More Photos of our trip

The sights and people we saw were very interesting this is an older trailer that someone lives in … rather modest but comfortable
The duck pond was of great interest from our dogs I think they remembered our ducks at the farm
The water at the Salt Springs was very clear and the fish didn’t spook when we took their photo
The camp fire at the RV camp was a social gathering point for the men mostly in the early evening
This is one of the smaller units we saw, a little to small for me I think.
We were at the camp just before St. Patrick’s day celebration and this Irish Lady had her unit decorated for the holiday.
Our dogs were very well behaved and traveled without a problem
This is our RV it served us well even if it was a bit small for two adults, two dogs and two cats.
The sea shore was a treat although while at the beach the weather was a bit chilly

For some reason Pink Flamingos were popular decorations in Florida

This was tent city under a highway in the city of New Orleans
Pretty fountian in a courtyard of a hotel where we met our ride to and from our RV camp in New Orleans

The above photos are all in and around New Orleans LA.

Some pretty birds we saw
I love sail boats and this one was very nice

Samantha after a hard day touring New Orleans

Our pets inside the RV
Some guys having a chin wag at the RV camp
Samantha and our dogs
Shelby looking happy to be on the water
Kay Julia enjoying the evening in the RV

The pavalon at the RV Camp on the Bayou south of Houston

Spencer our littlest dog
Daily chore walking the dogs here we are on the Bayou in Texas


Picking a newer RV

There is a rear kitchen in our 5th wheel
Here I am doing a bad impression of Betty Ferness showing off the refridgerator, hopefully it will work well.
Curb side view of the 5th wheel
The street side view with slide out of the 5th wheel
Bedroom, closet and cabinets
The slide with dinette and sofa
So after our trip to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi,Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and back to Kentucky in a 27′ Class C RV we decided if we were to continue to travel like this we needed more room to move around in than what the 87 RV had to offer.

We discussed the various options Class A vs. 5th wheel vs. Travel Trailer. Eventually we settled on the 5th wheel as our choice. Then it was which one? Samantha liked the one with three slide outs and I was not to sure about that having no experience with them. Samantha had more experience as she drove 5th wheels when she worked for Barnum & Bailey’s Circus and felt that they were dependable. I opted for one big slide in the one we chose and luckily the head room in the bedroom was more than in the one with three slides. Also the condition of the unit seemed to me to be better also. If we like it someday we may up grade to a unit with more slides more features.

So we bought the 5th wheel and now we need a truck to pull the unit, a 3/4 ton with a big engine and strong to pull this huge thing about he country. We tried several trucks and like Goldilocks we had one to old, one beautiful and expensive, one old but with new engine, tires and most of the towing apparatus. I opted for older with the new engine, towing apparatus and tires.

When testing the equipment on the unit it was found that the water heater was leaking and had to be removed and taken to be welded. I wonder what else will need to be repaired or replaced?

It has been a few days since the water heater has been removed and sent to the welding shop and it still isn’t back from the shop yet. I called the RV dealer again and maybe tomorrow the water heater will be finished and installed. Then again maybe it will take a little longer to get my RV home, I’ll keep you posted.

Return to Kentucky

Nice trail in the woods in our camp at the state park in Georgia
Our RV and Julia lost in thought or waiting for dinner I don’t know which 🙂

Our rig next to an eighteen wheeler at our night camp in Wal-Mart parking lot GA, the photo below is the Wal-Mart store front

Julia and our dogs after a hard day enjoying our camp site at the state park in Georgia
We have departed Florida and went north on I-75 to Georgia. We stayed at a Georgia State Park for two days and enjoyed the atmosphere of a family camp ground. For most of the stay the weather was cloudy and breezy. The last night we were there we had a camp fire which was fun until the wind came up and caused some problems with the fire so we doused the fire and went to bed. The last day it cleared and was sunny for our departure Sunday morning.
One interesting event was we had dinner at a local restaurant called the Cat Fish House. I had fillets of fish and fried oysters, Samantha had catfish and something else. I loved my oysters and fillets she didn’t like her dinner. While eating I told Samantha I was out of one of my medications and wasn’t feeling well, she got concerned and insisted that we find a drug store right after dinner. So after dinner we headed back to town and found a Rite Aid Pharmacy where the pharmacist went over my medications and found he missing meds, seems they changed my Rx to generic and didn’t tell me so I thought it was for something else. Then I took my pill and felt much relieved.

Sunday we broke camp and 0n our way back to I-75 we stopped at Huddle House for breakfast, I think I ate to much so I asked Samantha to do the driving. We traveled north on 75 right through Atlanta and its traffic on Sunday afternoon and now we are five miles from Tennessee and will dry camp for the night at Wal Mart. Samantha got an email from our house sitter that her Mother had been to flown to the big city hospital in critical condition and that her son was taking care of our place in her absence. We feel we should get moving early in the morning and get back to Kentucky as soon as we safely can.

We arrived back safely in Kentucky and motored right over to the Lee RV Center to talk with Philip Lee about trading our RV for a larger RV. After three weeks in a Class C we were convinced that two adults, two dogs, and two cats need a lot more room to be comfortable. Our old dog a large Labrador needs something easy to get in and out of so we are thinking about a 5th wheel. That will be the subject of the next post.

Whispering Pines Ocala FL

RV Park Road
Duck Pond
Evening camp fire
We had reservations at an RV park near the Ocala National Forrest Florida. The trip to Ocala was long and expensive as far as fuel was concerned. Oil prices have increased and immediately the Gasoline Stations increased their prices. We got ‘Taken’ when we stopped at a fuel station just off the interstate, it was very busy so we thought that the price must reflect local conditions and filled up at $3.45 a gallon. Ha! Just down the road a few miles it was twenty cents cheaper. It didn’t help to know many others were ripped off by that sucker. On the other hand we were treated very nice at a Flying J, the hostess heard that Samantha’s steak and eggs hadn’t come out right and took five bucks off the bill. Flying J is a must stop for us now and RVs can often over night in their parking lot and get LP tanks filled and dump waste tanks also.

Finally after some convoluted directions we arrive at Whispering Pines RV Park. This is a small place family run and reminds me of the old time RV parks in the old movies like Pajama Game (the original one with Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable, Gee I would like to watch that movie again). We took a walk around the park and met more people in that walk of about half an hour than we did in three days at Top Sail State Park or at the five days a tthe Escapees Park in Livingston, maybe we have been traveling in the wrong circles this isn’t a Tony place just down to earth regular folks and not one million dollar rig, some nice rigs and some older ones and a few real old ones.

Today 111308, we went shopping at Wally World once again and after we finished shopping we went to the National Forest visitor center and picked up a map and some brochures. Thinking it would be a good idea to drive around the Forrest and check out the camping sites and other attractions we headed out. First highway 40 goes right through the forest and you have no feeling your any place special and your not. Later I took highway 19, that bisects highway 40 and followed it until we got to Salt Springs.

Thinking that Salt Springs was a nice place to check out we pulled in and went to the office. We were informed that we would have to pay a day use fee and only I with the Senior Pass would get a reduction in the fee. That was the first of many unpleasant surprises, next was that we couldn’t take pets into the site nor could we take alcoholic beverages in and our coolers were subject to search.

Well no one offered to search our coolers or RV so we proceeded to the Salt Springs. Sheesh what a let down, in the office where we paid the fee the photo of the Spring looked huge and beautiful, in real life it was small and the walking area around it was in sad shape. The other thing that bothered me were all the negative signs every where, can’t have pets, can’t smoke, can’t use scuba equipment, must us the approved Bear proof trash receptacles, no alcoholic beverages, no parking on side of the road, no fishing, so forth and so on. I did not feel like I was wanted there. After taking a few pictures we got back into our RV full of contraband (pets and booze) and visited the camping area. The camping area didn’t seem special, no view of the lake or spring or anything else. Then on the way out I was supposed to place my permit in a box before passing through the electrically operated gates that close promptly at 5pm. I couldn’t wait to get out of there, I felt like I was escaping some weird dream. What has happened to my Forrest Service? When did they become big brother?

Then as I visited other sites in the same area I was asked to pay the daily fee again WHAT THE HELL is going on? I found a boating ramp and swimming beach area the beach was closed looked nice no one around, went to the boat ramp no one around there either and there it was a big sign asking for a daily fee again only this time I had to monitor myself, the Hell I Will, I took a few pictures walked the dogs and chatted with another couple about RVing and left, just in time I might add as a Forrest Service vehicle passed us on the road out to the highway. I didn’t get a warm fuzzy feeling about the Forrest Service or our Government today, not at all.

On the way back to camp we stopped in a strip mall and went to a dollar store for a few items, while standing in line I heard a conversation about how good the local restaurant was and when we left the store I suggested we have some dinner at the local restaurant. We had the spaghetti and meat balls with salad, garlic toast and beverage very reasonable if not memorable.

When we got back to camp we tried to set up our lights on the sun shade and found we had no electricity to the outside electrical plug nor to the refrigerator. After some head scratching and trying different things I had the brite idea to check the GFI plug and sure enough after resetting the GFI plug we had power to the both plugs. We got the lights up and took the dogs for a walk. Before we left for the dog walk we were invited to a St. Patrick’s day dinner at the park by three of the ladies from surrounding RVs. We felt so welcome, not like some other places we had been, however we will be leaving in the morning. The dog walk was going good until a dog came charging out of an RV and attacked our little dog! Scary moment, but with lots of shouts and barks from our big dog the attacker was driven off and captured by its owner who apologized profusely. No harm was done thank goodness and we parted amicably.

When we got back to the RV we indulged in snacks and a little TV and some WiFi the end of another day. Tomorrow we plan to travel I 75 north to Georgia.

Top Sail State Park Florida

View of condos at the beach in Florida
The famous dunes at Topsail State Park Florida

The beach very nice
We had made reservations for Topsail RV park in Destin Florida and after what seemed a long trip arrived were greeted warmly by the registration staff. We found our sight without any problem and found ourselves surrounded by some very expensive RVs. This didn’t bother us, however I think we might have miffed a few of the owners of the spiffy RVs. Our RV is old, 21 years old and looks it.

The park is a paved road down to the beach and of course dogs are not allowed on the beach so we took turns walking on the beach and taking photos. The weather was colder than we liked and in the mornings and evenings we had to wear our heavy jackets and gloves to stay warm and comfortable. The beach was beautiful and there were trails that wandered around giving one the feeling the place was very large.

On one of our walks we had a nice talk with a couple who owned an old RV and we exchanged our feelings about the park and how having an older RV caused some reaction to the other campers.
They felt they weren’t accepted either, not bothered or treated badly just not as friendly a reception as someone in a nicer RV would get.

We didn’t have WiFi at the park but in talking with another camper found a “Hot Spot” at Panera Bread and Coffee Shop. We spent several afternoons sitting there having coffee and catching up on our email and other chores like paying bills on line. When the technology works it is wonderful when it doesn’t it is a pain in the Pa toot.

The last full day there we went shopping and I, after many stores, found some shorts to wear. I was pleased to find something that fit both my body and my wallet. The following morning we were to leave for Whispering Pines RV park near the Ocala Florida National Forest.

Florida Blue Angel Camp

Just by chance as we were traveling on route 98 in Florida I spotted a sign for the USN Blue Angel RV Camp. I decided to see if my retiree ID card was still good and followed the road to the RV park.

The entrance had a nice man checking the RVs in and there was a vacancy and yes my Army Retiree ID card was good there. We only spent a night at the park. It was well shaded had a beach and a sea wall a small store, LP fill up point, rented boats and other gear. Very quiet park and the rate was reasonable. No WiFi and as usual dogs not allowed on the beach. I wouldn’t mind spending a few weeks there sometime.

We left the following morning as reservations had been made for the Topsail Preserve and State Park near Destin Florida.


Casinos in Biloxi MS

Fishing fleet
More Casinos

We left New Orleans and got back on I-10 headed east towards the Florida. We got as far as Boloxi Mississippi and pulled in to check out the Casinos. We needed to take the dogs for a walk and headed down the street pass the Casinos and suddenly I realized I needed a bathroom pronto, I left Samantha with the dogs and went into the Casino looking disparately for a restroom. After crossing the length of the Casino I found the restroom sadly not in time  I cleaned up as best I could and returned to the RV to clean myself better and change clothes. I guess I ate something that didn’t agree with my system.

Samantha and I had some confusion about where to meet and it took a while to sort it out she wasn’t well also. We decided to find Wal-Mart and get some medication to help us through the night. After shopping there we decided to stay at the Wal-Mart parking lot. Quite a few Wal-Marts allow RV parking and it is a great convenience.

In the morning we decided to go out for breakfast and we were headed for the Waffle House until I made a wrong turn and we ended up back at the Casinos. Having the Casino facing us we decided to have breakfast there and we enjoyed their breakfast bar and after stuffing our faces tried out their slot machines. Well breakfast became expensive, proving our luck doesn’t extend to gambling. We left the Casino and headed East.

We got to the Pass Christian exit sign and decided to take in the sights. Pass Christian was wiped out during hurricane Katrina. Today it is clean and back in business with lots of new buildings going up and some nice homes being built. The overall impression is one of progress and success much different than the 9th Ward in New Orleans.

We headed East again towards Florida just a few miles away.