On the RV Road Again! New Port Richey, Florida to the Northeast

On the Road Again!
New Port Richey, Florida to the Northeast

Part I – Florida to Indiana
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Mapping a route from Florida through Indiana to New England

We have begun our newest Snowbird RV Route North – starting in New Port Richey, Florida to our Summer destination in the Northeast. This time we will be going by way of Indiana to attend an important high school graduation.

We will spend 25 days on the road and travel through Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and New York. This route will take us along I-75, I-64, I-65, I-71, I-90, I-86, I-88 and I-87. We’ll visit 10 campgrounds along nearly 2,000 miles.

If you’d like to follow along with us we will be posting on this our “Trip Blog” every couple of days to talk about the campgrounds, restaurants and other interesting places we find along the route with photos, prices and other insights.

Days 1 and 2 – Lake Park, Georgia
221 miles from our starting point of New Port Richey near Tampa on Florida’s West Coast.

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Eagles Roost RV Resort in Lake Park, Georgia

Lake Park is off GA Exit 5 on I-75. There are 3 campgrounds to choose from near the Exit. We had not stopped here before and chose Eagles Roost RV Resort from the good reviews we had read on line. The pull-throughs, full-hookups, paved pads and shady, Spanish moss draped oaks made it an easy choice.

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The Farmhouse Restaurant in Lake Park, Georgia

We spent 2 nights to explore the area and were not disappointed. First off we found a really nice restaurant for each evening. The first night we tried The Farmhouse Restaurant at 5123 Mill Store Road. Niki had the breaded Grouper with fried okra and cheesy grits. I had the homemade spaghetti with meat sauce, cole slaw and garlic toast. We both had the peach cobbler for dessert. Both entrees were very good and the sides were well prepared and in large portions (4 Stars for each!). The cobbler, however, was not what we expected. It was more like a “cinnamon cake topped with peaches in syrup” as Niki describes it. They offer daily specials and a decent salad bar (but $5.50/one trip?). With a coffee and an iced tea the bill came to $29.98. Service was very good.

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Rodeo Mexican Restaurant in Lake Park, Georgia

The second afternoon we followed a local’s suggestion and tried the Rodeo Mexican Restaurant, 1219 Lakes Blvd. Once again we were not diappointed. Niki chose the Fajita Bowl and I tried a nice sampler plate. We shared a pitcher of tasty lime margaritas and both came away stuffed but quite happy! The tab came to $35.87 with tip.

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It’s 5 o’clock in Lake Park, Georgia

We decided to visit the other two local campgrounds to see what we might have missed and to do a dash cam video tour of all three which we will add to our website (snowbirdrvtrails.com) and our You Tube page in the future.

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Grassy Pond Family Campground

Grassy Pond Family Camp is actually a Moody Air Force Base Recreation Area but it is open to the public. It has picnic facilities, boat rentals, cabins and a nice waterfront recreation area. The campground has 58 well maintained sites for RV’s.

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Camping World Campground Valdosta

We were surprised when we visited the Camping World Campground! We expected perhaps some RV overnight parking spaces around the store but it is a separate yet adjacent complex with a large number of nicely maintained sites near a small pond.

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For more pictures, prices and much more info about the three campgrounds, visit the write-ups on our website at http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/2016rvtripnorthday1and2.htm.

Next stop Perry, Georgia – jumping off point for the infamous Andersonville as well as Plains, Georgia

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SIX DAYS AND COUNTING….

ONLY 6 DAYS until we are on the road again! This newest trip will take us from Tampa and Florida through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and the Adirondack Mountains of way Upstate New York. We’ll be on the road 25 days and visit 10 campgrounds (for at least 2 nights each to explore the area). We’d love to have you ride along with us as for a few miles as we post maps, photos, dining reviews and campground pics & videos as well as costs and other interesting finds. To hop aboard just choose to “Follow”” us here as we will post Trip Reports daily from the road. -Jack, Niki, K.C. & B.B.
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Just in – Workampers Needed in Florida & Georgia

Work Camper Needed:  Fort Myers, FL RV Resort seeking immediate part-time work camper for 2016-2017 season, for a new 200+ unit upscale RV park.  Send resumes or contact information to pprohaska@harpdevelopment.com    www.cypresstrailrv.com

Work Camper Needed: Blairsville, GA (northern mountains of Georgia) RV Resort & Spa seeking part-time work campers for 2016 season for a brand new resort .  Send resumes or contact information to pprohaska@harpdevelopment.com www.crossingcreeksrvresort.com

Received 5/10/16

Opportunity at Weeki Wachee

DEP SEEKS PARTNER FOR VISITOR SERVICES AT WEEKI WACHEE SPRINGS STATE PARK

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WHAT:       Required Onsite Meeting for Potential Concessionaires

WHEN:       Tuesday, May 24, 2016
9:30 a.m.

WHERE:    Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
6131 Commercial Way
Weeki Wachee, FL 34606

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service has released a call for business plans seeking a concessionaire at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Possible services may include food and beverage services, recreational equipment rentals, merchandise sales and special event offerings.

Interested parties must attend the mandatory onsite meeting to be eligible to submit a proposal. Proposals must be submitted no later than June 23 at 5 p.m.

In fiscal year 2014-15, 390,305 people visited Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, which features world-famous mermaid shows, a river boat cruise, canoeing, kayaking and swimming. Visitors also enjoy Buccaneer Bay water park during the summer months.

To register for the mandatory meeting or to submit questions in advance, please email Duncan.Graham@dep.state.fl.us by May 23 at 5 p.m.

For more information, please click here.

Camp Hosts Needed in Pinecrest California

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Workamp in the Beautiful Sierras….
Dodge Ridge, located in Pinecrest California 95364, is currently hiring Campground Hosts for campgrounds along Sonora Pass in the beautiful Central Sierras! Great fishing and hiking.
Please visit the jobs page at DodgeRidge.com for further details and to complete an online application. The campground page under mountain information has details about the campground themselves. Applicants must have a passion for the outdoors and enjoy being part of a team. Paid positions and an RV, Motorhome, Camper, or Trailer is required to live on-site in the company provided space. We look forward to hearing from you! HR@DodgeRidge.com or 209-536-5386.

Received by snowbirdrvtrails@gmail.com – 7 May 16

PART II – PUTTING TOGETHER OUR TRIP SHEET

Making the RV trip easy and more time for fun

PART II – PUTTING TOGETHER OUR RV TRIP SHEET
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As a plan new trip starts coming together we make our “Trip Sheet” – like the example below – for our upcoming Spring trip to the Northeast. We do use our GPS when on the road between stops and we also print out the paper version that Navigator Niki uses to track our progress and make notes.

There are many ways to plan a trip but whatever way you do it, try to involve the spouse, the kids and whoever else may be traveling with you. Make it all part of the fun and a joint effort from the get-go, from anticipation to planning, to traveling, to sight seeing and even the unpacking when you arrive back home.

Keeping a good trip sheet or journal full of notes with photos from the trips will be something to cherish and re-live long after the adventure is completed.

This is our Current Trip Sheet:

OUR TRIP: 2016 SPRING TRIP NORTH
10 CAMPGROUNDS 1,974 miles (avg 197/day)
From Florida through Indianapolis & Canada to New England
Routes: I-75, I-64, I-65, I-69, CAN-401, I-87

Part I – New Port Richey, FL to Indianapolis, IN

1. Date(s)-
Grassy Pond FamCamp  – (222 miles)
5360 Grassy Pond Drive, Lake Park, Georgia 31636 Phone:
(229) 559-5840
$25/night
58 sites. PT, FHU, 30/50 A, WiFi, Lake. Moody AFB campground, open to the public.
Must make a reservation.
Website:
http://moodyfss.com/grassy-pond/
Review:
http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/georgia/lake-park/grassy-pond-famcamp-open-to-the-public

NOTES:

Alternate:
Camping World of Valdosta’s Campground
5244 Jewell Futch Road, Lake Park, Georgia
Phone: 888-697-3430
$21/night

(From jct I-75 (exit 5) & Hwy 376: Go W 0.1 mi on Hwy 376, then
S 0.2 mi on Jewel Futch Rd (R)

100 sites. Check-in with the cashier in the Camping World store. FHU. Free WiFi. Plenty of antenna TV channels.
Website:
http://www.goodsamclub.com/travel/campgroundsandrvparks/generalinfo.aspx?cgid=201519753
Review:
http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/georgia/lake-park/camping-world-of-valdostas-campground

NOTES:

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2. Date(s)-
L & D RV Park  – (177 miles)                399 Total
1655 Dames Ferry Rd., Forsyth, Georgia 31029 Phone: 478-994-8977
$28/night ($25 f/Good Sam or former Military)
28 sites. FHU, PT, 30/50A, Free WiFi.
Website:
http://www.rvparkforsythga.com/
Review: http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/georgia/forsyth/l-d-rv-park

NOTES:

Alternate:
Forsyth KOA
414 S. Frontage Road, Forsyth, GA 31029
Reserve: 800-562-8614 Info: 478-994-2019
$35/night
Open All Year. FHU, 30/50A, long, pull thru sites. Trees provide ample shade. Cable and WiFi are available $$.
Website: http://koa.com/campgrounds/forsyth/
Review: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g34951-d1122703-Reviews-KOA_Forsyth-Forsyth_Georgia.html#REVIEWS


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The Template we use:
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TRIP TO: _________________________________________________________

Routes: ___________________________________________________

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Campground Name: _________________________________ Miles to: ___________

Address: ____________________________________ Phone No.: ________

Cost: $____________

Amenities:

Directions:

Website:

Reviews:

Notes:

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Campground Name: _________________________________ Miles to: ___________

Address: ____________________________________ Phone No.: ________

 

Cost: $____________

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Website:

Reviews:

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Campground Name: _________________________________ Miles to: ___________

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We invite you to “Follow” us on our Blog where we put our “best laid plans” to the test and post daily reports of our adventures from on the road as well as other things we run across which might be of interest to RVers like you. You might also like to visit our website snowbirdrvtrails.com for all kinds of RVing info we’ve found helpful for us.

Niki & Jack

Join us next time for –
PART III – “WE’RE ON THE ROAD AGAIN!”

Host or Host Couple needed near Flagstaff, AZ

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Workamping Host(s) needed near Flagstaff, AZ
We need a host or host couple immediately for our Pinegrove Campground near the Flagstaff, Arizona.  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 2016 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 Cindy Alexander and Clint Bentley 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 ManagementReceived: 5/2/16 snowbirdrvtrails@gmail.com