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Old 03-31-2020, 05:28 AM   #1
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I haven't posted in awhile, but I was wondering if the covid-19 restrictions have kept anyone from making their plans for this year. We were planning a cross country trip to begin in May, but with all the closures, decided to put it off. Local state parks (where we prefer to stay) are all closed so even a weekend trip is not going to happen just yet.
Has anyone been able to get out or plan a trip this year?
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Old 03-31-2020, 08:31 AM   #2
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Hi Rich,

Yes, this is a problem. Each state is handling this a little different.

http://ohiodnr.gov/odnr-operations-d...virus-outbreak
As of March 27th, all Ohio parks have mixed areas open. For general recreation, open areas are still open and encouraged but with social distancing requirements in place.

Much of anything with a building is closed though, including the campground. Have no idea when this will break loose. Yesterday, Ohio extended the closed school buildings until the end of April. On-line learning is ongoing where it can be.

We canceled our multi state trip this year back in early January, but that was due to family concerns. And now with the virus deal, it is not going to happen for us. Some parks are not even allowing any new reservations right now.

At the moment, our only reservation are at an OH state park the end of May, the Western NY M & G in Sept and the Ohio M & G in October. The May one is an unknown right now. The Sept & Oct trips we hope are still intact. These reservations were all made last year.

For sure, early season camping plans are going to affected most anywhere on the east coast and midwest.

At this point, all we can do is sit and wait and see what happens. Our cyber campfire will be burning bright.

Thanks

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Old 03-31-2020, 11:23 AM   #3
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We were in Florida when COVID became an issue. We didn’t think about it much until 3/12 when my Dad wanted us to eat out, which we did...twice. After leaving Pennekamp State Park on Key Largo we went up to a private campground to meet some old Sunline friends (Mark & Beth) for a week of fun. We were originally supposed to be at a state park but got a last minute site at their winter campground. Thank goodness we did because the Florida SPs closed during that week. After that we went up to Skidaway but became uncomfortable with the whole virus situation and left a day early. Virginia closed the park while we were there and we had to leave which was fine with me. It did make me think about being 3000 miles from home on the next trip out west. (which is timing TBD) Being 1200 miles away was strange enough.
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I had a trip to a Virginia state park scheduled for last week. Canceled and glad I did because I would have had to leave early because all of the state parks closed. I have another trip scheduled in mid-May for OBX and will probably have to cancel that one as well. My next trip after that is in September. So decided to start doing some repairs that I had been putting off.
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Our 1st reserved camping trips this year are early June; 1 local and then Buttonwood.

I week ago I was thinking it was a 50/50 chance both would happen.

Now, I think it's only ~25% they'll happen.

I'll wait until mid-May to see what it's like then.

If baseball isn't playing, I'm not camping.
Need to stay safe, both Mary and I fall into the "high risk" category.

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.
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We had planned on our first shakedown trip this coming weekend at a local state park. State recently closed campgrounds so no go.

Two week trip to Florida was planned for mid April. While the private campgrounds we have reserved havenít closed, of yet, we decided to cancel that trip. Iím waiting until the last minute to cancel those reservations to avoid paying a reservation fee if they are forced to close. I believe they waive that fee if itís an ordered shutdown. At least thatís what the state park did.

Have other reservations further into the spring and just praying and hoping things get better by then.

You all hang in there.
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My NASCAR trip to Dover has already been postponed/ cancelled. The governor of VA has closed campgrounds through June 10, so Cherrystone during Memorial Day weekend is out. Not sure what/where is on the horizon. Minor inconveniences compared to the struggles many are going through at this time. Everyone stay safe and we'll see you down the road.
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The state parks in Indiana are closed to camping until further notice we have not made any in Indiana or in Michigan because of the virus.
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I had planned a long weekend at the end of April, not far, one of the NJ state campgrounds local to me. As they are all closed I will have to make the best of it and enjoy a little time with my camper in my own back yard. Not the greatest campground as there are no activities, but I do have water and electric hook up and great wifi!!
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We just got our new 81 SunLine 15' SC and planning our first trip to WA in August, hopefully. With everything as it is and becoming, we decided to start looking for a camper as with the flying situation, then figured out the cost is gas to WA would pretty much equal our plane tickets costs, then the rental car not needed or even the shuttle service from Seattle to Wenachee we recently found for $50 each would be saved.
Also now that we're both retired, we can take our time and stop anywhere we want to, that is now whatever is open. Stay Safe!
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