Thursday, August 22, 2013

Passport America's Birthplace

We're Baaaaack!  I couldn't stand Oscar's continual whining about not being out on the open road anymore so I thought I'd placate the little whipper-snapper.  We're off on a trip to visit family in Florida and get "Mr Whiney Dog" off my back.  It'll also be a test run to see how well the leg handles  the long drive after the crash-n-burn episode of the previous post.  I must admit it is nice to be out and about again . . .


I recently renewed my Passport America 50% Discount Travel Club membership and on this trip we're saving big bucks by using some of the more than 1800 camping sites offering these fantastic discounts.   Near Long Beach, MS we pulled into the Magic River Resort campground, a nice quiet setting close to I-10 yet far from any highway noise.  It is a small family friendly place with fishing ponds and a community dining area complete with a huge cooking pot to swing over the campfire for making  a hearty, warming stew to feed a large crowd or for a wicked witch to cook unruly children.





A sign says to find a campsite, settle in, relax and someone will be by in time to settle up the funds.  For Passport America members that'll be a hefty $12 please . . . what a deal!  The next morning Mr. Ray Fernandez stopped over to check us in / out and I learned this campsite is the actual birthplace of Passport America.  Ray's father had the idea for the original world's largest 50% discount camping club.  He came up with the idea right here, at his campground, the Magic River Resort.  Ray and his sister are the current owners and plan to keep the good work going as they expand the listing of discount campgrounds to be found all over the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  It was a bit of serendipity that lead us to this peaceful place where a fantastic camping club was born!  Stop on in if you get a chance and meet Ray!!!

6 comments:

JerryC said...

It's great to see you and Oscar on the road again.

Happytrails said...

That is just too cool!! You post reminded me we need to renew our Passport America membership also.
Glad you are back on the road again.

lynne said...

Great to hear you are on the road! Hope the trip goes great!
It was one year ago that we watched you set up that amazing wonder egg in the site next to us at Farnum Creek. Met some of.the Oliver family and toured the new Olivers last spring in the Smokies. Great trailer!

Geri Moore-Hajek said...

YaY Pete! YaY Oscar! On the road again and ain't it fun? How is your leg doing Pete, is it handling the trip okay?

Anonymous said...

Missed reading the great adventure. Glad you're back on two legs. Remember the door is always open to you and Oscar....David B @ BentGate

Lee said...

Hooray, you're back! Let the good times roll. :)