All posts by Margot Bai

Hickory Hammock

January 4, 2017 – January 11, 2017

Our travels took us to Hickory Hammock Water Management District, northwest of Lake Okeechobee. This equestrian campground has horse trails and a barn where campers can stable their horses. One of the best parts is it’s free to camp here! However, the sites have no services and you have to register ahead of time. The location is very secluded – you have to drive down a 3.5 mile gravel road to get to the campground. Since it was so remote, the night sky was exceptionally clear and the stars bright! The moon was waxing so by the end of our stay, the moon was casting moon shadows and there was no need for a flashlight at night! We also got cell signal there so we could watch Netflix to our hearts’ content (this is where we got hooked on “The OA”).

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Jekyll Island, GA (Part 2)

November 19 – December 18, 2016

Be sure to read Part 1 first! 

During our month long stay on Jekyll Island, we also visited the beautiful historic district. The Jekyll Island Museum reviewed the island history, while the Rockefeller cottage and Faith Chapel showcased the lifestyle of the island’s wealthy early residents. We dined on steak and seafood in the Grand Dining Room of the Jekyll Island Club hotel and Margot went to a ladies lunch at the luxurious Crane Cottage. We attended the popular annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony complete with live music, Santa and Mrs. Claus, fake snow, and fireworks with thousands of other island residents.

In front of the Crane Cottage (really, a mansion!). Built in 1917, it was the most expensive and elegant home built on Jekyll Island. It has since been converted to a restaurant. (More reading)
In front of the Crane Cottage (really, a mansion!). Built in 1917, it was the most expensive and elegant home built on Jekyll Island. It has since been converted to a hotel and restaurant.

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Jekyll Island, GA (Part 1)

November 19 – December 18, 2016

We booked in for a month at Jekyll Island Campground in the lovely Golden Isles area of southeast coastal Georgia. The campground came well-recommended by one of the full-time RVers Margot has been following for years so we knew it was a good spot with lots to see and do in the area. One would think with a month’s worth of time, relaxation would be the main activity. Not exactly! Almost everyday we were out and about exploring and learning about the area. When we did stick around the campground, we were TCOB’ing (Taking Care of Business) like laundry, taking care of the odd rental property business, preparing music for Jam night, etc. 

Our site was lovely and spacious, especially considering it came with full hookups: electricity, water and sewer.

Our campsite at Jekyll Island Campground. Our first time camping with palm trees!
Our campsite at Jekyll Island Campground. Our first time camping with palm trees!

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First Destination: North Carolina

Trip South

With the extra work we had to do that took us into November James was worried he would have to ride down in freezing temperatures or worse, with a threat of snow. We kept our eye on the forecasts and with the wild swings in weather this fall, we lucked out with a spot of warm dry weather on November 10th with a high of 15 C for James to ride south on the motorcycle. The upgrades and heated gear performed great!

We found a great overnight spot in Ridgway, PA and were treated to a nice sunrise! Free wifi was a short walk away at the gas station.
We found a great overnight spot in Ridgway, PA and were treated to a nice sunrise! Free wifi was a short walk away at the gas station.

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Fall Unvacation

After having such a free and fun time in Eastern Ontario, we had to buckle down to turn over our largest apartment. As you may recall, we received notice from our tenant the day after we moved out of our house they would be leaving at the end of August. We spent all of September and October renovating. The apartment is about 1200 sqft and we did most of the work ourselves, painting all the walls and ceilings, replacing most of the flooring, upgrading faucets and toilets, painting and replacing doors, and blowing extra insulation into the attic. Other work we hired out including paving the driveway (this was already scheduled months ago), rebuilding the front porch and stairs, upgrading the linked smoke alarms system by adding more alarms, and other electrical work. It was by far the largest reno project we had ever undertaken! Highlights included the main floor bathroom with a new ceramic tile floor and trendy new vanity with a quartz top. The kitchen also got a huge update with new cabinets, an island and gorgeous granite countertops.

Renovating means taking things apart first
Renovating means taking things apart first!

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