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 […]
We thought we’d share our plans for 2018. By year’s end, we can look back and see how close we came to accomplishing all of this…LOL. So without further ado here is a bit of a preview of our 2018 travel plans. We have spent the 2017-2018 Winter at our Winter home for the last two years, Torrey Oaks RV & Golf Resort, near Bowling Green, Florida. It has been an enjoyable winter with lots of activities and some fantastic friends. We have been steadily planning our 2nd Summer full-timing travels, and currently, we plan to depart Torrey Oaks in mid-March. Our plans are rather ambitious; however, we’ve allowed ample […]
From Stannard Township Park we drove north on to the Keweenaw Peninsula to the northern town of Copper Harbor and the Lake Fanny Hooe Campground. The area was green and the weather was relatively cool for July. As one would expect the area does get a great deal of snow with a “snow thermometer” indicating the most snow in the area occurred in the Winter of 1978-79 with 390.4 inches of snow! That’s over 32.5 feet of snow! Below is a clipping of a Google map showing the location of Copper Harbor. Location of Copper Harbor. We thought we’d booked a full hookup site, however, somehow our reservation resulted in […]
The Kreher RV Park is a nice 31 site city-operated RV campground, although, as with many of the northern campgrounds it does not have sewer at the site, only a dump station. It is also a first-come-first-serve campground, with many multi-month residents who take the water view sites early in the camping season. We stayed there from 20 to 27 July 2017. It has a small park with playgrounds, restrooms, and showers. No laundry, however, a nice public laundromat is about a half mile away. We enjoyed our time there in spite of the adjacent SUPERFUND cleanup site. We learned about the site after we arrived, it seemed to be in […]
From our stay at Vermilion Sunsets campground, we headed to the big city of Duluth. Our friends from Minnesota, Jeanette and Ron, had recommended we visit Duluth and the Lakehead Boat Basin. It was a bit of a challenge to get reservations, and we had to jiggle our schedule around to get a few days reserved. We were glad we did. Lakehead Boat Basin is not your usual campground as it is in downtown Duluth on the water of the Duluth Harbor. You will need to cross the Duluth Aerial Bridge to arrive at the campground. We did not notice any directional signage for the campground, so you’ll need to […]
Today we were lucky enough to be walking back from a tour of the ship William A. Irvin to see the largest ship on the Great Lakes, the MV Paul R. Tregurtha, pass under the Duluth Aerial Bridge – …and entered the Duluth Harbor. We shot a video with my Nexus 6P phone which does OK, you may view our video below: It was a fascinating sight.
The Vermilion Sunsets RV Park staff suggested we journey north to the Vermilion Falls, the staff said: “it’s just up the road.” So we turned north out the entrance and expected we would be at the falls shortly. So imagine our surprise when we drove about 5 miles and the paved road turn to dirt and Google Maps said we were about 40 minutes away. What we learned is that “just up the road” is much farther away when you live out in the boonies, opposed to folks that live in more urban areas… LOL. It really was out in middle of nowhere, we did not see another person in […]
Yesterday we visited the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary near Orr, Minnesota. Here is a video I put together of the visit. It was $10 donation per person to visit. And we very much enjoyed the 3 hours we spent viewing the wild bears from an elevated boardwalk. Here is a link to the Google Photo Album with many more images of the 30+ bears that we saw while visiting. If you ever travel near this area, you certainly need to make a visit.
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 […]
We joined the local Elks Lodge this past winter while in Florida. As a member, we can stay at Elk Lodges around the country that have accommodations for RVs. Our first opportunity to try a Lodge stay was along Highway 35N in Missouri at a very nice active lodge near Cameron. We called and learned that they had a Benefit Concert scheduled for the weekend that we wanted to stay there. They said it might be a bit noisy and crowded, but welcomed our stay. They said they had a 50 amp site and would provide us a water connection if we required it. We arrived mid afternoon and was […]