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Old 08-13-2013, 02:44 PM   #29
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If Top Sail is booked check-out Grayton Beach, just a few miles east of Top Sail. Fort Desoto is a great county campground near St Petersburg. Try WP Franklin Park near Ft Myers (a Corp of Engineers Pk) or Koreshan State Park just north of Naples. Also dont miss the Florida Keys, several state parks but they fill-up fast. Sometimes if you're lucky you can catch a cancellation. The booking window for the Florida State Parks open 11 months in advance and the Keys are popular year round. Private campgrounds are available in the Keys but are expensive.
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Old 08-13-2013, 02:53 PM   #30
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Thank you, All ! Great suggestions. We'll post some pics in this thread when we get back.

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Old 08-13-2013, 03:23 PM   #31
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When at Gulf Shores try the Original Oyster House on Hwy 59 toward beach just past last marsh stream bridge on right in Gulf Shores. We have eaten there several times over past 15+ years and never had a bad sea food meal. It's one of the more popular restaurants there.
I love that place, but I prefer the one on the causeway. Better view, less crowded, and the same food. As an added bonus, the parking lot on the causeway can usually accommodate a vehicle towing an AS too. Regardless, I second the recommendation!
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Old 08-13-2013, 03:41 PM   #32
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If you want to take your significant other to a pretty nice restaurant while in the gulf shores/orange beach area...hit up this restaurant while in that area....took my wife there on a whim a couple year back and service and the food was AMAZING..

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We go to gulf shores or destin area annually (house or condos mostly, havent camped it in a little while)...love the gulf beaches. Enjoy.

I have not been to New Orleans yet
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Old 08-13-2013, 04:23 PM   #33
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To add to the "don't get out of Florida too soon" post, Manatee Springs State Park on U.S. 19. Spring flows into the Suwannee River with a boardwalk to see it.
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Old 08-13-2013, 04:25 PM   #34
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I will suggest Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island. Nice campground, and there's a lot to see and do in the area.

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A loop, site 30 is my favorite.
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:09 PM   #35
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Navarre Beach Campground

Great campground. Their beachfront site is wonderful. It's actually on the Northshore of the bay, not the gulf. It's still awesome as the picture shows. Gulf Islands National Seashore Parks are nearby.

Downtown Robertsdale, AL (Near Mobile), and downtown Ocean Springs, MS (Near Biloxi) are great also.
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:40 PM   #36
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Downtown Robertsdale, AL (Near Mobile), and downtown Ocean Springs, MS (Near Biloxi) are great also.
Robertsdale? I grew up there. Just don't blink or you'll miss the whole town.
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Old 08-18-2013, 03:12 PM   #37
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I am from what they call the WestBank of New Orleans. I would not stay at Bayou Segnette CG. My preference when we return is on what is called the NorthShore. There is Fountainbleu State Park in Covington (on a rails to trails route) r Fairview Riverside in Madisonville on the Tchefunce River. Of course to see N O have to cross the Causeway over Lake Pontchartrain which is about 24 miles long. But I enjoy the ride and seeing the pelicans.

If you are going to leave and go into Cajun Country...got a few suggestions there that I love to visit.
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I am from what they call the WestBank of New Orleans. I would not stay at Bayou Segnette CG.
I imagine you wouldn't. That's almost like paying to camp in your own back yard. Same reason I personally wouldn't stay at the KOA in Kenner. That's entirely too close to home for me.

But other AirForums members who have come to New Orleans stayed at Bayou Segnette and liked it. Different strokes…
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:57 AM   #39
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Appreciate all your advice

So we're on our way; thought I'd share one all part of our adventures so far.
I know this isn't the right forum gor such an update, but what the heck ...

Last Thursday we were traveling south from Santa Fe headed to San Antonio via Rosswell, NM. Hwy 285 clear skies, hot, no traffic, about 1 in the afternoon. Looking up we became aware of a dark shadow starting to blot out the sun. The shadow grew larger and darker assuming a roundish shape with an odd glow around the edges. It seemed to be tracking us along the highway. This went on for about five minutes. I began to wonder if the Airstream we were towing looked like something familiar to whatever seemed to looking down from above. Then, BANG! The Suburban's AC went out just about the time our vehicle shuddered and our dashboard went berserk. Then the shadow seemed to disappear into the sky off to the right. The dashboard dials settled back to normal and Bobbie and I looked at each other, kinda not believing what had just happened ... in Roswell, yet ... all those stories of alien encounters. Strange, weird ..,,

True?

Nah... just kidding, except for the broken AC part. Our AC compressor did fail in Roswell and we ended up driving almost two days thru southern Texas in the 100's without air conditioning. Stopping in San Antonio late Friday afternoon, Bobbie found a Chevy dealer with the parts we needed and a service department open on Labor Day weekend.

Everything's now fixed, our wallet's a bit lighter, but we have heavenly cool air in the Sub.

It could have been a lot worse, the Lord's watching over us. .... and probably that strange, alien starship that was circling Roswell 😊 ...

Stay tuned for more dispatches from Traveling with Iggy,
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Destin, FL was one of our highlights, can park right on the beach, limited availability of course.
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Old 10-27-2013, 03:17 PM   #41
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Destin, FL was one of our highlights, can park right on the beach, limited availability of course.
My daughter, grandson & I are heading out with the Bambi II for her first real journey to Destin, FL. I opted not to be right on the beach because of the little guy needing a place to play other than sand. Did you stay at the Campgulf? Any places there that we have to go to??
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Old 10-27-2013, 03:32 PM   #42
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becky, PM me with your family camping experiences down there...this information would be useful to me and my family....we are planning a trip down into that region in may....thanks. We have a 3 year old (will be 3.5 by that point) and a 10 month old (will be 1.5 by that point)...
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