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- March 9, 2008 at 3:30 pm #11923
Let’s post them here in this thread. The GOOD , the BAD , The UGLY , tell us about your campground experience !
Ever want a peek at, or an opinion about, a place you are intrested in camping at ? One of our members may be able to help in this thread.
I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth 08' Oliver Legacy Elite HULL NUMBER 0003(sold)March 9, 2008 at 4:24 pm #13267
APACHE GOLD CASINO RV PARK
Located nine miles East of Globe Arizona on US Highway 70 on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. This is a short three minute series of videos shot from behind the wheel, across the dashboard and over the hood, to give the viewer a general overview of grounds.
At twelve dollars a night for full hookups, the RV park may be where the real GOLD is hidden ! In the photo below you may note that the window card for your RV says Guest Security Pass. There is, as at most Casinos, a Security Department. The Apache Gold RV Park is patroled regularly by marked patrol units.
Here is what you recieve upon checking in at the RV park:
Top: Casino freebies chit. Bottom Left: Window card for the RV. Bottom Right: Card Key to access showers and Restrooms
Clickable link to the videos :
Overall impression of our three day stay, Exelent ! There was a bit of vandalism in the restrooms, but no grafiti, and they were reasonably clean. We will definitely stay there again.
I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth 08' Oliver Legacy Elite HULL NUMBER 0003(sold)March 9, 2008 at 5:36 pm #13269
Since it’s been 25 or 30 years since we last camped (popup with 3 boys and a dog), I don’t have much to offer, except requests for info.
We are hoping to get our trailer within the next couple of weeks. I know conventional wisdom is to bring it home and get organized and educated. However, at this point, we are thinking of meandering for a little while – still may change and come home.
We don’t have a definite plan yet, but we are thinking of leaving Hohenwald and moving slowly down the Natchez Trace parkway, maybe all the way to Natchez. Then maybe down into Cajun country somewhere in the general area of Layfayette. We love to take in local culture, food, music and dance. We’ve done a lot of Texas small town honky tonk and dance hall exploring and have met up with Cajun dancers and would like to tippy toe into some of this. Who knows from there, maybe over into the hill country of Texas or maybe to some places we like out a little west of Fort Worth. And/or up into the Ozarks of Arkansas. The posts about St George Island was really tempting, but it seems we may be a little late to find a good camp spot there – pretty much booked I think. Of course we may up and come home at any point. We’ll have a pup along; so will have to take that into account.
Anyway, any thoughts, advice, suggestions or info would be much appreciated – as always.
TomMarch 9, 2008 at 9:01 pm #13271
No agenda ! Tom, that’s a true vacation ! I don’t know how many folks I have talked to, that tried to anticipate all of the things that they could take from home, that they just knew they would need in their new trailer. In most cases they brought some stuff that they had to haul around until they got back home again. He, he, yeh we is guilty !
I have heard it suggested on other forums that you bring a couple of changes of clothes and pick up what you learn that you need as you go.
No time frame to contend with, no schedule, just the freedom of the open road and new experiences. Wooo Hooo ! Sweet !
Starting off a trip with a new Oliver, and early Spring on the Natchez Trace, very cool.
I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth 08' Oliver Legacy Elite HULL NUMBER 0003(sold)March 9, 2008 at 9:35 pm #13273
If any of you end up in the Florida Panhandle, I highly recommend St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, just south of Port St. Joe, on Cape San Blas! It’s a beautiful state park with both pull through and back in campsites, full bath facilities and 2 campgrounds to choose from. My favorite is the one right on the water, just walk over the dunes to the beach and inhale that great salt water aroma that cleanses the soul! Here is a link to my website that shows photos of that campground: http://www.flickr.com/photos/earthdance … 406170680/
Here is the link to the campground:
Here is a note……. as beautiful as St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is, it isn’t pet friendly. No pets are allowed on the beaches. However, the next beach is Indian Pass Beach and the pets are free to wander without leashes there. It is also 4-wheel drive friendly if you stay off the dunes!
Just a bit east of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, about 15 miles, is Indian Pass. At the very end of Indian Pass is the Indian Pass Campground. Great little campground right on the water with the beautiful St. Vincent’s Island right across the bay. You can get a ferry over for $15. St. Vincent’s is a wildlife refuge so you need to carry everything you will need for the next few hours because the ferry won’t come back for 4 hours! That includes toilet paper! Bring a few extra shopping bags too…… you will want to pick up all the shells you find, there are some really nice shells over on St. Vincent Island.
Here is the link for info on St. Vincent’s Island: http://www.fws.gov/saintvincent/
Here is the link to the Indian Pass Campground.
http://www.google.com/search?q=Indian+P … =firefox-a
One Sunday, a few months ago, Chuck (tumblweed) and I had a picnic lunch at Indian Pass and watched as a pod of dolphin played in the water just a few yards from us!
If you decide to visit my neck of the woods….. let me know and I’ll tell you all the neat places. Oh…… another good campground….. St. George Island State Park, right across the Bay from my place is beautiful too! hahahahaha…. I can keep you camping here for a few weeks with all the neat places around here!
GeriMarch 11, 2008 at 12:11 am #13288
Thanks so much for all of the information on campgrounds and St Vincent Island. We have that area high on our list for sure. If it turns out that we turn left from Louisiana, we’ll get in touch.
TomMarch 11, 2008 at 12:18 am #13289
PANCHO VILLA STATE PARK
Located three miles North of the Mexico/US border crossing on New Mexico Highway 11. Turn South off of Interstate Highway 10 at exit 82A in Deming New Mexico, travel nearly forty miles to Columbus and the State Park is located right on main Street. The park is on the actual site of a calvary battle. The onsite Museum is filled with so many artifacts that one visit isn’t enough to begin to grasp it all. Here is a video from the drivers seat, over the dashboard and across the hood to give a general overview of the Campground portion of the State Park. Fourteen dollars a day, no sewer hookup, dump station on the grounds. Clean, well maintained restrooms and showers at a couple of locations. Border atmosphere, historical campsite, economical, yes, we will be back !
Here is a link to the drive through video:
Mariachi Band playing at the Pink Store,Palomas Mexico, three short miles to the South.
Metal Art Statue in front of the Pink Store.
Statue of Pancho Villa across from the Pink Store.
March 11, 2008 at 12:35 am #13290
Across the Mississippi River in Vidalia, La is River View RV Park and Resort. VERY nice. Stayed there 3 times as an overnite park but will stay there longer next visit! Sites 103 and up have view of river view. Nice walk on bluff overlooking river, great for dogs, lots of room! Wifi OK near office(which has nice small store} but further away gets weak quick but lounge area is comfortable, I just brought the laptop in. Lotsa’ folk were using it as base for exploring Natchez and staff is knowledgable and courteous!
ChuckMarch 11, 2008 at 1:24 am #13293
Thanks so much. That sounds like a place for us.
TomMarch 21, 2008 at 12:41 pm #13424
Withlacoochee River County Park in Dade City Florida is one of the hidden gems of Florida. Florida has always been known for it’s outstanding state parks, but sometimes there are smaller, less flashy but no less beautiful gems known as County Parks. Worth seeking out. When you enter the park, go to the end of the road to the Ranger’s office and pay $5 per night you intend to stay. Then he will direct you to Ma’s Big Way Road and you will turn left there onto a huge field where Native American Pow Wow’s are held several times per year. That is why you will find a big prayer/dance circle near the center. There is a big one coming up on Mothers Day weekend, so don’t plan to camp there then….. but it is a wonderful Pow Wow to attend. It is the last one of winter and many will return to the northern states they reside in. This is one of the largest Pow Wow’s in Florida, and in my opinion, one of the best! Full beautiful dancing regalia, the most amazing drums, lots of arts and crafts and demonstrations. Plenty of good food, usually including gator bites and fry breads. As you turn onto this big empty field, you are free to find yourself a spot under one of the few shade trees in the area or out in the open!
I have attached a few photos, but if you go to my flickr website listed below my signature, there will be more photos there of this park. This park is very easy to find You can google it, or mapquest it or if you are still confused you can PM me or Sherry (seadawg) for more specific directions. She and I have decided to wait for you to ask for specific directions because we don’t want to ruin this beautiful park with hundreds of huge motorhomes coming the same weekend we want to rally! Let’s kind of keep this our little secret at the Oliver family forums! Grin. However, because there are plentiful open spaces, bring your kites, your model airplanes, your solar panels, your bikes, your kayaks, your hiking boots and your barbeque grill. Also bring your manners and clean up after yourself. The park is ok about small dogs on leashes, but clean up after your dogs too please!
I will add a few more photos to that flickr link below as I get time to edit the photos!March 23, 2008 at 3:31 am #13431
Thanks for the great photos, Geri. You have an amazing eye. I love the cypress on your flicker website.
It’s a beautiful campsite. See you there again soon!
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2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12March 24, 2008 at 1:28 am #13434
I saw you with a camera too….. surely you have a few more photos you can add???
Chuck and I will head down there Sunday, the 30th. Hope to see you there soon! Anybody else up for joining us at Withlacoochee ???
I am adding a few more images here, and on the flickr website posted in my signature.
GeriMarch 24, 2008 at 1:34 am #13435
I should have mentioned, it was Sherry I saw with a camera and I know she took a few photos as well! Here are a few more.March 24, 2008 at 2:20 am #13437
Love that oak…. All it take is an amazing eye and a good camera…. I have the cameral… but…. Sorry, geri, my pix don’t hold a candle to yours…. I’m so glad you were there, camera in hand.
See you next week. Happy Easter.
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2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12March 27, 2008 at 5:47 pm #13467
Sonora Caverns and Campground in Sonora TX about 15 miles off I-10.
The campground is good but the attraction is the Cavern itself. This is a private campground as are the caverns and they give a GREAT tour..about 2 hrs and the groups are small, max 6, and the guides are VERY knowledgeable! Only overnighted but will go back to see again, absolutely fascinating! Univ of Texas finding cancer fighting ingredients in some of the deposits!!
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