Isaac Creek Campground -Thanksgiving

We spent Thanksgiving Thursday through Sunday at Isaac Creek Campground in Franklin Alabama.  It’s located along the Alabama River and where Isaac Creek flows into the Alabama.  Reservations were easy and we could pick our spot through Reserve America.  I did a little research and found a campground map online.  I also researched some blogs to see what I could find out about the site.  I found that the sites on Isaac Creek are more private and have wooded areas between each site.  There are also docks for fishing along the creek too.  About 15 docks for 20 sites.  We arrived around 3:30pm after a 2.5 hour drive down from Montgomery Alabama.  Bring your food since this place is really remote, but Finchburg Grocery is about 8 miles away that has pretty much everything (they have bait and camper stuff too) and they open at 5am.
Site 22 From the Creek

There are 60 sites total each with electric (50 amp) and water hookups (water is soft, so if you don’t care for the taste/mouth feel bring your own water).  Sites don’t have sewer, but they do have a dual dump station close by at the park entrance.  Sites are level concrete pads, have picnic tables, lantern holders, grill and fire ring.  Sites 15-35 are premium waterfront sites, 1-6, 42-60 are standard non-waterfront sites.  There are 2 bath houses with restrooms, showers and laundry.  Showers have plenty of hot water, clean floors and are heated.  Nights dropped into the 30’s during our visit and the restrooms were a constant 60 degrees (there was a thermometer on the wall).  Sites also have large 32 gallon trashcans and someone came around on Saturday morning and emptied the trash and put a new trash bag in the can.

Park is very VERY quiet and away from any highway noise.  Boats do go up and down the creek, but it’s a no wake zone so it’s pretty quiet.  Park was full by Friday but it was still very quiet at night.  Only street lights are at the bath houses, so bring lights for making that walk to the potty.  Boy it was REAL dark!

We have Verizon cellphone service and we could only get 1X.  Occasional 3G service, but for the most part only 1X.  Our television did not pick up any channels at all so if you want to watch TV better bring your satellite service with you.

There are three play grounds, basketball court with two hoops, pavilion, large group cook out area, boat launch, fishing dock on the river and trails.  Quiet time is from 10pm to 6am.  Pets must be on a leash.  Due to the nature of the area there are no swimming areas.

We had a great time!  Our site was number 22 on the creek and had it’s own fishing dock.

Here’s a link to more pictures from Isaac Creek Campground:  More Pictures on Photobucket

I was able to take photos of 26 sites so that I could share.  If interested in seeing some of the sites before you visit Isaac Creek Campground my photos can be found here:  Specific Site Photos on Photobucket

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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And it was my first time back on a horse since 1982…
Pisgah View Ranch, Candler, NC

Horseback Riding at Pisgah View Ranch

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!

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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Questions Answered

Someone asked me about this picture from my blog header.

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Isaacs Hostel Dublin! A great place to stay! We loved it!

So to answer the easiest thing would be to refer them to this post from last summer. The picture is of Isaacs Hostel in Dublin.  We stayed there during our trip to Ireland.  You can read about it here:  Ireland  and More Ireland

Never say you are too old to stay in a hostel!  Do your research, read reviews, search Google for blogs that talk about where you want to stay, and then contact them directly with any questions you have!