Saturday, April 13, 2013

RV Buddies Get-Together

Returned home yesterday after spending 4 days with my RV Buddies at Suwannee State Park, FL. 

8 girls + 7 rigs = fun! 
Here's what we did.


My Good Deal Bus
Norma's Scamp
Peggy's Apex

Carla's Turtle Top.  We all spent a lot of time in her lovely sun-shaded, bug-free gazebo.


Carla and Mitzi take a spin


Putting In

Peggy and Norma

Heading upstream


Suwannee River

It really is tea-colored


Norma's Yahtzee

Carla's Mitzi




Sharon, author of Tinycamper's Blog, dropped in for a visit.  Everyone just loved her! 
If you haven't seen the photos of her stylish Casita interior, you should.


Peggy and Sharon


With sticky marshmallow fingers

And laughing

Not pictured: nightly campfires, a weenie roast, a sing-along, and star-gazing.  You know, camping!

We southeastern girls plan to gather once a month. So if you want to join us some time, there are only 2 requirements: 1) the desire to camp and 2) two X chromosomes.  Being female, that is. 

Here's a link to the RVBuddies Yahoo group. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Florida Bound

This post is a day behind.  I'm posting it now via the Bainbridge,GA Home Depot's kickin' free Wi-Fi.  I most likely won't have internet service at the campground, so I'll catch up when I get back to civilization. 

Monday April 8, 2013

It’s a stunningly perfect 71 degrees after sundown as I catch up on internet stuff here. 

Camping World after hours

I had planned to drive further today on the way to my RVBuddies girls’ camping trip at Suwannee State Park – some 4 hours from home.  

But the genial Dothan Camping World employee pointed out the free hook-ups.  It was almost cocktail hour, so I stopped for the night.  Schedule, what schedule?

I’m the only camper here.  Just row after row of RVs looking for good homes.      

This mode of travel has it hands-down over hotels. 

I could sit out here all night! 









Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Overnight RV Parking Website

One of the full-timers on the Roadtrek yahoo discussion board, whose opinion I respect, recommended this website:


I began using it on  my Southwest trip and wonder now what I would do without it.  There are thousands of sites in the owner's database and information is added daily.   There is also a supplemental invitation-only Yahoo site where the most current files are stored - if you are inclined to print the info rather than use the website database.

Downside?  The $24.95 annual fee. 

The upside is that for every site you confirm, you get a free week's subscription.  I joined in February and my subscription has already been extended till June.  I made it a practice to update/confirm every place I overnighted on my way back from Quartzsite. 

In addition to the usual Wal-Mart locations, the listings include other retailers like Cracker Barrel, Lowe's, Sam's, Bass Pro Shops, Flying J, etc .... in addition to casinos, city parks, rest stops, and more. 

There is also information about where exactly to park, how safe the area appears, how level the lot is, and nearby restaurants and businesses. 

I was pleased to add a new site to the tiny town of Ft. Davis, TX which previously had no free overnight listings.  With permission from the owner, I stayed for 2 nights in a hotel overflow lot.  I submitted the spot, the website owner called to confirm my information with the owner, and now it's on the list.  So I feel like I am helping my fellow-travelers.

I consider the website a real bargain and a must-have.  I look at it this way, one night in a campground would no doubt cost $24.95 or more.