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  • October 2018 trip to Chesapeake

    we are booked to spend 3 weeks at Chesapeake, arriving Oct 7, 2018 and leaving on Oct 28th .... for several different reasons we haven't been able to camp there since October 2014 and are really looking forward to getting back into that area again .... their Halloween celebrations have grown so large that they are now held on 2 weekends .... this year Oct 19 - 21 and 26 - 28 .... historically we really enjoyed there Halloween related activities, this will be the first time we've been able to be there for both weekends .... with Halloween falling on the 31st, we'll be able to get back home in time to celebrate it with our grandchildren .... as can be seen in pictures already posted in this thread, its a beautiful area, hopefully this year the leaves will be at full color ... if any of our folks happen to be in the area, we'd be delighted to arrange a visit
    Last edited by JEBar; 10-01-2018, 03:42 PM. Reason: arrival and departure dates edited
    Jim
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    we are relieved that Hurricane Florence didn't have the feared impact on Gloucester and the surrounding area which includes the Thousand Trails where we plan to spend most of October .... a few years ago our October visit there was cut short by the pending arrival of a Hurricane .... when things settled down, we were really happy they made us leave, the area was really hammered
    Jim
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    • #3
      We are planning a trip to Willow Tree Resort near Longs, SC in a few weeks and will have to verify with them before we leave about damage in that area. Just a mile or less inside the NC/SC state line.
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      • #4
        I've heard of Willow Tree, I think there might be more than one .... looking forward to your reports
        Jim
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        '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
        '04 Sea Pro 180DC
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        • #5
          I look forward to doing some walking, sewing and reading while we are there.

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          • #6
            when we have a trip on tap, something negative inevitably come up .... over the weekend our youngest son pointed out that our camper's OEM steps didn't look right .... upon close inspection, he was right .... the weld holding the support rod, under the front of the second step from the top, had broken on both ends .... all but a tiny part of the metal beside the weld on both ends had torn .... weight from folks going up and down the steps caused the tears on both ends to separate .... this in turn caused the lower step to point downward .... through using a ratchet strap and heavy hammer I was able to draw the tears closer together .... with the heat and humidity out there right now that was the sweaty but easy part .... ours 70's vintage Lincoln welder (buzz box) is setup to be used inside of our garage or just outside the garage door .... moving our camper to where the welding leads could reach the steps took come "creative" movement between our house and boat shed .... with Maureen's help that was accomplished, sure hope we don't have a need to do that again any time soon .... let me say right up front, I'm not a welder .... not even close .... I'm more of a "dobber" whose welds may not be pretty but usually hold .... OK, given a grinder and can of paint, I can usually make them look pretty good .... I'm just happy that the problem was found and has been corrected prior to pulling out for Chesapeake
            Jim
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            • #7
              packing day .... after having a tooth ground down for a crown, a good bit of my get up and go has gotten up and gone .... not to mention the fact that our outdoor thermometer reads 90 .... with the exception of the things that have to go in just before we leave, we are pretty much packed .... tomorrow morning we are due to pull out for Carolina Crossroads to spend the weekend with our camping club .... when we pull out on Sunday we plan to head north for Chesapeake instead of south for home
              Jim
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              • #8
                it was foggy this morning at Carolina Crossroads .... thankfully, it burned off quickly .... happy to be able to report a boring drive and that we are here now setup at Thousand Trails Chesapeake .... way too hot and humid to complete our setup, plan to get busy on doing so in the morning
                Jim
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                '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
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                • #9
                  during our first full day we completed our setup (first 2 pictures), took care of a minor repair, grocery shopped in Gloucester, grilled our first South Dakota sirloin (pictures 3 & 4) .... this is our first visit to Chesapeake where we have had to run the campground's water through our softener (picture 7), unsure what has changed in that department .... the leaves on local hardwood trees haven't started to change colors (pictures 5 & 6) .... my hope is to take a series of pictures of these trees to document their fall foliage color change .... right now, all eyes are directed to the Gulf where Hurricane Michael is slated to come ashore within the next few days .... if it follows its projected path, it will blow through our area sometime Thursday night
                  Jim
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                  • #10
                    another day, another drive over to Gloucester .... today's objective was to pickup meds and a few "specialty" groceries .... the specialty part is directly related to our campground being in almost the center of the "cone of uncertainty" projected for Hurricane Michael .... along with rain and wind from the Hurricane, a shift in the Jet Stream is supposed to bring in considerably cooler weather is slated to roll through Thursday - Friday .... with it being highly likely that we will be spending at least one, if not both, days in the camper .... at such times for us, homemade chili and/or New England Clam Chowder really hit the spot .... I've saved a couple of inside repairs and Maureen plans to break out her sewing machine to work on stuff for the grandkids
                    Jim
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                    • #11
                      another day without a drive to Gloucester .... knowing that we'd be pretty much confined to quarters for a day or two as Hurricane Michael, I put off taking care of a couple of issues inside our camper .... one being replacing the Fantastic Fan screen and replacing broken plastic drawer anchors in the cabinet at the foot of the bed .... neither task was difficult but having undergone knee replacement, both weren't anywhere near as simple as they should have been .... we also decided to take down our flag, clean the black tank, and partially fill the fresh water tank .... only unresolved question right now deals with refilling the propane tank we have been using since we were out in South Dakota ....
                      Jim
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                      '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                      '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
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                      • #12
                        well, we are home .... it kind of hard to believe that our last two outings have been cut short by two different hurricanes .... last night proved to be a tough one for us and for much of the area around out campground in southeastern VA ... 6 or so hours of hard rain and steady wind left trees down, roads washed out, yard decorations shredded .... it also proved that we pushed the 12 year lifespan of our camper's roof a couple of years too far .... a fact that we must take care of ASAP .... I did fill the camper's 40 lb tank that we've been using and it proved to be a good thing .... sometime after 8PM the power went off .... with the campground having its on well, having its on waste water lift system, needing electricity to fill propane tanks, they were pretty much at a stand still .... our camper's generator fired easily and we ran it for more than 12 hours .... it performed well, we were comfortable .... after breakfast I road around the campground and it didn't take long to see just how much damage had occurred .... a drive over to Gloucester confirmed that falling trees had knocked put power for a wide area .... speaking with local folks, it was clear that it will take several days, if not, weeks to fully restore power .... we can an have camped without water, sewer, and electrical hookups but we quiet simply weren't of a mind camp that way for who knows how long .... so we packed up and as noted have returned home ... we saw an unusually large number of wrecks on the way home .... a particularly rough one is shown in the last two pictures .... in the first the wrecked car can be seen off in the woods .... the last shows the damage from the impact
                        Jim
                        '06 SunnyBrook Titan 34BWKS
                        '07 Freightliner Sportchassis
                        '11 Chevy Silverado 1500
                        '04 Sea Pro 180DC
                        '17 Elio reserved

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by JEBar View Post
                          I've heard of Willow Tree, I think there might be more than one .... looking forward to your reports
                          Willow Tree RV Resort is in Longs, SC near Conway. We cancelled our reservations due to flooding in the access roads due to Hurricane Florence. They gave us a refund and we headed to Waynesville, NC 4 days early. Dang Matthew blew by here but only some rain, no winds. We are enjoying the cooler weather.
                          2011 Jayco Eagle 351RLTS, MorRyde hitchpin
                          06 F350 Lariat PSD CC,LB,SRW, 3.73, EGR delete kit,Timbrens
                          16K DrawTite, LineX
                          His and Hers Ocean Kayaks, TST TPMS
                          Elle and BJ

                          In the past:
                          97 27RKFS SB
                          04 30RKFS SB Titan

                          "Don't let yesterday take up to much of your today." Will Rogers

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