Category Archives: Friends

Savannah, GA

Our next major stop due south is Savannah Georgia.  This is one place Andrew and I have never been to, even though we lived only a few hours away for many years.  Recently, we saw that WBCCI SouthEast Camping Unit planned to host a rally in area.  What better way to see a new city than with other Airstream enthusiasts?  So, we signed up.

Arrival day we spent at our campground Red Gate Farms meeting and greeting forty new friends.  On the second day, Andrew and I headed into historic Savannah.  We parked at the Visitor Center parking lot, which is quite large (large enough for several RVs to park with cars) and affordable.  From there, we walked around the historic district looking at charming old architecture and monumental places, such as Flannery O’Connor and Juliette Gordon Low’s childhood homes.  Of course Savannah is the perfect place to pursued one of my favorite tourist activities, visiting cemeteries.  We strolled through the city’s oldest, Colonial Park, and city’s most gothic, Bonaventure.

Our final day in Savannah we joined several people on SE Camping Unit for an adventure in oystering.  One Airstream couple was truly kind to invite us to their property to collect oysters and hosted a lunch.  After a few hours and several full buckets, we headed back to camp for a group oyster roast.

While our trip to the area was short and sweet, it left us with an growing list of places and activities we’d like to come back to see and do.  Also, we look forward to more SECU rally’s in the future.  This event was a great group of people and a lot of fun.

Cathedral of St John the Baptist
Colonial Park Cemetery
Colonial Park Cemetery
Bonaventure Cemetery
Floras, Bonaventure Cemetery
Flannery O’Connor’s Childhood Home
WBCCI SECU Rally
Bluffton, SC Views
Oystering, WBCCI SECU Group

Stopover in DC area

At the beginning of December we began our journey south towards Florida.  We celebrate the fact that New England’s weather held out, and no major snowstorms hit before we could put our home on the road. 

Our first stop heading south was the Washington DC area.  We chose to camp in Greenbelt Park, a national park campground in Greenbelt, Maryland.  The reviews for this campground were mixed, with biggest pro being its’ convenience to DC.  It is only 2 miles to the College Park Metro Station and 20 minutes by train into the city.  However, the biggest con was the amount of ticks reported by many reviews.  We weighed our option, and decided to the ticks shouldn’t be a problem because the average temperature was forecasted down in the low 50s.  We are so happy with our decision.  We encountered an empty campground and not one tick.

With three days in the area, we took the train into DC only one day to visit my friend Jenny and her daughter.  In the morning Andrew and I browsed the National Museum of American Indian, then met Jenny for a stroll around the Botanical Gardens and National Mall.  We only see each other once a year, and every time is nonstop catching up. It is always so wonderful to visit with her and daughter.

Capitol, Washington DC
Mini Capitol, Washington DC Botanical Gardens
The Mall & Washington Monument

Acadia National Park

The next stop in our National Park journey was Acadia National Park.  Acadia has been at the top of our list for the past few years.  We originally had reservations the summer 2013, but were called back to Florida early.  This time around Andrew and I thought we’d avoid the summer crowds by waiting until after Labor Day when schools were back in session.  Our reason for picking October was see the full moon from the top of Cadillac Mountain.  I thought for sure it would be the perfect quiet time to visit.  I was wrong.  I left out one part of my great equation to Acadia solitude…the leaves.  We arrived in time for peak colors.  While it was absolutely beautiful, it extremely busy around Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia and Bar Harbor.  Cruise ships lined the waters and people flooded the streets. 

We didn’t let the crowds slow us down.  We filled our time exploring the island and Acadia, while spending a little quality time visiting family and friends.  Andrew’s aunt and uncle met us for nine days; and some Airstream friends, Dianne and Duane, happened to be in the area too.  It was great news for us that Mount Desert Island was pet friendly for trails (except ladder and rung trails), towns and boat rides, so Ame got to enjoy the island also.

Some of our adventures included hiking the sand bar out to Bar Island and the rocky cliffs along Park Loop Road, taking a Schooner ride around Frenchman Bay and sampling various lobster themed foods.  A couple of days we enjoyed a few longer hikes around Eagle Lake and Cadillac Mountain.  We even experienced our great views of October’s full moon from Cadillac.  Acadia became another notch in our quintessential autumn tour. 

Sand Beach Views, Acadia National Park
Sand Beach Views, Acadia National Park
Panorama, Acadia National Park
Panorama, Acadia National Park
Fugus Love
Fugus Love
Random Trail Hiking, Maine
Random Trail Hiking, Maine
Ame's First Schooner Ride, Bar Harbor
Ame’s First Schooner Ride, Bar Harbor
Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park
Cadillac Mountain Views, Acadia National Park
Cadillac Mountain Views, Acadia National Park
Cadillac Mountain Views, Acadia National Park
Cadillac Mountain Views, Acadia National Park
Fall Foliage, Bar Harbor
Fall Foliage, Bar Harbor
Inn, Bar Harbor
Inn, Bar Harbor
Dahlia Love, Bar Harbor
Dahlia Love, Bar Harbor
Bar Harbor Views, Acadia National Park
Bar Harbor Views, Acadia National Park