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RE: Best RV parks near Washington, D.C. and New York City?

When I was still working, a colleague and I were sent to Washington, DC for a series of classes presented by IBM.... We were there the end of May for a couple of weeks. The end of May, many of the stores underground were closed for JFKs birthday on May29th. But one store was closed for Jefferson Davis' birthday on June 3rd. DC is considered the south by some folks. :) I think it was JFK who said that DC is a city with Southern efficiency and Northern charm. But he was just kidding. (I lived there about 30 years and still love it.)
NCWriter 10/25/14 05:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Interesting Places to see and do

A couple of other interesting spots from recent travels... Corning Glass Museum in Corning, NY. World class collection dating from ancient Egypt something like 3500 years ago to the most modern art glass. Technology, glass blowing, free hot glass show. Carolinas Aviation Museum, Charlotte airport. Has the entire Airbus jet inside from the "Miracle on the Hudson" US Air landing. Lots of interesting displays like Captain Sully Sullenberger's uniform, passengers' suitcases, etc. The museum has a lot of other historic aircraft including a Phantom F-4 jet (my brother flew one in Viet Nam days.)
NCWriter 10/25/14 05:02am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Care Free campground in Sylva, NC

Never been there, but we were in the area Mon. & Tues - too bad, could have checked it out for you. If you end up still looking in the area, there's always Creekwood Farm RV in Waynesville, close to Maggie Valley. Nice atmosphere, and creek sites depending on your size needs. If you like a good pancake house, try Joey's on the main drag in Maggie Valley for a hearty breakfast. For Italian food, Frankie's is good. (Maggie V and Waynesville are both close to Sylva. Entrance to Blue Ridge Parkway & the NP is near Maggie V. Waynesville has a nice little Main Street area to stroll with shops like Mast General Store.)
NCWriter 10/25/14 04:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: National Park Vandal

The Feds have used the Antiquites Act to go after defacers of public lands, and if she tramped around painting in canyons with petroglyphs or pictographs, they'll have plenty of cause. A few years ago, some bird-brain fisherman from my state of NC decided to carve his name next to the Descending Sheep panel petroglyphs in a canyon along the CO River below Glen Canyon Dam. He got caught and was successfully prosecuted. Seems like the fine was $10,000, some community service hours, and years of probation. I truly hope this woman, with her delusions of talent, gets the same for each instance.
NCWriter 10/24/14 06:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Interesting Places to see and do

Wow, great lst for OKC. We stayed overnight in August 2011, planning to see our nephew (who left the day before for a funeral in Canada) and to see the sights, especially the memorial where our nephew had helped with rescue operations. It was 110 degrees, so we ended up immersed up to our necks in the campground pool and moved on west the next day for higher elevations. So I'll save this list and try again.
NCWriter 10/24/14 06:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Interesting Places to see and do

Beautiful pictures, Vermilye!
NCWriter 10/23/14 05:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Shopping near Harkers Island, NC

There's not much on Harkers, so stock up beforehand. Best place is Morehead City, which has Walmart, Lowe's Foods and large Harris Teeter (among others)... followed by Beaufort (closer to HI) with Food Lion, Piggly Wiggly and smaller groceries. All of these stores are on Highway 70 in both towns. Distance is about 10 to 20 miles from Harkers to the west. (This area curves east-west along the coast, rather than north-south.)
NCWriter 10/23/14 05:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Interesting Places to see and do

NCWriter, your interests are very near the same as ours. We've been to all the places you have mentioned other than the Crow Canyon Center and the Anasazi Heritage Center in Delores, Colorado. I wish we had known about them before we visited all the sites. Next time in Colorado we will for sure go to those. Thank you! You're welcome - we returned for a second trip for many we missed, and I am sure will be back for Round Three. Haven't made it yet to Canyon de Chelly. My brother told me about Crow Canyon. He has gone a couple of times to spend a week on a dig. The one-day class takes you out to see a dig in progress. CC is near Cortez, and really an interesting place. You'll like the Anasazi Heritage Center. The BLM had hundreds of archeologists working for years collecting artifacts before the canyons were flooded by the McPhee Reservoir - I read that the DAP (Dolores Archeological Project) was the largest ever in the history of the US. It's the center for Canyons of the Ancients also.
NCWriter 10/22/14 09:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How to avoid bad campgrounds

What is it about permanent or semi-permanent residents in an RV park that bothers you people? A couple of things. We stayed in one very attractive RV park in PA where the guy across from us apparently ran his commercial business from there and had a few heavy duty bucket trucks coming and going, parked there overnight. Live and let live...but not when the revving up started way before dawn. Luckily we were there just one night. At another place in NM, oil field workers apparently had beat up the washing machines to the point the management had a sign, "Use X machine only for greasy clothes" but X was broken. They were down to one machine for a whole lot of users waiting. Residents screeched through in pickups very fast,raising clouds of dust on their way in and out , with loud booming radios (and only 5 or so sites were not permanent.) Some other examples come to mind, but bottom line, there's no zoning in these "towns" and you can find yourself staying in a neighborhood you would avoid as your residence.
NCWriter 10/22/14 08:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Interesting Places to see and do

In St. John's, Newfoundland, The Rooms is a museum that tells the story of a fascinating province very effectively. Near Mesa Verde National Park is the Crow Canyon center where you can take a one-day course and learn all about the Ancestral Puebloans - a GREAT introduction if you plan to visit any Southwestern ruins such as MV, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Hovenweep, etc. Also near MV in Delores, CO is the BLM's Anasazi Heritage Center, a fascinating place. Edge of the Cedars State Park in Utah (not a park, but a museum and ruins) is another don't-miss for fans of the Ancestral Puebloans. Then there are all the Lewis & Clark Museums and sites. Great to climb Pompey's Pillar and see Clark's signature carved into the rock with the date in 1806. And in St. Louis, ride to the top of the arch and see the marvelous museum under it. A fun thing to do is camp at Wahweap on Lake Powell and see Glen Canyon Dam three ways - on a boat ride into the lake's canyons; on a tour where you walk out onto the dam holding the lake and ride an elevator deep into the base of the dam; and finally, on an easy rafting trip on the Colorado River from the base of the dam to Lee's Ferry.
NCWriter 10/22/14 07:03am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tardis Encounters Van Conversion

And I thought our old US Virgin Islands license tag was a conversation-starter...
NCWriter 10/22/14 06:24am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Another Yellowstone question

Two Hands said it: Fishing bridge and Coulter Bay RV Park. We literally just booked both for July 2015. 4 full days in FB and 2 full days in Coulter. We are also going to stay in Cody and in Devils Tower in north eastern WY. We did roughly the same stops in 2013 - 5 nights in FB, 2 or 3 in Teton at CB-RV, 3 nights in Cody, 1 night at Devils Tower - and loved our trip, did not feel rushed and saw/did quite a lot.
NCWriter 10/20/14 03:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Be careful on Java update

I read a good article in USA Today a few years ago explaining that you probably no longer need Java at all. I ditched it with no change in my usual computing whatsoever. So try deleting the entire program. I think they must make their money now by collecting fees for sneaking garbage onto unsuspecting computers.
NCWriter 10/20/14 01:22pm Technology Corner
RE: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

We went in 2013 and the Presidents sites sold out almost immediately, so I didn't have that option in early November a year out. We were very happy in the "VIP" section, though, at $85 a night with passes included. The location was ideal right next to the Balloon Museum, a very short stroll to the field. Dry camping, generator fumes, paved but not level. I liked being close to "home" ...you can see fireworks from your RV, and sometimes the balloons are right overhead depending on wind. The passes allow unlimited coming and going, both morning and evening. No waiting in lines. If you don't have passes, you need two tickets a day now, one for morning and one for evening. It won't be hot ( which is when hookups really seem worth it sometimes) but it will be really cold in the morning, so you'll want your furnace working. I'd probably go for the first weekend with reservations next time, again in VIP. Then if the weather is bad and the balloons don't fly, we could stay on longer since standard dry camping with shuttle would still be an option without needing reservations.
NCWriter 10/19/14 05:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pleasure Way Bed Question

We have what is probably a similar setup with a Leisure Free Spirit. Often we just leave unused cushions or tables at home. I bought some wedge-shaped pillows that give a better angle for leaning against the wall or back doors than the cushions do.
NCWriter 10/16/14 11:59am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Travel during the Fall on the East Coast

Two major elements affecting our climate are the Appalachian Mountains all the way down from Newfoundland to Alabama...and the Gulf Stream along the Atlantic Coast. So of course in addition to the north-south changes, you'll see colder temps in the mountains at higher elevations and more temperate weather right along the coast (In our experience, for example, the NC coast is somewhat cooler in summer and warmer in winter than temps 50 mies inland.) Makes for pleasant visits to the Blue Ridge and Great Smokey Mtn NP in summer and especially fall when it is still humid and hot elsewhere in the South.
NCWriter 10/16/14 04:57am Roads and Routes
RE: Sprinter ROOF LEAKS

Those are specific to an air conditioner to my knowledge has not been installed by any Class B converter that I know of. It is a non-issue with the available Class Bs. You beat me to it. Only leak I've ever had has been from what turned out to be an invisible crack in the plastic Fantastic Fan cover. New unit, no more leak.
NCWriter 10/15/14 04:03pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Williamsburg VA for Easter 2015

Stayed at American Heritage three months ago. Enjoyed the atmosphere and would be happy to return.
NCWriter 10/15/14 03:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Snowbirding in NC?

OP here, The only reason I said southeastern NC was because I have a daughter that lives in Jacksonville with a nice campground nearby. I may have to do some more thinking on this. Thanks for the comments Regards Kyte in NW PA We're 20 minutes from there (see my earlier post comments.) You could probably enjoy a nice visit with enough notice to depart or winterize if there was a hard freeze coming. But I don't see it as a snowbird option.
NCWriter 10/15/14 06:00am Snowbirds
RE: Snowbirding in NC?

I've lived on the NC coast for almost seven years and agree with other posts. Yes, it definitely freezes here and sometimes snows. Furthermore, the grass turns brown all winter, a lot of businesses close for a month or two, and it is not my idea of a scenic destination you'd plan to visit on purpose. We head south to the Keys every year.
NCWriter 10/14/14 12:03pm Snowbirds
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