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August 2021

Heading to South Dakota we are not going to visit Mount Rushmore again. We do however plan to revisit the Colonial House Restaurant in Rapid City.
When leaving on scenic Highway 285 towards North Dakota no stop at Mount Rushmore are planned. So far this trip has turned opposite of the origina…

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July 2021

Last Edition I mentioned visiting old friends and some of them were places as well as people.
Our first in July was a stop at Wal-Mart in Arkansas City, Kansas where we got the motor home serviced and breakfast at a new place as our old favorite was closed Monday.
Daisy Mae’s was just down…

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June 2021

The end of May and start of June we are still in Florida and our Air Conditioning bills are piling up!

The original plan was to have the sailboat finished and out of the storage yard by the end of December 2020, however the delays and problems as well as some necessary medical procedures ha…

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May 2021

It is the beginning of May and we had to make a decision concerning the sailboat.
Well Folks the engine is BROKEN and for this season we are calling it quits!
What we did was to put the boat on the market and IF it sells great, if not I will rebuild the engine.
That is what I should have done in …

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April 2021

 The big news for the start of April is that our Onan generator stopped working and would not start again.
It was a hot night at the boatyard and the Air Conditioner was on when it happened.
It was Saturday the 27th of March so we had to wait until Wednesday the 31st to take it into Fort My…

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March 2021

The Month of March finds us still working to splash the boat.

After waiting 6 weeks for a part to come from England only to find that another place in the US had one in stock!

The frustration is that it caused us an extra $600 in charges at the boatyard!

While we were waiting many little jo…

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February 2021

The month is half over and we are still waiting for the part to show up all the way from England, and naturally the delay is blamed on COVID!

 During the down time we have kept busy with little jobs around the boat and perfecting our solar use!
Our boat is now completely independent of the Yard…

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January 2021

January finds us between the boatyard in Placida and Doug’s house to prepare Dawn Treader for a long journey!
Solar panels have been installed and new batteries as the Dawn Treader returns to life.
 
Repairing the Fuel Injection Pump was first on the agenda.
Some of the parts must come all th…

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Boat and RV December 14 (Free vs Paid)

Boat and RV

December 14, 2019

Conestoga Charlie is breaking with the general format today.

There are 22 photos and not in the order of travel but rather in the order of amenities.

I was reading a piece about a very bad commercial campground experience, qnd thinking back I remembered some…

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July 2019

Boat and RV

July 1, 2019

Conestoga Charlie with general ramblings and more about our Solar experiment!

This is the second day in Cabin Creek which is really easy access off the I-90  Exit 63 and even comfortable for a class A! (GPS Lat 47.2933 Lon -121.2877)

Something that is troubling …

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Blog Posts

August 2021

Heading to South Dakota we are not going to visit Mount Rushmore again. We do however plan to revisit the Colonial House Restaurant in Rapid City.
When leaving on scenic Highway 285 towards North Dakota no stop at Mount Rushmore are planned. So far this trip has turned opposite of the origina…

Read more

July 2021

Last Edition I mentioned visiting old friends and some of them were places as well as people.
Our first in July was a stop at Wal-Mart in Arkansas City, Kansas where we got the motor home serviced and breakfast at a new place as our old favorite was closed Monday.
Daisy Mae’s was just down…

Read more

June 2021

The end of May and start of June we are still in Florida and our Air Conditioning bills are piling up!

The original plan was to have the sailboat finished and out of the storage yard by the end of December 2020, however the delays and problems as well as some necessary medical procedures ha…

Read more

May 2021

It is the beginning of May and we had to make a decision concerning the sailboat.
Well Folks the engine is BROKEN and for this season we are calling it quits!
What we did was to put the boat on the market and IF it sells great, if not I will rebuild the engine.
That is what I should have done in …

Read more

April 2021

 The big news for the start of April is that our Onan generator stopped working and would not start again.
It was a hot night at the boatyard and the Air Conditioner was on when it happened.
It was Saturday the 27th of March so we had to wait until Wednesday the 31st to take it into Fort My…

Read more

March 2021

The Month of March finds us still working to splash the boat.

After waiting 6 weeks for a part to come from England only to find that another place in the US had one in stock!

The frustration is that it caused us an extra $600 in charges at the boatyard!

While we were waiting many little jo…

Read more

February 2021

The month is half over and we are still waiting for the part to show up all the way from England, and naturally the delay is blamed on COVID!

 During the down time we have kept busy with little jobs around the boat and perfecting our solar use!
Our boat is now completely independent of the Yard…

Read more

January 2021

January finds us between the boatyard in Placida and Doug’s house to prepare Dawn Treader for a long journey!
Solar panels have been installed and new batteries as the Dawn Treader returns to life.
 
Repairing the Fuel Injection Pump was first on the agenda.
Some of the parts must come all th…

Read more

Boat and RV December 14 (Free vs Paid)

Boat and RV

December 14, 2019

Conestoga Charlie is breaking with the general format today.

There are 22 photos and not in the order of travel but rather in the order of amenities.

I was reading a piece about a very bad commercial campground experience, qnd thinking back I remembered some…

Read more

July 2019

Boat and RV

July 1, 2019

Conestoga Charlie with general ramblings and more about our Solar experiment!

This is the second day in Cabin Creek which is really easy access off the I-90  Exit 63 and even comfortable for a class A! (GPS Lat 47.2933 Lon -121.2877)

Something that is troubling …

Read more

View older posts »

Boat and RV December 14 (Free vs Paid)

Boat and RV

December 14, 2019

Conestoga Charlie is breaking with the general format today.

There are 22 photos and not in the order of travel but rather in the order of amenities.

I was reading a piece about a very bad commercial campground experience, qnd thinking back I remembered some others that had issues similar to this poor guy.

The assigned site power station was defective so he moved to another with working power.

The owner/manager not only refused to correct the problem but charged an additional fee for the move and refused a refund.

So now they are paying for 2 spaces.

I realize this is in no way typical however; it did start me thinking about our experience so far!

Background: we started our motor home odyssey June 4, 2018 and without solar panels.

In all this time we only stayed at 1 commercial campground at $25 a night and was quite pleasant.

There have been many more free campsites that we have used and some had host and some did not, regardless the stays were far more pleasant and trouble free than many I have read about that should be much better because of paying for the space!

I have compiled a short list of just a few of the many places along with features and amenities that we have camped and I have posted reviews of each.

  1. Streeter Park, Aurora, Nebraska, 4 day limit with complete hookups, a dump station and Wi-Fi (very good) at no charge.
  2. Deshler City Park, Nebraska, 2 day limit free electric and water, with dump station in town.
  3. Bayard, Nebraska, 2 day limit free electric and water no dump station.
  4. Riverside Park, Douglas, Wyoming 2 days, with bathroom and hot showers, dump site and water.
  5. Indian Casino in El Reno, Oklahoma 4 days and provides full hook ups.
  6. Kiwanis Rest Stop and Campsite, Lewistown, Montana 10 days, Flush Toilet, Water and Trash pickup.
  7.  Ottawa State Fishing Park, Minneapolis, Kansas 14 days with pit toilet community pavilion.
  8. Big Eddy Campground, Heron, Montana, 16 day, pit toilets boat ramp.
  9. Finlay Flats (Noxon Reservoir) Thompson Falls, Montana 14 days, Pit toilets Boat Ramp.
  10. Mystic Springs Cove WMD, McDavid, Florida (Free Reservation Required) 5 days, Boat Ramp Chemical Toilet.
  11. Deep Creek Preserve, Arcadia, Florida (Free Reservation Required) Chemical Toilet security gate.

 The short stays with free hookup are great for a rest on the way to a destination and will allow use of 110 Volt accessories not usually used during Boondocking.

In general our stays at all of these places were not just restful but a pleasant break from Wal-Mart and rest stops and were all considerably quiet compared to big truck noise and shoppers racing around the parking lots!

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Boat and RV  December 13, 2019 (Happy Friday the 13th)

Conestoga Charlie and company are almost recovered.

The Campground featured today is Deep Creek Preserve near Arcadia Florida.

Southwest Florida Water Management is the managing agency, and located at 10797 SW Peace River Street, (Latitude N-27.059072 Longitude W-082.022021).

There is a portable chemical toilet and one faucet that dribbles out non-potable water

.The campground is free but requires a reservation obtained online from swfwmd.state.fl.us/recreation/deep-creek-preserve

The grounds are very well maintained and loaded with beautiful trees laden with Spanish moss.

There are plenty of exercise opportunities and the weather should be mild most of the rest of the winter season. 

The road nearby does not pose any obtrusive noise and down the road at the Peace River edge and a homey little place called, Nav-a-Gator Bar and Grill.

Open from Sunday to Thursday 11-to 9 Friday and Saturday 11-10.

Check out specials. 

 

For travelers in the Gulf Coast area of Florida, it is a very good location and we are having a pleasant stay in spite of just recovering from the RSV virus that kept us down for almost 8 days.

  

  

   

  

  

 

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