Don't forget to check out "Airstream Only" parks, you can find them online. Stop well before dark even if its a truck stop or Walmart and if the weather turns bad STAY PUT.
Thank you kindly for all the timely information....good news is we are working on escape route this weekend. Studying weather patterns ( wild guessing meteorologists), we are considering leaving after the holidays....take our time after we travel route I-81....then decide I-40, I-20 or I-10 heading to southern Arizona. However, if we decide to linger longer enroute....New Orleans, Gulf Coast, Austin......the Airstream Adventure Awaits!
Happy New Year AS Forum Members!
Thank you for all your great information, tips and encouragement!
We are packed, prepped, hitched and ready to head southwest early tomorrow on our first snowbird adventure. Temp here last night was 15° and olive oil froze in the AS pantry....thawed quickly and now stored in frig. Learned so much our first summer season camping and greatly appreciate the wonderful supportive Forum Community.
Heading south and hope to de-winterize in a few days and if all goes well....will return home sometime in March! Maybe we will meet some fellow Airstreamers on the road....
All the best for a great 2015,
I don't mean to hijack the thread, I too am interested in seeking a warmer clime. My question is on topic (I think) but more about the reservation.
I'm trying to get down near Largo, Florida. I've been able to make a 2 week reservation in Hillsboro River S.P. but I want to stay around 4 weeks. The state park maximum is 14 days, you must leave a day before you can return. The largest stretch was the one I reserved, which will be at the end of our stay, so I'm working backward now.
In the same park I have found 5 day, 1 day and another 5 day site available. I was thinking of reserving them but if I use Reserve America, does this count as 3 reservations or just 1? Cancellations are expensive and I was wondering if anyone had any experience with Reserve America, making reservations this way.
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We landed our Flying Cloud in Wytheville VA just before dark. Long day but we should be south enough to miss the forecasted icy & freezing rain tomorrow. Heading next to just south of Birmingham AL for overnight at Tennehill SP McCalla, AL...then onto to New Orleans, LA.
Hopefully, we will be able to de-winterize in a few days....weather permitting.
We are typically very OCD planners but the trip is our first loooooong adventure with no reservations. We want to chase warmer weather, avoid the polar vortex (bad memories of 4 months last year) and get outside and enjoy winter in southwest!
Our 18.5 yr. old blind poodle has been a real sweetie so far. She sleeps like a baby in the car and her people brought all her sweaters, polar fleece coat and handmade blankets.
We are at our first KOA ever tonight, nearly all other SP in VA are closed for the season.
Nice pull through with electric to keep us toasty and excellent free wifi!
We have been working out logistics for next three to four days. ALLSTAYS APP is terrific!
Near New Orleans, I've stayed at all of these parks, and can recommend any of them. I've listed them in order of closest to farthest proximity to the French Quarter:
Bayou Segnette State Park, 13 miles;
St. Bernard State Park, 15 miles;
Fairview-Riverside State Park, 38 miles:
Buccaneer State Park in Mississippi, 56 miles;
Bogue Chitto State Park, 66 miles.
I haven't stayed at Fountainbleu State Park, 38 miles from the French Quarter, Tickfaw State Park, 65 miles from the French Quarter, or Grand Isle State Park, 111 miles from the French Quarter, but all three of those are on my "to do" list.
Unfortunately, there are no Corps of Engineers campgrounds within about 200 miles of New Orleans. Probably the closest is Twiltley Branch Campground on Okatibbee Lake in Mississippi, near the junction of I-59 and I-20 at Meridian, Mississippi.
However, on your way west, be sure to check out Sam Rayburn Lake in east Texas. Not only are there SIX CoE campgrounds on the shore of Sam Rayburn Lake (I've stayed at one, Mill Creek) but also an Airstream-only campground owned by one of the Texas WBCCI units. With so many campgrounds to choose from, you could rotate between them, two weeks at each, and spend three months without ever leaving that one lake! And because you can't stay a whole season at any one park, it's often overlooked by snowbirds who look to plant themselves in one park all winter long, so the parks are seldom full in winter.
You don't need both. The Senior Pass (formerly Golden Age Passport) is for the "over 62" crowd. Access Pass is for handicapped/disabled of any age. Both are available free of charge at the office of most National Parks. Although Corps of Engineers accepts the passes, they can't issue the passes anymore.
Happy New a Year and if I remember correctly- happy retirement!
We may very well find ourselves in New Orleans between 1/4-1/7 range.
May have some questions regarding which campground you would choose to de-winterize.
We are somewhat concerned if done too soon.....we may have cold weather conditions in Texas on our way to southern Arizona.
All the best,
After narrowly missing tornado last night in Alabama, arrived safely at Fountainbleau State Park today with warmest temps thus far at. 64°!
Plan to visit NOLA and stroll the streets of French Quarter before proceeding west.
Sounds good, I like the part about getting away but the getting away from the cold I guess is relative. Looking at Arizona, it is in the lower left quarter that is 40-60ish degrees currently as the highs! It still sounds cold to me. Some time in the future, try southwest Florida, say Port Charlotte to Sarasota area. It won't be that crowded, it's closer to home and the temps will be warmer too.
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Rod, we've lived in both states, well before the Florida population explosion. I'll take the beautiful, dry, sunny, bug-free winter weather of southern Arizona any day. The sun warms you, not the humid air.
We too have been to Florida many times and we love the "beach type" vacation but our favorite beaches are in Kauai! We are anxious to explore Arizona and are watching temp carefully. Our p,an is to chase 65-70°. Enjoy hiking in cooler temps, maybe stay here and there in CG with few amenities which include a warm pool but we sure mainly longing for a connection to the land, culture and yes, we are not missing the northeastern ice storms, snow storms and 20° temps.