What's the scoop on prognosis for good camping along the gulf coast this winter? It's been suggested to us that it would not be a good year to find camp sites, services, etc., during the hurricane recovery period. Any feedback? Thanks!
We too are thinking about Texas this winter. We have never been south of I-10. Brownsville looks far enough south for winter. We would appreciate any suggestions re: campgrounds and anything else about the area. We have a small dog. We like to bike and shop and walk around sightseeing. We usually leave in Jan. Please write. Thanks, Randallman57
We spent 1 winter in Brownsville, TX in a nice C/G on a golf course. The only thing WRONG was the VERY high winds MOST of the winter. We asked the locals about it and they said that this was mild, it isw usually worse. We now live in southwest FL (Punta Gorda) and things are really cleaning up. It should be back to normal in no time!
Thanks Jim, for your response re:Brownsville Texas. Never thought about wind. We have reservations at Fun n Sun just outside Brownsville. We would really like to hear more from the forum about this area. it's a long way from N. Carolina and if we don't like it, well, where to from there. We have been in Florida every year and really wanted to try a different place. Please write, any opinion will help in this decision.
Sorry to be late we are just finishing up a nice stay (2 months)at Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Country Club at Mercedes, Texas between Harlingen and McAllen. It sounds snooty but, it is not it is a friendly place, lots of things to do. You can play golf we don't. They have schuffle board, poll hall, 2 swimming pools,a hot tub, a great shop, all kinds of clubs to belong to. Last year we spent 2 weeks here and fell in love, we will be back next year. Wind? We have had some this year but is passes, very little rain. I walk every day and bike ride too. This is winter and most everyday we can wear shorts and be comfortable.They have a web site to get prices and take a look. www.llanogranderesort.com You do need a reservation. After Oct. they will reserve for less than 3 months for Jan. & Feb. Hope you enjoy half as much as we have.
To JimT...small world, we also live in PG Fla. however we are here 25 yrs. now, and yes, lives are getting back to normal, but not for all, many are still out of work...and our county will never be as we once knew it, our landscape has changed forever or at least for 50/100 years or so...but of course if your not here to remember then you wouldn't understand, just going for a drive around and crossing the river, breaks my heart just a little more each time. We spent 2 hrs. in a closet during Charlie, and 80% of our upscale neighborhood was either damaged or destroyed, many will not have new roofs or repairs in time for the next hurricane season to begin, we're okay and finishing up our repairs and plan to get away in our MH real soon, but still see many campers still being used to live in, in driveways or yards. Had a worker here from NY said he looked at a motel room, not even a nice one and they wanted $400 a week, so I gather from that, price gouging is still going on?
Dear Plant and Husband,
Thank you for your reply, a I write this note I am sitting at Fun and Sun in San Benito, Tx. We LOVE it here. We have learned to dance and square dance, we have been bike riding and the park itself has a great number of things to, besides the free entertainment several times a week.No golf course but several near by. Go to FunNSunRv resort to their website and they will mail you their schedule of activities. It's amazing. If you take the 3 month rate it's very affordable too! Again thanks for your reply, Randallman57 and Betty
We just made the trip back from Texas (we full-time and ran from 3:4 hurricanes; Charley, Frances & Ivan) through Ivan territory. The campground we evacuated from (Wilderness RV Park in Robertsdale, AL) lost over 100 trees, and they still have a little more to clean up.
While in the area, we visited our friends in Daphne, AL and they faired a bit better in their brick house at the top of a hill. They say they will NEVER sit another hurricane out.
You can see the damage to the trees along forested I-10 between Mobile and Pensacola. We saw a lot of broken fences and blue-tarped roofs on each side of I-10 by Pensacola, but other than that, it looked like life was resuming. (However we didn't get off of I-10, so I don't know about closer to the Gulf.
They were still working on repairing the lost section of Escambia Bay Bridge. It is a 45 minute, 3-mile traffic jam, but it is (eventually) passable.
While passing through Crestview, FL (mile marker 56?), we talked a fire fighter who said they had 100 mph winds but they faired okay there. Again, we only stopped at our storage locker and did NOT attempt to drive by the coast.
Tallahassee seemed okay by us, and we're currently in Lake City, FL which weathered the weather better than others. (Still there are trees leaning and signs here and there.)
Hope to make it back to Punta Gorda and see if Alligator MH and RV Park has finished with clean-up and repair. We fled (like the smart cowards we are) to Ft. Pierce for Charley, and returned to check on and help out the residents that we knew stayed in the Rec Room. I have never seen anything quite like that devastation in my entire life. The television and pictures did NOT do an ounce of justice to what it looked like in real life. You REALLY had to be there to come close to comprehending it.
Anyway, we returned from our refuge and stayed 60 miles away from ground zero in Labelle, FL (Army Corps of Engineers Campground) so that the dogs could have electricity and therfore air conditioning while we made the trip daily to Punta Gorda to help the retirees out. 46 stayed in the rec room/hurricane shelter, and 46 made it out. The rec room/shelter, on the other hand, lost the apartments above it (thereby the roof) and needed to be rebuilt after the rains from the other 3 leaked in.
I've been going to their website to find updates, but there are none. I could call, but... If anyone knows anything about Alligator MH and RV Park, please post and let me know. I'll update as I visit more places that were hit.
We stayed at Magic Casino RV park in Bay St.Louis, MS.
We were on the road for 5 weeks along the coast and
that was the best camp ever. It was a ***** rating.
Cost was $25/nightly - discounts and with all the
casino ammenities and full hook up.
We stayed from Nov 7th to Mar 7th at the Casa Del Valle RV Resort in Alamo, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. We absolutly loved Texas. We loved it so much that we are going back there instead of Florida. They really treat the snowbirds right down there. For instance when we were taking a ferry on our trip down the woman that worked on the ferry told us, "Welcome back!" I couldn't figure out what she meant since this was the first trip we had made to Texas and we didn't know her, but found out that's how they greet the snowbirds! They even have billboards to welcome you there. We loved it!
might be some areas on the west coast near the middle of the state and to bhooz you are right about the pics on the news was a volunteer firefighter for volusia county for 15 years and helped in the search and rescue after andrew in dade county after seeing the devistation and the reeking smells afterwards left deland when frances was coming i know better tell anyone who wants to ride one out please don't get out mother nature is nothing to play with especially with your life. and to all in south florida my prayers are with you and hope this season will give us a break.
Would love to go to texas for the winters but the Lil' Deb is still working. Wanted to go by myself but she didn't like that idea at all. Maybe in a few years I can get there. I always wanted to see texas but have not got there yet.