Candler, NC – An Offline Vacation

A short six hour drive and we finally arrived at our destination.

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We planned on arriving around 3pm but traffic and heavy rain delayed us about an hour.  About 15 minutes out from Pisagh View Ranch my cellphone rang and they wanted to know if we’d be on time for for dinner.  We gave them an update on our location and we arrived in time to eat dinner with the rest of the guests.  See meals are served family style at specific times, so don’t forget to let them know you are skipping a meal or if you are arriving late.  Dinner was awesome!  Homemade pot roast, grilled vegetables, homemade rolls, and polenta.  Stuffed, they surprised us with dessert, apple crumble with ice cream on top.   After dinner we checked in to our log cabin which was built in the 1940s, complete with rocking chairs on the front porch.  
The reason behind the title of this post is there are no televisions in the cabins and there is no cellphone service.  WiFi is available at the main house and if you need to use the phone to make a call there is one that you can use for free.

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Holiday Weekend in the Popup Camper

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Camp Driveway with MsJayne

What do we do on a long holiday weekend and want to save some money? We camp at home!  Plus who wants to go camping when all the campgrounds are overflowing with campers wishing to get one last trip in before summer is over.  We stayed home and I’m planning an even better trip when the temps get cooler and the campgrounds empty out some.

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So what are the positive things about camp driveway?  Here are mine:  1) If you don’t want to use the potty or shower in the popup you can always go use the facilities the camp host provides. 2) If you forget to bring snacks you know the locations of all the local stores.  3) Dominos delivers.  4) If the AC goes out in the camper you can sleep in your own bed and not get in a fight with your spouse because everyone is hot and miserable.  5)  The camp host doesn’t complain because your dog is barking.  6)  The camp host doesn’t complain that your water line is leaking.

Here are some of the cons for camp driveway:  1) There is no guarantee that a neighbor won’t start a lawnmower, weed eater, leaf blower, chainsaw or tractor at 7am on a Saturday.  2)  Realizing its not so quiet outside your home at 2am.  Who are these people out at 2am on a Sunday?  Do their mothers know they are out late?  3)  You may wake up on Saturday with an urge to start mowing the lawn because the neighbor is mowing theirs.  You can’t sleep anyways, so why not?

Over all the long weekend was great.  I got to do a lot of cleaning inside the Popup so that she’s ready for our next campground trip.  Only one night was noisy and our neighbor waited until 8am to start mowing.  Plus the camp host has an awesome entertainment room and didn’t mind us watching television anytime we wanted!  Ready for our next campground trip!

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2003 Coleman Grand Tour Elite

More fun next time!

New Adventures in a Pop-Up Camper

A few weeks ago we (or I should say I – with hubby approval) decided it was time to move from tent camping to something a little more ‘sturdy’. My back just couldn’t take sleeping on an air mattress or crawling in and out of a tent. I found a great deal at a RV dealership about 2 hours drive from home and decided to check it out. Once we saw it I was sold. Now we have our little cabin on wheels that we can tow pretty much anywhere.
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With the camper we got all the original equipment and documentation. I doubt there are many miles on the camper or either they were really good at taking care of it for the past 11 years.
Our first trip was to Chewacla State Park and it was awesome! The weekend turned out very warm and it was nice to have air conditioning and a good bed to sleep in. Continue reading

CCC and State Parks – Explore!

Growing up very close to Cheaha Mountain there were plenty of CC roads to explore. I never really put it together until a few years ago on what exactly these dirt roads were and how they were created. Not sure what a CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) State Park is either? Alabama has a few, so check them out. Your great grandfather may have worked at the CCC camps.
More to come about our trip we took over the weekend. In the mean time brush up on just what the CCC was during its time.

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Happy 13th Year Blog Birthday!

It’s an unofficial blog birthday! My blog has actually reached it’s teenage years! I actually started blogging in 1999, however something happened with my self hosted webpage and I lost everything from 1999 until June 2000. In 2001 I discovered b2 and everything changed! b2 -A classy news/weblog tool (aka logware). No more static webpages that seemed to run on forever. It’s hard to believe that when I started ‘blogging’ it was such a new thing. It was even more impressive to myself that I setup and installed my own blogging software. All I needed was a hosting environment, a database and PHP. It’s amazing how far blogs/weblogs have come! Anyone can set up a blog and be blogging in no time!