After getting the family settled back into Florida and waiting for the July 4th weekend to pass, we are back on the road again for the next two months heading north to the Maritimes.
Several false starts having to go back to the house when I remembered the passports and Billy’s vet records, stopped at the bank for cash and finally to the warehouse to drive the Mini up onto the tow dolly. We were ready to leave around 12:30, our usual leaving time!
Our plan is to arrive at Cymbria RV Park on Prince Edward Island July 16th to meet up with friends and spend the next month and half visiting PEI, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Still unclear about Newfoundland.
NIGHT ONE (July 6th)
Our first stop was Walterboro, SC about a five hour drive up I-95 and the usual place for us to stop. We stay at the NEW GREEN ACRES RV New Green Acres campground boasting the longest pull throughs and they are right. We pull in, hook up, settle in for the night and then leave the next day. The CG is right off I-95 so a site in the higher numbers is furthest away from the noise. Rate for full hook up $30.00.
NIGHT TWO (July 7th)
Hoping to put the 101 degree temperature behind us, we left New Green Acres around 9:00 – our usual leaving time – and picked up I-26 to Columbia then I-77 north. Destination tonight was Wytheville, Virginia and we stayed at FORT CHRISWELL RV PARK. This was a gem located right off I-81 on Exit 80. Coming N on I-77 take I-81 south and Exit 80 is right there. This park is nestled in the rolling hills of Virginia surrounded by fenced off pastures for cows and sheep. It was so peaceful here just minutes from the interstate. Paid $35, concrete pads, full hookups and great wifi! Succeeded in putting 101 degrees behind us – slept with windows in the RV open!
The drive up through the Shenandoah Valley was beautiful. The Virginia Mountains never fail to impress. Although we hit rain on and off, it was still beautiful surrounded by the mountains and green rolling hills.
NIGHT THREE (July 8th)
Moving ever north, our next stop was Carlisle PA where we stayed at WESTERN VILLAGE RV PARK. Again about two miles from the interstate, very convenient yet quiet. This is a beautiful CG will all kinds of facilities. An Amish girl came to sell baked goods. Got a small Shoofly Pie! Yum. Paid $43 for the site. Showers were fantastic. Would definitely stay here again.
NIGHT FOUR (July 9th)
So, driving up I81 we decided to stay on I-81 which was probably not our best choice. As we climbed to Wilkes-Barre, we hit construction for miles, slowed traffic for miles and fog, heavy at times for miles. When the skies did break the views were beautiful then quickly shrouded over with fog and rain. Around Scranton picked up I84 towards Albany. It wasn’t bad and I’m sure there was a better way to get here. We crossed into Vermont from Hoosick and stayed at PINE HOLLOW RV PARK in Pownal, Vermont about 6 miles south of Bennington.
PINE HOLLOW is a really nice small campground set back from Route 7 by about 4 miles in a secluded area, nestled in the woods with sites surrounding a small pond. Really liked the campground and wouldn’t mind staying here for a period of time. Not necessarily convenient for an overnight stop but we aren’t in a hurry so it was worth the side trip. Also it’s familiar ground for me and I enjoyed traveling south on Rte 7.
It was, however, the second afternoon I got drenched registering the MH. Both in Carlisle and here, the skies opened up as we approached the Checkin Office. Rain poured down from the roof and it was like standing under a shower. You never realize how long it takes the steps to open up when you open the door to the Mh until you’re standing under a deluge waiting to jump into the MH!
PINE HOLLOW was $33.50 night cash or check. Didn’t use the facilities so can’t comment on them but the grounds and appearance of this campground indicate everything is up to snuff – as do the reviews.
NIGHT FIVE (July 10th)
We stopped in Windsor VT to have lunch with friends at the Harpoon Brewery, one of our favorite hangouts when we spent the summer here. Our next stop: Danforth Bay RV Park in Freedom, NH.
NIGHT FIVE (July 10th)
Arrived in Danforth Bay RV park which is a world onto itself! This park is split between the lower area where transients and families camp (hence the 10,000 kids) and The Bluffs, an adult over 55 area but you need a minimum of a week to stay on here. Our friends and neighbors own a modular home on one of the sites in The Bluffs so we wanted to hook up with them for a day, get some things together for us before leaving the US and have a relaxing time before we’re back on the road.
Since it’s usually full, we were able to snag a water/electric site in the “Safari” area which in any other CG would be overflow. However, this is the most expensive CG yet – $48/night for E&W, in the $60’s for full hook up but if you want a place to stay for a bit, Danforth has it all – several pools, recreation areas, clean facilities and close to the wonderful lakes New Hampshire has to offer as well as Conway and Mt Washington. For us, it’s a respite, a place to relax and get our laundry done as we head out of the Great USA.