About Jim Fulton

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

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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 2

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

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 2

Gros Morne RV Campground, Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland

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

The campground was not nearly as attractive as others I have visited recently. Merely a gravel parking lot, with a back-in site. And I got the "good" parking lot, near the office, with neatly divided sites. There's another area that could just as well be the employee parking lot for a quarry. There are prettier sites available, nice, wooded alcoves, but they're too small for big rigs. However, I made do. I don't spend much time in the campground outside my trailer. And it's the national park I was there to see. We camped at Gros Morne RV Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Arrange ample time to visit Gros Morne National Park, including the presentation at the Visitors Centre, Green Point, and Tablelands. Take the tours.

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 2

Pumpkin Patch RV Resort, Hermon, Maine

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $39.00
Overall Rating:

This is another great New England campground: good-sized sites separated by well-mown lawns, scattered with well-tended flower gardens, and staffed by friendly and helpful people. If the sites are laid out in a little too regular a pattern, well, that just makes access the easier, and the loss of rustic irregularity is made up for in excellent maintenance. We camped at Pumpkin Patch RV Resort 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
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:

I had a delightful meal at the Anglers Restaurant, a short jaunt away.

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 2

Pine Cone Camping, Sussex, New Brunswick

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

The Pine Cone Campground, where I stayed, was crowded. RVs of all sorts and sizes were packed in, backed in, all over the place. The lanes were narrow and lined with parked cars and trucks. The corners were tight, and had young trees planted just where a trailer would want to go. The sites themselves were narrow. I probably could have backed in. I had a lots of help and advice from friendly residents. It would have take at least half a nerve-wracking hour. However, my next-door neighbor offered to do it for me, saying he'd driven an 18-wheeler for years. I took him up on it, and he did it with aplomb. Once in, I discovered I was in another communications black hole, the worst I've encountered on this trip: no cellular service at all, no phone, no hot spot, no internet, no wifi. It turns out to have been a good thing that I was held up in Maine. Fortunately, some of my work doesn't require the internet, but it's the boring, clerical stuff. Despite the difficulty of getting into a site, and the cellular black hole, this is a popular park. This is THE place for weekend and holiday campers. People set up their RV, build a deck and other amenities, and just leave it there year-round, visiting whenever they get the chance. I doubt anyone ever winters here. The kids have a ball. And there are a lot of kids, playing and laughing and screaming and bicycling and just having a great old time. My rating of the campground reflects my personal experience, and is significantly lower than the averages published by the ratings services I consult. That's to be expected of popular parks. Long-termers and frequent weekenders will rate the park high for its congenial community and life-style, and they will dominate the ratings. Short-termers and transients like me will be aghast at the difficulty of navigating and parking, the utter absence of wifi; they will not return. We camped at Pine Cone Camping in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
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
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 2

Moose River Campground, St Johnsbury, Vermont

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

Moose River Campground is perhaps the prettiest, most attractive campground I've visited on my year-long tour. Surrounded by the Vermont forests, the sites are large and roomy, separated by well-trimmed grassy lawns. Flower gardens are scattered throughout the park, and the Moose River bubbles alongside. I arrived the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend, and was treated to two nights of free concerts and bonfires, mainly modern country music with a good dose of rock. Marilynn would have loved it! The owners of 20 some years actively manage it and live on the grounds. They make sure it is a place to come back to, with friendly and helpful interaction with guests. With this attitude, you can be sure that the park is filled mostly with long-termers. Although children can find things to do, the park bills itself as a place for adults. The only negative aspect of my stay was something totally out of their control: cellular service in the area is utterly deplorable. This meant that my mobile hotspot was worthless. The campground does provide a cable-driven, password-protected wifi, but only for two devices. I connected my computer to it, and was able to get moderately satisfactory internet. But I chose to use the second connection on my tablet, which chose that week to quit working, and hence had no connection for my phone or its GPS. Ah well, I knew how to get into town, and when it came time to leave, I did have an atlas. We camped at Moose River Campground 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
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Fairbanks Museum is a good place to spend an afternoon with the kids.

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 2

Wawaloam Campground, West Kingston, Rhode Island

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $51.00
Overall Rating:

This is a large, very attractive campground. There's a good mix of sun and shade. The camp sites are wide, though mine some somewhat skimpy fore and aft. What will bring parents is the wide range of activities for kids, not only a swimming pool, but a water slide, and much more. Getting there from Connecticut was short but concerning. My GPS routed me over roads that conscientious traffic planners would not want heavy rigs to drive regularly, and that includes the Gardiner Road that services the campground itself. Perhaps if Google Maps told me more about the roads it routes users onto, I might have avoided some of them. But from the driving I did in the state, it appears that Rhode Island officials have made the decision that they can't afford both to pay themselves competitive salaries and to maintain the roads. My site was satisfactory. It was wide enough for me to back into despite the tree and boulder right across the lane. I did have to park my trailer over the remains of a campfire that had been built there instead of in the fire ring. To be sure the grass and gravel site does not make a clear distinction between the part for trailers and the part for people. If I were the kind of camper that spent a lot of time outside in front of the RV, I would have found that burned ground annoyingly ugly. But I'm not, so for the most part, I didn't notice it. I would have thought that management would have noticed and corrected the burn. But I got the impression that the staff doesn't think along those lines. They proved more surly than friendly. They even have a sign next to the office door that says, in effect, "Don't bother me unless it's very important." A questionable way to greet customers, don't you think? We camped at Wawaloam Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Grass
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
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 2

Nickerson Park Family Campground, Chaplin, Connecticut

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

If I focus on the scenery surrounding this campground, the steep, rocky hills, the babbling brook, the woodland just receiving spring's first touch, then I can say that this was a good week. If I think about the specifics of my site and experience, I come to a different conclusion. When I arrived, no one was there to check me in or point me to a camp site. After half an hour, a staff member, friendly but without authority to made decisions, was able call the manager, who pointed me to a site. It was a back-in, not the pull-through I had arranged, and it was right across the lane from a dumpster, so I had to set up in a cloud of fresh spring flies. The site was nice and wide, and I backed in with little trouble, but the surface was soft and muddy with recent rains. The manager did call on me later to apologize, but it took a third contact to actually get the receipt I asked for. I had earlier posted the address of the park to Netflix, in order to receive DVDs from my queue. They discouraged that address, due to past frequent returns of shipments, so I decided to do without Netflix DVDs for a week. The upshot is that the park suffers from weak management. There seems to be a lot of work going on in the park, but what happens in the office is slipshod. My site had full hookups, though the water pressure was low. The rocky hills interfered with cellular service, so my wifi was weak, but still good enough to stream movies through my Apple TV. Despite the management issues, I had a reasonably good week at Nickerson Farm Family Campground, though I would look elsewhere before going back. We camped at Nickerson Park Family Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 2

Black Bear Campground, Florida, New York

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $77.00
Overall Rating:

If you overlook the somewhat unattactive gravel lot and look to the horizons, this is a beautiful location, right in the middle of New York's highlands. Whether those highlands be mountains or not, they impose a roller coaster foundation for the roads, confronting me and my trailer with steep, up to 9%, grades, where I learned too late that my trailer exceeded the weight limit. My GPS, sadly, does not plan routes based on the height or weight of my rig, and I can't always rely on it to keep connected. So there were a few times when I had to find my way back to the campground by dead reckoning. My RV site was large but unprepossessing section of a gravel plateau on the slope above the office. I had full hookups, but the cellular service was so weak that my hot spot was not always able to push wifi to my tablet. Black Bear bills itself at a staging area for New York City, and that's why I stayed there, and like all things associated with the Big Apple, it was expensive. I availed myself of the opportunity once, driving in less than an hour to the Cortlandt train station, from which I got to NYC in less than another hour. My campground search revealed no satisfactory alternative closer, and it turned out to be a reasonably pleasant week. In the off chance I return to visit NYC, I would definitely consider Black Bear. We camped at Black Bear Campground 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
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 2

Philadelphia South / Clarksboro KOA, Clarksboro, New Jersey

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $55.00
Overall Rating:

This campground was recently acquired by the KOA system. It was previously known as Timberlane Campground. For that reason it is laid out differently from typical KOAs: The sites are somewhat smaller. They had to reassign me a different site, when the one I originally had was way too small; the site I finally got into was oversized and comfortable. The lanes have a lot more bends, and I never got to the point where I could find my way back to the park without my GPS. That said, it's a lovely, well-wooded park, with a large pond with a fountain and an island with a picnic table. The staff was quite helpful and friendly. There seems to be ample support for onsite family activities, and that's good, for its suburban setting means there is not much to do in the surrounding community. And they were actively building new cabins and play areas. Of course, it's an easy day trip into Philadelphia, for a $5 one-way toll across the bridge, and that was my primary reason for choosing the park. We camped at Philadelphia South / Clarksboro KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
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
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 2

Delaware Beaches Jellystone, Lincoln, Delaware

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $60.00
Overall Rating:

This park is pricey but reasonably comfortable, though the trees are too young to provide any break to the wind that comes in from the ocean. The gravel lanes and sites are reasonably sized, next to large, grassy spaces for outdoor dining. My particular site was unfortunate. Not only was it seriously out of level, requiring a complicated stack of shims to support it, I had to use a double hose to tap into the water supply in the neighboring site. The name "Delaware Beaches Jellystone Park" is ill-chosen. Not only are Yogi Bear and his cohorts seriously out-of-date, requiring parents to explain who they are to their kids, but the beaches the name suggests just aren't there. There are lots of towns along the coast with the word 'beach' in their names, but the beaches that are there are not public. Everywhere are signs that effectively say, "Go Away!" Visitors seeking ocean access are funneled down to Rehoboth Beach and a few other places specialized in mining tourist dollars. I don't expect ever to return to Delaware, but if I do, I would have no reason to return to this campground. We camped at Delaware Beaches Jellystone 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, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 2

Harpers Ferry / Civil War Battlefields KOA, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $70.00
Overall Rating:

I selected this park because it was little more than an hour's drive to DC and the Smithsonian, and there are few decent campgrounds any closer. I generally choose to camp away from big cities. The staff was very helpful and friendly. However, Harpers Ferry KOA was a disappointment, especially given the resort pricing I had to endure. The campground itself, only slightly larger than the parking lot in front of the office, was basically a gravel hill, divided into tight, barely large enough sites, with such poor drainage that the week's spate of showers littered the grounds with perpetual puddles. The power supply for my site was poorly located, forcing me to use an extension cable. When I arrived, and when I left, the campground was mostly empty, except for a few units parked in a row apparently reserved for long-term campers. But that week bracketed Easter weekend, when the park was packed to the gills! There was so little room in the sites that campers plunked their play equipment down in the lanes, so that when I returned from errands, I had to wait on the site-holders to move the equipment out of my way. Clearly it's a popular park for weekenders and holiday campers, who can return home to brag about roughing it. But for a traveler like myself, who lives in his RV in constantly changing locations, this is not a park I will choose again. When I return to the Smithsonian, I will look elsewhere. We camped at Harpers Ferry / Civil War Battlefields 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)
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 2

Williamsburg / Busch Gardens Area KOA, Williamsburg, Virginia

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $61.00
Overall Rating:

This campground is trying really hard to be the RV resort of choice for the "Historic Triangle" of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. Clearly there's a prize to be won with all tourists coming in from Washington on the north and Raleigh/Durham to the west. So they have laid out an attractive park, with pretty much everything an RVer might want. They're building cabins for the RVer wannabes. They have a pools and a nice set of play areas for the kids. And they'll sell you passes to all the parks in the region. I definitely would return if I come back this way again. So why am I lukewarm on the park? Besides their very high off-season resort pricing! Maybe they're just trying too hard. I could never find the relaxed feel of a comfortable campground. We camped at Williamsburg / Busch Gardens Area 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, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 2

Jordan Lake SRA / Poplar Point Campground, Apex, North Carolina

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

Jordan Lake State Recreational Area is beautiful, even in mid-March before spring renews the woodland. The sites are large and well-spaced. I had to back in, but I had plenty of room. I ended up in a first-come, first-served area of the park. I had made a reservation, but there was no one at the gate to direct me to the assigned site, so I took what I could find. There was no sewer service at this site, but I could live without it. My tank is big enough for just me. One thing I did miss was internet. I found myself in another black hole. If there is a cell tower in the area, it was not close enough for my hot spot to connect. If your goal is to get away from it all, this is the perfect place to do it, but I felt like an astronaut who has passed on the far side of the moon. My orbit around the country separates me from the people I know, but at least the internet lets me look in on them and see what's happening, even if it's only the news. In a black hole like Jordan Lake, I was totally isolated. I couldn't even finish work on these reports, since I need the internet both to get links and to upload the reports. The most I could do was stub out a bit of the writing. We camped at Jordan Lake SRA / Poplar Point Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Loop E
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, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

This region includes the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh, and the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, as well as the Virginia Museum of Natural History, just across the border in Martinsville, VA. All of them are worthwhile, especially if you have kids with you.

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 2

Charlotte / Fort Mill KOA, Fort Mill, South Carolina

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

This campground does not live up to even minimal KOA standards. The office is in a gas station. There is a tavern attached to the office, but it has no kitchen. The only food available is frozen pizza from the office. The campground is a big gravel parking lot, with ill-defined boundaries. There are trees growing on the corners of the site that make access difficult. Charlotte KOA was tolerable for my purposes in the region, and they seem to be active in making improvements. There seem to be some long-term residents, but I can't imagine staying there for more than a few days, and I certainly would not plan to return. We camped at Charlotte / Fort Mill KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

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

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 2

Lake Pines RV Park and Campground, Columbus, Georgia

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Never were two RV parks more different than the one in Jacksonville, where I stayed last week, and the Lake Pines RV Park here in Columbus. Gone are the palms and the orange groves. Gone are the flat fields and swamps. Gone are the hoards of vacationers and retirees. Here there are hills and red Georgia clay and pecan orchards. Here the park is surrounded by pleasant, rolling countryside. There the park was surrounded by that rough zone of struggling businesses trying to make it on the far edges of a city. Here there are tall trees all around. There the trees are no older than the park itself. Here the name of the park is accurate: there actually is a lake surrounded by pines. Here the lanes and sites are gravel, winding all around in pleasant curves over gently rolling hills. There the lanes and sites were ruler-straight and orderly; the sites were concrete, but cracked by the perpetual traffic of heavy rigs. They reminded me of an airport parking lot with oversized spaces, an impression reinforced by the constant roar of jets from the nearby international airport. Here the campers are mostly weekenders, with a wide range of RVs and equipment. There the rigs are big and new, parked by well-heeled retirees for the month or the season or permanently. Here the campground is a family business. There it's a corporate investment. It's clear which park I prefer. I do not understand how anyone would choose to live in an airport parking lot, But some do. We camped at Lake Pines RV Park and Campground 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
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

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