Month: May 2018

Camp Review 15: Umbagog Lake SP, Errol, NH

Our Camping Journal 15 ~~~~~ MOOSE!!

Date(s) of Trip: May 23-25, 2018
Site #: 1
Location: Umbagog Lake Campground @ Umbagog Lake SP, Errol, NH
Total miles driven from last location: 200 miles

Campground Info:

✅ State CG
Federal Land
National Park
Private/KOA/Other: KOA
Boondocking (where)

Summary of facilities, activities or overall trip experience.

The GOOD The BAD The UGLY

GOOD: Beautiful view of the Lake and mountains in the

American Sunset

background. Campground is getting ready to open for season, so everything looks clean and ready to go. There were only four camper groups here during our stay, so it was extremely quiet. There are plenty of water related activities available but it was rather windy and the water was rough. We did have phone service.

BAD: Black flies!!! Awful! We either stayed in camper or drove around. No cable…which we knew.  

UGLY: no.  But we won’t be back.

Story to remember? We saw FOUR moose while driving along the main road! So exciting!  

And we got a surprise when we went to take a shower.  We needed quarters.  One quarter for every 5 minutes for warm/hot water!  LOL

 

 

 

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Camp Review 14: KOA Brattleboro North, Vermont

Our Camping Journal 14

Date(s) of Trip: May 20-23, 2018
Site #: A17 Other good sites (for future) any
Location: KOA Brattleboro, Vermont
Total miles driven from last location: about 200; 2,600 miles total!

Campground Info:

  • State CG
  • Federal Land
  • National Park
  • Private/KOA/Other: KOA Since 1972. Current owners 11 years.
  • Boondocking (where)

Summary of facilities, activities or overall trip experience.

The GOOD – The BAD – The UGLY

GOOD: Spacious, well maintained sites. Has kept Historical cottages – available. Lots of tall maple trees. Dog park split into 2 sections by front office. Owners are hands on and very friendly. The triangular building for KOA parks is in center of the park. The first floor is a carpeted tv and game room with a pool table, ping pong, 2 arcade games and a claw toy game. There are 3 washers and dryers $2 per load each.  

 

BAD: nothing is bad – Just cosmetic, such as dog park fences should be repaired vs zip tie boards to avoid crawling under fence. But it works. The bathrooms are dated – but everything has been painted over -including sink countertops.

UGLY: nothing

Story to remember? The owners have two billy goats as pets: Chocolate and Buttercup. You can see them in their pens at the dog park. The owner said he likes to walk them around camp when kids are camping.

Also, since this campground has been a KOA since 1972, there are historical cottages still able to be rented on property. The owners didn’t replace with KOA cottages. The owner shared that a couple came back to stay in one of the cottages to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.  What a great memory for this couple! Same cottage. 50 years later.

 

The state line for New Hampshire and Massachusetts are not far away. There are about 100 covered bridges still standing – most still in use. We found three so far!

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Things Happen!

We’ve had our Starcraft Lexion Lite for 7+ years.  Knock on wood, we’ve had no MAJOR issues. Sure we have had our learning curves with the three trailers we’ve had over the past 13 years. 

We had to replace the sway bar once or twice, the manual stabilizers, repair A/C, the awning and some other minor issues.  While in SW Florida it took months to get it back from Camping World. But we HAD to have a/c.  It cost us too much but that’s just how it goes.

So here we are at Camping World of Bridgeport in Swedesboro, NJ.  Why?  Well with increased rain the domed skylights are leaking.  Two of the three.  Not good timing.

Shower skylight

Some “rigging” repairs were made temporarily last week – with tape.  But now? We’re headed to New York today where it’s supposed to rain – a lot.  

 

This Camping World is jam packed.  Service has no availability.  For a long time, it appears.

We spoke with a KOA employee about our leaks and he suggested that we find out what type of caulking is used on the top of the roof and use the same caulk inside.  Some caulk is not compatible and won’t adhere to other types.  Makes sense I guess. 

When asked my opinion, I honestly said that we knew the skylights were getting really yellowed from the sun and one in the living area started to crack…BEFORE we left Florida. So now, a month later, more are leaking a little (it’s not pouring in). At this point it doesn’t matter what should have been done. It’s do what’s needed for piece of mind and to get back on the road.  So, I suggested that we go back to Camping World and just ASK what we need to do to get it repaired, atleast temporarily. We did.  Two replacement skylights are in the camper to be installed and sealed as soon as we get to our next stop.  Before it rains.  

The moral of this story is:  take care of any issues when they come up.  Because no time is a great time for making repairs.  ESPECIALLY when your traveling in a new area and have no place to stay, with 3 goldens! 

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Product Reviews #1

Product reviews

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Things we use, like and personally recommend!

NOTE: We do not receive ANY compensation for our reviews and recommendations. These are strictly our own opinions about what we like and don’t like! If that ever changes. We’ll let you know!

Bombas.com
BEE HAPPY WITH THESE SOCKS 🐝

I first saw an ad on Facebook for these socks. I was curious so I read the comments. There were and still are a LOT of comments. A lot of people asked what’s so good about the socks and why they cost so much. Initially I agreed that they are pricey. So I didn’t order them. Then later on, about a week or so later, I looked at my sock drawer. I had three pairs of Nike ankle socks. Good. But the rest were old, thin no-shows, low ankle and crew socks.  We were preparing to sell everything and go RVing.  My old socks needed to go.

So initially I made an order for Bombass colored ankle socks. It was just a few socks…a conservative order to try them out. I loved them.
That’s all I needed to know. We now buy our socks from this company. I tried the ankle socks first and love to wear them with my Keds and New Balance sneakers. Fun or boring colors. Your choice. I got both. I love the extra cushion at the back of the sock to prevent blisters.

I’ve also have tried the quarter socks and the hiking socks. I need more. Seriously. I bought a 6-Pack of quarter socks and only 3 hiking socks. Not only am I getting arch support, I’m getting ankle support, which I really need because tend to swell when I’m on my feet – or in the truck for long distances – a lot. My feet feel better and are not as sore when I take them off at the end of the day.

So, they make well-made socks that have arch support (my fave), reinforced socks and toes (you don’t feel the seam line). Why are these important to me? I need arch support for my low/flat arch, we are camping and hiking as well as walking our three Golden’s 4-5 times daily (minimum). These socks aren’t going to wear out soon.

Oh, I almost forgot to mention the BEST reason to buy these socks:

FOR EVERY PAIR PURCHASED,
ONE PAIR IS DONATED TO THOSE IN NEED.


Awesome ❤ 👏 🐝  Way to go Bombas!

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Merrell’s Hiking Boots

Merrell.com

Since these are shoes we will wear daily on our trip around the United States, I thought it worth mentioning. Before we left “home”, my husband bought his second pair of Merrell hiking shoes (at regular ankle height). They look like they are MOAB 2 Ventilator hiking shoes. He bought them at Dicks Sporting Goods Store for $100.   I already own one pair of Merrell hiking boots (high top style, above the ankle). I believe they are called the MOAB 2 MID Waterproof.

By knowing that we BOTH have and wear these shoes daily, you hopefully can figure out that we enjoy and rely on these hiking shoes for comfort and support. Besides that, they last. (Unless one of our Golden’s decide to chew on them! It happens!). Honestly, these shoes should last – as they cost us about $100+ for each pair. The expense is well worth the quality and durability.

Until next time….

Future product and other reviews:

Life is Good clothing products etc
Lazy One clothing products
IKEA Poang chairs and ottomans
IGLOO portable ice maker
Chewy.com dog treats and products
And more!  If we’ve bought it or have used it, I’ll write a review -good or bad!

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Our travels so far April 16-May 3, 2018


We left our former home, kids and grandkids on April 20, 2018. We stayed 5 days at Koreshan SHS in Estero, FL to finish up loose ends (like DMV, glasses, purge more things, etc). We then headed North on our way out of Florida.

This past week we’ve been staying with my sisters family at their home in Cornelius, NC. They have a great fenced yard for the dogs to play. (Remind me to tell you about playing with a laser pointer). For the most part, we’ve done some shopping, repairs or improvements to the camper (details to be discussed separately, along with pictures).

Due to schedules, we really didn’t do anything special – which is fine with us because we’ve been go-go-go. I guess the highlight was going to see our nephew receive a $150 scholarship for a bowling tournament in Mooresville, NC. He bowled the 300 in a handicap tournament!!  We’re proud!  🎳 

Pro Bowlers in Mooresville, NC

We watched five pro bowlers finish their final competition. We’ve never seen pros bowl in live competitions- just on tv. So that was neat. My family grew up bowling, though our nephew is the only one who bowls now. He’s really good! Hope he’ll be able to get a bowling scholarship for a college. He very easily could go pro, if that’s his desire. XOXO

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