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Our 2022 Summer Journey Begins

Thu. April 21, 2022

St. Augustine, Florida

Heading for St. Augustine

The day has come! After months of planning and replanning destinations, activities, schedules and prepping our house, we leave on our summer vaca away from the heat of Florida.

We managed to transfer what we think we’ll need from our home to the coach, filling every nook and cranny. We prepared our house for extended leave and are as ready as we’ll ever be.

Our trip takes us to new and old destinations across our country. We’ll visit friends and family, and like many RVers we’ll meet new friends along the way.

Our first stop is St. Augustine, Florida (not sure I needed to add the state), founded in 1565. It lays claim as the oldest city in the U.S. We’ve visited many times and it is still one of our favorite destinations.

We’ll be glamping 4-days at the Sun Outdoors St. Augustine, formerly known as Compass RV Resort. We are joining our neighbors in the MOSN FMCA Chapter rally from Polk City, FL. Rallies are great ways to reacquaint.

We arrived on Thursday, setup and then visited and planned activities for our stay with some of our group until time to settle in for the night.

Kookaburra Coffee
Enjoying Kookaburra Coffee on the Patio

The next morning we bummed an early ride with friends into to St. Augustine. Parking is at a premium around the historic district and our friends had free parking at the Trolley Tour Welcome Center. We did a bit of walking-shopping stopping for great coffee at Kookaburra’s We met up with our gang at the marina and hopped aboard the Scenic Boat Tour. We cruised the Matanzas River (“Matanzas” means “killings” or “slaughters” in Spanish.) traveling under the Bridge of Lions to the St. Augustine Light House viewing the city skyline and historic sites along the way. We saw many Bottlenose Dolphins playing in the surf and Egrets along the beaches. The weather was fantastic!

 

John, Kelly Ann, Marcy & Joe at O.C. Whites

After the tour we had a great lunch across from the marina at O.C. Whites Restaurant.

Catered dinner with our rally friends

Back at the campground we sat down to a catered dinner with our rally friends.

Saturday we rode the streets on the Old Town Trolley. We’ve taken this hop on/hop off ride many times and is a great way to catch up on the history of St. Augustine. We like to stay on for the entire route noting the places we will hop off on the next loop.

 

 

 

 

Cottondale, FL

Monday we crossed the Florida panhandle stopping at one of our favorite stopovers, Hitchin Post Corral and Campground RV Park in Cottondale. Marcy and the dogs fed the horses a few apples before sunset.

 

Red Bay, AL

On Tuesday, traveling a familiar route, north on HY 231, we roam through the center of Alabama, passing through Dothan, Montgomery and Birmingham where we turn northwest to Red Bay. Red Bay sits on the Alabama/Mississippi border approximately 50-miles south of Tennessee.

Red Bay Acres

We decided to make Red Bay, AL, one of our first destinations. We have made this pilgrimage yearly since obtaining old blue. Red Bay, home of all things Tiffin, is the ideal place for RV maintenance and fixes. Our opinion is that Tiffin expertise like this cannot be found anywhere else. We are not the only ones. We will stay at Red Bay Acres.

Marcy and the Dogs at Red Bay Acres

We are never sure how long we’ll spend here since Tiffin does not take service appointments. It’s first come, first serve. We are in the queue hoping for quick turnaround, but in the meantime we’ll we’ll enjoy the area. Stay tuned for more on our Red Bay stay.

 

 

Today’s Thought 

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.

Amelia Earhart

Upcoming Trip Schedule

Wed, May 18, 2022

Cumming, GA

Bald Ridge Creek

Bald Ridge Creek Campground is on Lake Sidney Lanier, popular for its aqua-blue waters and spectacular scenery. Each year, over 11 million visitors travel to Lake Sidney Lanier for fantastic fishing and boating on the beautiful reservoir in northern Georgia.

Miles from last stop: 310

 

Thu, May 26, 2022

Cumming, GA

Sawnee

Sawnee Campground lies just north of the Buford Dam on Lake Sidney Lanier. The campground features beautiful views of the lake as well as excellent access to boating and swimming. The lake, named for the poet, Sidney Lanier, is well known for its aqua-blue colored water, spectacular scenery and variety of recreational activities. Each year, over 11 million people come to visit.

Miles from last stop: 11

 

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