Heading to Florida
Brookfield, GA - Events of Thursday, October 16, 2014 to Sunday, October 19, 2014
As we said at the end of our last post, we had a lot of rain while in Knoxville. We were hoping to see a little fall color there in the foothills of the Smokies, but as soon as a few leaves began to turn, the rain knocked them off the trees. Not only that, but every time it rained, it cooled off a little more. It was definitely time to head south.
We left Knoxville around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday for about a three-hour drive to our first overnight stop at Harvest Moon RV Park in Adairsville, GA. Adairsville is located about an hour north of Atlanta.
Harvest Moon has about 75 sites, most of which are pull-throughs. While many of the sites, especially the back-ins, are occupied by seasonals, there are about 20 extra-long pull-throughs in the front section that seem to be used primarily for overnighters.
The roads are fresh gravel and are nice and wide. The sites, which are also plenty big, have gravel pads, nice grass and an occasdional shrub or two. There are full hookups with 30/50-amp electric, free cable and free Wi-Fi. The cable channels are somewhat limited, and we found the Wi-Fi to be so slow it was almost useless. Fortunately, there was a strong Verizon 4G signal. The photos below show our site at Harvest Moon RV and a view down the road past our site.
Although we thought their nightly rate of $35 was a little high for a non-tourist area, Harvest Moon is a very nice campground. They have plenty of amenities like a swimming pool, game room and clubhouse, free laundry, free cable and free Wi-Fi that apparently attract a lot of seasonals and weekenders from Atlanta.
The next morning (Friday) we were on the road around 9:15 a.m. for the second leg of our journey to Florida. This leg was supposed to be a drive of a little over 4 hours to Paradise Lake RV Park in Brookfield, GA, which is just north of the Georgia/Florida border. However, the drive ended up taking almost 5 hours because we lost at least 15 or 20 minutes to the infamous Atlanta traffic even though it was well past rush hour, and we also had to stop for fuel.
Since we usually don't like to travel more than two days in a row and since we usually don't like to travel on weekends, we decided to spend the whole weekend at Paradise Lake. Although we considered staying at another campground a few miles farther down the interstate, we chose Paradise Lake because it was about 10 miles from the interstate, and we thought it would be a quieter place to chill out for the weekend. Well, we were wrong. The campground itself was nice and quiet, but the 4-lane road that passes Paradise Lake was quite busy and included a lot of truck traffic. We didn't notice the noise that much when we first got there, but we had to close our door later on Friday evening so we could hear the TV. Fortunately, the traffic died down to almost nothing late at night, and it wasn't quite as heavy during the day on Saturday or Sunday either.
Paradise Lake has full hookups. We requested 50 amps because we thought we might need to use our air conditioner since we finally got back into some nice, sunny, warm weather. We got one of only two 50-amp sites available. The Passport America rate for our 50-amp site was $19 a night.
Paradise Lake is somewhat rustic. There are no frills, and the main road is just two sandy tracks through the grass. However, the all-grass sites are fairly large and are nice and level. There are pine trees dotted around the campground that provide some welcome shade without completely blocking out the sun.
Many of the sites at Paradise Lake are occupied by seasonals, and all of the RVs there are older. As we drove in, Paul commented that our 10-year old motor home was probably the newest RV there. Fortunately, most of the RVs are fairly well maintained, and most of the sites are relatively neat.
There were some sightseeing opportunities in the area, but we were content to just chill out around the campground all weekend after making a Walmart run on Saturday morning. Paul got a much-needed haircut in the afternoon on Saturday, and we watched the NASCAR race on Sunday.
On Monday, we headed out on the final leg of our journey to Florida. We'll tell you about it in our next post.