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RE: Our families 8 week RV Trip

TurboJeep: I'm not going to give you any specifics on "skip this and see that instead." As others have said, "to each his own." We did three cross-country trips of 32 days or more from 2004 to 2009, at 6300, 4200 and 8300 miles respectively with our kids when they were between 9/12 and 14/17 years of age (they are grown & out now, even though they're in my sig! :-) ) so I feel qualified to offer my perspective. What I can tell you up front is for every one neat thing you want to see, you'll need to pass up 10 others. It's just a function of the vastness of our country and how much there is to see and do. I'll also tell you most of us easterners seriously underestimate how huge the western states are. That said, I love driving out there because you don't have the traffic congestion we do here (except for animal jams in the national parks.......) but they are big. VERY big. As you can see from the mileage, the final trip was the most ambitious - 8300 miles in 35 days. Like you, we had some very specific goals in mind for the trip, and lengthening the time frame was not an option. We spent no more than 2 nights in any one CG; most of them were one night. Compared to the first two trips, the '09 voyage was more like a drive-by shooting. Don't misunderstand, I don't regret one moment of that trip and we saw LOTS of stuff. Our kids don't regret it, either. It was, however, a tight schedule and thankfully we had no emergencies or contingencies to throw off our schedule. Your schedule is ambitious, but I think it's "do-able." Would I do it? No. Here's why. For a moment, consider this question - what do you want your children to remember about this trip? Since we began serious trips around the country in 2001 we've visited hundreds of destinations & points of interest; national parks & monuments, state parks, amusement parks, historical sites, archeological sites and geological sites......you get the idea. But when we think back to those times there is almost ALWAYS an anecdote about something we or the kids did in a CG just hanging out. Or sometimes we'd discover something along the way that was really too cool to pass up and it turned out to be a phenomenal time. My point is this - allow your kids time to be kids. If that means taking a day to simply splash in a pool, play on the playground or just dig in the dirt, let them do it! Having a great time doesn't mean that every moment has to be structured and organized. Trust me on that. Remember, the point of this trip should be to relieve stress, not induce it. Family time, as the credit card commercial says, is priceless. Whatever you choose, enjoy & safe travels.
Drbolasky 05/25/15 12:58pm Roads and Routes
RE: Campground Guide

I've used the Trailer Life guide and rvparkreviews.com. In either case you need to take the ratings with a grain of salt. In the case of the former I've had good luck using GS parks. Where the latter is concerned I look for consistency of comments/ratings from one reviewer to the next (some people just can't be pleased). With very few exceptions (or areas of the country with virtually no CG's) we've had good luck. Good luck & safe travels.
Drbolasky 05/25/15 05:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Anyone flying the flag this Memorial day?

Flying as we speak at our CG site. US flag honors my dad & FIL, both WWII vets. Navy flag for DD! Enjoy & safe travels, everyone!
Drbolasky 05/22/15 06:06pm Around the Campfire
RE: GM predicts what driving will be like in 1976

Well, I'm glad the pre-digested food prediction didn't come to fruition!:B X 2. GM was way off the mark, though; many cars of the late 70's barely had enough power to get out of their own way. Nobody saw the smog equipment coming back in 1956.
Drbolasky 05/15/15 06:52pm Around the Campfire
Another "Why people don't fly" rant

We already have a thread running on this topic, please post here: http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/28346579/page/2.cfm Thank you.
Drbolasky 05/12/15 07:37pm Around the Campfire
RE: Buying Used with Delamination?

I would pass as well. Even if the seller tells you the problem has been fixed, you really have no way of knowing.
Drbolasky 05/06/15 09:38am Travel Trailers
RE: 4.2 earthquake in Michigan!!

We had one in PA (very mild) back in August of 2013. Very weird.......
Drbolasky 05/03/15 01:13pm Around the Campfire
RE: Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Taquamenon Falls SP Whitefish Point, Shipwreck Museum Mackinaw Island. Take the ferry from Mackinaw City, stay at Mill Creek CG Agree with all of the above. We visited Tahquamenon Falls but did it from the south side of the river via the Toonerville Trolley (a 2-foot gauge railroad) and riverboat cruise. You can pick that up at Soo Junction (just east of Newberry). Our riverboat pilot was very knowledgeable and was unbeatable at pointing out wildlife in and around the river. We used Wandering Wheels CG near Munising as our base for exploring the Pictured Rocks area because we wanted full hookups and WiFi. Take the cruise to see the Rocks in the evening; the sunset can create fabulous colors on the cliffs. We also hiked to Miner's Falls, Miner's Castle and to the light station at AuSable Point. Walking along the shore rather than the road the parallels the lake will save you from some of the insects; the flies can be horrendous and are immune to all but the strongest repellants. Ask me how I know....... You may also stumble on the remains of shipwrecks along the beach. Mackinac Island - we took our own bikes and had a great time. The route that encircles the island is flat & easy; if you want to ride any of the trails in the interior of the island they can be quite steep. We were there in July. It was quite crowded and it is very cool on the lake when you take the ferry to the island. Nights in general in the UP can be chilly. Enjoy & safe travels.
Drbolasky 04/24/15 03:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bypassing Chicago

We took the SS Badger car ferry on our way home from the Wisconsin Dells area. No, inexpensive it is not but it allows you to bypass all of the roadwork, traffic congestion and tolls around the Chicago area and northern Indiana, etc. Quite an experience. If you take the "red eye" sailings at night there is a discount, though. You are not permitted to stay in your RV while underway; you have to be on one of the passenger decks. You can rent a stateroom for $49.
Drbolasky 04/22/15 06:59pm Roads and Routes
RE: jordan center in penn state seeing garth brooks

State College KOA less than 1/2hr from Penn State. About 15 miles. There is also Gram & Pap's Ft. Bellefonte CG right next to the KOA. We prefer the latter.
Drbolasky 04/12/15 05:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Need CG near Brigantine, NJ

If anybody has any recent experience with the three closest CG's to Brigantine please bring me up to date. I will be attending a wedding there in June. Rvparkreviews.com lists these: Shady Pines RV Resort Pomona RV Park & Campground Birch Gove Park The review for this last one is extremely old and leads me to believe it is no longer in existence. Your thoughts, please, and thank you.
Drbolasky 04/06/15 03:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Have you meet someone like this?

Or send him to the Tow Vehicle forum-he'd have a blast there! :B He'd have plenty of company...........I would look at that as free entertainment. :W
Drbolasky 03/28/15 04:13pm Around the Campfire
RE: Planning a trip tp PA

Our CG of choice in Gettysburg in Gettysburg CG. The KOA is nice, too. We no longer stay at Drummer Boy and were treated very rudely at Granite Hill. As for stuff to do in Gettysburg, that depends on a few factors. Are there kids in your family? How much are you in to history? It would be easy to spend 2-3 days in Gettysburg and only get a sampling. Definitely do a tour (live guided or CD guided) and plan to visit the attractions in town (Jennie Wade House, Shriver House, and others). Lots of places to eat from basic diner food to fine dining. Our perennial favorite is Gen. Pickett's Buffet, right on the edge of town on Steinwehr Ave. Good food & lots of it at a fair price. If you leave hungry it's your own fault. Amish Country - the only CG we've used was the Jellystone in Quarryville, but our kids were quite young at the time. It is a nice CG but apt to be expensive. There will be many places to tour or visit that will explain/demonstrate the Amish way of life. Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse (yes, that's its name....) is neat - a couple of hours will do it. If you like coffee be sure to visit The Roasted Rooster. Shady Maple - DEFINITE yes, just be aware they are NOT open on Sundays. After visiting the Shady Maple you'll not need to eat again for another 36 hours. Fridays & Saturdays the farmers market in downtown Lancaster is worth a visit. Also consider the Strasburg Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum nearby. Hope this helps. Enjoy & safe travels.
Drbolasky 03/28/15 04:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Leavenworth campground falls into $2.7 million foreclosure

It's a shame that KOA is sullied by this fiasco. We've stayed in some very nice KOA cgs. X2 Stuff like this is just more fodder for the KOA-bashers, even though KOA corporate has nothing to do with it. Just to be sure, we've encountered some KOA's that needed help, yes, and there are some that are simply outstanding.
Drbolasky 03/22/15 07:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Language, are we progressing or regressing

Language has always been evolving. Quite correct, so the "short-hand" we're seeing is a natural outgrowth of our advancing technologies. Seems to me the lack of decorum is the real issue here, which unfortunately is a reflection of our current society, short-hand, technology or not. JMHO
Drbolasky 03/20/15 01:53pm Around the Campfire
RE: Mesa Verde/Durango Co-where to stay?

Haven't read all replies to your post, but the D&SNGRR goes right through United CG, however it is not really that spacious or "woodsy." And we've not been there now for almost 11 years.
Drbolasky 03/20/15 01:40pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Gettysburg Battlefield Resort - Opinions?

Thank you to all who've responded. My suspicions are confirmed.
Drbolasky 03/20/15 01:36pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Gettysburg Battlefield Resort - Opinions?

Well, when we visited the Harrisburg RV show last month we made the mistake of entering one of the "drawings." Yeah, we "won" 15 nights of "free" camping (that's another story altogether) from Gettysburg Battlefield Resort. I'd like to hear from any of you who have stayed there recently - the good, the bad and everything in between. Rvparkreviews.com ratings are interesting. GBR is among the lower-rated CG's in the Gettysburg area, but the negative reviews are typically older; 2011 or before. One review there states that the membership buy-in was $7000. Anybody know what the current price is? I'm not opposed to staying there, or even putting up with their sales pitch but I'd rather not waste my time if it is nothing special.............. :)
Drbolasky 03/18/15 03:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: A blast from the past

My parents weren't married yet when the Lone Ranger aired for the first time, but those early episodes were still on when I came along (about 10 years later). B & W television was all we had then.......my folks were some of the last people on the planet to get a color set!!
Drbolasky 03/17/15 03:36pm Around the Campfire
RE: State College, PA campgrounds/rv parks for Easter

2nd on Buttonwood CG. Nice place & good people that run it. We've often stayed at the Bellefonte/State College KOA. It is one of the nicest and cleanest KOA's you'll find anywhere. Some of the sites can be awkward due them being "carved" into the side of a gentle slope. Just up Jacksonville Rd. from the I-80 interchange with Rt. 26, and almost next door to Gram & Pap's previously mentioned.
Drbolasky 03/17/15 03:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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