Moravian Falls Family Campground, Wilkesboro, NC

Moravian Falls Family Campground, Wilkesboro, NC

I worked in an RV park that was a little wonky with its rules, so I understand the quirks of privately owned parks. First of all, Moravian Falls doesn’t take credit cards for reservations. When you call, they’ll give you a total amount owed and you have to mail them a check within a few days (I think it’s 4 days max) to secure the reservation. If you don’t send the money, they don’t hold the reservation. After they receive the check, they mail you receipt that you must bring with you to check in.

The upper tier of very tighly packed spots.

The upper tier of very tighly packed spots.

The park is tiny, old and the spaces are crowded together — this is bare bones, but we were going to Wilkesboro for Merlefest and the state parks were booked. This was our only option within town that had hook ups (we needed hook ups because of the dogs and needing AC — it was in the high 70s!).

We were so close to our neighbors that we didn’t feel comfortable putting the awning down, and the people across from us rented two spots so they could have a picnic table to use (they’ve been here before).

A group of tent sites in the woods. The others are one the grounds of the closed swimming pool.

A group of tent sites in the woods. The others are one the grounds of the closed swimming pool.

This used to be a great park — Deke visited often as a kid to swim in the pool and play in the waterfall. Unfortunately, the pool area is closed now and the waterslide is overgrown and filled with leaves.

Out of commission 1980s waterslide.

Out of commission 1980s waterslide.

If you’re in the area, I’d recommend staying in one of the state parks. If you need to stay here, I’d say 28″ is the max length!

St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine, Florida

We spent about 4 days in St. Augustine so we wanted to share a bit of what we did.

All in one stop.

All in one stop.

Neither of us had ever been to this part of Florida, but we were a bit intrigued by some things we found online about food/booze/historical sites (all things we love).

Men. Weapons. Fun!

Man. Weapon. Fun!

As far as food goes, our favorite place, hands down, was Yardbird for breakfast (For some reason, you can find it on Yelp as The Blue Hen and they have no website). It’s a little hard to find (small corner storefront on a side street with no sign) but just look for the address. Oh, and get there early. We arrived at 8:10am and by the time we left at 9:15am there was a very, very long line to get in, but then again it only has about 15 tables and a counter. We were so into our food, we forgot to take any photos but I had the Blue Crab Quiche and Deke had the Chicken and Biscuits. Just go there. Do it.

The traditional birthday colada!

The traditional birthday colada!

Deke celebrated his birthday while we were in St. Augustine, so we wanted to go have a celebratory drink at a fun place. Enter The Conch House. You can sit outside under a tiki canopy and watch the boats go by. They have great mixed drinks and a fantastic calamari with banana peppers.

For dinner, we wanted to go to The Floridian, but they don’t take reservations and there was a massive line, so we chose Cap’s instead. Even though we were in a seafood mecca, my steak-and-potatoes man got just that. We sat outside on the water — it’s a great place!

Steak and an old fashioned.

Steak and an old fashioned.

My fun thing was visiting the Castillo de San Marcos — I’m a sucker for military and historical ruins! The structure (I’m just being lazy and copying what’s on the National Park System website) is “the only extant 17th century military construction in the country and the oldest masonry fortress in the United States it is a prime example of the “bastion system” of fortification, the culmination of hundreds of years of military defense engineering. It is also unique for the material used in its construction. The Castillo is one of only two fortifications in the world built out of a semi-rare form of limestone called coquina (The other is Fort Matanzas National Monument 14 miles south).”

View from the tower.

View from the tower.

The prison.

The prison.

Im in love with these doors.

Im in love with these doors.

We plugged the meter for an hour and could’ve easily spent another hour roaming around and looking at the rooms and weapons. For $7 it was totally worth it!

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Cannons are cool.

 

 

 

 

Fayetteville RV Resort, Fayetteville, NC

Fayetteville RV Resort, Fayetteville, NC

On our way back from Florida, we saw that the temperatures in Raleigh were supposed to be extremely cold in the next few weeks, so we decided it would be best to blow out the lines before putting it back in storage. We thought we’d give try the Fayetteville RV Resort a try since it’s about an hour from our storage garage.

This was previously a KOA, so it’s got all the things you’d come to expect from a KOA (pool, little cabins to rent, a store, full hook ups, level spots, propane) but I feel the new owners are really working to make it better. All the restrooms are being updated, they’ve obviously done a lot of work on the landscaping and overall, it’s a really nice park for a day or two.

Fulltime spots.

Fulltime spots.

They have a section for fulltimers in the back that doesn’t have as many trees as the front of the park, but the spots are still nice (definitely nicer and bigger than several spots we lived in while fulltiming).

Since moving here, we’ve definitely noticed a shortage of nice RV parks in the area (and by nice I mean clean and safe), so I’d definitely recommend this park if you’re traveling through the area and need to make a pit stop.

 

 

Huntington Beach State Park, Murrell’s Inlet, South Carolina

Huntington Beach State Park, Murrell’s Inlet, South Carolina

We wanted to check out at least one campground in South Carolina before heading home and Huntington Beach State Park looked perfect.

Spot #11.

Spot #11.

The park has 133 spots and direct beach access via several wooden paths throughout the park.

There are two beach paths leading from each end of the park.

There are two beach paths leading from each end of the park.

There are some pretty private spots like ours, or some not-so-private spots around the inside of the loops. There’s also a loop in the back with heavy tree cover (but further from the beach), and some tent sites.

Second loop of the campground.

Second loop of the campground.

On the grounds of the state park is also Atalaya, a Moorish-style house that was once the winter home of sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington. You can tour the house for $2.

Panoramic!

Panoramic!

The beach here is also really beautiful — white sand, dolphins, pelicans and some great shells.

New Year's morning.

New Year’s morning.

 

Jekyll Island Campground, Georgia

Jekyll Island Campground, Georgia

Jekyll Island is fantastic.

Bike path all the way around Jekyll Island.

Bike path all the way around Jekyll Island.

The campground is the least private we’ve stayed in on this trip, but with an island this great, we didn’t spend a lot of time in the campground anyway.

No privacy, but that didn't stop us from having a fire. Sorry neighbors.

No privacy in spot #27, but that didn’t stop us from having a fire. Sorry neighbors.

There are  206 camp spots (back in, pull through, full hook ups, primitive tent….) and a general store with the basics, including firewood. There’s also a little area designated for bird watching with swings for guests to sit on.

Looking for some quiet or just some birds?

Looking for some quiet or just some birds?

In some spots, maneuvering around the trees in a big rig might be tricky.

In some spots, maneuvering around the trees in a big rig might be tricky.

At least there's shade!

At least there’s shade!

A short drive or bike ride directly across from the campground leads to Driftwood Beach with a fishing pier, and a nice sandy beach that leads to some beautiful scenery.

Pier off of Driftwood Beach.

Pier off of Driftwood Beach.

It seems like this boat was way too close to shore....

It seems like this boat was way too close to shore….

For all the people in the campground, it was extremely quiet — plus there were a lot of fellow Airstreamers there! (Hi Bob and Lisa!)