Wal-Mart Camping - Parking Lot PleasuresWritten by Steve Gillman
"Do you know about Wal-Mart camping?" We didn't know, but old man at campground in Florida insisted WalMart not only allowed RVs and vans to park overnight, but encouraged it. "Free camping," he told us, and we didn't wait long to take advantage of this new knowledge.
Somewhere in northern Georgia we pulled into a Wal-Mart, and sure enough, we saw some RVs off to one side of parking lot, looking like they were there for night. We were heading back to Michigan in our conversion van, and free camping sounded good to us. We parked, plugged in our 5-inch T.V., and settled in for night. Nobody bothered us. In morning we used bathrooms inside, and bought some orange juice.
The next night we camped for free again, this time at a "Flying J" truckstop. There were RVs camping there as well. You'll find Flying J Truckstops all over, and they actively court RV crowd, counting on gas and other sales. We filled our tank there in morning, and bought some food as well. As long as campers stay out of way of truckers, free camping is likely to continue.
Other Free Camping Places
Generally, you can camp free on any BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land, unless it's specifically forbidden in an area. This is also true of National Forest lands. In both cases you're limited to a stay of two weeks in one place, though this rule is not always enforced, and next two-week place might have to be only a hundred yards away. State forest lands are usually open to free camping without permits, but policies vary by state (The two-week rule seems to be common).
The Many Wonders of Flamingo BayWritten by Fred Coolridge
Great Exuma Bahamas has earned its remarkable reputation by being one of most desirable vacation destinations in world. Discriminating travelers choose Great Exuma for its friendly people and stunning natural beauty. The island may be small but there are many beautiful sights to see, one of which is impressive Flamingo Bay.
Located just 2 miles south of George Town, Flamingo Bay is a scenic paradise. Boasting one of most beautiful beaches on island, bay is a quiet enclave, home to only a select number of luxurious villas. A spectacular coral reef, approximately one mile out, prevents breaking waves and allows you to walk on a sandy ocean floor and swim in calm waters.
Unlike many Caribbean destinations, Flamingo Bay is not densely populated and does not play host to an endless number of tourists. Life in and around bay is serene and relaxed, yet there is still much one can do. There is a view of Stocking Island which can be accessed by kayak or other boat. Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy excellent bonefishing nearby. If a game of golf is more your speed, a visit to Greg Norman golf course is in order. Located up coast at Emerald Bay and designed by golf legend himself, this 18-hole championship course is one of best ocean-side courses in world. And, even if you are not an avid boater, it is impossible to remain unimpressed by Bay’s marina. Stroll around and marvel at stunning vessels or hop aboard one for day.