If you are new to camping, here are a couple of good rules to follow.
1. Do not encroach on another's campsite.We hate nothing more than another camper taking a shortcut through our site. You're sitting outside reading or sleeping and a fellow camper comes lumbering through on their way to the shower, bathroom etc. This is just rude! Please, even if it's a little longer, go around.
2. Build your campfire properly and use properly cured wood, not wet or green wood. Build your fire with a large flat rock to the back to channel any smoke and smaller rocks on the side. Leave the front open to channel the incoming air that fuels the fire. You can still do this with poorly designed fire rings by propping the front and placing a large rock in the back. When finished with the fire, don't let it sit and smolder and unattended. No one likes smoke coming in their camper at night.
3. Dumping, even when you have a sewage hook up can be a smelly event. Don't do it when your neighbor is sitting outside trying to enjoy the fresh air. Make sure you are using a threaded fitting or a tightly fitted doughnut.
Just following these steps will help you be a good camping neighbor.
Florida Trip 2015
We left Georgia two weeks ago for our winter trip to Florida. Our first stop was a Walmart in Valdosta, Georgia. It had to be the busiest 24/7 Walmart in Georgia. We parked far enough back to stay out of the busiest part of the parking lot, but the lot was practically full until about 10 pm.
Our next stop was Ocean Pond Campground in the Osceola National Forests. It is a nice small park with only 19 first come, first serve electric/water sites. Upon arrival, there was a sign that said electric hookups were full. I walked down the street and found one where someone had just left and gabbed it fast.
We made friends with Helen and Ken (both in their 80's). They were from rural Maine and had lots of stories for us.
Before leaving, Sherrian noticed a small puddle of hydraulic fluid on the pad of the rear jack. Having no experience with a leaking jack. I had nightmares that my jacks and slides wouldn't retract. The older fellas in the campground helped ease my fears by telling me a small leak should not be a problem. The leak was at the top of the jack and I could fit in the tight space to see where it was coming from. At any rate, the old guys were right. Everything worked fine and we were able to hit the road.
Our third stop is the Salt Springs Recreation Area, about 30 miles from Ocala. It's in the Ocala National Forest. We will be here for one month (over the Christmas and New Year Holidays). So far, we are having a great time! We visited Juniper Springs, had a great breakfast buffet at Bass Champions and visited two flea markets. We also did a short bike ride to the springs in the campground and hiked to the canal that connects to Lake George.The canal is abundant with herons, egrets and turtles. We have yet to see the resident alligator or any manatees. Oh yeah! I almost forgot, Sherrian saw a bald eagle! I am keeping my eye out for a bear, wild hogs and turkeys.
This is our second visit to Salt Springs and have met many friends from last winter and made some new ones. By the way, we put the jacks down and our leak disappeared!
We are looking forward to more hikes and bike rides in the forest.
We love to travel in our 2021 Coachmen Beyond van about half of the year. Join us, if you will, to see where our adventures take us.