Lake Gypsy
March 10, 2022 - Wilmington KOA North Carolina (410 miles)
Due to the war in the Ukraine gas and diesel prices were very expensive. Luis filled up the truck at $5.09/gal Thursday evening.

We (Luis and I, Kaylee and Zoe) left on Thursday for KOA Wilmington after Pattie got off work around 3:00. The weather was fairly warm for March. We set up and noticed that the Wilmington KOA has been improving and upgrading. They had a lot of outdoor games and had worked on adding patios and landscaping and walking areas. We yelped for restaurants and found an interesting one called Ceviche's and drove there for dinner. Unfortunately, it is so popular it was even an hour wait on a Thursday. So we booked a reservation for Friday night and went to the Shark Bar at Johnny Mercer's Pier, Wrightsville Beach. It was a pleasant beachy modern atmosphere. Very small eating area so we sat at the bar. The food and drinks were very good. We would definitely go there again. No view of the beach from the restaurant. Since it was pitch black and windy we didn't try to walk on the beach.

Friday we walked the dogs and hung out since it was overcast and Luis had to work some. We went to Something Fishy for lunch. Later we went to Ceviche's for dinner. It was very good. Cute covered patio area with heaters. It was pouring rain at that point and was very cozy in the patio with the rain hitting the roof. On the way home we saw they have a Chicken Salad Chick in Wilmington now. So we made plans to pick some up tomorrow.

Saturday it was a weather warning day. Very windy and gusty and tornado watch. We went to Chicken Salad Chick and got some chicken salad for later. We decided to pick up a carryout order of pizza from Brooklyn pizza and fried cheesecake! Yum.

We had to fill the water tank to disconnect from the water connection due to impending hard freeze. We turned on the tank heaters and gas as temperature was dropping Saturday night. We were warm and cozy and did not have any problems.

Sunday, we cleaned up and winterized again, and headed home by the 11:00 a.m. checkout.


We ate at :

Shark Bar
Something Fishy
Ceviche's
Brooklyn Pizza
Chicken Salad Chick

26 low and very windy

Notes:
Typical KOA.
The dog park was nice but did not have double gates.
They have 2 bathhouses and most campers are in RVs so they were not crowded.
Good location on Market Street.
They have made a lot of improvements since we stayed there in 2018.

We stayed at site #55.

March 31, 2022 - Tanglewood Clemmons North Carolina (320 miles)
We left on Thursday and drove through a storm. Luckily before we reached Tanglewood we passed through it to the other side and beautiful weather. Set up camp and Ginny and Kevin were already there. Teresa and Richard were on their way after having to go obtain a new battery. We all went out to dinner at Little Richard's BBQ in Clemmons. Very good. Came back to the campground and had a fire in our gas firepit. It was great!

Friday Luis had to stay at the camper and work. Richard drove us to Old Salem to tour the museums and old houses. It was very interesting being founded by the Moravian's. It was disappointing that it was only open from 10-2 and that was nowhere near time to visit all the museums and historic reenactment houses and stores. Friday evening we went to Villa Grill in Clemmons right outside the campground and that was great too. We also bought some baked goods in Old Salem that were okay. Not worth the price. After dinner we had our second campfire.

Saturday we went to Jolo for lunch. It was a beautiful day and we sat in the outdoor area with the wind shields. We had a great meal. Then we drove up Pilot Mountain and it was not crowded amazingly with the gorgeous weather so we got to park up top. It was around 2:30. We didn't wear hiking shoes so we walked all around the top and saw the fire damage from last year. Not completely barren luckily and already signs of growing back. They already repaired fences etc. We had our third gorgeous campfire.

Sunday we winterized again, packed up and headed home. It was an easy trip and Luis took the camper right up to storage after a few minutes of unpacking at home.

Notes:
Really nice for a county park with full hookups and nice paving on the the sites.
It is kind of like a KOA but with trees and half the cost.
The campground is in a good location.
Inside of a large county park with plenty of walking trails, a dog park, horse rentals, arboretum, and more.
The bathrooms were clean but small.
The sites also had cable and Wi-Fi.
We stayed at site #41.
April 28, 2022 - Virginia Creeper Trail North Carolina (588 miles)

We left Thursday around 10:00 a.m. to drive to KOA Bristol. Kevin and Ginny were also arriving in their camper, and Paul and Julie were staying in a cabin. We arrived without incident and made plans for dinner. We went to Bare Bones BBQ in Kingsport. Unfortunately they only have brisket on Friday and Saturday. We had the pork and it was good, but the sides were very good also. Nice people. So we planned to go back for brisket and ribs Fri or Sat.

Friday we left at 9:00 to go the Creeper Trail Bike Rental in Damascus where we had a reservation. We checked in a picked out our bikes.

Notes:
  • Bathrooms were clean.
  • There is a dog run but it is at the bottom of a hill and very wet. Could use some work.
  • They have a shop and fill propane tanks.
  • About 30 minutes from the Virginia Creeper Trail.

May 10, 2022 - Campfire Lodgings North Carolina (562 miles)



Notes:
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.
Sites P1 through P5 should be the easiest to back into with a large rig.
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.
Sites D16 through D19 are not the best but are still nice.
The road up to the campground is long and narrow. Rigs going in the opposite direction would be a challenge. To avoid problems, they discourage late departures or early arrivals and you must ask special permission.

We stayed at Campfire Lodgings Site P4.