We got a later start than planned today. I had a feeling that the receiver hitch on our "new to us" Jeep was mounted differently than the other Jeep, and I thought our bike rack might not fit. But I waited until today to test it.
Sure enough, there was no way to get the bikes on as the hitch was too far underneath, so I went in search of a hitch extension. Fortunately, I found what I needed at a U-Haul store. Unfortunately, it made the hitch a bit wobbly, and Linda didn't like that at all. With a little extra strapping, it'll do until we figure out a solution to restrict the wobble.
I plugged in my new PressurePro TPMS and made sure all my tire pressures were where they should be. Then we got hitched up and finally pulled out of Jay & Karen's driveway around 1:00 for our 150-mile drive.
Off of I-295, we picked up U.S. 23 north all the way through Waycross, Georgia and up to the little town of Hazelhurst. There, we picked up U.S. 221 for a few miles to the Towns Bluff Park & Heritage Center. This park was the first in Georgia that is the result of a joint partnership between the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and a county government. The DNR built the park, and Jeff Davis County is responsible for its operation.
We pulled in around 4:00 p.m. and went back the dusty gravel road. I parked off the side of the road just before the gate into the campground while Linda went to the office at the Heritage Center to pay for two nights. This park is a Passport America campground that offers 50% discounts Sunday - Wednesday. The regular rate is $25 per night, so the Passport America rate is $12.50.
By the way, Passport America is holding another "Refer-A-Buddy" promotion. I think I forgot to mention this one previously, and the deadline is March 31. So, if you've been considering signing up for Passport America, click on the link above, sign up by March 31, and use our name and Member Number 342286 in your application to get THREE FREE MONTHS.
Howard Payne - #342286
For full-timers, it's a no-brainer. Three nights at a $30/night RV park saves $15 per night or $45 and pays the annual membership cost of $44. You have to pay attention to the restrictions for the discount at each park, but us full-timers usually have no problem working around those.
Back to today. You need a code to get into the wonderful 24-site campground, so I waited for Linda to return.
Our favorite site, Site 2, was occupied, so we ended up choosing Site 7, a nice pull-through site with great privacy and space.
In addition to the spacious pad with picnic table and fire ring, we have 50-amp electric and water at the site. There is no sewer hook-up, but there is a dump station. There is a bathhouse and it has one washer and dryer.
After being on 20-amp electric with no water hook-up for the last few months, the 50-amp electric and water feel like luxury. :)
Our rooftop satellite was blocked by trees, but we decided we'd be fine without TV for a couple nights, so I didn't bother to set up the portable satellite dish or to even raise the "over-the-air" antenna.
It was warm, around 83, and the bugs were pretty annoying today, but we really like this campground. It's the first time we've stayed here for more than one night, so I took off on a little walk to do some exploring.
There is a "fitness trail", but like many others we've seen around the country, it's clear it gets little use and no one maintains it. Now the little exercise stations just look dangerous as some have fallen over and others have rotted wood.
The fitness trail connects with a trail that goes along the Altamaha River ....
and then passes behind the Heritage Center.
There is also a boat ramp, .....
and a sign for the Altamaha River State Canoe Trail.
The Altamaha starts just a little bit upriver from here at the confluence of the Oconee River and the Ocmulgee River. It then flows almost 140 miles east to the Atlantic Ocean with no dams along the way.
Past the boat ramp, the trail continues along the river .....
to the park's "day use" area where there are picnic grills, a pavilion, another boat ramp ....
and a short boardwalk in the woods.
From there, I walked back to the campground which is back off the main road and very quiet. We opened all the windows and turned on the fantastic fans and our ceiling fan. Once it was dark, there was nothing but the sound of crickets and tree frogs.
I wish we had time to spend a week or so here. :)