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Old 08-06-2020, 05:34 PM   #21
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Not this trip. We have stayed at Kirtland and White Sands, not Holloman. We tend towards parks, COE and USFS because sites are more spread out, private and usually in the woods. Weve stayed in many nice FamCamps, some not so nice. Were at Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff now, its run by Luke AFB in Phoenix. Its OK, we probably wont return.

One of the nicest ones I've seen was Pacific Beach in Washington State. Obviously not near where you are right now but if you're ever in that area be sure to check it out. It was on a bluff overlooking the beach. It was very nice.
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We just got back from a trip to a COE campground only 112 miles from home right here in IllAnnoy.
The campground was as nice as ever except no cash was allowed to change hands so we could not buy firewood at the campground.
We went with friends and enjoyed the time at the campground, but the many attractions in the area were either unavailable or no longer worth the visit
At least we went to the levy, if only to find it was dry.

I hope I live to see a time return when I can travel once again without the threat of restrictions or incarceration. I doubt it at this point.

New York has a lot of attractions worth the visit, but I doubt we will ever feel completely comfortable there again even to visit friends who live there.

I guess the curve has taken more than a couple of weeks to flatten and maybe it will take a lifetime for some to feel safe to travel again.
For now, all the joy seems destroyed and the only place we can visit is a twisted new version of Buffalo Springfield.
Our hope is,of course, that things will improve and we can once again share a big slice of American pie.
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Old 08-06-2020, 06:53 PM   #23
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One of the nicest ones I've seen was Pacific Beach in Washington State. Obviously not near where you are right now but if you're ever in that area be sure to check it out. It was on a bluff overlooking the beach. It was very nice.
Checked it out on the map - looks like a great location. Next time were up the coast we will check it out.
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I hope I live to see a time return when I can travel once again without the threat of restrictions or incarceration. I doubt it at this point.
This trip has not been as enjoyable with all the restrictions in place. I used to buy T-shirts from places weve been. This trip yielded a Colorado mask and today I bought a National Parks mask. I hope we can get back to normal too.
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Old 08-07-2020, 07:52 AM   #25
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Our NY campground reservation cancelled

Thought this year was going to be a complete bust. The state parks we usually go to were closed, and then by the time we found out they were open, they were booked solid. Even if we had gotten something, some shut down again.

Then last week on a whim, we decided to book a few days at the Flagstaff KOA. Its been unseasonably hot at home and smoky from area fires, and we were desperate for a respite before school starts on Monday.

I hadnt stayed at a private campground since I was a kid, and my wife never. Its a win. Well run with sensible COVID mitigation policies, very reasonable rates considering Flagstaff is a major tourist destination, and a great mix of campers from luxurious to rustic (one other molded, an Escape 5.0TA). Direct access to hiking trails in the national forest. Bonus is decent WiFi, which has slowed to a virtual standstill at home.

Point is with private campgrounds you deal directly with the operators and not 3rd party vendors. Flexibility is so important in these uncertain times. Under normal circumstances we never would have considered a place like this.

Its great to be out!
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Then last week on a whim, we decided to book a few days at the Flagstaff KOA. Its been unseasonably hot at home and smoky from area fires, and we were desperate for a respite before school starts on Monday.
Its been in the 40s overnight and about 80 during the day this week in Flagstaff. Students are returning to NAU so there is a bit more traffic. The weather here sure beats south Texas right now!
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Could be worse

Vermont State Parks opened on June 26. Prior to that all reservations were cancelled. Refunds were given via gift certificates. Once they've got your money, I guess they can do what ever they want. I would not be happy.
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Old 08-08-2020, 09:24 AM   #28
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Weve relocated our Watkins Glen trip to Cowenesque Lake/Tomkins campground, just south of the NY border in PA. This is a Federal recreation area created as part of a flood control project in the 70s after tropical storm Agnes inundated the southern tier of NY. Coincidentally, our house in Painted Post was destroyed during the floods. First time Ive have ever been to this park.
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Old 08-19-2020, 12:07 PM   #29
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NY is (unfortunately) one of those states that have outsourced their reservation system to Reserve America. I was directed to cancel my reservation, for a full refund, by calling RA directly.
Interesting. I had a reservation made pre pandemic and when NYS closed its campsites I got an email telling me that my reservation would be cancelled but I could make a new one when the system opened up again. If I didn't make a new reservation within a specified period I would get a full refund. I did not rebook and received a refund on my credit card without doing anything.
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Interesting. I had a reservation made pre pandemic and when NYS closed its campsites I got an email telling me that my reservation would be cancelled but I could make a new one when the system opened up again. If I didn't make a new reservation within a specified period I would get a full refund. I did not rebook and received a refund on my credit card without doing anything.
That's how it usually works, but in this situation, the campground is not closed and they are not cancelling your reservation. They just expect you to quarantine someplace else for 14 days before coming to the campground.
GA hasn't got any better so it looks like I'll have to call and cancel our reservation. My sister tried calling to cancel the other day but was on hold over 1 1/2 hours so just sucked up the $15 cancellation fee.
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Good news! I called to cancel our NY state park reservations for next month but of course was put on hold.
One of the menu options was one that confirmed that NY is still charging a 7.25 cancellation fee, plus a 7.25 admin fee to cancel. At that point I just cancelled on line. I wanted to complain about the policy (it wasn't our fault we can't camp there, it's the state of NY decision), and I saw the live chat option and got a helpful person (Linda) that is refunding the $14.25 cancellation fees.
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Old 08-19-2020, 01:18 PM   #32
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Good news! I called to cancel our NY state park reservations for next month but of course was put on hold.
One of the menu options was one that confirmed that NY is still charging a 7.25 cancellation fee, plus a 7.25 admin fee to cancel. At that point I just cancelled on line. I wanted to complain about the policy (it wasn't our fault we can't camp there, it's the state of NY decision), and I saw the live chat option and got a helpful person (Linda) that is refunding the $14.25 cancellation fees.
Ditto for me. I cancelled on line but also used the chat option. I also sent a note to NY asking for a refund of the $14.50. I heard back on chat that they would forward a note to NY about the charges. I got a nice note back from NY along with a refund. My faith in humanity is restored. And I need to learn to cut some people some slack, especially in these time.
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Old 08-19-2020, 03:27 PM   #33
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I think private campgrounds are more responsive and motivated because it's how they earn their living, and campers have potential as future customers if made happy.

Public campgrounds may have a more bureaucratic mentality.

Many people seem to think that we will eventually get back to our old normal, especially if a vaccine is developed, but I have doubts that things will ever be the same. I haven't been able to find an estimate as to how many people need to be vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity for Covid-19, but Covid-19 seems to be as contagious as measles, and I did find an estimate that 94% of the population needs to be immune to interrupt the chain of transmission of measles. Just imagine the logistics of vaccinating 94% of Americans -- 282 million people.

Another worry is that it's unknown if a vaccine will protect a person for life, or would require booster shots. It took 9 years between the time the measles virus was isolated and a vaccine was licensed, and it took another 18 years before cases dropped dramatically -- and another 19 years before measles was considered eliminated in the US.

And guess what? Measles is back.

Oh, and not to be a pessimist, but what if a different SARS mutation occurs, and the vaccine for Covid-19 is useless against the new mutation? Covid-19 is SARS-CoV-2; the 2002 SARS outbreak that killed 774 worldwide is SARS-CoV-1. Will there be a SARS-CoV-3? I think it's a matter of when, not if.

Sorry to go down that path.

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Old 08-20-2020, 06:54 AM   #34
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Im happy with reserve America. 3 of my outings got canceled early in the season, and they refunded my money. Im happy with the OH state parks, 4 long weekend outings. Theyve been a bit inconsistent but over all good. Common sense COVID policies. Mask inside, keep distant. I think they just recently opened the playgrounds but common areas are cordoned off. They preach self contained camping, but the shower houses have been open and usually some toilet houses. Im in Kentucky right now for a longer outing, at Laurel Lake Camping Resort. Its been just fine here. The Cumberland Falls are beautiful. Very good hiking as well in Daniel Boone National Forest. Masks inside seems to be the only noticeable rule for the campground. Kind of empty during the week, full on the weekend.

I am saddened by all the negativity and hate. Pandemics arent easy.
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