Campground Review: Rainbow’s End – Escapees – Livingston, TX

An easy “cruise-control drive” west on I10 returned us to Texas.  We’re bound for a longer landing near Houston but for now we’re still in “approach” mode, spending a few days here near Livingston, then a couple of weeks in Conroe before doing our major stop for the winter.

3. Maybe most impressive is the Care Center – it is an absolutely unique place providing assisted living facilities for people who retired to RVing but are now unable to travel.  It’s a wonderful program that serves a great need.

Our time here is short and, in addition to that, it has rained almost constantly since our arrival.  Because of that we haven’t gotten to know the campground as well as we would have otherwise.

Off hand, I’d say this place does just what it’s intended to do.  It probably doesn’t measure up to some of the nicer RV Resorts, but no where is as geared to fulltime RVers as is this place.  My guess is that we’ll return here about once a year for a short stay.  After all, it is “where we live.”

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Murphy Memorial Library, Livingston, TX

Name: Murphy Memorial Library

Location: 601 West Church Street, Livingston, TX 77351

Located on a major thoroughfare Murphy Memorial Library  is serving it’s community offering  free internet access  along with books and materials for all ages.  They have ongoing story times for children,  a genealogy section, a reading area and a large section of paperback books.  Free one on one help with research and computer needs is available by appointment.  When the renovation is completed at the new location the library will have more to offer with meeting rooms, and a separate computer area; a place where the community can gather.

 

 

Natchez Trace and vicinity: southwestern Mississippi

Overall, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed exploring the areas along Natchez Trace Parkway; both the beauty of nature and the rich history of the area.  In spite of our spending nearly a month along the Trace and spending time in three different area campgrounds we know we’ve barely scratched the surface of all there is to see and do along Natchez Trace Parkway.  We hope to return in future journeys to continue enjoying the area.

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Campground Review: Natchez State Park – Natchez, MS

Since this is our last stop on Natchez Trace Parkway I’ll add a few comments about driving the parkway.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the 400+ mile drive down the Parkway.  The pretty, unspoiled scenery, the rich history, the lack of commercial traffic or even roadside advertizing, and the leisurely 50 mph speed limit combine to make this a terrific drive.  I highly recommend this Parkway; it is truly an American treasure.  If you RV Natchez Trace Parkway I highly recommend that you spend some time at Natchez State Park.

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Natchez Trace and vicinity: Central Mississippi

The Museum of Natural Science was fun and would be even more enjoyable with children. There is a park entrance fee as well as museum fee but the price is still quite low. Entering the exhibit hall we saw the bones of extinct species of sea life and land animals. There are exhibits of endangered species of Mississippi as well as local waterfowl and wildlife. I enjoyed the aquatic habitats housing native fish, reptiles, and other water creatures. The aquariums are interesting and a greenhouse with a tank provides a home for a variety of alligators, turtles and fish. There’s a special exhibit on reptiles which I found both enticing and creepy with it’s many poisonous and nonpoisonous snakes. I especially enjoyed seeing the Gila monster. For those with preschoolers there’s a hands-on room where small children can climb a tree, play with puppets, visit animal habitats, and listen to stories. There is walk way around the building lots of interesting plantlife. For more about this museum go to http://www.msnaturalscience.org/

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Campground Review: LeFleur’s Bluff State Park – Jackson, MS

I’m thoroughly enjoying our journey down Natchez Trace Parkway.  This drive is for folks who aren’t in a hurry and who enjoy pretty scenery — that should describe retired full-time RVers more than anyone else and it describes us.

The electric here is 50 amps and water pressure is good.  There are no sewer hookups and the dump station is out near the entrance so it’s not very handy for those using a “blueboy” on a longer stay.  The campground restroom is built up on stilts, about eight feet up.  The sites are level concrete slabs.

My satellite reception is limited and, honestly, I’m glad to get even one satellite through all the trees.  I think the best chance for satellite coverage would be in the sites directly across from the restrooms.  Cell reception is very good and my data is a strong 4G.  The weather during this October stay has been pretty good with cool temperatures and only a little rain.  I have the idea that humidity and mosquitoes would make a late summer stay here rather challenging to say the least.

Here’s our 2015 review of this campground.

There are three state museums within minutes of the campground and the Mississippi State University Medical Center is right down the street.  In fact, a park ranger told me that a lot of people use this campground when coming to the area hospitals.

We would return to this campground when passing through the area.  It’s quite a change of pace from staying in rural spots, miles from shopping, etc.  I guess you’d say that LeFleur’s Bluff is a place to get away from it all without actually getting away from it all!

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Natchez Trace and vicinity: northern Mississippi

Arriving at our campground in Tupelo we spent our time relaxing, doing a little shopping, and getting maintenance done on the truck. The only “touristy” thing we did while there was visit the Elvis Presley Birthplace and Park. There’s a gift shop, museum, the house where Elvis was born, and the church he attended and sang in as a child. It’s a nice place to spend an hour or two. Also, we were happy to add to our list of nice soft ice cream places. The “Dairy Kream” was busy any time we passed by. Our stay at Tupelo was a relaxing one and we thought our five nights there was about the right length of time for us to enjoy the area and take care of a few day to day things we needed to do.

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Natchez Trace and vicinity: southern Tennessee

We went to the Banana Pudding Festival at Centerville,TN.  It’s a fun event offering various craft and food booths. We bought a plate of twisted fried potatoes that was more than we could eat.  Then we went to the Banana Tasting tent and purchased our eight small tastings of pudding. They were all good but two were unique. One was made with Twinkies another had peanut butter in it.  My favorite was a traditional one made by a local church. There were large jars for people to put money into to “vote” for their favorite banana pudding. All the money goes to charity.  It was very warm so we did not go to the antique car show going on in town or visit the craft booths set up all around the courthouse on the square.

As you can tell we enjoyed our time along Natchez Trace Parkway in south-central Tennessee. There’s a lot to see and do in the area, especially for those who like the outdoors or like crafts.

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Campground Review: Tombigbee State Park – Tupelo, MS

We thoroughly enjoyed the first of what will be three journeys down Natchez Trace Parkway.  The Trace is closed to commercial traffic, has no businesses or advertizing or stop signs on it, and has a leisurely 50 mph speed limit.  We enjoyed the beautiful, easy drive and are looking forward to continuing it in the days to come.

The centerpiece of the park is a pretty lake.  There are rental cabins, pavilions, and a nice playground.  The park features not one, but two disc golf courses.  The courses are not for the casual player as they take one up and own steep hills and through the woods with out much more than a footpath for a fairway.  We’ve seen several groups playing and having a great time.  It’s an interesting way to take a hike through the forest and a surprisingly challenging sport as well.  Using my Wilson Sleek cell booster I’ve been able to get on the Internet with a medium to weak 3G signal strength.  After moving the dish around a bit I was able to lock on to a very good satellite TV signal.

I have one rather serious concern about this state park.  Every night around midnight the campground voltage has risen to the point that our camper’s electric Surgeguard has cut power to the camper.  It reports voltages as high as 134 volts.  The Surgeguard is programmed to protect the camper’s electronics from things like too high and too low of voltages.  We had a neighbor who was getting the same readings.  I talked to the park employees about it and they said it would be looked into but, apparently, they were in no hurry because after 5 nights the spikes continue to happen.  After the first night we unplugged the electric before going to bed because we didn’t want the Surgeguard cycling the electricity off and on through the night.  After doing that a few nights we left it on.  About midnight the problem became evident again and the camper had to be unplugged for the rest of the night.  Of course, the camper can handle being off grid.  Still, I can’t help but wonder what damage is being done to other campers in the park.

So, I like this place.  It’s pretty and the campsites are very nice.  At the same time, the electricity problem concerns me.  I’d come back, believing this issue will be resolved.  Till then, I don’t think I’d recommend the park to people without some kind of high voltage protection.  Pretty park or not, it’s probably not worth damaging one’s air conditioner, etc.

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