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Ratliff Ferry May 31, 2012

Posted by marzwaggener in Campgrounds, Mississippi.
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On Monday, May 21st, Charlotte and her family drove me down to the Ratliff Ferry campground. It’s a beautiful area on the water – people launch their boats for fishing and recreation and there’s nice areas for both RV and tent camping. There’s a small convenience store and a restaurant, and campers have access to showers (HUGE plus for me!)

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The pier at Ratliff Ferry

The next day a bicyclist named Kevin came to the campground. We shared pizza and drinks and built a fire to keep the bugs away. Kevin is an ultralight camper and uses a VERY small tent.
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That evening Walt Grayson’s “Look Around Mississippi” aired on WLBT. The owner of the campsite very kindly tuned in and let me watch in the restaurant. It was pretty cool to see myself on TV – the 6PM news no less! – and since I stayed past 6 to watch the show, I camped another night there.

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In Mississippi! May 4, 2012

Posted by marzwaggener in Campgrounds, Mississippi.
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I mentioned at the end of my last post already, I finally made it over into Mississippi! On May 2nd, I ran out of water in a long stretch of nothing (again!!!) so I took a ride to a convenience store. (I was 7 or 8 miles from the border, 9 or 10 miles from the next gas station.) I stayed one night in a field behind the truck stop where Mike dropped me off, and a large part of the next day sitting inside. I talked to truck drivers, got caught up on email and blog postings, and left around 3:30 or 4. I backtracked a few miles to a campground I spotted on Google Maps – Parkwood RV Park. On the way a beautiful rainbow appeared over Columbus.

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The RV park is pretty nice – quiet, no rowdy kids, and even has washing machines!!! I was VERY happy to get to wash my clothes. There was no tent camping though. I called the manager, and he let me camp next to the office and didn’t even charge me. If you’re RV camping in Columbus, Parkwood RV Park is a nice spot.

The Rock! April 6, 2012

Posted by marzwaggener in Campgrounds, Georgia.
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The Rock Campground is 1000 feet off the Silver Comet Trail at mile 34.5. I only intended to stay one day, rest a bit and shower, but ended up staying three nights because it was such an amazing place. If anyone is looking for a great vacation spot – either for tent camping or RV camping – this place is excellent.

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Along with the great scenery, clean bathrooms, electricity and hot water, the owner loves vintage farm stuff. Before you even enter the park you see this cool old truck:
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As you explore around outside, you’ll find all kinds of awesome stuff set up, creating picturesque scenes everywhere.
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And on top of all this, John (the owner) has this huge building right in the middle of the property. He hosts several bluegrass music festivals every year in this building. And it is filled with all kinds of cool vintage farm implements, enough that it is a small museum. Although the museum wasn’t open for a festival, John brought two other guests (whom I made fast friends with during my stay) and myself through the building, explaining the significance of many of the pieces. Here’s a few pictures from inside, but know that my photographs don’t do the place justice – you’ve really got to see it for yourself!
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Here’s the stage area used in the bluegrass festivals:
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Even the stage is a museum display!

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Barb, a guest at the campground, and John. This is the audience seating area.

You can even rent out a small cabin on the campgrounds – there are 2 or 3 of them.
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This is Barb and her son Jay. I spent a lot of time with them during my three days at The Rock. They are one of the reasons my stay there was so enjoyable. The campground seems to attract friendly people – everyone I met there was really nice.

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This is Jo. She’s one of the many long-term campers. She and her husband stay at The Rock about eight months of the year, and go south when it gets colder. They have this awesome vintage bus they keep there, a nice touch to the other equipment on display:
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So there’s a short rundown of The Rock campground. I loved it there and highly recommend it. I would have LOVED to be there during one of John’s Bluegrass Festivals, so if anyone is lucky enough to be out there during that time let me know how it is!