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RE: Rv beach sites

We have stayed at Henderson Beach State Park a couple of times and enjoyed it. It will already be partially or fully booked up for the summer by now as it is popular. You may be able to find an opening. Florida state parks reservations open 11 months ahead of your planned arrival day.
one_strange_texan 01/12/20 07:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I-10 Thru Houston

Is there any time frame as to when this repair might be completed? Link to local media story. Link. Short answer is that it apparently is done. I cannot give you first hand knowledge since I don't travel that way these days.
one_strange_texan 01/12/20 06:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: Visiting Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton Ntl Pk,s

Yellowstone will not only be crowded but by September you might catch some snow - might get lucky and have 70's everyday, but plan for Cold and Damp and be Happy with Sunny and Warm. We are also planning a trip to Tetons, Yellowstone, and Glacier in the same time frame in 2020. I know snow is a possibility, but I am surprised Yellowstone is still crowded in September. I know it is very popular park, but I would think the crowds would be down some from the summer peak due to school being back in session.
one_strange_texan 12/20/19 03:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campgrounds in Texas, specifically near Austin

If you are needing a place to stay in Austin itself, there is a new KOA on the eastern edge of town (Austin East KOA Holiday), kind of out in the country. It is new and the owner is working hard at making it a well-run park. We stayed there in early October and were impressed. However, if you are going to do a family camping trip, I will echo the suggestion of getting out of Austin and visiting the Texas Hill Country.
one_strange_texan 12/20/19 03:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Big Bend

Been saying I would go for years. Was thinking about using Seminole Canyon SP as a stopover from Houston. Anyone have experience there? We used Seminole Canyon as a stopover from Houston to Alpine. It was a good park. Finding a site there shouldn't be a problem. We were the only rig in our loop. I would recommend a full day there. Take the tour into the canyon (you must sign up for a scheduled tour) to see the native American rock art. If you hike the trail to the Rio Grande in the park, the cliffs on Lake Amistad are quite impressive. We also enjoyed a visit to Langtry, home of Judge Roy Bean, "The Law West of the Pecos." We got a kick out of seeing the "No Fishing from Bridge" sign at the high level bridge over the Pecos River Canyon on the way to Langtry. I recommend gasing up in Del Rio. There may not be any fuel from where US90 crosses Lake Amistad near Del Rio to Sanderson. We found the stations in Comstock and Langtry closed on the Sunday we tried to refill there. There might be more options now, but the entire area is pretty remote, as you might expect. I noticed the church in Langtry only had services 1 or 2 Sundays out of the month.
one_strange_texan 12/16/19 07:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Park Reviews

There's an old adage: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!". There's another one I really like: "Just because you can doesn't mean you should!" Took a highly useful, user friendly site that did just about what most of us wanted and needed and made it so much "better" it's almost useless! Just finished trying to find CGs around Stuart Florida - the old maps were very easy to use - the "old way" always gave me the info I needed, literally at my fingertips, to do what I needed to do. I was so frustrated just now I almost deleted the site! I recall using the old site, before it was purchased by Campground Reviews or RV Life, to get a list of all the campgrounds at a given distance from the town or city you enter in the search (e.g., within 20 miles of Salina, Kansas). You could choose various distances for the radius of the search. You can kind of do that now, or use the map, but not as easily. If I remember properly, you could also put other criteria on your search (full hookups, 50-amp service, etc.).
one_strange_texan 12/16/19 02:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What happened to STREET VIEW in Google Maps?

I use Google Earth Pro, along with Google Maps and a couple of other resources to plan trips and stops. Street view still has the "Little Yellow Man" to drag onto the map to get a street view wherever you drop him. He is just an outline on the right side of the map in my display, alongside with the zoom slider, North orientation, etc. controls. They all only become "visible" beyond outlines if you mouse over to them. The "Man" outline becomes invisible altogether above 300 miles elevation. I'll add the observations that the Google Van 360 degree ground level imagery is the same data set that Google Maps uses. Always note the date of the imagery. Ground level is often older than satellite and updated less frequently in less traveled areas.
one_strange_texan 12/13/19 09:28am Roads and Routes
RE: Looking for a good campground in Arkansas' mountain region.

Denton Ferry RV Park in Cotter. Right on the White River, featuring trout fishing, either guided or on your own. Well run park. We were there last June. I 2nd the recommendation. Catch some Trout with one of the guides at Cotter Trout Dock. Oops! I somehow missed the OP's specification for a RV spot with a concrete or asphalt pad. Denton Ferry is gravel, but it is really nice and was no problem for us.
one_strange_texan 12/10/19 07:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for a good campground in Arkansas' mountain region.

Denton Ferry RV Park in Cotter. Right on the White River, featuring trout fishing, either guided or on your own. Well run park.
one_strange_texan 12/09/19 07:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: A couple of distilleries in early April

I would second Makers Mark and Woodford if not for anything else but the beauty of the grounds. Also did Beam and saw CEO Fred who seemed to have sampled a good bit of product. Beam had a decent BBQ stand at the time. Four? years ago. We stayed at Whites Acres RV in Bardstown. Toured Jack Daniels a long time ago. We had a new 1979 Trans-Am. Great tour. I'm drinking Beam Black this week. We toured Jim Beam 2 years ago last August. I will confirm that the barbeque stand was still there at that time, but I did not try their food. The tour was a good one, but I might recommend one of the smaller distilleries. The tour was primarily 1) the testing or pilot plant facility, not where the real production happens, 2) a demonstration of bottling, again not the real commercial facility, 3) the actual aging warehouses and 4) the tasting room, where each tour participant can get 3 small samples of various whiskeys of their choice. I would like to have seen the real still and production facilities. I understand you see that on the Maker's Mark tour. By the way, Jim Beam Black is also my go to bourbon these days.
one_strange_texan 12/09/19 07:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: A couple of distilleries in early April

If you are going to Jack Daniels in Lynchburg, them a MUST see is George Dickle outside Tullahoma. Daniels is a huge industrial manufacturer, Dickle is a small exibition of the art of whisky making as it should be. And one sip will make you a true believer. This is NOT a true burbon, as that can only be a product of Burbon County KY, but instead is a true Tennessee sipping whisky. A distillery tour in Kentucky is a real experience not to be missed in you are in that area with a bit of time. Some of the distilleries are beautiful places to visit. Bourbon can be made anywhere in the US. Very little is made in Bourbon County. Evan Williams began producing bourbon in Louisville at the first commercial bourbon distillery. Anderson County, Jefferson County, Nelson County, Franklin County, Marion County, and others produce the most famous brands like Wild Turkey, Beam, Buffalo Trace, Heaven Hill, Makers Mark etc.. Jack Daniels could be called bourbon if they chose to label it as such. I’m related to the Ripy family that founded Wild Turkey in Anderson County and have family in every county I mentioned above. The Bourbon Trail is a great way to spend a couple of days! "The Federal Standards of Identity for Bourbon stipulate what is and what isn't bourbon. For a whiskey to call itself bourbon, its mash, the mixture of grains from which the product is distilled, must contain at least 51% corn. (The rest of the mash is usually filled out with malted barley and either rye or wheat.) The mash must be distilled at 160 proof or less, put into the barrel at 125 proof or less, and it must not contain any additives. The distillate must be aged in a new charred oak barrel. (Most often these barrels are white oak, but they can be any variety of oak.)" Link for "What make whiskey Bourbon" Some bourbon is produced right here in Texas. ;)
one_strange_texan 12/06/19 10:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Quiet side of the Smokies

We stayed at the KOA in Townsend this spring. Very nice and well run park. The area was very quiet, but may be less so in warmer weather because I saw several tubing outfitters along the Little River in town. We visited Gatlinburg and Great Smoky Mountain NP from there. Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg looked like too much traffic for me.
one_strange_texan 11/29/19 07:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Recommedations

Caverns of Sonora near I-10 close to the town of Sonora. It is on a private ranch and has a small RV park. It is nothing fancy, but handy for seeing the caverns. They contain some pretty spectacular formations. I would recommend Balmorhea State Park off I-10 in West Texas, but it is closed until Spring 2020 for renovation. It is the world's largest artesian spring fed swimming pool & open year round. Maybe on a later trip? Also a short stop at the Texas Canyon Rest Area on I-10 near Willcox, AZ is worthwhile. You may already know about this. When we stopped there a couple of years ago, some folks in a small Class A were so excited about getting out and checking out the view that they forgot to set the parking brake in the rig. It rolled down the entrance ramp back to the highway and crashed into the ditch. They were being pulled out by a big wrecker and had a smashed windshield at a minimum.
one_strange_texan 11/23/19 10:56am Full-time RVing
RE: South Dakota, July 2020

At Rushmore I understand there is some hiking you can do just out of the memorial itself which gives unique views and is very uncrowded. The main viewing area at Mt. Rushmore is indeed crowded, at least when we were there in August, due to construction. I do not know the expected duration of the construction job. I would not take a RV in there during the tourist season due to parking availability (lack of availability)
one_strange_texan 11/06/19 07:51am Roads and Routes
RE: South Dakota, July 2020

We want to see: The Badlands Wall, SD - Wounded Knee Museum Custer SP Mt Rushmore Crazy Horse Devil’s Tower Deadwood We went to SD this August and saw all these things except Wounded Knee (though we went by Wall since it is right by the west entrance to Badlands NP). We stayed in Custer (the town, not the SP) at an RV park and did day trips for all. I am not sure Devil's Tower is worth an overnight stay, unless you are hiking around the base. We stayed 6 nights at Custer. All of these are easily reached by drives from there. Devil's Tower consumed a day since it is about 110 miles from Custer. You might consider one relocation up to the Deadwood/Sturgis area to have a closer base for the Devil's Tower trip. Mount Rushmore is worth seeing, but does not consume an entire day. We saw it the same day as Crazy Horse. Given more time, we would have probably spent it at Custer SP or visiting one or more of the caves/caverns in the area. The wildlife loop, the Needles Highway (check tunnel clearances) and Sylvan Lake are the must see items, in my opinion. I admit my bias may be that I come from Texas where 100-mile each way round trips in a day are not out of the ordinary.
one_strange_texan 11/04/19 05:03pm Roads and Routes
RE: Route suggestions please!

Thank you all for the great information! Yes we will reserve a site at Davis Mountains State Park and visit all that was recommended. We do the stars!! Thanks again A piece of advice. It would be wise to stock up before arriving at the Davis Mountains. It has one small grocery, as I remember, for example. One of the best words to describe that part of West Texas is "remote." That is why the stars are so spectacular at night.
one_strange_texan 11/01/19 08:31pm Roads and Routes
RE: I-10 Thru Houston

According to the TV traffic reporters it can get bad in morning and evening rush hours. 146 south out of Baytown is about the best you can do if you're continuing west on 10. But if you're northbound out of Houston you could take 96/287 north out of Beaumont and then 190 west to 59/69. This is good advice. I would loop to the north of Houston if you are going anywhere north of, say, Austin, even if the bridge repair wasn't an issue. I live north of Houston and take TX-99 around to I-10 or US-290, even though it is a toll road, when going to places like San Antonio or Austin to avoid the heavy urban traffic due to previous incidents I have experienced. If you are going to south Texas, you are pretty much stuck. The TX-146/TX-225/I-610 option that others have suggested is probably your best option in that case. To clarify TxGearhead's directions, you would catch US69/US96/US287 north out of Beaumont, take US69/US287 north at the "Y" a little north of Beaumont in Lumberton, then take US-190 west at Woodville to US59/I69 and beyond, if necessary. These are all good roads though not always interstate specification.
one_strange_texan 11/01/19 08:22pm Roads and Routes
RE: Route suggestions please!

2) To the north a bit is Sonoma Caverns-its commercial right off I-10 3) McDonald Observatory if you like astronomy. 4) Ft Stockton-the old fort there. Just to avoid any confusion and to provide additional information: #2 I believe agesilaus is referring to the Caverns of Sonora, which is indeed private and close to I-10. I have visited. It is spectacular and there is a RV park there. Nothing fancy, but handy for visiting the caverns. #3 Reserve a slot for a "Star Party" at the McDonald Observatory (again, if you are into astronomy, as agesilaus says). It is held on certain evenings during the week. #4 Fort Davis is near the observatory and is a historic site. Both are near Davis Mountains State Park, a nice park which features full hookups and wifi. I would consider reserving the Star Party and a site at Davis Mountains ahead of time if you care to visit.
one_strange_texan 10/30/19 04:39pm Roads and Routes
RE: casino camping

Hollywood in Bay StLouis. Strange Texan hit most of the stops. Thumbs up. Hollywood in Bay St. Louis is our casino camping spot on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
one_strange_texan 10/02/19 07:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: casino camping

Vicksburg, MS has a casino with an RV park. Shreveport, LA has casinos and Natchez, MS has casinos. Marksville, LA has a casino with a campground and there are several in the Baton Rouge, LA area. Try this site: Casino Camper
one_strange_texan 10/01/19 08:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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