I don’t even know how we got to see everyone and get (most) of our appointments done. I do know that the time spent with friends and family was a nice break from moving around. One of the hard things living on the road is not being able to reliably take time alone or even with a good friend. It is probably the only major drawback of being constantly mobile. Texts, calls, and social media are okay but don’t really fill the hug or coffee time. Luckily, we have a few more times to get some more.
Since we will likely be having more gatherings in our home, I think it would be a good idea to address some ‘being a nice camper’ guidelines.
- Try to keep you and your guest on your spot/space/property. This space is normally from where the front door opens to where the next camper has their electricity and sewer hose hooked up.
- Try not to dump your tank when your neighbor is having their morning coffee. The stuff stinks. Obviously, you can’t always abide by this but at least giving your neighbor a heads up can keep things civil.
- Maintain the quiet hours. For most of our stays, this hasn’t been an issue. People have generally been good about this. You are living really close to your neighbor so bumping loud music or partying outside all night would make for unhappy campers.
- Pick up after your pet. This doesn’t really matter if you are living in a RV or a sticks and bricks (regular home).
- Leave your site better than you found it. I envisioned everyone who camped or lives in a RV being thoughtful, tree huggers. This is not true, obviously. Cigarette butts, paper trash, etc. is sometimes left and not by accident.
- Don’t smoke under your neighbors’ slideout. Yeah, this has happened to us. It was a county park and the site was tight but really, it’s smoke and it creeps in. If you follow the first rule, then you are probably far enough away to begin with.
I’m sure the list is longer.
Since our last update, we’ve stayed in some awesome and not so awesome places.
Savannas Preserve State Park
First of all, don’t go to Savannas Recreation Area. We did this and it’s in the middle of a residential area. Coincidentally they have RV storage so we were directed there. Luckily, I was driving the car and kids and the DH was driving the RV. He was delayed from stopping to get propane and gas and didn’t get confused like us.
I don’t even want to share this place with anyone. It’s located in Port St. Lucie. The park has a great playground and lots of area to fish. When we were driving in, we saw an alligator but not the rest of the trip. There are beautiful but loud Florida Sandhill cranes. And there’s a huge spot to run and fly kites. We provided plenty of entertainment for some of our fellow campers.
Fort Pierce Jetty Park is another great place to go fishing. Lots of nibbles and lots of instant gratification for a fisher who is impatient and/or a four year old. Plus it is a beautiful view. The waves were very rough and we weren’t dressed for swimming. But we were able to watch some wind surfers get a good distance off the water. My mom senses say they were 100 feet up but it’s probably more like 20 or 30.
Treasure Coast Model Railroad Club had an open house while we were visiting. The members are responsible for their own sections of the different scenes. They build the trains, the background, and every little detail. We were able to take our time and look at all sections. The oldest kid was also able to drive a train around the track. HE LOVED EVERY MINUTE. It was well worth the stop and great to see people doing what they love and sharing it with the next generation.
Manatee Observation Center in Fort Pierce is small. But there is so much packed into this space. There’s a touch tank where you can feel different aquatic animals like sea urchins and horseshoe crabs. Plus tons of activities like sand play, puzzles and an education video about conservation and habits of manatee. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to be right on the water. We were able to see a manatee outside while we were there. The cost is $1 per person.
Smithsonian Marine Station has a free day the first Tuesday of every month. Even when it’s not free, the cost is pretty low $4 for adults and $3 for kids 4-17. There are several ecosystem tanks for you to look at and we happened to come at the perfect time for a guided tour and feeding time. We learned that the ***** is only about 3-4 feet deep. Which totally explained why we saw people standing the middle of it, fishing. The volunteers and staff were really great. While we visited at a separate time, it’s close to the Fort Pierce Jetty Park, the beach, and a playground.
Lion Country Safari KOA
This is probably one of our pricier stays. We would have enjoyed more if the weather had been better but it was not. Instead it was mostly rainy. However, we did get to use one of our passes to go on the Safari in the car. And while the rain doesn’t make for good petting zoo weather, it does make for great views of the animals. Apparently, this is when they are most active. Shouldn’t really surprise anyone though, it’s not humid any longer .
The tour took a really long time, two hours. It is self guided but you are giving a cd at the beginning of the journey. I thought it was just going to be ambient music but it was good information about the animals in each part of the park. You are also given an informational brochure with pictures of the animals, if you forget to listen to what they are saying on the cd or get distracted.
One of the awesome things about staying at the LCS KOA is that you can hear the lions. No kidding. Evidentially they can be heard for up to 5 miles. The prime time to hear them is in the middle of the night. It wasn’t loud enough to wake me but I just so happened to have a bout of insomnia one night and was like, OH?!
We’ve stayed in TY park before. It was our first spot in our RV. So we knew what to expect. All of the sites are pull through and are really long. There is not a lot of tree coverage and our RV hookups are just too far for our awning to be over the concrete and picnic table. However, it doesn’t make it a horrible stay.
The facilities have always been pretty clean. And there is a great playground on site. It has areas for little and older children. Which makes it at a lot easier to manage two kids who need totally different stimuli. While we didn’t fish this time, we have fished previously. Nothing was ever caught but it was still nice to get the poles in for a minute or two.
During the summer, we were able to use the waterpark. It was included in our fees. We went almost every day and enjoyed it a lot. Of course, it was closed for the winter and every time we would pass it, the oldest would remember and also ask if it was open.
Our stay at this park was a little jaded. The rv portion itself is pretty nice. Enough shade, pull through (though a little tight on leaving) and clean. However, the rv park is right next to Soccer Town of Pembroke Pines. A few nights, they had games and loud music until 3 am. When I called, they didn’t turn down the music but one of the last nights, the DH read them the ordinance and that got them to turn it down. It may not be an issue with anyone else, but if you want quiet, this may not be the place for you.