TODAY IS THE DAY WE’VE TRAVELED 1,000 MILES FOR!

TODAY IS THE DAY WE’VE TRAVELED 1,000 MILES FOR!

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2 ½ hrs/121 miles to

Ouabache Valley Felines & Friends
7300 E Devonald Ave, Terre Haute, IN 47805
https://ouabachefelines.wixsite.com/ouabachefelinerescue

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One of the main purposes of this trip was to bring a tiny feline rescue named Jasmine home with us. Ouabache Valley Felines & Friends (pronounced “wabash”) is where we adopted our Stanley two years ago. Since then we have tried to give some support to them in our own small way as we could. We mentioned that if they ever found a little female polydactyl kitten we would come up and adopt her. This in memory of our much loved female polydactyl KC who we had adopted in Massachusetts but had only a few short years with us before she lost her battle with breast cancer.
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We had a nice visit with owner Tammy and her husband, dropped off some supplies, saw some of the facilities and the work they do (all volunteers), collected our little Jasmine and were back on the road again with our little gray bundle of “go”….

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for another 2 hrs/126 miles to

Stopover #5 on our RV trip a “loop” from Clearwater to Terre Haute, Indiana –
Notes from the road – Mission: Jasmine– Now complete & headed home with Jasmine by a different route!

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Timber Trails Campground
1276 Matts Lane, Mulberry Grove, IL 62262
(618) 326-8264
Passport America: $30/Cash
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Website: www.timbertrails.itgo.com
Email: TimberTrailsCampground@outlook.com

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We stopped here once before and it is suitable for one or two nights but expect very large and very loud on the weekends and nearly everyone drives a golf cart including the kids! The overnight sites are pull-throughs with water and electric with some shade and a nice view of the soybean fields. Very country. This weekend the Park is full with a “Block Party Pot Luck” planned for the Seasonals.

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They do have full hook-ups farther back in the Park if you would rather have one. We opt usually to be away from the roar of the crowded.

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There is a nice restaurant nearby that you pass by coming off the I-70 Exit called the Shakerag Bar and Grill that if it was anymore homey and folksy you’d swear you were in Mayberry! All very friendly and you can tell it’s a gathering place for the locals in this farming community of 650. The food is good and prices reasonable. Niki loved the “Prairie Fries” and breaded tenderloin (like they made it back home in Indiana – almost!) and Jack liked his hamburger and potato salad. We both liked the “Brownie Bowl” dessert we shared.

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Next stop (on our new route home) is on the Mississippi River in Cape Girardeau, MO

Stopover #4 on our RV trip a “loop” from Clearwater, FL to Terre Haute, Indiana

2 ½ hours/160 miles to our next stop

Stopover #4 on our RV trip a “loop” from Clearwater to Terre Haute, Indiana –
Notes from the road – Mission: Jasmine

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Yogi Bear Jellystone Resort at Raintree Lake

4577 West State Road 56
Scottsburg, IN  47170
Passport America: $26/Cash
Toll Free: (800) 437-0566
Local:
(812) 752-4062
Located 4 easy miles off from I-65.
Website: www.jellystoneraintreelake.com
Email:
yogisburg@gmail.com https://www.passportamerica.com/campgrounds/data/1260/Yogi-Bear-Jellystone-Camp-Resort/0#top
Restaurants locally:
Cracker Barrel
Puerto Vallarta Mexican – Very good Mexican food.
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Roadhouse USA (Skip this one – not worth the price.)
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This is a beautiful RV Park, well maintained by owners Erik & Kari Leander. From a big Yogi Bear welcome to the fairly level FHU, drive through sites. The restroom/shower rooms are clean and of good size and there is a clean laundry room. There’s plenty of weekend activities for the kids.
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They have a nice stretch of greenspace along the very small but attractive Rainbow Lake where fishing is allowed. There’s a large gazebo and playgrounds for both toddlers and older children.

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They have lakeside cabins to rent as well. Wi-Fi is free and reception is excellent.

Next stop – the big day has arrived!?!?

Stopover #3 on our RV trip – Clearwater, FL to Terre Haute, Indiana Loop

Stopover #3 on our RV trip – Clearwater, FL to Terre Haute, Indiana Loop
Notes from the road – Mission: Jasmine

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OH! Kentucky RV Park
562 Paint Lick Rd., Berea, Ky 40403
(859) 986-1150
$29. FHU.
From I-75 take exit #76 turn left if you are headed northbound or turn right if you are headed southbound. They are 1/4 mile on the right. Big sign out front – can’t miss it.
http://www.ohkentuckyrvpark.com/414336691

The Interstate run had been pretty smooth and traffic pretty much as expected so far but it’s never good to get to complacent on a trip! We were down to about a quarter tank of gas and only about 30 miles to go when we passed a traffic sign that said stoppage ahead, find a different route. Probably good advice but unfortunately the sign appeared after the exit leading to a different route. Then we found the stoppage. They were doing some blasting up ahead so it was bumper to bumper, stop and go for at least 25 miles as we watched the gas guage needle slowly descend over the next hour and a half it took us to go the 25 miles. We made it but it was getting close. If you are traveling North on I-75 anytime soon be aware and check Google maps for the work zones.

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OH! Kentucky is a decent little campground with full hook-ups, gravel pads, some shady sites and very clean shower/restrooms (no handicap bars), a good sized washer/dryer area and a small store and separate hardware facility. They have been building a pool for 3 years and it looks like it may be nearing completion. They offer free wifi but it is spotty at best and unreliable. This is definitely not a destination RV Park but adequate for a night or two on a trip.

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There is a Cracker Barrel nearby and all of the usual fast food places and fuel stations. As usual we asked our hostess about recommending an eatery the locals like and she suggested the “Dinner Bell”. It turned out to be a good choice. To us it looked very much like a Cracker Barrel though smaller and the food was good.

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In addition to an Amish Restaurant and Deli at the Exit we found a Farmer’s Market. I had been looking for local produce on our trip not grown in Florida’s sandy soil and this was it. We came away with cucumbers, several pounds of red and yellow tomatoes (Tennessee grown) and some sweet Georgia peaches.

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The boys enjoyed watching all the squirrels or at least there was a lot of chattering between them. Something for everyone- we would stay here again if we were passing through.

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Work Campers needed!!

(Rec’d 8/18/19)
Beautiful, 5 star resort on the Colorado River in California is seeking couples or individuals for RV work camper opportunities starting immediately and running through April 1st  2020.  Positions include: store clerk, housekeeping, night time security patrol and facilities lock up. FHU and/or hourly wage negotiable. We are located in Needles, Ca which is close in proximity to Las Vegas, Lake Havasu and Bullhead City. The area is very attractive to ATV enthusiasts and boaters alike. Come see what our gorgeous resort and the desert have to offer!

 

www.palmsriverresort.com

 

Interested parties email resumes to Stacey Ostien at palmsriverresort@palmsproperty.com

Stopover #2 on our RV trip from Clearwater to Terre Haute, Indiana

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5 hours/358 miles to
Holiday Travel Park of Chattanooga
1709 S Mack Smith Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37412
Phone: (706) 891-9766
(Mailing address is actually Rossville, Georgia)
Rate: $44.10/night with Good Sam discount.
http://chattacamp.com/?utm_source=GoodSamPrevious dash cam video: http://192.168.1.1:8181/http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/holidaytravelpkchattanooga.mp4

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We had previously planned to stop for a couple of nights in Perry, Georgia but it was a beautiful day and we were feeling good so we decided to just keep
going to what was supposed to be our third stop. Instead of 2 hours and 132 miles it ended up being 4 hours+ and 358 miles! Definitely not our normal system for traveling but we gained two nights and decided to spend one extra night here in Holiday Travel Park.

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The Interstate around Atlanta was super busy as usual but no stoppages nor slow-downs.

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The RV Park is actually where an Indiana Regiment bivouacked before some fierce fighting on Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge back in 1863 in the War Between the States. There is a path to a stone marker proclaiming such within the Park.

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There is much to see and do in Chattanooga, from Civil War Battlefields, to Lookout Mountain, Rock City, Tennessee River cruises on the Southern Belle, and we bet you didn’t know Chattanooga is also home to the International Towing and Recovery Museum (Tow trucks through the ages and it has excellent reviews). We did travel to the top of Lookpout Mountain on our 2013 visit.

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More about our 2016 visit to the Towing Museum and other Chattanooga highlights are on our Blog at https://snowbirdrvtrails.wordpress.com/2016/06/06/stopover-chattanooga-tennessee/

Can’t forget to mention two restaurants we really like and can recommend. They are Portofino’s Greek & Italian and Jenkins Buffet both are very near the RV Park and are well worth a visit.

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A last note – Holiday Travel Park also rents small cabins (as many RV Parks do) which might be an alternative to a stuffy hotel room for our vacationing non Rving friends.

We have been asked how we can travel with our two cats and leave them in the van while we shop or visit a restaurant when it’s 90+ degrees outside. Not to worry, our boys are treated as well as we treat ourselves. Attached is the sign we leave on the dashboard when we lock up the van. Inside the boys are zipped into a collapsible “condo” that covers half of our queen-size bed. We always ask for seating by a window where we can make sure the headlights are on assuring our engine and AC are running. We carry a small monitor for the van’s inside temp and then can control the AC with the van’s remote start.

Life is good! Now on to Kentucky.

Travels with Niki -New 3 Week Adventure.

Notes from the road.
Project: Jasmine – Hop Aboard & join us on a Mission of Love

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Stopover #1
4 hrs./225 miles from our Clearwater, FL Home base to
Eagles Roost RV Resort
5465 Mill Store Road, Lake Park, GA 31636
I-75, Exit 5.
229-559-5192
Good Sam discount to $38.34/night
Website: https://www.eaglesroostresort.com/
Dash Cam video we shot in 2016 and still the same today:
http://192.168.1.1:8181/…/www…/eaglesroostlakeparkga2016.mp4

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Stanley our Junior Assistant Navigator has completed his pre-flight check!

Eagles Roost is one of our favorite stops going or coming from a North/South I-75 trip. The place is filled with old oaks and dripping Spanish moss. It’s next door to a large weekend flea market, across the Interstate from a Camping World if needs arise and hometown to two of our favorite restaurants – The Farmhouse Restaurant with their heaping helpings of down home cooking and Rodeo Restaurant, a small but very good Mexican establishment. A two night stopover gives us a chance to sample both once again.

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We did have a too-close-for-comfort happening on the way in on I-75 when a big rig decided to pull over into the same space we were occupying. His action was forcing us toward a concrete bridge barrier very quickly. Fortunately there was just enough room to scoot over. We don’t believe he ever saw us. Our dash cam wasn’t recording time properly so I have 4 hours to go through, If I find the clip we’ll post it. We found it. View at http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/closecalloni75.mp4

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Our Sunset Princess at Eagles Roost. As some of you may know we had to step down from our 38′ “Big Bertha” Fifth Wheel due to medical issues but not giving up our love of RVing. Our 2018 Roadtrek

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Pull your camp chair up closer to the fire and we’ll talk about it!