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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.

Boondocking and Internet

Current Temperature:  57 degrees

Current Location: Ellsworth, Maine

Current Campground: Seawall Campground Acadia National Park

I will keep this short as we are sitting in a Laundromat waiting for clothes to dry.  One of the problems with camping, especially boondocking, is the lack of internet opportunities.  No, we do not have a hotspot.  If we were to do this all year maybe we would invest in a hotspot.

We have been in Acadia National Park for a week now and have accumulated so many memories and thoughts that it may be impossible to relay even a fraction of them.  This little part of Maine is incredible and will be hard to leave tomorrow as we head to the White Mountains in New Hampshire (where, by the way, it is even colder!)

At this posting, I do not have any of my many photos and will post later in more detail based on photos.  Each photo will tell the story of our memories here.

This Place Could Be Dangerous

* A better late than never post.

Sunday June 7, 2015

Current Temperature: A Pleasant 72⁰ overcast

Current Time: 9:00a.m.

Current Location: Fredericksburg / Washington D.C. KOA Kampground

Okay, so we are not boondocking, but Man does not live on bread alone and this is our Manna and Nector.

After approximately 8 hours on the road we were ready for our evening stop. We stopped at a Flying J in Ruther Glen, VA. This was not a RV friendly Truck Stop. Friday night at the Flying J Denny’s Restrauant must be the thing to do because the place was packed. Parking was not happening and even getting gas was at a risk. They have pumps for RV’s (supposedly for easier access) but this truck stop designer must have been thinking the maximum length of RVs was 20 ft. We do not recommend this truck stop at all. We found one review, after the fact, that complained about music blasting all night and an unsympathetic manager. Had we read that first we might not have even stopped there.

Feeling let down and disgusted, we pulled out our handy Allstays Camp and Review app once again and decided on stopping at the KOA. After all, a shower would be nice right? Mind you, we are not fans of KOA normally, however this place is well worth it.

Tucked away among some winding, scenic roads is the Fredericksburg/Washington D.C. KOA, a nice campground with friendly staff. The sites are nestled among some of the tallest, lushest trees I’ve seen in a long while. The pull-thru site we were escorted to had easy access. The sites are long, narrow and gravel paved.

After setting up and fixing some lovely refreshing adult beverages we headed out for a short walk and a stop at the playground. After all, the Boy had been so good during our hours on the road he deserved some play time. Dinner consisted of delicious “Fancy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches” cooked on my new cast iron griddle and fresh fruit. Oh, and more adult beverages. (No, we don’t normally do this but, hey, vacation just began!)

I slept wonderfully as it was dark and quiet. We awake and discovered the dangerous part – you might not want to leave! Jim said it would be so easy to just stay there, sitting outside, drinking coffee, chatting and forgetting yourself, lost in nature.

Alas, not to happen. Pack it up and go.

Quick note:

Due to data limitations my blogs for the past 2 days will come later.   However, I did want to note for any boondockers out there that the Walmart in Cromwell, CT (i84?) is RV friendly.   We arrived approximately 9:00 last night and as a courtesy called to ask if okay to stay.   At the point we arrived, no other campers were there. The lady who answered was super nice and said since it was open 24hrs it shouldn’t be a problem.  I put up towels over the shades which helped block out the parking lights. There was a semi parked next somewhat to us that was sort of nosy, but otherwise okay sleeping night.
Spent money on some repair supplies this morning, so as we see it, it’s win-win situation.
Thank you Walmart and Allstays.

Boondocking Reality #1

One must have water!   Part of boondocking (which is cheaper than upscale campgrounds) is giving up electricity and water.   Fortunately our campsite is near a water faucet. Jim came up with a clever way to funnel the water into the water inlet of the camper.  Jim figures that he carried 108 pounds of water on the water faucet to the camper. That is his work out for the day and now a much deserved refreshing adult beverage!  And later –

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Kaelin helping hold the make shift funnel.

a nice warm shower.