As some may know we purchased our new, 2018 Roadtrek Class B this past December but due to some medical issues we were unable to schedule our first trip to check out all of the systems until now. I am happy to report that we did finally get away for a couple of days to test out all systems in our “Sunset Princess” and our shakedown cruise went off even better than expected. All systems operated efficiently with the exception of the on-demand hot water heater which I need to research but with the temps in the 90’s here in Florida the cold water tap was actually warm enough for our needs this time!
The restrooms, shower section and laundry area were spotless, brightly lit and well maintained.
This Park has 40 campsites including seven pull-throughs of varying lengths. All sites have electricity and water and seven have sewer hook-ups with ten having 50 Amp service. We chose site 9 but would recommend sites 10 and 11 as being longer and more spacious and also having full hook-ups.
There’s a beautiful boat ramp, dock and picnic area where canoes and kayaks may be rented. It’s located at the head of a 1,000′ canal that leads to the Dead River which empties into Lake Griffen. There are massive old oaks dripping Spanish moss throughout the Park including a mammoth old oak near the entrance and said to be the second largest in the State.
I have attached some photos taken in the Park. Their are several Nature Trails and the children’s play area includes a swing for wheelchairs that I had not seen before. They do a lot with and for children including camps in the Summertime. We found the staff to be most courteous, conscientious and smiling. It’s apparent they love their jobs.
One of our favorite things is to visit the locals favorite restaurants when we visit a new area. Our first was a visit to the “Original Stavros Pizza Restaurant” nearby in Leesburg at the suggestion of the Ranger on duty. It is a beautiful restaurant inside. Though some of their dishes may be excellent the Italiian subs we ordered were not. They were wet with dressing to the point of puddling and the taste was not up to par.
Another evening we tried the La Palma Mexican Grill and the outcome wasn’t much better. Niki and I both had the Chimichanga dinners. The refried beans had a burned taste and the chicken chimi’s were tasteless. The rice was pretty good. All in all we should have patronized the American Legion Post only a short distance from the campground.
Located in the heart of St. Petersburg, Florida is a leafy oasis and one of the longest running roadside attractions in the Country. In 1903 a plumber named George Turner, Sr. bought this four acre parcel that included an ancient sinkhole and a lake. He drained the lake to use the nutrient rich soil beneath to pursue his love of gardening and ornamental horticulture.
By 1924 his amazing gardens were attracting visitors at 25 cents a head and has continued to this day and visited by tourists from around the World.
Now owned by the City of St. Pete it’s a local destination for school children and tourists to visit as well as the perfect setting for many weddings. It brings a bit of the tropical forest with plants, birds and other animals to this sub-tropical paradise.
I was fortunate to visit The Gardens with our local Photography Club where I assure you there is no shortage of photo opportunities.
It’s a place you might like to add to your “must-See” list when you visit the Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater Beach area. It’s located at 1825 4th Street North in St. Petersburg, Florida. More photos on our Suncoast Visitor’s Guide at https://www.facebook.com/TampaBaySnowbirdGuide/. -Jack Armstrong
We like to pass along info about new campgrounds when we hear about them and this one sounds interesting for sure. Find their website at https://windcreekatmore.com/resort/rv-park. We may well try them ourselves this Summer!
ATTENTION RV CAMPERS!
We are excited to announce that the new RV Park at Wind Creek is now open!
Every Day • 8am – 5pm
Check-In: 12pm – 5pm
RV PARK AMENITIES
INQUIRE ABOUT AVAILABILITY
Call (866) 946-3360 to book by phone.
Shuttle service provided to and from our Casino Resort with access to the following:
*$5 FREE Play valid towards full paid rate reservations ONLY. FREE Play must be redeemed each day at PLAYER SERVICES.
Eagle’s Roost is located just off Georgia Exit 5 on I-75 in Lake Park, GA. Five miles N of the FL Line. Nearby we found good restaurants, a Camping World and a weekend flea market just next door. All this among mighty, old oaks dripping with Spanish moss.
Catch our video at https://www.facebook.com/OurSnowbirdRVTrails
and “follow” us on FB for more camping fun ahead!
Our website averages at least one or two emails a week asking us for help plotting an RV route. Usually it’s either someone with a brand new RV or often an RVer just asking for suggestions as they plan a trip into parts unknown to them.
You may have heard or seen us mention before that the only thing we like better than an RV trip is talking about RVing. The problem is that to plan a trip correctly or at least the way that has proven tried and true for us there are a number of questions that need answering up front to do it right.
That being said we have updated our “Planning Page” (http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/research.htm) on our website and outlined the steps we take in planning each new voyage into uncharted territory. We always chart it beforehand!
A big part of the fun of a trip for us is the planning. On our page you’ll find all kinds of information and resources that we use to keep our RVing about the fun of the trip and not the worry that can accompany tackling the unknown.
Have a look. If it helps you with your trip planning we’re happy. Many people like to fly by the seat of their pants which is fun for them but that’s just not us.
After you try our suggestions for planning and if you have any questions we’ll be happy to try and answer them. We do answer all emails. You’ll find our email address also on the Planning Page.
Safe travels and always enjoy the journey,
Jack and Niki
When Niki and I downsized from a 32′ Fifth Wheel with three slide-outs to a 19′ van we knew there would have to be some adjustments made. What to pack, what not to take? What was a necessity for both safety and everyday life on the road and what would be nice to have if we could fit it in?
We did a lot of research to determine what we needed to add to an already pretty well outfitted camper. The Roadtrek is a totally self-contained vehicle and built to enable owners to go “off-the-grid” and set up camp whenever and wherever the road takes them.
Our Roadtrek has its own generator providing both 12 and 110V current for the fridge roof-top AC, TV/DVD/Surround-Sound and electrical outlets, propane for the range and tank-less hot water heater. Gray, black and fresh water tanks and both a slinky and electrical macerator evacuator for discharge. It also contains a regular toilet and both an inside and outside shower.
Not much is missing but after eight years on the road we have learned that a few things added makes RV life safer, easier and a whole lot more fun.
We have added a page to our website listing the “Niceties and Necessities” we have researched, purchased and added items made to fit the Ram ProMaster and Roadtrek Simplicity. If you have a Roadtrek or possibly see one in your future perhaps our research may be of help to you.
Click the link, have a look and if you have any questions send us a note. – Jack and Niki
Two park host site positions open – Moody, Texas
I am the lead Ranger at Mother Neff State Park in Moody, Tx. I would like to post a position on your web pages.
I do have two park host site positions open.
Below is a description of duties with my contact information for any questions potential hosts may have.
Park Hosts duties include: – Customer service by greeting customers and providing information – Cleaning of campsites, facilities, and restrooms – Site checks, meter checks, litter patrol, operating a UTV – Assist in standard maintenance operations. Depending upon selected applicant’s experience, duties might also include: – Assisting in office operations – Interpretive activities and events. – If interested contact Diego Aragon at 254-313-8933 Criminal Background Check required.
Hosts will be provided with a large concrete driveway and Granite campsite tent pad with Full Hook-Up (Water/Sewer/Electric) site in exchange for a minimum scheduled work hours per week of 30 (couple) / 24 (single). You must be a minimum of 18 years old to apply go to https://tpwd.samaritan.com
1680 Texas 236 Hwy.
Moody, Tx. 76557
The April issue of Jack & Niki’s Suncoast Snowbird Visitors’ Guide is now live on the ‘Net.
In this issue we suggest ten local nature parks to visit. All are within a ten mile radius both in and surrounding Clearwater and all offer something special for visitors.
All are FREE to visit. Most have picnic areas, children’s play areas and trails to visit Nature’s flora and fauna. They are also a great source to find “Art Rocks”.
So get out and enjoy Spring and the beautiful paradise that surrounds us.
You can find it here: http://www.tampabaysnowbirder.com/