Mark and his siblings were Blessed to be able to celebrate Ruth's 60th birthday with mom & dad this year. We all had a great time at Red Lobster!
Arriving at Charlestown S.P. meant meeting up with our daughter and her family. The only problem with being on the road is missing family. Being back in the north for 3 months allows us to catch up with everyone. By the end of this time, they all might even WANT to get rid of us! LOL!
Katie & Tony came out with the kids this weekend and camped for the night with us. The last time they camped with us, there were heavy rains and a tornado warning. This time, there was beautiful (warm) weather and sun. We all had a great time catching up, talking, having fun with the kids, and just being together. We look forward to seeing them again later this year.
Stay details: Charlestown State Park - Charlestown, IN
Note: This area was once the Rose Island Amusement Park, until the major flood of 1937 which created a 25-mile wide Ohio River flood which non until put 70% of Louisville under water, but also desimated the park . It was then purchased as an ammunition plant, then dedicated to the state of Indiana in 1995. The park itself is very large with 8 hiking trails and a campground. The campground consists of 189 campsites (129 electric, and 58 full hookup). The sites are well spaces at a great angle so you're not looking inside your neighbor's windows. It has one small playground, several trash bins throughout the park, and a good amount of shaded sites to choose from.
While we were here, we did encounter several ticks on us, the kids and the dog. We decided not to take any more walks in the woods.
The Grand Design Rally is open to all people that own a Grand Design RV. We signed up for this a few months ago. This would be our first rally, and we were told that they always have the G.D. techs there to fix warranty and recall issues as well as the opportunity to get on a list to fix general issues. They also hold educational seminars and have venders to purchase items.
As soon as we parked, we met up with our neighbors who owned a Solitude. We hit it off right away, and spent the rest of the weekend with them, attending events together, playing games and having dinner. We also met up with several other couples, and made several friends during the rally.
Having the rally at Myrtle Beach was a bonus. They gave us all $60 worth of 'Design Bucks' that we could use for food during the week. The campground was huge with several ammenities, not to mention the absolute beautiful beach!
On our last night, after receiving a tweet that SpaceX was about to launch their rocket with more satelites, we walked to the beach at 11:30pm and set up our chairs & video of the launch. I was able to get a few decent photos, but we were able to watch the rocket throughout most of the sky, when it finally disappeared back at the north horizon. Seeing this even from SC when the launch was in FL was spectacular and very exciting!
Stay Details: Lakewood Family Campground, Myrtle Beach, SC
* This is a huge Christian family campground that hosts large events. They have a swimming pool, lazy river, water slides, putt putt, paddle boats, ice cream, general store, and much more! The conference ammenities offer an amphitheater, a library, information center, and campground integrated events.
Even though the sites were pretty close together, it still allowed decent room for family get-togethers. All sites offer full hookups with immediate access to the beautiful beach.
Our final stay at Bee's Resort this year was with our friends Bill & Marilou.. After being together since California, we have met up several times during our travels, and will now be parting ways for a while. It was a bittersweet stay, as we really enjoyed spending time with them, but we also had to say our "See Ya Later's".
A visit to Silver Springs did not disappoint. It is the world's largest fresh water springs, and several movies were shot here, including the original "Tarzan" movie series and "I Spy" just to name a few. We would highly recommend a visit here. They have glass bottom boat tours, kayak rentals, and many trails you can bike and hike. We finished the visit with a surprise view of the Starlink launch which was 90 miles away!
Stay Details: Bee's Resort; Clermont, FL
* This time, they allowed us to stay in a regular campsite which was very pretty and across from our friends. Bee's is a nice resort, with a swimming pool that was open (and warm), a walking trail and shuffleboard.
Maria reserved this campground for the last 2 days on her spring break. It had 50a and water at all sites, was mostly waterfront sites, and absolutely beautiful!
The next day, Maria's friend gave her tickets to Seaworld for all of us, so we enjoyed the day there! It was extremely busy, but we all had a great time.
Stay Details: Trimble Park, Mt. Dora, FL
* This campground is an absolute beautiful campground that has mostly large waterfront sites, and a beautiful serene environment. The bath house was clean, and the playground was small yet very nice. It was a little tight getting around with a bigger rig, but we made it with no problem. We will definitely stay longer next time we come here.
During our stay at Long Pine Key, we met up with Maria, Steve & the kids. It was great to see them after a year of traveling!
After resting and working on her camper for a day, we visited Wooten's Airboat tours. We bought the package which included the airboat ride, swamp buggy ride andgator park. The airboat ride was phenomenal!! Buggy ride.. Not so much. It was still fun being all together though.
The next day we all went to Key West. Visited John Pennekamp State Park and took a kayak tour and small hike. Mark had to work on his class halfway to Key West, so we found good cell signal, and the kids went on their way. They went shopping in downtown, then we met up again to get our pictures taken at the Southernmost Buoy.
We visited the beach, the kids swam in the ocean, and we found a spectacular sunset! After that we satisfied our hunger at a Mexican Restaurant.
Stay Details: Long Pine Key Campground; Homestead, FL:
* This is a beautiful campground nestled inside the Everglades State Park. The sites are dry camping only (no hookups), and are spaced pretty far apart. The kids parked oposite of us, and we were close enough to comfortably share the picnic table and refrigerator. We were also right next to the bath-house, so it was convenient for everyone.
* We walked the Anhinga Trail in the morning, and we saw a large alligator, and many Anhinga's along the way. It was a nice short trail for the kids.
* The only problem we had was some other campers were screaming at eat other until 2am, but the rangers were quick to take care of the problem in the morning.
We set up this location a month ago, knowing it was within 30 minutes of our friends from MI. To our surprise when mapping it, it was only 4 miles from their home! So, we set up camp for a few nights, and visited with Jeff & Kathy for 3 days! What an awesome time we had together, and so great to see people we know from MI. :-)
We visited Shell City, browsed the venders, enjoyed the animals at the zoo, and played miniature golf. Jeff won! :-). In the evening, they even introduced us to a Bingo extravaganza! What a beautiful blessed day together!
The last day, we drove to Sanibel Island to enjoy the beach and special treats.
Stay Details: Racer's Retreat (North For Myers, FL)
* This was a Boondocker's Welcome location, so it was a free stay with an elderly couple that are very involved with racing cars. There were 5 other RVers in their back yard with us. They have a gated entry so we were secure, and also had some electric and water available for those who need it. They are well loved and very nice to their visitors. We would highly recommend a stay with them if you're traveling by.
Well we had a new favorite yesterday.. Now we have another new favorite today! Lost Dutchman State Park, just east of Phoenix is one of the beautiful places to camp at a state park. The beautiful mountain right behind us, the many walking and biking trails, the ammenities, and the wonderful staff made this place top-notch.
We chose to dry camp at one of the newer spots which was located closest to the mountain for spectacular sunset views! There are modern bathrooms and showers here, a dumpster at the beginning of every loop, a camp host on every loop, and a dump station so dry campers get take care of tanks (included in cost of site).
We met up with some CMA friends and had a wonderful visit. We met up with another CMA couple in the campground and visited with them too. They happened to be camping across the loop from us! What a small world! :-)
Critters: We caught several mice or desert rats on the camera throughout the night. A screen shot of one is listed on the AZ page.
Stay Details: Lost Dutchman State Park; Site 124. 6109 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, AZ. (33.452576, -111.479417)
Did you know that the original London Bridge was sold to Lake Havasu City after 600 years of constant repairs due to improper construction? Some even say the bridge is haunted!
Well the now stronger bridge was dismantled, shipped to AZ & rebuilt. The history here is really cool! Lake Havasu even built the ‘English Village’ by the bridge, welcoming visitors England Style.
We were Blessed to enjoy this first time experience with our friends, and I highly recommend stopping here if you’re in the area.
Stay Details: Lake Havasu RV Park; Lake Havasu AZ
This was the closest resort we could find to L.A. so we could tour the area. We are VERY glad we did, as we met some awesome friends! Found out we connected on SO many levels, and are even heading to some of the same destinations! It sure is awesome to connect with such awesome people!
Stay Details: Cherry Valley Lakes Resort, Beaumont, CA