Sunday, November 25, 2018

Myrtle Beach For Thanksgiving

We went to Myrtle Beach, SC for 4 days to spend some time with my daughter and granddaughter. We had a very nice dinner on Thursday. Saturday we went for a long walk on the beach. The weather started out rainy then warmed up nicely to about 65 degrees.



There were a few people on the beach.  Several were shell hunting like us. After the storm, there were nice ones.
I like the smaller ones, but there were also several larger ones.


 On Saturday , we were throwing out restaurant names in the car. Trying to find one we all agreed upon. I am plant based, my husband is at home. My 12 yo granddaughter is vegetarian, as is my 29 yo daughter.  The daughter that lives in SC mentioned Grumpy Monk. I am thinking monk as in monkey,lol. She read the menu and everyone got excited. We all ordered something that fit our mood. I loved how they had a section of their menu dedicated to vegetarian and vegan.  My vegetarian daughter and I ordered the spicy black bean burger and fries. The burger was thin and had a nice grilled char on it. This made it absolutely delicious.  The fries were wonderful as well. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals.
I didnt think to take a pic of the burger until after I started eating. I hated to take time to grab my camera.
On the way home, we go my Pilot Mountain near Mount Airy, NC
This always seems to fascinate us . It is a reminder of Maybury RFD that used to run on TV. Andy Griffin played the sheriff Andy Taylor. They all lived n a quiet laid back town of Maybury. I remember very vividly the sheriff and his friends planning a trip to Mount Pilot. If you ever get a chance to visit Maybury, be sure and stop in at the ice cream shop. The friendly owner has tons of Andy Griffin stories. It was such an enchanting visit.
We are finally back into our home state.  Not much longer now.




Sunday, November 18, 2018

Ultimate Campground App

     I love this app. There are so many filters to choose from that it makes it very simple to locate the type of sites you want. You can filter out regions you're not interested in. Types of campsites such as those with the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, and many more. You can filter types of sites such as tent or RV.
There is also a selection for what amenities and activities  you desire, 

You even get to narrow your searches by fees and if reservations are required. By making these selections, it allows the app to load faster too.

 Along with U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii) campgrounds, it also includes Canada Its got it all.

Notes from Ted H, founder of the app:
"Besides the Android version, we also have iOS and Mac apps available. Another offering is our POI list which can be imported into GPS systems and computer programs such as MS Streets & Trips (no longer supported by MS) and others.

No other camping app provides such a breadth and depth of public camping locations. No one comes close to our total of over 38,600 locations of all types, ranging from thousands of dispersed boondocking locations to full-service parks run by various governmental agencies of all levels. We are constantly adding new locations and updating information such and fees and web site links and we publish updates on a monthly basis to ensure that users have the most current information available.

Please note that our database does NOT include private/commercial campgrounds."

You can also submit your own info on a campground. 

You can even set app for aerial view to get a better view of the area your interested in.

You open the app and put in your city. Then all these little tags pop up showing sites that you can camp in. Some are free boondocking  on BLM land, others may be campgrounds etc. The app is very easy to operate  to get your results. If you find a site you really liked and want to save it as a favorite.... well you can do that too.

I have never seen an RV app like this one that has so many options.

The app can be downloaded from your app store. You can also take a look at it from the website located here.. http://www.ultimatecampgrounds.com/





New Side Tables

   I know winter has just begun, and I also have accepted the sad fact my husband doesn't retire until December 2019. So we have to bear the burden of snow.......
                                                LOTS OF SNOW!
   Until that time. Then we can winter somewhere warm in the RV. This winter I will be mapping out our first cross country trip  out west, and ordering some things for the camper. We have needed some side tables to set out beside our chairs to hold drinks etc while sitting outside at the camper. Recently I found these beautiful , light weight tables. They fold up flat to about 4" thick, and take up very little room. They also set up VERY easily. Just fold out the legs and flip the top sections down into place. Done! I bought two of these.  They are nice and cheap, and come in several colors.


Now I want to find some solar lanterns as I plan for boondocking to be a big part of our cross country tour.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Great Smokey Mountains

     This summer we made our annual trip to Tennessee. My  husband has loved the car show in Pigeon Forge. So he plans two weeks so he can see the Shades Of The Past, and Rod Run. You can check HERE for a little more info. Pigeon Forge  has bumper to bumper traffic during the event. We used to stay at a campground within a mile from the main strip, but the last couple years we have opted to bypass most of the bustle by staying at a nice little campground a fews miles out in Sevierville.
     We bring our Goldwing in the toy hauler. We love to relax on long rides to enjoy the views of the Great Smoky Mountains.
   
This is a view from one of the many look-out points they provide for the public to pull over and enjoy.

Plastic Quick-fold Side Table
                                                     

Twice now, we have walked up to Clingman's Dome. The highest point of the Smokies. This is a cemented path , sometimes a steep grade up to a look out point. It isn't wheelchair accessible simply because it is so steep. There are little benches and large stones along the edge to stop and catch your breath when needed. I took advantage of these ...frequently. Lol HERE IS MORE INFO.


WHen you arrive at the top of the trail there is a spiral walk suspended in the air that takes you to a look-out tower. You can see part of the spiral bridge at the top of this picture. It really is an amazing view, and well worth the climb.