Thursday, August 4, 2022

Blue Ridge Toccoa River KOA - Blue Ridge, Georgia (July 2022)

For the most part, getting directions from one campground to another is easy. We compare the results from our GPS, Google and Apple Maps and pick the route that appeals to us more than the others. The problem was that our navigational systems all agreed on two alternative routes. Their preferred route took us to Atlanta, a terrible city to drag Rosie, our Airstream trailer, through. The second route went through the north Georgia mountains on two-lane roads with an abundance of sharp switchbacks. We were not comfortable with any of these routes. 

Our fears about the mountain route were confirmed when we called the Top of Georgia Airstream Park near Helen, Georgia. The person there strongly urged us to avoid the road north of Helen while pulling our trailer then she made a few suggestions on how to go to our next campground. That was when we called our neighbor. 

Who is our neighbor? He is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who served as a navigator. He quickly got out his maps and came up with the flattest route that avoided Atlanta and small mountain roads. I was able to load his route into our RV GPS and we knew we didn’t have to worry about how to get to our next campground. 

We did have something else to worry about. As we were pulling out of our site at Pointes West Army FamCamp, our tire monitor alarm went off. One of Rosie’s tires was flat. We pulled off the side of the road in the campground trying to figure out our next move. 

That was when a retired U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant camping next to us walked over to help. He suggested that we use our air pump to fill the tire instead of trying to change it in the campground. Then we could keep an eye on the tire monitor as we headed to a tire shop. That sounded good to us. 

I noticed as I started to remove the tire monitor sensor from the problem tire that it was loose and leaking air. After I filled the tire with air, I made sure the sensor was tightly secured on the tire. 

We closely watched the tire monitor as we started our trip and were relieved that the tire behaved normally and didn’t lose any air. The Gunnery's advise was spot-on.

Our next campground was in Blue Ridge, Georgia. This is a destination campground for many vacationeer's, but we were here to visit my wife's brother. The COVID pandemic forced a two year gap in being able to see him and we were anxious to see her brother.

Entrance to the campground


The "office" at this campground

It was easy to see that this KOA campground was less than two years-old. All of our navigation devices knew where the campground was, but they were not aware that there was a new turn lane leading to the campground. We were glad we followed the campground signs and not our GPS units, which wanted us to travel up the road then make a U-turn to turn into the park. 


Rosie in our site

Sites did not seem as close together as in most other KOA campgrounds

We made our reservations in this campground only a few days before we arrived there and were fortunate to reserve any site there as the park was full of campers. We plan to reserve one of their premium sites along the river when we return to this campground in the future. 

The Toccoa River behind some sites in this campground

People enjoying kayaking on the river

We were able to ride our bikes around this campground. We were amazed at how few hills there were there compared to the previous campground we camped in. 


Eating lunch in Rosie with my wife's brother

We had a good visit with my wife's brother. We decided to visit the Big Foot Museum in Blue Ridge, Georgia that afternoon. They had ample fuzzy photos of Big Foot and video recordings of people talking about their encounters with Big Foot. We also noticed that these first-person recounts of Big Foot sightings lacked how much the people drank before first seeing Big Foot in the woods.


Outside the "Big Foot" museum

Big Foot shows up!


Ready to do battle with Big Foot, who is unaware I completed hand-to-hand combat training in the Army

I checked the pressure in Rosie's tires several times while parked in this campground. We were relieved to note that the tire was holding pressure and did not appear to have a problem. 

We enjoyed our visit to the Blue Ridge area and would return to this campground in the future when visiting my wife's brother.

Here are some specifics about this campground:
  • There was a single loop in the campground
  • Our site was a back in
  • Our site could be classified as "full sun" as there were just a few trees in this park
  • Unlike most KOAs, there was adequate room between campsites
  • The road in our camping loop was paved with asphalt. 
  • Our site was paved with gravel.  We needed to use leveling tools to correct a side-to-side lean in Rosie
  • Our site had 20, 30 and 50 amp electrical service 
  • Our site had a water connection
  • Our site had a sewer connection 
  • There were several dumpsters for trash in this park. Campers could simply leave their trash bags next to the road and the workers would pick them up and dispose of them for you
  • There was a new bathhouse in the RV campground. It was clean and well maintained
  • The park had a swimming pool
  • The park provided WiFi service. We measured the download speed at 6 MBS
  • AT&T provided 2 bars of 5G voice and data service over our campsite 
  • We were not able to watch any over-the-air TV stations using Rosie's antenna. The campground provided cable-TV
  • There were restaurants and shopping near the campground 
  • This was a pet friendly park 
This was the first time we saw a six-door Ford F-450 truck used to tow a fifth-wheel



Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Points West Army Resort (U.S. Military FamCamp) - Appling, Georgia (July 2022)

Our original plan was to stay home during July and August, typically the hottest months of summer. That turned out to be a good idea as we survived a week of 100+ degree temperatures during June. Then the temperatures moderated a little and we started talking about how we needed another Rosie trip. (Rosie is the name of our Airstream trailer.) It didn’t take long to convince ourselves that a week or two in the woods was just the ticket for us. 

Of course, the problem with “spur-of-moment” camping is always getting reservations on short notice. Some of our camping friends like to brag about how they pick a compass direction, head out and always find great spots in incredible parks on-the-fly. While that sounds great for them, we are more comfortable with knowing we have a place to park at the end of the day. 

As our conversations about going out on a camping adventure progressed from “here’s an idea” to “let’s do it,” we went online and called to check for an opening at some choice campgrounds near us. We struck out at the state parks and Corps of Engineers parks we tried, but booked a site on the water at Fort Gordon's Pointes West Army Resort in Georgia. Once again, a military FamCamp provided us with an opportunity to have another Rosie adventure. 

Our RV GPS, Google Maps, Apple Maps and the navigation system in our truck all agreed that we needed to go on the Atlanta bypass for about 20 miles. We should have known better than to willingly drive around Atlanta. 

We tried to time it so we would be on Atlanta's Interstate highways during low traffic periods only to discover there are no “low traffic” times there. What should have been a four hour trip suddenly turned into six. We were thankful we arrived at the Pointes West before their office closed at 5 p.m. so that our credentials to camp in military FamCamps could be verified.

Sign at entrance of Pointes West Army Resort FamCamp


The guard house at the entrance to the campground


Most of the sites in this campground were on the lake and had great views. You may use your own canoes, kayaks and boats on the lake or you can rent them from the office. It rained most afternoons while we were in this park meaning we skipped renting boats. 

Rosie's site on the water



We didn’t skip riding our bikes. This was a great park for bike rides. We were able to go on five mile bike rides most mornings and afternoons between the rain showers. 

The roads were great for riding bikes


Our bike rides took us past two notable amenities in the campground. The first was a great playground for children. That was good because we noticed a bumper crop of kids in the park. 

Playground for children


The second feature we rode past everyday could be described as a playground for adults. I doubt I would have called it a playground while I was in the service. The park had a Confidence Course, but I wasn’t tempted to impress anyone with my “confidence” there.

Playground for adults

Second confidence course in this campground


We also saw deer, rabbits, a fox, woodpeckers (possibly pileated) and several armadillos while on our bikes. Then there were the geese. They were everywhere! It was cute for a day or two then we noticed goose droppings were along the paths those birds took. It seems that geese are more enjoyable from a distance. 

A fox watches us pass by on our bikes

The deer frequently visited our camping loop


Rosie in our campsite


We noticed an army of ants invaded Rosie while camping in this park. We quickly switched to our anti-ant offensive and worked hard to un-invite them. 

Our expectations were high coming into this park based on its online reviews. We were not disappointed. We look forward to returning to Pointes West. This was a huge facility and deserved the label “resort” by military campground standards. 

Here are some specifics about this campground:
  • There were multiple loops in the campground
  • Our site was a back in
  • Our site could be classified as "full sun" as there were many trees in this park, but not around our site
  • Most sites were closer together than what you find at a COE campground, but not as tight as most KOAs
  • The road in our camping loop was paved with asphalt. The roads in the other loops were gravel
  • Our site was paved with dirt and gravel.  We needed to use leveling tools to correct a side-to-side lean in Rosie
  • Our site had 20, 30 and 50 amp electrical service 
  • Our site had a water connection
  • Our site had a sewer connection 
  • There were trash cans in front of every site. Campground hosts emptied those trash cans several times while we camped there
  • There were bathhouses in the RV campground loops. Tent loops had portable “potties.”
  • The park did not provide WiFi service except at the lodge
  • AT&T provided 1 bar of 4G voice and data service over our campsite 
  • We were able to watch a FOX affiliate from Greenville, South Carolina using Rosie’s TV antenna. Digital channels seen were Bounce, Charge, Circle, Cozi, Escape and Grit
  • There were restaurants and shopping about 15 minutes from the campground 
  • This was a pet friendly park 
Selfie taken in the campground


Sunset from our camping loop

The "beach" area on the lake





Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Uchee Creek Campground (U.S. Military FamCamp) - Fort Benning, Columbus, Georgia (June 2022)

Fort Benning has two primary FamCamps. One is in Destin, Florida and we stayed there last month in Rosie, our Airstream trailer. The other is across the river from the Army post. Technically, Fort Benning is on the Georgia side of the river and its FamCamp is on the Alabama side.  It is about a ten minute drive to go from the FamCamp to the Fort's gate if you want to go there. 

The major camping apps all say this campground has WiFi and the people in the office said that a vendor had about 30 more days to complete the WiFi installation. That conflicted with what we saw as we drove to our assigned site as we saw no evidence that anyone was installing a WiFi network. Several campers in the park told us that the office people have been saying the campground should have the WiFi system operational in a few weeks for the past two years. That was bad news because we had an unworkable one bar from AT&T on our iPhones. 

While there were many shaded sites in the campground, unfortunately the site we were assigned was full sun on a very hot day. We were glad that it had 50 amp power and that allowed us to use both of Rosie’s air conditioners. 

Rosie in the hot sun

 
The campground itself was well maintained and nice. It had a swimming pool and a great playground for the kids. It also had a marina where you could rent kayaks and fishing boats. 

We never knew what the real time was while there. The campground was on the line marking the eastern and central time zones. If our phones were talking to cell towers on the Georgia side of the river, they displayed Eastern time. If our phones were connected to cell towers in Alabama, they were on Central time. We could set our phones side-by-side and they displayed different times. 

Fort Benning is a major training base for the Army’s basic training, advanced infantry training and for jump training. Jump training is parachute school for what the Army calls Airborne. This campground was close to the airport and the landing zone used for parachute landings. We actually enjoyed watching the planes pass overhead and circling the drop field. 

Airplane used in Army "jump" training flying over Rosie



We had planned to return to this campground in three weeks. We decided to cancel our reservations and possibly return when the weather was cooler. 

Here are some specifics about this campground:
  • There were multiple loops in the campground
  • Our site was a back in
  • Our site was "full sun" 
  • Our site had some space on both sides
  • Our site was paved with asphalt and we needed to use leveling tools to correct a side-to-side lean in Rosie, our Airstream trailer. 
  • Our site had 20, 30 and 50 amp electrical service 
  • Our site had a water connection
  • Our site had a sewer connection 
  • There was a dump station in this park 
  • The trash dumpsters were at the entrance of the campground. It was easy to walk there with your trash
  • There was a bathhouse in the campground 
  • The park did not provide WiFi service 
  • AT&T provided one bar of 4G voice and data service over our campsite 
  • We were able to watch ABC and CBS using Rosie’s TV antenna. Digital channels seen were Bounce, Circle, Grit, ION, LAFF, ME-TV and THiS
  • There were restaurants and shopping nearby
  • This was a pet friendly park 

Friday, June 10, 2022

High Falls State Park - Jackson, Georgia (May 2022)

We received a text message from High Falls State Park in Georgia while we were on the road headed there. They wanted us to give them a call and check in prior to arriving. 

Since we were about 90 minutes away from the park, my thought was to simply check in after we arrived. I was outvoted. We called the park's office, checked in and was given the gate code. 

The need to check in early made sense when we arrived. A sign directed us to a narrow road that took us up a hill and deep into the woods. After a few anxious moments, we saw the gate that required the passcode we were given earlier via phone. The park office I imagined at the entrance to the campground was missing. It turned out that we really needed to check in via phone prior to arrival. 

Once inside the gate, we wandered around the camping loops looking for our site. We quickly discovered that the park lacked what we considered to be normal campground signs directing visitors to their sites and that problem was compounded because we didn’t have a campground map.

Really? This was the sign at the entrance to our camping loop!



After circling what we thought was the entire campground, we saw two park employees and asked them how to find our site. They told us to turn on a single lane side road that appeared to go nowhere except up a steep hill then gave us the dreaded “you can’t miss it” phrase. I had visions of having to back Rosie, our Airstream trailer, down that narrow road but was surprised when we actually found another loop and our site. 

Rosie in our site



We quickly realized that this was probably a “weekenders” park where nearby people from the area tend to gather for a few days. That was a plausible reason for not distributing campground maps and the lack of signs detailing the various loops. If the same crowd is there most weekends, the park doesn’t need maps and signs because everyone knows the layout. 

There was an office in this park. We didn’t find it until we went exploring the next morning. The park appeared to be on several parcels of land on both sides of a highway with businesses and private homes sprinkled between them. It would have been easier to find the office and camping store if we were simply passing through the park and not camping there. I doubt that we would have found the office while pulling Rosie and following the few signs guiding us to and around the campground. 

We also found another campground in this state park down the road and across a bridge. It had great views of the lake, but sites were for campers less than 25 feet long. It became a game watching RVers turn into the wrong campground then having to ask someone where their site was only to discover it was down the highway and on the other side of the road. 

This is a great campground if your goal is to be cut off from the world. AT&T's cell signal would drift in occasionally to the point that we could receive a text message. We couldn’t find a single TV signal using Rosie's antenna. It was a good thing we brought a DVR loaded with some movies we wanted to watch. 

We were pleasantly surprised by the sounds of birds in this park. We loved hearing the many birds that were around this campground. 

One of the many birds in this park



We had visitors while camping in this state park. I frequently participate in the Airstream Club's RV Service Net on the 40 meter Amateur Radio band. One of the net control operators and his wife who is the club's newsletter editor dropped by for a visit. 

The lingering question about the park has to be about the falls. When a park is named High Falls, you expect to find high falls there. Perhaps the falls could be more accurately described as cascades and they are high cascades for the region. We enjoyed hiking to the falls and enjoyed their beauty. 

The falls


The dam



There were multiple things to do and see in this park, but the drawback was its isolation. While some people may want to be in a place where their cell phones don’t work and their TV sets cannot find a signal, we prefer being in a place where our family and close friends can reach us. We were glad we explored this park, but I doubt we will return. 

Here are some specifics about this campground:
  • There were two campgrounds in this park on opposite sides of the road about half a mile apart
  • There were multiple loops in the both campgrounds
  • Our site was a back in
  • Our site had shade
  • Most sites had some space on both sides
  • Our site was paved with gravel and we needed to use leveling tools to correct a side-to-side lean
  • Our site had 20 and 30 amp electrical service. The AllStays app lists this as a 50 amp park. Only a few sites had 50 amp electrical service 
  • Our site had a water connection
  • Our site did not have a sewer connection 
  • There was a dump station in this park at the park's exit. It was a long way from our site and you had to exit and re-enter the park after using it with your sewage tote
  • The trash cans were along the side of the bathhouses 
  • There was a bathhouse in our camping loop
  • There was a washing machine and dryer in our loop's bathhouse.  The cost was $2 per load to wash and another $2 to use the dryer 
  • The park did not provide WiFi service in the campground. WiFi was provided during business hours at the campground office, which wasn’t close to the camping loops
  • AT&T occasionally provided half a bar of 4G over our campsite, which allowed us to receive an occasional text message. Phone service and data connections on our iPhones didn’t happen 
  • We were unable to see any TV stations using Rosie’s TV antenna 
  • Shopping and restaurants were available a few miles up the highway 
  • This was a pet friendly park 
More water features in this park


Selfie next to Rosie





Monday, June 6, 2022

Eagle Hammock RV Park (U.S. Military FamCamp) - Kings Bay Navy Submarine Base, Kings Bay, Georgia (May 2022)

Who flipped the weather switch over to summer? It was a comfortable spring day when we left Mayport and traveled the 50 short miles to Kings Bay Submarine Base in Georgia. When we arrived, the temperature and humidity screamed summer. How could the weather change so fast? People in the South are fond of saying, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a few moments and it will change.” Four days later, the temperature dipped back to the early spring range. 

Eagle Hammock RV Park is located on the Navy Submarine Base at Kings Bay, Georgia. That meant we had to pull Rosie, our Airstream trailer, past base security at the gate. There was plenty of room to park Rosie, our Airstream trailer, at the Pass and ID office to get our credentials in their system before heading to the gate. 

A reminder that Kings Bay is a submarine base



Heading to the gate



Once our information was in their system, we were told we could proceed to the gate. After the usual scan of our IDs, the base policeman told me there were additional security checks before we were allowed to drive onto that military base. I hoped he wasn’t about to ask who led the National League in home runs in 1945. He didn’t. After completing the enhanced checks of our rig, we were waved through the gate. 

Since this campground was named Eagle Hammock, I half expected to see an eagle or two while there. I didn’t. But, it didn’t take long after we parked Rosie to see our first critter. We saw a baby four-foot gator walk between our neighbors' trailers towards the lake. One neighbor told us a 10 foot gator lurked in the lake. We knew we needed to be very careful when walking our dog around this campground because gators move surprisingly fast on the ground. 

Entrance to the campground


Campground office


Rosie in the campground


It was interesting that the size of the big gator grew during the time we stayed in this campground. It started as a 10-foot gator then grew to 13 and finally a 16-foot gator. Sure, there was a possibility that several large gators lived in the lake. On the other hand, people telling us about the gator were fishing and they probably used their “fishing eyeball estimates” about size. 

Gator in the lake


Sign warning about the alligators 


There were other critters in the campground as well. We spotted rabbits behind Rosie most afternoons and a turtle laying eggs on the side of Rosie. There was ample evidence that armadillos were digging holes throughout the campground and an abundance of birds around the lake. What we didn’t see were eagles. 

Turtle behind Rosie



Several online reviews of this campground mentioned great bike trails. It took a couple of days looking for them, but we found them. We could only ride bikes early in the mornings because it was too hot to be outside by mid morning. 

Along one of the bike paths



We had a maintenance issue during our stay in this campground. Our macerator toilet quit working. After trying to fix it for longer than I wanted, I walked over to the camp host's trailer and asked about mobile RV service units that had access to the military base. I called three. Two said they could not show up for three or four weeks. The third could be out in two or three days, but they charged a $500 service call fee to show up on base then an additional diagnostic fee and the actual hourly fee to work on the trailer. I feared that some mobile RV service businesses decided that they can charge what I considered to be unreasonable fees on military bases and I translated that into the opposite of saying “thanks for your service.”

The camp host, a Navy Master Chief, overheard my conversations with these people and said that he would take a look at our problem. It didn’t take him long to realize I misread the fuse chart and changed the wrong one. Our problem disappeared when he replaced the correct one. That was a learning experience for me and I was glad I didn’t have to deal with the company that charged veterans outrageous service fees.  

There were constant reminders that this was a very high security military base. We frequently saw patrols from base police officers and Marine security forces while riding our bikes on the designated bike paths. To emphasize base security, we heard an announcement over the base public address speaker system that the use of deadly force was authorized. That was a first. 

A reminder about where we were



We also noticed that about 10 of the sites were occupied by people serving on active duty at the base. The sites on both sides of Rosie were active duty families.

Our search for eagles ended in disappointment. We did find the six-foot gator, but not the 10, 13 or was it a 16-foot one. 

Here are some specifics about this campground:
  • There were multiple loops in the campground
  • All of the roads in this campground were loose gravel
  • Our site was a back in
  • Our site was on the lake
  • Most sites could be classified as "full sun" as trees were few and far apart
  • Most sites had some space on both sides
  • All of the roads in this campground were gravel and that made it hard to ride bikes within the campground 
  • Our site was paved with concrete and was level 
  • Our site had 20, 30 and 50 amp electrical service 
  • Our site had a water connection
  • Our site had a sewer connection 
  • There was a dump station in this park
  • It was an easy walk to the trash dumpster, which was at the entrance of the campground 
  • There was a bathhouse in the campground. It was clean and maintained 
  • The park provided WiFi service. We had 3.58 mbps download speed
  • AT&T provided 2 bars of 5G voice and data service over our campsite 
  • We were able to watch ION and FOX using Rosie’s TV antenna. Digital channels seen were Bounce, Court-TV, Decades, Get, Grit, H&I, LAFF and ME-TV, 
  • There were restaurants and shopping nearby
  • This was a pet friendly park and it had a dog park

Fishing pier in the campground

Rosie in the campground


Saturday, May 14, 2022

Pelican Roost RV Park (U.S. Military FamCamp) - Mayport Naval Station, Mayport, Florida (May 2022)

I remember the Mayport area from my childhood. There was a seafood restaurant that my parents liked near there. My father would always drive the car onto a ferry boat that crossed the St. Johns River to get to that restaurant. The ferry trip made a big impression on me. 

The ride home was over several bridges. I didn’t put it together back then, but there was obviously another route that avoided the ferry. While I don’t remember much about the restaurant, I have great memories about the ferry and I’m glad that my father added an element of adventure while taking his family to that seafood restaurant.

I checked Google and the ferry is still in operation, but our route to Mayport with Rosie, our Airstream trailer, bypassed the boat. I guess that would have been too adventurous while pulling a trailer. I’ll admit that I looked for a reason to cross the river at least once via the ferry while camping in Pelican Roost. Somehow, it didn’t happen this time. 

Ever since we started camping in U.S. Military FamCamps, we have heard about Pelican Roost at Mayport Naval Station. Several people said we needed to get reservations along the water so that we could watch the Navy's warships pass by behind our trailer. Our attempt to make reservations there were successful.  

Pelican Roost is behind Mayport's gate. That meant we had to first register at the base's Pass and ID office before presenting our credentials to the gate guards. We called before we arrived at the Naval Station and we were told to park Rosie, our Airstream trailer, on the side of the road before reaching the Main Gate then walk to the Visitors Center to get our base clearance. We were not fans of that idea, but we realized that we probably were not the first people to be told that. 

It only took about 10 minutes to get our credentials in their files. We were told that it would take about 15 minutes for our information to migrate to the handheld systems used by the Military Police at the gate. We decided to walk back to Rosie and wait there. 

We were inside Rosie for just a few minutes when we heard a loud and authoritative pounding on Rosie's door.  Two armed MPs were there wanting to know why we were parked just outside the main gate. After explaining that Pass and ID told us to park there and showing them our newly created passes, they were very professional and told us to move on to the gate where the MP there asked why we parked just outside so long. It appeared that we caught the attention of the guards at the gate and the MPs by simply following the instructions given to us by the Pass and ID office. Maybe we were the first people to park a camper on the side of the road just outside the gate. 

It was easy to find the campground once we were on the base. Most of the sites had concrete pads. We were assigned one of the few sites paved with gravel. It didn’t matter because we had a great view of the mouth of the St. John’s River as it flowed into the Atlantic Ocean. There were two shipping lanes. The one farthest from Rosie went to the Jacksonville Port and we watched commercial freighters and cruise ships move in and out of port there. 

Pelican Roost RV Park

Cargo ship passes by the sign


Campground office



The shipping lane closest to Rosie was for the Navy’s war ships and they were impressive. We watched everything from destroyers to submarines enter and leave the port. It was easy to tell when a big ship was in the channel by the sudden surge of people running towards the waterfront to see what was passing the campground at that moment. 

Cargo ship on the St. Johns River


The fishing around the campground must have been great


Equally impressive were the dolphins who enjoyed swimming in the St. Johns River while the youngest dolphins played in the water in front of Rosie. 

A cruise ship that left the Port of Jacksonville


People who served in the military remember the annual PT (Physical Training) test. A group of veterans camping in this FamCamp spotted what appeared to be the Navy's version of the PT test and enjoyed watching the current people on active duty being put through the various phases of the test. The frequent comments from the "old" vets was about how much more difficult those tests were back in "the day.” 


Rosie in Mayport's  Pelican Roost RV Park



We were curious about the strange looking buildings near the campground. Our questions were answered as we were riding our bicycles one morning. We saw a sign that said "Fire Fighting School." To make sure we believed the sign, there was a group of sailors fighting a fire on what appeared to be a mock-up of an aircraft carrier's deck. A Navy veteran camping near us said that fires on ships are scary and every sailor must pass fire fighting training.

To add to the emphasis on fire fighting around this campground, we watched the "fire tugs" practice spraying water on an imaginary fire. We were impressed with the amount of water these boats were able to spray on their targets.

We both grew up near Florida's Atlantic coast, but travel to the Gulf coast now once or twice a year. Somehow we forgot about Atlantic tides. We were surprised at the vast difference in the beach area between high and low tides. The other difference between the Atlantic and Gulf coasts was the sand. We are now used to the soft white sand along Gulf beaches. The hard-packed sand of the Atlantic was dramatic at first until we started talking about going to the beach as children.

Walking along the Atlantic Coast



Speaking of children, I was able to visit several friends from my elementary through high school days while a we camped at Mayport. A planned one hour visit suddenly turned into more than four and would have gone longer if we hadn't encroached on dinner time. It was great to see my childhood friends and talk about our shared memories. 

It was easy to see why people kept recommending this campground to us. We enjoyed the sea breeze, watching the ships crossing in front of Rosie and biking around the base. And to make the camping experience at Mayport better, the weather was great. Yes, this was a good FamCamp.

Here are some specifics about this campground:
  • We found one loop in this campground
  • Our site was a pull-through with a waterfront view 
  • Our site was "full sun" as trees were few and far apart
  • Most sites had some space on both sides
  • Our site was paved with gravel and we needed to use leveling tools to correct a side-to-side lean in Rosie. Most sites in this FamCamp were paved with concrete
  • Our site had 20, 30 and 50 amp electrical service 
  • Our site had a water connection
  • Our site had a sewer connection 
  • There was a dump station in this park. 
  • The trash dumpsters were across the street from the campground. It was easy to walk there with your trash
  • There was a bathhouse in the campground. It was clean and well maintained 
  • There was a laundry room with free washers and dryers in this campground 
  • The park provided WiFi service. It had a download speed of two mbps. The WiFi seemed to work better from one end of Rosie and poorly from the other end
  • AT&T provided 3 bars of 5G voice and data service over our campsite 
  • We were able to watch ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, NBC and PBS using Rosie’s TV antenna. Digital channels seen were Antenna-TV, Bounce, Charge, Circle, Court-TV, Dabl, Decades, Get, Grit, H&I, ION, LAFF, ME-TV, MY-TV, Movies, THiS
  • There were restaurants and shopping nearby
  • This was a pet friendly park and it had a dog park 


Another Selfie