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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On “Vacation”

With our rental renovation pending for September 1st, we had a little over a week for an official “vacation”.  While we so appreciate and enjoy driveway surfing with family and friends, after over a month of social time we were craving some alone time.  We also recognized that this was our only chance to go “camping” all year, at least until we head south for the winter.  We really enjoyed our stay at Kring Point State Park on the St Lawrence River in NY state last summer. Since Nellie was already an hour east of Toronto, continuing east seemed a logical choice.  Using my guide to Ontario Conservation Areas, I found Charlottenburgh Park on the St Lawrence River, just east of Cornwall. A quick call confirmed they would have space for us with no reservation required.  At almost 400kms, it was a good day’s haul but the 401 made the trip quick and easy.

We rolled in Tuesday afternoon and found multiple options for camping.  Interestingly, with our solar panels, we generally want sites that others don’t: no services and lots of sunshine.  Not only are sites without electricity cheaper, they are usually located in quieter and/or more scenic sections of the campground.  This time we opted for a site close to the beach: the open spaciousness of the sites in that area did not appeal to others and we basically had the entire area to ourselves.  Sweet!

Our spacious and sunny site 6 near the beach at Charlottenburgh Park.

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