About Judy Birchland

Five year full timer who just bought a house in a small town due to shoulder season issues in Manitoba. We go south in winter to escape snow as I have severe snow mould allergy and terrible asthma in the cold.

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We normally stay the winter about an hour drive from this park and often came here on day trips. This time we checked reservations we were delighted to find one space. So we stayed one night on your way to our winter stop. This is a gorgeous spot. Sand beaches that run for miles are a reasonable walk away. There is a lovely long trail you can walk your dogs on. The sand dunes are spectacular, some as tall as a three story building. (You aren't allowed on them.) And there was an abundance of wildlife. The showers and other facilities were spotless and it was the first place that was entirely wheelchair friendly I have ever seen, including the ramp down to the beach. I wish we could have stayed on longer! The only downer is it is a wild place and there are lots of biting bugs so bring spray.

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We stayed a week while we did some sightseeing in Galveston. Over all a very nice place. net, well ordered pleasant helpful staff. The pool was cold but the hotter was great. There is a hotel attached to the complex so it is great place for RVers to stay with family. The cable was fine and internet worked so so. You have to change which one you are logged into. We could see the breakers from our windows. We had a huge cement wide pad. Easy on and easy off and a lot of staff always around working and cleaning. 16 block walk to historical downtown and a short walk to the seawall and beach. We slept to the sounds of the ocean. The only down side was there is a green ditch full of water just beyond the fence and at night the mosquitos were horrific.

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When we arrived we had trouble getting the cable to work. We were told the fault was our television. They tried to get it to work and it did for five minutes and then my screen gave me a message it was "scrambling", then turned blue and I could no longer use my TV. My TV was wrecked. They said it was Mediacom's not theirs. If they had wanted me I wouldn't have hooked up at all. I checked out the swimming pool and the sign said the pool was opened until 9:00pm. It was exceptionally hot and muggy so we left to go for a swim at 7:00pm. We were very rudely told that the pool closed at 6:00pm for winter hours. There was no information about this winter hours on the papers we were given or on the pamphlet. Again, we were made to feel like it was our fault and we were being stupid and unreasonable for somehow not knowing that the sign on the pool was wrong and there was another sign somewhere that said it was closed early. Our site was awful, sand and full of fire ants. I got bitten several times while setting up. To add insult to injury the fee of $55 ($5 tax) was the highest I have ever had to pay for an overnight at a KOA. I am so disappointed. Absolute WORST KOA stay I have ever had.

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Nice KOA, clean, well maintained pleasant friendly staff. They have a really nice big dog park we enjoyed with our big dogs.

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We stopped for an overnight and everything was in order. We almost had the park to ourselves. The washrooms were closed this time of year but we didn't need them. There are some very fine pull through "superior" sites on the lake in the lower loops that are well worth the small additional fee.

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We stayed for an overnight on the road. We didn't see any staff. We signed in at the late arrival desk, got our receipt by email and left early. I have no complaints. It was a typical to better KOA and there are not a lot of places open in December.

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We stopped in for an overnight stay on our trip south. This is a very nice KOA and one of the few open year round this far north. There are a few year round residents which is why th park is open. We had to pay for a full service pull through because all the less expensive sites are closed this time of year.

     

AAA RV PARK

Beaumont, Texas

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We pulled on for an overnight stay. The owner told us he no longer takes overnight stays only long term permanent month by month residents but he allowed us to stay since we were already settled in and we offered cash. The fee for one month is $700 and one woman told us she pays week to week. There are two AAA RV parks owned by the same person about two miles apart, one on the lake. My feeling is the owner is a new owner and a nice reasonable guy. We stayed at the AAA RV on the Lake.

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It's a Provincial Park and nice enough as they go. It is set on a hillside leading down to the lake and one thing I loved was the breeze blew over the lake and into the campground and we could see the lake from our picnic. The beach itself is also exceptionally nice, sandy, long stretch of shallow warm water set in the bend of the lake. What I did not like was it is a small campground tightly wedged in between private cottages and it had a feeling of being too settled. The turns were tight and while the campsites were long and generous, they were set at all kinds of odd angles to accommodate the hillside and they were less than level. We had trouble getting our dining tent up because of the sloping at our site. The other thing I did not like was busloads of people coming into the same beach for day trips so the beach area was crowded daytime and it was really noisy with people sounds. Forget having an afternoon nap. There were very few birds daytime. Evenings and mornings were fine. The train runs right nearby. I like trains so to me it was a feature but maybe not so much for other people. Mosquitoes were horrendous and so thick they were going up our nose and landing on us in spite of 33% DEET when there was no breeze from the lake so the dining tent is a real necessity. The Pas is 41km away and has all amenities. Clearwater Lake is a real fishing place. Boating is exceptional. Campers Cove has boating support and access directly to the lake and fish cleaning stations. Pioneer Bay does not but there is a good boat launch only a block to the east. The so called "caves" of this park about 6 km away are not caves, just big cracks in the coast but well worth the short hike to go and see.

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This town campground is actually located right at the turn off to Ste Rose du Lac and was sponsored by a local benevolent association. It has been recently completely redone and is gorgeous and modern and new. It is very well kept. It is set in the curve of a small river bank Sites are spacious and private and it is well treed.

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What a gorgeous spot! Campground nestled in a ravine with a babbling creek. No reservations accepted here so you arrive and hope for the best but it is possible to get a lovely campsite backing up to the creek. There are two really wonderful hiking trails over the creek.The creek has both shallow areas and deep pools. It was too cold for swimming when we were there but we saw a lot of wading. We will be back!

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State park with 2/18 sites full service. The rest have the appearance of full service but apparently don't have sewer. The place as clean, lawn mowed. Pads was level. Well worth the price/

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Typical if older National Forest that is very well maintained. Some traffic noise but can't beat the price with the senior's pass. The sites vary enormously from completely open surrounded by lawn to almost completely hidden in woods. They also vary by length and accessibility.

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This visit started off very badly but ended very well. We arrived on a Saturday and they had only two spaces left, both in the upper area. No matter how we tried, we simply could not fit our camper into that space a way that would allow us to unhitch without the trailer starting to roll and being in danger of bending our jack so we gave up. We got a full refund, somewhat less than cheerfully, though that may have been because of how incredibly busy they were in the middle of a free hamburger supper. When we asked about boon docking until the next day when another campsite would be open we were very firmly told absolutely no boon docking anywhere at any time in their facility. We were directed to a Walmart in Staughton. We left upset and frustrated and ended up at the KOA which was open instead. Because we had business in the area, we came back the next day to try again and, as we had been told, they had many spaces for the three nights we stayed. The owner said she was really glad we came back and apologized for what had happened the day before telling us she felt really bad about our situation. We got a very nice spot on the lower area. The lower area is really really nice with a sweet babbling brook, a decent sized dog park, a nice laundry and lots of stuff for kids to do. The internet connection is the absolute best and we could even However, if you are driving anything bigger than a van I would not advise going into the upper area. It is narrow, the slope must be 13% on the hill judging by the gear I had to put my vehicle in and the upper lots are horrible, not level, the roads up there are lined with deep ditches you can't drive over and it is very hard to turn the corners. At one point on our way out I thought our trailer was going to tip over. The permanent residents live up there and they compound the problem by parking on the narrow roads. So I would give it a 9 or even 10 if not for the nasty start to the visit and if you do go, stay out of the upper area.

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This is a lovely well appointed campground that is a treat to the eye. Big spacious pull through and really nice green space with mature trees. Bonus for a really big dog park and a lake with fish. They sell propane cheaply and the store is unusually sell equipped with RV needs like fuses and fluids. I didn't like their dump very much because it's set on a corner and I found it a bit awkward pulling a rig to dump and then turn. Also their internet is good for nothing more than checking your email. Not their fault because they are outside the range of any provider so don't expect to be able to do much of anything on line. The neighbours were using Verizon internet which they said was strong and clear. Staff were exceptionally nice.