On May 12, 2017, we celebrated our second anniversary of the purchase of our motor home
Our 2010 Tiffin Phaeton QTH Motor Home, accompanied by our 2013 Cadillac SRX, or TOAD. This was certainly a PEAK, our site in Amity Campground, Lanett, Alabama.
and our TOAD (the car we pull behind us). Bill drove the motor home 13,152 miles in those two years and we’ve driven our TOAD, 34,000 miles! So we are in a reflecting mood after we read “Wheeling Its” recent blog, The Art of Slo-Mo RVing, etc.
, where they talked about how their full-time RVing has evolved. We could relate: we prefer slo-mo and we want to smell the roses as we travel.
We are not complaining but we have put ourselves on time constraints since we return to Virginia every three months (or there about) to spend a month or so with our grandsons – and their parents! In the meantime, we have been trying to saturate southeastern USA. But things happen and sometimes we have to miss many flower gardens and gems. Things like RV repairs. Between our time in Red Bay at the Tiffin Service Center, the tire blow out repairs and our recent generator repair, we’ve spent a little over three months in parking lot “campgrounds” since we bought our motor home. We have always made the best out of it. But since we want to see it all, it causes us to sometimes travel faster than we want. And our Summer 2017 travels are falling into that category! I’d say since we left Fredericksburg on May 2, 2017, we’ve experienced some real challenges – the main one will be in an upcoming post!
Sunset, which was reflecting on our motor home in Amity Campground, Lanett, Georgia. Watching the sunset nightly, a location we didn’t want to leave….but we must move on!
On May 9, 2017, we arrived in Amity Campground, US Army Corps of Engineers Park (COE). It is on Georgia time, but technically is addressed in Alabama – which is Central Time! We’d wake up and go to sleep on eastern time, then when we’d go walking/exploring, we were on central time – which we love! We stayed in this lovely small campground, surrounded by a lake and filled with trees for only three nights. During its open season (about 4 months), the only way to score a really GREAT site like ours is to be there mid-week. We’ll tell this story in pictures. Let’s first get there!
I didn’t take any pictures, but we did have to skirt around Atlanta to get here. Amazingly, it wasn’t bad, but I was helping navigate so no time to take pictures. Here we are going through the sweet town of Lagrange, Georgia. Bill is now able to easily maneuver through small towns. Thought it would be interesting to show the price of gas on the east coast.
Sorry about the quality! We are driving on county roads, wondering what we are getting into! Then we finally see the only sign to let us know, we are headed in the right direction!
That sign took us into this little neighborhood! YIKES, are we sure we’re in the right place????
Phew, there is the entrance, this was the right way. We are so encouraged as we see walkers!!! YAY, that’s what we need first and foremost these days.
We were given this map with a list of the available campsites. We had called ahead to make sure we could get in. It seems you can’t reserve these campgrounds the day you plan to arrive. The Camp host was so welcoming by having a list ready for us. It didn’t take us long to figure out where the best location was. Note the arrow!
We get to drive around and pick our site. This was on the way to where we ended up selecting. The scenery is just so beautiful.
This is the site we picked out! On the tip of a finger! Nice and flat, partial sun, quiet and so serene!
Here we are! All settled on our site, # 55. Ooopps, that marker says it’s 52! How did that happen? Thankfully, the camp host was very kind when he let us know we registered to be on another site. Thankfully, this one was free until Friday….
This is looking down the road from our site. #55 is on the right hand side down a bit. It wasn’t a bad site….but we can see it all from # 52.
The trip here was uneventful, except some concern if we were really on the right road! We got set up, ate then went off to explore!
When we checked in, we asked if they had a map of the trails. No, was the response but they are easy to find. She hadn’t been on them, so she couldn’t tell us much more. It wasn’t so easy finding the trail head, but we did!
Which way to go??? We decided we’d try Alligator Creek since we (actually Bill) is a bit obsessed about these amazing creatures!
This is really the trailhead or the end of the trail, depending on which direction you come to the trail. From the campground, it’s the end. But we want to see more! It was getting a bit late, so we decided we’d return and see if we can make it to the next Corps Recreational Park.
We had a cheering party great us upon our return! What a treat. We counted about 6 once they took after after saying hello!
We returned to the moon rising to our right, which is also over a little island!
And the sun setting to our left, or west! Wow, just so amazing!
The next day, we made it! We hiked all the way over to Rocky Point Access – another Corps park, but mainly for fishing and it had a beach area. The beach was closed for a few more days, but we could walk to it, just no car access.
This is the beach area at Rocky Point Access. We are looking over at our campsite! We walked three miles to get here….
This was the picture Bill took of our campsite. We were hoping for a picture suitable for framing! We need a better camera. We had hoped to take a class on how to take great scenic photos. We just never had time. We are using a Nikon Cool Pix P 90. It’s about a decade old!
There are just times when every thing works out so perfectly!
Sadly, our time had to come to a close. This was one of our best stays, but it was also way too short. But there was no way we could have stayed longer if we wanted – it was booked up over the weekends – for the rest of the summer!
We had no idea what we were in for here, but Bill has an uncanny ability to find us honey pots! Although I found that last one, Dan Nichols City Park in Salisbury, NC.
We ended up hiking over 15 miles these three days. Wouldn’t you say, so far, our summer travels are going pretty smoothly? We just wish we weren’t having to travel so fast. We have a date to meet up with family by Memorial Day. Next stop, back to Red Bay, Alabama.
Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.