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Here 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

Buzzard Rock Trail, VA
Buzzard Rock Trail, VA
Buzzard Rock Overlook, VA
Buzzard Rock Overlook, VA

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

07/12/2013, Shenandoah Crossing, Gordonsville, VA. Trip 12, Campground 13, 15th night camped so far in 2013. Recommended by Bill on (which no longer exists). Got out of work late and traffic was bad most of the way. Got here around 7:30 PM. Only had a short amount of time to eat and get set up. Took a guided hike on Saturday morning. It is now around noon. I plan to do some fishing and some swimming. Nice campground. Bad technology weekend. Wifi did not work (again) So I am just taking it easy.

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

10/14/2013, North Fork Resort, Front Royal, VA. Trip 16, campground 17, 21st night. Since I was in between contract jobs I decided to take The Breeze out for a camping trip. This is another one of those timeshare type of campgrounds About 400 sites. Most had an RV on them but not all were occupied. Nice staff. Going fishing in the morning. Only downer to this trip is that I forgot my food. I had to walk to a country store about 2 miles away. All that I have to eat right now are Spam, Pop Tarts, Vienna Sausages and Slim Jims. Oh, well. I have now owned The Breeze over a year! -MBC

11/10/2013, Aquia Pines Camp Resort, Stafford, VA. Trip 17, campground 18, 22nd night. I chose to stay here for the November trip because it was very close to a new contract job. Got here around 2 PM. The site that I was assigned to was in the woods and secluded. It had water and electricity. I got Wifi logins but it didn t work. So I created a Wifi hotspot with my phone. Cable was not available in the woods. So I walked the perimeter of this 135 site campground in about half an hour. I ate, finished a book about the Barefoot Sisters hiking the AT, and just chilled. Temps were in the high 60s during the day. But they are supposed to be in the 30s tonight. I m going straight to work tomorrow so we will see how that works out. -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

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