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Moving Day

 Posted by at 12:06 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 052015

Our two weeks at the South Jetty Thousand Trails preserve is over and today is moving day for us. I can’t say that we’re sad to be leaving, and I doubt we’ll return to this campground again anytime soon.

The campground is heavily treed, which makes satellite TV reception iffy at best and only has a few full hookup RV sites. We were lucky enough to find a full hookup site in the A section up front, but could not get a shot at the sky through the trees from our automatic rooftop satellite dish. But the real problem is all of the tree stumps and roots everywhere that make this section of the campground look like a war zone and make driving a big rig, or even walking, a challenge.

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A couple of years ago they cut down a bunch of trees but left the stumps. I have heard from a couple of RVers who have banged up their rigs trying to get in or out of a campsite.

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Besides which, it’s just ugly. This isn’t exactly the picture Thousand Trails has in their sales brochures, is it?

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While we don’t like South Jetty, we definitely like the friendly little community of Florence and will be hanging around for a couple more days. Today’s trip will only be a little over seven miles to the Elks lodge campground on the north side of town. I’m, not sure what kind of internet service we’ll have there since when we visited our friend Nancy Kissack there a few days ago I only had one bar of signal on my cell phone.

When we leave the Elks campground on Tuesday, we’re moving up the coast to Whalers Rest Thousand Trails in Newport for a two week stay. Every report I have had from there is that we will have little or no Verizon service, so posting the blog will be a challenge, but I’ll get it done one way or another. I’d miss visiting with all of you every morning.

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 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
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 Posted by at 12:16 am  Nick's Blog
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 Posted by at 12:38 am  Nick's Blog
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 Posted by at 12:32 am  Nick's Blog
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 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
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 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
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 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
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