Here are some trip logs and pictures of places that I have RV camped:
10/05/2012, Greenville Farm Family Campground, Haymarket, VA. This was the shakedown run for The Breeze. Staff was nice, site was good, though not level, neighbors were nice. Beautiful wooded tent camping area which I took my sons to over 20 years ago. Only downer was the smell of cow dung. Cold 2nd night. The RV did well. -MBC
11/13/2012, Lake Fairfax County Park, Reston, VA. Decided to go here since I had to take The Breeze in for an oil change, check tires and order a side view mirror housing (since I whacked a mailbox my first time out). I didn t get here until dusk so I hope to see the place tomorrow. Still testing various aspects of the RV. Everything looks good. Hopefully, I will get to take The Breeze out once a month.
PS- I hiked around Lake Fairfax this morning. It got down to 26 degrees last night. -MBC
12/07/2012, (Formerly) Madison KOA, Madison, VA. Left work early on Friday. Got to Madison KOA by about 4:30. Staff was friendly. Campground appears older but well maintained. I spent the day relaxing, cropping pictures and eating. Took a walk around the campground early Saturday morning. Friday night was pretty warm - in the 40 s. My son Andrew is supposed to stop by today. I hope he does. The Breeze did well on this trip. I got propane for the first time. This will be the last RV trip of 2012. -MBC
01/18/2013, Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA. Not sure I would make this one as our dog Silent is not doing well. So I left work early, went home and took care of him, and then went camping. So far, so good. I last tent camped here about 9 years ago. So glad I made it back. Facilities look good, staff was friendly. I plan to hike the white blazed perimeter trail tomorrow morning. I m glad that this campground is close to home. I ve had The Breeze for 4 months now and have camped at a different campground each month. Even in winter! PS- We had to put Silent to sleep on 01/19/2013. -MBC
02/13/2013, Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, VA. A snowy, cold weekend. Trip number 5 started out with some snafus. I was trying to avoid a 13 foot, 3 inch bridge clearance on US 1 N of Woodbridge, VA as I thought it was too close. I exited I 95 at exit 161 US 1 N. There was that bridge! I was told not to go below 13 feet with this rig. However, traffic was behind me and there was no place to turn around. So I took a chance and made it through. One crisis down. I got to the campground, got checked in, and while backing into site 7 I hit a tree. Not a bad ding but it upset me. I ll get it fixed eventually. After getting set up I walked over to Gunston Hall and took the tour. Very nice. I then walked back and spent the rest of the day resting and changing out the interior RV lights to LED s, eating and writing this journal. Tomorrow I plan on doing some hiking, replacing some more lights with LED s, checking my taxes and relaxing. I will then come home on Monday, 02/18/2013.
PS- Due to the extreme cold on Sunday, 02/17/2013 and the fact that I was still getting over a cold I decided to leave late Sunday afternoon. -MBC
03/23/2013, Prince William Forest RV Park, Triangle, VA. This is trip number 6 in The Breeze. Though I did camp here in August, 2012 with a 19 foot Cruise America rental. I wanted to un-winterize The Breeze this weekend. However, it is still going down to the 20s at night. So un-winterizing probably won t occur until early April. I mostly rested and did some paperwork today. Tomorrow morning I may take a short walk, then get home before it snows! -MBC
04/26/2013, Shenandoah River/Andy Guest State Park, Bentonville, VA. Trip number 7 and the first one for Julie and myself. We also attended a rally put on by the Virginia Campers. We arrived Friday afternoon and got set up. The satellite dish worked well. They had an ice cream social on Friday night. Met some nice people. The ice cream was good but too frozen to eat in any quantities. The campground had 32 sites. The VA Campers took up 28 of them. I did some hiking on Saturday morning. We attended a bingo game in the afternoon and a pot luck dinner on Saturday night. Sunday morning we tried fishing but kept losing our line via snags. The Breeze performed flawlessly. Only problems were that the bed was too cramped and someone thought the bathroom was too small. Maybe a bigger RV is in our future. -MBC
05/12/2013, Drummer Boy Camping Resort, Gettysburg, PA. I cut out early Friday from work and endured rush hour traffic and the 2.5 hour drive to Drummer Boy Camping Resort in Gettysburg. I got setup around 5 PM, walked to the store for a drink and got rained on on the way back. The rest of the weekend would be sun-rain-sun-rain. I managed to hike the perimeter of this 400 site campground. 2.5 miles around! Did some fishing, relaxed and had a good time. Most people here rented golf carts to get around. I walked. Hope to get to the new Gettysburg Visitors Center and Cyclarama on Sunday morning. -MBC
06/14/2013, Skyline Ranch Resort, Front Royal, VA. I got a Passport America card, which promised 50 percent off camping and that it would pay for itself after 2 times. Since Skyline Ranch Resort was the closest P.A. campground, I went there. And it more than paid for the P.A. card. This is a campground/timeshare. They rent campsites with and without RV s on them. They have small cabins and they have timeshares with chalets on them, which look very nice from the outside. I get a free breakfast tomorrow morning while getting beat up for a timeshare, and another on Sunday since it is Fathers Day. The only bummer today is that the dish won t work. Either there are too many trees here or I have a bad receiver box. -MBC
06/21/2013, KOA, Harpers Ferry, WV. Julie got 2 Saturdays off in a row so we decided to go to the KOA in Harpers Ferry, WV. This is the first back-to-back weekend adventure in The Breeze. Left my last day at my present contract and drove out to Harpers Ferry around 4ish. I set up and Julie got here around 7ish. This campground is big and very compact. Around 300 sites, they packum in. I counted 15 sites within a 50 foot radius of ours. We did the flea market on Saturday morning, the casino on Saturday afternoon, chilled around the campfire on Saturday night, then went home Sunday. A nice time was had. -MBC
06/26/2013, Candy Hill Campground, Winchester, VA. Wow! 3 trips in the month of June. Since I was in between contracts I decided to take a road trip. So for night number 1 I am staying at Candy Hill Campground near Winchester, VA. Very nice place. Grounds are meticulous. About 100 sites, staff is very friendly, pool is nice and cool (I swam in it) on this very hot (upper 90s) day. Only downer is the road noise from VA 37. But I should be OK with the AC on and the ear plugs in. Tomorrow it is either Bills house and boondocking or Greenbriar/Gambrils State Parks. It depends on whether Bill will be home tomorrow. Then I hope to be home by mid day, Friday, June 28th. -MBC
06/27/2013, Greenbrier State Park, Boonsboro, MD. Bill had to go and see his ill father in law. So I reserved a site at Greenbrier State Park. Nice park, nice sites, hiked to the AT. Only .6 miles but 1,000 feet elevation change. So I was tired afterwards. Tornado warning in the afternoon but none was spotted. Peaceful night, then home on Friday, 6/28. -MBC
Edit- After walking 2 miles to get some night crawlers, my fishing rod did not work. Also, I tried to go swimming but the pool was too crowded. -MBC
08/02/2013, Poes South Fork Campground, Front Royal, VA. Trip 13, campground 14, 16th and 17th night camped this year. Snuck out of work early and made it to Front Royal before 6 pm. Campground is small- about 25 to 30 sites. No amenities other than W/S/E, the Shenandoah River and a bath house. Not much to this campground. But the price, at 35 dollars, was right. -MBC
08/31/2013, Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA. trip 14, campground 15, 17th and 18th nights camped. This was the second time this year that I camped at Bull Run Regional Park. It was very cold last January. It was very hot this weekend. Over 90 each day. Julie brought dinner from Subway and we made a fire. I also set up a Wi-Fi hotspot on my phone for the first time and again got the Dish Tailgater working on 2 satellites. On Saturday I hiked the White Trail, fished Bull Run (I caught a sunfish and a blue gill) and swam at the water park. So it was a good weekend. The Breeze performed flawlessly. I can t wait until next weekend. -MBC
09/06/2013, Frontier Town Campground, Berlin, MD. Trip 15, campground 16, 19th and 20th nights. Longest trip yet for The Breeze. Julie and I both took Friday off for this one. The weather was perfect! I was scared going over the Bay Bridge but did fine. This is a very nice campground, western themed. It was dog weekend here but they were well behaved. Nice amenities, right on the bay, glad we came. Taking a shuttle to O.C. this morning and spending the day there. Then its homeward bound tomorrow. -MBC
12/21/2013, Hillwood Camping Park, Gainesville, VA. The streak continues! Trip 18, campground 19, 23rd night, 14th consecutive month. I got some service work done on The Breeze so I decided to camp that night. Had to decide between Lake Fairfax, Hillwood Camping Park and somewhere in the Shenandoah Valley. I chose Hillwood because it was close to home. This place has changed since I tent camped here close to 30 years ago. The owners have sold off most of their property and now have mostly full time residents, a number of which are in run down trailers. A McDonalds, a CVS and other stores were built along US29 on what was once their property. The campground itself is very nice. However, I am of the opinion that, some day, this campground will succumb to development. -MBC
01/19/2014, Prince William Forest RV Park, Dumfries, VA. I am going to reset all counters except the one that says this is the 15th consecutive month that I have taken The Breeze out. Amazing! It got up into the 50s today. I camped out tonight because I am off on M.L. King Day. Hiked a power line right of way to a gas line right of way to the park boundary and back. Good hike. This park and Bull Run Regional Park are my basecamps. The Breeze performed well. -MBC
Gas Line ROW in PWFP.
03/08/2014, Roundtop Campground, Gettysburg, PA. The streak has been broken! I was supposed to stay at Roundtop Campground, Gettysburg, PA, 0n January 15th and 16th, 2014. Bit since we got 14 inches of snow that weekend I had to postpone this trip to March 8th and 9th, 2014. It snowed another 4 inches on March 4th, 2014 but I decided to take a chance and come on up. It paid off. The weather was in the mid 60s on Saturday and low 60s on Sunday. This is a nice campground. Its been here awhile. I remember passing when going to Rochester, NY as a kid. Close to 300 sites, this is owned by the same people that own Drummer Boy Campground. Anyway, I had a nice time though I did have a few mechanical issues with The Breeze. -MBC
03/28/2014, KOA, Fredericksburg, VA. Since it snowed last month and I could not go camping I went twice this month! Left work Friday evening for KOA Fredericksburg. Nice park. About 117 sites. Not a lot of nearby things to do. 3 things about this park stand out: Nice, new camp store, rest room and shower complex. Nice, huge equipment barn that keeps all of their gear out of site. And a very advanced water treatment system. Nice fishing pond though I did not catch any and lost my line. It rained all Friday night and most of Saturday. Saw some interesting RVs here: a Prevost, an Earthroamer XVLT, a Toyota Chinook and a Thor ACE. This is a nice campground to stop at along the way to somewhere. The staff was very friendly. -MBC
The Breeze @ Fburg KOA.
04/25/2014, Lake Anna State Park, VA. We got a late start and it was supposed to rain so we did not bring the toad. Julie joined me on this trip. It was also the Virginia Campers spring rally. It rained like cats and dogs all the way down. Didn t stop until we got to our spot. We got set up and went to the Friday night get together. Saw some old faces and met some new ones. On Saturday we had a leisurely breakfast, did some fishing (I caught 1 sunfish), and took a nap. That night we went to the pot luck dinner and chinese auction. We took salad, bean salad, trailer lights, a heated cup and coal. We came back with pancake mix, syrup, shot martini and wine glasses. Sunday morning I hiked a few miles, we ate, packed up and went home. Great weekend. Even if I did get told 2 days earlier that my contract was ending in a week and I dented the RV bumper. -MBC
05/10/2014, KOA Virginia Beach, VA. This was a special trip. 1. My son John was getting married. 2. Julie came along on this trip. 3. It was the first time that I brought along the Saturn Vue as a toad. We had some technical toad issues before we got on the road. We took I95 I295 US460 VA58 I264 I64 to get there. The toad performed flawlessly. The wedding ceremony was very different. Performed by the J.P. of Virginia Beach. There were only about 18 of us there. We had a nice dinner afterwards. I wish the best for John, Ruth, Josie and Jillian. Julie and I relaxed and saw the sights on Sunday, then headed back on Sunday night. This was the 25th trip for The Breeze. -MBC
05/29/2014, Front Royal RV Campground, VA. Trip number 6 of 2014. Since I was in between jobs I decided to go and visit the only campground near Front Royal, VA that I had not yet been to. This is a former KOA. In fact, the road it is on is still called KOA Drive. And it looks a lot like a KOA. It is run by a nice couple that do a number of things well. However, a number of things need to be done to this campground to make it great again. There is no 50A service, the tenting area looks like no one has been back there in years, the fishing pond is a marsh complete with trash and old tires. And the trail leading to it is nearly impassable. So the wifi was good, the cell service was OK and my dish tailgater found 2 out of 3 satellites. This campground was OK but not grat like it probably was at one time. -MBC
06/21/2014, Montebello Camping and Fishing Resort, VA. Trip number 7 this year. I was worried about the weather as well as the roads coming down here. But the rains held off and and I had a decent trip. Im glad that I took the Blue Ridge Parkway as I only had to endure VA56 for about 3 miles. It was windey and hilly. As for the campground it was about 55 sites, mostly trailers, popups and tents. I only saw 1 other class C. The owner told me that people did bring 40 foot RVs here. I found that amazing. Anyway, the campground was nice. The bathrooms and store looked like they belonged to a KOA. Everyone was nice. I even met some AT thru hikers at the store. Unfortunately, it is about a 5 mile hike to the AT, some of it along VA56. So I had to pass on hiking there. The only thing that I didnt like about this campground was that my site was configured strangely. The water, electric, sewer and picnic table were all on the same side and spaced widely apart. So I could not hook up to the sewer. Oh well, Ill dump before I leave. I ll try making a fire tonight, fishing and taking a walk tomorrow. Then, head home. -MBC
07/19/2014, Ramblin Pines Campground, Woodbine, MD. Trip number 8 this year, 27th overall. Took The Breeze to Ramblin Pines Campground so that Julie and I could have hamburgers and hot dogs with my cousin Ron and his wife Sherry. Nice campground, about 225 sites. They have all the amenities. It rained on Saturday night but we still managed to have a nice fire. Definitely a nice weekend. I would return here. -MBC
08/12/2014, Lake Fairfax Park, Reston, VA. Trip number 28. This is a the second time that I have been here. Last time was a cold weeknight. This time was a rainy weekend. I did get to hike a 2.6 mile round trip to the new Wiehle AVE metro station. Nice hike. But because of the rain we couldn not go fishing, we could not have a fire and we could not cook hot dogs and make smores. Julie showed up but my niece and nephews did not. So this trip was a washout. However, a bad day camping is still better than a good day at work. -MBC
09/12/2014, Cunningham Falls SP Manor Area Campground, MD. Trip number 29. Left work Friday afternoon and drove to the Manor Area. I last camped here in a tent in January, 1996. Thats 18.5 years ago. Looks like it has not changed much. About 50 sites, some with electric. Tomorrow I will drive to Morgantown, PA and hike 8.2 miles of the Horse-Shoe Trail with Terri Moore. Not sure where I will end up. But this weekend I will spend Friday night in MD, Saturday night in PA and Sunday night in VA. On Saturday Terri Moore and I hiked 8.2 miles of the Horse-Shoe Trail and 2 miles from the trail to her house. We had steak and beer afterwards. It was good. -MBC
10/10/2014, Shenandoah Valley Campground, Verona, VA. This was the fall rally for the Virginia Campers. I drove the RV to work on Friday, 10/10, then drove down to Verona via I66 and I81. Traffic was bad until I got past Centreville, VA. Didn t get to the campground until about 7:15. It then started raining. It rained all night and intermittently all day Saturday. On 10/11 we took a group picture in front of a waterfall at 11, then had a pot luck dinner and chinese auction between 6:30 and 8. I did a bit of hiking in between. Sunday, 10/12- Had biscuits and gravy and heard a preacher at an interdenominational service, went fishing and caught a catfish in their pond, none in the Middle River. Chilled the rest of the day, watched football. 10/13- Leisurely went home. This marks the 2nd anniversary of my RV experience. Amazing. I ve seen some neat places in these last 2 years. Hope to see more in the future! -MBC
10/18/2014, John Calabrese' Driveway, Fredericksburg, VA. 10/18- Julie had a glass show in Fredericksburg this weekend. Drove The Breeze down to John s on Saturday morning, visited a bit, got a ride over to the expo center by John s wife Ruth. Helped Julie for awhile, took her car home to get some clothes for her, came back and ate dinner at Carrabba s, then went back to Johns.
10/19- I made pancakes for everyone for breakfast, then Julie went to the show. I did some paperwork, packaged some MRE s, did some hiking in the woods next to Johns house, watched the Redskins for awhile, then went to the show and helped Julie pack up. Her sales were so-so for this show. But, as usual, the RV excursion was great! -MBC
11/07/2014, Brunswick Family Campground, Brunswick, MD. Drove the RV to work Friday, 11/7, then drove to Brunswick Family Campground, MD. This campground has about 50 sites. My site had 20/30 amp and water. The roads are gravel. My site, though level, was grass only. The main activities here are fishing, hiking, biking, rafting and tubing. This campground appears to be run by the town of Brunswick. The bathhouse was clean. This campground has handicapped facilities. In order to get to this campground you have to drive .75 miles along the C and O canal toepath. It is narrow so if another vehicle comes along from the opposite direction, some compromising is in order. There is an active train track just beyond the toepath so bring earplugs. And the website URL is riverfrontcampground.com, which is a bit confusing. My Dish Tailgater worked fine and Verizon cell service had 2 bars. This was a nice campground for a quick getaway trip. -MBC
12/15/2014, KOA, Natural Bridge, VA. This is the first entry from my week long road trip to Mayberry (Mount Airy, NC). I got the oil and antifreeze changed on The Breeze. I then took I66 to I81 to the KOA in Natural Bridge, VA. On the way down I stopped at the Route 11 potato plant and got some purple sweet potato chips. Not crazy about them. However, Shenandoah Valley Campground (The one in Mount Jackson, not Verona, VA) and Shenandoah Caverns are within walking distance. Possible weekend getaway? I passed another campground at New Market and a Lee-Hi Campground (I will have to check that one out). I got to the KOA at Natural Bridge around 1:30 PM. Nice place. The Tailgater didn t work again! On to Mayberry tomorrow. -MBC
12/16/2014, Mayberry Campground, Mount Airy, NC. This was the first time that The Breeze went to NC. Nice campground. Bathrooms were fair, good wifi and cable. Spent half a day in Mayberry and had a nice time. The only negative thing about this park was that it did not have a picnic table at any of the sites. But that is OK. The weather was fantastic! It has been in the 70s the last few days. I think I picked a good week for this trip. One more night to report. -MBC
12/18/2014, Madison Shenandoah Hills Campground, Madison, VA. I stayed here 2 years ago this month. And since Heavenly Acres Campground in Stanardsville, VA was closed for the winter I stayed here again. This was the most expensive campground on the trip! It was a KOA last time I stayed here. It is a Good Sam campground now. Like last time the staff was friendly, the wifi string, cell coverage good. And my Dish Tailgater worked. The bathrooms, though dated, were large and clean. Tomorrow it is back home to reality. This was the longest (5 days, 4 nights) and farthest (600 miles) trip that The Breeze has taken me on so far. -MBC
01/14/2015, Prince William Forest RV Park. 4th time I ve stayed here. This was the first place that I camped in an RV. So its a special place for me. There was a dusting of snow on the ground, which made it look neat. The staff was friendly, the bathrooms clean and the WiFi was strong. I wish that I had time to hike here tomorrow. However, I have to fill out paperwork for a new job. But I ll be back! -MBC
02/08/2015, Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA. I ve stayed here countless times while car camping, motorcycle camping and now RV camping. The weather was very good (high 53, low 43) for February. Everyone told me to do something fun on my birthday. So I did. I went camping! The Dish Tailgater did not work, the Turk powered OTA antenna did not work, I never fully got the fire to work. However, Julie and I had a nice time and spent some quality time together. -MBC
03/27/2015, Luray KOA, VA. Left work early to get to my March trip. For this month I chose KOA, Luray, VA. It s north of Luray and looks to be part of a farm. It also looks to be fairly new. The office was nice and looked like a modern office. The campground itself is beautiful. It has sites up on a hill that make satellite reception very good.
The only downers of this trip were that my site wasn t quite level, the bathroom had 2 out of 3 toilets out of order (possibly frozen pipes) and the weather was dreadfully cold. They have a pool, billiard room, cows, llamas and goats. You can see the animals from your campsite. I ll have to compare it to Outlanders Campground where I m going next month. -MBC
04/19/2015, Small Country Campground, Louisa, VA. This was the first night of an 8 night RV road trip that will culminate with the Virginia Campers Rally in Luray, VA on 4/24-26/2015. The first night we stayed at Small Country Campground in Louisa, VA. They honored Passport America on a weekend for a 26.50 rate. At least 200 sites, they have all the amenities. The owner was a Mr. Small and he was very active in overseeing the camp store and later the mini golf course, which was recently completed. We enjoyed it even though Julie always beats me at mini golf. Good wifi and cell signal. They have a small lake that, even though I did not catch any fish, was very picturesque. Overall I had a nice time here. The only thing that did not make it a perfect day was that I had toad issues at the beginning. I had everything from no hot power plugs when the vehicle was in the acc mode (which rendered my brake assist unit not usable) to the toad turn signals not working to one headlight being burned out.So Julie had to drive the captiva all over Virginia for this trip. -MBC
04/20/2015, KOA, Charlottesville, VA. We spent days 2, 3 and 4 of our 8 day journey here at KOA C-Ville. Small but very nice campground. About 70 sites, 50 of which can accommodate an RV. They have all the amenities, the staff is very friendly and I haven t tried the fishing pond yet. About the only negatives that I can think of id that Verizon and ATT cell service is 1 bar or less and that there are no major attractions close by. You have to drive to everything. We did the Monticello/Mitchie Tavern yesterday. Had a great time. We tried to find some wineries but a number of them were either closed on Mondays or open by appointment only. We plan on doing the downtown C-Ville today and try the wineries again. Not sure where we ll be tomorrow. But it looks like 340 North Campground north of Waynesboro. I went to a great seafood restaurant there years ago. I think it was called something like Captain Sam s Landing. So I want to try it again and 340 North is the closest campground to it. -MBC
04/22/2015, North 340 Campground, Waynesboro, VA. We are staying here tonight. This is an older campground located just north of Waynesboro. It may be a former KOA. At least 356 sites. Rate charged was 37.91. They have all of the amenities except no cable. Luckilly, my satellite dish worked and Verizon cell service had 3 bars. We also had a nice dinner in town at the Green Leaf Grill. Thanks RJF7G for the recommendation. The only negatives encountered were 1. I asked for a full hookup site and paid for a full hookup site. However, when I got to the assigned site there was no water hookup. The office was locked so I called their office phone number and told them about it. A nice lady came to the site and directed me to the next site over, which had a water hookup. Though it was smaller the site worked and my dish worked. So all worked out. Julie reported that most of the ladies room stall doors did not have locks on them. I checked the Mens room this morning and they did not have locks on the stall doors either. Strange. And the full time resident percentage looked to be greater than 50 percent. That resulted in a lot of vehicular traffic in and out of the campground at various hours. So this was a good campground with room for improvement. -MBC
04/23/2015, Shenandoah Valley Campground, Mount Jackson, VA. This is the last on the road review from our 8 day RV journey before the Virginia Campers Rally at the Outlanders Campground in Luray, VA on 04/24-26/2015. We are at the other Shenandoah Valley Campground. The one in Mount Jackson, VA. This is a relatively new campground. Only about 44 sites, including a snack bar, propane service and new, clean restrooms. The staff is very nice and helpful. The campground is convenient to I81 and is within walking distance of the Route 11 potato chip factory and Shenandoah Caverns. The Passport America price was 26.50. About the only negative that I can think of about this campground is that you can hear road noise from I81. But a pair of ear plugs can fix that problem quickly. This is a nice place to spend a weekend. -MBC
04/24/2015, Outlanders River Camp, Luray, VA. We spent the weekend here as part of the Virginia Campers Rally. 33 RV sites, about the same number of tent sites. Very scenic, very new and very nice facilities. The rally was also very nice. The weather was not. We got cold rain on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. We didn t catch anything while fishing, we got some OK gifts at the Chinese auction and, as usual, there was great food at the potluck. The only downer was that I got a speeding ticker while out driving around. -MBC
06/11/2015, Bethpage Campground, Urbanna, VA. Trip number 42. We initially had some toad electrical issues but got them straightened out and made the 120 mile trek to Bethpage Campground. This is the biggest campground that I have ever been to. About 1200 sites, it also has 231 cable channels and a boat/RV wash. And the drive along US17 and VA28 was very relaxing. The only downside about this trip was that it was hot as hell. On Friday, 06/12/2015 we went to explore Urbanna and Reidville and toofk a river cruise. On Saturday, 06/13/2015 we hung around the campgroundfished, swam, relaxed, played mini golf and ate ice cream.And on Sunday, 06/14/2015 is was back home again. -MBC
06/23/2015, Walmar Campground, Dillsburg, PA. Very hot day and interesting campground. Left Manassas around 12 noon and got to the campground around 3 oclock in the afternoon. I called earlier that day to verify that I still had a reservation since I left a voicemail the previous Friday and no one returned my call. A nice lady answered and said to pick any site, then go to the camp host at site 31 to settle up. So I did. The camp host was not there. So I hooked up and my cable did not work. So I set up the dish. Anyway, this place is a collection of rental houses, houses for sale, lots for sale, RV sires and tent sites. In my opinion, the tent sites looked the best. So if I get the dish working I will be happy. However, with no working cable and high grass at my site this campground only gets 1 star. -MBC
06/24/2015, Kings Campground, Dillsburg, PA. This is another campground that I checked out for users of the Mason-Dixon Trail. It is about 1.5 miles north of where the M-DT crosses US15 at Century Lane/Cabin Hollow Road south of Dillsburg, PA. 72 sites, all have water and 30/50A service. The electric hookups looked fairly new. No sewer, but they have a dump station. No cable or wifi. The rate is 30.00. Here are the pros and cons of this campground:
Pros- friendly staff, good Verizon cell signal, nice pool, bath house and hot showers.
Cons- No sewer service. You have to use the dump station. It s a bit confusing here as this place goes by the names Kings Campground and Kings Kids Campground. No cable or wifi but but I had a dish and a hot spot . I was a bit apprehensive about staying here as the campground does have a religious affiliation. However, no one tried to hard sell me to convert or goto any meetings. So I was happy. Of the two campgrounds that I have stayed at this week, this one is the better of the two. -MBC
07/08/2015, Elizabeth Furnace Campground, GW/JNF, VA. I had hiked and backpacked this area for over 20 years but never had stayed in this campground. So when I when I decided to check out 2 campgrounds that were close to home and that I had not stayed at before this one was first on my list. Here are the pros and cons:
Pros- Only 14 dollars a night, very nice camp hosts, nice bath house with warm showers.
Cons- No water, no electric and no sewer. You have a water pump, some privies, flush toilets and a dump station. Some of the new water fountains did not work.
I think that RV s up to 35 feet could fit in here. If you get a site close to the road, you hear road noise. If you get a site at the back of the campground, you are in danger of flooded if Passage Creek rises. Pick your poison. Anyway, this is a nice place to hike, backpack and chill. No cell phones work here. No satellite dishes work here. No over air antennas work here. It is truly back to nature here. -MBC
07/09/2015, Cedar Mountain Campground, Culpeper, VA. I am not sure how to begin this review. This campground looked like it was once a nice campground. But now it has fallen on hard times. About 60 sites. Some have W/E/S. No one was minding the campground when I arrived. I had to call a phone number that was painted on the wall of the bath house. I was told by a nice lady to occupy a certain site and someone would be around to collect the money. So I did. There was trash all over the site. I had to take a black plastic trash bag and filled it half way up with trash. There were 2 travel trailers on each side of me. Both were dirty, run down, had pieces missing and hoses, cables, trasj and insulation strewn around them. One had at least 2 junker cars behind it. When I went to hook up my sewer line I opened the cap and there was compacted feces 2 inches below the cap. I should have left right then. But I didn t.
I got all set up and got the dish working. The 30A connection was on a weathered log, has no front plate, no containment box, no cutoff switch and was exposed to the elements. The maintenance man came around a few hours later to collect the money. He was very nice. However, when I complained about the trash he said that the full timers created the trash. He also said that their manager had recently left and that was why he was collecting the money. So later I took a walk around the campground. It was bad. The tenting area looked like it had not been maintained in years. The urinal in the mens room was broken. There were about 20 full timers here. Some had nice looking RVs and sites. Some did not. They had a nice fishing pond but it looked tough to get to because of the high grass.
3 positives that I will say about this campground were that both of the employees were very nice, though did not appear to agree with my observations, offer solutions or apologize for the condition of the park. And the site numbers were well marked with big signs. (I hit the max length). -MBC
07/22/2015, Endless Caverns RV Resort, New Market, VA. After the last few googie campgrounds that I have stayed at this past month I needed to go someplace nice to camp. And I am glad that I stayed at Endless Caverns RV Resort near New Market, VA the night of 07/22/2015. The weather was a bit cooler than it had been. The place was immaculate. Passport America rate was 22.00. The staff was friendly. And they had every amenity except cable TV. But the dish worked and one can get OTA reception from Harrisonburg, VA. This campground is built into the side of S Massanutten MTN. It is terraced with large stones separating the 300 sites. The pool was nice...and cold! The bathhouses were clean and modern. The campground was only about 10 percent full on a Wednesday night the 3rd week of July. There is pizza delivery available to this place. I took the caverns tour. I was the only person there so I had a private tour. I am happy that some good campgrounds do exist. And Endless Caverns is one of them! -MBC
08/26/2015, Gettysburg Battlefield Resort, Gettysburg, PA. This is part of a 4 (maybe 5) night, 5 (maybe 6) day loop of PA and MD. I sat through a 2 hour timeshare beat up session here earlier this month. So, as a result, I got 1000 dollars worth of free camping. This was my first night using it. It was really free! My site was slightly unlevel. But that was OK. I pointed downhill and was able to sleep with my head higher than my feet. I liked this campground. It had clean, modern restrooms. The wifi was good. No cable or sewer so I used my outdoor amplified antenna and got 10 channels. I used the dump station at the next campground (though they had one here). Nice fishing pond (though I didn t catch any), nice pool (though I only went in up to my knees) and nice campstore. Overall, I had a nice stay here. And I get to stay 29 more times in the next year. -MBC
08/27/2015, Otter Creek Campground, Airville, PA. This is night 2 of a 4 night, 5 day loop of PA and MD. I ve car camped here and backpacked into here a few times. But this is the first time that I have RV camped here. And it was great! This campground caters to hikers, bicyclists and boaters. It is at the confluence of Otter Creek and the Susquehanna River near Airville, PA. Both pit and flush toilets, which were clean. Laundry, camp store, pay showers and E/W. They have 2 dump stations. Staff was excellent. Didn t use the dish because of trees but I got 4 OTA channels with the amplified rotating antenna. Did some hiking while there and had a great time. The Otter Creek gorge is fantastic! 95 sites. -MBC
08/28/2015, Susquehanna State Park, Havre de Grace, MD. 69 sites, 8 have electric only.I got one of them. They have a picnic area adjacent to the campground and there are historic areas as well as the Mason-Dixon Trail close by. The bathhouses are first rate and are close to all sites. My only complaints are that the trails in the park could be better marked and my site wasn t quite level. But this is a nice park for hiking, boating or just getting away. These were nights 22 and 23 spent this year. -MBC
09/16/2015, Seneca Shadows Campground, Seneca Rocks, WV. Nights 24, 25, 26 and 27. Julie and I arrived on Wednesday, 9/16 mid afternoon. The 130 mile trip was rough as we had to go over Great North Mountain on WV/VA55. Anyway, we made it, got set up, explored the visitors center and had dinner. On 9/17 we did Seneca Caverns and Spruce Knob. On 9/18 we did an Indian Festival in Franklin. On 9/19 we did Cass Scenic Railroad, the NARAO and went to Parsons. We then went home on 9/20. Seneca Rocks is right across the street. Pros and Cons of this campground:
Pros- Friendly staff, lots of hiking, climbing, canoeing, fishing, antiqueing and getting away from it all.
Cons- No cell service, no wifi, no satellite dishes, no OTA. I only had 30A at my site. 20A was broken. Since there is no cell service in this area, public phones are a must. However, a number of them (including the one in this campground) did not work. This is an outdoorsmans campground. If you cant break free from the bonds of Internet slavery, this place isnt for you. Total trips since 2012 are 51. -MBC
10/14/2015, Heavenly Acres Campground, Stanardsville, VA. 44 sites, E W S available. Very nice campground. Nice setting. Has RV and tent sites as well as basic, deluxe cabins and cabooses! Here are the Pros and Cons:
Pros- Friendly staff, 2 bars for Verizon cell service, outhouses have flush toilets.
Cons- Dump station was out of order, my electric box had no 15A outlet so I could not plug in my ceramic heater, not all of the sites were numbered. These were not major issues, IMO.
So I liked this campground and probably would return again some day. Night 28 in 2015, trip 52 since 2012. -MBC
11/11/2015, Greenville Farm Campground, Haymarket, VA. It was 3 years ago last month that I made my first RV trip in The Breeze to this campground. So 53 trips and 6000 miles later, I returned. Somewhere around 160 sites. About 20 have E W S. This is a working farm. Not many activities close by. But the scenery is nice, satellite dishes work well in the W E S area. And they have a cell tower disguised as a silo so Verizon cell service is good. No wifi. Not a lot has changed at this campground since I was here in 2012. And I like it that way! 38 dollars for E W S. No discounts offered. -MBC
12/09/2015, Prince William Forest RV Campground, Dumfries, VA. My December, 2015 trip was at Prince William Forest RV Park. About 76 sites. Fire pits only at 2 sites. You can bring your own portable fire pit or rent one from them. You can t bring outside wood to this park. I did some hiking, just chilled and ate a lot. I experimented with my Dish and OTA antenna. I got 50 channels on the Dish and 44 on the OTA. So it looks like I ll be cancelling Dish. Anyway, this is an older park but it has just about all of the amenities. I like it. -MBC
01/07/2016, Gettysburg Battlefield Resort, Gettysburg, PA. I took the RV up to Gettysburg Battlefield Resort to camp for the nights of 1/12-13/2016. I had 29 more free nights to camp so I took advantage of it. Man, was it cold! Temps were 20/43 on Tuesday and 18/31 on Wednesday. I m not sure if there were any other campers there. I had internet, satellite and OTA so I was fine. It was a balmy 65 degrees in the RV during my stay. I m going to try and do some hiking today so we ll see how far I get in the cold. -MBC
02/28/2016, Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA. I picked 2 nice, warm February days to camp here. The weather was great, I had a BOGO coupon, I had a great fire the first night and I had 43 OTA channels. The only bad thing about this trip was that I AGAIN could not get the Dish to work. I asked at the office and for next year and they told me which sites were best. I hiked about 2 miles up and 2 miles back along the Bull Run-Occoquan Trail, which was muddy as hell. ?? sites, friendly staff. They have made numerous improvements to this park in the off season such as frost free water spikots, wooden posts around all power pedestals new gravel on a good portion of sites. I had a nice time and I m glad that I got all 3 local campgrounds this winter. -MBC
03/22/2016, KOA Harrisonburg, VA. I had to decide quick on a trip that was close, open and had full hookups so I could de- winterize. So I went to KOA Harrisonburg. Actually, it s in Broadway, VA and a few miles south of Endless Caverns Campground where I camped last year. About 100 sites including primitive campsites, this one has all of the amenities that KOAs have. The staff was friendly, cable was OK, the OTA antenna did not work and, after about 3 hours, I got the Dish to work. There was a hiking trail that went up to the top of Massanutten Mountain. I got about 2/3 of the way up and got too tired. So I came back down and got 2 hours of hiking in. In closing I had a pleasant stay here and would return again. -MBC
05/31/2016, The Cove Campground, Gore, VA. I wasn t sure what to expect when I made a 2 night reservation at The Cove. I read mixed reviews and my girlfriend and nephew, who accompanied me, were not that impressed. However, I saw a diamond in the rough here. Below are my pros and cons:
Pros- Sportsman s Paradise. If you shoot, fish, ATV or hike, this place is for you! Pristine setting between 2 mountains with numerous lakes. Close to Tuscarora Trail and Great North Mountain.
Cons- Our site wasn t level. We were supposed to have an electric and water site. However, our water spigot was a common water spigot malfunctioned numerous times during our stay. The final 2 mile approach to this campground is not for the faint of heart or people with vehicles that they really care about.
So being an outdoors person I liked this campground and may return some day.
PS- This is the 50th campground that I have visited since I got The Breeze. -MBC
06/22/2016, Sherando Lake Campground, Lyndhurst, VA. This was part of a 2 day trip. I was a bit scared about making this trip. We had bad thunderstorms the day before I left. And they were calling for more rain between midnight and 6/24. Well see. Anyway this is the first time that I have been to Sherando Lake in about 12 years. The first time I tent camped. And I caught some fish in the bigger lake. Since I am retired now I need to cut back money wise so this time no fishing license, no ice and no worms. The first half of the day has been great. Its not hot out, the scenery is nice and again, they raked my campsite before I arrived. So Im just going to chill tonight and ride out the storm. Tomorrow its onto KOA Walnut Hills Staunton, VA, then home. (No cell service, wi-fi or cable. Satellite worked at site C16. Did not try OTA.) -MBC
06/23/2016, Walnut Hills Staunton, VA KOA. I tent camped here about 15 years ago. Now Ive RV camped here. About 150 sites, nice lake, friendly staff. The sites are a bit tight but the grass is well kept and you get a fire ring. Also 30A/water/sewer/cable. It was surprisingly crowded for a Thursday night.
This latest 2 day trip saw a lot of rain. However, a bad day camping is better than a good day at work. -MBC
07/27/2016, Gettysburg Battlefield Resort, PA. This was my 4th and probably final stay here. I got 30 free night here but my 1 year time period expires next week. Again, staff was nice, spot was right next to the bath house, pool was a welcome relief on a 100 degree day. The best thing about this trip was the firewood. It was by hotsticks.net and made a very nice fire! Cell service was very good but the wi-fi appeared to be overloaded, couldnt connect. -MBC
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