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Old 03-11-2012, 06:11 PM   #11
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if u make ur way into louisiana, u will find the st parks are half price to seniors. they usually ask for the senior pass but it is ur age not that the pass that gets u the discount. they have some nice parks here.

perhaps u can give me some suggestions around Des Moines. we occasionally find our way up that way.
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Old 03-11-2012, 06:17 PM   #12
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jimh, losts of great camping around Des Moines. Saylorville Lake has four great campgrounds. It is just north of Des Moines about 12 miles. Red Rock Lake is 25 miles southeast of Des Moines and it has 4 great campgrounds as well. These are all COE campgrounds. If you come this way in the summer make reservations or make sure you get there early to mid-week for a good spot.
We will most likely not make it all the way down your way this trip but my wife really wants to visit the gulf states and east some great seafood.
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Old 03-11-2012, 06:57 PM   #13
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We just bought a book from Amazon that lists all COE parks. We start with the book for ideas and then check the rvparks review website.
Thanks for the tip. Just went to Amazon and bought the book; or at least a similar one!
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:15 PM   #14
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nice open spots out here

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Retirement is finally here.
congrats on the retirement
been enjoying mine for a while now
maybe down the road a little
you all may be heading out to so calif
if so drop a line
some real nice open spots out here
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Old 03-11-2012, 09:22 PM   #15
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Congratulations on your retirement. Be sure to check out the Corp of Engineers campground at the Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky. Beautiful campgrounds and the lake is beautiful.

Also, Rend Lake, just south of Mount Vernon, IL has a great campground.

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Old 03-11-2012, 10:50 PM   #16
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:19 PM   #17
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After being retired for 14 years from a place I worked at for 30 years, still have stupid dreams about the place. Hope that doesn't happen to you. Wayne
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:37 PM   #18
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if u make ur way into louisiana, u will find the st parks are half price to seniors. they usually ask for the senior pass but it is ur age not that the pass that gets u the discount. they have some nice parks here.

perhaps u can give me some suggestions around Des Moines. we occasionally find our way up that way.
my son lives there. we have stayed in a campground on the west side of town and a trailer park on the south side (i think).

if u make it in to arkansas, check out mountian view. have a really nice cave there and an old time singing on the square.
in tn, we usually go around hohenwall (near us 64 and natchez trace). wife enjoys visiting with the Amish.
wva, i like Cass. there is a old train pulled by a Shea (or something like that) engine. there is also a radio telescope near by. Buckley has an exhibition coal mine. new river isn't far from there.
should u make it to louisiana at some point, i would recommend the central south; Lafayette is heart of the Cajun country and that extends on down to the gulf. they do a good job seasoning food in that area. new orleans has good restaurants but that is a different world.

i retired 2 yrs ago but we have done very little. would like to go back up ur way when i have more time on my hands.
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We went to Franklin NC and The Great Smokey Mountains last Sept. We stayed in private campgrounds, Corps campgrounds were not located at our stopping points, we have a Corps campground about 65 miles from us that is nicer than a great many privat campgrounds and we use it several times a year.

The roads and hills and mountains should not be a problem, the grades are long and if you use your TV and brakes as needed you should not have any issues. I had not towed in mountains other than one time in Colorado, North Carolina mountains were easier tho steeper and longer grades. Going down I learned a lot, coming back it was like driving here in the Midwest.

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Old 03-12-2012, 10:15 AM   #20
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Congratulations on your retirement...I retired a few years ago from the Tennessee Air National Guard and I was a full time technician. I spent almost 30 years going to drills and working, plus pulling alert on weekends. I know you are glad to be retired, enjoy the roads, campgrounds, and the scenery...Seven Points is a nice one in the Nashville Area, plus Cages Bend, Cedar Creek, and then Defeated Creek near Carthage, TN. I received my coveted Senior Pass also last November, my wife said that she had never seen anyone turn 62 and be proud of it. Hey....it is something we earned...Hope to see you on the road somewhere.....
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