Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Another Texas Winter, Rockport TX

It took us awhile, but we made it to Texas and are now comfortably tucked in for the winter. The trip was around 1400 miles and we took 2 weeks to travel so that averages 100 miles a day. I like that kind of traveling! :) Of course, we didn't travel every day. We tried to spend a few days just enjoying the journey.

After a brief overnight stop outside Spartansburg, SC we arrived at R. Shaefer Heard Park on West Point Lake right on the Georgia/Alabama state line. This was a beautiful COE park with several First Come-First Served spots available. It was a shame the water level on the lake was low, but that did not stop us from enjoying the heck out of this park and lake :) We chose a 50 amp site (#5) and had most of the loop to ourselves.

R Shaefer Heard Park, West Point GA

We assumed with Thanksgiving 2 days away, the park would fill for the weekend, but it didn't. We were joined by a couple others in our loop, but the majority of spaces remained empty.


It was wonderfully relaxing and peaceful, right on the lake.

West Point Lake

It was easy to make the decision to stay through the holiday weekend. We were able to get in some kayaking, a lot of hiking, a campfire and even Thanksgiving dinner-without an oven :)

Thanksgiving Day 2012

Necessity brings out the creativity and we had a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, just a little differently than the traditional :) Most of  you will probably remember that our oven died earlier in November and we've been limping through until we could get to Texas and have a new one shipped. The new oven has been ordered and we're expecting it this week-yeah!

As much as we liked R. Shaefer Heard Park, we could not imagine finding another that we enjoyed as much, but we did, on our very next stop,. In fact, Gunter Hill COE, just outside Montgomery AL, has to be one of the top 5 campgrounds we've ever stayed at.

Gunter Hill COE, Montgomery AL

It would have been very easy to stay the maximum time allowed, 14 days, if we only had the time available. Gunter Hill has 2 loops and the one we stayed in, Catoma, had recently been remodeled. What a job they did! All of the sites were spacious FHU 50 amp sites with exceptionally long, level concrete pads. There were plenty of trees for privacy but not too many to block cell or TV signals. Our site (#30) was a pull through with a nice view of the water. The campground is on the banks of the Alabama River. If you're ever in the area, be sure to put this park on your list. You won't regret it! Oh, I almost forgot the best part! This place is a bargain at just $22/night and if you have the Senior Pass, it's just $11! Amazing place, amazing value. We'll definitely be back.

After just 2 short days at Gunter Hill, we had to continue our journey or end up paying double while we slowly meandered down to TX. Our reservations started on December 1st so we needed to speed up a bit. Our next stop, I-65 RV Campground, outside Mobile AL was a short overnight stay and although it was an easy on, easy off Interstate stop, it had no other redeeming value. It was basically a run down park that needed a lot of TLC to bring it back to its glory. It did serve its purpose though, providing us with a safe place to spend the night, but at $33 it should have been much nicer.

Our next stop was Lafayette LA. I was anxious to stop at Acadiana City RV Park as the reports on RVParkReviews.com were mostly quite favorable. We were both very disappointed in this park. Maybe it was because it was Fall and everything was leaf covered, but this park left much to be desired. The sites were all small, unlevel and difficult to maneuver in and out of due to beautiful, large trees. I hate to complain about gorgeous old trees but they did make maneuvering very  difficult through this park. Had our adjoining spots been occupied when it was time to leave, we'd still be there. It took 3 spots plus our own to maneuver our way out of there. Big rig friendly? I don't think so! (no matter what they profess)  We stayed here two nights, then headed to Wallisville TX, east of Houston, for an overnight stay.

Turtle Bayou RV Park was a nice stopover. Nothing fancy, but friendly people and a nice place to spend the night. Not a destination, just a stopover.

We planned our trip to cross Houston on Sunday morning. We’ve always found it much easier to go through huge cities on Sunday mornings and that remains true. We pulled into Estes RV Resort at 2:00PM, unhitched the Jeep and backed Lucy into Site 4 where she will remain until April 1st.

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We hugged Jan and CJ, the hosts and settled ourselves in as well. The park hasn’t changed since last year but most of the residents have. Only a few couples have returned this year so we will be meeting lots of new people. Hope some of them know how to play Hand and Foot! :)

Thanks for stopping by. Turtle


  1. I like the way you've set up your pictures to not only open in a new tab (or maybe window...whatever) but also the larger format.
    Mostly 'cause I'm nosy.

  2. Glad to see you have arrived safely and set up your "Winter" nest;o)) Thanks for the great tips on COE campgrounds!!

  3. Looks like a great thanksgiving dinner and those look like great campgrounds.

  4. That is a very nice camping area to spend the next 4 months. I especially like your UNC Tar Heels flag too. We also thank you for the tips on the COE campgrounds. We're learned so much from you and Rick, in your blog and in person.

  5. Looks like a lovely spot to "winter"! Enjoy!!

  6. I stayed at Gunter Hill for a week this past May. It's a great place to be to visit all the historic sites of Montgomery and Selma. :)

  7. Gunter Hill is on my pinterest as a possible stop over after Red Bay; glad to read a second favorable opinion.

  8. Nice COE's you've found. Looks like you'll have a great time this winter down there.

  9. Glad you made it safely to your winter destination. Looks like you had good luck in finding some real nice campgrounds on the way south.

  10. Glad you arrived safely and we really love those COE parks too! Estes looks like a great place to spend the winter. Enjoy!

  11. Nice trip. I hope to some travel that slowly, maybe I should walk.

    Enjoy your winter "home", maybe you'll cook some super meals in your new oven. :c)

  12. Your mode of travel is just what I love. 100 miles and stay a while. Thanks for the COE park information. I hope we may be able to get out of Florida and stay a while at both of these. They look great!

  13. Appreciate your review of all the campgrounds you stayed at on the way south. Those COEs look really nice as does your winter home.

    Glad the lack of an oven didn't stop you from having a nice Thanksgiving dinner. However you did it, it looks wonderful!

  14. Great recap! I love your photos! Looks like you found some great campgrounds.


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