Day one of our Snow Bird adventure was a quick trip to Shaw Air Force Base near Sumter, South Carolina. Shaw is only 170 miles from our Homestead and it was a perfect place to land. We like to keep our travel days short so we have time to set up in daylight hours. Driving and/or parking an RV after dark is not fun. Military Famcamp’s are always a good choice for us since they are inexpensive, safe and usually well kept. The Falcon’s Nest was just $20 a night for full hook ups. We decided to stay for 3 nights to dewinterize and sanitize our water system. It gave us a chance to organize all the stuff we repacked into the RV and we were able to explore the base a little bit also. Shaw’s weather was sunny and the campground itself was very well maintained.
Low temp of 21 degrees and high of only 55 – not the warmth we were seeking but one step closer to Florida!
Readjusting to living in our small space was easy. We missed living in O.G. full-time.
One RV app we rely on heavily is RV Parky. It allows us to save trips and map out our routes easily. Every destination gets plugged in to our Garmin RV GPS as well but our first step in planning is the RV Parky app. As you can see in the screenshot above, it provides us with a very informative overview of our “saved trip.”
From South Carolina we journeyed 160 miles to another Famcamp, this one in Savannah, Georgia. Georgia was also a new state for our travel map.
Lotts Island is an Army Airfield FamCamp near Savannah. It’s small and secluded and had full hookups for $25 a night. Score!
Realizing we are about 30 miles from the ocean: priceless. Off we went to Tybee island for a quick dinner and a view of the ocean. By the way, did you know Tybee is the Native American word for “salt?”
Looks like snow is in the forecast back at the Homestead. After one night in Savannah, we headed to Florida and warmth. Once we crossed the border we made a side trip to see a Buc-ees in St Augustine for ourselves. Buc-ees is the “Wal-Mart” of convenience stores and is often lauded on travel/RV blogs and websites. With 104 fuel stations, 70 flavors of fountain drinks and the cleanest, most beautiful bathrooms you’ll ever find on a road trip, Buc-ees is a must see. The 20 styles of beef jerky made Mark’s brain go “woo-woo!”
We knew we had to work this into our journey and it definitely lived up to all the hype.
The next and final stop before our ultimate destination, was a Cracker Barrel in Gainesville. We like to Boondock at Cracker Barrel if we have the opportunity. They are RV friendly, have great food and are located near major travel routes. A quick request for permission and a meal purchase is strongly recommended- we’ve never been turned down and always been treated well by the employees/management.
The next post will be about our final winter destination…MacDill FamCamp in Tampa, Florida.