As a result of the move, I had to cancel a big Spring trip planned in NC, TN, and GA and overall our time on the road was reduced significantly. We logged 3,900 miles, traveled in 4 states and stayed in only 8 campgrounds, however, 2 of those stays were extended ones for a total of 50 nights. Yep you could say we got a little taste of living on an RV and we are still married - imagine that.
Here were the highlights …
Fall 2006 - Cummins Atlantic - Kenly, NC; Boydton, VA; Bassett, VA
Initially our Fall plans were to kick off with a 10-day return trip to Willow Tree RV resort in Longs, SC, but our Bus Blues put the skids to that. Crud. The good news though the blues were short lived and the problem was simply a computer glitch. Geez!
We got back on the road quickly and set out for return trips to North Bend and Goose Point — the 2 CGs we visited in the Spring.
I guess we are like trees - ready to just let go, relax and prepare ourselves for winter. We did not do any additional exploring — we just spent some down time enjoying the views and campfires.
Before these 2 trips, I bought a new digital camera (Canon Powershot) to replace the one destroyed in my bike accident. Hopefully my picture taking skills will improve and maybe i’ll try videos more next year - if I can figure out how to make the quality better. But for now click here to see a short clip of our Goose Point site and those surrounding. P.S. Later I learned it records sound (duh) — so next time you’ll hear more than birds chirping.
Winter 2006 - Longs, SC
This year instead of making 2 holiday trips (Thanksgiving and Christmas), we decided to make one extended trip - over Christmas. We spent the entire month of December @ Willow Tree RV Resort on a supersite with a glorious lake view.
It was the first year - ever I did not put up a Christmas tree in our stick home which kind of bothered me, but it was a fun challenge to find unique Xmas items that would fit in the Bus so I did buy a few new decorations. Like I needed more. rolling eyes
Tom had to work about 2 of the 4 weeks of our stay so he commuted back to NC a few times while I stayed on the Bus and since I was alone at times I brought my sewing machine & a few projects figuring I’d work on these. However, that plan did not work out so well. It was really too congested with all the decorations and I could not seem to focus on it.
A key highlight of our trip - we met several RVing couples during our stay - 2 of which I first met thru the blog and now stay in touch with. Roy and Lowell from VA went full time shortly after we met them - they keep a blog which you can read here .
And Sonny and Pat also from VA - they are (as I write this) making their first trip out West in their Suncruiser unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the 2 of them together — yet. smile
I’m taking copious notes about their travels and Pat keeps me posted on Willow Tree - as they have returned to it and plan to continue to do so as it is one of their favorite CGs too.
he weather varied from sunny and pleasant with wonderful 60 degree temps, to days of downpours where we watched DVDs all day long, and a couple of frigid nights where we worried about freezing water pipes. But we did get in some great evenings @ the campfire.
We learned about our move to Florida midway thru this trip so we were a bit preoccupied with all the changes ahead of us (part of why I could not concentrate on sewing), but overall it was a great trip and we are glad we got to spend the time there as who knows when we’ll get back to the place we call Heaven.
Winter / Spring 2007 - Pembroke Pines, FL; Alva, FL; Fort DeSoto, FL
Yep after Willow Tree, we went into a frenzy as we prepared for a major life change — moving from North Carolina to Florida. With a list a mile long and our heads spinning we solved a key need right away - storage for the Bus. Whew!
The space was ready in early February so we decided to snatch it up right away and took the Bus down for our house hunting trip.
We stayed @ C.B. Smith Park, a nice county park not far from the communities we were targeting. Everything was coming together so nicely but then we saw the storage spot and the reality of Florida life hit us hard. High prices — small spaces.
We spent one week @ C.B. Smith park, found our dream home, squeezed our Bus into its new home, and headed back North to put the NC home on the market.
By the end of February we had sold our NC home and at the end of March we drove to Florida and moved back into C.B. Smith park for 2 weeks as we waited to close on the FL home. We moved in the middle of April and spent the next several weeks buried in boxes. Whew! Obviously there was a lot more to that but it’s not RV related… thank goodness as I can’t imagine trying to add more highlights to that story.
By the end of May, we were eager to get back on the road before Florida’s raining season began so we took off
for a two week trip to explore Western Florida stopping first @ Riverbend Motorcoach Resort in Alva, FL. We spent 3 nights in the area, touring Fort Myers, Tom Edison’s Winter home, and Sanibel Island.
We continued on to Fort DeSoto taking along the entire population of Love Bugs in Southeast Florida with us. Ugh! We learned this is the time of year they mate and seem to love diesel fumes. Of course. After the bug cleanup, we enjoyed 4 nights @ the popular Fort DeSoto Campground and took some day trips to see the sights including a stop at Lazydays - the largest RV dealer in the Southeast.
Just before leaving on this trip, we learned an indoor storage spot had opened up so upon our return we backed the Bus into this spot out of the elements of Florida and all that it might entail. More $$ of course.
Summer 2007 - Jupiter, FL; Naples, FL; Adger, AL; Red Bay AL
In June, the Gods smiled on us again when we discovered Land Yachts, an RV service shop in Jupiter, FL. We had a few things that needed repaired plus an outstanding recall and they fixed us right up. We are blessed.
In July, the skies opened up on Florida and did not stop for weeks. Our choices were to stay home and watch TV or take the Bus our and watch TV. We stayed home most of the time except for one weekend towards the end of August. We figured the Bus needed some exercise so we took a chance and spent the weekend @ Pelican Lakes Motorcoach Resort in Naples, FL. A beautiful place — and yes we missed the rain, but not the mosquitoes.
At the end of August, we made a trip to Red Bay to get our carpet replaced with tile. We decided in June to tackle some
renovations as we plan to keep the Bus several more years. Our goal was to get these done before the Florida RV season begins which of course is Winter. So while our 2nd year officially came to a close in Red Bay, the last real camping experience was with Nita & Eric - friends we met @ Topsail in 2005 who also own an Allegro Bus (2007). We arranged to meet them @ Burchfield Branch COE in Adger, AL and we are so glad we did. They were gracious hosts, treating us to an enjoyable evening of fun, food, and wine at their campsite. Now that’s the way to end another great year.
If your truly interested in reading more detail about any of these trips you can find them here. You will have to page through them. Or you can read about the specific stops by State or read a CG review by accessing the campground link on the side bar menu or simply click here. Journal links are at the top of each CG page. You can also read our recap from Year 1 - here.
It amazes me that I can continue to talk about RV stuff beyond what i post in a journal entry, but last year a couple of readers asked some questions and as a result I created these new sections.
- Finding Campgrounds contains the resources I use to find places to stay. I add to it whenever i find a cool link especially ones with lots of pictures. smile.
- Stuff We Use Some RVers share their technical upgrades, I share how we organize, create interior comforts, etc. Rest assured you’ll never see techie advice on this site as we are not DIY people - we are “write the check” people.
- Road Notes - Just things we have seen or experienced on the road that make us laugh. Tom says I need to start taking pictures of odd signs — so maybe next year i’ll give that a shot.