2013 Travel Log

 

This page is our travel log for the year 2013. This way our family and friends can see where we visited and stayed at throughout the year as well as future confirmed reservations on where we will be staying or are planning to be staying at. We will update this page as we travel or should our travel plans change. The oldest entry is at the top of the page and the most recent entry is at the bottom of the page. We started traveling fulltime on June 22, 2011; we started living fulltime in our RV in May 2010 while we were preparing our home for sale and selling off most of our possessions. This is our 3rd year of fulltime traveling and our 4th year of living fulltime in our motor coach.

D & D World Travel Trip Journal - This is a link to our trip journal with photos.

Here is a link to Our Visited Places; this is our page listing all of the places that we have been to together "as a couple" since 1996.

Date(s) Location Event/Resort and Travel Notes
12/30/12 - 01/06/13 Branson, MO Stayed at Grand Crowne Resorts - The Surrey in Branson, MO for seven nights in a timeshare exchange; we stayed in a 3 BR premier condominium. This premiere condo includes 3 master suites, 5 private baths, jetted tubs in master suite and 1 guest bathroom, 3 fully equipped kitchens, 3 dinning areas, 2 great rooms, 3 private entries, 2 private decks, and is 2,105 sq. ft. of living area. This is an Interval International premiere resort that we acquired by exchanging one week with one of the timeshares we already own (WorldMark & Vacation Internationale). We love timesharing and we love exchanging timeshares with Interval International!!!
01/06/13 - 01/13/13 Branson, MO Stayed at Summer Winds - Stormy Point Village in Branson, MO for seven nights in a timeshare exchange; we stayed in a 2 BR cottage home. This is an Interval International premiere resort that we acquired by exchanging one week with one of the timeshares we already own (WorldMark & Vacation Internationale). We love timesharing and we love exchanging timeshares with Interval International!!!
01/13/13 - 01/20/13 Branson, MO Stayed at Marriott's Willow Ridge Lodge in Branson, MO for seven nights in a timeshare exchange; we stayed in a 2 BR villa. This is an Interval International premiere resort that we acquired by exchanging one week with one of the timeshares we already own (WorldMark & Vacation Internationale). We love timesharing and we love exchanging timeshares with Interval International!!!
01/20/13 - 01/27/13 Branson, MO Stayed at Westgate Branson Woods in Branson, MO for seven nights in a timeshare exchange; we stayed in a 2 BR villa. This is an Interval International premiere resort that we acquired by exchanging one week with one of the timeshares we already own (WorldMark & Vacation Internationale). We love timesharing and we love exchanging timeshares with Interval International!!!

Note 1: On Weds., 01/23/13, Deb left Hollister, MO on Greyhound Bus Lines to go to California for a two week trip. She arrived in Riverside, CA on Fri., 01/25/13. Her primary reason for the trip was to visit her mother during her 70th birthday. Deb also got to see many of her friends & former co-workers, and to schedule a yearly doctor's appointment. She left Riverside, CA on Thurs., 02/07/13 arriving back in Hollister, MO on Sat., 02/09/13.

01/27/13 - 02/03/13 Hollister, MO Stayed at Westgate Branson Lakes at Emerald Pointe on Table Rock Lake in Hollister, MO for seven nights in a timeshare exchange; we stayed in a 2 BR villa. Hollister, MO is located just minutes away from Branson, MO. This is an Interval International premiere resort that we acquired by exchanging one week with one of the timeshares we already own (WorldMark & Vacation Internationale). We love timesharing and we love exchanging timeshares with Interval International!!!

Note 1: Don stayed at this resort by himself while Deb was in CA visiting family and friends.

02/03/13 - 02/10/13
02/10/13 - 02/17/13
Branson, MO Stayed at Grand Crowne Resorts - The Lodges at Table Rock Lake which is only minutes from Table Rock Lake in Branson, MO for fourteen nights in a timeshare exchange; we stayed in a 4 BR lodge. This lodge includes 4 master suites, 4 private baths with large jetted tubs, huge fully equipped kitchen with large dinning area, 20 ft. vaulted ceilings in the living room, spacious screened-in porch, and is 2,270 sq. ft. of living area. This is an Interval International select resort that we acquired by exchanging two weeks with one of the timeshares we already own (WorldMark & Vacation Internationale). We love timesharing and we love exchanging timeshares with Interval International!!!

Note 1: On Weds., 01/23/13, Deb left Hollister, MO on Greyhound Bus Lines to go to California for a two week trip. She arrived in Riverside, CA on Fri., 01/25/13. Her primary reason for the trip was to visit her mother during her 70th birthday. Deb also got to see many of her friends & former co-workers, and to schedule a yearly doctor's appointment. She left Riverside, CA on Thurs., 02/07/13 arriving back in Hollister, MO on Sat., 02/09/13.

02/17/13 - 02/24/13 Four Seasons, MO Stayed at Four Seasons Racquet & Country Club on Horseshoe Bend on Lake of the Ozarks in Four Seasons, MO for seven nights in a timeshare exchange; we stayed in a 3 BR condominium. This is an Interval International premiere resort that we acquired by exchanging one week with one of the timeshares we already own (WorldMark & Vacation Internationale). We love timesharing and we love exchanging timeshares with Interval International!!!

Note 1: My step-sister Lynn Caulberg and my step-niece Rebecca Caulberg spent spent a few days with us at the timeshare as our guests.

Note 2: On Tues., 02/19/13, we visited Jacob's Cave in Versailles, MO. This cave which is located in the Lake of the Ozarks region is very beautiful. This is the first cave my step-niece has ever visited. We also visited Bagnell Dam on Lake of the Ozarks as well as the old downtown area and shops in Bagnell, MO.

02/24/13 - 03/03/13 Four Seasons, MO Stayed at Treetop Condominiums at Four Seasons on Horseshoe Bend on Lake of the Ozarks in Four Seasons, MO, for seven nights in a timeshare exchange; we stayed in a 2 BR condominium. This resort is located just a half-mile from Lodge of the Four Seasons. Lodge of the Four Seasons is noted for its two 18-hole golf courses, restaurants, and marina. Guests at Treetop Condominiums have access to many of the Four Seasons' amenities. This is an Interval International premiere resort that we acquired by exchanging one week with one of the timeshares we already own (WorldMark & Vacation International). We love timesharing and we love exchanging timeshares with Interval International!!!
03/03/13 - 03/04/13 Pocahontas, IL Camped for one night at Don's step-sister's beautiful farm with a nice fishing pond; she has water and 50 amp for the RV (38°51'17.86"N 89°29'52.14"W). Don's brother-in-law and step-sister, D.L. Caulberg & Lynn Caulberg are gracious hosts. We love this part of the country where Don was born and raised.
03/04/13 - 03/05/13 Effingham, IL Dry camped for one night at Heartland Peterbilt in Effingham, IL. While traveling from Pocahontas, IL to Nappanee, IN, we had a complete loss of power in our motor coach on I-70 East near Mulberry Grove, IL. We used our Coach-Net RV Roadside Assistance Program to tow us to Heartland Peterbilt in Effingham, IL. We pay $358.50 for a three year policy and the tow driver told me that the tow bill will cost us nothing, but Coach-Net will be paying $500.00. (I am glad I have the Coach-Net 3-Year Premier Coach policy since it more than paid for itself with this one RV tow.) Heartland Peterbilt is a Cummins Service Center and they ended up replacing our alternator and EGR valve. Our Good Sam Extended Warranty covered the alternator replacement which did help on the overall repair cost, but they did not pay for the EGR valve replacement because it is an emission control item that is not covered. After dry camping in their parking lot on Monday night, we had the repairs completed on Tuesday, and then drove all Tuesday night in a snow storm to get to Newmar Corporation on Wednesday morning for our motorcoach repairs during their Winter Service Special.
03/06/13 - 03/15/13 Nappanee, IN

WINTER SERVICE SPECIAL

Newmar Corporation is again offering its Winter Service Special. Each customer who has their unit repaired at the Newmar Service Center in Nappanee, Indiana between January 7, 2013 and March 31, 2013 will receive a discounted shop labor rate of $75.00 per hour. Take advantage of this special offer and get your coach refurbished. For example, have your carpet, floor covering, window treatment, or countertop replaced during the winter months at Newmar. Any units dropped off for repairs will be winterized and stored at no charge.This offer is only good for those customers who have appointments at the Newmar Service Center between January 7, 2013 and March 31, 2013. Any appointments after March 31 will NOT receive this discount. If you are interested in taking advantage of this exceptional offer, contact Phil Stilley, Newmar service writer at 1-800-731-8300, ext. 3195 and set up your appointment today.

 

Note 1: Our motorcoach was having a problem with engine faults and an oil leak. Since Newmar Corporation does not do chassis engine work, the motorcoach engine repairs were completed by Cummins Crosspoint, LLC in Mishawaka, IN which is about 27 miles north of Nappanee, IN. About half of the cost for these engine repairs were covered by our Good Sam Extended Warranty. Cummins Crosspoint had our motorcoach from 03/13/13 to 03/21/13. They replaced the front cover plate to the engine and several gaskets to stop the oil leak; they also did a complete engine diagnostic of the Cummins 500 ISM, tightened all of the engine wiring, and stopped the engine computer from showing any faults.

 

Note 2: On Tues., 03/12/13, Deb and I had a great Amish breakfast at Miller's Dutch Kitchen in Nappanee, IN.

03/15/13 - 03/22/13 French Lick, IN Stayed at French Lick Springs Villas in French Lick, IN for seven nights in a timeshare exchange; we stayed in a 2 BR villa. This resort is located within Hoosier National Forest. This is an Interval International resort that we acquired by exchanging one week with one of the timeshares we already own (WorldMark & Vacation Internationale). We love timesharing and we love exchanging timeshares with Interval International!!!

Note 1: Our good friends Ray Fowler & Lin Fowler spent a few days with us at the timeshare as our guests.

Note 2: On Mon., 03/18/13, we had a great Amish Dinner Buffet with our friends Ray & Lin Fowler at the Black Buggy Restaurant in West Baden Springs, IN, and we took a factory tour of the Hinshaw Rock 'N Gem business. On Tues., 03/19/13, we visited the French Lick Springs Hotel in French Lick, IN, and the West Baden Springs Hotel in West Baden, IN which are both National Historic Landmarks. On Thurs., 03/20/13, Deb and I visited the Indiana Railway Museum and rode the French Lick Scenic Railway in French Lick, IN.

03/22/13 - 04/12/13 Nappanee, IN

WINTER SERVICE SPECIAL

Newmar Corporation is again offering its Winter Service Special. Each customer who has their unit repaired at the Newmar Service Center in Nappanee, Indiana between January 7, 2013 and March 31, 2013 will receive a discounted shop labor rate of $75.00 per hour. Take advantage of this special offer and get your coach refurbished. For example, have your carpet, floor covering, window treatment, or countertop replaced during the winter months at Newmar. Any units dropped off for repairs will be winterized and stored at no charge. This offer is only good for those customers who have appointments at the Newmar Service Center between January 7, 2013 and March 31, 2013. Any appointments after March 31 will NOT receive this discount. If you are interested in taking advantage of this exceptional offer, contact Phil Stilley, Newmar service writer at 1-800-731-8300, ext. 3195 and set up your appointment today.

04/12/13 - 04/19/13
04/19/13 - 04/26/13
Cadillac, MI Camped at Sunset Shores Resort in Cadillac, MI for fourteen nights in a timeshare exchange; we stayed in a 3 BR condominium. This resort is located on the south shore of Lake Cadillac, Michigan. This is an Interval International select resort that we acquired by exchanging one week with one of the timeshares we already own (WorldMark & Vacation Internationale). We love timesharing and we love exchanging timeshares with Interval International!!!
04/26/13 - 04/28/13 Nappanee, IN

WINTER SERVICE SPECIAL

Newmar Corporation is again offering its Winter Service Special. Each customer who has their unit repaired at the Newmar Service Center in Nappanee, Indiana between January 7, 2013 and March 31, 2013 will receive a discounted shop labor rate of $75.00 per hour. Take advantage of this special offer and get your coach refurbished. For example, have your carpet, floor covering, window treatment, or countertop replaced during the winter months at Newmar. Any units dropped off for repairs will be winterized and stored at no charge.This offer is only good for those customers who have appointments at the Newmar Service Center between January 7, 2013 and March 31, 2013. Any appointments after March 31 will NOT receive this discount. If you are interested in taking advantage of this exceptional offer, contact Phil Stilley, Newmar service writer at 1-800-731-8300, ext. 3195 and set up your appointment today

04/28/13 - 05/02/13 Galena, IL Stayed at WorldMark Galena in Galena, IL for four nights in one of our timeshares; we stayed in a 1 BR suite. We love WorldMark and we love staying in timeshares!!!

Note 1: On Weds., 05/01/13, we visited the Ulysses S. Grant Home and the Galena National Historic Landmark District in Galena, IL.

05/02/13 - 05/06/13 Carlock, IL Attended the 2013 Newmar Kountry Klub Illini Kountry Kuzzins Chapter Spring Rally for three nights. We camped at Kamp Komfort in Carlock, IL which is near Bloomington and Peoria, IL.

Note 1: On Fri., 05/03/13, we visited the Peoria Riverfront Museum and the Caterpillar Visitors Center in Peoria, IL. Our entire rally group ate dinner at Alexander's Steakhouse in Peoria, IL.

Note 2. On Sat., 05/04/13, we took a factory tour of the Homeway Homes in Deer Creek, IL. Our entire rally group ate dinner at Busy Corner family restaurant in Goodfield, IL.

Note 3. On Sun., 05/05/13, we had brunch at the Conklin's Barn II Dinner Theatre in Goodfield, IL. The play we watched performed was called "Out of Order" by Ray Cooney.

05/06/13 - 05/07/13 Moscow, IA Camped at HWH Corporation for one night in Moscow, IA. We parked next to the repair facility in an electric only site in a level gravel parking lot.

Note 1: On Tues., 05/07/13, the HWH repair facility replaced the right front 16,000 lb. jack on the RV.

05/07/13 - 05/16/13 Colona, IL Camped at Colona's Scott Family Park (formerly Indian Trails Campground & Resort) in Colona, IL for nine nights in a FHU site. Very nice Family Resorts & Travel Club deluxe RV resort that affiliates with C2C/RPI.  We are C2C Deluxe/RPI Preferred Gold with Resort Connections members. These private campground memberships allow their members to use affiliated public RV parks for C2C Deluxe for $9.20 daily & RPI Preferred $10.00 daily for FHU sites. [As of 2015, this park is now owned by the Colona City Government, so it is no longer part of C2C/RPI, but the city is charging reasonably good rates.] This is a highly recommended RV Resort!
05/16/13 - 05/20/13 Geneseo, IL Attended the 2013 Newmar Kountry Klub Northern Illinois Kountry Kampers Chapter Spring Rally for four  nights. We camped at Geneseo Campground in Geneseo, IL.

Note 1: On Fri., 05/17/13, we visited the John Deere Harvester Works Visitor Center & took a 1.5 hour factory tour of the John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline, IL, and then visited the John Deere Pavilion in Moline, IL.

Note 2: On Sat., 05/18/13, Don visited the Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park (specifically Lock 24) in Geneseo, IL) while Deb visited the Fans, Feathers & Flowers 2013 Quilt Show presented by Prairie Queen Quilt Club in Bishop Hill, IL.

Note 3: On our way from Geneseo to Sullivan, IL, we had our annual Coach Care Service performed at Cummins Crosspoint, LLC in Normal, IL. The annual service includes changing oil & filters in the coach engine and generator as well as lubing the chassis. Recommended Coach Care facility.

05/20/13 - 06/03/13 Sullivan, IL Camped at Forrest W. Bo Wood Recreation Area Campground in Sullivan, IL, for fourteen nights of electric & water only camping. This is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers campground on Lake Shelbyville, IL.

Note 1: Our friends Ray & Lin Fowler camped next to us for four nights from 05/21/13 to 05/25/13. This is their first camping trip in their "new to them" 40 ft. Class A motorcoach which is a 2000 Winnebago Ultimate Freedom. Their motorcoach is very nice and we loved having their company; we hope to camp with them again in the future. Ray is a retired US Army First Sergeant (FSG/E8) whom served 20 years. They are fellow club members in the Special Military Active Reserve Travel Club (SMART). We became close friends since the time we traveled together in the 2012 SMART Alaska Caravan.

06/03/13 - 06/08/13 Chatham, IL

Attended the 2013 Newmar Kountry Klub Full-Timers Chapter Annual Rally and Business Meeting. We stayed at the Double J Campground & RV Park in Chatham, IL, which is just south of the state capitol in Springfield, IL. We’ll tour the Lincoln Library and Museum, attend the flag retreat ceremony at the Lincoln Tomb, and tour the New Salem State Historic Site, a re-creation of the village where Lincoln spent his young adulthood. On Wednesday evening, we’ll be entertained and enlightened by Fritz Klein, who will present “Portrait of a President.” We’ll have our annual business meeting, do a humanitarian project, and have plenty of time for individual touring of the many attractions of Springfield. On Saturday morning, June 8, we’ll caravan to DuQuoin for early parking at the Newmar International Rally.

Note 1: On Tues., 06/03/13, we visited the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum and the Lincoln Tomb. While at the Lincoln Tomb, we attended the Lincoln Tomb Flag Retreat Ceremony conducted by the 114th Infantry Regiment Illinois Volunteers Reactivated. On Weds., 06/05/13, we enjoyed a personal performance of Fritz Klein as Abraham Lincoln. On Thurs., 06/06/13, we visited Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site.

06/08/13 - 06/10/13 Du Quoin, IL

Early parking for the 2013 Newmar Kountry Klub International Rally at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Du Quoin, IL.

Note 1: TOUR # 1 (St. Louis Highlights Tour) Date: Sunday, June 9, Departs 6:30am – Returns Approximately 4:45pm, Your Guide takes you on a driving tour of St. Louis. View from your comfortable coach seat Laclede’s Landing – Birthplace of St. Louis, the Old Courthouse, Busch Stadium – home to the St. Louis Cardinals, Kiener Plaza, Meeting of the Waters Fountain, the Soulard Historic area, the Anheuser-Busch Complex to see the Clydesdale Horses and visit the Hospitality room. Continue your driving tour through Forest Park, home to the 1904 World’s Fair, See the St. Louis Zoo, the Missouri History, and Jewel Box. ALL AS TIME ALLOWS.

Visit the St. Louis Gateway Arch and the Museum of Western Expansion with a Tram Ride to the Top! Enjoy a Box Lunch and a cruise on the Mississippi aboard one of the Gateway Riverboats. Price includes: Transportation, Guide, Sightseeing Tour of St. Louis, Box Lunch, Ride to the Top of the Arch, Gateway Riverboat Cruise, See the Clydesdales, All Taxes and Gratuities. Price: $82.00/person

06/10/13 - 06/15/13 Du Quoin, IL Attended the 2013 Newmar Kountry Klub International Rally at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Du Quoin, IL.
06/15/13 - 06/16/13 Paducah, KY

New this year we will be a 2013 Newmar Kountry Klub From The Country To The Castle Caravan. This 17 day/16 night Newmar Caravan will be leaving from the International Rally in DuQuoin, IL on June 15 and will travel through Kentucky, Tennessee, and end in North Carolina on July 1st.

Stayed at Duck Creek RV Park in Paducah, KY for one (01) night in a FHU site.

Note 1: On Sat., 06/15/13 my mother Josephine Griffith and her husband Herb Griffith came to visit us for a couple of hours. Then Debbie & I, Mom & Herb, and our friends Barak & Valerie Stevens from NB, Canada, all went out to dinner at Texas Roadhouse Restaurant in Paducah, KY.

06/16/13 - 06/19/13 Nashville, TN

Camped at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Nashville, TN for three (03) nights in a FHU site.

Note 1: On Sun., 06/16/13 we ate lunch at The Loveless Cafe in Nashville, TN.

Note 2: On Mon., 06/17/13 we visited The Hermitage (home & burial site of President Andrew Jackson), ate lunch at the Hermitage Smorgasbord, and visited Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville, TN.

Note 3: On Tues., 06/18/13 we attended the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN and watched Charlie Daniels Band, The Black Lillies, Greg Bates, Larry Gatlin, The Henningsens, Jeannie Seely, Bill Anderson, and Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press in concert. When the concert ended, we went on a back-stage tour and saw Charlie Daniels, Larry Gatlin, and George Hamilton IV.

Note 4: During our travels from Nashville, TN to Sheperdsville, KY, we visited The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY and enjoyed a guided tour along with a nice lunch in the Corvette Cafe.

06/19/13 - 06/23/13 Shepherdsville, KY

Camped at Grandma's RV Camping in Sheperdsville, KY for four (04) nights in a FHU site.

Note 1: On Thurs., 06/20/13 we visited the My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown, KY. While there we took a tour of the Federal Hill Plantation, enjoyed dinner, and watched a play in the outdoor amphitheatre titled The Stephen Foster Story.

Note 2: On Fri., 06/21/13 we visited and took a tour of the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and went on a paddle wheel steamboat sightseeing/dinner cruise on the Ohio River aboard the Belle of Louisville (a Mississippi River steamboat) in Louisville, KY.

Note 3: On Sat., 06/22/13 we took a tour of Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby Museum, and the grounds. Churchill Downs is home to The Kentucky Derby in Louisville, KY. We also got a close-up look at the Kentucky Derby Winner in 2009 named MINE THAT BIRD.

06/23/13 - 06/26/13 Lexington, KY

Camped at Kentucky Horse Park Campground in Lexington, KY for three (03) nights in a FHU site.

Note 1: On Sun., 06/23/13 we took a tour of Buffalo Trace Distillery in Franklin County, Frankfort, KY. This distillery is the oldest continuous use distillery of bourbon in the USA. After the tour was completed we were treated to a Bourbon tasting, and then we purchased two (02) bottles of their Bourbon Cream.

Note 2: On Mon., 06/24/13 we visited the Kentucky Horse Park including the International Museum of the Horse. One of the live exhibits there is called the Hall of Champions. Some of the horses we got a close-up look at included the Thoroughbred Champions: FUNNY CIDE (winner of Kentucky Derby & Preakness Stakes in 2003); DA HOSS (winner of Breeder's Cup Mile in 1996 & 1998); CIGAR (winner of 16 consecutive races/Horse of the Year in 1995 & 1996/1990's Racehorse of the Decade); and GO FOR GIN (winner of Kentucky Derby in 1994). Also got a close-up look at Standardbred Trotter MR. MUSCLEMAN (winner of Kentucky Futurity in 2003/out of 69 starts in Trotting he earned 37 firsts, 17 seconds, & 7 thirds).

Note 3: On Tues., 06/25/13 we visited and did a walking tour of Keeneland Race Course, Darley's Jonabell Farm, and a drive thru tour of Darby Dan Farm which are all in Lexington, KY. During our tour of Darley's Jonabell Farm owned by Sheikh Mohammed, we got a close-up look at the following Thoroughbred Champions: HOLY BULL; QUIET AMERICAN, & BERNARDINI. We also viewed the resting place of AFFIRMED (TRIPLE CROWN WINNER of 1978) which was the last living triple crown winner which is also located on Darley's Jonabell Farm.

06/26/13 - 06/29/13 Pigeon Forge, TN

Camped at Pine Mountain RV Park in Pigeon Forge, TN for three (03) nights in a FHU site.

Note 1: On Weds., 06/26/13 approximately 2 miles from the Pine Mountain RV Park the right rear break caliper broke, which caused it to leak out air to the rear axle air brakes, and caused the left rear dual-wheel axle brake to lock up. After calling Coach-Net (our RV roadside assistance program) a mobile mechanic vehicle was dispatched from Interstate Repair Service located 17 miles away in Knoxville, TN. Due to a backlog of calls, it took the mobile mechanics 6 hours to arrive and then another 1.5 hrs to make the repair. The total cost to me was $475.00 parts and labor.

Note 2: On Weds., 06/26/13, Deb and I went out to dinner at the Longhorn Steakhouse in Sevierville, TN with my step-brother Greg Sohn, his wife Kelley Sohn, their daughter Krystal Robins and Krystal's daughter Kaelyn. It was good to see relatives, enjoy a great meal, and catch up on how everyone is doing.

Note 3: On Thurs., 06/27/13 we visited the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by auto touring 54 miles round-trip to Cades Cove and drove the additional 11 mile one-way loop.

Note 4: On Fri., 06/28/13 we enjoyed dinner and a show at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, TN.

06/29/13 - 07/01/13 Asheville, NC

Camped at Asheville Bear Creek RV Park & Campground in Asheville, NC for two (02) nights in a FHU site. This was the last stop on our 17 day/16 night From The Country To The Castle Caravan which was a 2013 Newmar Kountry Klub Special Event. Deb and I had a fun time, visited a lot of new places, got to spend some time with some of our good friends, and make some new acquaintances.

Note 1: On Sat., 06/29/13 we visited and enjoyed a private guided tour of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. This home has 2.5 million square feet and consists of 250 rooms.

Note 2: On Sun., 06/30/13 we enjoyed some fine dining on the Biltmore Estate's Antler Hill Village at Cedric's Tavern (The Loft) in the second floor dining room which is reserved for private groups.

07/01/13 - 07/08/13 Advance, NC Camped at Thousand Trails Forest Lake in Advance, NC for seven nights. Very nice 305 acre Thousand Trials (TT) preserve with 262 FHU sites. This preserve has a beautiful private lake and is only 1/4 mile from the Yadkin River. We are Platinum members of Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time; a private campground membership. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails RV Resort!

Note 1: On Weds., 07/03/13, I went mushroom hunting here on the timberland at the preserve. I picked 20 pounds of Golden Chanterelle mushrooms in about 2 hours.

Note 2: On Thurs., 07/04/13, I went mushroom hunting again and picked 25 pounds of Golden Chanterelles in about 2 hours. We now have enough mushrooms to last for quite awhile. Deb fried up three large frying pans full of mushrooms for lunch/dinner today on Independence Day (July 4th), and then sautéed the remaining Chanties to be frozen for future recipes. These are some of the best tasting mushrooms I have ever eaten!

07/08/13 - 07/14/13 Fort Bragg, NC Camped at Fort Bragg (next to Fayetteville, NC) for six nights in the Smith Lake Army Travel Camp with 30 FHU sites. We got a 50 amp electric & water only site on a concrete pad across the street from Smith Lake for $15.00 per night. Highly recommended Military Campground for active/retired military!
07/14/13 - 07/15/13 Whiteville, NC Dry camped at Praise Tabernacle Seventh Day Adventist Church (34°17'39.47"N  78°43'53.88"W) for one night. This church was built by Debbie's relatives that live in Whiteville, NC.

Note 1: On Sun., 07/14/13, we spent the day at the home of Charlene Berry (Debbie's cousin) and her husband  Richard Berry. It was a nice visit allowing Debbie to reconnect with many of her relatives, while I had a chance to meet her NC relatives for the first time.

07/15/13 - 07/17/13 Kure Beach, NC Camped at Kure Beach, NC for two nights in the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area with 24 FHU sites. This off-base, military recreational facility is owned and operated by Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. We stayed in nice 50 amp FHU site on a level concrete pad overlooking the Cape Fear River, had a short walk to the private pier on the river, had a 4 block walk to the beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, and all for $25.00 per night. Highly recommended Military Campground for active/retired military!

Note 1: On Tues., 07/16/13, we visited the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Fort Fisher (National Historic Landmark), the Fort Fisher Civil War Museum, and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. We also enjoyed a nice dinner out at Bowman's Seafood Restaurant in Carolina Beach, NC.

07/17/13 - 07/24/13 NWS Charleston, SC Camped at Naval Weapons Station Charleston (next to Goose Creek, SC and Hanahan, SC) for seven nights in the Foster Creek RV Park with 46 FHU sites. We got a 50 amp FHU site for $20.00 per night. Highly recommended Military Campground for active/retired military!
07/24/13 - 07/31/13 MCRD Parris Island, SC Camped at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island (next to Beaufort, SC) for seven nights in the Parris Island RV Park with 18 FHU sites. We got a 50 amp FHU site for $15.00 per night. Highly recommended Military Campground for active/retired military!

Note 1: On Fri., 07/26/13, we visited Elliott's Beach and the Charlesfort-Santa Elena site (National Historic Landmark) on the south end of MCRD Parris Island.

07/31/13 - 08/05/13 Hunter AAF, GA Camped at Hunter Army Airfield (next to Savannah, GA) for five nights in the Lotts Island Army Airfield RV Park with 16 FHU sites. We got a 50 amp FHU site for $22.00 per night. Highly recommended Military Campground for active/retired military!
08/05/13 - 08/11/13 NSB Kings Bay, GA Camped at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay (next to Kings Bay, GA) for six nights in the Eagle Hammock RV Park with 60 FHU sites. We got a 50 amp FHU site for $19.00 per night. Highly recommended Military Campground for active/retired military!
08/11/13 - 08/16/13 NS Mayport, FL Camped at Naval Station Mayport (next to Mayport, FL) for five nights in the Pelican Roost RV Park with 49  FHU sites. We got a 50 amp FHU site on the waterfront for $21.00 per night. Highly recommended Military Campground for active/retired military!
08/16/13 - 08/23/13 Orlando, FL Stayed at Westgate Blue Tree Resort for seven nights in Orlando, FL in a timeshare exchange; we stayed in a 2 BR villa. This is an Interval International premiere resort that we acquired by exchanging one week with one of the timeshares we already own (WorldMark & Vacation International). We love timesharing and we love exchanging timeshares with Interval International!!!

Note 1: On Friday, 08/16/13, we had several items repaired on the Ford Explorer at the Mike Davidson Ford in Jacksonville, FL while in route from Mayport to Orlando, FL. Some of the work performed for replacing the transfer case with a low mileage used one, replacing two wheel bearings, and replacing the front breaks. Total cost for all the repairs (parts, labor & taxes) was $3,236.57.

08/23/13 - 08/29/13 Kissimmee, FL Stayed at Westgate Vacation Villas for six nights in Kissimmee, FL in a timeshare exchange; we stayed in a 2 BR villa. This is an Interval International premiere resort that we acquired by exchanging one week with one of the timeshares we already own (WorldMark & Vacation Internationale). We love timesharing and we love exchanging timeshares with Interval International!!!
08/29/13 - 08/30/13 Branford, FL Dry camped at S & L Shell parking lot for one night in Branford, FL.
08/30/13 - 09/02/13 Mayo, FL Camped at the John Palmer's home business (Palmer Energy Systems) for three nights in Mayo, FL. John did some great work on our RV. He changed out the Xantrex 2000W modified sine wave inverter for a Magnum 2812 2800W pure sine wave inverter along with a Magnum ME ARC50 Advanced Remote, and a Magnum ME-AGS-N Automatic Gen Start. John also installed a couple of DC 12V plugs in the bathroom. I highly recommend John for any type of RV solar system install or repair, he is simply the best in the business!!!
09/02/13 - 09/03/13 Calera, AL Camped at Camping World RV Park for one night in Calera, AL. This is a nice free RV park with concrete pads and 50 amp FHU sites.
09/03/13 - 09/04/13 Tunica, MS Camped at Mid-South RV Park (Harrah's Casino) for one night in Robinsonville, MS. this was a very nice and clean RV park that is right next to Harrah's Casino in Tunica, MS. The cost for a one night stay in the RV park was $15.41 with 50 amp FHU site. Deb and I enjoyed a nice dinner at Paula Deen's buffet inside the Harrah's Casino. This is a highly recommended casino campground.
09/04/13 - 09/05/13 West Plains, MO Camped at The Road Runner RV Park for one night in West Plains, MO. This is a nice RV park with gravel pads and 50 amp FHU sites. The RV park had a nice swimming pool that we both really enjoyed. The park gave us a Good Sam Club discount.
09/05/13 - 09/12/13 Carthage, MO Camped at the Coachlight RV Campground for 7 nights in Carthage, MO. The cost for a one week stay in the RV park was $175.00 plus tax. This park is well maintained and manicured. This is a highly recommended RV park.
09/12/13 - 06/05/14 Undisclosed Mid-West Location Work Camped at undisclosed facility for 9 months. In exchange for providing grounds security we received 20 amp electric & water camping privileges. Deb and I are each 1/8th owners of a survival community so we did our part to contribute to our survival community success.  Deb and I are big time preppers, so while at the facility we acquired numerous prepping supplies including food, weapons, ammo, survival books, seed vaults, water purification, and much more.

D & D World Travel Trip Journal - This is a link to our trip journal with photos.

Here is a link to Our Visited Places; this is our page listing all of the places that we have been to together "as a couple" since 1996.


Travel Log 2012
Travel Log 2014

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