Friday, October 2, 2015

Walkabout Camp and RV Park, Woodbine, GA

Date of Stay:  Thursday October 1, 2015 (1 night)

Rate:  $18/night (PPA discount)

Website:  Walkabout Camp and RV Park
   742 Old Still Road
   Woodbine, GA 31569

Description:  Close to the Florida state line near exit 7 off I-95, it’s a great stopover on our way south.  We have stopped here several times before and will return.  Gravel roads and sites which are narrow but FHU.  We stayed on site A14 right across from the pool. 

Activities:  It was a long drive here from Gaffney, SC so we just rested.  Coffee and donuts at the clubhouse made our morning departure a little sweeter.

Pullthru site A14 narrow sites  Stayed right across from the pool
On site A14 right across from the pool
Office/Residence at Walkabout CG  Small playground
Office                                                  Playground

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Freightliner Custom Chassis Factory Service Center, Gaffney, SC

Date of Stay:  Tuesday September 29 – Thursday October 1,2015 (2 nights)

Rate:  yearly service

Website:  Freightliner Custom Chassis Factory Service Center
   103 Campus Drive
   Gaffney, SC 29341

Description:  This is where many diesel pushers are born, ours included.  There are 6 work bays and 20 rv sites with 50A electric hookup.  We were on site 15.  Dump station and water take on as you enter (or exit) the facility.  Easy to get to from I-85 (exit 92).  Decent waiting room with morning coffee provided.

Trash and Recycle:  Dumpster on site.

Activities:  We came here a few years ago to the class they offer for the owners of the coaches with Bill and Nancy. They have been here for service since then and recommend it versus Lazydays. Since we had trouble with Tawanda overheating during the summer, we wanted to get a thorough checkup.  The service is much faster and better at a better overall price.  Arrived Tuesday afternoon for a Wednesday morning appointment and left Thursday morning.  We spent the day in the lounge although there is a shopping mall nearby.

Freightliner Custom Chasis Service Center with 6 work bays  On site 15 at Freightliner in Gaffney
Factory Service Center                                  On site 15

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

RV Resort at Carolina Crossroads, Roanoke Rapids, NC

Date of Stay:  Thursday September 3 – Tuesday September 29, 2015

Rate:  $575/month

Website:  RV Resort at Carolina Crossroads
   415 Wallace Fork Road
   Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870

Description:  Reviewed several times in the past.  We stayed on our usual site (P8).  All sites are level with 50A FHU.  Most are pull thru so this is a popular over nighter about a mile from I-95 (exit 171).

Activities:  We basically did family visiting and unwinding at the MH.  Gin got on the roof and put some Eternabond around the shower skylight.  The pool here is always inviting on a hot late summer day.

Trash and Recycle:  They pick up your trash by 10:00 if you leave it curbside or take it to the dumpster in the rear of the park yourself.  We found a comingled recycle bin at the Aquatic Center in town near Mom’s so we used the convenience when visiting with her.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

James River State Park, Gladstone, VA

Date:  Sunday August 30 - Thursday September 3, 2015 (4 nights)
Rate:  $38/night
Website:  James River State Park (VA)
   104 Green Hill Drive
   Gladstone, VA 24553
Description:  Paved roads with level dirt/gravel wooded sites having W/E (50A).  Located in the middle of nowhere off of narrow Virginia secondary roads, we were surprised to get good Verizon reception.  We stayed on site 15 which is a long pull-thru.  As with other VA State Parks, we picked our site once we arrived.  Very wooded so the rooftop dish didn't work.  Good thing Gin was able to set up our portable one.  Also several nice cabins (houses really) in the park and separate camping for horse lovers.
Trash and Recycle: Dumpster near the dump station at the exit.  Didn't notice any recycle.

Activities:  On our way here, the MH cut off in the middle of Hwy 211 on the way to I-85 near New Market.  We will have our cooling system checked thoroughly at Freightliner in September.  Like other VA state parks, there are very nice hiking trails here so I took advantage of them.  There is a canoe livery on site where you can rent a kayak/canoe and they also have a shuttle service from one end of the park to the other where there is a nice boat landing.  Maybe next time because the James River looked so inviting.  We enjoyed a visit to the Visitor Center which has nice displays about the history of the area.

Site 15 in Red Oak loop  Site 15 Red Oak loop
Red Oak Loop site 15

Nice cabins with beautiful views!  Picnic area near the Canoe Livery
Cabins have beautiful views                       Day use picnic area on the river
Beautiful!  James River from the trail
Beautiful James River
Canoe Livery in the State Park  Nice day for a float
Canoe livery on the river
James River SP Visitor Center  Batteaux outside the Visitor Center
Visitor Center with a batteaux outside (narrow cargo river boat)
Inside the Visitor Center  Inside the Visitor Center
Inside the Visitor Center  Inside the Visitor Center
Inside the Visitor Center
Nice trail markings River Trail Some hills on Cabell Trail
Love the trail system here River Trail River Trail
Trail in James River SP Good trail markers in Va State Parks Dixon Landing (kayak marker)
Love the trails here!
Along River Trail Purple flowers too Golden Rod along River Trail
Wildflowers along River Trail Spider web with morning dew Orange flowers too
Lots of wild flowers along the trails

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Shenandoah River State Park, Bentonville , VA

Date:  Sunday August 23 – Sunday August 30, 2015 (7 nights)

Rate:  $44/night

Website:  Shenandoah River State Park (VA)
   350 Daughter of Stars Drive
   Bentonville, VA 22610

Description:  Reviewed earlier here.  Paved roads with level gravel sites having W/E (50A).  We once again stayed on site 10.  Nice hiking trails throughout the park.  Only ding is lack of Verizon coverage.  The price has gone up noticeably too.

Trash and Recycle:  Dumpster near the dump station at exit.  Recycle bins there also for aluminum and plastic bottles.

Activities:  This is a great place to hike near the river and also in the woods so I took advantage of it.  Sherry and David were staying in the Lewis Mountain CG of the Shenandoah National Park nearby so we drove up to have an enjoyable afternoon/evening visit with them.  I could kick myself for forgetting the camera. On our way home, we saw a beautiful sunset at an overlook and a bear cub ran across Skyline Drive in front of us in the dark.  When we arrived at camp, we had a surprise visit from Tricia and Dan who camped beside us for the night.  They left in the morning on their way to NC.  Gin was able to walk to the river from our campsite and we also rode over to the nice Visitor Center.  A motorcyclist going around a curve had an unfortunate accident with a bear shortly before we arrived.  He injured his shoulder and the bear bounded off into the woods.

On site 10  Site 10
Site 10
Site 10  Back yard view
Nice patio and back yard view

Trail map for the State Park  River Trail
Trail map                                        River Trail is nice enough for a bike
Shenandoah River  Shenandoah River
Shenandoah River                                   He said the fish weren’t hungry
Shenandoah River from Culler's Trail  Culler's Trail
Culler’s Trail
River Trail  Along the River Trail
I saw a porcupine on River Trail but he hid a lot faster than this rabbit
Big Oak Trail   Big Oak Trail
Big Oak Trail
Horses have been here  Nice trail marking signs
Horses share the nicely marked trails
Nice rack!  His mate
Young buck and his mate
Observation Point on Redtail Ridge Trail  View from Observation Point of Redtail Ridge Trail
View from Observation Point of Redtail Ridge Trail… my snack spot!
Curious youngun  Crossing the trail
Curious fawn crosses the trail close to me

Visitor Center  Koi pond at front of VC
Visitor Center with koi pond out front
Red Fox in the VC  Big taxidermy display in the VC
Big taxidermy display in the Visitor Center

Gin at Culler's Overlook  Gin made it to the river
Gin at Culler’s Overlook                            She made it to the river!