About Jim Fulton

Since summer of 2017 I have been traveling the US and Canada photographing fossils.

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Review Count: 52
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 3

Pilot RV Park, Stanfield, Oregon

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

The Pilot RV Park, in Stanfield, Oregon, is right next to a big Pilot truck stop, like you might have seen regularly if you drive the interstates. I don't know whether the Pilot Corporation is looking to expand into the campground business, or whether a local campground owner was looking to take advantage of the Pilot brand. In any case there was good news and bad news. The good news was that on that last night of my trip, when I was only going to stay for that one night, having shelter, fuel, and food I didn't have to cook there, all conveniently in one place, made things easy. The bad news was that it was LOUD! Trucks were coming and going all night long. We camped at Pilot RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 52
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 3

Boise / Meridian KOA, Meridian, Idaho

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $46.00
Overall Rating:

is a radically different kind of KOA: it's set right in downtown Meridian, an oasis in a sea of urban franchise stores, for people who like the camping lifestyle but without a hint of wilderness. Actually, they've done a good job of giving it a resort feel: Although it was mostly sunny, there were trees all around, most of them in the autumn fashions of red or gold. The campground is surrounded by a wall to hide the city bustle. Like other resort parks, they've packed the sites too tightly, but I've stayed at worse. I chose thia campground because it split my hurried drive back to Olympia into nice chunks. If I return to visit this part of Idaho for an extended period, I shall probably select one in a more rural setting. We camped at Boise / Meridian KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 52
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 3

Laramie KOA, Laramie, Wyoming

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $43.00
Overall Rating:

I have one thing to say to the owners of the Laramie KOA: Shut it down! I have one thing to say to you who are bringing a big RV rig to Laramie: Go Elsewhere! In a sea of marginal campgrounds, Laramie KOA sets the bar below acceptability. Oh, it's clean and neat, and it has all the requisite facilities. But there's no beauty, no life, no soul! They didn't even provide on-site management when I was there. Just a remote reservation service, and some mysterious messenger to put check-in instructions in the late check-in box. The campground is just a gravel parking lot, laid out in the regular KOA pattern of diagonal pull-through sites. But the space between sites is barely wide enough to fit a picnic table and the adjacent site's utilities. Then there's the noise! Laramie KOA is barely 50 yards from busy I-80; the road noise is constant. And they put me in the row closest to the traffic. Their map shows a "Green Belt" dividing the interstate from the campground, but that consists of a few scattered firs and a row of newly planted baby trees that might offer a sight and sound barrier in twenty years. What we have here is a typical monopoly situation. There are few campgrounds in the Laramie area, and I saw some on the way into Laramie that are far worse. Nonetheless, KOA management is exploiting the fact by charging upscale prices ($43/night) for minimal investment. They're getting by with it because customers still come, though not many to judge by the the campers here in late October. It's time to show KOA management that resort pricing requires resort quality, and that we won't stand for less. If you have to come to Laramie, don't bring your RV! Go to a motel! We camped at Laramie KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
103
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 52
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 3

Indianapolis KOA, Greenfield, Indiana

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $46.00
Overall Rating:

Indiana has one of the largest RV industries in the nation. It is fitting, therefore, that Indianapolis should have one of the best KOAs in the nation. It's not a perfect 10, mind you. It has its problems. For one thing, the office is rather challenging to get to. You have to follow a long winding road, and then pull your rig between two buildings. That done, however, the large sites are easy to get into. Moreover, they've instituted a practice that I'd like to see more frequently: They alternate the entry direction from site to site. So if I enter my site heading west, my neighbors on both sides will enter heading east. Why do I like this complicated practice? Because when I open my door to get out of my RV, or simply to enjoy the scenery, I'm looking at my neighbor's front door, not at his sewer hookup. I suspect that it also increases the social interaction between neighbors, but I have had enough experience with the practice to be sure. The campground as a whole is huge and well shaded, with a creek running down the middle. There are ample play areas for the kids, and lots of space for walking. The freeway is nearby, but the noise is not intrusive. We camped at Indianapolis KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 52
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 3

Madison / Pittsburgh S.E. KOA, Ruffs Dale, Pennsylvania

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $46.00
Overall Rating:

This KOA was a challenge to get to from the north. Poorly chosen options in my GPS caused it to take me through Pittsburgh, and then routed me along state route 51, winding around narrow, poorly maintained roads during crush hour. It took over an hour to cross town. Then to enter the campground, I had to negotiate a very sharp corner. (If you're going to this KOA, be sure to come in via I-70 to exit 54. The campground is less than a mile from that exit, and you avoid the sharp turn. However, that turn impedes watching for traffic to the right.) Once there, I found the campground pleasant. It was hilly and well wooded, but the lanes were still easy to negotiate. My particular site was too short to park my truck directly in front of the trailer, but there was plenty of room to the side. Getting into Pittsburgh to see the museum was a difficult as getting to the KOA in the first place. There is just no easy route. They all meander slowly through long series of little towns. Although I liked my time in this park, if I ever return to the area, I will investigate options that might offer easier access. We camped at Madison / Pittsburgh S.E. KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 52
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 3

Montreal South KOA, St. Philippe de Laprairie, Quebec

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

Yet another KOA. I find I gravitate to them, since for the most part they are reliably satisfactory, and often quite attractive, though I notice that at least in the eastern states and provinces, they are not quite the value that they once were, as owners add features (that I do not use) to compete with the upscale resort campgrounds. Montreal South KOA, at $34 a night, was a good value. A large, attractive, well-wooded park, reasonably spacious, although my particular site was a little too short. It had all the standard amenities, including a swimming pool. It was not set up to replenish propane bottles, which September is beginning to make demands on. It has installed KOA's wifi system, but it does not issue passwords. Not only is this not secure, but it is quite inconvenient, since a user has to reconnect every 30 minutes. Annoying! We camped at Montreal South KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 52
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 3

Camping de Carleton-sur-Mer, Carleton-sur-Mer, Quebec

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

The campground at Carleton-sur-Mer is sun-drenched in the summer, and therefore very popular among sun-starved Québécois. Like a number of campgrounds I saw in Florida, it is laid out on an almost tree-less peninsula, a narrow triangle of land that extends from the east to form a protecting side of the city's harbor. The campground is large. It runs about a kilometer along the peninsula, with loops of campsites, three or four rows deep, all along, and all of them full of the full range of campers, from young families in tents to retirees in their giant motorhomes. The sites themselves are ample in size, thus distinguishing this resort from their tightly packed Florida counterparts. There was plenty to do, from the beach along the south, to the bike path along the north, to the huge playground in the middle. They don't have a swimming pool, but that seems not to deter campers. Only three problems marred my stay: First was the all-too-familiar lack of adequate wifi. I could connect to their wifi, but couldn't get to the internet. Ah well, only four nights. Second was a problem with my reservation. I had to alter my original reservation to come in a day later. When I arrived at the campground, I found that they had double-booked my site. Exactly what happened never quite got through the language barrier, but they had to put me into one site the first night and into a second for the remaining three. They gave me a discount, but it was a nuisance. An that brings us to the third problem, which is the language barrier itself. I had naively expected a higher level of bilingualism in a province surrounded by the English speaking, especially in a resort area. As it is in the real world, everyone can muddle through a normal course of events. But when a problem pops up, the communication needs exceed capabilities. We camped at Camping de Carleton-sur-Mer in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The museum at Miguasha National Park has a collection of local fossils from the Carboniferous Period (300 million years ago) that is well worth seeing, as are the cliffs where those fossils are found.

Review Count: 52
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 3

Loch Lomond RV Park, Amherst, Nova Scotia

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

Loch Lomond was a comfortable campground a couple kilometers west of Amherst, and about half an hour's drive to Joggins Fossil Cliffs. The park is laid out on an undulating, lightly wooded hill beside a small lake. My particular site was oddly placed in the center of a doughnut, with RVs all around. In order to get to my site in the first place, I had to drive through another site that happened to be empty. In order to leave, I had to drive through what appeared to be the yard associated with another RV. Everything worked out all right; it just felt weird. We camped at Loch Lomond RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Joggins Fossil Cliffs are a must-see!

Review Count: 52
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 3

Woodhaven RV Park of Halifax, Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

Woodhaven RV Park is very pretty: large, gravel sites, well wooded, with trees separating the sites. And the wifi is good, at least for my computer; my tablet and phone are having some difficulties. But the water system was under a boil ban, indicating a failure of maintenance, and I had to rely on my fresh water tank. Had the water been clean, I would have rated this park a 7. We camped at Woodhaven RV Park of Halifax in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 52
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 3

Pippy Park Campgrounds and Trailer Park, St John's, Newfoundland

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

Pippy Park is located in the outskirts of St. John's, near Memorial University and the Confederation Building, which houses the provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The park and the campground are both very large and well-forested, with ample opportunities for family activities. The staff was friendly and helpful. My campsite was lovely, set in its own wooded alcove, well separate from my neighbors. I had to back in, but there was just enough room. The bed of the site was gravel, and there were a picnic table and a fire ring available. My only problem is that the park did not provide wifi service to the section of the campground where I was parked. None. Zip. Nada. Another section was supposed to have wifi, but when I walked over to try to connect my GPS, it was so slow and tentative as not being worth the bother. It's a very popular park, though, and I suppose that most visitors accept being out of touch as part of the camping experience. We camped at Pippy Park Campgrounds and Trailer Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve, only 90 km away, has the oldest fossils (550 million years) on the North American Continent. Take a tour! A bit farther way, in Fortune, is the slightly younger (540 million years) base of the Cambrian Period.

Review Count: 52
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 3

Quebec City KOA, Saint Nicolas, Quebec

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $44.00
Overall Rating:

This KOA differs from the typical, partly because it is bi-level. The entrance and office is located off a frontage road to the busy Autoroute 20, but most of the campground is down a steep bluff onto the margins of the St. Lawrence, which is a kilometer away. From there the attractive, well-wooded campground resembled a feather or fern branch, with a long central corridor, branching off into lanes from which the sites angle off. My own site was not quite big enough for my trailer and truck; I had to squeeze my truck into the space alongside the trailer. The staff was friendly ahd helpful, and I was able to converse easily in English. The wifi was KOA technology, for which they provide device-unique passwords. For some reason, the password I was assigned to my computer expired a couple of times, and had to be reset by the staff. When connected I got really good internet speed on my computer and phone, and no access at all on my tablet, which I'm beginning to think has gotten prematurely old. We camped at Quebec City KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 52
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 3

Argentia Sunset Park, Argentia, Newfoundland

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

I spent two nights at Argentia Sunset Park, near Argentia, Newfoundland. The campground, where I stayed, had few values in its favor: it is convenient to the ferry to Nova Scotia, and there are distant views of the ocean. Nothing else redeems it. It's perched on a gravel quarry of a hill overlooking the Argentia Harbor. It provides only 20 amps of power to transient RVs (and I had to search all over for my little used 20 amp adapter), and that meant no microwave nor A/C. I had to make do with my ceiling fan in the August heat. And of course no wifi capable of connecting to the internet. Recommendation: If you're bringing an RV across on the ferry to Argentia, look elsewhere for a nearby campground. We camped at Argentia Sunset Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Power Hookups
20 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 52
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 3

Arm of Gold Campground & RV Park, Little Bras d'Or, Nova Scotia

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

I chose Arm of Gold Campground in large part for its ready access to the ferry to and from Newfoundland, and in part because there were few campgrounds in the area as well reviewed. It extends over a grassy knoll overlooking an arm of Lake Bras d'Or that opens northeast to the sea. Except for one huge cottonwood and a grove of smaller trees around the house next to the office, the campground is mostly treeless. Nothing to block either sun or the ever-present winds off the ocean. I had to listen to the constant creaks and groans of my trailer as it flexed in the stiff breeze. However, the wind was never so severe that I felt unsafe inside. That being said, the views are spectacular! The campground itself was all grass, but for the gravel lanes. I had full, 30-amp hookups. The pull-through sites were large, and reasonably easy to get into, since there was no expectation of keeping the trailer within the edges of the lanes. Reservation management is somewhat mediocre. In my advance planning, it always took a couple days for them to respond to my emails, and the person who checked me in was young and seemingly not quite sure of himself. However, the campground manager was always helpful and friendly. Since my mobile hotspot does not work in Canada, I'm having to rely on campground wifi systems to access the internet. Arm of Gold provides a wifi service that's protected only by a common public password, not nearly as secure as a private password issued to each guest, but acceptable, since I use VPN as an additional layer of security. The service was oddly uneven. I got good to fair, if somewhat intermittant, internet access on my computer, somewhat worse access on my phone, and almost no access on my tablet. On my return, perhaps because of being in a different site, I got no better than fair connection, and frequently worse. We camped at Arm of Gold Campground & RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

A drive around the Cape Breton Highlands is long (about 6 hours), but definitely worth while. The Cape Breton Fossil Centre in Sydney Mines is small, but has a rich collection of plant fossils from the Carboniferous Period (~300 million years ago).

Review Count: 52
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 3

Country Inn Motel & RV Park, Gander, Newfoundland

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

The Country Inn Motel & RV Park, where I stayed for the week, partakes of the same dismal look-and-feel that besets Gander and many other towns that grow up to provide services to large airports. The word that rushed to my mind the moment I arrived was 'dreary'. The lanes were abundantly scattered with potholes, filled with the muddy water of the day's rain, making any speed bumps irrelevant and unrecognizable. The camping area was a graveled knoll, with sites narrowly spaced and barely long enough for my 38' trailer plus pickup. My recommendation to any camping visitors to the Gander area: look elsewhere. We camped at Country Inn Motel & RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 52
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 3

Grand Codroy RV-tent Camping Park, Doyles, Newfoundland

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $29.00
Overall Rating:

If first impressions define a relationship, this campground is sealed in my memory as one of the most beautiful that I have visited: large, grassy sites, winding lanes, overlooking the dark blue, pristine waters of the Codroy River estuary, all surrounded by low, mountainous ridges. Add to that a friendly, helpful manager, who takes great care to make sure his guests have a good experience, and you have a campground worth boasting about. The wifi is unsecured and uneven (my tablet and computer connected sometimes; my phone never did). The power went out a couple times, making me reset my clocks and computer. Nonetheless, if the fossils I was seeking had been in this area, I would have stayed for a couple weeks, just for the beauty, but they're north and east. We camped at Grand Codroy RV-tent Camping Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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