2014 Fall Snowbird RV Trip South – Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Mulberry Grove, IL to Cape Girardeau, MO
Days 16 & 17 – Oct 5th & 6th – Sun/Mon – 174 Miles

Cape Camping & RV Park
1900 N. Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701
Phone: 573-332-8888 Toll Free: 1-800-335-1178
($34/night w/Good Sam discount. Pull-thru, FHU, 50Amp, Cable, WiFi)

Cape Camping & RV Park - Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Cape Camping & RV Park – Cape Girardeau, Missouri

The town of Cape Girardeau was incorporated in 1808, prior to Missouri statehood, and was reincorporated as a city in 1843. The advent of the steamboat in 1835 led it to become the biggest port on the Mississippi River between St. Louis and Memphis. The Civil War Battle of Cape Girardeau took place April 26, 1863. The Union and Confederate armies collided in a fierce, four-hour artillery barrage on this day in which 23 Union and 30 Confederate soldiers were killed.

Cape Girardeau Waterfront
Cape Girardeau Waterfront

In December 2003, a new four-lane cable-stay bridge crossing the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau was opened. Its official name is “The Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge.” The two towers of the bridge reach a height of approximately 298′.

Mississippi River Tales - Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Mississippi River Tales – Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Also known as “Cape Girardeau: Where the River Turns a Thousand Tales,” due to the history of the town and the bend in the Mississippi River. Beautiful portrait paintings span the seawall along the river walk.

Missouri Wall of Fame  - Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Missouri Wall of Fame – Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Another section of the seawall holds portraits of the famous people who are either from Missouri or who have lived in Missouri.

We noted a lot of construction and refurbishing going on near the waterfront to revitalize this beautiful area they have.

The recent movie “Gone Girl” with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, was filmed in Cape Girardeau.

A visit to this area would not be complete without a visit to Lambert’s Cafe, “Home of the Throwed Rolls” and “pass-arounds.” Very much a fun atmosphere and a full-house. You can order a sandwich or an entree’ from off the menu with as many as 3 sides. Niki ordered the deep-fried frogs legs with turnip greens and carrots. I ordered the BBQ pork steak with baked beans, marinated cucumbers & onions, and potato salad. Then the fun began when a particularly accurate roll pitcher comes out of the kitchen and throws a huge roll to anyone with their hand up. The rolls are huge, hot from the oven, and delicious. Ace catcher Niki caught 4 for us during our meal.
Lambert's Cafe - Sikeston, Missouri
Other employees circulate around the room and spoon out the “pass-arounds” like macaroni & tomatoes, fried okra, fried potatoes with onions,  black-eyed peas and even sorghum & molasses. You can have as much or none at all – whatever you like.

They only have one dessert on the menu, banana pudding, and we soon knew why. If you have room left for dessert at the end of the meal, you’ve done something wrong. The young lady who took care of our table couldn’t remember the last time she had a customer order dessert!

Cape Girardeau, both the campground and the area, is a great stopover which we would recommend on your way up or down I-55.

Cape Camping & RV Park
90 Pull Thru Sites (75×24 with full hookups) – 50/30/20 amps w/CATV, picnic table, and fire ring, Wireless Internet at all sites is included, Handicap Sites, Laundromat, LP Tank Refills, Walking Trail, 2 Acre Fishing Pond, Open All Year.

Cape Camping & RV Park - long & level pull-thrus
Cape Camping & RV Park – long & level pull-thrus

This campground is located minutes from the center of Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri State University, Isle Casino, Riverfront Bridge Park, Cape Rock Park, and the River Walk.

Great facilities at Cape Camping & RV Park
Great facilities at Cape Camping & RV Park

Website: http://www.capervpark.com/default.aspx
Reviews: http://www.rvparkreviews.com/view_campground_review_details.php?cgid=7273®ion=Missouri&city=Cape-Girardeau&park=Cape-Camping-&-RV-Park

The Sound of Thunder

AMERICADE 2014 Lake George, New York
Lake George, New York

The sound of thunder rolled across the Adirondack Mountains this week as thousands of bikers gathered in Lake George, New York for 2014 AMERICADE June 2nd thru 7th. There are Trikes, bikes, and Spyders of all types with riders ranging from their teens to well into their “golden years”.

The 5 days were filled with benefit rides, tours and scavenger hunts, as well as great musical entertainment, comedy, stunt shows and more.

Cruisin' Main Street Americade 2014
Cruisin’ Main Street Lake George, NY – Americade 2014

All of the big name vendors were on hand showing the latest and greatest, must-haves, riding gear, gadgets and the newest machines.
Visiting the Vendors Americade 2014
Visiting the Vendors – Americade 2014

Lake George is a sleepy little town during the long Winter months but comes quickly to life with each new gathering during this first week of June each year.
Relaxing at Americade 2014
Relaxing at Americade 2014

This is a major Summer vacation and tourist destination but the many motels were filled to capacity and nearly all had their “No Vacancy” signs up for this week.
Good times & great memories at Americade 2014
Good times & great memories at Americade 2014

The weather has cooperated and has been nearly perfect in the 70’s and 80’s all week. The bikes cruised the main drag morning, noon, and night to the delight of the many visitors walking along the sidewalks and visiting the Village shops.
Bikes Lining Main St at Americade 2014
Line up on Main St at Americade 2014

The greatest sight for Niki and me are the hundreds of bikes parked side-by-side the entire length of main street in the late afternoons and evenings. It is really something to see.
The "Wall of Death" -  Americade 2014
The “Wall of Death” – Americade 2014

Everyone comes to enjoy the fun, the bikes, and the camaraderie. There is seldom any of the trouble that is sometimes found at other meets around the Country.

We hope everyone had a great time ’cause we sure enjoyed having you!

Day 21 – Snowbird RV Trip Florida to Canada & Trip Summary

Day 21 – Snowbird RV Trip Florida to Canada & Trip Summary
Oneonta, NY to Schroon Lake, NY 167 miles
5/21 Wednesday

We have reached our final destination, Medcalf Acres Riverfront Campground & RV Park Resort in Schroon Lake, New York on the Eastern edge of the Adirondack Mountains.

Medcalf Acres Riverfront Campground & RV Park Resort in Schroon Lake, NY
Medcalf Acres Riverfront Campground & RV Park Resort in Schroon Lake, NY

Medcalf is a perfect stopover to explore the Eastern Adirondacks and the Lake George/Lake Champlain Region. Easy day trips to Vermont, Lake Placid, The Adirondack Museum, Fort Ticonderoga and numerous ponds and hiking trails. The campground offers guided hikes of area mountain trails on weekends.

It’s also our Summer destination where we will be “Workamping” through September. We will be blogging about the Workamping experience on and off all Summer. If you would like to know more about it just click the “follow” button (if you haven’t already) and we’ll be posting info and photos of what the work entails as well as some of the many day trips you can
make in this beautiful area.

More about:
*Medcalf Acres Riverfront Campground & RV Park Resort
231 River Rd, Schroon Lake, NY 12870
(518) 461-1730
30Amp, FHU, Free WiFi, Free Cable, PT, Back-ins, with some sites on the River. Weekend activities all Season long.

Medcalf Acres website:

Passport America information:

From Medcalf Acres Campground:
87 miles to Canada
263 miles to Boston
321 miles to Niagara Falls

Have a great Summer and we thank you for riding along with us on our latest Snowbird RV Trail North.

Summary of the trip:
Tampa Bay to the Adirondack Mountains
21 days May 1 – May 21, 2014
Miles Towing – 1,684
Miles Sightseeing – 714
Total Miles: 2,399
Ten campgrounds:
9/Passport America & 1/SC State Campground

Total Costs:
Campgrounds- $529.01 (Avg $21.45/Night)
Restaurants- $637.83
Gasoline- $832.48

Stephen Foster Folk Cultural Center
Suwannee River
Jekyll Island
Santee State Park
Blue Ridge Parkway
Shenandoah National Forest
Mayberry (Mt Airy)
Five New Campgrounds Visited

Route Mileages:
Tampa,FL to Lake City, FL – 179
Lake City, FL to Brunswick, GA – 119
Brunswick, GA to St. George, SC -165
St. George, SC to Murrells Inlet, SC – 111
Murrells Inlet, SC to Asheboro, NC – 193
Asheboro, NC to Mount Airy, NC – 93
Mount Airy, NC to Mount Jackson, VA – 231
Mount Jackson, VA to Dover, PA – 161
Dover, PA to Oneonta, NY – 265
Oneonta, NY to Schroon Lake, NY – 166.5

To follow this trip from the beginning:



Day 20 – Snowbird RV Trip Florida to Canada
Dover, PA to Oneonta, NY 264 miles
5/20 Tuesday

Today marked the longest leg of our trip North at 264 miles from Dover, PA. We followed I-81 into Binghamton, NY where we switched to I-88 which runs NE from Binghamton.

I-88 may well be one of the roughest Interstates (along with I-81 through Pennsylvania) we have traveled, covered with patches and bone jarring bumps. We were totally worn out from scanning the highway ahead of us to avoid the potholes that they haven’t had time to fill and turn into bumps. They were many and deep!

Susquehanna Trail Campground - Oneonta, NY
Susquehanna Trail Campground – Oneonta, NY

Our stop for tonight is in Oneonta at Susquehanna Trail Campground. It is a Passport America campground and we have stayed here several times. The owners, Joanne and Dean Tribe, are very personable and both are hard workers and have done much to refurbish this campground, including hosting musical events during the Summer. Joanne gave us the bad news at check-in that she had lost Dean while they were on vacation in Florida this past January. They were building their dream together and now she intimated that she would be selling the campground. It’s just too much work for one person. We wish her the best in whatever direction she takes. Good people.

We are staying only one night in Oneonta and will then be heading for our Summer Workamping destination in the Lake George, NY Region.

More info about:
Susquehanna Trail Campground
4292 Hwy 7, Oneonta , New York – 13820
(607) 432-1122
45 total RV sites (40 back-ins and 5 pull thrus). Can accommodate RVs up to 50′, 30-amp, Dump station, restrooms, showers, picnic area, fire rings, store, clubhouse, basketball, fishing. In-ground swimming pool and playground.

Susquehanna Trail Campground website:

Passport America info:

Day 16 and 17 – Snowbird RV Trip Florida to Canada

Day 16 and 17 – Snowbird RV Trip Florida to Canada
Mt Airy, NC to Mt. Jackson, VA 231 miles
5/16-5/17 Friday-Saturday

Shenandoah Valley Campground - Mount Jackson, Virginia
Shenandoah Valley Campground – Mount Jackson, Virginia

Shenandoah Family Campground is located just off I-81, VA Exit 269. This campground is only a year old and already popular with RVers looking for an overnight spot on their way North or South. The young couple running the place are very personable and ready to answer any questions.

This stopover deserves a little more attention than just a quick night off the road. To begin with the Town of New Market is the next Exit South and an easy drive to visit the well known site of the Battle of New Market during the War between the States. In fact on this particular weekend they are having a reenactment of the battle. There are hundreds of the small white tents set up in various areas of the Park and blue and gray uniforms are everywhere.

North Entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway
North Entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway

Since we had only the one full day we opted for one of the other big area attractions and that is the Shenandoah National Park and a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. This most Northern section runs for 30 miles along the crest from the Thornton Gap Entrance near our campground to the Northern Entrance at Front Royal, Virginia.

Admission is free with an America the Beautiful or Senior National Park Pass.

Blue Ridge Parkway -Jeremys Run Overlook
Blue Ridge Parkway – Pass Mountain Overlook

We were fortunate in that it was one of those beautiful sunny days when you can see forever. There are wide, paved “pull-offs” at regular intervals with names like Jeremys Run Overlook at 2,410 ft that we stopped at along the way.

Elk Wallow Visitors Area Blue Ridge Parkway
Elk Wallow Visitors Area

We stopped at “Elk Wallow” where they have a large picnic area, gift shop, and snack bar. We had lunch there and we have to say that the hot dog and grilled chicken sandwich were prepared fresh and were quite good. I might mention that if you are on a tight budget you may want to bring your own picnic lunch. Same goes for the souvenirs and camping supplies. They are the only source for miles around and the prices reflect this.

We did enjoy sitting and watching the crowd. This is a junction in the Appalachian Trail as well and there were hikers and bikers and tourists from all over the World. The bikers were talking about a wildcat and a bear cub they had seen on their journey.

Hogback Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Hogback Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway

“Hogback Overlook” was our next stop and it is the highest on this part of the Parkway at 3,385ft.

Blue Ridge Parkway Overlook
Blue Ridge Parkway Overlook


There are views from other overlooks with names like Gimlet Ridge (2,655ft), Hogwallow Flats (2,665ft), Jenkins Gap (2,355ft), and Gooney Run Overlook (2,085ft).

Dickey Ridge Visitor Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Dickey Ridge Visitor Center

On our way down toward the Front Royal Northern exit/entrance we stopped at the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (1,940ft) where Rangers are on hand to answer questions and, of course, there’s another gift/souvenir shop. This was perhaps the most relaxing place to view the Shenandoah Valley.

Shenandoah Valley Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Shenandoah Valley Overlook

The last was the Shenandoah Valley Overlook (1,390ft). This stop had signs explaining what we were viewing as did many of the other Overlooks.

We had dinner in New Market our first evening here, at the suggestion of our campground host. The restaurant is called the Southern Kitchen and is located on South Congress Street. It has a 50’s/60’s style with a soda fountain and the jukebox selection boxes at the tables along the walls. We didn’t really enjoy the food that much and it is rather pricey. Again, we don’t complain about price if the food quality and service merit it. This place is not a good value. However we do recommend a frozen custard stand also in New Market on US-211 just as you start out of town toward the Blue Ridge Parkway. They have a hot fudge brownie creation that you won’t soon forget!

Home of Route 11 Potato Chips
Home of Route 11 Potato Chips

Other reasons to make this campground a stopover? On the same street as the campground is the Route 11 Potato Chip Factory. They do give tours during the week with samples and they do have a retail outlet.

This is also a great starting point for a visit to either the Luray or Shenandoah Caverns nearby.

Gas at this Exit is $3.359.

Our next stop will be Dover, Pennsylvania.

More information about:
Shenandoah Family Campground
168 Industrial Park Road, Mt. Jackson (Quicksburg), Virginia 22842
(540) 477-3080 PA/$23.50
PT, 20/30/50Amp, FHU, Free WiFi & Cable. Passport America/1 night – Sunday through Thursday only.
43 total RV sites, can accommodate RV’s up to 70ft, 30/50 amp, dump station, back-ins, pull-thrus, full hookups, tent sites, Cable TV, Wi-Fi, restrooms, showers, laundry, handicap accessible, swimming pool, playground, BBQ, fire rings, picnic tables, horseshoes, recycling, security, restaurant, store, propane and ice.

Shenandoah Campground website:

Passport America information:

Route 11 Potato Chip Factory

Day 12 and 13 – Snowbird RV Trip Florida to Canada

Day 12 and 13 – Snowbird RV Trip Florida to Canada
Myrtle Beach, SC to Asheboro, NC 193 Miles
5/12-5/13/2014 Mon-Tues

Zooland Family Campground - Asheboro, NC
Zooland Family Campground – Asheboro, NC

Zooland Family Campground in Asheboro, North Carolina is a nice Passport America stopover for one or two nights when passing through this area. It’s in the country and not far off the Interstate. They have free wifi and you can pick up the commercial TV stations with your antenna (no cable). The facilities include a swimming pool, fishing pond, miniature golf, camp store, game room and small laundry facility.

Zooland Family Campground - Asheboro, NC
Zooland Family Campground campsites

There are 146 sites, of which 88 are 30/50 Amp full hook-up sites. That said there are some problems as far as level sites go. Personally I would request a site in the 1 through 20 section and preferably make it 1 through 9. The owner tells us he is booked full often during the Summer and always on Holiday weekends.

The North Carolina State Zoo is located nearby. We decided not to visit the Zoo on this trip.

Our first evening in Asheboro we drove into town to look around and noticed all of the cars at this restaurant so we decided to give it a try.
Davids Restaurant - Asheboro, North Carolina

David’s Restaurant
709 South Fayetteville St, Asheboro, NC, 27203
(336) 683-0000
7 miles from Zooland Family Campground

They offer daily lunch and dinner specials. All come with soup or salad and dessert. We both chose the daily special which was Chicken Primavera. The plates came piled high with fettuccine in an Alfredo sauce with tender chunks of chicken and several vegetables mixed in. It was very good and more than enough to bring the excess home for another meal. The price for the 2 meals with drinks and tip was $26.86.
On day 2 in Asheboro we did some shopping and exploring, and we asked about people’s favorite local restaurants. One was mentioned more than any – and that was the “Dixie 3”.

Dixie III Restaurant
715 E Dixie Dr, Asheboro, NC 27203
(336) 625-8345
9 miles from Zooland Family Campground

The Dixie III Restaurant in Asheboro, NC
The Dixie III Restaurant – Asheboro, NC

Located near Walmart, it is easy to find in town.
They have lunch and dinner specials at very reasonable prices. Besides sandwiches and salads, they have many meat and seafood entrees to choose from. Your entree comes with a choice of 3 vegetables. All dinners were in the $7 to $10 range. Niki chose a vegetable plate and Jack chose spaghetti with homemade sauce. With our iced tea, butterscotch delight desserts, and tip the bill was under $20. You could tell this was a favorite restaurant among the locals as everyone knew everyone else. One of the better meals we have had on this trip.

The best price we found for gas in Asheboro was $3.599 in Town.

Worth noting: On the long drive from I-95 to Asheboro and the Zooland Campground there is only one Rest Area and it’s just before Exit 61 of I-74/75.

Our next stop will be Mt. Airy, NC.

More info about:
Zooland Family Campground PA/$15.75 5 nights max, Mon-Thurs
3671 Pisgah Covered Bridge Road, Asheboro NC, 27205 (336) 381-3422
PT, 20/30/50Amp, FHU, Free WiFi.

Zooland Family Campground website:

Passport America information:

Things to do in Asheboro, NC:

Day 7 thru 11 – Snowbird RV Trip Florida to Canada

Day 7 thru 11 – Snowbird RV Trip Florida to Canada
St. George, SC to Murrells Inlet, SC 171 miles
5/7-5/11 Wednesday-Sunday

Entering Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet,
Entering Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, SC

Huntington Beach State Park is located on the Atlantic Ocean in Murrells Inlet, SC, just South of Myrtle Beach and just across from Brookgreen Gardens. The Park covers 2,500 acres and includes a camping area, day use picnic area, a large sandy beach with relatively few beachgoers, hiking/biking trails, and many places to enjoy birding and gator watching.

Huntington Beach State Park Ranger Station & Gift Shop
Huntington Beach State Park Ranger Station & Gift Shop

You’ll find a limited camp store/gift shop at the Ranger Station/check-in location near the day use area.

Campsites in the Huntington Beach State Park camping area
Campsites in the Huntington Beach State Park camping area

The camping area consists of 131 campsites nicely spaced for the most part. Maximum trailer lengths vary from 30’ to 40’. They are arranged in loops around a green space usually with a combined restroom/shower building in the center. There are access trails to the beach from the camping area as well as the picnic area.

The beautiful beach at Huntington Beach State Park
The beautiful beach at Huntington Beach State Park

The beach seems to extend forever and is unmarred by the proximity to the hotels and high-rises found along most sections of the Grand Strand. If nothing else it is well worth the $5 day use fee to make a visit just to enjoy the uncrowded beach in this part of the area.

Huntington Beach State Park's Nature Center
Huntington Beach State Park’s Nature Center

Nature lovers will enjoy the park’s Nature Center and wide variety of programming, including the chance to see alligators, loggerhead turtles and other endangered plant and animal species up close.

Huntington Beach State Park Boardwalks
Huntington Beach State Park Boardwalks

There are several boardwalks extending out into the lake and marsh area with interpretive signs to explain certain historical and ecological facts.

Huntington Beach State Park Causeway
Huntington Beach State Park Causeway

The causeway between the park’s freshwater lake (Mullet Pond) and Oaks Creek saltwater marsh area is a sure-fire place to see alligators, egrets, and birds of many kinds.

Atalaya Castle in Huntington Beach State Park Murrells Inlet, SC
Atalaya Castle in Huntington Beach State Park Murrells Inlet, SC

Atalaya Castle, also in the Park, is the picturesque, Moorish-style winter home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, philanthropist and sculptor, respectively, who left the park and adjacent Brookgreen Gardens as their legacy. Constructed to withstand hurricanes, it was built during the Depression giving much needed employment to dozens of local people.

The first evening of our stopover we had dinner at an old favorite, the 120 item China Buffet in Surfside Beach. The food was just fair this time. Perhaps it has changed hands but it used to be exceptional. The tab with tip was $27.17 for the 2 of us.

A picnic with old friends at Huntington Beach State Park
A picnic with old friends at Huntington Beach State Park

Our second afternoon we were very pleased to have two old Myrtle Beach friends, Patrish Blackstock and Wally Snider, join us for a picnic at our campsite. Many know the couple through Patrish’s exceptional website, funbeaches.com, an all inclusive guide to the Myrtle Beach Area. It was great fun catching up with what all of us had been doing.

Maggi D's Fine Italian Restaurant in Myrtle Beach, SC
Maggi D’s Fine Italian Restaurant in Myrtle Beach, SC

Our third afternoon we took Patrish’s and Wally’s suggestion and had dinner at Maggi D’s Italian Restaurant near the Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach. Exceptional service cheerfully prodded on by the jovial owner. We enjoyed the Chicken French and the Spaghetti & Meatballs. A piece of lemon cake for dessert topped off the meal nicely. The 2 dinners came to $43.96 with tip.

Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse in Myrtle Beach, SC
Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse in Myrtle Beach, SC

The 4th day ‘twas the night before Mother’s Day so we splurged and took Niki out to the Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse in Myrtle Beach. Neither of us is a big meat eater so we had just the salad bar which offers some 35 items that you don’t normally find on an average salad bar. The atmosphere is noisy and chaotic but we both enjoyed our meal. “The Kids” treat came to $66.14 for the both of us.

Barefoot Landing Boardwalk & Shops in Myrtle Beach, SC
Barefoot Landing Boardwalk & Shops in Myrtle Beach, SC

Before the Rioz we spent some time wandering around Barefoot Landing near the Intracoastal Waterway in North Myrtle Beach. Barefoot consists of over 100 specialty shops and restaurants around a 27 acre lake. Our stroll ended up with only the purchase of a $4 decadent cookie we bought to share from the River Street Sweets shop.

Sunday, our last full day, we spend repacking everything for our departure on Monday since rain showers are predicted for the next leg of our trip. It’s always better to pack on a dry day!
Our last dinner in Myrtle Beach is at Angelo’s, another favorite of ours. It’s a favorite for golfers as well; after a day of chasing the little white ball nothing beats a really good steak and Angelo’s serves close to 100,000 of them each year!

There are many who prefer to camp in the huge, reach-out-and-touch-your-neighbor, golf cart infested, mega campgrounds along the beach but we have found 2 with a slower pace and closer to Nature and the peace and quiet we like. One is this Huntington Beach State Park, which is about 16 miles South of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade. The other is Carrollwoods RV Park at Grapeful Sisters Vineyard in Tabor City, NC – 20 miles North of the City of North Myrtle Beach.

The best price we found for gasoline was $3.399 at the Circle K on the corner of Hwy 17 and 544 in Surfside Beach.

Our next stop will be Asheboro, NC.

More info about:
Huntington Beach State Park
16148 Ocean HWY, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
843-237-4440 huntingtonbeach@scprt.com

107 sites with Elec. & Water at $21-41/site/night.
24 FHU (Full Hookup Sites with Elec, Water, Sewer) at $24-47/site/night.
Call 1-866-345-7275 for reservations.

Huntington Beach State Park website:

Things to do & see on the Grand Strand:

Day 5 and 6 – Snowbird RV Trip Florida to Canada

Day 5 and 6 – Snowbird RV Trip Florida to Canada
Brunswick, GA to St. George, SC 166 miles
5/5-5/6/2014 Monday-Tuesday

Heading North on I-95 the ride gets pretty rough after you hit the SC line. Much of the Interstate is concrete highway with chunks missing or repaired unevenly. It’s not impassable by any means, just be prepared for some jostling.

Jolly Acres RV Park St. George, South Carolina
Jolly Acres RV Park St. George, South Carolina

Jolly Acres RV Park is a favorite of ours whiere we have stayed several times. It’s a small well-kept campground out in the country, a little more than 5 miles from Exit 77 off I-95. It is owned and run by a very sweet older lady.

That said there is not much to do in St. George, SC. It’s 45 miles from Charleston and we have taken day trips into that city. All of the popular chain restaurants are nearby but for us it’s our “R&R” stop to just take a break before we spend a few busy days in our next stop – Myrtle Beach.

It’s quiet here in the country. Our “Kids,” B.B. and K.C., love it because there is plenty of wildlife for them to watch. The campground offers all of the amenities except cable TV. There are plenty of commercial TV stations you can pick up from Charleston. They also have a nice fishing/duck pond on site.

Georgios Pizza & Restaurant St. George, SC
Georgios Pizza & Restaurant St. George, SC

We did try Georgio’s Pizza and Restaurant in town which was recommended to us for dinner. They had a nice, fresh salad bar, but the Chicken Parm and Alfredo entrees we ordered were nothing special for a dinner tab of $39 with tip. We would have done just as well by choosing the Pizza Hut next door.
Shugs Southern Soul Cafe
Shugs Southern Soul Cafe St. George, SC

Day 6, and our second day in St. George, proved to be much better. Another restaurant recommended to us was “Shugs Southern Soul Cafe”. It’s about a mile West from I-95 Exit 77 and on the way towards Jolly Acres RV Park. Owned and operated by Chef Noah Coleman, who knows how to properly prepare the really good down-home Southern staples. They are open for lunch from 10-3 and for dinner from 5pm to 10pm. There are daily specials and a buffet served on Sundays. We both ordered the BBQ chicken special which came with rice and collard greens. All cooked just right and oh so good. Niki says the sweet iced tea is just as good as she makes it. Desserts are made on the premises and we each tried a piece of cake – lemon for Niki and the chocolate cake for Jack. Delicious! A great meal for $30.59 with drinks and tip. We will definitely make it a point to stop when we are on this route again.
Santee StatePark Santee, South Carolina
Santee StatePark Santee, South Carolina

After lunch we wanted to look at 2 campgrounds a little further North on I-95. The first was Santee State Park. It is located on Lake Marion near I-95 Exit 98. It has everything you would expect in a State Park and more.
Santee State Park store and boat launch
Santee State Park store and boat launch

They have a Visitor Center, Park Store and WiFi Lounge, fishing pier, boat launch, cabins to rent, and 2 camping areas with both pull-thru and back-in sites.
Santee State Park cabins to rent
Santee State Park cabins to rent

The cabins are circular in design with a deck and waterfront view and are not built right beside each other. Several are built out on piers extending out on the lake.
Santee State Park campground
Santee State Park campground

The fees are very reasonable. The one and only drawback we found – the roads, and they were a deal-breaker. There is not 10’ without a bump and we mean a real jolt! We stopped and chatted with the host and his wife for a few minutes. We asked if the roads were ever graded and they told us it couldn’t be done because it was all rock. Gravel would certainly help! They did tell us that the State was planning to pave the roads in the next year or two. As was pointed out to us, there were many nice trailers in many of the sites. Indeed, there were many nice 5th wheels and travel trailers on sites. It’s just something we don’t want to put our suspension through. We wondered how many campers hadn’t known about the poor roads before they arrived?

We had planned to travel up to Exit 102 and visit Santee Lakes Campground but an accident had Northbound I-95 traffic backed up for miles. We will try to visit that campground on another trip.

Two beautiful sunny days in St. George for us. Both days in the 80’s.

The best gasoline price in St. George: $3.499.
Our next stop will be Murrells Inlet, SC.

More info about:
Jolly Acres RV Park PA/$16/Sun-Thurs 5.5Mi from I-95
289 Horne Taylor Road, Saint George, SC 29477 (843) 563-8303
PT, 20/30/50Amp (Add $3 f/50A ), FHU, Free WiFi (Reception spotty).

Jolly Acres RV Park website:

Passport America Info on this campground:

Santee State Park website:

Our New RV Journey Begins May 1st

Planning thed best RV route FL to Canada
2014 Snowbird RV Route Florida to New England

We’ve had a great Winter stay near Tampa in the Sunshine State and now it’s time to pack up and head back up North to begin our Summer Season of Workamping in the Adirondack Mountains of Northern NY State.

We have previously outlined on our website (snowbirdrvtrails.com) how we go about preparing a new route and what stops we have planned. This trip there will be stopovers at 10 campgrounds in 7 States (including Myrtle Beach and Mayberry) and we plan for about 22 days to reach our destination. We are retired and have entered the “no rush” mode of travel.

Each trip we try new routes, visit new campgrounds, find great local restaurants, interesting sights, and meet new people. Always looking for the best routes and discovering America along the way. We will post the facts, figures, photos, and findings right as we go. Just click “Follow” to hop aboard and travel with us

Have you ever wondered what Workamping is really like and whether you might enjoy it? We will be posting about it all Summer long with photos of the good, the bad, and yes, the ugly on occasion which really keeps our life interesting.

Stop by and pull up a lawn chair. We’ll have the campfire going and the coffee pot on. Your comments are always invited.