We are enroute to the Southwest for the winter and after a bit of business in Florida, and since it was kinda on the way, we decided a few days in New Orleans was a good idea.
I checked out potential camping in the area and found French Quarter Public Parking as a viable option. It's not cheap at $50.00 per 24 hour period and it's dry camping, no hookups, no restrooms, no showers. There is noise associated with being in a city. It's a parking lot.
Located in Treme' only a few blocks from the French Quarter makes hanging out in the quarter really easy. For those of you concerned with safety, there's a local police precinct about a block and a half away and the lot is patrolled regularly.
We've camped at Prairie Creek before, we'll camp here again. What a great spot west of Montgomery, Alabama. The Corp of Engineers rocks.
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.