Lake Gypsy - Camping Trips for 2016

March 18, 2016 - Water's Edge RV Park, Newport, NC (453 miles)


We arrived about 3:00 after a 3-hour drive on Friday, 3/18 and quickly set up on a water and electric site (but we only needed electric as we were still winterized)  in between the bathroom and the pier.  Lots of permanent folks here, but very nice clientele.  It was a big u-turn to the right out of the campground and down to the bridge and over then back to the right to the hotel for the District 27 Change of Watch activities at the Doubletree in Atlantic Beach (20 mins).  We went back and forth dropping Luis off or attending activities and taking care of the new puppy Kaylee who did amazingly well on her first camping trip.  She liked it.  Monica did not attend as she had a DNO and activities with friends planned.  Liked the campground but no cable or wifi.  For the price we might as well camp at Cedar Pt. if only for a few days.  This would be nice with full hook ups if staying a week.  We departed on Sunday.  Other than change of watch activities we did not do anything other than camping and walking with the dog and eating at Carteret Cafe Sunday morning before leaving for home.

Notes: 
Bathrooms were nice and clean.  They also have heat and air conditioning.
The pier is nice.  It faces south (one of 3 in the Eastern US) so you can see the sun rise and set from the pier.
There are no fire rings in the campsites.
The common areas are nice but they also do not have any fire rings.
Some sites have full hook ups and others just water and electric. 

We stayed at Water's Edge RV Park Site D2.


April 29, 2016 - Country Boys RV Park Madison, GA (822 miles)

Luis and I drove to Madison from Raleigh at around 10:30.  Monica did not come with us.  Kaylee came.  When we arrived in Madison we checked in at Country Boy's RV Park.  There are many long term RVs there and a limited row of spaces for short term guests (spaces 53-62).  The campground is a bit like staying at a KOA.  You have a space with full hookups, WiFi, cable and they have a large restroom facility with nice showers.  Nothing scenic about the park and it's right off the highway.  All the guests are polite and the management is good.  One of the owners Cindy just passed away in April from brain cancer.  It was within 5 weeks of getting the diagnosis.  Very sad.

We woke up and took Kaylee for a long walk and spent some time with her before we went to Southern Cross for a morning ride.  Luis had Sally again (with the dent in her forehead).  I had Bella who was a bit sassy, but I liked her.  She was willing to move and galloped nicely.  We had an excellent ride as the ground was dry and we were able to run and trot alot.  When we finished the ride we had lunch at the ranch then went back to the campground to exercise and play with Kaylee and take her to a park to walk.  We couldn't find the park we were looking for and ended up just walking around the little town of Eatonton.  After that we went back to the campsite to shower and rest.  Then we went to Madison downtown and walked a bit and had a light dinner outside at a little downtown restaurant.  We stayed overnight and rode at the ranch again Sunday morning.  It had rained a bit Saturday night so while we weren't restricted to the pasture, we couldn't do any running today.  However, the temperature was perfect and it was still enjoyable.  We had a great relaxing weekend and will stay there again to go riding at the ranch.  At the ranch we rode the same horses both days and we enjoyed them.  Luis rode Sally and I rode Bella and we would request them again.
 
Notes: 
Restrooms were nice and clean.
Full hookups.
Great WiFi signal even out on the edge of the campground.
Sites are close together and have no privacy.
There are not picnic tables.
The cable TV pedestals are only in every other site.  So a longer coax cable (35 feet) might be needed depending on which site you are in.
 
We stayed in campsite 64.


May 6, 2016 - Hibernia Kerr Lake NC (110 miles)

Luis left Friday with the camper (he had put the boat up at the storage previously).  He set up and stayed the night while Pattie was finishing up some work and Monica had the Joy Prom and had invited Daren.  Kaylee and Pattie left Saturday to join Luis at Hibernia (Loop 2 site 97) at Kerr Lake.  We were meeting some RSPS members and Ed and Jean were going to ride in the boat with us.  Saturday it was still chilly in the a.m. and we had to wear clothes and coats on the boat.  When we drove across the lake to Flemingtown ramp we found out that the RSPS members could not put in the water because Kerr Lake was too high and the ramps were flooded.  Ed and Jean Bernal came along with us unfortunately we couldn't take anyone else.  The lake was calm and we had a very nice cruise to Clarkesville.  It was decided that we would eat at Lamplighters.  When we got to the town ramp it was "closed."  We still pulled in and docked.  However, we had to walk on the rungs of the fence near the end as the end of the dock was flooded and we were determined to get to the restaurant.  We had an enjoyable lunch and went up main street for a little walk.  When we got back to the boat we headed back.  We went by our campsite so we could pick up Kaylee and use the bathroom.  We took Kaylee on the boat and she had so much fun riding on the boat.  We took Ed and Jean back to the boatramp and we returned to our campsite.  We noticed that the flooding had increased over some of the sites and they were now underwater.  Luckily our site was not at risk.  Sunday we slept in.  We spent the day relaxing and hiking.  We went to Henderson and ending up eating at a Pizza Inn for dinner.  Monday we got up and slowly packed to go.  We had taken the boat to the storage site on Sunday.  So we towed the camper back to Raleigh to store in the yard.  The weather was so nice and it was so peaceful it was hard to leave.


Notes:
  1. Sites 94 to 97 have nice grills, new decks,  and access to the water.
  2. Site 93 has no driveway.  Sort of a drive through.  Park parallel to the road and get good view of the water.
  3. Sites 83 to 92 re not good for RVs.
  4. Site 82 is a double.  Very nice and good view of the sunrise.  Not too protected during storm season.
  5. Sites 80 and 81 is very private and level.  Very nice.  Not too protected during storm season.
  6. Site 79 very nice.  Level with a long driveway.  Very private.
  7. Sites 101 and 102 are nice.  Good water view and have a good boat beach.  Protected during storm season.
  8. Sites 107 and 108 are good for boating.   Protected during storm season.  Near boat ramp.
  9. Sites 109 and 110 are not good for boating.   Protected during storm season.  Near boat ramp.


June 10, 2016 - Howard RV Center Wilmington, NC (313 miles)

Took the R-Pod in to have the antenna checked since I could only get 3 channels on the TV.  Antenna is bad so they will have to order a new one.

July 1, 2016 - Occoneechee State Park (193 miles)

Luis and Pattie and Kaylee drove Friday and arrived in the early evening.  We set up camp at the best site with the most privacy for the level we had reserved.  We were not on the water, but we had a nice layout.  The site was really pretty and we enjoyed camping here, but there were gnats that were annoying in the evening.  It was hard to get in and out of the camper door without letting them in.  We did great strip steaks on the charcoal and they were delicious.  

Saturday we woke up early and went hiking on their trails which were great.  Kaylee loved the long hike.  We saw an adorable little box turtle.   Part of an old plantation is on the property and it was neat.  There isn't much left.  Also, some terraces from the gardens.  This is a Virginia State campground.  We drove to Clarksville while Kaylee took her nap and had lunch at the new West Side Deli.  It was very good. After lunch we picked up Kaylee and our tandem kayak and went for Kaylee's first kayak trip.  She loved it.  We stopped on the shore to swim a bit and she kept attacking the waves and trying to bite them.  It was very funny.   We did hamburgers on the grill for dinner.

Sunday we walked around the campground with Kaylee on the roads because it had rained a lot during the night,  We returned to the deli for lunch again.  We hope they do well and stay.  We primarily returned because they kept saying the day before how good the chocolate pie was and then they couldn't cut it because it was still too hot and not set.  So we had to return so Luis could have the pie.  It was very good.  It was raining in the afternoon so it was the perfect time for a Game of Thrones marathon to finish re-watching Season 1.  We reheated the leftover hamburgers for dinner.  

Monday morning it had rained again, but was primarily dry when we were packing and our visor and slide cover had dried.  

We returned to Raleigh. 

Notes:
  1. C campground is nicer than B campground.
  2. Blue site C-7 is very private and level.
  3. Blue site C-16 is nice.
  4. Orange sites C-29 to C-34 are very nice waterfront sites.  There is no water access. 
We stayed in campground C site C-7.


July 13, 2016 - Howard RV Center Wilmington, NC (260 miles)

Took the R-Pod in to have the antenna replaced.  I can now get 42 channels on the TV while in the driveway.  

July 23, 2016 - Campfire Lodgings, Asheville, NC (577 miles)

We arrived on Saturday and set up camp.  Site D9 is the best site!  We had view and shade.  Not far from the bathhouse.  Pierrie's and Arthur's were there too.  Debbie and Amy had arrived Friday night to tent camp.  They did not join us for dinner as they had their own food.  The first night was a group meal and Carina and Ezra came too.  After the meal we noticed our AC was not working.  Luis went to troubleshoot and one of the probes to his voltage meter was missing.  Luckily with his knowledge, and assistance from the Facebook group he was able to figure out that 2 40-amp fuses had blown.  He replaced them and thankfully all was working!

The next day, Sunday, we went with Carina and Ezra and Deb and Amy to Second Falls off the Blue Ridge Parkway.  It was a great hike about 20 minutes downhill to the falls.  The water was icy and no-one chose to swim.  Kaylee was with us and provided power assist to Monica for the 20-minute hike back up the hill to the parking lot. Deb and Amy had to head back to Raleigh.  We returned to town just in time to go to the Asheville Tourist game.  The Pierrie's and Arthur's joined us for the ball game.  It only cost us four cans each of food and $1 to upgrade to shaded seats.  It was fun even though the Tourist's lost.  We regrouped at the campground for leftovers.

Monday we went tubing with Zen Tubing with Pierries and Arthurs.  Carina and Ezra did not join.  Overall it was a nice relaxing day.  Pattie did manage to get her phone wet which made for an interesting couple of days.  We also got some sunburn in some areas.   We had a reservation to go to the La Zoom Comedy tour.  The Arthur's and Pierrie's joined us.  It was great fun.  

Tuesday we slept in and went for a nice long hike with Kaylee in the backwoods of the campground.  Much to our surprise we encountered a mountain lion.  All Pattie could say was OMG OMG and started backing down the trail quickly.  Luis did not see it, but could tell from my face that now was not the time to question but to just follow quickly.  Luckily it was surprised to see us and apparently not interested in hunting us.  Later  after recovering from that excitement, we went downtown to 12 bones for lunch.  I have to say the Blueberry Chipolte ribs were very disappointing.  They just tasted like salt.  We shopped a bit downtown and returned to relax at the campground.  We had our first experience making mountain pies.  Teresa and I found that blueberry, pecans and chocolate morsels in  the Texas Toast bread make great mountain pies. 

Wednesday we hiked to Devil's Courthouse with Carina and Ezra, which is a very nice cool walk up a hill inside a lush canopy of greenery.  Kaylee provided the power assist again to Monica.  I had to stop and rest a few times on the hike up as it was very steep and elevation was higher than we are used to.  It was a clear day with a beautiful view.  You can see four states, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. We shopped in the Blue Ridge Parkway store.  Then back in town we went to a phone store and Pattie got a used Iphone because she didn't think her phone was coming back to life. 

Thursday we went to Maggie Valley with the Arthurs and Pierries to the Wheels of Time motorcycle museum.  It was a very interesting collection.  We ate in a local cafe nearby and the Arthurs and Pierries headed further and we shopped briefly in Maggie Valley and headed back to the campground to spring Kaylee from her kennel.
 
Friday the Pierrie's, Arthurs and us went downtown to shop in Asheville and we (Luis and Pattie) visited the Sky Bar. 

Saturday the Pierrie's packed up and we were going to meet the Arthurs at the Cider Place.  We headed downtown to hang out a bit more.  Sally called to say they got kicked out of the campground because she did not have the reservation to Sunday as she thought.  Carina and Ezra joined us at Neo Burrito and we went to the cider place.  

Sunday we packed up and came home to Raleigh.

Another great vacation!  
PS My phone came back to life when I plugged it in again at home. 

 

Notes:
 
  1. Sites P1 through P8 have incredible views (specially during sunset).  They are on the edge of the cliff which does leave you exposed to the winds.  There are also no trees so n very hot days you would have no cover.
  2. Sites D9 through D15 have trees behind them so the views are limited.  They do have a lot of tree cover which is nice during the day if spending the day outside.
  3. Sites D16 through D19 are not the best but are still nice.
  4. The WiFi coverage seems to stop around D13.  So if Wifi is important, do not stay in D14 or D15.
  5. The road up to the campground is long and narrow.  Rigs going in the opposite direction would be a challenge (but doable).  To avoid problems, they discourage late departures.

We stayed at Campfire Lodgings Site D9.



September 9, 2016 - Croatan National Forest - Cedar Point Recreation Area (342 miles)

This year we had great weather for the Bear Island event.  The weekend started on Friday afternoon setting up camp at Cedar Point Campground in the Croatan Forest.  This year we had 5 people camp out.  Mark and Beth Haskell from Durham camped in their Class B camper, Luis and Pattie in their R-Pod travel trailer, and Debbie (Pattie’s sister) in a tent.  Friday evening we (the campers) met Wilbur and Morgan for dinner at the Swansboro Food and Beverage Company.  We enjoyed a great meal and spent some time getting to know Mark and Beth and catching up with Wilbur and Morgan.  

On Saturday morning we had a group of 9 people (the 7 above plus Art and Sandra).  We headed out to Bear Island.  The trip out was nice and uneventful.  Beth and Mark met us on the island because they had a special Hobie kayak with a mast.  They launched at a boat dock and were much quicker using the wind.  Once on the island we ate lunch and hung out in one of the gazebos for a while enjoying the island breeze and each other’s company.  Around 3:00 PM we headed back to Hammocks Beach State Park.  On the way back, the wind and the currents helped and it felt like the trip only took half as long as the trip out.  Saturday evening, Wilbur and Morgan graciously invited everyone to Morgan’s father’s house which is on the Intracoastal Waterway.  We enjoyed the view, gorgeous weather, cicadas, wine, fellowship and pizza.

On Sunday morning we went our separate ways.  Luis and Pattie went to the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.  Mark and Beth went exploring on the trails next to the campground along the sound.  Debbie headed back to Raleigh.  Monday morning, the rest of the campers left Cedar point…what a great time!

Great trip.  Always love going to Bear Island! 

Notes:
All the campsites are nice with 30 and 50 amp service.
There is water at the dump station and between a few sites, but not at each campsite.
Campsites 1, 2, and 4 are very nice and private with shade.
Campsites 5, and 8 are very nice but have little or no shade.
Campsites 6, and 7 are very nice and private with shade.  These are also next to water spigots.
Campsites 9A, 9B, and 10 are very nice and private with shade.  These would also be good for group camping.
Campsite 11 is very nice and private with shade.  It is also next to a water spigot.
Campsite 12 is very nice and private with shade.  It is also next to the bathrooms so it would be good for dry camping.
Campsite 14 is very nice and private with shade.  It is also next to a water spigot.
Campsites 15 through 23 are nice but far from the bathrooms.
Campsite 24 is very nice and private with shade.
Campsites 26A, 26B, and 27 are very nice and private with shade.  These would also be good for group camping.  Site 27 is also next to a water spigot.
Campsite 29 is very nice and private with shade.  It is also next to a water spigot.

 We stayed in campsite 7 in loop A.


September 29, 2016 - Country Boys RV Park Madison, GA (768 miles)

Luis and i left Thursday around 2:00 to head to Georgia for some riding at Southern Cross.  We arrived at Country Boys RV (where we had a reservation) and set up.  Weather was perfect and we walked Kaylee.  She was so good in the car.  Friday we awoke to more beautiful weather and walked Kaylee before heading over to the ranch to go horseback riding.  We were assigned Tater (Pattie) and Clue (Luis).  The weather was the most gorgeous of any time we have ever gone.  It was cool when we arrived and perfectly dry.  We went with a guide (just the two of us).  We got to trot, and canter a lot due to the perfectly dry trails.  The best! We saw several deer.  Our guide Alex said that you cannot get lost because you just tell the horses to go the opposite direction than they want to and then give them their heads about 10-15 minutes before you want to be back and they will bring you there.  After our ride we had a bit of time to head over quickly to the rv park to let the dog out for a quick walk before lunch.  Then we headed to the dining room for a delicious lunch.  After lunch we headed back to the barn for the afternoon ride.  We rode the same horses and finally decided to do a solo ride.  It was fantastic and we really enjoyed not having a guide and still were able to find good places to trot and canter.  We saw three armadillo's during this ride.  Something different we had never seen.  We enjoyed the dinner meal and headed back to the RV park.  Kaylee was happy to go for more long walks before we retired.

Even though Saturday Oct. 1 was originally marked as a blackout day, they told us we could ride on Saturday.  So we moved our Sunday ride to Saturday.  We walked Kaylee and went over for our morning ride.  It was another gorgeous day.  I got Tater again, but Luis got another horse, Ms. Fatty.  Not sure where the name came from because she was not.  We went off on our own again and enjoyed the ride immensely.  Tater seemed to prefer to follow Ms. Fatty instead of lead so Luis lead the trail ride.   

We would definitely ask for these horses again.  I loved Tater and Luis liked Ms. Fatty the best but also Clue was great.

Sunday we slept in then packed up and headed for home.  It was nice having no ride in the a.m. so we could head home and arrive at a more reasonable evening time.  It is about a 6 hour drive. 

Notes: 
Restrooms were nice and clean.
Full hookups.
Great WiFi signal even out on the edge of the campground.
Sites are close together and have no privacy.
There are not picnic tables.
The cable TV pedestals are only in every other site.  So a longer coax cable (35 feet) might be needed depending on which site you are in.
 
We stayed in campsite 55.

October 9, 2016 - Campfire Lodgings, Asheville, NC (522 miles)

Originally we booked this weekend when we thought we might not be able to go to Asheville later in the month.  It was somebody's cancellation and it was only available starting Sunday.  However, this worked for the absolute best for us as Hurricane Matthew blew through Raleigh on Saturday and it was great we were not trying to drive.  So after the storm it was nice to be heading to Asheville on Sunday.  Our new friends from the RSPS Jim and Mary Roman joined us at Campfire Lodgings with their tent.  This was the first time we had a premium site, because this was the only one available.  However, this time of year where the sunshine was not an issue as the temperatures had dropped it was very nice.  We were able to look out of our camper in the morning to observe the sunrise and fog in the valley.  Very pretty.  We also had amazing sunset views from our campsite.

We arrived on Friday for the 2:30 check in around 4:00.  We set up in the gorgeous weather and Jim and Mary came down to hang out.  Pattie and Mary ran down to Ingles to do some quick shopping for a few items.  We did a dinner of mountain pies with assorted savory contents such as ham and cheese, followed by dessert pies.  Saturday we were able to hike in the morning and be lazy and then meet Carina and Ezra for lunch at the Asheville Pizza and Brew Company.  We had their buffet which was delicious.  Luis was working so we headed back to our campsite so he could finish up.  When he finished we went with Jim and Mary for a ride to nearby Beaver Lake Park with Kaylee where we hiked about two miles around the lake.  We saw a fruiting tree and Mary identified it as a type of Dogwood called a Kousa.  I did not know there was such a variety.  The fruit are edible but I did not realize that until we were far from the tree.  So I did not get to take any fruit to try.  If it's still fruiting later this month I'm going to eat some.  We reconvened at our campsite where we had a nice bonfire and made more mountain pies.  You are only limited by your imagination when it comes to mountain pies!

Sunday we awoke to a beautiful pink sunrise with fog across the valley which dissipated to fog over the river and then it was gone and it was another beautiful sunny, blue sky day!  We broke down our campsite and headed back to Raleigh by lunch after making sandwiches and having a picnic at our table overlooking the valley.  It wasn't too sad knowing we will be back in two weeks! 

Notes: 
  1. Sites P1 through P8 have incredible views (specially during sunset).  They are on the edge of the cliff which does leave you exposed to the winds.  There are also no trees so on very hot days you would have no cover.
  2. Sites D9 through D15 have trees behind them so the views are limited.  They do have a lot of tree cover which is nice during the day if spending the day outside.
  3. Sites D16 through D19 are not the best but are still nice.
  4. The WiFi coverage seems to stop around D13.  So if Wifi is important, do not stay in D14 or D15.
  5. The road up to the campground is long and narrow.  Rigs going in the opposite direction would be a challenge (but doable).  To avoid problems, they discourage late departures.

We stayed at Campfire Lodgings Site P5.

October 14, 2016 - Hagan-Stone Park, Pleasant Garden, NC (177 miles)

So we went to this campground because Luis had an USPS District 27 meeting.  We arrived separately Friday as he wanted to be there earlier than I could leave and I needed to be back early Sunday to work.  Luis had us all set up when I arrived.  Our site was nice.  The campground was very full, but we had some privacy and the bathroom was close.  The bathroom was not very nice with only two toilets and two shower stalls.  Surprisingly with all the people at the campground not many seemed to use the bathhouse.

We walked the dog and they had some trails and areas around the campground to walk.  Then we went to dinner.  Nothing was very close that was more than gas or McD so we drove to Greensboro which was about 20 minutes away.  We ate at Cracker Barrel.  After that we went back to the site and had a quiet night with the dog enjoying a few episodes of Game of Thrones.
 
Saturday Luis walked Kaylee and Pattie headed over for the ladies coffee and tour of Furniture Land South.  I met a nice lady named Pam who had accompanied someone from Goldsboro I think.   She wanted to see the Greensboro Gardens so we agreed to go together to the Furniture Place for a short tour and then to the Gardens.  It was a great choice as we had fun doing a quick walkthrough of the furniture place (which has a very interesting variety) and then headed to the Gardens which were very beautiful.  We did the Bicentennial and Water Bog Gardens (across the street from each other).  Beautiful and lots of nice people and dogs walking around.  After that we headed back to the hotel where I met Luis and we took both vehicles and headed to the Moose Cafe at the Farmer's Market.  We had a great meal and headed back to the campground.

Sunday morning I saw our neighbors playing with two kittens someone had apparently dumped at the campground.  She fed them some chicken and I gave them a little of Kaylee's dogfood.  They were very sweet.  I thought she was going to take them to a shelter but then they were leaving and she said they weren't.  I could not leave the kittens to fend for themselves and they were so sweet and lovable.  So I put them in Kaylee's crate and they curled up and slept the whole way home.  Kaylee was very curious about them.  We had them from Monday until Thursday.  They were in the kitchen for two days and were climbing over the baby gate but luckily Ellen loaned me a huge crate to put them in with both litter box and bed.  Janet Hensel found someone from work that was looking to adopt two kittens.  Perfect.  He came and took them Thursday  night and has been enjoying them.  Happy ending to our Greensboro trip.


Notes:

  1. Park is nice and big but the campground part is small.
  2. Sites are very close to each other and many  are in an open field.
  3. Sites B-1 to B-4 are probably the best sites.
  4. B-1, and B-4 are the two most private sites.
  5. There are 2 dump stations.


We stayed at campsite B-4.

October 22, 2016 - Campfire Lodgings, Asheville, NC (576 miles)

So happy to be heading back up to Campfire Lodgings even though we were just there two weeks ago.  We arrived and settled into site D11.  Next to us was a couple with a little teardrop which had a small bathroom inside (we didn't tour it).  It made our pod look big!  Monica came with us and we went to Moe's BBQ to eat.  Carina was busy with Sweeney Todd so we didn't see them.  Sunday we went to the matinee of Sweeney Todd (after eating at the Twisted Crepe) just the three of us.  We met Jill and Zach there and of course Carina and Ezra (who was also helping backstage).  The play was super good.  It was fun and then we all went to Rocky's Hot Chicken Shack for dinner.  It was very good.  Their  coca cola cake was a superb dessert too.  We headed back to the campground after dinner.  After breaking down camp Monday we headed back as Monica had dance and Pattie had work (on the Get Out the Vote job).  Short but enjoyable trip.  The leaves were not at their peak, but a good deal more colorful that two weeks previous.

 
Notes: 
  1. Sites P1 through P8 have incredible views (specially during sunset).  They are on the edge of the cliff which does leave you exposed to the winds.  There are also no trees so on very hot days you would have no cover.
  2. Sites D9 through D15 have trees behind them so the views are limited.  They do have a lot of tree cover which is nice during the day if spending the day outside.
  3. Sites D16 through D19 are not the best but are still nice.
  4. The WiFi coverage seems to stop around D13.  So if Wifi is important, do not stay in D14 or D15.
  5. The road up to the campground is long and narrow.  Rigs going in the opposite direction would be a challenge (but doable).  To avoid problems, they discourage late departures.

We stayed at Campfire Lodgings Site D11.



December 30, 2016 - KOA New Bern (355 miles)

We took the girls (our two dogs) down to New Bern, NC.  We stayed at the New Bern KOA.  It was in a great location just out of downtown New Bern on the Neuse River.  The location makes the campground nice for walking the dogs and they have a nice pier.  We were surprised how many people were there for winter camping.  Free coffee in the office and a nice little store.  Nice shower/bath facilities etc.  Small penned dog run (unfortunately we had to pick up others dog poop for about 10 minutes before we could let our girls run in there).

We explored downtown New Bern and it is a very pretty town with a lot of interesting buildings/churches and the birthplace of "Brad's Drink" which then became Pepsi.  They have a corner store full of Pepsi stuff and unfortunately being New Year's Eve it was not open, nor was their little Farmer's Market.  We did eat in a very delightful restaurant, Morgans.  Enjoyed it so much we were going to go again, but it was not open New Year's Day.  Walking around downtown and on the waterfront in New Bern is very pleasant.  We later went back with the girls to explore more and let them enjoy the area.  The town is full of bear statues as are many towns (substitute the animal for pig, horse, etc.) dressed in various outfits.  You can see some in our pictures.  Also, this is where Tryon Palace is, but we have been before, so we did not go.

We also went to Oriental.  This is a very small town.  Again, it was a beautiful place to walk around, but not as many stores, restaurants, etc.  The girls loved walking there and there were some interesting fishing boats in the harbor.  

This was a great New Year's trip and it was funny how many people were at the KOA when we arrived Thursday and how many people left Friday, and Saturday.  So by Sunday we were camping almost alone and when we left Monday there was hardly anyone there.   


Notes: 

  1. The WiFi coverage is good.  You get a code per person which is good for just one device at a time.
  2. Two sets of bathrooms.  One next to the office the other next to site 21.
  3. Great location to visit New Bern.
  4. There is a small boat ramp at the KOA right on the Neuse River which would be good for kayaking.

We stayed at site 21.