Saturday, October 15, 2011

Making medical appointments and camp reservations…

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Our time here is coming to a close now that we have the motorhome repaired and ready to go. We had a nice visit with our daughter and really enjoyed our time here fish and chipsat Jordan Lake State Recreation Area in Apex, NC. This park is a really nice place to stay if you need to stay in the Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill area. The sites are fairly large and wooded with many having nice view of the lake. It is beautiful looking out our window at the changing trees with the lake as a backdrop. Last night it was so nice we even made fish and chips with mushrooms and onion rings outside (we rarely fry foods but will occasional treat ourselves to some scrumptious fish and chips).

The park has lots of trails and plenty of park roads for nice bike riding. You can hike along the beach for over a mile and being here while the trees are changing into their f2011-10-14 Jordan Lake NC 005all wardrobe was just a plus. There are few campers here this time of year so there were days it seemed as if we had the entire place to ourselves. The only downside to the park is that they lock you in at 8:00 pm. Yes, they close the entrance gate and you have no way out. Not too bad a thing for us since we don’t go out much at night anymore but it restricts what you can plan to do. I can only wonder how their lawyers will scramble one day when someone needs urgent medical assistance and dies because they can’t leave…YIKES!!! What are they thinking!!!

While here we have been planning our next 30 days out to see where we will end up. The first thing we had to do was to make appointments for our annual physicals that we are both overdue for. We chose to schedule all of our medical appointments at the world-class medical care facility, Jacksonville, Florida Mayo View out our front windowClinic. We have been fortunate in our seven months on the road and haven’t had to see a doctor for any reason… we haven’t even gotten a cold since we retired… hmmmm, I wonder if there is something to this early retirement gig?

But with our physicals schedule for November 2nd we now know the timeline we have to get to Jacksonville. With Myrtle Beach next on the horizon I had lots of commenters suggesting to us to go to Huntington Beach State Park in SC but we could not get anything for the upcoming weekends so we settled for Myrtle Beach State Park. Before we go to Myrtle Beach State Park we will stay at a Passport America park named Briarcliffe RV Resort that we also heard good things about. We so very, very much appreciate all the camp suggestions on where to stay., we appreciate your wisdom…

One last stay before Jacksonville will be Hardeeville RV Park near Savannah Georgia, a Passport America park we have stayed at before and liked. This will allow us to visit one of our favorite southern cities, Savannah. We haven’t booked anything near Jacksonville Florida yet but will likely stay at a Passport America park named Pecan Park RV Resort for a few days to scope out the area for a longer stay if needed to get all our appointments finished. Now all we need to do is to figure out where in Florida we want to stay for the winter. We are thinking of staying in three different spots for a month each (one west coast, one south, and one east coast). Any ideas? We really do appreciate the suggestions and recommendations you all may have.


  1. Thanks for the tip on your current campground. Sounds like a nice place for us to visit in the near future.
    Enjoy your journey towards Jacksonville!! Have fun!!

  2. Whenever I stayed at a campground that locked the gates, they gave me an access code to use if I had to leave.

  3. You mention three areas but you have left out the "Forgotten Coast" along the panhandle area. It is truly something not to be missed. Check my blog in the July-Aug timeframe for some places of interest

  4. We stayed at BriarcLiffe RV resort a few years ago for two weeks (coast to coast membership) Nice pool and can walk to the shops, restaurants and theatre at Barefoot landing next door, very nice, lots to see and do.

  5. The east coast of Florida is too busy for our liking, but we did find one nice county park when we were near West Palm Beach. John Prince County Park...

  6. Looking forward to the suggestions you get for your time in Florida. That's just what we'd like to do. A month each in 3 different places. Alhtough the Panhandle is beautiful, it isn't all that warm in the winter. I've been looking into things South of Tampa with absolutely no luck so I hope your readers have some suggestions.

    Sorry to hear about Huntington Beach SP. Week-ends are a bear in the south all year round. Will be interested to hear what you think of Myrtle Beach SP.

    Happy Trails!

  7. COE parks close up at 10 at night and you can't get in or out. We wondered the same thing about an emergency.
    We love Savannah. Have you read the book "The Garden of Good and Evil"? It brings Savannah alive. The good is really good part fiction part non.
    Enjoy the ride.

  8. We thought about Florida this winter too but I had trouble finding anything we could afford so I think we will head back to New Mexico. Will be interested in any suggestions you get or I'll just stay tuned to see where you end up.