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Here are some trip logs and images of places that I have RV camped between 01/15/2020 and present:

01/15/2020, Prince William Forest RV Campground, Dumfries, VA. Visited one of my basecamps today. The weather was great for January. The Breeze performed flawlessly as usual. The only issue was that the park WiFi did not work very well. It was super slow and I didn't get that much done computerwise. I think that this campground needs some infrastructure work. But it was great to be camping in The Breeze again! Sorry but I forgot to take some images on this trip. -MBC

04/28/2020, Mike Calabrese' Driveway, Manassas, VA. I had not been able to RV camp since January, 2020 and was going stir crazy. I had reservations at two campgrounds that I had kept pushing forward in hopes that this COVID-19 lockdown would end. I had enough! So I decided to RV camp in my driveway!

Around mid day I drove the RV around the block to keep everything mechanical in working order. We call our RV 'The Breeze'. Then I set up and, after dinner, I went out to the RV to enjoy the rest of the evening. I am lucky that I can park my RV next to the house. Julie opted to sleep in a nice comfy bed that night.

I had all the conveniences of home: Heat, water, electricity, internet and 42 over-the-air TV stations. All that I lacked was a sewer hookup. But that was easilly overcome by either running into the house, using the woods or using a 'pee bottle'.

Later on I watched some TV, 'geeked' a bit on the computer, read a bit, listened to my NOAA weather radio, then went to sleep. I kept the insde RV temperature around 60 degrees. It got down to 47 degrees around 4AM.

The next morning I got up at 6:00 AM, went inside and started my daily routine. It was nice to do something different during this COVID-19 lockdown but still stay at home. I can't wait to go to a real campground and camp again. Hopefully, that will be this year. -MBC

'The Breeze' in our driveway
'The Breeze' in our driveway.
View from the RV
View from the RV.
Me at RV entrance
Me at RV entrance
By Julie R
Me 'geeking'
Me 'geeking'.
By Julie R
Me trying to sleep
Me trying to sleep.
By Julie R

06/09/2020- Outlanders River Camp, Luray, VA. I was supposed to join the Good Sam Potomac Dogwoods here in March, 2020. But COVID-19 got in the way. So I kicked that reservation forward to June, 2020 and went solo.

The trip out west to Luray, VA went well. Gas was $1.68 a gallon in this area so I filled up on the way home. There was road construction near the campground. I had to go past it, then turn around and go back.

On Tuesday, 06/09 I set up, relaxed, ate and had a nice campfire that night. On Wednesday, 06/10 early in the morning I fished the Shenandoah River. The current was strong. I got a few nibbles but my line kept getting swept downriver, then over to the shore. There was a lot of seaweed along the edges of the river. My line would get caught in that seaweed. I would then pull on the line. It would break and I would lose my sinker and hooks. This happened even with the largest sinker that I had. So after I lost everything three times I said 'Enough!'. I then went back to the RV and ate breakfast. Then I tried fishing in the campground fishing pond. I didn't even get a nibble. So I went back to the RV, ate lunch, took a nap, showered and just chilled the rest of the day. It was very hot on both Tuesday and Wednesday. The RV air conditioner condensation port was clogged. Water kept coming through the AC return duct. I had to place a big bowl under it and empty it every hour or so. It rained Wednesday night and cooled things down a bit. On Thursday morning, 06/11 I packed up and headed home.

This was a rustic but very nice campground. They have remodeled the bathhouse and added camping cabins since I was here last time. Water pressure was good. Electricity was OK but did go out for a second or two on Thursday morning. The staff was very friendly at this campground. AT&T cell service had only 1 bar. OTA TV reception was poor. No cable or Wi-Fi. It's amazing that wherever I go to RV camp the one OTA TV channel that always comes in perfectly is QVC. I had a nice trip. It was great to be RV camping again! -MBC

Outlanders sign
Outlanders sign.
'The Breeze' at ORC
'The Breeze' at ORC.
The obligatory campfire
The obligatory campfire
Sunset over New Market Gap
Sunset over New Market Gap
Shenandoah River
Shenandoah River.
Sunrise over Skyline Drive
Sunrise over Skyline Drive.
Storm clouds to the west
Storm clouds to the west.
Path at campground
Path at campground.
Cat jumped into my lap
Cat jumped into my lap.
Fishing selfie
Fishing selfie.

06/19/2020- Candy Hill Campground, Winchester, VA. This is the third time that I have camped here. And the second time with the Good Sam Club Virginia Dogwoods Chapter. This is a very nice, yet not too expensive campground. I was apprehensive about being in a group setting for the chapter meeting because of COVID-19. About half of us wore masks. And we did practice social distancing.

I didn't do much activity wise on this trip. I really wanted to eat lunch at a Sonic Drive In close by. So after walking about a half a mile to get there I was shocked to observe that it had become a Dunkin Doughnuts. I then started to walk to the Walmart in this shopping center because I figured that they may have a McDonalds inside. When I almost got to the Walmart entrance I looked back towards US50 and noticed a Bojangles Restaurant. So I went there. The restaurant was closed but the drive through was open. So I walked up to the drive through and ordered some chicken which I then walked back to my campsite and ate. I bet that this restaurant changes it's name in the future.

So I did a lot of reading, napping, geeking and just lounging around on this trip. It was a nice weekend. If you want to learn more about camping with the Potomac Dogwoods, please visit their website at: .


Sign for Candy Hill Campground
Sign for Candy Hill Campground.
'The Breeze' @ Candy Hill
'The Breeze' @ Candy Hill.
Next door neighbors
Next door neighbors
Sonic became a Dunkin
Sonic became a Dunkin.
The famous Candy Hill Trolley
The famous Candy Hill Trolley.

10/03/2020- Cozy Acres Campground, Powhatan, VA. Julie and I decided to drive to Cozy Acres via I95/I295/I64 instead of VA28/US29/US522. Bad decision. There was a tractor trailer accident on I95 between Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA. Traffic was stopped for awhile. So a 2.5 hour trip ended up being about 4 hours. But we made it and joined the Good Sam Club Potomac Dogwoods Chapter for a weekend RV campout at Cozy Acres Campground in Powhatan, VA. This was a nice campground. It had about 120 sites and was surrounded by the Powhatan Wildlife Management Area. There were 3 fishing ponds and a few hiking trails. The campground management made chili to go for campers for customer appreciation weekend. For this trip we arrived on a Saturday and left on a Monday. The staff was friendly and the camp store had many neat antiques. I also brought my

water filter and hooked it up for the first time. It worked great and the water tasted fantastic. I will be doing a product evaluation on this water filter on my blog


OTA TV reception was good, 39 channels, AT&T cellular reception was poor, 1 bar or less and there was no cable or Wi-Fi. But we had a very nice weekend staying at Cozy Acres Campground in Powhatan, VA.  -MBC

Sign, Cozy Acres Campground
Sign, Cozy Acres Campground.
'The Breeze' @ Cozy Acres
'The Breeze' @ Cozy Acres.
RV Water Filter Store filter
RV Water Filter Store filter.
Potomac Dogwoods sign
Potomac Dogwoods sign.
Fog on fishing pond
Fog on fishing pond.
Sign & old tractor
Sign & old tractor.
By Julie R

12/01/2020, Lake Fairfax Park, Reston, VA. This was the 4th time that I have RV camped here. Nice campground even though the sites are electric only. I stayed at the same site as I did last time. There were 2 reasons why I went RV camping in December: 1) I hadn't been RV camping since October, 2020; 2) I wanted to re-recon some trails at Lake Fairfax Park because we got lost on a

POPUMC Hiking Group

hike in October, 2020 and ended up hiking only 2.5 miles instead of 4. It was COLD during this trip. My RV called The Breeze performed well as usual. I got 60 OTA TV channels. AT&T cell service had between 2 and 3 bars. No cable or wi-fi at this park. The only problem on this trip was that the 120 VAC outlet on the power pole was broken and I couldn't use my ceramic heater. Thankfully, I had enough propane on board to keep me warm for 2 days. I explored the trails that we missed in October and I think that I can keep us from getting lost next time. IMO they need to better blaze, have better signage/informational kiosks and better trail maps for this park. At least I got to go RV camping 5 times in 2020 (6 if you count 1 night spent in my driveway). 2020 will always be remembered as the year of COVID-19. -MBC

Lake Fairfax Park sign
Lake Fairfax Park sign.
'The Breeze' at LFP
'The Breeze' at LFP.
Day 1 Sunrise
Day 1 Sunrise.
Neat trailer from New Mexico
Neat trailer from New Mexico
Perimeter Trail
Perimeter Trail.
Old Trail Marker
Old Trail Marker.
Nonstandard Trail Blaze
Nonstandard Trail Blaze.
Bridge over Colvin Run
Bridge over Colvin Run.

02/23/2021, Prince William Forest Park RV Campground, Dumfries, VA.   People thought that I was crazy for wanting to RV camp in February. I am and I did. I picked the two warmest days so far this year to go RV camping. "The Breeze" performed flawlessly as usual. I did a four mile hike: two miles from the campground to the PWFP scenic drive and then two miles back to the campground. I saw the flagging for a future North Valley Trail relocation and extension. I also wanted to find the Florence family cemetery since it was on the path that I was hiking. But I forgot the coordinates. They installed new power pedistals and finally placed fire rings at all sites at the campground. However, the campground WiFi is still wide open and not secure. And the campground website still has the obsolete and unsecure Flash element on it. But I'll be back.  -MBC

Me and 'The Breeze'
Me and 'The Breeze'.
Fast melting snow
Fast melting snow.
Muddy Burma RD
Muddy Burma RD.
Burma RD & Scenic DR
Burma RD & Scenic DR.

03/19-21/2021, Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA. I've lost track of how many times that I have camped here. This time Julie and I RV camped here with the Good Sam Club Potomac Dogwoods Chapter. 22 of us on this campout. This one was hosted by the Moores. We got to hear from our new president Steve Fox for the first time. We voted to remain a Good Sam Chapter and they accepted my proposal to rescue their website, which was abruptly taken down by the previous webmaster in January, 2021. The present URL for the site is: .

Once I establish a new account for these guys and purchase a domain their site it will be: .

Julie and I hiked, cooked hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill, made s'mores and just chilled. We had a good time here. -MBC

Old GM Bus
Old GM Bus.
Dogwoods Meeting
Dogwoods Meeting.
'The Breeze' at site 147
'The Breeze' at site 147.

04/16/2021- Ramblin Pines Campground, Woodbine, MD. This was the start of a one week, three campground event for me. Julie & I hadn't been here since July, 2014. This time we were with The Potomac Dogwoods chapter of the Good Sam Club. The trip here was stressful due to US15 being closed at Point of Rocks, MD. So we had to take I66->I495->I270->I70 and some back roads to get there. Our site (TR4) was way too small. It was cold and windy around the campground on Friday night, 4/16. We had a charity hike for CASA on Saturday, 4/17. My cousin Ron Calabrese and his wife Sherry came by for lunch. We also fished (I caught 1 small sunfish!). Julie went home on Sunday. I stayed until Monday. Then it was onto...

Friday night campfire 1
Friday night campfire 1.
Friday night campfire 2
Friday night campfire 2.

04/19/2021- Little Bennett Campground, Clarksburg, MD. I also hadn't been here since 2014. I left Ramblin Pines Monday morning, 4/19 and drove to the Clarksburg Outlet Mall. Got some Lindt chocolate. I had a tough time finding a place to eat afterwards. Found a Mexican food truck and had some great shredded meat fahitas. Got the RV setup. Only myself and wagonmaster Ray Michael and his wife Linda at this Good Sam Potomac Dogwoods outing. Had a great campfire each night. We did a nice 3.6 mile loop hike on Tuesday, 4/20. Went home on Wednesday, 4/21. Then, 2 days later I went to...

'The Breeze' at site D63
'The Breeze' at site D63.
Canned ham food trailer
Canned ham food trailer.

04/23/2021- Candy Hill Campground, Winchester, VA. This was the third leg of the three in one week for me. I met my son Andrew at the campground. We drove around Front Royal, VA, got a great pizza to go from the Melting Pot in Front Royal, returned to the campsite in Winchester, ate it and then had a nice campfire that evening. On Saturday, 4/24 we fished the Shenandoah River where US 50 crosses it near Millwood, VA. Nice place but each of us snagged our lines and lost our hooks and sinkers 3 times. So we caught nothing here. We went to the Shen-Valley flea market near White Post, VA, drove to West Virginia, got some ice cream, then waited out the rain. It was fun camping with my son Andrew. Sunday we said our goodbyes and went home. There was an issue with the entrance stairs on my RV called The Breeze. I'll have to get an estimate for fixing them. The Breeze has been very costly to operate lately. I think that it's time remaining is limited (like mine!) -MBC

Shenandoah River looking north
Shenandoah River looking north.
US50 bridge E over Shenandoah River
US50 bridge E over Shenandoah.
Shenandoah River looking south
Shenandoah River looking south.

05/21/2021- Small Country Campground, Louisa, VA. New owners, some improvements. Did this one with the Good Sam Club, Potomac Dogwoods Chapter. Got here on Friday, 5/21/2021, had campfires on both Friday and Saturday nights. Played mini golf on Saturday. They have a nice course. It didn't get as hot as it was supposed to. Went home Sunday. Had a nice time. 3 maintenance issues: wi-fi did not work, not all cable channels worked, the restrooms had broken locks and toilet seats, the owner would not let us take the site closest to the lake. And it sat vacant all weekend. So only 3 stars this time.

The Breeze @ Small Country
The Breeze @ Small Country
Playing mini golf
Playing mini golf.
Panoramic view of camp meeting
Panoramic view of camp meeting. By Julie R

08/21/2021- Kings Dominion KOA Camp Wilderness, Dosewell, VA. More than 300 sites here. It took us 2.5 hours on I95 to make the 1 hour trip. But we made it, got set up, saw some of our fellow Potomac Dogwoods and then ordered a pizza from . First time that I ordered food via . It was fairly easy. We had a campfire on both Friday and Saturday nights. It didn't rain like it was predicted. We thought about going to Kings Dominion but elected to just stick around the campground and chill. Had a nice time. I have to start thinking about what I am going to do as far as replacing The Breeze or just getting out of RV'ing. -MBC

The Breeze @ KDKOA
  The Breeze @ KDKOA.

Panoramic view of camp meeting
                Panoramic view of camp meeting. By Julie R

09/17/2021- American Heritage RV Park, Williamsburg, VA. About 150 sites. 2nd time here, again with the Potomac Dogwoods. We didn't 'toad' this time. Went to Brewsters for ice cream on Saturday, very good. I was told that we have one of these in Manassas, VA so I'll have to check it out. We had a great fire and gathering on both Friday and Saturday nights. Weather was good. We mostly just chilled this trip. The awning fabric needs to be replaced on my RV called "The Breeze". Not sure about my RVing future. The bathhouse was being remodeled last time that we were there. It still wasn't finished 2 years later. So only 3 stars this time. -MBC

American Heritage sign
  American Heritage sign.
'The Breeze' @ American Heritage
  'The Breeze' @ American Heritage.
At the group fire
  At the group fire.

10/03/2021- RV Boondocking at Burke Lake Park Campground, Burke, VA. I had tent camped many times at Burke Lake Campground but I had never RV camped there. So I decided "What the heck!" And I spent a Sunday night there. I arrived at around 1:00 PM just as the Wash Foot Team / Atlanta Falcons football game was starting. I listened to the game on a portable radio. I didn't see any other tents or RV's there that afternoon. I did see a 35 foot travel trailer come in to use the dump station. But no one else. It was a muggy 80 degrees out. I had two small D battery powered fans that kept the air circulating inside the RV. I lived off of a large peparoni pizza from a new Marcos Pizza location in Manassas for most of my time there. I caught up on alot of paperwork, read and then retired. Washington won! On Monday morning I hiked this 100 site campground, packed up and went home. BTW, there were only three campers here last night: a family in a pop-up, a guy in a tent and me. If you have a pop-up, travel trailer, class B or class C RV that is 25 feet or less in length, this is a nice place to camp in the spring or in the fall. No hookups but they have a dump station. And at $30 to $35 a night (these are 2021 prices), it's a good deal. - MBC

Empty Campground
Empty Campground.
My site number changed
My site number changed.
Stink bugs!
Stink bugs!
The Breeze at BLC, VA
The Breeze at BLC, VA.
Battery Powered Fan #1
Battery Powered Fan #1.
Battery Powered Fan #2
Battery Powered Fan #2.

11/17/2021- Greenville Farm Family Campground, Haymarket, VA. 4th time here, 1st time in 5 years. This was the best day weatherwise in November to camp. On Wednesday, highs in the 60's, low of 51, Thursday, highs in mid 70's. It's great RV camping during the week. No crowds, no traffic, no crowded campgrounds, no clowns. I camped in the forested area this time. Verizon cell coverage was 2-3 bars, picked up 30 OTA TV channels. This area could use some maintenance. 2nd campground I've been to this year that still has telephone hookups (and I doubt that they work anymore). -MBC

Empty campground
Empty campground.
'The Breeze' at Greenville Farm
'The Breeze' at Greenville Farm.
Telephone Network Interface
Telephone Network Interface
Cover was on ground
Cover was on ground.

12/15/2021- Shenandoah River/Guest State Park, Bentonville, VA. Returned here after 7 years. What's amazing is that the night time temperature last night dropped to 48 at 10:30, then it was 52 at 1:30, then 50 when I got up at 6:00 AM. Highly unusual for December in VA. I had a very nice weekday stay at this park. About 10 of the 31 spaces were filled. 3 or 4 by tent campers! Here are my pros and cons for this campground:
Pros- Most site parking areas are up to 60 feet long; Lots of space between sites; Quiet at night; Well laid out design; Lots of trails.
Cons- No full hookups; No Verizon cell service; No OTA TV reception. -MBC

Sign at entrance
Sign at entrance.
View from my site
View from my site.
View of my site
View of my site.
The Breeze at SRSP
The Breeze at SRSP.
Nice Picnic table/fire ring
Nice Picnic table/fire ring.

03/18/2022- Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, VA.This was the first campout in 2022. Julie and I joined the Good Sam Club Potomac Dogwoods Chapter and spent the weekend at Bull Run Regional Park. We didn't do alot activity wise. We just chilled. The weather was perfect! We didn't use any air conditioning all weekend in my RV called The Breeze. We only used the heat on Sunday morning. I made pigs in a blanket and cheesy bread for the pot luck dinner. Had a bunch of good conversations with people that I had not seen since last fall. 39 channels OTA, Verizon cell coverage was 2 bars, fair. This was a good weekend.  -MBC

The Breeze w/ awning out
The Breeze w/ awning out.
The Breeze w/ awning in
The Breeze w/ awning in.
Dogwoods member board
Dogwoods member board.
Group meeting, left view
Group meeting, left view.
Group meeting, right view
Group meeting, right view.

04/01/2022- Camp Cardinal RV Resort, Hayes, VA. This campground has had three different names in the last year. But the new owners were very nice to us. A lot of construction projects going on at this campground. Due to certain circumstances we did not go to the daffodil festival. But we did go to the new Machicomoco State Park which was only about 10 minutes from Gloucester, VA. This state park pays tribute to the various Native American tribes that inhabited various areas of Virginia. They have about 9 miles of trails, a very nice campground and an old mansion on the property that is being restored. It was a cool weekend but the Good Sam Club Potomac Dogwoods Chapter had 8 rigs turn out. Verizon cell service had two bars and 5G. OTA TV reception had 44 channels. We "toaded" home for the first time in about five years.  -MBC

The Breeze at site 31
The Breeze at site 31.
Potomac Dogwoods cozy
Potomac Dogwoods cozy.
State Park Entrance sign
State Park Entrance sign.
Along the Interpretive Trail
Along the Interpretive Trail.
The perfect tree
The perfect tree.
Timeline Structure
Timeline Structure.

05/16/2022- Glen Maury Park and Campground, Buena Vista, VA. You get what you pay for in life. We paid only $17.50 a night using Passport America to stay at the Glen Maury Park Campground. We stayed here three nights in order to get to the KOA Natural Bridge, VA campground by 05/19/2022 for a Potomac Dogwoods Good Sam Club gathering. While here we hiked portions of the River Walk and Chessie Trails, visited downtown Buena Vista and Lexington and visited Natural Bridge State Park. Here are the pros and cons of this campground:

Pros: Great price, friendly staff, 30 and 50 A electric, hiking opportunities, Verizon had 4 bars, AT&T had 2 to 3 bars, clean rest rooms, grounds were well taken care of, Wi-Fi available.

Cons: Shared water spikots, no OTA reception, not certain but no full hookup sites observed, not much to do in Buena Vista, the full timer percentage was close to 50%.

Even with these shortcomings we had a nice stay and I think that this would make a nice stopover while traveling through the area.  -MBC

Glen Maury P/G Sign
Glen Maury P/G Sign.
Fresco on wall
Fresco on wall.
Maury River, VA
Maury River, VA.
Different view of fresco
Different view of fresco.
The perfect tree
River walk sign.
Natural Bridge, VA
Natural Bridge, VA.

05/19/2022- KOA Campground, Natural Bridge, VA. Been about 8 years since I last stayed here. They have expanded and improved this campground a lot since I was here before. Temps were in the mid 90's both Friday and Saturday so we laid low and only did the Natural Bridge Caverns. They were OK but not as good as Luray. Lots of nice class B RV's here. I like them but do not like the wet bath in them. So I guess I'll stick with a class C. I only have about 25 more blank pages left in my RV trip log. Once it's filled up, I believe that the RV journey will be over. -MBC

The Breeze @ KOA Natural Bridge CMPGND
The Breeze @ KOA
Natural Bridge CMPGND

06/22/2022- Prince William Forest Park RV Campground, Dumfries, VA. I've lost track of how many times that I've RV camped here. But I made my annual pilgrimage here today. At $40 the price was right. The campground was about 75% full. About half of these were full timers. The middle of the week is the time to RV camp! I survived a bad storm last night. And my RV called The Breeze kept me high and dry and did not get blown away. I'm going to write the superintendent of Prince William Forest and complain about the Wi-Fi not working properly and the website for the campground which still has broken Flash images on it. These have been issues for a long time. The campground employees tell me that the park service has to fix these things. So I will ask them to. -MBC

The Breeze @ PWFPRVC
 The Breeze @ PWFPRVC.

09/09/2022- Madison Vines RV Resort & Cottages, Madison, VA.
Over 100 RV sites and 14 cottages. Good Sam rate was $53. Both AT&T and Verizon had 3-4 bars. Julie wanted to get away for the weekend. So we made a list of 5 or 6 campgrounds and this one won. Third time here for me. New owners that have invested a lot of $$ into this place. And they have done a great job. The campground office, which they call the resort reception center, has an interior that looks like my credit union. And the bathrooms look like they should be in a five star hotel. Here are my pros and cons:
Every site is full hookup.
The grounds, while still in development, look immaculate.
They have basketball, volleyball, pickleball and badminton courts.
They didn't answer the phone when I called nor return my call.
The reservation app they have is one of the worst that I have ever used.
They no longer sell propane.
They no longer have a nature trail.
So while it was a good rv camping weekend, there were a few shortcomings. But we had a nice time and this campground has improved a lot since the new owners took over. -MBC

Madison Vines sign
Madison Vines sign.
Campfire & 'The Breeze' @ site 310.
Campfire, 'The Breeze' @ site 310.

09/29/2022- Dogwood Acres Campground, Newville, PA.
92 RV sites, 5 cabins, 2 trailers and 4 tent sites. We had never been here before. Good Sam Rate was $59, Passport America rate on Thursday was $28.50. Camped with the Potomac Dogwoods Chapter of the Good Sam Club. Very nice owners. AT&T and Verizon only had 1-2 bars. Knowing that the remnants of Huricaine Ian would cause issues on Saturday and Sunday, we did our activities on Friday. Went to the huge Walmart in Shippensburg, hiked a small portion of the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail and fished in the pond at the campground. I caught three sunfish and Julie caught one. Sure enough, it rained all day Saturday and Sunday. Here are my pros and cons on this campground:
Most sites were full hookup.
The fishing pond was well stocked.
They had frisbee golf, a dog park, bocce and basketball courts.
Nice views of the surrounding mountains.
Wi-Fi was good and strong.
The bathrooms were clean but cramped and had no hooks to hang your stuff on.
The cable did not work on all sites. And at my site, I only got a few local channels that were all sub channels of channel 14.
About 40% of the RV sites were occupied by full timers. Though most of their sites looked cluttered, they were clean.
As usual the Potomac Dogwoods group had a nice pot luck dinner and breakfast. Most of the area activities were cancelled because of the remnants of Ian. Overall we had a pleasant stay and I would consider staying here again if in the area. -MBC

More information about the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail, PA

Campground sign
Campground Sign.
The Breeze @ site 20
The Breeze @ site 20.
Rail Trail sign
Rail Trail sign.
Rail Trail
Rail Trail.
Trailhead location in Newville, PA
Trailhead location in Newville, PA.
Trailhead Restrooms
Trailhead Restrooms.

12/07-08/2022- Aquia Pines Campground, Stafford, VA.
About 100 sites, Full Hookup, Electric Only, Tent Sites, Group Campsite, Rustic Cabins, Deluxe Cabins. 3rd or 4th time that I've stayed here. The rain stopped after I arrived, the high was 60, the low was 51. Great camping weather, Verizon had 5 bars and 5G, OTA TV had 44 channels. I walked across the street to the Nissan dealer (whose name has changed 3 times in the last 7 years). Not many vehicles there. Walked back to the campground & had a Cherries and Cream Ale at the onsite brewery. Very good. Then I just chilled for the remainder of my time there. All was good except the water didn't work in the bathroom sinks.  -MBC

Me & The Breeze
   Me & The Breeze.
   By Mike Calabrese
My RV The Breeze
   My RV The Breeze.
   By Mike Calabrese

03/31-04/02/2023- Powhatan and Pocahontas State Parks, VA.
This is both an RV and a VA State Parks Trail Quest trip log. Julie and I wanted to stay at Powhatan SP as we had never been there. They were full for this weekend so I booked us at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield, VA, which is just south of Richmond. About 190 sites, we were on site 20, 50 OTA Channels (I think that's a record!), 1-2 bars on both Verizon and AT&T, Verizon was 5G. All sites were water and electric only.

It was a bad weather weekend. It rained from Friday evening through noon on Saturday. Then it was very windy all Saturday afternoon. Then we got severe thunder storms with hale on Saturday night. So outdoor stuff was off the table. We relaxed on Friday night, then, on Saturday, drove about 37 miles to Powhatan SP to check it out. Only 29 campsites there but they were nice. This park reminded me of Machiamoco SP in Hayes, VA. I'm at 16 VA State Parks visited now, 25 more to go.

After returning to Pocahontas SP and taking a nap we went to the local Marcos Pizza and got a Works pizza on Saturday night. I bought firewood but we didn't have a fire due to the rain & wind. It was very cold on Sunday morning. During this trip we learned about the Huguenots and their influence on the Richmond, VA area. BTW, I was born in Richmond, VA but do not remember many details about the first four years of my life there.

The weather was not great this weekend but we made the most of it and had a nice time. Remember: a bad day camping is still better than a good day at work!  -MBC
Rating:  (This rating is for the campground at Pocahontas State Park, VA)

Me @ Powhatan SP, VA
   Me @ Powhatan SP, VA.
   By Julie R
Me @ Pocahontas SP, VA
   Me @ Pocahontas SP, VA.
   By Julie R
The Breeze @ The Pokie
   The Breeze @ The Pokie.
   By Mike Calabrese
Canoe launch @ Powhatan
   Canoe launch @ Powhatan.
   By Mike Calabrese

04/20-04/23/2023- Rockahock Campground, York River State Park, VA.
This is an RV, Fishing and VA Trail Quest log. Julie & I took the RV to Rockahock Campground in Lanexa, VA on 04/20/2023. Thursday was a great day to travel as traffic was light. This campout was sponsored by:

The Potomac Dogwoods Chapter of the Good Sam Club.

We got a pizza to go from a local parlor on Thursday night. It was very good! We just chilled on Friday and went to the onsite restaurant called The Angler on Friday night. It was also very good. On Saturday morning I fished the Chickahominy River and caught 3 small Blue Gill (Two of them at the same time) which I returned to the river. I used night crawlers that I purchased at the campground store. Julie and I then visited York River State Park in Williamsburg, VA as part of the

Virginia State Parks Trail Quest Program.

I have now visited 17 of the required 41 parks as of this date. We had a group breakfast and lunch, then hunkered down for the rain storms on Saturday afternoon. I watched the DC Defenders/San Antonio Brahmas XFL football game during the storm. DC won :) We had a group breakfast on Sunday morning. We then survived the I95 torture track on the way home. I witnessed two vehicles traveling over 100 miles an hour and were probably racing each other and an overturned tractor trailer in the southbound lanes south of Fredricksburg that was backing up traffic the other way for many miles. Here are the Pros and Cons of this campground:

Pros: Beautiful scenery; a boaters/fishermans paradise; Friendly staff; Level sites; 69 OTA TV channels (a new record!)

Cons: Unsecure, slow Wi-Fi; Cable had 21 snowy channels; Bathrooms cleaned only once while there; Verizon had only 1 bar and not usable as a hot spot; AT&T had 2 bars and was usable as a hot spot; no tent camping allowed here.

I noticed that Ed Allen's Chickahominy Lake Campground is right up the street. I'll have to try that one in the future.  -MBC
Rating:  (This rating is for Rockahock Campground, Lanexa, VA.)

   By Mike Calabrese
Sunset, Chickahominy River
   Sunset, Chickahominy River.
   By Julie R
Vintage RV @ Rockahock
   Vintage RV @ Rockahock.
   By Mike Calabrese
2 of 3 fish that I caught
   2 of 3 fish that I caught.
   By Mike Calabrese
2 of 3 fish that I caught
   Our RV 'The Breeze'.
   By Julie R

05/19-21/2023- Misty Mountain Camp Resort, Greenwood, VA.
This was 2nd time that we RV camped at Misty Mountain. The first time was in 2018. Again, we were with the

Potomac Dogwoods Chapter of the Good Sam Club

Nice campground, friendly staff; Verizon and AT&T each only had 1 to 2 bars service wise; They had cable but I couldn't get it to work. Either their cable is bad or my TV is bad. I'll test my RV TV at home when I get a chance. No OTA TV reception; The air conditioner in the RV was hard to start. If that goes, it's game over. Also, Julie said that my rear driver side wheels were "bouncing" on the way home. I'll have to check that out.

We didn't do a lot this trip. We drove up the street to Septenary Winery at Seven Oaks Farm where I bought Julie a bottle of wine. Next we drove west about 8 miles on US250 and then drove north on Skyline DR from Waynesboro to the third overlook. It had been a long time since either of us had been on the drive. It was nice. I don't know why but I didn't take any images on this trip. However, Julie took some images of me and my new buddy. Don't worry, he's stuffed.  -MBC
Rating:  (This rating is for Misty Mountain Camp Resort, Greenwood, VA.)

Me & Mr. Bear
   Me & Mr. Bear.
   By Julie R.
My new buddy
   My new buddy.
   By Julie R.

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