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Mobile Bay: Dauphin Island, Bayou La Batre, and USS Alabama

Driving to the West 2019 – Mobile Bay: Dauphin Island, Bayou La Batre, and USS Alabama

In today’s video we visit the Mobile Bay area. This is the second installment of my 2019 trip to the west.

Camping

I decided to stay at the Escapees Rainbow Plantation, which is located in Summerdale, near Fairhope, on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay. It is priced right at $23 for members which ends up being about $25 after taxes.

Video

Here’s a link to the video.

Driving to the West 2019 – Mobile Bay: Dauphin Island, Bayou La Batre, and USS Alabama – click image for video
Mobile Bay Ferry

After missing the Mobile Bay Ferry the last time I was here, this time I decided to do proper research. The ferry costs $15 for passenger vehicles, and in the winter time runs every 90 minutes. The schedule and more information are available at the website.

Dauphin Island

On the other side of the bay we encounter Fort Gaines and Dauphin Island.  Here I had an early lunch at the Sunset Grill. I had a very substantial and tasty shrimp po’boy. It is a lovely beach town that I hope to visit some day again, in the summer preferably. From here I decided to go a little further north. I stopped briefly by Bayou La Batre, filming location where one Forrest Gump became a shrimp boat captain. Time was passing me by rather quickly, so I decided to make a beeline for Mobile and visit Battleship Park.

USS Alabama

The pièce de résistance here was the USS Alabama. The World War II legendary battleship is nowadays a museum. It is exquisitely presented with sound effects, props, somewhat creepy mannequins, and lots of historic information. This self guided tour is a must if you are in the area. I think I would recommend it even if you are not into this sort of thing. The park also features the USS Drum, a submarine, also from the World War II era, also not to be missed. There is an aircraft pavilion and several planes, tanks, and other exhibits on display outdoors.

This is when time ran out, and I decided to drive through the heart of town as day turned in night.

Map

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Driving to the West 2019: The Beginning

The much anticipated road trip to the west has begun. Since I live in South Florida, I must first drive north before driving west. It is going to be one of these uneventful tedious drives first on I-95, then on I-10. I am going to try and make it interesting, at least the segment going north.

Merritt Island

After I spend a night at the Walmart in Titusville @diztraveler joined me for a quick excursion on the Blackpoint Wildlife Drive, in Merritt Island. We also visited the manatee viewing area at the Haulover Canal, although the manatees where no show. I did see a pelican. After that we said “until next time” and I continued north.

Jacksonville

A little over an hour later I arrived at Jacksonville, and meet up with Randall and his family and he did an excellent detailing job on both Minitini the Trailer, and the Colorado. They both needed one badly.

Driving to the West

As the day started coming to an end I turned onto I-10 and truly started driving to the west, into the sunset. After a long break at the rest area located in the Osceola National Forest, I continued pushing west, into the dark night. As fatigue started setting in I decided to spend the night at the Walmart parking lot in Tallahassee, Florida capital.

In the morning I continued west, almost non stop until I reached my destination, the Escapees Rainbow Plantation in Summerdale, Alabama.

Bird Watching in Eastern Central Florida: The Journey North, then West – Click to watch

Here’s a map of this road trip

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Relaxing Weekend in Lake Okeechobee, Florida

Relaxing Weekend in Lake Okeechobee, Florida’s Inland Sea

On the last weekend of December 2018, we decided to spend a weekend in Okeechobee, Florida. Also, this would be a great opportunity to make sure trailer and truck were ready for my seven-week-long trip to the West. This week I finally got around to releasing that video.

Relaxing weekend in Okeechobee, Florida (click image to access video)

For many years I had been intrigued about Florida’s inland sea, Lake Okeechobee. It wasn’t until we bought Minitini, the Trailer in 2014 that we decided one day to go see it, as part of a longer trip to Orlando, Florida.

This time we decided to spend some time in the small town which is the lake’s namesake. We opted for the KOA, as they are usually well maintained and are easy to book with the mobile app. This was one of those types of RV parks, which kind I don’t like anymore, where your sewer hose sits right next to your neighbor’s picnic table. We got to enjoy the crowded pool and the lounge a little bit before deciding to explore the town a little bit. It was very calm and warm in late December, but it is one of those towns where there isn’t much to do if you don’t own a boat or are into fishing. We still managed to have a good time at the relatively close Seminole Brighton Casino, and even came out ahead.

Overall a nice relaxing weekend and a great shakedown trip before the long trans-continental trip.

The following is a map of the route from Miami to Okeechobee.

Las Vegas Weekend Escapade and Season’s Greetings

Podcasting

Greetings happy campers. First of all, I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas 2017, and in case I forget to send another newsletter before then, a very Happy New Year. 2017 has certainly been great for me and I plan to make the most of 2018, and I hope you are able too.

Las Vegas Video
This weekend I published a video about our escapade last weekend to Sin City, Las Vegas, Nevada. It is something we like to do every couple of years to unplug, disconnect. I really hope next time we are able to go in our own RV, but this time we flew. Sometimes it is convenient to do a five-day trip in just five hours. Anyways, enough rambling. Here’s a link to the video.

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Dry Tortugas National Park (video)

Last weekend we returned to the Florida Keys in order to visit the Dry Tortugas National Park. This has been a bucket list destination of ours for a while now. The Yankee Freedom ferry has been having a special price since they returned to operation after hurricane Irma of only $99. That includes entrance to the park, breakfast and lunch.

Key West

We made our usual three-and-a-half hour drive to the “Conch Republic”, and we were surprised to see how much rubble is still on the side of the road, particularly in the Lower Keys. Key West, however, is 99% back to normal. We did the usual: a little bit of eating, a little bit of partying. We also visited Fort Zachary Taylor, which we had not seen before, and the freshly repainted Southernmost Point. We stayed at Boyd’s Campground, located in Stock Island, just one mile from Key West, five miles from Duval Street.

Southernmost Point
Fort Jefferson

Fort Jefferson is the main thing to see in the Dry Tortugas. I also attempted to do some snorkeling but the weather conditions were not optimal. It is a beautiful archipelago, and the color of the water is unbelievable.

Dry Tortugas National Park
Video:

I made two versions of the video:

The long one which also documents the trip to Key West and out stay there

…and a short one just with the Dry Tortugas trip

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Our Rig

We travel in the United States with a 2015 Winnebago Micro Minnie 1706FB

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My CAMERAS and OTHER GEAR

Main camera: Sony FDR-AX33 
Action camera: Sony FDR X3000 
Additional action camera: GoPro Hero 3 White Edition 
Field Audio Recorder: Zoom H1 
Drone: DJI Mavic Pro

CONVENIENCES and UPGRADES

TireMinder TM55c-B Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Fit System 3891 Deluxe Universal Clip-on Trailer Towing Mirror 
Fantastic Vent 
Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit Champion Power Equipment 75537i 3100 Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Wireless Remote Start 

IN MY BASEMENT

Weber 51010001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill, Black 
Weber 6557 Q Portable Cart for Grilling 
Coleman Outdoor Compact Table 
Coleman 333264 Propane Fuel Pressurized Cylinder, 16.4 Oz 
Quik Chair Folding Quad Mesh Camp Chair – Blue 
Camco Mfg Inc 44543 Large Stabilizer Jack Pad with Handle, 2 Pack 
Bulls Eye Level RV Appliance and Game Table Leveler Motorhome Level (Mini Level)
Tri-Lynx 00015 Lynx Levelers, (Pack of 10) by Tri-Lynx
Camco 39755 RhinoFLEX 6-in-1 Sewer Cleanout Plug Wrench
Cartman 14″ Cross Wrench, Lug Wrench
Rubbermaid Cooler, 10 qt., Red (FG2A1104MODRD) 
Trailer Aid Tandem Tire Changing Ramp 
Camco 40043 TastePURE Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector 
Progressive Industries EMS-PT30C Portable EMS RV Surge Protector – 30 Amp

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Fall Road Trip Part 1 – Central Florida

This weeks video is about the beginning of our fall road trip, which happened in Central Florida.

Thunderstorm in Central Florida
Central Florida

The first leg of the trip is driving to the Orlando area, more specifically Lake Louisa State Park. I had heard about this park through John and Kathy Huggins podcast some years back. While I was there, I met up with a viewer and producer Eric O., visited the President’s Hall of Fame, the Citrus Tower, Sugarloaf Mountain, Howey-in-the-Hills, the Dade Battlefield and Dade City among other places.

Video

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Visit John Huggins’ Living the RV Dream Website for everything there is to know about the RV lifestyle

I also ave some Stickers available for sale

My CAMERAS and OTHER GEAR

Main camera: Sony FDR-AX33 
Action camera: Sony FDR X3000 
Additional action camera: GoPro Hero 3 White Edition 
Field Audio Recorder: Zoom H1 
Drone: DJI Mavic Pro

CONVENIENCES and UPGRADES

TireMinder TM55c-B Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Fit System 3891 Deluxe Universal Clip-on Trailer Towing Mirror 
Fantastic Vent 
Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit Champion Power Equipment 75537i 3100 Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Wireless Remote Start 

IN MY BASEMENT

Weber 51010001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill, Black 
Weber 6557 Q Portable Cart for Grilling 
Coleman Outdoor Compact Table 
Coleman 333264 Propane Fuel Pressurized Cylinder, 16.4 Oz 
Quik Chair Folding Quad Mesh Camp Chair – Blue 
Camco Mfg Inc 44543 Large Stabilizer Jack Pad with Handle, 2 Pack 
Bulls Eye Level RV Appliance and Game Table Leveler Motorhome Level (Mini Level)
Tri-Lynx 00015 Lynx Levelers, (Pack of 10) by Tri-Lynx
Camco 39755 RhinoFLEX 6-in-1 Sewer Cleanout Plug Wrench
Cartman 14″ Cross Wrench, Lug Wrench
Rubbermaid Cooler, 10 qt., Red (FG2A1104MODRD) 
Trailer Aid Tandem Tire Changing Ramp 
Camco 40043 TastePURE Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector 
Progressive Industries EMS-PT30C Portable EMS RV Surge Protector – 30 Amp

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

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INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/travelingrobert

 

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Three Year (Belated) RVversary

OK, it is no secret I have neglected the blog. First there was the rest of our road trip to see to solar eclipse. Then there was that pesky hurricane Irma who came to spoil the party. Now I am in the middle of another road trip, to experience the turning of the leaves in northern Georgia. Meanwhile, I leave you with this video. This is pretty much where we left off: Our three-year RVversary.

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In case you havent seen it here’s a link to that video in the thumbnail below.

Three Year RVversary Video
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If you find value or entertainment in the work that I do, please considering supporting at Patreon

Visit John Huggins’ Living the RV Dream Website for everything there is to know about the RV lifestyle

I have some CDs and Stickers available for sale

My CAMERAS and OTHER GEAR

Main camera: Sony FDR-AX33 
Action camera: Sony FDR X3000 
Additional action camera: GoPro Hero 3 White Edition 
Field Audio Recorder: Zoom H1 
Drone: DJI Mavic Pro

CONVENIENCES and UPGRADES

TireMinder TM55c-B Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Fit System 3891 Deluxe Universal Clip-on Trailer Towing Mirror 
Fantastic Vent 
Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit Champion Power Equipment 75537i 3100 Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Wireless Remote Start 

IN MY BASEMENT

Weber 51010001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill, Black 
Weber 6557 Q Portable Cart for Grilling 
Coleman Outdoor Compact Table 
Coleman 333264 Propane Fuel Pressurized Cylinder, 16.4 Oz 
Quik Chair Folding Quad Mesh Camp Chair – Blue 
Camco Mfg Inc 44543 Large Stabilizer Jack Pad with Handle, 2 Pack 
Bulls Eye Level RV Appliance and Game Table Leveler Motorhome Level (Mini Level)
Tri-Lynx 00015 Lynx Levelers, (Pack of 10) by Tri-Lynx
Camco 39755 RhinoFLEX 6-in-1 Sewer Cleanout Plug Wrench
Cartman 14″ Cross Wrench, Lug Wrench
Rubbermaid Cooler, 10 qt., Red (FG2A1104MODRD) 
Trailer Aid Tandem Tire Changing Ramp 
Camco 40043 TastePURE Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector 
Progressive Industries EMS-PT30C Portable EMS RV Surge Protector – 30 Amp

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/travelingrobert
TWITTER: http://twitter.com/travelingrobert
INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/travelingrobert

 

Music for all my videos is also available at Amazon Music.

Georgia on My Mind – Macon and Stone Mountain

Today I am releasing the first detailed video of our recent solar eclipse road trip. During the first 3 days we visited two main sites in the state of Georgia. First we explored historic Macon, and then we spent some family time east of Atlanta, at Stone Mountain Park.

This video is sponsored by Rad Power Bikes
www.radpowerbikes.com (800) 939-0310

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Macon, Georgia

This city was completely off our radar until we drove through it on our way to Atlanta last year. I didn’t realize how important and wealthy it was in past. We visited a palatial mansion from the 19th century called the Hay House, named after the first family who lived there. We also toured the Rose Hill Cemetery, which is the final resting place to over a thousand confederate soldiers, several prominent political figures, and the Allman Brothers. The cemetery is the largest and oldest in the city, and one of the most picturesque I’ve ever seen. We also visited the Ocmulgee National Monument, which consists of several ancient indian mounds, but the scorching heat and numerous insects greatly diminished our enjoyment of the site.

We decided to cool off at the Ocmulgee Brewpub. This trip was one of the few times that we didn’t get a chance to sample the typical local cuisine, but the brewpub made a pretty substantial burger, so we left satisfied.

As a conclusion I recommend at least one day in this charming antebellum city, however, not in the middle of August.

Stone Mountain Park

The other main attraction we visited in Georgia was Stone Mountain Park. We stayed at the campground, and while it was perhaps a bit pricey at $58 per night, we had a beautiful site by the lake. We spent some time with the family, particularly with my brother in law Pepe, who lives in the area. He even has an annual pass. Among the things we did, we saw the old covered bridge, the Grist Mill, the Quarry Exhibit, but our favorite was the Historic Square, which features a collection of old original Georgia buildings. We also visited the Stone Mountain Village and discovered a German brewpub called Village Corner, also the Stone Mountain Brewing Company. Check out the video below for more detailed information about our time in Georgia.

Video
https://youtu.be/kCARv87SO6s
Links

If you find value or entertainment in the work that I do you can show your support at Patreon

Visit John Huggins’ Living the RV Dream Website for everything there is to know about the RV lifestyle

I have some CDs and Stickers available for sale

My CAMERAS and OTHER GEAR

Main camera: Sony FDR-AX33 
Action camera: Sony FDR X3000 
Additional action camera: GoPro Hero 3 White Edition 
Field Audio Recorder: Zoom H1 
Drone: DJI Mavic Pro

CONVENIENCES and UPGRADES

TireMinder TM55c-B Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Fit System 3891 Deluxe Universal Clip-on Trailer Towing Mirror 
Fantastic Vent 
Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit Champion Power Equipment 75537i 3100 Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Wireless Remote Start 

IN MY BASEMENT

Weber 51010001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill, Black 
Weber 6557 Q Portable Cart for Grilling 
Coleman Outdoor Compact Table 
Coleman 333264 Propane Fuel Pressurized Cylinder, 16.4 Oz 
Quik Chair Folding Quad Mesh Camp Chair – Blue 
Camco Mfg Inc 44543 Large Stabilizer Jack Pad with Handle, 2 Pack 
Bulls Eye Level RV Appliance and Game Table Leveler Motorhome Level (Mini Level)
Tri-Lynx 00015 Lynx Levelers, (Pack of 10) by Tri-Lynx
Camco 39755 RhinoFLEX 6-in-1 Sewer Cleanout Plug Wrench
Cartman 14″ Cross Wrench, Lug Wrench
Rubbermaid Cooler, 10 qt., Red (FG2A1104MODRD) 
Trailer Aid Tandem Tire Changing Ramp 
Camco 40043 TastePURE Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector 
Progressive Industries EMS-PT30C Portable EMS RV Surge Protector – 30 Amp

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/travelingrobert
TWITTER: http://twitter.com/travelingrobert
INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/travelingrobert

 

Music for all my videos is also available at Amazon Music.

Sebastian Inlet State Park by Traveling Robert

We spent a weekend, well almost a weekend, at Sebastian Inlet State Park and these are my impressions of it.

This video is sponsored by Rad Power Bikes
www.radpowerbikes.com (800) 939-0310

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The State Park

The park is located on the barrier islands, on the east side of the indian river Lagoon. It is one of many man-made inlets in the area. It encompasses both sides of the inlet. The south, where the campground is located in Indian River County. The more popular north side is located in Brevard County.

This park is great if you are into fishing, and there are two catwalks where you can fish from. The one on the north is the longer one, and the most popular. The north side also has a gift shop with a restaurant, and a lagoon which is great for snorkeling.

The south side is much more quiet. The campground is on this side. This side also has a boat ramp.

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

I few miles south of the inlet we encounter this historic refuge. It was established back in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, making it the first ever national wildlife preserve. There is a short trail that takes you to a platform where you can see Pelican Island. According to Wikipedia, Pelican Island is home to many nesting birds including brown pelicans, great egrets, snowy egrets, reddish egrets, great blue heron, little blue heron, tricolored heron, black-crowned night heron, American white ibis, glossy ibis, double-crested cormorant, anhinga, and American oystercatcher.

McLarty Treasure Museum

The McLarty Treasure museum is one of two treasure museums in the ares, the other one being Mel Fisher’s Treasures in the town of Sebastian. This one illustrates the history of a Spanish fleet that got decimated by a hurricane in 1713. Eleven ship sank that day, of the fleet making its was from Havana to Spain, carrying a treasure of gold, solver, and jewels. The museum displays many of the artifacts rescued from the ships, as well as pictorials and graphics depicting what happened. There’s also a platform overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the general area where the shipwreck took place. There have been many shipwrecks in the this area, hence the name: Treasure Coast.

Sebastian

The city of Sebastian is located on the mainland side of the Indian River Lagoon. This is the closes city if you want to go shopping, or have a variety of dining options. There is a Walmart, and a very nice brewery called Pareidoila. The only negative is that the town is at least 20 minutes away, even though it is right across the lagoon. The closes bridge is almost eight miles south, by Wabasso Beach. You only other dining option is Coppola’s at the historic Sebastian Beach Inn, seven miles north.

Video

Check out the video I made of our stay here.

Sponsored

If you find value in the work that I do, please considering supporting me at Patreon

Visit John Huggins’ Living the RV Dream Website for everything there is to know about the RV lifestyle

I have some CDs and Stickers available for sale

My CAMERAS and OTHER GEAR

Main camera: Sony FDR-AX33 
Action camera: Sony FDR X3000 
Additional action camera: GoPro Hero 3 White Edition 
Field Audio Recorder: Zoom H1 
Drone: DJI Mavic Pro

CONVENIENCES and UPGRADES

TireMinder TM55c-B Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
Fit System 3891 Deluxe Universal Clip-on Trailer Towing Mirror 
Fantastic Vent 
Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit Champion Power Equipment 75537i 3100 Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Wireless Remote Start 

IN MY BASEMENT

Weber 51010001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill, Black 
Weber 6557 Q Portable Cart for Grilling 
Coleman Outdoor Compact Table 
Coleman 333264 Propane Fuel Pressurized Cylinder, 16.4 Oz 
Quik Chair Folding Quad Mesh Camp Chair – Blue 
Camco Mfg Inc 44543 Large Stabilizer Jack Pad with Handle, 2 Pack 
Bulls Eye Level RV Appliance and Game Table Leveler Motorhome Level (Mini Level)
Tri-Lynx 00015 Lynx Levelers, (Pack of 10) by Tri-Lynx
Camco 39755 RhinoFLEX 6-in-1 Sewer Cleanout Plug Wrench
Cartman 14″ Cross Wrench, Lug Wrench
Rubbermaid Cooler, 10 qt., Red (FG2A1104MODRD) 
Trailer Aid Tandem Tire Changing Ramp 
Camco 40043 TastePURE Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector 
Progressive Industries EMS-PT30C Portable EMS RV Surge Protector – 30 Amp

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FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/travelingrobert
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Meeting “The Wynns”

Meet the Wynns

They are now somewhere in the Caribbean, sailing the blue waters, but not long ago they were here in South Florida and we got to meet them. I am, of course talking about Nikky and Jason “The Wynns”  Former RVers and now sailors, they have one of the most successful YouTube travel channels. I’ll admit I could relate to the much more back in their RVing days, but it is still very entertaining watching sail around the world particularly the learning process.

The Meetup

I made a quick video about the meetup they had at the Lauder-ale Brewery, and here’s a video of that.