2018 Travel Log

 

This page is our travel log for the year 2018. 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 7th year of fulltime traveling and our 8th 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
12/24/17 - 04/01/18 East Stroudsburg, PA Camped at Timothy Lake South RV (Thousand Trails) (Site 14) in East Stroudsburg, PA for 98 nights in a 50 Amp FHU. To stay the entire winter at this resort, we are utilizing two 28 night stays & one 21 night stay for free, one of our 2017 extra weeks for $29.00, as well as two of our RPI Encore weeks for $133.00 each. This camping preserve is located in the Poconos Mountains, and a short drive to Lake Timothy, the Delaware River, & the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. This is a very nice Thousand Trails preserve with 312 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails; 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 04/01/18, we filled up the RV diesel fuel tank that was at 1/4th of tank. We purchased 114.598 gallons of diesel fuel at $3.569 per gallon for a total cost of $409.00.

04/01/18 - 04/03/18 Burnt Cabins, PA Camped at Ye Olde Mill Campground (Passport America) (Site 22B) for 2 nights in a 50 Amp FHU site. This campground has twelve 100' pull-thru sites & ten back in creekside sites for a total of 22 sites. The regular rate for the campground is $35.00 nightly, but we paid the PA Discount Rate of $17.50 nightly plus $3.00 daily 50 Amp electric for a total cost of $41.00 (cash only).
04/03/18 - 04/05/18 Charleroi, PA Camped at Campground 70 (Site A6) for 2 nights in a 50 Amp FHU site. This campground has thirty-five 30 Amp electric & water sites with a public dump site. It is located just off of I-70 on the north side of the interstate for easy off & on. The nightly costs was $27.50 per night for a total cost of $55.00 (cash only).

Note 1: The I76 PA Turnpike cost us a $66.00 (cash only) toll for the short 150 mile distance we drove which is $2.27 per mile. I am ready to go back west again, where there is no such thing as toll roads. This is fracking BS paying all these crazy ass tolls out east.

04/05/18 - 04/12/18 Salt Fork State Park, OH Camped at Salt Fork State Park (Site G19) for 7 nights in a 50 Amp electric only with a public showers, water fill site & dump site. This State Park consists of 17,229 acres of land & 2,952 acres of water which includes a huge lake, numerous streams & rivers, and massive amounts of rolling hills with forests. The cost of this campground was $28.00 nightly plus an $8.00 booking fee; I did receive a $19.80 military discount for a total cost of $186.20.

Note: Don's FaceBook friends George Workman, his wife Bec Stephens Workman, & Cory Pontinen visited for 3 days/2 nights from Sunday, 04/08/18 until Tuesday, 04/10/18. They set-up a tent on our campsite as a base camp, and rented a cabin for sleeping. Salt Fork State Park is a hotbed for Sasquatch sightings & encounters, so I (Don) went on several day & night hikes with all of them. During the day we brought along cameras, but at night we used long range infrared, short range infrared, and long range audio amplification device. We did find stick structures, but no footprints or visual sightings on our two days out there. On Monday at lunch time & Tuesday at breakfast time, all of us, including Debbie, went out to Winterset Kitchen (a local Amish family restaurant) in Lore City, OH. During their time at our campsite, we did campfires, did lots of chatting, and even watched the Finding Bigfoot Season 2 Episode that was filmed here. Both Debbie & George took photos on this trip: Deb's Photo Album & George's Photo Album.

04/12/18 - 04/19/18 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH Camped at Wright-Patterson AFB Bass Lake FamCamp (Site 27) at the Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio for 7 nights in 50 amp FHU site. This campground is located next to the Bass Lake Military Recreation Area. The cost of this campground is $25.00 nightly or a discounted price of $125.00 weekly, which is what we got. Highly recommended Military Campground for active/retired military!

Note 1: On 04/19/18, we filled up the RV diesel fuel tank that was at 3/4th of tank. We purchased 48.047 gallons of diesel fuel at $3.109 per gallon for a total cost of $149.38.

04/19/18 - 04/26/18 Indianapolis, IN Camped at Indiana State Fairgrounds (Site 9) (State Fairgrounds Campground) for 7 nights in Indianapolis, IN in a 50 amp FHU site. The cost is $30.00 nightly for a weekly total cost of $210.00.

Note 1: On Sat., 04/21/18 we had a visit from our friends Ray Fowler & Lin Fowler. We enjoyed a long, chat & went out for a take-out BBQ dinner. On Sun., 04/22/18 we had a visit from Deb's cousin Von Cantrell, his wife Karen Cantrell, and their daughter Brooklyn Cantrell. Debbie cooked up some slow cooker lasagna, we chatted for several hours, and watched a movie together. Both visits from the Fowler's & the Cantrell's was very nice indeed.

04/26/18 - 05/17/18 Elkhart, IN Camped at Duncan RV Repair Center (Repair Center Campground) for 21 nights in Elkhart, IN (the RV Capital of the World). Our RV Repairs were split into two stays with the total stay being for 30 nights. The camping fee is free for customers getting RV repairs. The site has 50 amp with water and there is a dump site located in the back of the property. The 20 site campground is very clean and well manicured with 10 sites on rock and 10 sites on rock/grass. It does include internet which actually worked at a very fast speed. This is a recommended campground for anyone getting repairs at the Duncan RV Repair Center.

Note 1: From Sun., 05/06/18 - Sun., 05/13/18 we stayed for 7 nights at Diamond Resorts - Varsity Clubs of America - South Bend timeshare in Mishawaka, IN in a 1 BR, 1 BA unit with a Limited Kitchen. This is an Interval International (II) Silver Select Resort. We got this unit on a trade for a WorldMark Studio unit and a $199.00 II exchange fee. It had a heated, indoor pool/jacuzzi, work out room, BBQ grills, library, billiards room, sports bar, conference room, and was located only 10.5 miles from the Duncan RV Repair Center.

05/17/18 - 05/21/18 Elkhart, IN Attended the RVillage Rally One The Connected Road. We stayed at & the Rally was held at the Elkhart Campground. The cost for this 4 day rally was $305.91, and we chose an RV site that included 30 Amp Electric & Water only RV parking, but the cost also included coffee & donuts each money, seminars throughout the day, one pot luck dinner, & live entertainment 2 of the 4 nights.

Note: Reservation & full payment completed.

05/21/18 - 05/30/18 Elkhart, IN Camped at Duncan RV Repair Center (Repair Center Campground) for 08 nights in Elkhart, IN (the RV Capital of the World). Our RV Repairs were split into two stays with the total stay being for 29 nights. The camping fee is free for customers getting RV repairs. The site has 50 amp with water and there is a dump site located in the back of the property. The 20 site campground is very clean and well manicured with 10 sites on rock and 10 sites on rock/grass. It does include internet which actually worked at a very fast speed. This is a recommended campground for anyone getting repairs at the Duncan RV Repair Center.

Note: Starting on Monday, 05/21/18, we went to the Spartan Service Center - Cummins Onan in Elkhart, IN. We spent the day, camped overnight for one night, and then spent half the day on Tuesday getting a Spartan Chassis Steering Bracket Recall Replacement completed. This Spartan Service Center has a 6 space 30 Amp only RV park with concrete pads, picnic tables, grass & shade trees for their customers that are getting service & repairs.

05/30/18 - 06/08/18 Galena, IL Stayed at WorldMark Galena for 9 nights in one of our timeshares; we stayed in a 1 BR, 1 BA suite with a Full Kitchen. This resort is located in Galena, IL just off the US 20, and between Lake Galena & the Tapley Woods Conservation Area. We love WorldMark and we love staying in timeshares!!!

Note: During our stay here, we were able to park our RV for free at this resort.

Note: Reservation completed.

06/08/18 - 06/13/18 Dubuque, IA Camped at Miller Riverview Park & Campground (City Public Campground) for 5 nights in Dubuque, IA in Campsite #27A which is a 110 foot long, pull-through site, with an unobstructed view of the Mississippi River out our front windshield. This campground is located on Hamm Island in the middle of the Mississippi River on the IA/IL/WI border. It shares the island with the Q Casino, and is 1.5 miles from the Diamond Jo Casino Dubuque. This campground is 20 acres in size & has 97 electric & water sites with a free public dump site. The cost is $18.00 nightly for a total cost of $90.00. This is a highly recommended city public campground.

Note: Reservation & full payment completed.

06/13/18 - 06/17/18 Des Moines, IA Camped at Iowa State Fairgrounds (State Fairgrounds Campground) for 4 nights in Des Moines, IA. This campground is located in 160 acres of gently rolling woodlands like an oasis in the middle of a huge city. It has 734 sites with FHUs, plus an additional 2,300 sites with water & electric only. The cost for this campground is $28.00 nightly for FHUs, or $26.00 nightly for water & electric only. It also has a free public dump sites. This is a highly recommended state fairgrounds campground.

Note: No Reservation needed.

06/17/18 - 06/24/18 Offutt Air Force Base, NE Camped at Offutt AFB Base Lake FamCamp (Military Campground/US Air Force) for 7 nights in the Offutt Air Force Base Recreation Area. This resort is located just southeast of Omaha, NE. We got a 50 Amp FHU site for $25.00 per night, so our total cost was $175.00. Highly recommended Military Campground for active/retired military!

Note: Reservation & $20.00 deposit completed. Call if arriving after 6:00 PM.

06/24/18 - 06/26/18 Grand Island, NE Camped at Hall County Park (County Park Campground) for 2 nights in Grand Island, NE. All sites are 50 Amp electric only. The park has a public water fill & dump site for campers. The cost is $20 per night for a total cost of $40.00.

Note: Reservations are not accepted.

06/26/18 - 06/28/18 Paxton, NE Camped at Ole's Lodge Days Inn RV Park & Campground (Public Campground) for 2 nights in Paxton, NE. This park has easy on/off access to I-80, it is located alongside the South Platt River, and there is a nice small pond located next to the campground. The RV park has 12 pull-thru sites with 50 Amp electric & water only with free WiFi. The park does have a public dump site for campers. The cost is $20 per night for a total cost of $40.00.

Note: Need to make reservation anytime now.

06/28/18 - 07/05/18 Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, WY Camped at F.E. Warren AFB Crow Creek FamCamp (Military Campground/US Air Force) for 7 nights in the Francis E. Warren AFB which is located next to Cheyenne, WY. This military campground is located in a hardwood forested area next to Crow Creek, while being just a short drive from the I-80 & I25 interchange. We got a 50 Amp FHU site for $20.00 per night, so our total cost was $140.00. Highly recommended Military Campground for active/retired military!

Note: Make reservation 30 days in advance on Tuesday, 05/29/18.

07/05/18 - 07/06/18 Rawlins, WY Camped at Red Desert Rose Campground (Public Campground) for 1 night in Rawlins, WY. This public campground is level gravel with very little grass, and in a windy mountain valley. We opted for a 50 Amp electric only site the cost us $28.50 plus tax and we got a 15% military/escapee member discount. This is a good overnight campground with easy on/off I-80 internet access.

Note: Need to make reservation anytime now.

07/06/18 - 07/08/18 East Canyon State Park, UT Camped at Dixie Creek Campground in the East Canyon State Park (State Park Campground) near Morgan, UT for 2 nights in camp site DIXI06. This UT State Park Campground is located on the north shoreline of the East Canyon Reservoir. We opted for a 50 Amp electric only water view site that cost us $35.00 nightly which is $70.00 plus an $8.00 reservation fee for a grand total of $78.00 for a two night stay (no wonder I rarely camp at government public RV parks) in an electric only site. This is a typical OVER PRICED State Park campground.

Note: Reservation & full payment completed.

07/08/18 - 07/15/18 Hill Air Force Base, UT Camped at Hill AFB FamCamp (Military Campground/US Air Force) (Site 34) for 7 nights in the Hill AFB which is located next to Ogden, UT. This military campground is located about 7.5 miles away from the Great Salt Lake. We got a 50 Amp FHU site for $20.00 per night, so our total cost was $140.00. Highly recommended Military Campground for active/retired military!

Note: Reservation & full payment completed.

07/15/18 - 07/22/18 Mountain Home AFB, ID Camped at Mountain Home AFB FamCamp (Military Campground/US Air Force) for 7 nights in the Hill AFB next to Mountain Home, ID. This military campground is located about 7.5 miles away from the Great Salt Lake. We got a 50 Amp FHU site for $20.00 per night, so our total cost was $140.00. Highly recommended Military Campground for active/retired military!

Note: Reservations are not accepted.

07/22/18 - 07/29/18 Gowen Field IDANG Base, ID Camped at Gowen Field Idaho Air National Guard Base (Military Campground/US Air Force) for 7 nights next to Boise, ID. This military campground is located about 7.5 miles away from the Great Salt Lake. We got a 50 Amp FHU site for $20.00 per night, so our total cost was $140.00. Highly recommended Military Campground for active/retired military!

Note: Make reservation 30 days in advance on Wednesday, 06/13/18.

07/29/18 - 07/31/18 Emmet, ID Camped at Gem County Fairgrounds (County Fairgrounds Campground) for 5 nights in Emmet, ID. This campground consists of 7 large, shaded, pull-thru sites at the northeast corner of the fairgrounds/rodeo. The sites are 50 Amp electric & water only. It has a public restroom with no showers & picnic tables. The cost for this campground is $20.00 nightly for a total cost of $100.00. It also has a free public dump site a few blocks away. This is a highly recommended county fairgrounds campground.

Note: Reservations are not accepted.

07/31/18 - 08/03/18 Burns, OR Camped at Crystal Crane Hot Springs (Hot Springs Campground) (Site 8) for 3 nights in Burns, OR. This campground consists of 9 various sized campsites. Our site was a level, back-in site that was 70 ft. long & 50 ft. wide with grass on 3 sides of the motorcoach (rather than parked on a hot asphalt parking lot) like most of the sites. Booking it 3 months in advance was the correct thing to do here. The site was 30 Amp FHU. It has a Hot Springs Pond that is never over 101 F that is included with the cost of camping, but is normally $10.00 daily per person (4 hour daily limit). This campground cost $37.00 per night plus $2.01 tax, for a total 3 night cost of $113.01. This is a highly recommended Hot Springs Campground.

Note: Reservation & full payment completed. Reservation must be cancelled more than 2 weeks in advance for a refund.

08/03/18 - 09/07/18 Bend, OR Camped at Bend-Sunriver RV Campground (Thousand Trails) in Bend, OR for 35 nights in a 50 Amp FHU site. To stay 5 weeks consecutively, we used one of our 2018 extra weeks for $29.00. This is a very nice Thousand Trails preserve with 317 campsites. It is located in the Deschutes National Forest on the banks of the Deschutes River. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails; a private campground membership. Our yearly maintenance fee of $626.26 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: Reservation completed.

09/07/18 - 10/05/18 Redmond, OR Stayed at WorldMark Eagle Crest for 28 nights in one of our timeshares; we stayed in a 1 BR suite. This resort is located in Redmond, OR next to the Deschutes River and the Cline Falls State Scenic Viewpoint. We love WorldMark and we love staying in timeshares!!!

Note: During our stay at this timeshare, we parked our RV for free at this resort.

Note: Reservation completed.

10/05/18 - 10/08/18 Bend, OR Camped at Sundance Meadows (C2C) in Bend, OR for 03 nights in a 30 Amp FHU site. This campground is situated at a 3,800 ft elevation among the Juniper trees. This is a very nice membership campground resort that affiliates with Coast-to-Coast Campgrounds.  We are C2C Deluxe/RPI referred 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. This is a highly recommended RV Resort!

Note: Make C2C reservation 60 days in advance on Monday, 08/06/18.

10/08/18 - 11/02/18 Bend, OR Stayed at WorldMark Bend - Seventh Mountain Resort for 25 nights in one of our timeshares; we stayed in a 1 BR suite. This resort is located in Bend, OR right inside the Deschutes National Forest just off the Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway. We love WorldMark and we love staying in timeshares!!!

Note: During our stay at this timeshare, we parked our RV for free at this resort.

Note: Reservation completed.

11/02/18 - 12/07/18 Florence, OR Camped at South Jetty RV & Camping Resort (Thousand Trails) in Florence, OR for 35 nights in a 50 Amp FHU site. To stay 5 weeks consecutively, we used one of our 2018 extra weeks for $29.00. This is a very nice Thousand Trails preserve with 184 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails; a private campground membership. Our yearly maintenance fee of $626.26 allows us unlimited free camping at 107 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This part of the country is perfect for Winter visits because of its mild Winter temps with the January average low of 39F to an average high of 51F. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails RV Resort!

Note: Deb is planning a bus trip to SoCal during this timeframe, dates to be determined.

Note: Reservation completed.

12/07/18 - 01/04/18 South Beach, OR Camped at Whaler's Rest RV & Camping Resort (Thousand Trails) in South Beach, OR for 28 nights in a 50 Amp FHU site. This is a very nice Thousand Trails preserve with 164 campsites. We are Ultimate Odyssey members of Thousand Trails; a private campground membership. Our yearly maintenance fee of $626.26 allows us unlimited free camping at 107 different Thousand Trails/NACO/Leisure Time/Mid-Atlantic/Outdoor World/Encore nationwide campgrounds. This part of the country is perfect for Winter visits because of its mild Winter temps with the January average low of 39F to an average high of 51F. This is a highly recommended Thousand Trails RV Resort!

Note: Don't forget WM Depoe Bay (Depoe Bay) from 12/10 to 12/14 (4 nights), & WM Gleneden (Gleneden Beach) from 12/24 - 12/28 (4 nights).

Note: Make reservation 180 days in advance on Sunday, 06/10/18.

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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