Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Donna, Texas - What does a $100.00 per night campsite look like?

Today was a long one.    
I woke up at 5:30 a.m., smiled because I remembered that Barrack Obama is the President of the United States and went back to sleep until 6:30.   :)   

Gerry must have ingested some corn last night because he had a migraine and was sick all night, all morning, and grumpy as they come all afternoon.

We had a 2 1/2 hour drive ahead of us to San Juan, Texas to take Albert in to get the door fixed, but the appointment is not until tomorrow morning.   The campground we were in only had a vacancy for last night, so we had to check out by 11:00 a.m.   We left it as long as we could, hoping Gerry would recuperate.   We decided to head to San Juan a day early and get a campsite somewhere close to the Mercedes/Smart dealership.    

I identified a few campgrounds before we left that are members of Passport America, and after a quick drive by we rejected two immediately.   As I was looking for more campgrounds in the area, I realized Donna Texas was very close to San Juan and remembered there was an AOR campground there.  AOR's are a step up and we get a 50% discount with our Resorts of Distinction membership.   We took a wrong turn and couldn't find it right away, which really irritated Gerry, so we picked another Passport America campground ....which didn't exist.   I talked Gerry into trying to find the AOR again, and if we couldn't find it we would go back to the last one and just suck it up.   

We found the AOR campground, but the office was closed (we missed it by 1/2 an hour).   I tried to call and book this campground, but the circuits were full. We decided to pull in and check in tomorrow.  In the meantime we ordered the Travelers Guide to Mexican Camping from to be delivered here on Friday.   We didn't have the password for the internet at the campground, so we had to use our mobile internet which is sporadic at best in these here parts.    It was so slow it took about 2 minutes between pages.   First I couldn't remember my password, it took about 5 tries to get it (that's 10 minutes).  I had to cancel the first order (another 15 minutes) because by the time I got to the end of it, it had changed my shipping request from overnight to a week to ten days.   By the time, I got another order done, overnight had changed from tomorrow to the next the soonest we can get the book is Friday.  

I tried calling the campground again to book for 3 nights.....the cost  $100.00 a day, $50.00 after our discount!!!!!  Holy moly!!!!   By this time, it is almost dark out, so we decided to stay.   At least now we have the park internet.  It is sporadic at worst and ok from time to time.

I seriously could not stop laughing.  Every once in a while I look at Gerry and say "100.00 friggin dollars a night for a campsite!!!!"   lmao    I'm told all the campgrounds in a 100 mile radius are this expensive because crazy Canadians come here for the winter and are willing to pay it.   The price drops drastically between April and October.    We will decide tomorrow how many days we will stay here.  Considering the cost of gas, driving around looking for another one could be expensive.   Boy, we sure could use Albert right now.  The book comes on Friday, and they have said that it is ok for us to come back to get it if we decide not to stay.   The manager is very nice, and was very apologetic about the price.  

What does a $100.00 a night campground look like?   We only took a few pics because it was getting dark, tomorrow we will take some more.

The swimming pool is half indoors and half outdoors.   You can swim out or walk out.


  1. I have bumped into some Passport America rates that are bogus. One in Port Aransas claimed to have a $50 rate or something as their "rack" rate ($50 for Passport America) but their own website quoted something like $30. Wrote PA, but no response.

  2. Well, you know what we would say about a $100 a night campground...the same thing we would say about a $50 a night campground!

    Oh, you need to get rid of that "prove you're not a robot" thing...makes it very difficult for posting comments!