Lebanon/Cincinnati NE KOA

Good morning. It looks like today is going to be a perfect sunny day with a high in the low 70’s. I plan on being outside as much as possible.

Day 168. I’ve been trying very hard to get back in shape. Or should I say back into condition, as there is nothing wrong with my shape. My daughter Melissa bought me a Fitbit which helps me keep track of my steps and my heart rate.

This day we decided to get our steps in walking around the campground. Melissa came over early and we walked while Clyde cooked breakfast. Although the trail we walked the day before was relaxing and pleasant, I got a more vigorous workout walking around the campground. We had more inclines to go up and down. We also walked a brisker pace. It feels good to get your heart rate up and feel your muscles tighten a bit.

While walking around the campground we were able to checkout the different sites and amenities the campground has to offer. We walked by a small enclosed dog park area with a double gate which is always nice. Two small dogs were enjoying the area.

In the back of the campground is an area where you can get your motorhome filled with propane. It didn’t appear to have an area that you could pull through easily. It looked more like you had to pull in and back out. I could be wrong though. I will have to take a closer look at that area.

The campground also has a nice grassy electric only area for tents. Smaller campers would also fit, but I believe they have designated the area for tents only. The park has a small pool and a nice playground area.

The restrooms, showers and laundry area are all in the same building as the office and camp store. We did not check those areas out yet, sorry.

As for the campground itself, you can see they are working hard making improvements to the sites. The pads are gravel with a gravel patio. Each site has a new picnic table and a fire pit. Grass has been seeded and is trying to grow. Cable TV and free Wi-Fi are also included.

Now for the not-so-good. When we checked in we were told they only had only one premium site available. That means 50 amp and full hook-ups. Which is great. But, with us being at Melissa’s most of the time it isn’t necessary and why pay extra for something you don’t need. Melissa was busy checking online to see what was available and found that wasn’t true. After some hassle, we were able to obtain a 30 amp electric and water only site. We were told that was the only one available for that long of a time period. We can see that isn’t so either after being here a while.

The prices are ridiculous. We are paying $45 a night and that is with their KOA discount card that cost us $30 for the year. The pool isn’t open yet and they have no activities going on at this time. You would hope they would have an off-season rate, but they apparently don’t.

We have never paid this much before, even when we were on the ocean and had full hookups. But, as they are the only campground around and can get away with it, they do. Unfortunately we do not have a choice. On the plus side, we are less than a mile from our daughter.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a great day.

Until next time,


Always Do A Walk-Around

Good morning. It looks like we are going to have a nice day with a high around 80. I am looking forward to a fun day too. We made plans with our friend Steve to go to Mexico. We will be walking across the border to do some souvenir shopping, experience some bartering and enjoy some authentic Mexican cuisine.

Day 103. With high winds predicted for the day, we wanted to get an early start on the road. Even though we were only going an hour away, driving in a motorhome during high winds can be dangerous and challenging. We were ready to roll shortly after 9 a.m.

Wait. A short delay. We were stopped before we were out of the park by an observant camper who told us our steps were still out. Our steps should automatically go in when the engine is on. This time they did not retract. We spray our leveling jacks faithfully with silicone spray to lubricate them and keep them working properly, but we never gave the steps a second thought. We should have known better. Especially with the all the salt in the air from the ocean. We will definitely add the steps to the list of routine maintenance. After giving them a good spray with silicone and working them in and out a few times we finally got them to go back in. It is a really good thing that nice person stopped us before we got very far, as we could have done some extensive damage to the steps, even lost them all together. Lesson learned: ALWAYS do a walk-around before you take off!

After checking out of Isla Blanca Park and hooking the car up to the motorhome we were finally on the road. We only experienced the high winds for a few miles, but that was enough. It was nice to arrive safe and sound at our next destination, Park Place Estates in Harlingen.

Park Place is a large park with a combination of mobile home, park model and RV’s. They cater to both winter Texans and permanent residents. There is plenty to do here. They have a swimming pool, hot tubs, dance hall, recreation room, tennis courts, dog park and more. The list of activities is numerous. There is something for everyone.

We spent the afternoon relaxing, visiting and making plans of things to do while we are here.

Loving our lifestyle. Have a good day.




How Many Steps?

Good morning.  Wow, it got cold last night.  It’s only 27 right now.  Thankfully the temperature is supposed to go up into the mid 60’s today with sunshine.

This is going to be a busy day.  We have a lot to get done, as we will be leaving here tomorrow morning bright and early to spend the month of February down at South Padre Island. It will be a new adventure for us, which we are both looking forward to.  We have really enjoyed this park and highly recommend it to others, but we have seen what there is to see in this area and we have so many other places we are looking forward to exploring.

Day 72. I’ve been trying to get out and walk more.  I need more exercise.  When we owned a house I got some steps in each day even if I never left the house; by going up and down the stairs numerous times and walking throughout the house.  Living in the small area of a motorhome makes any indoor steps minimal.  Besides you feel so refreshed after a good brisk walk in the fresh air and sunshine. Yesterday and the day before we got out and walked the park two different times both days.  It sure felt good.

How many steps do you need each day to be healthy and not live a sedentary lifestyle?  My phone keeps track of the steps I take.  I thought I was doing really good getting around 5,000 steps in a day; which is two laps around this park. That is about 2 to 2 1/2 miles. Wrong. According to health experts the average person gets between 5,000 and 7,000 steps per day.  They also say in order to reduce health risks and manage your weight you need to take 10,000 steps or more per day.

I am happy with my 5,000 steps a day for now.  That is more than I was able to walk this past year.  I just need to work on increasing my steps back up to a 10,000 per day average.  I am really hoping the weather down in South Padre will be perfect for getting out and walking.  Loving this lifestyle.

Until next time,