2017 Travel Log

 

This page is our travel log for the year 2017. 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 6th year of fulltime traveling and our 7th 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
12/24/16 - 12/31/16

12/31/16 - 01/07/17

Hilton Head Island, SC Stayed at Marriott's Monarch for 14 nights in Hilton Head Island, SC in a timeshare exchange; we stayed in a 2 BR villa. We are staying in a 2 bedroom unit so that family and/or friends can come visit us and take advantage of the free extra room accommodations. 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: During our 20 night stay on Hilton Head Island, SC, we parked our RV in the storage facility at Tuck In The Wood Campground & RV Park. This RV charges $45.00 per month for RV storage (30 day minimum), which was still a good price for our 20 night use.

01/07/17 - 02/04/17 Daytona Beach, FL Stayed at WorldMark Daytona Beach - Ocean Walk/Wyndham Ocean Walk for 28 nights in one of our timeshares; we stayed in a 2 BR deluxe suite. This resort is located in Daytona Beach right on the beach of the Atlantic Ocean. This part of the country is perfect for Winter visits because of its mild Winter temps. We are staying in a 2 bedroom unit so that family and/or friends can come visit us and take advantage of the free extra room accommodations. We love WorldMark and we love staying in timeshares!!!

Note: During our stay at this timeshare, our RV was parked at the International RV Park Campground. The cost for RV storage was $3.00 per day. Our total cost for RV parking/storage was $84.00 plus taxes.

02/04/17 - 02/11/17 Orlando, FL Stayed at Marriott's Harbour Lake for 7 nights in Orlando, FL in a timeshare exchange; we stayed in a 1 BR villa. This beautiful resort is located a short distance away from I-4 on the shores of Lake Willis. This is an Interval International Premiere (Gold) 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: During our stay at this timeshare, our RV was parked at this location. This resort has a huge amount of free parking which easily accommodated our 45 foot Class A RV.

Note 2: On Weds., 02/08/17, we went to SeaWorld Orlando. A 2 day pass for 2 adults including 2 days of parking costs us a grand total of $174.00. This was the advance purchase discount rate.

02/11/17 - 02/25/17 Orlando, FL Stayed at Vacation Internationale - Cypress Pointe Grande Villas Resort for 14 nights in one of our timeshares; we stayed in a 1 BR studio plus. This resort is located in Greater Orlando area. This part of the country is perfect for Winter visits because of its mild Winter temps. We love Vacation Internationale (VI) and we love staying in timeshares!!!

Note 1: During our stay at this timeshare, our RV was parked at a nearby location. This resort does not have any RV parking availability.

02/25/17 - 03/04/17 Kissimmee, FL Stayed at Diamond Resorts International - Liki Tiki Village for 7 nights in Kissimmee, FL in a timeshare exchange; we stayed in a 2 BR villa. We are staying in a 2 bedroom unit so that family and/or friends can come visit us and take advantage of the free extra room accommodations. This is an Interval International Select (Silver) 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: During our stay at this timeshare, our RV was parked at this location. This resort has free parking which can easily accommodated up to 3 large RVs, which included our 45 foot Class A RV.

Note 2: On 03/04/17, we filled up the RV diesel fuel tank that was nearly empty. We purchased 132.037 gallons of diesel fuel at $2.692 per gallon for a total cost of $353.73.

Note 3: On 03/04/17, we filled up the RV liquid propane (LP) tank. We purchased 15.6 gallons of LP at $.3.04 per gallons for a total cost of $50.74.

03/04/17 - 03/18/17 Wauchula, FL Camped at Peace River RV & Camping Resort (Thousand Trails/NACO) in Wauchula, FL for 14 nights in a 30 Amp electric & water only site. This camping resort is located on the shores of the Peace River. This is a very nice Thousand Trails preserve with 460 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore; a private campground membership. Our yearly maintenance fee of $618.22 allows us unlimited free camping at 107 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails RV Resort!

Note 1: On 03/12/2017, we did a second upgrade to our Thousand Trails (TT) membership since we purchased a used TT Platinum Plus membership back in 2009. Back in Sep. 2014 we upgraded to TT Elite Connections, and have now upgraded to TT Ultimate Odyssey. The total cost to upgrade from TT Elite Connections to TT Ultimate Odyssey was $6,350.65. Depending on how much we use TT in the very near future, this cost will be totally recouped within 1 to 3 years, and then lifetime free camping (no cost other than yearly maintenance dues) in 107 RV parks with 1 month visit per stay is ours to keep enjoying. The Thousand Trails/Encore Campground Membership upgrades are ALWAYS a good investment for anyone that is a full-time RVer, without exception.

03/18/17 - 03/25/17

03/25/17 - 04/01/17

Kissimmee, FL Stayed at Westgate Towers for 14 nights in Kissimmee, FL in a timeshare exchange; we stayed in a 1 BR villa. We are staying in a 1 bedroom unit, and it does have a sofa sleeper or Murphy bed in the living room should we have family or friends that want to visit for a night or two. Florida is an excellent winter destination because of the great mild Winter temps. This resort has RV parking available for guests. 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: During our stay at this timeshare, our RV was parked at this location. This resort has a huge amount of free parking which easily accommodated our 45 foot Class A RV.

04/01/17 - 04/08/17

04/08/17 - 04/15/17

Kissimmee, FL Stayed at Westgate Town Center for 14 nights in Kissimmee, FL in a timeshare exchange; we stayed in a 1 BR villa. We are staying in a 1 bedroom unit, and it does have a sofa sleeper or murphy bed in the living room should we have family or friends that want to visit for a night or two. Florida is an excellent winter destination because of the great mild Winter temps. This resort has RV parking available for guests. 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: During our stay at this timeshare, our RV was parked at this location. This resort has a huge amount of free parking which easily accommodated our 45 foot Class A Motorhome.

04/15/17 - 04/19/17 Yemassee, SC Camped at The Oaks at Point South RV (Thousand Trails/Mid-Atlantic) in Yemassee, SC for 4 nights in a 50 Amp FHU site. This camping preserve is located just a short drive from I-95; with its own scenic, private lake; and located in a beautiful, shady oak forest. This is a very nice Thousand Trails preserve with 93 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore; a private campground membership. Our yearly maintenance fee of $618.22 allows us unlimited free camping at 107 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails RV Resort!
04/19/17 - 04/20/17 Emporia, VA Dry Camped at Simmons Travel Center in Emporium, VA at Latitude: 3639'49.75"N / Longitude: 7733'17.91"W. This travel center is right off I-95, Exit 8 North for easy access to and from the interstate. We got a level, asphalt, back-in spot at no cost. The travel center has a Huddle House restaurant where we got a hot breakfast before hitting the road again.

Note 1: In route to this location we filled up the RV with diesel fuel. We purchased 81.939 gallons of diesel at $2.659 per gallon for a total cost of $213.78.

Note 2: In route to this location we stopped at SpeedCo #306 in Kenly, NC and got our annual RV Lube, Oil, & Filter change. Total cost for parts, labor, & taxes was $283.85.

04/20/17 - 04/23/17 Yorktown Naval Weapons Station, VA Camped at Yorktown Naval Weapons Station/Cheatham Annex (Military Campground/US Navy) for 3 nights in the Kings Creek RV Campground. This resort is located between the shores of Cheatham Pond & the York River. We got a 50 amp FHU site on a concrete pad for $30.00 per night for a total cost of $90.00. Highly recommended Military Campground for active/retired military!
04/23/17 - 04/30/17 Williamsburg, VA Stayed at Williamsburg Plantation for 7 nights in a timeshare; we stayed in a 1 BR unit. This resort is located just minutes from the area's major visitor attractions, offers spacious accommodations with private whirlpools and fireplaces. Amenities include a clubhouse with planned guest activities, indoor and outdoor pools, spa, fitness room, tennis courts, basketball, volleyball, and playgrounds. Nearby are Busch Gardens, Water Country USA, the Historic Triangle of Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, multiple dining options, championship golf, and Williamsburg Premium Outlets with more than 100 stores. We acquired this resort as an Interval International (II) Platinum Escapes Getaway week for a cost of $97.00 and no timeshare exchange. This resort is rated as an II Premier (Gold) Resort. We love Interval International (II) and we love staying in timeshares!!!

Note 1: We parked our RV in storage at Williamsburg RV & Camping Resort (Thousand Trails/Outdoor World). Since we have a Thousand Trails Elite Connections membership, the 7 nights of RV storage cost $20.00 total for the week.

04/30/17 - 05/04/17 Dover, PA Camped at Gettysburg Farm RV Campground (Thousand Trails/Outdoor World) in Dover, PA for 4 nights in a 30 Amp electric & water only site. This 120 acre camping preserve is located in central Pennsylvania, in the heart of Amish farming country, and is located 6 miles from the Hershey's Chocolate World. This is a very nice Thousand Trails preserve with 249 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore; a private campground membership. Our yearly maintenance fee of $618.22 allows us unlimited free camping at 107 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails RV Resort!
05/04/17 - 05/07/17 Lebanon, PA Camped at Hershey RV & Camping Resort (Thousand Trails) in Lebanon, PA for 3 nights in a 30 Amp electric & water only site. This 200 acre camping preserve is located in the heart of Dutch country, surrounded by numerous Amish farms, and is located only 6 miles away from the Hershey's Chocolate World. This is a very nice Thousand Trails preserve with 320 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore; a private campground membership. Our yearly maintenance fee of $618.22 allows us unlimited free camping at 107 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails RV Resort!
05/07/17 - 05/14/17 Lake Harmony, PA Stayed at Willowbrook at Lake Harmony for 7 nights in a timeshare; we stayed in a 1 BR unit with a full kitchen. This resort is located a short drive from I-80 in the Poconos Mountains of Pennsylvania on the shores of Lake Harmony. The resort provides a 27-hole championship golf course with clubhouse, restaurant and bar, locker room and fully stocked golf shop. On-site there are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, along with a 53,326-square-foot indoor water park with FlowRider and wave pool. There are three restaurants from which to choose, great daily activity programs, indoor and outdoor basketball, indoor and outdoor tennis and much more. Also available are an indoor fitness center, movie theater, bowling alley, arcade, ice cream parlor, and pizza shop. We acquired this resort as an Interval International (II) Platinum Escapes Getaway week for a cost of $157.00 and no timeshare exchange. This resort is rated as an II Select (Silver) Resort. We love Interval International (II) and we love staying in timeshares!!!

Note 1: We parked our RV for free in a large, level asphalt parking lot located on the resort grounds. 

05/14/17 - 05/21/17 East Stroudsburg, PA Camped at Timothy Lake South RV (Thousand Trails/Outdoor World) in East Stroudsburg, PA for 7 nights in a 30 Amp electric & water only site. This camping preserve is located a short drive from Timothy Lake North RV with Lake Timothy situated between the two Thousand Trails RV Parks. This is a very nice Thousand Trails preserve with 312 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore; a private campground membership. Our yearly maintenance fee of $618.22 allows us unlimited free camping at 107 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails RV Resort!
05/21/17 - 05/28/17 Accord, NY Camped at Roundout Valley RV Campground (Thousand Trails/Mid-Atlantic) in Accord, NY for 7 nights in a 30 Amp electric & water only site. This camping preserve is located in the famous Hudson River Valley, nestled between the Catskill and the Schawangunk Mountain ranges. The property is bordered on two out of three sides by the Willowbrook Stream and Rochester Creek. This is a very nice Thousand Trails preserve with 310 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore; a private campground membership. Our yearly maintenance fee of $618.22 allows us unlimited free camping at 105 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails RV Resort!

Note 1: In route to this location we filled up the RV with diesel fuel. We purchased 129.39 gallons of diesel at $2.799 per gallon for a total cost of $362.16.

05/28/17 - 06/04/17 Cape Code, MA Stayed at Vacation Internationale - The Cove at Yarmouth for 7 nights in one of our timeshares; we stayed in a 1 BR unit. This resort is located in Greater Cape Code area. This part of the country is perfect for Winter visits because of its mild Winter temps. We love Vacation Internationale (VI) and we love staying in timeshares!!!

Note 1: We parked our RV in storage at Gateway to Cape Cod RV Campground. Since we have a Thousand Trails/Encore Ultimate Odyssey membership, the RV storage cost $15.00 total for this one week.

Note 2: On Sat., 06/03/17 we went on the Hy-Line Cruises - Cape Code Canal Cruise. This 3 hour boat, sight seeing tour started in Onset, MA and transitioned the entire canal both directions and cost $17 per adult.

06/04/17 - 06/11/17 Rochester, MA Camped at Gateway to Cape Cod RV Campground (Thousand Trails/Outdoor World) in Rochester, MA for 7 nights in a Economy 28' Deluxe Cabin that sleeps six. We got a 50% discount up front, and then used one of our yearly rebates to recoup the full cost minus taxes. Therefore, we paid $242.25 at the time of booking (which is a 50% discounted rate), then we mailed in our rebate certificate for a refund of $228.00, so our total cost was $14.25. We have always wanted to try one of the free cabins, and it saved us from pulling the RV out of storage just for a one week stay. This camping preserve is located in a nice, secluded, wooded area with access to a very 5 to 7 acre fishing lake called Leonard's Pond. The campgroun in only a short drive to Cape Code, Plymouth, and the Atlantic Ocean. This is a very nice Thousand Trails preserve with 169 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore; a private campground membership. Our yearly maintenance fee of $618.22 allows us unlimited free camping at 107 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails RV Resort!

Note 1: We parked our RV in storage at this RV park storage lot for a total of 6 weeks at a total cost of $90.00. During this time of storage, we stayed at The Cove at Yarmouth (timeshare) for one week ($15.00), the 28' Deluxe cabin at this RV park for one week ($15.00), and The Village of Loon Mountain (timeshare) for four weeks ($60.00.

06/11/17 - 07/09/17 Lincoln, NH Stayed at Vacation Internationale - The Village of Loon Mountain (The Village of Loon) for 28 nights in one of our timeshares; we stayed in a 1 BR unit. This resort is located in the White Mountain National Forest at the Loon Mountain Ski Resort. We love Vacation Internationale (VI) and we love staying in timeshares!!!

Note 1: We parked our RV in storage at Gateway to Cape Cod RV Campground for the full duration to get the long term storage discounted rate. Since we have a Thousand Trails/Encore Ultimate Odyssey membership, the RV storage cost $60.00 for these 4 weeks. This also saved us in diesel fuel costs for the trip up to and back from northern  New Hampshire in the RV.

Note 2: On 06/23/17 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, we attended the Cafe Lafayette Craft Beer Train Dinner. It was a 3 hour dinner which included a 2 hour train ride along the Pemigewassett River. We were able to indulge in a 5 course meal consisting of a selection of locally sourced dishes, each paired with a craft beer. Ticket includes train ride and all food and beer pairings. This event was offered as part of the 2017 New England Brewfest (The Ultimate Craft Beer Weekend June 23-25, 2017) that was held at The Village of Loon resort during our timeshare stay here. The total cost for two adults was $156.72 (including taxes).

07/09/17 - 07/10/17 Hudson, MA Dry Camped at Cabella's Berlin/Hudson, MA for 1 night in the RV parking area located at Latitude: 4223'26.80"N/Longitude: 7135'43.77"W. This RV parking area is level asphalt, with 7 extra long RV parking spots, plus additional parking areas. This parking area does have a sewer dump available for a $5.00 fee.
07/10/17 - 07/31/17 South Hampton, NH Camped at Tuxbury Pond RV Resort (Encore) in South Hampton, NH for 21 nights in a 30 Amp electric & water only site. This camping resort is nestled in the heart of the Seacoast Region of New Hampshire, close to Portsmouth, Boston, Hampton Beach & The Kittery Outlets. This is a very nice Encore resort with 316 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore; a private campground membership. Our yearly maintenance fee of $618.22 allows us unlimited free camping at 107 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This is a highly recommended Encore RV Resort!
07/31/17 - 08/21/17 Wells, ME Camped at Moody Beach RV Campground (Thousand Trails/Outdoor World) in Wells, ME for 21 nights in a 30 Amp FHU site.  This camping preserve is located just a short drive from I-95, and just minutes from Ogunquit Beach. This is a very nice Thousand Trails preserve with 203 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore; a private campground membership. Our yearly maintenance fee of $618.22 allows us unlimited free camping at 107 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails RV Resort!
08/21/17 - 09/18/17 Trenton, ME Camped at Narrows Too RV Resort (Encore) in Trenton, ME for 28 nights in a 50 Amp FHU site.  This camping resort is located right next to Bar Harbor, ME and Acadia National Park. This is a very nice Encore resort with 258 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore; a private campground membership. Our yearly maintenance fee of $618.22 allows us unlimited free camping at 107 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This is a highly recommended Encore RV Resort!
09/18/17 - 10/09/17 Ellsworth, ME Camped at Patten Pond Camping Resort (Encore) in Ellsworth, ME for 21 nights in a 30 Amp FHU site.  This camping resort is located on the shores of Patten Pond which is a 749 acre lake. The RV park is next to Ellsworth, ME and a short drive to Acadia National Park. This is a very nice Encore resort with 144 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore; a private campground membership. Our yearly maintenance fee of $618.22 allows us unlimited free camping at 107 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This is a highly recommended Encore RV Resort!
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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.


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