River’s End Campground & RV Park

four starsOverall Rating: Nearly Perfect

 

River’s End Campground & RV Park is located on the Georgia coast near the South Carolina/Georgia border on a little island called Tybee Island.  With the historic town of Savannah within a 15 minute drive, there is lots to do here.

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Since purchasing our RV in 2013, we have stayed at River’s End Campground about 5 times.  We love the fact that it is so close to the beach, an easy commute to Savannah, and just blocks from the beach!

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five starsSetting: Lots of moss covered hardwoods offering shade, picnic tables, fire pits, level gravel lots.  The park offers full hook up and the park in general is big rig friendly. You are only three blocks from the beach, and the Tybee Island light house.

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This photo was taken during the off season in late fall.  During the busy time of the year, this park is pretty darn slammed.  And we have to tell you that spots are very close.  We very much prefer the spots along the main road.  They are easy to pull in and out of and give a little more space.

Notes: Big rigs need to be particular careful of the hanging branches.  While we cleared nicely, it was still a bit nerve wracking if you happened to be parked underneath one of these huge tree branches.  Also, during peak season, maneuvering through the park in a big rig can be very tight.

While we do prefer the roadside lots, we need to note that traffic on that road is busy at times.  It can get noisy as the police station is right next door to the campground.   Care is needed when using the road for biking to the beach.

Amenities

four starsBathhouses are easy access and during our stays seemed very clean, while rustic.

five starsWIFI- The park offers it for free and while it might be different during peak times, I never had an issue getting on line.

four starsLaundry- They have a nice laundry room available 24 hours a day.  Personally, I do not do laundry in the middle of the night, but if you wanted to, you certainly could.

four starsSwimming Pool- River’s End boasts the largest swimming pool on Tybee Island.  And it is very nice.  It is only open during the peak season from about April to September.  And they do not offer lifeguards, so supervision of children is a must.

five starsStaff is very friendly and helpful when needed.  They even delivered wood to our doorstep on our last stay.    When we were hit by an unusual snow storm in Atlanta last year, we needed to postpone our trip to Tybee.  The staff was very supportive and at our request, held our deposit until we were ready to reschedule a few months later.

three starsDog Friendly– the park itself offers two different dog parks, one for small and one for large dogs.  Folks don’t necessarily pay much attention to the size restrictions as the smaller dog park is much closer than the other.  They do offer bags and trash cans in the dog park to dispose of waste.

On the negative side, they do not offer dog waste cans and bags in the campground itself, which I definitely prefer.  And the main stickler (while it is no fault of the campground) is the fact that dogs are not allowed on any of Tybee Island’s beaches.
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The positives?  Well check out the beautiful lighthouse that is only three blocks from the campground!  Further down the beach are a fishing pier, lots of shopping, and some fantastic restaurants.

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Don’t feel like cooking?  The North Beach Bar and Grill is located right by the lighthouse, three blocks from the campground.  They serve a fabulous margarita.  Just saying.

For more information on River’s End Campground & RV Park, be sure to check out their website!

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Teriyaki Orange Beef Shish Kebabs Recipe

We took another trip in our RV this past week and visited the cool crafty town of Franklin, NC.  While we were there, I tried out my latest campfire recipe, Teriyaki Orange Beef Shish Kebabs.

teriyaki orange beef kebabs grill recipe

This is an easy recipe that you can make ahead of time so that when it comes to dinnertime while on vacation, you don’t have to put out a lot of effort.  That is my kind of cooking!And they are pretty darn good too!

Want to know how to make them?

teriyaki orange beef kebabs grill recipe

Teriyaki Orange Beef Shish Kebabs

1 lb. cubed beef
1 lb. sausage
peppers (green, yellow and red)
mushrooms
1/2 onion

Marinade:
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
1/3 cup orange marmalade
1 tbsp. vinegar
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tbsp. dark brown sugar

teriyaki orange beef kebabs grill recipe

Mix all marinade ingredients together in a medium bowl.

teriyaki orange beef kebabs grill recipe

Use a gallon size ziplock bag and pour the marinade into it along with the sausage pieces and beef cubes.  Create a separate marinade batch and marinate the mushrooms separately in their own ziplock bag.  (I don’t like to mix raw meats and veggies).   Put both bags in the refrigerator and marinate overnight.

teriyaki orange beef kebabs grill recipe

Just before cooking, go ahead and cut up the peppers and onion and prepare them for the skewers.

teriyaki orange beef kebabs grill recipe

String your meats and veggies on wooden skewers.  Kind of a messy process, but totally worth it.  Keep your Wet-Nap wipes close and you won’t have to worry about sticky hands.

teriyaki orange beef kebabs grill recipe

Then place them on a hot grill.

teriyaki orange beef kebabs grill recipe

You will need to cook them until the beef is done.  In our case, about 15 minutes over hot coals, turning them a few times over the time period.  For even cooking, it is sometimes necessary to move the kebabs around a bit to give them all a chance at the center of the coals.

teriyaki orange beef kebabs grill recipe

These kebabs turned out fabulous!  They have a sweet and spicy mix of flavor with the tang of teriyaki and the sweetness of marmalade.  A simple meal to make, but so full of flavor and fun to eat too!

Teriyaki Orange Beef Shish Kebabs Recipe
Recipe Type: Dinner
Author: Suzy Myers
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 6 servings
This is an easy recipe that you can make ahead of time so that when it comes to dinnertime while on vacation, you don’t have to put out a lot of effort.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. cubed beef
  • 1 lb. sausage
  • peppers (green, yellow and red)
  • mushrooms
  • 1/2 onion
  • Marinade:
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp. dark brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Mix all marinade ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  2. Use a gallon size ziplock bag and pour the marinade into it along with the sausage pieces and beef cubes. Create a separate marinade batch and marinate the mushrooms separately in their own ziplock bag. (I don’t like to mix raw meats and veggies). Put both bags in the refrigerator and marinate overnight.
  3. Just before cooking, go ahead and cut up the peppers and onion and prepare them for the skewers.
  4. String your meats and veggies on wooden skewers. Kind of a messy process, but totally worth it. Keep your Wet-Nap wipes close and you won’t have to worry about sticky hands.
  5. Then place them on a hot grill.
  6. You will need to cook them until the beef is done. In our case, about 15 minutes over hot coals, turning them a few times over the time period. For even cooking, it is sometimes necessary to move the kebabs around a bit to give them all a chance at the center of the coals.

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Southern Style Bacon Wrapped Slaw Dogs Recipe

I lived in Atlanta for many years, but I’m not originally from the south.  We moved to the Atlanta area from the north when I was 15.  I’m not going to say how many years ago that was, but suffice it to say, I did learn a little southern cooking.  So I want to share with you a great camping recipe, Southern Style Bacon Wrapped Slaw Dogs!

southern style bacon wrapped slaw dogs

When we first moved to the south, the culture shock was pretty significant.  Learning the dialect was daunting.

Here are just a few examples of the colorful local vocabulary:

All Y’all – You, you and you!  Every one of you!
All bowed up– Ready for a fight
Mash the button : Nobody ever pushes anything around here, it is all mashed.
Buggy: That thing you probably refer to as a shopping cart
Might Could: More than likely it can be done!
Fixin-to: About to do something, or at least thinking hard about it
Eat up- Go out in the yard at night and you get eat up by mosquitos.  Seriously.

So lets practice: “All y’all are fixin-to get eat up if’n you don’t mash that button and spray those suckers.  Don’t get all bowed up.  You just might could carry yourself down to the quickie mart and fetch a buggy and some bug spray.  Reckon?”

Got it?

But vocabulary wasn’t the only thing we had to get used to.  Southern food is a whole new adventure.  Steak for breakfast, chicken and waffles, collard greens, cornbread, sweet tea, pecan pie and cobbler.  The veggies are all fried.  Which is good in a way because boiled okra is just disgusting.

Oh, and then there are grits.  Yep, not just one grit, but many.   That is one southern standby that just has never grown on me.

Recently, I tried a southern version of hotdogs.  You see, in the south, they put slaw on their hotdogs!  And you know what?  It’s actually pretty good!  So, I decided to make my own version of Southern Style Slaw Dogs.

Created by a northerner who now pretty much blends.  Want to know how?

southern style bacon wrapped slaw dogs camping recipe

 Southern Style Bacon Wrapped Slaw Dogs

Coleslaw
1/2 cup Kraft mayonnaise
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup sugar
1-1/2 tablespoons vinegar
2-1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
8 cups shredded cabbage (I used pre-shredded cabbage, carrots and red cabbage)

Bacon Wrapped Hotdogs
1 (16 oz) package Oscar Mayer beef hotdogs
1 package Kraft Singles Sharp Cheddar
1 package bacon
toothpicks

southern style bacon wrapped slaw dogs camping recipe

Make the coleslaw ahead of time.  It needs to sit in the fridge at least two hours.  Overnight is good too.  In a large bowl, mix together all the coleslaw ingredients except the cabbage.

southern style bacon wrapped slaw dogs camping recipe

Use a whisk to mix the ingredients well.

southern style bacon wrapped slaw dogs camping recipe

Add in the shredded cabbage and toss well, then refrigerate.  Simple right?  My favorite kind of recipes only take a few moments so that I can get back to my craft room.  Just saying.

southern style bacon wrapped slaw dogs camping recipe

Now lets work on the hotdogs.  Slice the hotdog horizontally, not going all the way through.  Then place narrow slices of cheese in the crack.  (Another option is to place your cheese in your bun.  When you add the steaming hotdog, your cheese will get all melty and delicious).

southern style bacon wrapped slaw dogs camping recipe

Wrap each hotdog with two slices of bacon.  Starting at one end, anchor it with a toothpick.  Wrap around the hotdog, adding the second piece of bacon at the middle and continuing it to the end.  Anchor that end also with a toothpick.

Did I mention that most anything tastes great with bacon?

southern style bacon wrapped slaw dogs camping recipe

Here are the wrapped hotdogs ready for the grill!

southern style bacon wrapped slaw dogs camping recipe

I guess you could cook these in the oven, but since we are traveling a lot, we love to find new recipes for the grill.  This one fits the bill.

southern style bacon wrapped slaw dogs camping recipe

Because this is bacon over a hot flame, it is a good idea to lower the coals a bit to give the hotdogs some breathing space.  And then be sure to supervise, turning the hotdogs frequently with a pair of tongs.  We found that it takes about 15 minutes to cook the bacon all the way.  The hotdog inside will be ready at the same time.

bacon wrapped hotdogs

 

Now add your slaw to the top of the hotdogs.  Some folks add mustard at this point, but I like it just the way it is.  You will be surprised at how well the sweet slaw goes with the saltiness of the bacon wrapped hotdog.

This is one southern dish that I definitely stand behind!

Grits?  Well not so much.  But maybe one day it might-could grow on me.  Reckon? 

What is your favorite southern dish?

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Life is full of big decisions

Life is full of big decisions.  Especially when you have children. What school do I put them in?  Which doctor should I choose?  Should I put them in extra activities such as sports or music even if they really aren’t a fan? Do they really need that new video game? What is the best decision to make to protect them?

Every decision that I made during those formative years was a tough one, and while I don’t think I did a horrible job, there are some things that I really wouldn’t mind a “do over” on.

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Since my girls have grown up and moved out, the house has become a lot quieter.  Sometimes that is a good thing, as now my husband and I can relax in an un-drama-fied environment.

If you are familiar with raising girls, then I’m sure you are familiar with the drama.  Every day was a new episode of their own personal reality show.  While my life is a sitcom, theirs were more of a daytime soap opera with lots of angst, a bit of dramatic story line and many episodes of just plain old teenage turmoil.

My little sitcom pales in comparison to their daily theatrical melodrama.

And yes, they did grow up to be beautiful, happy individuals.  Do we miss them?  Absolutely!  The drama?  No way.

Now we are free to do what we want, when we want.  My schedule revolves around my schedule and nobody else’s.  If we wanted to run around the house naked, we could certainly do it!

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…Well, actually, I don’t really want to frighten the dogs.  They are a bit high strung already.  But the point is, if we wanted to, we certainly could!

A few months ago, we announced that we were finally at the point that the full-time RV lifestyle was a certainty.  This plan was five years in the making.  So, it shouldn’t have been a surprise to the girls when we told them the house is now on the market and we are getting ready to go.  But I think both girls thought we were just having big dreams.

Drama ensued.

What would they do if they needed us for something?  Who could they depend on for help?  What if their car broke down?  What if they had a bad day and just needed someone to talk to?

Yep, maybe I protected them a bit too much.  Remember the do-over thing?

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Atlanta has been our home for most of the girl’s lives.  The oldest now lives in Oklahoma, but our youngest still lives in the Atlanta area.

While we love to be around family, we feel that we need to move on with our lives and separate ourselves from the corporate atmosphere, the daily commute, the crowds, and stress associated with living in and near a big city.

It is our dream to travel.

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We are looking forward to living in the moment.  We want to see the country first hand and enjoy traveling while we are still healthy enough to do so.  This crowd of geese is the closest I want to come to a traffic jam in the near future.

Fortunately with the ease of the internet and phone service, we can easily face-time them anytime they would like. Daily contact is now possible in this big world, made very simple with the internet.  I am grateful for that.

And there is the website thing. They can easily follow our journeys.  We would never be more than a phone call away.

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Ultimately, the girls are at the point where they need to establish their own lifestyles.  And they are doing that.  But I think that with mom and dad roaming around the country, they are forced to start being more self sufficient.

And that is a good thing.  While the mom in me wants to always protect them just as I did when they were children, I know that they need to learn to take good care of themselves.

After all, it will probably not be long before both of them have children of their own to protect.

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The beginning…

In June of 2010, my husband and I made a major life decision.  With the kids grown and gone,we were ready to begin a new chapter in our lives.  But we really weren’t sure what that change would be.

Both of us had jobs in the city.  I was an Executive Assistant in a huge corporation, and my husband was a Fleet Manager in another large company.  Both of us were tired of the major commute (an hour and a half each way).  Both of us were tired of our jobs; tired of city life; tired of the crowds.  Let’s face it, we were just plain tired.

We needed to come up with a new plan.

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I had just created the website, Suzy’s Sitcom.  A new blogger, I really didn’t realize the potential of a website with creative content.  But I tackled a blog like I tackle most things; head on and running.

My father always said that I could accomplish anything that I set my mind to.  If I truly believed that something would be a success, then it would be.

It was also at that time that my husband and I happened to see a television show that ultimately pointed us in the direction that we wanted to go.  It was a documentary about a young couple who bought a RV, sold their house and everything they owned and set out on the road to travel.  You can find their website here: Gone with the Wynns.

Our five year plan was set in motion.  We would be doing the same.  We just needed to follow the plan.  After all, anything is possible if you set your mind to it.

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So here we are four and a half years later.  The Sitcom is a successful website, generating enough income for us to begin to make the big move.

We have already purchased the RV, the house is on the market, an estate sale is on the near horizon, and we are setting out for Bar Harbor, ME around the first week of April.

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We will be working for KOA for our first season as work campers until we feel strong enough financially to go it alone.

And we are so excited to start!

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