Sumter Oaks RV Park

The Sumter Oaks RV Park in Bushnell FL is an unusual park.  It’s part of the Escapees family and has a rate system that’s a bit different from other parks we’ve been to, as well as unusual site layout.  The property was once a mobile home park, and many of the sites retain features of that former use, including a concrete patio next to the area where you’ll park your rig.

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Revelle’s River Campground

After staying in the NRQZ for a week, we decided we needed to be closer to civilization for a while.  If nothing else, we needed a grocery store closer than an hour away. We looked at a few places near Elkins WV and chose to stay at Revelle’s River Campground where we camped in the spot shown above. That’s Fay trying to hide behind that skinny tree.

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Thoughts on Monticello

Going in, we had booked the Behind The Scenes tour (which was excellent) and hoped to take the Guided Slavery at Monticello tour (also excellent) and whatever else we could fit in.

I went in thinking we’d be in and out in just a few hours, not because I didn’t want to spend a lot of time at Monticello, but because I’d only added up the tours’ durations.  I had not sufficiently accounted for wandering around the grounds, taking self-guided tours, enjoying the gardens and views, and musing on the lives and acts that had played out on this land.

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These gardens were walled-in and locked at night during Jefferson’s time

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Monticello

Stopped by Monticello for the day. Thought it would just be a few hours and spent most of the day. Good tours and guides. Def recommended.

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Good things…

Are going to happen here.

We arrived at our spot in Charlottesville and quickly found this beauty sitting at the corner of our “yard.”
Amanita rhopalopus. Apparently smells of ammonia and rotting meat. We haven’t sniffed it yet. Probably won’t try a spit test either
Yes, we built a little fence around it. Our pet mushroom.

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Tweaking the Netgear Nighthawk MR1100 for RV travel

So, you signed up for an unlimited network plan and while it worked great at first, you’ve moved to a new location and you’re now getting < 1Mbps speeds.

You might think that you need a booster if your signal strength is low or you might be at a complete loss for what to do if your signal strength is ok to good but you’re still getting terrible transfer speeds.

It could be that your router is not quite clever enough and latching onto the LTE bands that are strongest yet provide terrible bandwidth.

This happened to us when out in the wilds of Bushnell FL back in June of 2019.  The first night of our stay we had great signal strength but atrocious throughput.  When we sought out help we were told that yeah, cell access there is just terrible.  We could walk to the opposite corner of the park and probably get a decent signal but everywhere else we could forget it.

Ummm.  No.  We were going to be at the park for a week or two and there was no way we were going that long using our precious limited minutes on our Google Fi plans, from which we got both decent signal and speeds.

I was going to find a way to get something, anything, usable on our unlimited plan from OTR Mobile.  Especially since on the first morning of our stay we had pretty decent speeds.  Until it started to rain at which point bandwidth went into back the toilet.

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Thistle Meadow Winery

While on our way to West Virginia from Asheville NC, we stopped for a night at Thistle Meadow Winery in Laurel Springs NC, a member of the Harvest Hosts network.

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The many faces of Chipster

We stopped at Snowshoe in WV yesterday and after walking around for a bit Susan stopped for a photo op with Chip.  He’s always willing to sit or stand for food.  He’s pretty much willing to do anything for food.

The entire lot of photos are over in his gallery but here are a choice few.

Nyah Nyah!
Dog shark!

Erm?

Got food?