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Aviation Arbor -NAS Joint Reserve Base, Belle Chasse, LA

We spent 7 days at Aviation Arbor in April 2018. The cost was $18@night for a 50A FHU site with free Navy gowifi.  Reservations were done on-line and were easy enough to do. Since we were arriving on a Sunday the staff called us the Friday before to provide our site and security code information.  There are no on-site hosts.  To get to the park, arriving from the east on I-10, we had to go into the southern outskirts of New Orleans and south through an old (built in 1954), rather small looking, 13.5’ tall tunnel – the BELLE CHASSE TUNNEL. We fit, BTW! – we are 12’ 10.5” tall, so […]

Pelican Roost Famcamp ~ Naval Station Mayport, FL

We stayed at Pelican Roost for 19 Days in April 2018 – $20 @ night. Arrival – The signage to get to the park is non existent, so make sure you ask the gate guards at the main gate for directions. There are two different streets that lead to the park entrance and either can accommodate larger rigs. Just FYI, there are two RV Parks (Pelican Roost and Osprey Cove)  on the base so make sure they do not send you to the wrong park. We really enjoyed staying at Pelican Roost.  It was a nicely maintained, quiet, peaceful park, except for the occasional helicopters and training gunfire off the […]

Deparcq Woods Campground, Camp Ripley, Minnesota

We departed Dakotah Meadows and drove northwest to a National Guard Post just north of Little Falls, a 58,000-acre military reservation named Camp Ripley and more specifically the Deparcq Woods Campground. I’d never heard of Camp Ripley and we were surprised at how large the camp was and how active the airfield was while we were there. It was a very nice campground, we had cell service, 50A service, water and there was a dump station near the campground. They also provided free firewood. We arrived mid-afternoon and found the billeting office and registered. We were informed that the host was a fellow named Jim, and if we had any […]

Shields Park FAM Campground – Gulfport, Mississippi

After Pensacola, we continued west to the Shields Park FAM Campground in Gulfport, Mississippi. We arrived 24 April and departed on the 1st of May. I’d not realized that such a large military installation existed in Gulfport. This installation is the home of the Navy SeaBees, it has a decent size Base Exchange and Commissary. They have two sections to their campground, the original section which is just inside the Pass Road Gate. The other recently opened section, with all back-in sites, is at the opposite end of the base a few miles away. We stayed in the older section in a pull-thru 50amp full hookup site.   We enjoyed our stay, there is […]

Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area

After a short drive from Panama City we found our way to the Blue Angel Naval Recreation Area near Pensacola. It was our first visit and we learned there are three different campground locations associated with the Pensacola NAS. One of the campgrounds is located near the National Naval Aviation Museum, it is Oak Grove Park,  the other two are located about 10 miles west, they are referred to as Section A & B, and as Anchor Cove & Battleship Row respectively. Anchor Cove has only 30amp power, water and a dump station, Battleship Row has full 50amp hookups all paved streets and large size concrete pad sites. Both sites are located […]

Panama City and Tyndall AFB

We arrived at Raptor Ranch Fam Camp on Tyndall AFB, Sunday afternoon and left 8 days later on Monday. It was our first visit to the area. the campground is easily accessed directly off of Florida RT98. You do not need to go through any security gate, you just drive into the park entrance, the registration office is immediately on your left. We had reservation and the campground was almost full, while we were there they had units in the overflow area a couple times. Our site (#45) was right next to the Recreation Hall. The site concrete pads in most of the sites are short. This causes a problem for […]

Headed back North…

So after 5 days cooling our jets while our windows were defogged, we headed north to visit our youngest son, and his dog Liberty. We reserved a site at Camp Blanding, which is about 16 miles from our son’s home in Green Cove Springs. This was our first visit to Camp Blanding, and we were pleasantly surprised when we arrived at our site. Very nice large full hook up 50 amp site right next to the lake. The per day fee was $24.75 if you have no pets, I think the pet fee was $3 a day for each, a maximum of two. We got to spend some time with our son, went […]

Next Stop? Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay…

We continued south from Weston Lake and our next planned stop was the Eagle Hammock MWR Campground located on the Naval Submarine Base at Kings Bay, Georgia. We reserved a Lake Front Site, and the accommodations were very nice. Full hook-ups, including Satellite TV, and free laundry. We meet several great folks while there, all veterans, and very friendly. Several of us got together and went to Appleby’s for our free Veterans Day meal and a couple beers. Also, we meet several families who were heading to Torrey Oaks as their next stop.  So we’ll be seeing them again later this winter. We had a very nice stay at Eagle Hammock, and […]