.

On the Road Again

Another school year done, another summer to begin.  This year promises to be quite interesting as we are changing things up a bit.  Normally, Capt. Jim prefers to make reservations for the whole summer.  This year we are “winging it.”  NO RESERVATIONS!  We plan on heading north, northish.  (Originally we were to go to Colorado but alas, that will have to wait another year.)

Our first stop on our plan with no plan, should be the Panhandle.  One of our dear former students just had his high school graduation near the Florida Caverns.  Unfortunately, due to some important appointments and lagging behind on prepping “Betty” and “Bertha,”  we missed the graduation.  However, the idea of camping near the Caverns seemed appealing.  Our hopes are to meander around finding campsites (or boondocking sites) near caverns or places like that.  We went last year to Linnville Caverns in North Carolina.  That was really cool!  For information about Linnville Caverns visit their website:   http://www.linvillecaverns.com/   

The ultimate stop will be Mammoth Caves if we can make it there.  I went as a child and remember being awed by the immensity and beauty.  Here’s hoping weather and roads are kind to us  as I am excited about the prospect

For information about Mammoth Caves visit their site at: https://www.nps.gov/maca/index.htm

We really cleaned up Betty (our RV) including polishing it with Zep floor polish.   Yes, floor polish!  Capt. Jim saw how to do it on YouTube and wow did it work.  I even used in on the wood floors in the camper.  Betty is so happy!

This will be our first trip with Bertha (last name Big Butt as she is a big ol’ diesel.)  Capt. Jim has done many upgrades to her as well and we are anxious to see how well she does.  The Ford did her job well, but it was time for Bertha to move in and take over.

We are also doing something new with Little Man.  He is going into fifth grade next school year and we don’t want him to get too bored during the summer vacation so we signed him up to take keyboarding through Florida Virtual.  He’s already started and doing well.  The best thing we can do as parents is to keep him engaged in a routine and to introduce him to many experiences that only travel can provide.

To do Little Man’s class online we needed to get a WiFi hotspot.  I went with Verizon’s Jetpack.  This should also allow me to do a better job of blogging.  Hopefully!  So, follow us again this summer as we once again say, “Always an Adventure!”

Roan Mountain Visitor Center

If you visit Roan Mountain, the Roan Mountain Gristmill visitor’s center is a must see.  The Gristmill has clean restrooms, a very nice gift shop, some educational areas that kids will especially like and the Mill itself, which has artifacts throughout.  Part of the river runs in front of the Vistor’s Center.  Fly fishermen were working the river on the day we went.  And lastly, a beautiful old working waterwheel rounds out the scenery.  The staff at the visitor’s center are very pleasant and helpful.

We hiked the Peg Leg Mine Trail an easy half mile natural trail that takes you to an ruins of an 1800s iron ore mine.  The mine shaft was closed for safety reasons, but you could tell where the entrance was.  My husband and son were fascinated by the ruins.  You could walk down steps to the entrance.  They weren’t as easy as I would have liked so I stayed at top, however it wasn’t too far down so viewing it wasn’t a problem.

For more information about this wonderful state park visit

Roan Mountain State park

 

 

Sadler State Park South Carolina June 4th 2017

Sadler State Park turned out to be quite a gem, 395 Acres of beautiful forests on a peninsula of Lake Hartwell (56,000 acres).  We stayed on Loop #1, site # 1, a pull through that abutts up to the water.

After quickly setting up, little man and I took a walk down to the beach area. He and I, loaded with our cameras, partook in a few photography lessons. I talked to him about composition and foreground and background. He caught on quickly; took a few of his own shots on his Kodak camera his dad had given him and then took off to run the beach. Lessons over, I took many beautiful landscape shots of the lake and its shores. I practiced what I learned in the book Perfect Exposure (I’ll edit with the authors name later.) Using the sand as my midtones, I got perfect shots. Can’t wait to see them on my Surface.

When we checked into the campground little man decided, for some odd reason, that he was afraid to fall in the water! He didn’t want to stay at the site we had chosen. Of course, we didn’t listen to him and number one it was. After seeing how shallow the water was at the shore he decided it was quite safe to play knee-deep for several hours.

We had a lovely evening and slept very well. The next morning, little man earned his level 1 Junior Ranger badge. We had a nice chat with Ranger Austin who suggested we come in the fall. I do believe our Thanksgiving week plans have been made.

Flat Tire  6-4-17

Thump, thump.  Flat tire on US1!  The front left passenger side of the camper suffered a flat tire.  Actually, flat is an understatement-it was shredded.  Not to worry, Capt. Jim was totally prepared.  The best tool he carried was an impact wrench, as it made quick work of the lugnuts.  He was a Pit Stop Demon!  

Which is good, because,
 have I said how much I hate sweat and gnats?

Gordonia State Park, Georgia

Gordonia State Park was hard to find due to poor signage.  We almost missed it.  There was a separate entrance that we happened on while heading to Walmart.  We followed the GPS even though the sign on the road said “Dead End.”  It wasn’t a Dead End.  Go figure.

It has a lot to offer; golf course, splash pad, lake, canoe rental.  The sites were clean although oddly set up.  Gnats were absolutely relentless, so be aware you might decide to stay in your camper.

The office was at the golf course club house, however that too was not clearly marked.  We had to guess (although correctly) that was where we were to sign in.  And there was no RV turn around.  It was very difficult on Captain Jim to have to flip flop the camper and avoid golf carts.  So if, dear readers, you choose to go here please note that it’s a kinda hunt and peck situation.

Lil Man probably would say that the splash pad was the best part of the park.  I got some terrific shots there.  We didn’t stay long though, because it wasn’t very parent friendly.  There were lots of kids, but only so many hot, metal benches for parents to sit on and not efficient shading.

All in all, probably wouldn’t go back to camp there, however, I could see where it’s a good day park to visit.

Always An Adventure

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