Saturday, December 10, 2011

Crater Lake National Park


Crater Lake National Park is a wonderful must-see National Park.  The lake is breathtakingly beautiful, and you can easily see the entire park in one day.  We stayed for three nights at the Crater Lake Resort, which was 25 miles SE of Crater Lake on Highway 62.  The campground was comfortable, and offered  full hook-ups for $30.00 a night.

We went through the National Park twice, but also had time to explore the surrounding area which included checking out nearby Kimball State Park and Collier Memorial State Park which offers full hookup sites on a first come first serve basis.  Collier State Park even offers a logging museum which is quite interesting.

We were there in July, and as you can see it was still pretty chilly and some snow was still on the ground, so plan accordingly.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Getting Ready For Florida

Well, it's that time of year again, and I'm getting excited.  After spending half of the year at home we are once again getting ready to depart for Florida.  We think that the trailer is ready, although there is a pesky leak that hopefully got fixed after caulking the roof a couple of weeks ago.  The car just got new heavy duty break pads on the back along with a new caliper - the old one broke apparently.  New back tires are going on the truck tomorrow.  Outside of that, it's just a matter of loading the trailer up, enjoying the holidays, and then heading out January 7th.

We're going to winter in Salt Spring Recreation Area until March 10th this year.  Then we'll be heading to the keys for two months.  We're booked into John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park for 10 days then Curry Hammock for two weeks.  We had intended to book Long Key for the two weeks after Curry Hammock, but had to change plans when we found out that the road work they had planned will close the park until May.  As an alternative, we booked two weeks into W.P.Franklin North, a US Army Corps of Engineers park.  It will make a nice change, and it will be good to see something different.  It's between Fort Myers and Lake Okeechobee, and our site is right on the water.  Should be interesting.  After that, we'll head down to Bahia Honda for two weeks, then travel up the coast to Jonathon Dickenson State Park near Jupiter, Florida, for two nights.  Our final Florida stop is Anastasia State Park near Saint Augustine.  We're staying there for three nights.  We will probably stay at Hilton Head Island for one night, then enjoy a one week stay at Huntington Beach State Park in the Myrtle Beach area - one of our favorites.

Hopefully I'll be able to access the Internet during this time.  I get service through my Palm Pre phone - it has a WiFi hot spot for up to five devices, and works really well.  However, the service was very shaky in Salt Springs, and often we'd have to drive a few miles in the truck to pick up 3G.