Westward Ho!

Westward Ho

Pacific Coast, Here We Come

Westward Ho

After spending almost 3 months in Florida, we are back on the road and heading west to California and Oregon.  We started our journey westward at M-RV park in Moore Haven, Florida.  Yeah!  Westward Ho!

Getting our new glass for our door

Next we stopped at RV Glass Solutions in Lakeland to get our foggy window in Lola’s door replaced, however the glass was the wrong thickness.  Whoops!  Fortunately we had business to take care of in Bushnell while the correct window was overnighted to Lakeland.  We drove back Lakeland to get it installed after staying 5 days at Clerbrook FL.  What a difference to have a window I can look out of… especially making those right turns!  We replaced the old dual pane window with a laminated glass window that has no gap to fog.  Richard in Lakeland was great to work with.

Interstate 10

Once we hit I-10 I felt we were truly heading west.  Our next stop was at A Stones Throw Away RV Park in Tallahassee.  This is a nice clean RV Park with easy access from I-10.  It’s very reasonably priced too.  It has a self check-in if you arrive after hours, so even if you can’t get through on the phone go ahead and check them out.

Summerdale NOLF Trainer
Summerdale NOLF Trainer

Christine found it a challenge to get same-day reservations in the Pensacola area, but then she located Emmaus RV Park in Summerdale, Alabama, just over the Florida border.  It’s about 9 miles away from the freeway and well worth the short drive.  The RV park is right next to the NOLF Summerdale where Navy pilots train to land.  Fortunately, it’s used only during the daytime (and usually just Monday – Friday).  If you like planes, you are in for a treat.  If you want to fly your drone, you will have to look elsewhere as it’s a no-fly-zone.

Emmaus RV Park Summerdale
Emmaus RV Park Summerdale

Next we stopped at Pass Christian RV park, in Pass Christian Mississippi.  We should have planned to stop here for at least 2 days.  They give discounts for Passport America and Escapees.  It is well off the freeway and just a short bicycle ride to white sand gulf beaches.  We were there during Mardi Gras.  Too bad we didn’t stay longer and we made it out of there just in time before they closed the roads for the parade.

Gulf from Pass Christian RV Park
Gulf from Pass Christian RV Park
Pass Christian RV Park
Pass Christian RV Park

Cajun Palms RV Resort in Henderson Louisiana is our last stop on I-10 for a while.  It’s a great family oriented park with lots of activities for kids.  Very large with all sites paved with grassy areas between.  The wind picked up, so no drone flying here!

Interstate 49

Having lived in California for many years we are used to State Highway 49 – in the Sierra foothills following the ’49er gold rush cities.  Interstate 49 goes from I-10 in Louisiana to Missouri.   Our first stop was Ajax Country Livin RV Park at the Ajax exit near Natchitoches, Louisiana.  It is a jewel of a park.  Nothing fancy, but relatively quiet considering how close it is to the freeway.  Nice ponds to watch turtles sun themselves and great camp hosts.  We would definitely stay here again.  Video added 3/10/17.

Next, we are taking I-49 up to Thousand Trails Lake Tawakoni in Texas where I hope to have a chance to put together some videos.


Next we are heading to Arlington, Texas to visit wonderful friends we have vacationed with in the past. After that we are heading to Waco, Texas to stop by the Magnolia Market of the Chip and Joanna Gaines HGTV Fixer Upper fame.  Then a few days to kick back at Thousand Trails Lake Whitney before our journey continues on to Arizona.

Escapade Tucson Arizona

Tucson is our first destination where we are to attend the 57th Escapade (Escapee Rally).  This is our second rally – our first was the FMCA Rally in Massachusetts last July.  We are excited to go to an Escapee rally next.


We were having challenges finding reservations in the Sedona area through Thousand Trails as they are doing some major construction there and read that much of the BLM is booked during this time.  So we called one more place and will be staying at the Verde River RV Resort and Cottages for a week.  Can’t wait to take the drone out in the canyons and see the stars at night.


Then on to California to visit with our daughters and their families before heading up to Oregon to help my brother sell our dad’s house.

Stay tuned as we exercise our drone Eyes of Lola to get some videos of our travels.

Happy Trails,




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