For Snowbird RVers heading North soon

Perhaps like Niki and I you are preparing to point your rig North for the Summer months? We have a lot of fun exploring the different North/South RV routes and posting our findings – photos, videos, maps, costs and our “reviews” of restaurants and attractions.

These are links to 3 of our favorite East Coast RV routes North.

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BLUE ROUTE – FL, GA, SC, NC, VA, PA. NY

“The Scenic Route – if you have the time”
I-95, US-17, US-301, US-13, Jersey Turnpike, I-287, I-87
Highlights- Myrtle Beach, New Bern, Kitty Hawk, Rehoboth
Beach, Atlantic City, Lake George, Canada and New England..

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PURPLE ROUTE – FL, SC, NC. VA, DE, MD, NJ, NY
“The Mayberry Route – a little culture & a lot of fun!”
I-75. I-10, I-95, I-74/77,  I-81, I-88. I-87
Highlights- Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center, Suwanee
River, Jekyll Island, Huntington Beach, Mayberry, Blue Ridge

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“Best” Snowbird RV Route North –

Florida to Canada & New England

I-95, I-26, I-77, I-81 and beyond
Highlights: Jekyll Island, Mayberry, Route 11 Potato
Chips, great food and beautiful scenery.

You can find more of our routes and reports on our website at
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/rvroutes.htm

Have a safe trip and enjoy the journey,

Jack and Niki

 

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Host or couple needed at Fall Lake Campground near Ely, Minnesota

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We need a host or host couple immediately for our Fall Lake Campground near the Ely, Minnesota.  The position involves cleaning, landscape maintenance and some light maintenance.  Hosts may be driving a company vehicle so a clean driving record is a must.  The position pays wages plus a host site and utilities.  You can find pictures and information here. 
We ask you to take two steps to apply:
1.  If you have not already done so, apply for a 2015 camp host position at this link.   If you have already put in an application, you do not need to do it again, but you will not be considered without an application.
2.  Please contact Sherrie and Rix McDaniel by email at RRMJobs@camprrm.com to communicate your interest.  Our jobs database has lots of people in it, so make sure they know that you are interested in this particular job.  Please do not contact them until you have completed an application.
Note that after completing the application, you will be asked to take a short personality profile assessment so we can learn more about you.  This will help us ask better questions in the interview process.
If you have any difficulties, each page of the application should have a button says “Technical Difficulties?  Get Help Now.”  By clicking this button, you will reach representatives of Applicant Pro, the company that hosts the application, and they should be able to help you complete the process.
Your application will be considered at any of our campgrounds, but please only contact Rose and Jerry if you are interested in this particular position (they do not have information about any other locations).
Thank you for your interest in working for Recreation Resource Management.
Sincerely,
Warren Meyer
Recreation Resource Management

Northbound Snowbird? There is a better way – dare I say, a fun way – around D.C!

Take your RV on the water and avoid those Washington, D.C. traffic bottlenecks
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It’s that time of year that snowbirds come home (north) for the summer, and if you are ready to take your annual I-95 drive from Miami headed north, you can anticipate traffic snags and delays somewhere close to the thousand mile mark at the Washington D.C. Beltway. This can be avoided by plotting an alternative route to the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, which will allow you to cruise and sightsee through what could have been the worst part of the trip, and cut miles from the trip.Operating 365 days a year, the ferry travels 17 miles several times a day for 85 minutes from Lewes Delaware, where the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean meet, to Cape May, NJ (and in reverse). With capacity for 100 vehicles (RVs included), travelers with cars can expect to pay a reasonable fee while avoiding gas and toll charges, relax on a pristine vessel, have refreshments, and take the dog for a pleasant stroll on deck.Yes, dogs are welcome (and free)! Visit http://www.capemaylewesferry.com to reserve your spot, request special accommodations, and discover some excellent dining, wining, shopping, hiking and biking experiences that are worth stopping for. And visiting off-season is your chance to avoid lines, have the town to yourselves (ergo, in-demand restaurants and hotel rooms with views at a value price).You can also experience:
Day Trips with a Concierge Touch. The Cape May-Lewes Guest Services staff, providing unmatched assistance, will help you plan a variety of daytrips; call 1-800-643-3779 (free of charge). The team provides ideas on its video: http://www.capemaylewesferry.com/daytrips/tabid/1160/Default.aspxCity of Lewes (Delaware). This 17th century town offers antiques, tours, unique shopping and boutiques (no sales tax) all within walking distance. Additionally, casino, wineries, and shopping outlets are in the area. http://www.leweschamber.com/#sthash.TSAAIuYf.dpuf

Cape May (New Jersey). At the nation’s oldest seashore resort, which is a year-round community, enjoy the gingerbread architecture of the town, Washington Street Mall, golf, watersports, spas, dining and the beach. http://www.capemay.com/play/

Beaches and National Parks. A bounty of opportunities to stroll, hike, take a nature walk, meditate, or explore at Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware Seashore State Park, Dewey Beach Ft. Delaware State Park, Ft. Miles State Park, and Rehobeth Beach, renowned for its boardwalk and restaurants.

Whether snowbirds just need a meal and a break, or would enjoy one more day experiencing unexpected pleasures, before reaching home territory, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry is just the ticket.

For further information about the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, contact: Jen Shivers, (609) 889-7254

 

Workamper Host Position in Mississippi

We have a position opening for a host starting March 21, 2016 at our RV park located in Starksville, MS. Take a look at our website by clicking on this Indian Mound Campground link. In return for free lot rent, utilities, and wifi, the host will work from 5-6pm in the office daily and clean the restrooms/showers 3 days a week for 1 hour for a total of 8 hours a week. There is additional paid work available. Flexible schedule with flexible vacation dates.

Call 662-312-0387 and ask for Brian. The campground is located 5 minutes from Mississippi State University / Starkville, Mississippi’s college town. There are >100 restaurants, 2 walmarts, 6 golf courses within 20 minutes.

Source: Email submitted to snowbirdrvtrails.com

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The Florida Strawberry Festival – Plant City, Florida

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The Florida Strawberry Festival

The place to find all the Midway fun and games, the great Fair food, top Country Music entertainers and whipped cream topped mountains of strawberry shortcake all in one place – for one week each year – in Plant City, Florida!

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We visited on their “Heroes Day” (March 9th) when all active and former Military were admitted free and we were surprised and delighted that they allowed Niki in free as well “for putting up with me”.

We came on this day specifically to enjoy some strawberry shortcake and to see Ray Stevens perform his comedy and all of his old and new songs. Boy did he deliver and we enjoyed it as well as a stroll around the grounds and, of course, some great, fresh strawberry shortcake.

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After the show we stopped for dinner at another Plant city landmark, Fred’s Market Restaurant for a Southern, homestyle buffet that that is so darn good and plentiful that we only dare visit once a year.

For more photos of our visit to the Florida Strawberry Festival visit us on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/snowbirdrvtrail/the-florida-strawberry-festival/.

THE FLORIDA STATE PARKS PHOTO CONTEST IS AS SIMPLE AS EXPLORE, SHARE AND WIN

THE FLORIDA STATE PARKS PHOTO CONTEST
IS AS SIMPLE AS EXPLORE, SHARE AND WIN
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~Monthly photo contest to include new prizes and themes~

Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida’s 174 state parks, trails and historic sites offer beautiful backdrops for recreational and nature-based photos, and we want to see them from your point-of-view. The new state park monthly photo contest’s campaign is explore Florida State Parks, share your point-of-view and enter to win the Florida State Parks Photo Contest!

“Time spent at a park is invaluable for building family bonds and making memories,” said Donald Forgione, director of the Florida Park Service. “I encourage park visitors to bring a camera along to tell their story and share their adventures.”

New this year are monthly themes to help focus your lens. Submit your photo here to enter.

2016 Themes:

March – Signs of spring: gardens and wildflowers
April – Camping: RV, tent or just a backpack
May – Al fresco dining: picnics and grilling
June – School’s out: kids playing at a park
July – Beach season: seashells, sandcastles and shorebirds
August – Keep cool: freshwater springs
September – Read the park: Bring a book or join a tour
October – Trails Month: hiking, biking and horseback riding
November – Water world: surfing, swimming, diving and fishing
December – Family gatherings: cabins and campfires

One winner each month will receive a Florida State Parks Tervis® tumbler and six state park day-entry passes. The public determines the monthly winners by voting here.

The deadline to enter the contest is the 20th of each month. Monthly winners are announced on the first day of each month. See photo contest rules for more details.

Posted by Jack Armstrong/snowbirdrvtrails.com

Camp Host Job in Oklahoma

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Lake McMurtry Natural Resource & Recreation Area Camp Host Job Description
Campground Name: Lake McMurtry Natural Resource & Recreation Area
Nearest Town: Stillwater/Perry
Total Sites: 47
Campground Services Provided: Water & electric hook-up, partial uniform, dump station available
Mailing Address: Lake McMurtry Natural Resource & Recreation Area PO Box 1058 Stillwater, OK 74076
Website: http://www.lakemcmurtry.com
Contact: Jessica Kincannon Contact Telephone: 405-747-8085
Contact Email: jessica@lakemcmurtry.com
Position Availability: Seasonal
Position Duration: April – October
Time Commitment: At least 24 hours of service time per week that include evenings, most weekends, and all holidays during the season. Days off will be discussed upon hiring – must be submitted two weeks prior to time off.
Supervision and Training Provided: Supervised by managerial staff. Will be trained in campground registration procedures, rules & regulations, and host responsibilities.
Main Duties: 1. Greet and assist visitors – the most important responsibility you will have is to provide quality customer service. We require good people skills, a positive attitude, and the ability to defuse potentially confrontational situations.  2. Answer questions and explain rules & regulations 3. Distribute maps and informational brochures 4. Direct visitors to appropriate destinations 5. Be familiar with the area – be able to give information to visitors about local tourist attractions, events, grocery stores, gas stations, etc.  6. Light maintenance around campground – picking up litter, cleaning out fire rings, washing tables, cleaning & stocking restrooms, etc.
7. Be the liaison between park visitors and park staff – notify when trees need to be trimmed, comments from visitors (positive or negative), trail maintenance, etc.  Additional Duties: These duties may come up during your season but will not occur often: 1. Filling in at the bait shop/gatehouse – only when part time staff are unavailable – will be compensated at the minimum wage rate.  2. Assist in educational activities/special events 3. Additional duties may arise
Working Conditions:  Work is mostly outside in hot, cold, wet, humid, or windy conditions. Walking or bicycling is required. Must reside in campground.
Skills Required: Ability to get along well with people. Ability to remain calm and friendly when confronted with upset visitors. Ability to physically move around and make rounds through the recreation area. Ability to adapt to changing work conditions.
Expectations: Camp hosts must set an example by being model campers who practice good housekeeping at all times in and around their campsite. Camp hosts must not attempt to discipline or apprehend any park violators – for any disturbances, camp hosts are to call the Stillwater Police Department and the manager on call. Camp hosts will be required to drive between the East & West Recreation Areas (at their own expense) – unless two camp hosts are hired on.
Time Commitment: Camp hosts are expected to complete the entire season of their assignment – roughly from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Camp hosts are required to patrol the park during the evenings Monday – Friday and multiple times a day on the weekends. Camp hosts are expected to work most weekends and all holidays during their term.
Contact Jessica directly if interested in this position.

Tampa Bay – Things to do….

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Tram Tours Daily
Tuesday – Sunday at 1 pm
Saturday 10 am and 1 pm  
Private tram tours available for 4 or more. Call to make arrangements.

Canoe and Kayak Rentals
Canoes and tandem kayaks are available for rent from the Nature Center for hourly use.

and so much more – visit the Saint Petersnurgh Parks & Recreation website at
http://www.stpeteparksrec.org/boyd-hill-nature-preserve.html

 from: http://www.tampabaysnowbirder.com/