Calling all Florida Work Campers

Are you a Florida “Work Camper”?

We have just received a request from a German journalist who is coming to Florida and is planning to research a piece about “Workampers” – how they live, how they survive, how they celebrate life for the news magazine DER SPIEGEL.

He is looking for the best camping or RV sites in Florida to meet work campers who would “be so kind to tell me about their lifestyle.”

If you are such a person or know such a person and would like to be interviewed, send me a note with where you are working and a brief note about your work and I will forward it to him. If you own or manage a campground or RV park in Florida that employs work campers send me a note.

Send to my email – Jack at abcadventuretime@gmail.com

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Myrtle Beach – a great place for a holiday visit and to dine!

If you have traveled with us for very long you may have noticed we like to dine out – a lot. Our current week long visit to Myrtle Beach was no exception. There are so many great restaurants to choose from. In fact I think the restaurants may outnumber the golf courses – but it would be close!

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We had Thanksgiving Day reservations all set with a suggestion from our Myrtle Beach friends, Patrish and Wally. The restaurant is called Salt Water Cafe and it is located in Murrells Inlet just South of MB. The food was excellent and the prices are very good. They offer daily specials. We recommend you check them out – it would be a perfect lunch spot if you are visiting Brookgreen Gardens or Huntington Beach State Park.

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A favorite of ours when we visit MB is the K & W Cafeteria. It’s a real cafeteria line filled with made-from-scratch (mostly) – down-home, Southern dishes – cornbread, fried chicken, okra & tomatoes, collards, etc. – as well as the normal fare to choose from as you work your way down the line. The prices are reasonable and a two-fer is available for under $20 on Mondays and Saturdays, which I guarantee will fill both your tanks nicely.

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Another favorite of ours was a pizza/pasta buffet called Home Plate. The food was good, economical and plentiful but the main draw for us was a table busser named Isaac. Isaac made a full-blown production out of clearing tables. Life was simply a God given joy he was quick to admit. He was thankful for his family and a job he loved. One year we came and Home Plate had closed its doors!

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We were happy to find out that a new restaurant has opened in the same spot and is called Simply Southern Smokehouse – now a BBQ and soul food buffet. The food is good, the prices reasonable and the best part for us and many others is that Isaac is back and he has full reign to do his thing including leading the diners in some good old Gospel songs. It’s really something to see (and hear) but go early as the crowd also knows where to find Simply Southern and Isaac on Joe White Blvd!

We do treat ourselves to a couple of the more pricey tables when we visit Myrtle Beach. One is the Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse, which I’ve mentioned before. The soup and salad bar is long, varied and unique. Several different kinds of meat are offered at your table and sliced from skewers by the “vaqueros” who constantly circulate the room. You have to bring two things – a very large and hungry appetite and your wallet. It is an experience and worth a one-time spot on your bucket list.

Another place we try to visit is The Original Benjamin’s (170 item) Calabash Seafood Buffet. The food is all prepared well, the seafood is to die for and the desserts are the kind that make you want to start there first!

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Okay, enough about food. It’s making me hungry again! We had a really special Thanksgiving Week vacation in Myrtle Beach. We ate (too) well, saw several spectacular Christmas shows, took a few hundred photographs and spent time with old friends. We couldn’t ask for more.

In past trips we would stay at one of the many, nice RV parks or campgrounds. This time we drove our car and brought our furbabies along. Not every hotel allows pets but the LaQuinta Inn & Suites at 4709 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach does. Their phone # is 843-449-5231. The fact they accept pets will never make it the 5-star Ritz but the staff is friendly and accommodating, the rooms fairly clean and comfortable and it is in the process of a total makeover. There is room in the parking lot if you do bring your RV and just want a hotel night or two in your travels.

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One final thought or tip for anyone planning to visit the Grand Strand. Your visit can be done quite economically, even for a family, with some research and pre-planning. Do not buy coupons from the Internet. Make your first stop at a grocery store when you arrive and collect the assorted free coupon books offered at the entrance. You’ll have a great time and save a lot of money.

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Safe travels and enjoy every journey,

Jack and Niki

p.s. Did we mention Krispy Kreme – “the” doughnut people? No trip South is complete without visiting the “factory” and sampling one or two.
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More about this trip on our FB page at https://www.facebook.com/OurSnowbirdRVTrails.

New RV Park on Lake Palestine

We received a note from Tom Fuller down Chandler, Texas way and he asked – “I have a new RV Park on Lake Palestine in east Texas. I would like to know if you can add my website  so People traveling south for the winter or any other time actually can find me?” I asked him to tell us a little bit about it and he did.

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Lake Palestine Gateway RV Park is the nicest and safest RV Park in
Most of Texas. We are right on the upper end of Lake Palestine where
the river ends and the lake begins. As a rule the weather here is
always very nice. Very seldom freezes and the summers are never really
too hot. We are 9 miles from Tyler where we have the 2 best hospitals
in the country and all the dining and shopping you can do.
The park has concrete streets and pads and are level. Large restrooms
with handicap showers, etc. We have 14 waterfront lots and 41 total.
With the wall being built along the border I wouldn’t recommend south
Texas. It might not be that safe down there. Check out our website for
information and reservations: lakepalestinegatewayrvpark.com.

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It does look like a nice place for a stopover or for some fishing and exploration in the area. If you do stop in let us know what you think.. -Jack

Exploring Florida’s Suncoast in November

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Jack and Niki bring you the November issue of our Suncoast & Tampa Bay Snowbird Visitor’s Guide. It’s now up on the Internet at http://www.tampabaysnowbirder.com/.
 
This issue explores a 12-mile scenic stretch of the 45-mile Pinellas Trail that runs along a former railroad bed with Parks and other interesting places to visit as you bike, walk or jog. Where to park, what to see and some interesting mile markers.
 
Did you know the Beach Markets are reopening for the Season? When and where are they?
 
How about a list of area restaurants open for a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner?
 
All of the above plus our regular features including what’s playing this month at the Pier 60 Sunset Cinema, a listing of November’s local art & craft fairs and festivals, area attractions by city/town, webcams, shopping, parks, dining and more.

Happy November from Niki & Jack Armstrong!

Where’s the Autumn foliage in the Carolinas?

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Niki and I just received a shout-out from Kathy and Larry the owners of
Rose Creek Campground and Cabins in Franklin North Carolina. They have done a lot of work since becoming owners of this hidden treasure with a gem mine right next door and an abundance of waterfalls within 20 minutes drive. It has a small town USA feel and they are open all year. They tell us they are also doing monthly RV sites for the winter months  for snow birds that want to stay closer to home for the holidays . (They are nearest our purple route – http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/purpledot.htm) in the blue ridge mountains.) Contact them through their new website: http://www.rosecreekcamping.com/

Disclaimer: We have no connection with Rose Creek other than we like to mention new and interesting campgrounds when we hear about them. This is not a paid advertisement. -Jack & Niki

Two New Work Camping Opportunities

9/20/17 Both received today. Act fast to contact either if interested.

1. Position for a couple interested in managing a 400 space RV Resort near the Mesa/Apache Junction Area.
We are looking for a couple who is interested in full-time, management position to work at our RV Resort in the Apache Junction area. This position requires an experienced and reliable team who are capable of handling the day-to-day property operations of an RV Resort. The selected team must be able to handle the administrative needs of the office along with the maintenance needs of the Park. Applicants must be willing to work flexible hours and live on-site at the Resort.

Core Qualifications:
·         Prior resort or property management experience required.
·         Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
·         Enjoy working in a 55+ community
·         Be willing to assist a diverse community of residents with different needs.
Maintenance Responsibilities:
  • Perform duties related to plumbing, electrical, painting, pressure washing and any other maintenance needs related to the property.
  • Troubleshoot maintenance problems to identify issues and necessary repairs.
  • Complete grounds work, which may include trash clean up, sweeping, landscaping, etc.
  • Should be able operate various manual and power tools.
  • Regular maintenance, if applicable, to landscape and irrigation systems.
  • Properly operate, maintain and store all maintenance equipment.
  • Point of contact for after hours’ calls and emergencies.
  • Must be able to lift objects weighing 50lbs or above regularly. Applicant should also be able to meet the physical demands to work indoors and outdoors.
  • Positional also requires physical ability to stand and walk for long periods, climb stairs and ladders and to squat.
·         Knowledge of city regulations/city code is a plus.
·         Possession of a valid driver’s license is required.
 
Administrative Responsibilities:
  • Complete daily administrative duties.
  • Communicate via telephone and email about deposits, cancellations, renewals and resident concerns.
  • Produce weekly and monthly reports relating to income collection.
  • Delegate and communicate responsibilities efficiently to staff .
  • Assist prospective and current resident with questions, concerns and relations.
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge of all community policies and enforce policies throughout Park.
  • Greet new residents and assist with the check-in process.
·         Ability to coordinate and communicate with Activities Director and Park Association.
·         Courteous and efficient handling of resident requests and complaints.
·         Communicate with the Corporate Office regarding office needs.
  • Applicant should have basic knowledge of administrative and office decorum. Should have a respectful, friendly and approachable demeanor.
  • Applicant should also be computer and internet savvy. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Campground Master is desired

    Interested parties email weaversneedle@yahoo.com.
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    2. Looking for a couple to host at Questa Lodge and RV Park
    Questa, NM

    The park provides private accommodations in the Lodge building.  The front office is part of the living room which has a stove for heating in the winter.  The lodge has an full kitchen, dining area, master bedroom with private master bath.

    Duties will include answering phone, checking ARS system (currently being implemented), cleaning cabins between reservations, cleaning restroom and other general maintenance and repairs.  Hi season starts before memorial day and slows down mid-September/October.

    In addition to lodging, we include a monthly salary.

    Interested parties should contact John at 575 779 8985

Dunedin, Florida – because it is!

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In the new August Issue of our online Suncoast Visitor’s Guide we’ll take you on a photo tour of Dunedin Florida. This special little community is located on St. Joseph Sound and the Gulf of Mexico. The Main Street recalls an earlier time without fast food eateries and big box corporate stores. It sits begging to be strolled and window shopped while you enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream cone you’ll find hard to resist. We’ll end this visit down at the end of Main Street where it meets the Dunedin Marina for a peek at a golden Gulf Sunset. It’s just that kind of a fun and colorful place to visit for many reasons. – Niki and Jack

Are you a “Trekkie”?

star_tours-600x403The Starship Enterprise has landed in my hometown of Ticonderoga New York! Who knew? I am told it has taken the area by storm and receiving thousands of visitors each year from all over the world. Tour the exact reproductions of the sets from the series. On special dates some tours are led by former stars and original set designers. Ticket prices seem very reasonable and you might consider having a look if you plan to venture into the Adirondack Mountains and the Northeast section of NY State this Summer or Fall. (Yes Virginia, the State does actually extend farther North than Poughkeepsie!) More info on their website at https://www.startrektour.com/