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Old 08-16-2016, 08:43 AM   #15
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I would consider adding Orlando and going to Universal Studios if you're in the area... on the way out of Florida, I'd make a stop in either Panama City Beach or Pensacola.

When you first enter texas, there's some COE land just south of 10

These guys, Wheeling It €“ Living the Fulltime RV Dream with 12 Paws, 40 Feet and the Open Road have spent a LOT of their time crawling the south, and usually always stay on public land.

If you have a look at their "camping map", you can get info on any of these locations.
Wheelingit Camping Map - uMap

You'll notice one just inside Texas from Louisiana. Deserted chunk of beach.

I would advise you though, don't go in the water if you have ANY open cuts or scrapes. There's been a rash of flesh eating bacteria cases on the Texas gulf coast recently. If you go in the ocean, and then within hours start having some bad flu like symptoms, find a hospital.

I-10 is pretty poorly maintained in general, from Mississippi to Texas, and especially so in Louisiana but I think this might describe a lot of interstates.

Expect a mild winter that's for sure.

Within Texas, you might also consider a stop in or near Houston. Houston has a lot to offer. Want a specific type of food? You'll find it here. Want to see a good show? You'll find it here. Pretty amazing city. Take in the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall or take in a touring Broadway show at The Hobby Center, or ride the ferris wheel at the Downtown Aquarium and dine with sharks swimming over your head.

If you head to south Austin, it's a great experience. Walking South Congress Avenue between Oltorf St and East River Side Drive is worth a stop. Eat at Home Slice Pizza or Guero's, visit The Elephant Room at night for some amazing live jazz, be sure to leave a dollar bill with something fun written on it stapled to the wall. Possibly head up to around 10th street and eat at The Clay Pit - amazing amazing Indian food. Sometimes I drive to Austin just to eat there.

From there, Fredericksburg is a great hill country small town. Spend a lazy afternoon walking main street and shopping, have some German food that night, visit the Wineries. 290 east from there will put you right back on I-10.
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I know you might not like big city areas, but a few are worth the effort if you're going to be nearby. Like you, I prefer to avoid most of them, but a few cities have made a lasting impact on me,,, like Washington DC or.. San Francisco

I really do feel like San Francisco has a lot to offer if you're near. It's worth a few days exploring there. The big park is amazing. Food is great. The docks. The start of the redwoods just north.
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I was looking at the Flamingo CG and it's good to hear from someone who has been there. I read that it gets pretty busy in the winter and I was actually surprised to hear that winter in most Florida parks is labeled as the prime season. I know that at lot of people escape the winter there but it's more than summer vacationers? Is that the case all through the SW?
We're from Jersey & that's what we do to escape the cold & dreary winters. Flamingo campground has zero hook ups except for a limited number of 50 amp service. There's a place to fill your water tanks and also a place to dump. It takes an hour & a half to get to the campground & they suggest to book a site in the winter (Nov - Apr}. Pretty cool place, excellent for fishing, kayaking, sunning on a "wild" beach & wildlife photography. I really enjoyed it, husband said it was boring, lol! Just know also that unless you have AT&T, you won't have cell service... Within 14 minutes of entering the Everglades you lose all connection with the outside world.
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Hi itsallgood,
Not knowing what shape you are in, when you get to Glacier NP the Grinnell Glacier and Iceberg Lake are excellent day hikes. I go there every four years as long as my health holds out. There are many animals on these hikes. Make sure you have bear bells, horn and spray. I was there a month ago and saw a record number of bears. Some as close as 25' away. For these and other high elevation trails they do not usually open until mid to late July.
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If you find yourself in NE florida and need a rest. Consider ocean pond campground in the osceola national forest. If you do. Send me a pm and if i am at home i will take u for a boat ride around the lake
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I would consider adding Orlando and going to Universal Studios if you're in the area... on the way out of Florida, I'd make a stop in either Panama City Beach or Pensacola.

When you first enter texas, there's some COE land just south of 10

These guys, Wheeling It – Living the Fulltime RV Dream with 12 Paws, 40 Feet and the Open Road have spent a LOT of their time crawling the south, and usually always stay on public land.

If you have a look at their "camping map", you can get info on any of these locations.
Wheelingit Camping Map - uMap

You'll notice one just inside Texas from Louisiana. Deserted chunk of beach.

I would advise you though, don't go in the water if you have ANY open cuts or scrapes. There's been a rash of flesh eating bacteria cases on the Texas gulf coast recently. If you go in the ocean, and then within hours start having some bad flu like symptoms, find a hospital.

I-10 is pretty poorly maintained in general, from Mississippi to Texas, and especially so in Louisiana but I think this might describe a lot of interstates.

Expect a mild winter that's for sure.

Within Texas, you might also consider a stop in or near Houston. Houston has a lot to offer. Want a specific type of food? You'll find it here. Want to see a good show? You'll find it here. Pretty amazing city. Take in the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall or take in a touring Broadway show at The Hobby Center, or ride the ferris wheel at the Downtown Aquarium and dine with sharks swimming over your head.

If you head to south Austin, it's a great experience. Walking South Congress Avenue between Oltorf St and East River Side Drive is worth a stop. Eat at Home Slice Pizza or Guero's, visit The Elephant Room at night for some amazing live jazz, be sure to leave a dollar bill with something fun written on it stapled to the wall. Possibly head up to around 10th street and eat at The Clay Pit - amazing amazing Indian food. Sometimes I drive to Austin just to eat there.

From there, Fredericksburg is a great hill country small town. Spend a lazy afternoon walking main street and shopping, have some German food that night, visit the Wineries. 290 east from there will put you right back on I-10.
Thanks a lot for the suggestions and info! Are the non-interstate highways in decent shape? In our 3 months of travelling eastern Canada I rarely traveled on the main highways and found they were mostly decent although some counties didn't maintain them as well as others. It was certainly slower driving but much more interesting and of course you see/find interesting places you wouldn't see otherwise.
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Not knowing what shape you are in, when you get to Glacier NP the Grinnell Glacier and Iceberg Lake are excellent day hikes. I go there every four years as long as my health holds out. There are many animals on these hikes. Make sure you have bear bells, horn and spray. I was there a month ago and saw a record number of bears. Some as close as 25' away. For these and other high elevation trails they do not usually open until mid to late July.
Well, I'm not in great shape but I can walk for long periods. I think by the time I get that far, I will be in better shape for sure. Sounds wonderful.
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If you find yourself in NE florida and need a rest. Consider ocean pond campground in the osceola national forest. If you do. Send me a pm and if i am at home i will take u for a boat ride around the lake
Thanks for the friendly offer. I'll certainly make a note of it!
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We did 34 States and 12,000 miles in 4 months. Way too much to see and do in such a short time but that is all the time we could take due to other commitments. We did the North West in 12 weeks and it was not enough time to see everything.

The USA is a beautiful Country with so many things to see and do. We are now trying to take longer and do fewer States in each journey.
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Thanks a lot for the suggestions and info! Are the non-interstate highways in decent shape? In our 3 months of travelling eastern Canada I rarely traveled on the main highways and found they were mostly decent although some counties didn't maintain them as well as others. It was certainly slower driving but much more interesting and of course you see/find interesting places you wouldn't see otherwise.
In Texas, yes. Except for old Route 66 into New Mexico .....
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