Lake Minatare State Recreation Area and Lighthouse – Minatare, Nebraska

AOL - Lake Minatare SRA Lighthouse

 

In the summer of 2015, we were driving around and visiting Chimney Rock, Courthouse and Jail Rocks in the North Platt River region, we happened upon a sign that directed us to the Lake Minatare Lighthouse. Of course, both of us being former mariners, we had to check why a lighthouse was needed in Nebraska. So, we took a drive down to Nebraska’s Lake Minatare State Recreation Area (SRA) to find it.

Ives Run Corps of Engineers Campground Review – Pennsylvania

CAMPGROUND REVIEW


Campground/RV Park: Ives Run COE Campground (Corps of Engineers) – PENNSYLVANIA

Location: 710 Railroad Grade Trail (Ives Run), Tioga, PA 16946     (570) 835-0110
Date(s) Stayed: 6/13/15 – 6/20/15
Length of Stay: 1 week
Site #: 111 (Walk-in Site)
Cost per night (with taxes): $17 ($34 for others)
Discount Used:  50% National Park Access Pass (Disabled)
Connections: 30 amp Electric/Water and Dump Station
Stars:  4.5



Ives Run COE Campground sits on the eastern shore of Hammond Lake in north-central Pennsylvania. Surrounded by lush forested ridges, the lake offers recreation.  The campground is approximately 30 minutes to Mansfield and 30 minutes to Wellsboro and the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.  This campground is what all campgrounds should replicate!  Nicely manicured, staffed and managed by the Corps of Engineers proved its worthiness with cleanliness, ample spacing between sites, beautiful views of Hammond Lake and nice roads to walk or bicycle.  To reserve a site, you must be registered through Reserve America online.  Because of the popularity of this campground in the summer season, expecting to find a campsite during weekends or extended stays (14 day maximum) is difficult because PA and NY state residents have made their reservations a year ahead of time.  However, the campground has three ‘walk-in’ sites that are left vacant for RV’s and Campers that are passing through.  The three walk-in sites open at 10:00am when the office opens.  You can reserve for three days at a time before having to go and reserve again in person if you need another three days, but be sure to be at the office to do so at 10:00am (be first in line so no one bumps you).  The campground season begins May 1st and ends October 30th each year.  



The campground is absolutely gorgeous!!  Lots of gentle wildlife!!  We oftentimes took three walks a day/night. There is a separate swimming area from the boat ramp. Fishing is allowed with proper license.  We appreciated their rules of not allowing boats/trailers on the campsites.  They have overflow parking down at the boat ramp and elsewhere throughout the park.  The campground rules state that each outside guest that visits your site must pay $3 each.  There is a small campstore for basics (ie. hamburger/hotdog buns, hotdogs, chips, soda, water, etc.)  Quiet time is kindly adhered to.  A roving Park Ranger makes his rounds regularly noting safety issues and adherance to the campground rules. 



Make certain you bring extra leveling blocks; note that this site sits in the mountainous region of Pennsylvania. As with all campgrounds, we highly recommend filtering your water. The only drawback to Ives Run COE Campground is internet capability is seriously lacking because of its location in the mountains (AT&T and Verizon); spotty at best.



We WILL return!  We would have given it 5 stars if internet capability existed.  

Gettysburg Segway Tour – Best Way to Experience Gettysburg!

Gettysburg SegWay Tours Battlefield Guide

Would you rather tour Gettysburg crammed into a tour bus with 50 other people or enjoy a totally open-air tour instead? I don’t know about you but the answer is easy. You can explore the battlefields on a Gettysburg Segway Tour! And if you’ve never ridden a Segway, Gettysburg SegTours makes sure you can so you can totally enjoy this unique style of touring attraction.

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Artillery Ridge Campground Review – Gettysburg

Artillery Ridge Campground

When we visited Gettysburg with our RV fifth wheel, we researched extensively to find a campground or RV park that could accommodate our Ram truck, toy hauler and motorcycles. We found that Artillery Ridge Campground and Horse Park was the perfect place to park so we could unload our motorcycles to tour Gettysburg.

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Fort Belvoir Travel Camp – Virginia (Military FamCamp)

RV PARK REVIEW

Campground/RV Park:  Fort Belvoir Travel Camp – Virginia (military)

Location:  Outdoor Recreation (ODR), Bldg 778, 10155 Swift Road, Fort Belvoir, VA  22060  
Date(s) Stayed: 5/21/15 – 5/26/15
Length of Stay:  5 days
Site #: 45 back-in
Cost per night (with taxes): $50/night
Discount Used: none
Connections:  FHU
Stars: 3.5


Fort Belvoir
Travel Camp was beautiful to look at however, it had its issues which earned it
3.5 stars.  To get to the Travel Camp/RV Park, we entered through the
Tulley Gate off of Route 1 (attention big rigs, its tight getting out of the
gate because of posts).  The travel camp is located ‘on post’ therefore,
we had to go through standard  military security and ID checks to enter.
 Once on post, directions given by the Travel Camp office were spot on.
 

The good:
The area was
absolutely beautiful.  The park overlooked the Potomac River; the view and
feel is spectacular!  Lots of wildlife, two Osprey nests, long pier for
fishing and nice walking trails on the park and in the woods.  The park
seemingly has been updated with new buildings, laundry, bathrooms and walkways.
 The laundry has three washers/dryers each ($1.00 each) with nice folding
table and chairs to sit and wait.  The bathrooms were immaculate; tile
floors and showers, stone or faux stone counters, etc.   The convenience
and distance to DC is great; although outside the post on Route 1 is rundown
but a jaunt down to Olde Town Alexandria is nice.  The post, being the
supposed ‘primo’ of military posts/bases because of its proximity to Washington
D.C. boasts it’s amenities.  Everything under the sun is on this post;
commissary, PX, fueling stations, movie theater, gyms, etc.

The
not-so-good:
The whole
campground is built on a river bank and very hilly which means the sites are
not level.  Be prepared to work with your leveling systems.  Bring
lots of leveling blocks.  This was ‘big talk’ amongst fellow RV’ers.
 Second, the cost.  C’mon, its a military post which is supposed to
serve ALL paygrades of the military, not just Senior ranks.  Even Retirees
will go elsewhere because most are on fixed incomes.  This is ridiculously
expensive for a) being a military post and b) the fact of the instability of
sites (lack of being level).   Third, get some WiFi towers on post.
 Ridiculous to be on such a large post and near major metro area, that
you’d expect better WiFi signals.  Finally, none of the gas stations on
post have diesel.  99% of 5th wheel RV’ers are pulling with diesel
engines.  We had to waste $8 in diesel just to go get it filled prior to
leaving.


So all of that
said, while it is in a beautiful area with great views and updated facilities,
its lacking in very important issues.  This Travel Camp we would have
expected to be at least a 4-5 stars but because of the not-so-goods dropped it
to being a mediocre RV park/Campground/Travel Camp.

Ivy Acres Lodge & RV Park – South Carolina

CAMPGROUND REVIEW

Campground/RV Park:  Ivy Acres Lodge & RV Park – SOUTH CAROLINA
Location:  201 Ivy Acres Drive, Piedmont, SC 29673
Phone: 864-220-9680
Date(s) Stayed: 4/21/15
Length of Stay:
 1 day
Site #: #315 pull-through
Cost per night (with
taxes): $32/night
Discount Used: none
Connections:  FHU
Stars: 3

This RV park was easy to get to;
I-85 exit 39, only 1.3 miles.  The drive
into the park was a narrow driveway/road. 
The office was a large house so we didn’t know if we should ring the
doorbell or just walk in.  Check in was
easy; they were expecting us.  We have to
admit the grounds were beautiful, hilly and encouraged a good walking
workout.  There was a fishing pond in the
small valley surrounded by woods.  We
enjoyed sitting at various benches placed throughout the area.  Note that this is an adult only park for 45+
crowd, however children are welcome but management must be notified before
arriving so they can make appropriate accommodations.   Parental/Grandparental supervision required
at all times (probably because of the pond). 
Rates are for two persons per site; $ for additional campers. 

The campground area we were in
were much to be desired.  They were just
gravel sites with barely adequate hookups. 
The ground was very uneven therefore we had to use our blocks and play
with our leveling system.  The sits were
very close together.  There were mostly
permanent sites but they were generally kept separate from the temporary sites.  No ATV’s or dirtbikes allowed.  No firepits however, they had designated
gathering pits available loaded with wood for fires each evening.  Trash pickup was every morning by putting it
at the end of your site.  We did have
internet WiFi connection (AT&T) at the campground.   From what we’ve heard, there is a Camping
World about 30 minutes away.



In our opinion, this campground
is good for a pass-through overnight; not long term.  

America’s history REALLY began in Jamestown, VA

If you paid attention to history classes, you’d know that the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock on a cold Thanksgiving wasn’t the first to land in America. So that whole Plymouth Rock theory…yea…well. But don’t take our word for it, dust off the American History books and see for yourself. For those who don’t believe it, we’re here to set the record straight.

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