Sunday, June 23 – Poplar Point Campground, Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, Apex, NC
This recreational area is just 30 miles southwest of Raleigh on route 64
. There are day use areas with beaches, three big camping areas – Parker’s Creek, Poplar Point and Crosswinds Campground, hike in camping, group tent camping, and group RV camping. They even have some sites for camping with horses. We stayed at Poplar Point which has 579 sites for RV and tent camping and now 363 of the sites have water and electric hookups. There is a picnic table, grill and lantern holder at each site. There are many loops here B-J with or without electricity. We stayed here four years ago and we stayed in the F loop which was nice. This time we stayed in the C loop a reservation only loop and we had a great site C15 overlooking and on the water but most of the sites in the C loop are not right on the water. We were at the bottom of the hill so hiked to get to the bathhouse which on a Sunday afternoon when we arrived was not that clean but that is to be expected. This lake is very popular with locals for boating and camping especially on weekends. Check out is 3pm and check in is 4pm, so arriving before 2 the bathhouses had been well used. Our site had a little beach which the previous campers left plastic bottles, soda cans and plastic bags all over it. We did clean it up but refused to pick up all the cigarette butts. Another problem we had this time is that no one can leave the campground until 8 in the morning. We wanted to head out around 6 to drive through Raleigh before the morning traffic and to the NC shore. The last time we were here some of our neighbors left early to go to work but this time the rangers said it was not possible
. We have been camping for five months from RI to CA and this is the first campground where we could not leave. They stated that this is the policy of NC state parks, so it looks like we won’t be staying at anymore if we need to travel early. So because of this policy I rated this campground lower then I have before or would have on this trip. It costs us $19 with a reservation fee and a senior discount of $6. It is really a nice area to camp but you just can’t get out!
Thursday, Friday – June 27-19 - We spent three days with our daughter Stephanie in her home near Camp Lejeune, NC. Enjoyed our stay even though she had to work but as usual George spent most of the time working on her house on the outside while I worked on the inside. She works long hours and is always on call. Steph has a puppy that is about 14 weeks old – a beagle named Reagan. He is losing his baby teeth so he bits everything and everyone but he is cute!
We drove over 300 miles yesterday from Swansboro, NC to Assateague Island National Seashore. I reviewed the campground below but the park itself is one of our all time favorites and anytime we are close enough to camp here we will! One of the most beautiful beaches I have seen and even when it should be crowded it is not
. Driving into the park on a sunny weekend day can be difficult but not if you are already camped here. There are bike trails, nature trails, off road vehicles, camping on the beach, boating, fishing and crabbing on the Bayside. The wild horses are beautiful but one needs to be careful and they are allowed to go anywhere on this island. Two sunny beautiful days with a thunderstorm at night. Leaving early Saturday morning and driving home about another 300 miles. Rain is predicted so this will be the first time that we actually will drive in rain most of the day if the forecast is right. Great trip
– great weather – RV did not break down – we saw some interesting places and beautiful sites especially in the state and national parks. We got to visit with Ron & Gloria/Cynthia and her husband/ my friend Carole and Jim, our daughter Stephanie and her dog Reagan/Rich and met a number of other RV’ers, some we will keep in contact with.
Thursday, Friday – June 28-29 Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland
This is one of our favorite places to stay just a dune away from the ocean. There are two loops near the ocean plus tent sites in the sand and more loops on the Bayside of the park
. We have never camped here in June when the flies come out. The Bayside Loops are not the place to be when they do. The Oceanside Loops have a nice breeze which controls them but they are still there. This is just a beautiful park with wild horses that come into your site and on the beaches, hiking, biking and windsurfing on the Bayside. We saw more horses than we do in April or May because they are trying to get away from the flies by escaping to the main road, Oceanside Loops and the beach. It is a beautiful long beach with a public beach to the north of it and one to the south but the section in front of the camping loop never really gets crowded. There are no hookups but there is water, cold showers and clean pit toilets in each loop. We had a thunderstorm around ten last night for about an hour so some of the tenters left this morning. Tenters need extra long stakes to stay here. It’s a great place to camp and it cost us $10 a night with a pass. Reservations can be made online on the recreation.gov website. Beautiful place and the wild horses just add to the whole atmosphere. The Maryland- Assateague State Park is just to the north of this park so don’t confuse the two!
Sunday, June 23 – We left and headed east on interstate 40. Driving out of Asheville for the first ten miles or more is all downhill with a 6% grade with a number of runaway truck roads. Nice views but what a rollercoaster ride. We were glad that it was a Sunday because traffic was heavy and it wasn't even prime time during the week traffic. Arrived at our campground at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area which I reviewed below. We have been here before and really enjoyed it but I didn’t realize that once they lock you in you can’t get out until 8 in the morning. Weather has been warm and beautiful even though there are showers once in awhile in the late afternoons. The showers cool the air down. Staying at Steph’s house in Swansboro for the next three days.