Fort Pickens Campground. From Recreation.gov:
This large campground is open for reservations year-round. It contains 137 family sites with electric and water hookups, as well as 41 non-electric tent sites. A group site with water hookup is also available. Amenities include flush toilets, showers, drinking water and a dump station.
The campground is located on a barrier island between the Gulf of Mexico and Pensacola Bay. Groves of live oak trees are scattered across the island, providing shelter for resident and migrating bird populations, as well as shade for park visitors. The Gulf Islands National Seashore is home to sparkling blue waters, white beaches and coastal marshes. However, more than 80% of the national park is underwater, as it's a vital protective habitat to marine life.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is our second Florida State Park. Located near Santa Rosa Beach, as well as near other popular beaches and state parks. The RV sites are spacious and well spaced. There's much to do in the park and close by. Beach access provides a remote place away from the crowds to enjoy the Gulf of Mexico. Topsail is a gem.
We booked a spot for 5 days in the Jekyll Island Campground, the only RV campground on the Jekyll Island. My brother from another mother, John, came over from Columbus, GA to spend some time with us. Millionaires Club (aka, Jekyll Island Club), walking paths, cycling, bicycle the beach, a belated birthday dinner with John at the Jekyll Island Club, lunch, relaxing, Live Oaks draped in Spanish Moss, salt marshes. Great spot.
South of Charleston, South Carolina, but convenient to check out Charleston, Oak Plantation Campground, while typical of many RV parks is a well-run place to stay. They are family owned and have been around for 40 years.
When we were in Summit, New Jersey I rode my Super Commuter (Red Ranger) over to the newly opened Trek bicycle shop in Summit located only a few blocks away from where we were staying.
While I was waiting on my bike to be serviced, I had a chance to talk to the store manager. Upon learning we traveled full-time, he told me we should check out the Hudson River Valley and mentioned checking out Olana State Historical Site overlooking the Hudson River, the home of Frederic Edwin Church, Hudson River School painter. We did.
We arrived on a Monday morning found the grounds were open, but the house and studio were closed. While we're sorry to have missed the inside of Mr. Church's home and the collection of art from all over the world, the grounds were well worth the trip.
Melanie and I have been traveling around New England most of September and October. Watching Fall happen, experiencing the changes in temperature and foliage. Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire have provided the highlights this pass through.
This past week found us leaving the Maine coast and Acadia National Park and moving back into the White Mountains of New Hampshire. When we last were through the Whites in September, Fall had really just begun with some color, but mostly in the higher elevations.
This time around Fall was in full glory. She was a sight to behold. The Kancamagus Highway (Kan-kuh-MOG-us), or The Kanc, is an amazing drive when the leaves are changing.
Not counting earlier in September of this year, we were last through the area about 7 years ago. Melanie had a deposition in Manchester so we extended our stay and after work was done, we drove up and did a loop drive through the Whites which included The Kanc. We were fortunate both times to catch the leaves at their peak.
The photos below represent two passes along the 34 mile stretch from Lincoln to Conway, then Conway back to Lincoln. On the first pass traveling towards Conway, we stopped and I shot photographs. After lunch in North Conway, I did what I'll call point and shoot (set the camera, point and shoot) from behind the wheel. I was pretty skeptical of the results, but for snaps shot from the hip so to speak, they're turned out pretty good. Enjoy.
Put The Kanc on your list.
Acadia National Park
Dry camping, Carriage trails, North East Harbor, Seal Harbor, Bar Harbor, The Bubbles, rocky shoreline, turkeys, harbor seals, cormorants, fall foliage, lobsta rolls, horse drawn carriages, yankees, deer, electric assist bicycles, Cadillac Mountain, small snakes, starry, starry skies, quarter fed showers, wild flowers, a true gem.
Good evening from Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. We're here over night before traveling towards the White Mountains and the Kancamagus Highway and, hopefully, a bit more leaf peeping activity.
We arrived here from Killington, Vermont where this Sunday past Melanie was the special guest of Church of Our Saviour which sits along the Ottauquechee River. Rev Lee Alison Crawford and her wife, Anne Brown, welcomed us and we left with treats from their on-sight bakery and their apple trees.
We were in Killington for three days, staying in our second Vermont State Park, Gifford Woods. The Fall weather has been glorious. Highs in the 70's low's in the 40's and 50's and the foliage just keeps getting richer by the minute. This morning when we awoke it was 37 degrees at our campsite.
The Appalachian Trail runs through Gifford Woods and on Saturday past, Melanie and I hiked south on the AT to Deer Leap Trail and Deer Leap Rock overlook. The weather and overlook were spectacular. We got back to Miranda in time for kickoff. 😎
Winhall Brook Campground is another in a growing list of great Army Corp of Engineers campground at which we've camped. The campground is divided by the Winhall River and is designated North Campground and South Campground (photos below are of the South Campground).
While not often the case, the dry camping spots in the South Campground at Winhall Brook are significantly better laid out than the small electric/water loop. If you can camp for a few days without power and water, you may consider some of the sites along the Winhall River.
One of the things I often look for is easy access to biking both for scenic exercise and as a way to retrieve groceries. Winhall Brook is close to several small towns which are an easy bike ride away via the nearby roadways. There's also the West River Trail which runs directly out of the north campground and goes 16 miles along the West River into South Londonderry, Jamaica and Townshend.
As with every ACOE campground, the grounds are well-maintained, the bathhouses clean, in this case, a bit dated, and staff friendly and helpful.
Molly Stark State Park, just outside of Wilmington, Vermont, was our first Vermont State Park. At only 148 acres, it is smallish. What I'd call a pocket park. But what it lacks in acreage, it makes up for in quality of sites and amenities.
Molly Stark has 23 tent/RV sites and 11 lean-to sites. Sites are all dry camping, no electric, no water, no sewer. The sites are all nicely spaced and carved out of the forest with attention to privacy. There's also a relatively new (2 years old) bath house with 4 showers, a place to get fresh water and a convenient dump station for RV's.
One of the best parts of the park is the Mount Olga hiking loop trial with a spur trail leading up to a fire tower that gives one who climbs it a spectacular 360 view of the surrounding area. When we're back through Vermont, this park will definitely be on our list of places to park Miranda.