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Old 07-26-2013, 07:35 AM   #1
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So Many Parks and So Little Time???

We have had our motorhome a little over 2 months and have stayed in it for 27 nights. Right now I have another 17 nights planned up to November. I am leery to scheduling trips in December, January and February due to possible bad weather. I also have a trip planned next May to Key West and the amount of nights traveling to and from there is endless. We both prefer state and national parks and most likely COE facilties (have not stayed at any yet).

There are so many parks in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to choose from it is starting to wear me down trying to decide on where to go. I have also started to look at possible trips into Arkansas, Tennessee and Georgia. It seems like each day there is another post about another great park to look at. Each day I may have a dozen tabs looking at different choices on my PC. I have been trying to limit our trips to two weeks where the yard work will not take over and overwhelm me when I get back. But I may have to start scheduling someone to do this.

How do ya'll decide on where to go with so many choices?
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Easy solution...go full time; sounds like your close anyway. The parks you like generally don't have weekly or monthly rates, so stay in a place for three or four days and move on. When you have 365 days a year, makes the choices easier to fulfill
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You don't have enough choices yet. If you like national and state parks, you will also like camping in national forests. Check out Campground Directory and National Forest Campgrounds

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I don't need no steeenking yard work! I got all the state, national and private campgrounds for my yard, plus, the forests. Sell that yard and the house on it and buy a bigger motor home.
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You don't have enough choices yet. If you like national and state parks, you will also like camping in national forests. Check out Campground Directory and National Forest Campgrounds

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Great - that is all I need more choices.
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Our plan currently is to do what we are doing for 5 years until the DW can start drawing her rocking chair money. She is not working, but this would give us the additional income to do whatever we want. She is all in for doing it now, but I am hesitant to do it right now. She also wants to get into campground hosting after discussing this a lot while at Buffalo River National Park with a couple that was doing it.
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We picked up our previous motorhome (Allegro) and didn't go home for four months, traveling Florida state parks and a few resorts. Florida SP are wonderful and we did not stay at any that we didn't like. There were a few with no Internet or TV (we don't choose to have satellite ) so if that is important there are a few to avoid.
I would consider what you want to do while at the park...kayak, hike, swim, fish, site see surrounding areas etc, and go from there. We love to kayak, hike, and see wildlife so that drove our choices.
Some of our favorite state parks were St George Island, Rainbow Springs, Wekiwa Springs, Manatee Springs, Mike Rossen Gold Head. The last wo parks we had no Verizon connection for our hot spot or 3G.
Other CG enjoyed were Jetty Park, The Great Outdoors and Yellow Jacket.
On our parks to visit still are Stephen Foster, Topsail, Kathyrn Hanna and many places south of Tampa. We never got that far south because we were having so much fun north!
I have a blog with some photos of that trip.....Biglio.blogspot.com.
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We both like to hike, ride bikes and sightseeing for wild critters. I would love to kayak, but the DW is scared of it. I believe if I could ever get her in one and it not turn over she would love it. I was raised up on the bayou in North Louisiana and I could never wait to turn over the boat even though we was told not to by my parents. I would have to control myself with her.
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Head to southern Arizona for the winter months, almost always dry and calm weather. Where I am the annual rainfall is less than 4" and most of that comes in the late summer.
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There are so many parks in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to choose from it is starting to wear me down trying to decide on where to go. I have also started to look at possible trips into Arkansas, Tennessee and Georgia. It seems like each day there is another post about another great park to look at. Each day I may have a dozen tabs looking at different choices on my PC. I have been trying to limit our trips to two weeks where the yard work will not take over and overwhelm me when I get back. But I may have to start scheduling someone to do this.

How do ya'll decide on where to go with so many choices?
In Mississippi, we like:
Persimmon Hill COE on Enid Lake, particularly sites 66 and 68
JP Coleman State Park (but I didn't note the site #)

We've looked around Greer's Ferry Arkansas, b/c there's a BUNCH of COE's around there but haven't actually stayed in any yet (friends have a lake house there)
And Tom Sawyer RV Park looked pretty good too - room to move around and watch the river traffic on the Mississippi.

We decide based on recommendations, either on here, from coworkers who also RV, or from RV Park Reviews... We try to stay with COE and state parks but sometimes want wi-fi.
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You are a prime candidate to go full-time and stop letting that yard work and house having control over you! It sounds like your very active folks and with the thought of hosting on that great Buffalo River makes us think of ourselves 17 years ago when we started full-timing!! It's a wonderful lifestyle. Get started on it.....
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Head to southern Arizona for the winter months, almost always dry and calm weather. Where I am the annual rainfall is less than 4" and most of that comes in the late summer.
We are already looking at a trip to the Grand Canyon for 2015. We have tried going to it several times years ago, but it would be closed due to either early or late snowfall. The DW has a niece that lives in Tucson.
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