UPDATE: I really have to thank you all for the wonderful comments on this post which clearly put some good vibrations for me out into the universe. Today after 4 weeks of being shut out on Reserve America I landed a site for 2 weeks at the end of February 2022 at Silver Springs State Park!! Now all I have to do is fill in that 4 week gap from the middle of January until the middle of February.
Since I did nothing different than any day before and I’m in a low signal area, I credit you with my good fortune. Thank you all so much for your good wishes and support. I am one happy camper today!! Not only because I got the site but I don’t have to do it again tomorrow morning. Now I only have to keep playing the vaccination finder game.
Note: All pictures are just for fun from the last few weeks and have nothing to do with this post.
I am currently in Georgia and have been having the experiences I talk about below during my stays in both Kissimmee Prairie and Silver River and to the present here in Georgia.
Before I post about Kissimmee Prairie Preserve I want to jump into the present to say that I’ve got a serious case of those Low Down No Count Reservation Blues. Worst case I’ve had in 10 years actually
Those of you who have wintered in Florida know that you have to make reservations 11 months in advance if you want to be in Florida State Parks. That’s what I’ve done for the past 10 years. But this year, starting with reservations for mid January of 2022, I have been totally and completely shut out every single day. What’s going on here?
At this point, I have no where to be from January 16 to February 10
(that’s 25 days at a minimum) and perhaps far beyond that. My signal is not strong at the moment but I’m not at all sure it’s my internet that is the problem. I was able to post the Estero River blog from here a few days ago which indicates a strong enough signal given the pictures and still I can not get a spot in any of the 5 parks I have tried. What’s going on here?
I heard a few years ago down in the keys that a group of people were there repeatedly at Bahia Honda and that they had some sort of scheme to get them all sites. Is it just that there are thousands more RVers since covid or is there something going on? Some trick others know and I don’t. Some inside programming advantage.
And that’s not my only Low Down No Count Reservation Blues. Not only can I not get reservations for next January or February but I can’t cancel the reservations I had with Recreation.gov for parks on my planned spring trip West which got cancelled when the National Pow Wow was cancelled and in favor of going somewhere I could stay for 6 weeks and try to get the vaccine.
On February 14, I got on line to cancel 4 reservations. 2 at Gulf Islands National Seashore in both Pensacola, FL and Ocean Springs, MS, one at Potters COE in Texas and one at Big Bend National Park. I found that if you cancel on line they charge a $20 cancellation fee but if you call in, it’s only $10. As those were not the only reservations I had to cancel, saving $40 was a big deal. So I called.
The nice woman took all the reservation numbers and said the credits, minus $10 each for the reservations would be credited back to my card. The next day I got an email confirming that one of them, the Potter’s COE, had been cancelled and sure enough, my credit card showed a credit.
A week later no other emails or credits for the other 3. So I called waited on line for over an hour and they said they were “pending”. A WEEK later, pending what? She didn’t know. She would “submit a ticket” and “they” would contact me. Another week passed no call, no email, no credit. I called again but tried at 8pm at night. No wait. Again I was told there was a glitch. At that point it was 3 weeks they’d had nearly $200 of my money and I was not happy. That’s still the case but what do I do? They are still going to contact me supposedly.
There is nothing anyone can do about my Recreation.gov problem but if you know anything about this Florida State Parks thing, please let me know. I sure can’t come to Florida with reservations only for November, December and half of January.
And thanks for putting up with my ranty whining about it all.
Next time, back to this winter’s visit to Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park where this turkey vulture was basking in the sunset on what I call the vulture tree across from the campsites.