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Riverview Campground (Waco, Texas)

Riverview Campground (Waco, Texas)

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Riverview Campground seems to be out in the boonies when you transition from the highway to the back roads that take you to it.  But it’s actually  just 15 minutes from downtown Waco and the dealership where Mike was working. Be careful driving those rural routes, though.  You might have to navigate around roosters in the middle of the road like we did!

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Riverview is a lovely park with pull-throughs, full hook-ups, and paved sites.  We paid $30 a day for our 50-amp, full hook-up, pull-through spot that included Wi-Fi.

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Amenities include a brand new laundry room/shower building and a small play area for the kids. The property has three different club houses for large or small RV clubs.  Next to an in-ground, salt water swimming pool is a large dog run with a park bench and a couple of trees to provide shade from the sun.

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We celebrated our six-month anniversary of being on the road while we were there in early January.  Most of the trees were bare.  We figure it’d be beautiful in the spring, summer and fall when the leaves and flowers are in full bloom.

Warrior RV Park (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

Warrior RV Park (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

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Mike was working at Myers-Duren Harley-Davidson, so our next stop after Waco was Tulsa. We chose Warrior RV Park because it was fairly close to the dealership, had good reviews, and was reasonably priced. $28 a day included a pull-through site with full hook-ups and a grassy strip with a picnic table.

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Warrior RV Park has 38 pull-throughs with 30- or 50-amp service and concrete pads that are 8 feet by 15 feet. There are also 17 back-in spots with 30-amp service.  There’s a dumpster on the back side for trash along with a larger grassy area for walking the dogs.  The highway runs next to the park, so it can be loud.  Our rig’s insulation kept the road noise to minimum when we were inside. A bathroom/laundry building is roughly in the center of the park.  The park has decent free Wi-Fi and a ridiculously large selection of free cable channels.  We especially appreciated the propane tank on property because we wanted to have plenty of propane as we headed out to Milwaukee.

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My memories of our stay in Tulsa will always be bittersweet. We had to say goodbye to our Charlie kitty while we were there.  He developed a saddle thrombus in the afternoon on January 14th that cut off the blood supply to his legs.  Mike was able to leave work early, bringing the Jeep with him, and we took Charlie to a vet Mike’s students had recommended.  The vet and his assistant were very kind, but there was nothing they could do to save our boy.  Since Charlie was 23 years old, we knew his time was going to come soon.  It still broke our hearts, though, to have to let him go.  He was with me for half my life, and he’s irreplaceable.

When I learned that the wife of the couple that owns the park rescues cats, I gave her Charlie’s leftover food and made sure to buy a chocolate bar that she sells for fundraising.  I rescued Charlie all those years ago, and it made me feel good to help someone else trying to do the same.

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The Vineyards Campground (Grapevine, Texas)

The Vineyards Campground (Grapevine, Texas)

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We stopped for a couple of days in Grapevine, Texas, to visit our friend Jim before heading to work in Waco.  The Vineyards Campground was lovely even in the bareness of winter. Our “gold” spot right on the lake was just $75 for a two-day stay, and it came with a complimentary wine tasting. A sweet perk! We had a spacious, circular pull-through site with full hook-ups and our own private deck overlooking the water.

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We made good use of the complimentary Wi-Fi and cable, and our first day was warm enough that we gave the RV a much-needed bath.  Unfortunately, the temps dropped significantly after that so we didn’t get to enjoy the extensive amenities at the park:

  • Bicycle rentals
  • Boat ramp
  • Children’s playground
  • Courtesy docks
  • Regular activity programs
  • Family swim beach
  • Fishing pier
  • Golf cart rentals
  • Group pavilion
  • Horseshoe pit
  • Kayak rentals
  • Nature trail
  • Paddle boat rentals
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Disc Golf
  • Board games
  • Complimentary coffee/popcorn while supplies last each day

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A pack of geese roamed among the rigs every day, and I discovered that these birds can be aggressive!  As I was snapping pics of them with my iPhone, one came rushing toward me, necked extended, loud honks coming from it’s open beak.  I guess he wasn’t a fan of the paparazzi!

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Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort (Foxboro, MA)

Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort (Foxboro, MA)

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Normandy Farms is huge.  It’s probably the largest campground we’ve stayed at except for Cherry Hill just outside of D.C.  There’s so much to do at Normandy Farms, but we didn’t have much time to partake.  We spent most of our time traveling to Boston to visit with my dad and his lady love Sindy.

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The rates vary depending on the season and how many services you’re looking for.  They break it out nicely on their website so it was pretty clear to us.  They do give a discount if you’re a member of one of the big clubs.  The office is open late and well-stocked with RV supplies, gift items, and small groceries.  The roaring fire made me want to camp out on the sofa there instead of at our site!  Did I mention that it was 20 degrees during our visit?! NormandyFarms1

Surprisingly, we had a lot of company during our stay over Veterans Day weekend.   The place was overrun with kids dashing between playgrounds, families walking their dogs, and couples riding bicycles on the nature paths.  We took the bark babies to the dog park, the brisk air quickening our steps and theirs.  The dogs enthusiastically darted around, sniffing and plowing through the dead leaves.  The dog park is really cool – with a dog wash area, a separate enclosed run for small dogs, an agility course, and fenced-in “cabins” where you can leave your dog for a time.  The “cabins” and dog walking services are available for a fee.

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Normandy Farms closes for the season on November 30th.  They kept the water on through the long holiday weekend and then shut it off that Tuesday morning.  They advised us of that when we made our reservation and again when we checked in, so we were prepared.  It was obvious that most of our fellow campers were there just for the holiday because the place emptied out pretty quickly on Monday.

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Normandy Farms is the first “resort” RV park we’ve stayed at, and it lived up to its description.  There’s swimming, a recreation lodge, a creative arts enter, and business & information center, a fitness center, playgrounds, the dog park, a bike park and disc golf.  While we were there, they were hosting movie night and candy bar bingo.  That’s all in addition to plenty of pull-through, full hook-up sites with grassy strips and picnic tables.  This would be an awesome place for families, and we would’ve loved to stay when we could do all the nifty stuff they have to offer.  My dad wasn’t really up to making the 45-minute trek from Boston to hang out with us, so we were away almost more than we were there.

NormandyFarmsDogWelcomeBags I loved the doggie welcome bags that we received upon check-in.  There was a biscuit for each bark baby along with poop bags and notes on the rules and amenities for dogs.  My favorite part was the personalized tag for each dog that had their names on one side and our campsite on the other.  This is a b-i-g park.  How to smart to make sure that, if they got away, whomever found them would know who they were and where to return them.

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Gold Brook Campground (Stowe, VT)

Gold Brook Campground (Stowe, VT)

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We were able to squeeze in the New Hampshire gig because Mike was already scheduled to work at a Harley dealership in Vermont.   There wasn’t a year-round campground in Barre, so we stayed at Gold Brook Campground in Stowe.  (Thankfully, this time, the commute was only 40 minutes, instead of an hour.)

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This was the first time we had a campground completely to ourselves.  It was eerie with no one around.  There’s something disconcerting about a quiet playground.  Then we settled in and really enjoyed the privacy.

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Another first for us was staying at a campground that has no website.  We relied on the couple of reviews we found online.  They were accurate.  The campground is,  indeed, “no frills”, and the owner is a “crusty old Vermonter” who warms up as you interact with him.   There are full hook-up sites along with tent spots.  Full hook-ups normally include electric, water, and sewer, but in mid-November, the water had been shut off.  We were able to fill our fresh tank from a spigot on the outer wall of the shower house when we arrived.  We had to improvise with two five-gallon buckets and a pump to replenish our supply after we were connected.

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My routine was to drive Mike to the dealership, head to Black Cap Coffee and get my work done, go back to the rig and take the dogs on a nice, long walk, and then do some sight-seeing before returning to pick Mike up.  There’s a lot to see in Stowe and also nearby Waterbury, like the Ben & Jerry’s factory tour, a Cabot Cheese outlet and Lake Champlain Chocolates.

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For a couple of days, the weather was warm enough around midday to make walking along the river brisk but pleasant.  The bark babies haven’t seen much water, so they were unsure what to make of it.  Meeko rushed up, put his front paws in, and jumped back like he’d been stung.  Too cold for our little man!  Sadie didn’t even bother to get close.  I think she might be smarter than I give her credit for.

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Knowing bad weather was on the way, I made sure to make the most of the sunny skies.  So when the snow came, I was ready to appreciate it from the cozy confines of the RV.

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Field & Stream RV Park (Brookline, NH)

Field & Stream RV Park (Brookline, NH)

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As we head into winter, it’s getting harder to find campgrounds that are open year-round.  That’s how we ended up  an hour away from where Mike was working in Swanzey – at Field & Stream RV Park in Brookline.  Even though we would have preferred to be closer, Field & Stream was a nice place to bunk for a week.  About half the rigs there seem to be permanent residents, parked on the outer edges or back section of the park.  The sites are paved and level, able to accommodate large rigs.  It’s a gated campground, so they give you a key to get in and out.  My mum and her husband David, who live about 45 minutes away, in Raymond, loaned me one of their cars to use during our stay, and the campground kindly gave us a second access key.

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Another challenge we’re having at this time of  year – since we’ve been working in the northeastern part of the country – is the availability of water.  Because the water to the sites comes through pipes in the ground that aren’t heated, they’ll freeze when temperatures drop.  This, of course, can be a problem in a stick house, but it’s much less likely.  Field & Stream advised us that they’d be shutting off the water toward the end of our stay, and they did.  We had been filling up our tank every night, just to be on the safe side, so it didn’t create too much of a hardship.  I did, however, stop doing laundry in the rig and instead went to a laundromat with Mum.  It turned into a rather nice afternoon of chatting and crafting while the clothes washed and dried.

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As with most parks, our site included a picnic table.  Dogs had to be leashed and picked up after, but there was no designated area that they were confined to.  The bark babies enjoyed crunching through the leaves and sniffing at the muddy little lakes that formed on the dirt road around the park.  Field & Stream had the other amenities that we’ve learned are pretty standard:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Paved, level sites
  • Water
  • 30- and 50-amp electric
  • Sewer
  • Cable TV
  • Laundry facility
  • Shower house
  • Propane

In the good weather, campers can enjoy the play area, the fishing pond and a canoe dock.  The campground is also very close to pretty Lake Potanipo.  There’s no path around the lake, but it’s got parking and boat access.  The best part of the lake, though, is the small lighthouse that I got to walk by on my commute to work at The Cozy Tea Cart Cafe, just a mile and a half away.

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Tower Campground (Sioux Falls, SD)

Tower Campground (Sioux Falls, SD)

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Tower Campground is a year-round park in Sioux Falls that’s got easy access to all the stuff you want to see, like the U.S.S. South Dakota Battleship Memorial, Falls Park and the historic downtown.  Even better for our purposes, it was also a quick jaunt to Mike’s gig at J&L Harley, just four exits up the highway.  The proximity to the highway has led to some negative reviews of the campground because of the roadway roar.  Our rig is well insulated, so we didn’t really notice the noise inside.   Outside, yeah.  But, the trees buffer some of it.

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I don’t know if the staff was workcampers or owners, but they were super friendly and helpful.  While we were there, we had oodles of packages delivered, including two folding bikes.  They texted us when our multiple boxes arrived, and they helped me load those big boys into the Jeep.

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This was the perfect place to break in our new bikes because we were practically on top of the Big Sioux River Recreation Trail.   The nearly 26-mile route follows the Big Sioux River as it loops around the city.  In particular, we enjoyed the River Greenway, a paved bike trail that winds through scenic urban and wildlife areas.

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The park has full hook-ups and one pull-through spot, it looked like.  Of course, that was on our side, which I think was the newer side.  The other side looked packed, and I’m not sure if there were pull-throughs.

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Our one complaint about the campground was the Internet.  The Wi-Fi is free, but it’s very controlled.  If you hog bandwidth, they don’t just throttle you back; they cut you off completely.  Frustrating!  I spent my mornings at one of the Starbucks in town so that I could get my freelance work and blogging done.  Not a bad way to deal with the problem.

Despite our Wi-Fi woes, we enjoyed Tower Campground and would stay there again if we were back in the area.

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Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort (Nashville, TN)

Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort (Nashville, TN)

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It was happy news when the GPS routed us through Nashville on our way to Mike’s next gig in Sioux Falls.  Nashville is close to where Mike’s oldest daughter, Stevi, lives in Smyrna.  Since we had a few days to kill, why not spend them with Stevi, catching up with her and delving into the history of the area?

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We chose Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort for a few reasons: good reviews, pretty lake views and an on-site adventure park.  The park has 84 RV sites, all with some sort of view of Percy Priest lake.   Rates range from $45 to $55 a night.  At this time of year, the adventure park is only open on the weekends.  Since we arrived late on a Saturday night and were leaving Tuesday morning, that left Sunday as my only day to do the zipline and ropes course.  Unfortunately, the weather was abominable on Sunday.  Although the course is open rain or shine, the heavy wet drops and cold winds were not conducive to a positive outdoor experience.  I chose to stay cozied up with Mike and the pet babies, getting stuff done in the RV and reading.

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Nashville Shores has the best dog run of all the campgrounds we’ve visited so far.   The long enclosure is shaded by tall, leafy trees and has picnic tables where owners can sit comfortably while watching their bark babies cavort.  Meeko had room to run flat out, and Sadie delighted in dashing back and forth, barking vociferously at kids on bicycles on the other side of the fence.  (The KOA in Laramie, Wyoming, is a close second with its fenced-in doggie agility course.)

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We enjoyed Nashville Shores in the fall, but it’d be even better in the summer when the water-based amenities are open and the adventure park is running every day.

  • Laundromat
  • Horseshoes, volleyball, basketball and shuffleboard
  • Pet-friendly with dog park
  • Waterpark with wave pool and lazy river, multiple water slides, pools, beach, lake cruises and much more – open seasonally
  • Treetop adventure park – open seasonally
  • 310-slip marina with fuel dock – open seasonally
  • Private access to Percy Priest Lake
  • Waterfront RV sites
  • Pull-through sites
  • Free cable
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 50-amp full hook-ups
  • Fishing
  • Nature trails
  • Camp store
  • Bathhouse
  • Playground
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Sadie meeting her “cousin”, a 15-year-old Boston named Samantha, who, like Sadie, is petite and tailless

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Rutledge Lake RV Park (Fletcher, NC)

Rutledge Lake RV Park (Fletcher, NC)

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Mike got a last-minute job in Fletcher, North Carolina, so we headed there after our stay in the Washington, D.C., area.  Rutledge Lake RV Park was just minutes away from the place he was working, so it was very convenient.   It’s a fairly small park but picturesque.  We liked everything about it, especially the ease with which we extended our stay.  When Mike was asked to work an extra day, the staff initially wanted to move us to another spot.  That would have been, of course, a pain because we’d have had to unhook and rehook for just one day.  After we asked to keep our existing site, the staff quickly called the arriving campers to see if they’d be open to going to another spot.  They were, and we were able to stay put.

Rutledge Lake, like many of the other places we’ve stayed, has quite a bit to offer:

  • 50-amp full hookup sites
  • Lakefront RV sites as well as some pull-through RV sites
  • Easy big rig access
  • Tent camping sites and cabin rentals, too
  • Open year round
  • Gated community with a 24-hour on call person available to answer any questions
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pet friendly but no designated dog run
  • Bathhouse and laundry facility
  • Heated pool open from Memorial Day to Labor Day
  • Recreation room that is available for gatherings, playing pool, table tennis or relaxing in front of the tv and fireplace
  • The lake is stocked, and catch and release fishing is allowed
  • Paddle boats and canoes are available for rent for $5 for 4 hours
  • Propane fill station
  • Walking trails along the creek
  • Easy access to Asheville

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Loved this mural in the laundry room!

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Cherry Hill Park (College Park, MD)

Cherry Hill Park (College Park, MD)

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We picked Cherry Hill Park campground in College Park, Maryland, because it was the closest park to D.C.  We were in town to inter Mike’s mum with his dad, who was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in 2003.  Evelyn passed away in early 2012, but it took a while for the family’s schedules to sync up so we could reunite Evelyn with her husband of over 50 years.

Cherry Hill is a pretty park.  The office and camp store has generous hours – from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Staff is friendly and helpful.  We drove our Jeep into the city, but you don’t have to if you stay at Cherry Hill.  Transportation is available from the campground multiple times daily, and the staff can direct you to the tour that’s best for your needs.  Only minutes outside the park grounds are a grocery store, a Starbucks, a home improvement store and a variety of restaurants.  After all your running around, you can take a relaxing hike along the Nature Trail at the edge of the park.

There are spots for every type of rig at  Cherry Hill, and the list of amenities is long:

  • 400 RV and tenting campsites with water, sewer and electric hookups
  • Sites are open year round.
  • 30- or 50-amp service
  • Handicap accessible
  • Restrooms with hot showers
  • Pets are welcome, and a pet walking service is available.
  • Carpeted laundry room with 19 washers and 20 dryers
  • Free Wi-Fi which was pretty reliable and reasonably fast while we were there
  • Cable TV
  • Miniature golf
  • Playground
  • Game room/Arcade
  • Large screen TV lounge with fireplace
  • Two swimming pools
  • Hot tub and sauna
  • Nature trail
  • Propane refills
  • Firewood
  • On-site Star Café and Grill that’s open until 9 p.m.
  • A camp store with groceries, souvenirs, gifts, t-shirts, and lots of RV supplies
  • Free movies, shown seasonally, in the Starlight outdoor theatre

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