Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hiatus Happenings Part 2

In May, we brought Mel (Jayco Melbourne 29D) home and then we hit the road! The above photo was taken at Oconee COE Campground on Lake Hartwell...we're heading back there this Spring.

Above, we are at Lake Powhattan a Cradle Of Forrest campground outside Asheville. This was the only site available when we booked and although it had the best view in the whole campground, it was a weed patch. This was the only time that we stayed at a COF campground....and maybe it's just this one, but it was run oddly. In most campgrounds, there's usually two host there were ten and it's a small campground....odd. We stayed in the full hook up loop (only time so far) and the most expensive, yet most poorly maintained loop....odd. Our loop was weedy (especially our site) and gravel was sparse in most sites (especially ours) and the only thing we saw the hosts doing was aimlessly ride in golf cart and walk the loop with a leaf blower cleaning the road (several times)....odd. If we were to camp in the Asheville area again, we would stay at the campground again, but in the primitive loop. The sites in that loop were more spacious and better maintained and this COF campground had the best shower houses that we've seen so far.

What we learned: we like camping by water.

The above photo was taken at Springfield COE on Lake Hartwell. You can't go wrong at a COE campground. We camped there again in the late fall.

Here we are at Twin Lakes COE campground on Lake Hartwell...we shared a double site with our friends that live up the road from us.

We left Twin Lakes and headed up to Devils Fork State Park on Lake Jocasee . The park was only OK, but Lake Jocasee is spectacular.

In the second half of 2014, we camping for 50 days and we have some big trips already booked for 2015.


  1. We like the COE campgrounds too, and the State Park ones. Love to camp in the national parks, lots of scenery and hiking etc., but no hookups at all! Where are you headed next?

    1. Our first trip starts at Fort Pickens SP on the Florida panhandle.

  2. is this in Georgia? I see you say you are originally from Milwaukee - i am originally from the Manitowoc/Two Rivers area and lived for 1.5 years in Milwaukee before I left the state - now in Arkansas for the past 35 years. We have a small Navion IQ 25 feet and love the campgrounds in the west and go to CO, WY, MT, and UT a lot but no travel this year as hubby has a contract job here at home for the year.

  3. Lake Hartwell Straddles the border of GA and SC and Lake Jocasee is in SC, near GA and NC borders.

    We're heading back to IL and WI this summer and then on out West.