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Well we sold the house last June and went to Mississippi to pick up the new rig. We are back and starting back into the full-time lifestyle.  We are starting out on a western US trip that will take us up and through Ca, Az, into Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, and into Missouri.  I will be blogging the interesting parts, and detailing the facts of the trip.

As usual, my blog is about the costs, RV sites, and ups and downs of the places we stay. I leave most of the "local flavor" reporting to the DW Diane.  Her "Trip Journal" blog covers more of the local attractions, and many more pics.  Her blog will be found at http://www.mytripjournal.com/RVnChick2018. She is still working on it at this time though.

As usual I welcome your input and suggestions. I will also try to include handicapped access info, as well as the availability of WiFi in the places we stop. 

You are welcome to come along for the ride!
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Re: The western US in the new rig, fulltime! Just the facts Maam!
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2018, 11:24:09 PM »
Looking foward to your travels. Have fun!!!!!!
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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2018, 11:24:50 PM »
We actually started this trip in January, but many of the places we  stayed we have been to dozens of times and were not all that remarkable.  I will list a few to give you an idea. 

One of the first places we stayed was East Shore RV Park in San Dimas.  East Shore is connected to the Raging Waters water park, and is owned by the county.  We stayed there for 2 weeks while still getting our full time life in order. It's not a bad park, and it is one of the closest ones you will find close to LA County Fairgrounds, and LA proper.  We have stayed here before, but it has been a few years.  We were kind of surprised how much it has turned into a “long term” rental park. A small section of the park is reserved for transient guests, but about 80% is long term.  It just gives it a different kind of feel now. 

We paid a weekly rate of $329 a week, which breaks down to about $47 a night.  It is full hook up, and some of the sites are on a hill overlooking the reservoir at Frank G Bonelli Park.  It is also right next door to Bracket Field, a county airport for smaller planes.  The sites can be pretty sloped, so if you come, bring blocks to level with.  There is a pool and some stuff for the kids, but there isn't much in the way of maintenance, so  parts are getting a bit worn out. The restrooms are handicapped accessible, but could also use some modernizing.  We used our own Wifi, but there may have been some offered if you went to the office.  In spite of being on a hill, our wifi struggled a bit, both T-mobile and Verizon. I would stay again if necessary, but only as long as we had to. 

From there we went to hang out with Kevin Means in Quartzite at the KOFA (King of Arizona) wild life refuge on BLM land.  Kevin has been camping there for many years, and it's both peaceful and scenic.  You are permitted to camp there for free for up to 2 weeks.  We had about 10 rigs show up from the RV Forum, and a good time was had by all.  It was our first “boon docking” experience with the new rig, and everything worked pretty well. 

We then headed back to San Diego county and stayed at Pala Casino RV Resort. It is located on Highway 76, off of Interstate 15 in Pala Ca.  This park was  rated at the best new RV park in a recent survey by Good Sam.  I concur that it is a very nice park, but as most parks, there are a few down sides.

First the good stuff. All pads are concrete, as are the roads.  There is nice landscaping, green grass, and newer trees throughout the park. The park is surrounded by large rolling hills so you get a “out in the country feeling”.  It is about 7 miles off of I/S 15, but the roads are a bit twisty to get there.  We did go  into the Casino one night for the Buffet.  Even though we are not much for Buffet's, I have to admit the food was really good.  And the coupon they gave us when we checked in for the buffet only cost us $10 each per person was really nice.  I think is was normally about $25 per person for dinner. Security was constantly patrolling the park on bikes and golf carts and everyone was friendly.  The do offer free wifi, but our T-mobil router worked well here. 

We paid $364 for a weeks stay, which  came out to $52 a night. There is a nice pool and spa, and a shuttle to take you to the Casino, but walking there is not a problem as it is not that far. The restrooms are fabulous and handicapped accessible. 

On the down side, there were a few chinks in the armor. There is a construction project going on involving the Casino pool and parking garage. The construction noise wasn't an issue, but to make room for the employee parking, they fenced off a dirt lot next to the RV park. On weekends when it busy and the employees use the lot, 4 separate generator powered light towers run all night long to light the parking area. So if you are on side closest to the street, you hear generator noise all night (we were not thankfully).  Also west of the RV park is a small “ranch” fenced off with chain link fence right next door.   They do have about 15 cows grazing in a field, and even a Bison.  They were not actually a problem, but the 4 farm dogs would sometimes get barking at night and continue for hours.  Fortunately they usually got tired around 11 PM. But it did get old after a while.

And then the one surprising issue I learned quite by accident.  This is brand new park, and it looks like they really did a nice job of setting it up. But for some reason, every other row of RV sites is only 30 amp service at the box.  We had 50 amp service on the far south wall, so I assumed that they all were that way.  It wasn't until talking to a neighbor that he commented that if  he came back, he wanted to get a 50 amp site.  Sure enough checked  the pedestals and he was right.  I guess that was their solution  to save a buck during construction.  It's still a very nice park, and I would stay there again anytime.
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Re: The western US in the new rig, fulltime! Just the facts Maam!
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2018, 11:32:51 PM »
Thank You for those tidbits. We stayed at Frank Bonelli back in October for the weekend. Just a quicky trip  :)
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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2018, 11:34:10 PM »
Thanks Butch!  BTW I will be adding some pics of the sites when I can get them from Diane.  I know, that park has the potential to be so much more, but I think that it has turned into a "cash cow" for the county. They just want to keep the money flowing.
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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2018, 11:55:12 PM »
Marty,

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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2018, 12:27:06 AM »
I know Bill, she should have it live by tomorrow. She is still putting photo's together and setting it up. She is so picky!
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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2018, 09:13:13 AM »
I very much enjoy your trip logs, Sarge, as well as Diane's blog.  Thanks for taking the time to write all about your travels.

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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2018, 05:01:02 PM »
Thanks Margi! Always nice to know that folks are reading them.  Here are a few pics of the places I talked about so far.

Pic 1) This was taken from our site at East Shore RV park. It looks out over the reservoir down below. They do allow power boats and fishing on the water. You can water ski, but it's really small.  I took the opportunity to enjoy a beverage at sunset. 

Pic 2) We didn't get a lot of pics while in Quartzite, but the one I could find kinda gives you the idea.....

Pic 3) This was our spot at Pala Casino RV park. Clean, well manicured and maintained. And the surrounding view is great too.

Pic 4) Trying out the new portable propane fire pit. We missed sitting around the fire at cocktail time and enjoying the fire. The fire pit folds up in a carry bag for easy storage. I also picked up a 1 gallon propane tank so I could refill it instead of going through a bunch of the 1 pound cans.   8)

Pic 5) I went to Kevins post in the Rally section of the forum and borrowed a pic of all of us in Quartzite at KOFA. As you can tell, space is never a problem.
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« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2018, 05:09:47 PM »
Marty, you do look like you're in full-timer mode! ;) I hope you and Diane enjoy your new life.  And, I too read your posts even though I might not always comment!

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« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2018, 05:41:39 PM »
Thanks Ardra!
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« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2018, 05:48:40 PM »
Diane's first blog post just went live. Lots more pics, and more in depth stories as we roll along.  She will post our itinerary on the blog later tonight. It takes us up through about September at this point. 
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« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2018, 08:55:19 AM »
I got my update email this morning and looking forward to seeing how you get on. Safe and happy travels to the 3 of you. 😎
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« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2018, 10:52:38 AM »
Hi Marty!  Hope you and Diane enjoy your fulltime RV journey. Your upcoming travels look great. I traveled a similar route last summer and loved it. Especially the Oregon coast, it was gorgeous. Safe travels!
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« Reply #14 on: April 09, 2018, 10:58:49 AM »
Thanks Debra, Jackie.  We are settling in nicely to the lifestyle. It's good to be back!
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« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2018, 07:11:34 PM »
This stop we went to a park that we have passed many times but have never stopped at.  Yanks is in a curious location, kind of in the middle of nowhere.  It's right off highway 101, between King City and Soledad. (Yep, Soledad is were the State prison is located).  There is not a whole lot in the area, and much of the agriculture appears to have switched to growing grapes. 

Diane picked the park after reading many rave reviews about the park itself. It's only about ½ mile off of 101, but surprisingly the road noise isn't bad,, and  was never an issue at night. The surrounding area is all farm land, so not much extra traffic in the area.  There is a building project across the street from the park, and word is that it is going to be an Air Museum that will be owned by the park. A large plot of ground has been leveled, and there were stacks of sewer pipes waiting to be installed.  However,  talking to a park employee, the plot has been in that condition for quite a while, as progress is slow. 

The park itself is really nicely done.  All of the sites are concrete and in varying lengths up to 100' long. There is free wifi and cable, and the landscaping is beautiful.  Each site has a cement patio in addition to the parking pad. The patio is 30' long, and in the middle of most sites. However, there are dual sewer connections so you can position the RV in place to be able to best utilize the patio.

The landscaping between the sites are a variety of plants and wood chip planters. At the ends of each row are large grass areas that were meticulously cared for.  If there was a down side to the sites, I would say that the roads are a  bit narrow, so carefully swing wide when entering or leaving a site to avoid crushing the plants.  One triple axle 5th wheel cut it close and dug a pretty good trench getting out.  The maintenance crew was on it immediately and filled the hole, and washed down the street.

The park has a pool and spa, a nice workout room, and one of the nicest dog parks I have seen,  We paid $60 a day (including tax) for a 70' deluxe pull through site. Notably, the taxes were almost $10 a day! Gotta love Ca.  Our T-Mobile air card worked well here, about the same as Verizon. 

The restrooms are handicapped accessible and are beautiful as well.  This park definitely rates a “10” in my book.

SEA CLIFF STATE BEACH
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Only about 70 miles from Yanks was our next stop on the Ca coast.  Sea Cliff is a State owned/ran RV camping and day use area. We were in the full hook up area at the far north end of the park, and there are 3 dry camp  lots, A,B and C as well.  The dry camp spots are pretty much asphalt parking area with lines painted on the ground for your site.  They were approximately 27X60'.

The full hook up sites are narrow long sites with each one having 6” raised curb planters on each side. Unfortunately the planters were sand, and grassy weeds that were in dire need of cutting.  The FHU sites had a heavy duty picnic table and raised fire pit at the front of the site. The sewer hook up was at the back of the sites, so bring lots of sewer hose.  They are approximately 39X56'. 

Each site backs up to a public walkway that is about 8' wide and runs the length of the beach. On the other side of the walkway is the sand and the waves. On the front side of the sites is the road,  and a embankment  that's about 100+ feet tall.  It used to be that there was zero cell signal in the camping area, but there is usable signal now probably from added cell towers in the area.
The FHU sites are 30 amp only, but with a little moderation the 30 amp was not an issue.  We paid $65 a day plus tax for weeks visit. I love the relation of the sites to the beach, but the overall park is in dire need of maintenance.  There is much weeding that needs to be done, the entrance road in front of the sites which is up against the embankment is over grown with trees and shrubs, and several large pot holes need filling in the road. The restrooms are typical for a public beach location, block walls and sparse on the inside. They are handicapped accessible, but there are NO hot showers available.  Only cold water outdoor showers. Another point to keep in mind, they had me read and sign a small slip of paper upon checking in that advised among other things that there was a theft alert as chained generators and ice chests have been stolen.

One downside that Diane doesn't care for is the recent change in the Ca reservation system. Ca no longer uses “Reserve America” for it's parks.  Instead they have put in there own system called “Reserve California”.  And in Diane's own words, “it sucks”.  Reservations now have to be made exactly 7 months from the day you want to arrive for your stay.  So getting a site, any site is challenging at best.  The site says that reservations can be made in as little as 48 hours prior, but then it becomes pure luck. Especially in the popular summer months. 

As a side note, fuel stations for larger rigs are hard to come by in this area. I am getting low, at least for me. I  am down to about a ¼ tank and I like to fuel at around ½ way mark. There are several places to get gas, but they just are not set up for a large rig and a tow car. 

I very much like Rving at the beach, but as you can see there are trade offs. 

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« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2018, 07:14:15 PM »
Pic 1) The only pic we have of Yanks. I was going to take a few more the day we left, but got distracted ::)

Pic 2) First the good stuff. Set up and enjoying a cocktail watching the waves and an occasional whale go by.

Pic 3) Our full hook up site. Very "beachy". Sand and sun. No neighbor though, yaay!

Pic 4) Dry hookup sites. Painted lines and walkway to the rear.

Pic 5) View from the front of all RV sites. Very tall embankment and shrubs.  There are houses at the top.

Pic 6) The only restroom facilities if you don't have your own. Yep, those are the showers on the side of the building. 
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« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2018, 01:33:18 PM »
Hi Marty,
Good pictures. We stayed Tuesday at Sea Cliff in the area where the sites run parallel with the ocean.
They were $20 for the nite. I was unaware that the Sea Cliff area has fhu sites, I will have to look into
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« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2018, 03:11:43 PM »
Just a follow up on Sea Cliff. The last day before we left we were walking the boardwalk and I saw one of the bathrooms had a door marked "shower".  The building had been boarded up prior, so it may have been under repair.  And down towards the day use section there is a building under construction, but it is too early to tell what it may be yet.  Hopefully it will be to improve on the overall facilities. 
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« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2018, 03:18:25 PM »
Wow, Sea Cliff, my old stomping grounds. Beautiful beach. I hope you are going to take in the Monterey Aquarium while you are in the area, one of the best in the country.
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« Reply #20 on: April 16, 2018, 09:15:13 PM »
Im replying to this so I can follow your journey. Plus I love reading both your and Diane's writings. :D

We will be up in the northwest sometime during the summer. Planning on Oregon coast in early August then up to Spokane for a week or so. At this point nothing is set in stone yet. Hoping we can hook up somewhere to meet and say hi, other wise, we will wave as we go past.
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« Reply #21 on: April 17, 2018, 11:13:20 AM »
Wow, Sea Cliff, my old stomping grounds. Beautiful beach. I hope you are going to take in the Monterey Aquarium while you are in the area, one of the best in the country.

Yep, Sea Cliff is fabulous for camping right on the beach. I just wish they weren't deferring the overall maintenance so much. It has so much potential, but is looking kinda run down.

Im replying to this so I can follow your journey. Plus I love reading both your and Diane's writings. :D

We will be up in the northwest sometime during the summer. Planning on Oregon coast in early August then up to Spokane for a week or so. At this point nothing is set in stone yet. Hoping we can hook up somewhere to meet and say hi, other wise, we will wave as we go past.

Thanks Caryl! Yeah, we will be doing a similar pattern, we just may cross paths.  Diane has listed a bit of the itinerary on her blog under the tab of that name. 
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« Reply #22 on: April 17, 2018, 02:04:04 PM »
Looking forward to following along, Marty. 

When you venture out to Missouri, if you decide you might like to cross the Mississippi into IL again, you're welcome to visit our neck of the woods.  Since your last visit, the following have occurred:

-We moved to a new place on 8 scenic acres overlooking  the Rock River, with 50A electric hookup, water, and options for disposing of grey water; you'd be welcome to camp gratis for as long as you'd like (no mayflies like your site on the river a couple years ago)
-We got a different old car in which to squire you around.   :)

Regardless of whether you make it during this season's travels, you and Diane are always welcome in the future.

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« Reply #23 on: April 17, 2018, 11:41:23 PM »
Thanks Scott! We are not sure what the plans are after Branson, but if we decide to go east you will be the first to know!  I would love to see the new car! 
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« Reply #24 on: April 18, 2018, 07:26:07 AM »
  I would love to see the new car!

It's a little better at highway speeds than the '25.   ;)

Enjoy Branson!  It's been at least 25 years since we've been there, but we really enjoyed it.  Hopefully you have a chance to get out on the lake.  The Ozark Mountains really are beautiful.  Depending on the time of year, I'd consider a trip south into Arkansas.  They have some really great state parks.  A couple years ago, we stayed at Lake Ouachita SP, which had been recently renovated with FHU and paved sites.  (Diane's dream)
 
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« Reply #25 on: April 18, 2018, 06:10:18 PM »
SargeW---Thanks for the tip on Yanks RV Park.  We are making our annual trip to Santa Cruz, CA in May.  We usually stay at Wine Country RV Park in Paso Robles but we might try Yanks.  I lived in Santa Cruz from 1960 to 1999 so I know the area fairly well.  We are planning to stay about 6 weeks in Santa Cruz.  A friend of mine owns a machine shop on the west side and we stay in his parking lot every year. 
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« Reply #26 on: April 18, 2018, 08:25:49 PM »
Funny you should mention Wine Country RV mac, that is the next entry!

Wine Country RV Resort
Paso Robles, Ca

We have stayed here at this park many times through the years, and have a “love/hate” relationship with it.  We love that it is central to many of the local wineries in the area, and overall is a nice well appointed park.  The roads are paved but the sites vary quite a bit as far as design and amenities. 

They span the whole spectrum from dirt/DG sites and grass, to concrete pads and patio's.  Of course the cost for each level bumps up, so it can really depend on what you are willing to pay for. Many of the sites will have a RV parking area just big enough for your RV, but if your RV has slide outs, the outside space is limited.  We were excited to come back this time to check out the “new” section that recently opened up.  It was built in a lower area that used to be a RV storage area when owned by the previous owners. (It is now part of a large RV conglomerate named “Sun Resorts”)  The new area looks nice, but again some odd design choices were made.

We had site # 178 at the back side of the loop.  As we pulled into the loop I first noticed that the roads are fairly narrow. There are back in sites all around the outside of the loop with pull throughs in the center.  We had a back in site and after unhooking the Jeep Diane started guiding me back.  This was when the narrow roads really became obvious.  Our 40' rig was barely able to make the turn and even so I had to use the site of the pull through across from me to make it in. Hopefully a vehicle won't be parked there when we leave, or getting out may be difficult.  Once in the site, we  just fit due to a block wall in the back. Our front end is about less than two feet back of the curb line.  I don't think a 42 or 45' coach would get in the sites at the end of the loop.

Because the site was so short overall, we pulled the Jeep to the back of the site on the patio to give us some space outside to hang out with friends. Hooking up the sewer was an adventure too. The utilities are set in a concrete strip which is not unusual, but the sewer connection is set about 4” below the top of the concrete in a funnel shaped hole. Curious because if you do get a sewer elbow down in the hole, it's near impossible to then get the hose on.  I finally had to tilt the sewer elbow to get it close to the dump, which  now wasn't making a real tight seal. Not my favorite way hook up sewer.

The other thing you can't miss is the presence of many new park models have been added in many of the existing RV spots. In the older existing area, and the brand new area. They must be having great success getting folks staying here without RV's.

But in spite of all of this there are a lot of nice features about the park. There is an outdoor pub area, a place for a live band and picnic area, the regular pool and spa area plus an adult only spa up the hill a bit.  A small work out room, laundry and meeting room.  There are 3 fenced dog areas, and a game room.  All facilities are handicapped accessible. 

The prices are all over the place depending on the kind of site you choose. We had a premium deluxe site that was about $80 a day. It can be more on weekends and when they have events. The “cottages” start at about $165 a night with the same pricing scale.  Wifi is available, but our on board internet was sketchy due to location of the park, and our site location.  BTW, the sites that are lower in the park are generally quieter than ones up the hill because of the location of Highway 46 that runs next to the park.

Yep, we love it, and hate it.

Pic 1) Our site at the back of the loop. We just fit, and the Jeep is parked in the back of the site.
Pic 2) From the back looking forward you can see the front of the loop, and the string of Cottages on the right.
Pic 3) Our site is one of the Premium Deluxe sites, but the RV pad is still dirt/DG. The patio is decent size, but that dirt strip is where there will soon be another RV.

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« Reply #27 on: April 25, 2018, 06:43:36 PM »
Addendum to Wine Country  RV
Estrella Warbirds Museum
The Holly Grail of Corvette's!

I wanted to add a nearby location to visit if you are in the area of Wine Country RV.  About a half mile down  the road from the park is the Estrella Warbirds Museum & Woodland Auto Display.  This was the first time I have visited the museum although I have intended to many times. This time I went with a buddy of mine and had a great time! Not only do they have a great display of some older and some current fighter planes,  there is also military trucks and transports, many of which you can walk into or look inside. 

The museum is separated into various areas and buildings, so it's easy to go from one to the other and see different “subjects” on display.  The one I didn't expect to be so cool was the 3 buildings of the Woodland auto display.  There  you can see antique cars, old muscle cars, and even a great collection of Nascar racers and flat track mini's.  The one that really floored me was the red 1954 Corvette.

We also had the good fortune of going on a slow day and had “Mike”, a docent all to ourselves giving us a private tour and education of many of the cars there.  Mike was a wealth of information, and when he started talking about the Corvette, we were riveted to his story. 

I remember some  time ago reading an article in a local news paper that had  an article on an old Corvette that was found in a old barn somewhere that had been  preserved from the elements.  The story didn't have pictures though, so I read it and moved on.  It  turns out that this was the car in the article. 

This car is the “Holy Grail” of Corvette's because of it's condition.  At the beginning of the story, Mike  prompted us to look at the odometer.  There proudly displayed on the shiny brand new looking instrument panel was the the analog odometer displaying 6.7 miles! The whole car is pristine, and even sits on the original rubber, and interior is flawless.

The story goes that a farmer in the Midwest bought the car and drove it home, 2 miles to his farm. He put it in his barn, and then painstakingly wrapped it like a Christmas present in layers of thick padding. There is sat undisturbed for 50 years. When the owner died, the family just wanting to dispose of the farm, put it all up for auction.   The current owner, Richard Woodland,  had attended the auction looking for any items of interest. Walking around the property with the auctioneer, they went into the dusty old barn.  Starting to look under the layers of padding, the front of the car was visible, covered with about a inch of dust.  The auctioneer believed it was just an old T-bird.  Woodland immediately recognized the emblem on the front of the car, and talked the auctioneer into taking $50,000 for it on the spot without ever taking off the rest of the pads. 

Woodland ordered a car transport and took it back to his restoration shop in Ca.  A few days later he got a call to come to the shop to see the car. He was afraid he was going to find significant damage or rust requiring extensive restoration.  Instead there sat the car as it is seen today. Woodland drove it the 4 miles to shop, where it wound up in is extensive collection. 

Representatives from the Corvette Hall Of Fame in Kentucky have visited the car in Paso Robles, and have offered Woodland 5 million dollars for it. To his point Woodland has declined their offer. 

So if you are in the area and are taking a break from wine tasting, the museum is a great way to spend an afternoon.  Admission was $12, or $10 if you are 60 or over.  Even if you are not a car nut, there is lots of stuff there to interest you.  There is even a vintage 1929 “REO Speedwagon Camper” on display.  (Yep, that's where the music group “Reo Speedwagon” got there name).   

Here are a few pics to pique your interest.

Pic 1) The odometer of the 54' Corvette
Pic 2) The front view of the Vette
Pic 3) Rear view of Vette
PIc 4) Info plaque of Vette
Pic 5) Front of REO Speedwagon
Pic 6) Wagon front view
Pic 7) Inside roof view of Wagon
Pic 8) Inside rear view
Pic 9) Inside driver position
Pic 10) Info plaque of REO Speedwagon
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« Reply #28 on: April 26, 2018, 01:14:40 PM »
That place looks really interesting Marty. Will put it in my list! Love the corvette story.
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« Reply #29 on: April 26, 2018, 03:56:44 PM »
It really is Jackie.  I have seen the sign for the place several times as it has a sign advertising it when you make the turn off of Highway 46 onto Airport Road where the entrance for the RV park is. I made a mental note that I wanted to check it out one day, but in the back of my mind I just pictured a bunch of dusty, rusty old planes sitting in a dirt lot. 

Boy was I wrong.  It is very well done, and there is much to see including WWII uniforms and equipment, and even motorcycles.  I will have to go back now just so I can finish looking in the other buildings as well.

We have moved to the Santa Cruz area and are up in the Redwoods.  I will be posting about this park soon. We just got back from a 5.5 mile hike!

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« Reply #30 on: April 26, 2018, 04:28:50 PM »
It really is Jackie.  I have seen the sign for the place several times as it has a sign advertising it when you make the turn off of Highway 46 onto Airport Road where the entrance for the RV park is. I made a mental note that I wanted to check it out one day, but in the back of my mind I just pictured a bunch of dusty, rusty old planes sitting in a dirt lot. 

Boy was I wrong.  It is very well done, and there is much to see including WWII uniforms and equipment, and even motorcycles.  I will have to go back now just so I can finish looking in the other buildings as well.

We have moved to the Santa Cruz area and are up in the Redwoods.  I will be posting about this park soon. We just got back from a 5.5 mile hike
That's a long walk for an old guy Marty!
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« Reply #31 on: April 26, 2018, 04:41:11 PM »
He's probably napping.
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« Reply #32 on: April 26, 2018, 05:15:51 PM »
I would be 😀

Marty hope you got some photos of the small trees....
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« Reply #33 on: April 26, 2018, 07:18:02 PM »
I get tired when I drive that far.
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« Reply #34 on: April 26, 2018, 11:52:28 PM »
He's probably napping.

Correct on all counts Jeff! And not just the distance, but we climbed over 800' to a lookout observation deck!  It was about 2 hours total, and I am feeling it tonight. But the effort was worth it. Diane got some great pics I will put up shortly. Even our site at the RV park has 5 redwoods over 200' tall.  Just humbling.   
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« Reply #35 on: May 01, 2018, 12:58:38 AM »
Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort
Felton, Ca

After leaving wine country we headed north again for a change of scenery. So we traded grape vines for 200' tall redwoods.  This is not a big park, about 100 sites total and that includes about a dozen tent sites.  The park does live up to it's name though, massive redwood trees, some 300' tall and thousands of years old are throughout the park. We had 5 in our site alone.  We picked this park not only because it has full hook ups, but also because it has a variety of sites that can fit a rig of our size.  In fact a 45' rig would fit in some of the sites. 

The park is a bit short on amenities, no pool or spa, no workout room, and the playground is a basketball hoop, and a tether ball pole. There is a clubhouse with a pool table and an up-rite piano, and river access on the back of the park to the San Lorenzo River. The park is pet friendly, but there is no dedicated dog area.  Many of the sites are pretty close together as they did their best to make as many spots as possible in a small park.  Diane made the reservation 4 months ago and was able to get us one of the nicest sites in the park.  Our site, #62 would easily fit a 45' rig. The curb side of the site has the redwoods and a large buffer area to boot.

Due to the giant redwoods satellite reception was impossible.  It did inspire me to break out my old Direct TV DVR I had been carrying around and figure out how to be able to play some of the hundreds of old TV shows we had recorded on it.  There is cable TV here, 25 channels to be exact.  Picture quality ranged from good to fair.  WiFi was also free, but the ability of it to keep up with the demand was sketchy. Our dual provider WiFi  also struggled here at times.  There are two sets of restrooms, one set is handicapped accessible, the other is not due to small doors and a 6” step into the shower area.

In spite of all this, I liked the park because of the ambiance provided by the giant trees and river flowing in the back. We paid $55 a night, but the sites that back up to the river are $10 more. Only one or two river sites are big rig friendly. There is a steep slope to get down to  the river that can be tricky.

Right next door to this park is the Henry Cowell Redwood State Park which also has a campground but is all dry camping.  The campground fees at the state park are $35 a night. We walked through the campground during one of our hike's (a six miler). Interestingly there were almost no redwoods in the park.  It is loaded with old oak trees though.  Unfortunately many overhang the roads, so I would never take the Bus into the park.  And most of the sites were way small for a 40' rig. They looked to be in the 25-30' length range with 3' vertical logs at the rear, so extending over the back of the pad is not possible.  Hiking in the park was fantastic though. The trails vary in length and difficulty, and range from paved dog friendly paths, to soft sand. The first one we did was 5.5 miles, and climbed up to 805 feet in elevation. It was strenuous but worth it. They charged a $10 entry fee per car into park, or a $190 annual pass. We paid the $10.

The last day we took a narrow gauge old log hauling train from “Roaring Camp Railroads” for a 40 minute ride to the top of Bear Mountain (a hill really).  The train yard station is right next to the park, but not really a part of it. But they still charge $10 to park, but once there you can walk into the state park for no charge. The train ride itself was $29 a person (less $2 if you have a coupon) .  The train is a 1911 steam/diesel fired locomotive, and  pulls several open and partially covered passenger cars. The train steams up the mountain at a blazing 5-10 mph due to the steep grades, some as much as 10%.  But it takes you right through the massive redwood trees and the conductor narrates some of it's colorful history.  But if you go, sit towards the back where it's not as loud as being next to the engine.  All in all is was great fun.  During the summer months there is also a train that will take you to the beach to the Santa Cruz boardwalk.  After the train ride we stopped at a local eatery named the “Cowboy Bar and Grill” which is right down the street from the RV park.  The food was good, and the décor is as you may expect from the name. But what I didn't expect was the “unique” entry door to the restaurant. I must say I have never seen another one like it....

Pic 1) Our site #62. Diane has a good eye for a great pic.
Pic 2) A nice bit of privacy in our site. This is an end site looking in from the road.
Pic 3) That little fence is the edge of the next site.
Pic 4) Hiking, where am I again?
Pic 5) View from top of observation deck. That is Santa Cruz harbor in the background.
Pic 6) Our train ride to the top of Bear Mountain.
Pic 7) The Cowboy Bar and Grill
Pic 8) The entrance door "art". 
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« Reply #36 on: May 01, 2018, 02:35:38 AM »
Thanks for another great update and photos. The train sounds like a lovely thing to do.
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« Reply #37 on: May 01, 2018, 04:45:02 AM »
Another great read Marty and Diane. Please keep them coming!
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« Reply #38 on: May 03, 2018, 10:18:47 PM »
Diane's most recent blog post just went live with more info and way more pics.
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« Reply #39 on: May 03, 2018, 10:36:01 PM »
Thanks Marty. I get to live vicariously thru you're travels until it's my turn.  ;) ;) ;)
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« Reply #40 on: May 04, 2018, 10:18:06 AM »
Absolutely Butch. Good things come to those who wait!
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« Reply #41 on: May 04, 2018, 03:05:14 PM »
Marty:
   I've been enjoying following along.  We travel the same route frequently, although we usually stay at New Brighton State Beach in Aptos, CA.  I am interested to see where you go from here.  I am off work the last week of June and the first week of July and am thinking about heading up to Southern Oregon over the 2 weeks.  I looking forward to your commentaries on places to stay in Nor Cal and Southern Oregon.  Thanks for the great posts.  Hope we cross paths again.

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« Reply #42 on: May 05, 2018, 01:17:54 AM »
I hope so too Steve. We will be out here wandering around!
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« Reply #43 on: May 11, 2018, 01:09:38 AM »
Angels Camp RV Resort
Angels Camp, Ca

After leaving the really tall redwoods we headed towards the Sierra Nevada foothills. Angels Camp was the jumping off point to go see the biggest of the redwoods, known as the Giant Redwoods. Those are found in Big Trees State Park.

But first, a little about the RV park.  It is a rustic sort of park with about 80 sites of both pull throughs and back in's.  The pull through sites are longer. We were escorted to our site, and it's a good thing because we had to reject it upon seeing it.  The site was long enough, but the trees between the sites really needed some trimming.  I managed to pull into the site, but there was no way to open the slides without pushing them into the overhanging tree branches.  Our guide, James, was pretty understanding and called the office on his radio to get us a different site.  After a bit of arm twisting by James, he led us to a different site that was much more open.  The only drawback to the new site was that it was a group of sites that were cut into a terraced hill.  The site was wide enough for the rig, but the ground naturally sloped up towards the next site.  This made the outside space next to the rig too unlevel to put chairs on,  so we put the Jeep in back of the rig and sat in front.  All the sites are gravel/dirt so there is a bit of dust.

We were able to get satellite from this site, and it was FHU with 50 amp power.  We paid just under $61 a night, but the clerk in the office forgot to charge us for the $5 pet fee (darn).  There were handicapped accessible restrooms available. Wifi was offered, but our on board Wifi worked acceptably.  There are some cow grazing nearby, so there was the occasional “farm” smell drift by at times, as well as some fly's and mosquito's to watch out for.  One thing I wasn't crazy about was the layout of the pull through sites.  Even though the sites were terraced, they set them up “Jack & Jill” style. So that made our up hill neighbors patio face our patio. Even though there were light bushes on the hill separating the sites, we felt like they were in our conversations while sitting outside. 

We did do two site seeing trips, one to the redwood state park, and another to Mercer Caverns. There are many underground caves in the area and Mercer was rated well. Our guide on the cave tour, Jerry, was a bit eccentric to say the least.  Jerry was kind of throw back from the 60's and probably did way too much recreational drugs.  He was entertaining though, but I am glad we were the only two people on the tour with him.  Diane's blog has a write up about the caverns and Big Trees park as well. 

The Mercer Cave tour was $17.50 a person, but you got a free Mercer Cavern's bumper sticker when you finished the tour (which we politely declined).  I will say this about it though, the cave goes down some pretty steep steel stairs, about 200' below ground, then back up.  So wear good shoes if you go and be able to climb. Even the guide had to stop and get his breath a few times.

We also did a 5 mile hike through Big Trees SP while we were sight seeing. Some of the trees we saw had a circumference of over 25' and 150' tall.  The park is at about 4500' in  elevation, so you may need a sweater even in summer depending on the time of day. It is important to note though, that due to lack of regular maintenance, the hiking trail through the trees had about a dozen downed trees randomly across the trail. Some could be easily stepped over, but a few were really big and required a bit of climbing and  jumping to get by. One was so big that a short “tunnel” was dug under it and crawling on your hands and knees was required.  It is obvious that CA is not spending much on the state parks for upkeep. 

We were only at the campground for 3  days, so it slipped my mind to get a pic of the campsite, but we did get some great pics of the hike and cave. 

Pic 1) Family portrait at Angles Camp
Pic 2) Standing inside Chimney Tree
Pic 3) The biggest tree in the park
Pic 4) Our cave tour
Pic 5) Angel wings on the tour
Pic 6) Steep stairs on the cave tour
Pic 7) Crazy Jerry, our tour guide
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« Reply #44 on: May 11, 2018, 01:18:04 AM »
I love the first photo of the dog Marty. :))
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« Reply #45 on: May 25, 2018, 12:20:55 AM »
Jackson Racheria RV Resort and Casino
Jackson, Ca

We made a few quick stops while on the way down back to So. Cal.  We have stayed at Jackson Rancheria several times, and it's one of our favorite campgrounds. It is very well maintained and the spaces are all cement with lush grass at each site.  This time was to attend an RV rally with a bunch of folks that we got to know from when we had a brief fling as 5th wheel owners about 8 years ago. We had made some good friends and still keep in touch and RV with them. 

Jackson Rancheria has a nicely appointed RV pool and spa area, a good size putting green with about 10 different holes.  There is a walking path that surrounds the campground that is 2/3 mile in length.  The restrooms are modern, clean and handicapped accessible.  Wifi is offered at the park, but our on board Wifi worked well. The views of the surrounding hills is great and the area is quiet and peaceful.

I have to admit though, after staying at the campground several times we have yet to visit the casino. Those that have visited the casino have indicated that it too is well appointed and maintained.  The casino is about a half mile from the RV park, but a free shuttle makes regular trips between the two. 

We paid $45 a night for our stay, but this may have been reduced somewhat due to the 20+ rigs that were part of the rally.  The only minor issue that we had there was that someone crashed on a nearby road, and took out a power pole that supplied the RV park. We were without power for about 12 hours. It didn't affect us with our generator, but some folks were skimping to get by with battery power. 

I can highly recommend Jackson Rancheria if you are in the area.
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Re: The western US in the new rig, fulltime! Just the facts Maam!
« Reply #46 on: May 30, 2018, 12:06:50 AM »
Bakersfield River Run RV Park
Bakersfield,  Ca

This RV park is a bit of a surprise as you drive towards it, winding through an industrial area.  Then  making a turn, the road dead ends into the park.  The park itself is nice and well maintained.  The roads are paved and the sites have a concrete patio, but the sites themselves are packed DG and dirt.  The grass is nice and green but in Bakersfield that means a lot of watering, almost every night.  Since the sites are DG, some of them can get a bit muddy from the constant watering.

There is a nice pool and spa area, a small exercise room had a few aerobic machines but it didn't get much use.  It looked like there was a fair amount of longer term residents there, but their sites were mostly clean. The “River Run” name of the park is because  it backs up to the Kern river. Unfortunately  it is just a dry river bed right now, and looks like it has been that way for quite a while. We did use a walking trail out the back gate of the park that stretches along the river bank and goes for a few miles. If you wanted to you could cross the river bed to a park on the other side.

Probably the biggest issue I had with the park was it's proximity to highway 99 which was always busy day or night.  It seemed particularly loud and night, and could be a bit intrusive if you are a light sleeper.  We made sure to get a back in site, as the pull throughs are “Jack-n-Jill” style that we really don't care for. 

The park restrooms were nice and handicapped accessible. The park offered Wifi, but our on board Wifi worked OK but not great. We paid $44 a night and stayed 5 nights. The weather was pretty pleasant during our stay, but it can get scorching hot come July. One nice feature was that they didn't  mind if you washed your RV, which I took advantage of. 

On the other hand, this may have been the most  expensive RV park I have ever stayed in.  OK, not so much for the park itself, but we did  wind up buying a new Jeep while we were there!  A 2018 Jeep Sahara JL.  We had been talking about it for a while, and due to Diane's research, it all fell into place one day.  When they offered me a decent price for our current Jeep, we took the deal. 

A lot of it was on me though. After having the Rubi for 10 years, I was ready to get into a vehicle with and automatic transmission. And we went with the Sahara model this time. We don't do much in the way of hard core rock climbing anymore, and I have to admit the higher end interior of the Sahara is nice.  Now I just have to get it ready to pull behind the RV.........

One pic of the new Jeep before I start taking it apart.  I know, sounds crazy huh?
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« Reply #47 on: May 31, 2018, 12:31:17 AM »
Canyon RV Park
Anaheim Ca

We made it back to So Cal in time for the family reunion. It is also centrally located in the heart of the “OC”  (Orange County) which was easy access to all kinds of parts and supplies for the Jeep.

Canyon RV park is located in Featherly Park which is part of the 795 acre Featherly Wilderness Preserve. On the up side, most of the sites are very large and can easily fit large RV's. They are all FHU, but the parking pads and patio areas are gravel.  There is a lot of green space around most of the sites so there is a lot of room for outside activities.  We had one of the family get  togethers there for the reunion.  One of their rules however because it is a County Park, visitors must pay the gate fee to get in to visit UNLESS you are staying at least a week in the RV park, then the visitors will get in free to visit you.

Even though there is a significant amount of grass at the park, it was well cared for and routinely mowed and trimmed. All of the roads in the park are paved.  There are 5 bath houses available for guests. They are handicapped accessible, but could stand some updating. The park has a variety of activities available, including a pool, playground, pickle ball courts, and the Santa Ana River Bike Trail runs through the park. We had 2 different sites during our stay. Site 96 and 123. Due to the many large  older trees in the park getting satellite from the roof mounted dish was a challenge. Site 96 needed my portable dish and tripod, but site 123 I could use the roof top dish, but just barely.  There is no Wifi offered at the park, but our on board Wifi worked well. Between T-Mobile and Verizon, T-Mobile had a  stronger signal. 

The down side to the park is noise.  The 91 Freeway, and 241 Toll Road intersect right at the park, and one of the access ramps for Gypsum Canyon  Road actually has an overpass that runs through the park. Even though the traffic noise was always present, it quieted down considerably at night. So much that it was not disturbing to a good nights sleep.

The daily rate for a site is $75 a night, but the weekly rate is $375. This is like paying for 5 days and getting 2 free.  That brought the daily rate down to about $54 a night. 

It had been a few years since we were here last, and the staff and their attitudes have changed considerably. The previous staff was “squirrely” at best, and usually rude and condescending. We hesitated going back for a long time for that reason. The new staff is pleasant and helpful. Quite a change.

We wound up staying here about 12 days total, just so I could get some time to work on the Jeep to get it ready to pull behind the motor home. Thankfully my son was available to help me with a lot of the installs. We managed in one day (once all the parts were there) to install a “Rock Hard” after market steel  bumper with tow points, the brake cable for the “Ready Brute Elite” braking system, and the “Cool Tech” wiring harness to hook the motor home lights up to the Jeep. It was a long day and I never would have made it without his help. Thank heaven for youth!

Pic 1) Site 123 at Canyon RV Park. Plenty of space to spread out.
Pic 2) Nothing like taking apart a Jeep with less than 500 miles on the clock!
Pic 3) During the tear down. Too late to turn back now!
Pic 4) The finished product at the end of a long day. Woo Hoo!

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Re: The western US in the new rig, fulltime! Just the facts Maam!
« Reply #48 on: June 11, 2018, 11:45:04 PM »
Redlands RV Park
Redlands, CA
(Really Redlands Truck and RV Service)

The first stop after the family reunion was to get the annual service on the RV. It's hard to believe that we have been back full time for nearly a year already. Finding competent service shops can be difficult at best, and there are scant few choices in So. Cal, even though there are so many RV dealers around.

I have used Redlands Truck and RV in the past and was very happy with their work. Looking at recent reviews on line they were very well rated. They have recently put in a 10+ space FHU RV park (waiting area) about a half block from the shop. If you are waiting for a service appointment the lot is free. Not real luxurious, a gravel lot with pull throughs and a small patio next to each one. But why look a gift horse  in the mouth.  We stayed two days there and our service was 1 ½ days. That covered a full chassis service along with the generator. We also had them do some minor warranty work as we are officially out of warranty at the end of the month. They are a bit pricey but their work product is usually spot on. And they did all of our warranty billing with Tiffin without charge.

As for the RV, looking back at the first year of ownership we have been pretty happy overall. There were a few wrinkles to handle, but Tiffin stepped up on every one. We are still  extremely happy with the Bus.

Orangeland RV Park
Orange, CA

After leaving the service we had a day to kill before heading north so we went back to be close to the grand kids for day. This particular park is not all that remarkable, but it draws a lot of business as it is the closest RV park to go to Disneyland in Anaheim. The sites are on the small side and close together, but are all paved with small grass areas and some trees. The park was built in the middle of an old orange grove and many of the old  trees are still throughout the park. You are free to pick as many oranges  as you can carry for free.  The sites are FHU and have cable and Wifi. Our on board Wifi worked will here. We paid $69.50 for the one night stay, and was with a Good Sam discount. It's not cheap, but a hotel room in the area would be at least double that to start. There are handicapped restrooms and some sites are designated handicapped. There is also a decent size pool to cool off  in.

Probably the odd part of this park is that the 2 dog walk areas that they have are pretty small, and if there are lots of pets in the park, they can get pretty ripe smelling at times. We also noted that there are signs posted at the entry on the way out that say you are not allowed to walk your pet outside of the park on the sidewalk and grass medians. I can only imagine that the locals complained about people not picking up after their pets when walking outside the park.  Usually some pet owners are their own worst enemies.  I just don't know how that could be enforced though. The signs were probably a peace offering for the locals.   

Cava Robles RV Resort
Paso Robles, Ca

Our first stop when heading back north was to check out a brand new park in Paso Robles. It is down the road from Wine Country RV, a favorite of ours in wine country, and is in fact owned by the same group, Sun Resorts. Cava was having it's “soft opening” as all of the sites and facilities were not completed yet. What we did see was quite impressive though. Very large sites but the RV parking pads are hard packed DG. The sites have very large concrete patios, and some brand new landscaping between them. All sites are FHU and everything works well. Like Wine Country RV, the park is built on a tiered plot of land. Some of the sites are on top of the hill (where we were) and some are lower. The large pool, bar, club house, spa and  meeting rooms are down below in the lower area. Interestingly the lower sites near the pool and club house are a “premium” site with a bump in price. We would prefer to be up the hill, especially in summer when it hot, The higher up sites get better breezes than the ones down the hill.

Part of the resort still under construction and there will be more RV lots and another club house. They are probably still a few months out on opening that phase. We received a discount on the regular price because they are still in the construction phase, and workers and trucks are still using the park roads.

We stayed 3 nights and paid $66 per night which included all taxes and fees. I am sure that the rates will go up considerably when  the place  is finished. 

The club house area also has room for events and live entertainment. They did have some live music the days we were there, and one of the local winery's came in had had a free wine tasting on the patio for 3 hours one day.  The restrooms that were open all looked like high end casino facilities and were of course handicapped accessible. 

I didn't find too much to be critical about while staying there, other than the heat in Paso can be stifling. I think we hit mid 90's on one day, and  summer hasn’t started yet. This will be another good option if heading to the Paso Robles area to do some wine tasting. 

Pic 1) Redlands RV campground waiting area.
Pic 2) Campground patio and waiting area.
Pic 3) The sites are a bit tight at Orangeland RV Park
Pic 4) Lots of sites, and lots of orange trees.
Pic 5) The sites were bigger at Cava Robles. Lots of brand new plantings.
Pic 6) Looking down from the top on the Cava club house.
Pic 7) The Cava pool, club house, wine bar, and banquet room.
Pic 8) The banquet room.
Pic 9) The wine bar. Opens onto the rear patio where the live entertainment is set up. 
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« Reply #49 on: June 28, 2018, 12:54:55 AM »
Valley of the Rouge State Park
Gold Hill,  Oregon

This was our first time staying at this park. One thing about the state parks, they are almost always much cheaper to stay at than the commercial parks.  This park was a great value at $33 a night for a full hook up site. It is right off of Interstate 5, so there is some road noise but it's not over whelming. The further you get back in the loops away from the freeway, the less noise. We were in Loop B at site #24 and it was reasonable. The Rouge River is also running in back of the site, but it is set down lower so you can't see it, but you can hear it from the site.

The trees in the campground could use a good trimming, and when I pulled into my site I had several overhanging branches that were touching the roof and sides. They were not heavy branches, so after setting up I went up on the roof with a set of pruning shears that I carry and trimmed the branches back off of the rig. The roads and RV pads are paved, but the surrounding area around the RV is weedy grass. There is access down to the river in a few places in each camping loop. There are places where you can get into the river, but expect it to be very cold.   

In the state parks, and especially in Oregon, one of the challenges is to get any kind of a usable wifi signal. If you are close to a major town it's easier, but it's pretty spotty in the parks. Likewise getting satellite signal  was tricky but I did get enough useable signal to use my roof top satellite dish. There were handicapped accessible restrooms available, but could have used some updating.

There is a paved bike/walking trail that runs the distance of the park, which is about 3 miles or so. We rode bikes on it one day for our daily exercise. All in all it's a very nice state park with some nice outdoor activities. I can recommend this park.

Crescent City/Redwoods KOA
Crescent City, Ca

We dropped back into Ca to be able to take the highway to the coast.  This KOA is typical in some ways of a usual KOA. Dirt/gravel sites and roads, and the usual amenities for kids. However, the proliferation of redwoods throughout the campground does make for an unusually cool surrounding. The sites are very tight, and very wooded, so it is often cool in-spite of the 100+ degree temps a bit further south. 

We paid $47 a night for a FHU spot, but it was a bit out of level. Since they saved as many  trees as possible, RV sites are wedged in every which way. So that makes for some pretty close quarters on  most sites. The one thing that really would have helped here was a healthy dose of fresh gravel everywhere in the park. The roads were so dusty, even at slow speeds, any vehicle or bicycle put a cloud of dust in the air. The park offered Wifi, but I coaxed our on board Wifi to work well enough to not need the park service.

One day we decided to take a hike. Literally. We went to a nearby trail head and took a hike through the redwoods. Diane printed out some of the area maps that showed the trails. We planned on about a 4 to 4 ½ mile hike that would take about an hour or so.  Or so I thought. We parked on a road side area next to an entrance to the trail.  We took a “entrance trail” that was supposed to be 1.2 miles and then hit the main trail through the trees. That trail turned out to be just over 2 miles, and we hadn't started the main trail yet. But we pressed on. For another 1.5 miles until we hit a piece of yellow “caution tape” strung across the trail. I took it as a sign that we needed to turn around. The to this point, the trail had been challenging. Steep narrow climbs, wet footing, climbing over and under fallen trees. It was beautiful, but no walk in the park.  So after turning around and hoofing it back another 3 ½ miles, I was whipped. The Fitbit exercise counter that I wear recorded over 17,000 steps that day.  But hey, it's all part of the adventure, right?

Oceanside Beachfront Resort
Charleston, Oregon

We had high hopes for this park when Diane reserved it for a week back in January. It is on the Oregon coast, off of Cape Arago Highway. I  should have know something was up when we got off of Highway 101 and took “7 Devils Road” to get to the park.  7 Devils Road is quite twisty and scenic, but you need to pay lots of attention to the road. Its about 12 miles off of 101 to get to the coast, so it does take a while. 

We finally pulled in and there was not much room for RV's to stop and check in, so with us behind a TT checking in, we pretty much blocked the whole entrance, in and out. One guy in passenger car that was trying to get out of the park wanted me to back up (what?) or pull forward into the back of the Airstream parked in front of me. I inched up, as far as I dare, and he had to work it out from there. Diane went to the office to check in, and came back hopping mad. Apparently they had moved our site reservation a few times, and we were not down close to the beach access where we thought we were, but instead were up by the office with our patio side staring at the side of a camping cabin about 10' away.  And the cabin had several windows on that side, so they were staring back at us.  We decided to at least go to the spot and figure out what if anything we could do about it. The office also told us that if we pay for spot, there are no refunds.  Then to make things more difficult, there was zero cell signal in the area, at least not enough to make and hold a call. 

So we disconnected the Jeep, put the RV in the site, and drove a few miles into town to make some calls. We were able to get into our next place a few days early, so we only were stuck at this place for 3 nights.  When Diane went back to the office to pay for the shortened reservation, the woman behind the counter had some time to think about it, and didn't charge us for the 2 day balance. Diane had paid a one day deposit when the reservation was made, of $51. So the park comped us for 2 nights because of the mix up. Although not thrilled with the site, I thought it was a pretty stand up gesture on their part.

Even though it felt like we were camping in a sub division, there was an up side. The upper part of the park where we were at had paved streets and sites, with nice grass in the patio area. The lower part which is closer to the beach is dirt/gravel sites and pretty dusty. The other unknown we dealt with is that there are 2 light houses in close proximity to the park. Both had foghorns that blew all night long. Sometimes loud, sometimes softer, but 24/7 none the less.

They did offer Wifi, but I was able to get the Verizon sim to work  well enough to do the usual on line stuff. It appears that this is an  AT&T area in much of the Oregon coast, and not much else works well if you are not right in a decent size town. All things considered we were ready to head just 30 miles north to Winchester Bay for the next stop. 

Pic 1) I carved out a spot among the trees to fit the coach at Valley of the Rouge SP
Pic 2) Headed for the Rouge River
Pic 3) Swim area on the river.
Pic 4) Things were a bit tight in Crescent City KOA
Pic 5) Scrambling over obstacles on the hike through the redwoods
Pic 6) The scenery was spectacular though
Pic 7) One of us looks beat........
Pic 8) Camping in a sub division, Oceanside Beachfront RV
Pic 9) The area adjacent to the beach
Pic 10) Made it to the beach finally.

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« Reply #50 on: June 28, 2018, 02:47:17 AM »
Great write up and photos as always guys!
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« Reply #51 on: June 28, 2018, 11:30:55 AM »
Great update Marty. We've stayed at that Rogue River campground several times, and we really like it. We've also stayed at the Redwoods RV Park, which is only about a mile or two up the 101 from the Redwoods KOA. What a beautiful area! I just got Diane's travel log update the other day, but haven't had time to read it. Will get to it soon. Say hi to her for us.

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« Reply #52 on: July 03, 2018, 07:26:03 PM »
It was great running into you at Winchester Bay, Marty.  Unfortunately, we left early the next morning, so no time for a visit.  Would have loved to ask you some questions about the new Jeep.  Perhaps next time.  Hope you enjoy Winchester Bay as much as we did.

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« Reply #53 on: July 04, 2018, 12:41:48 AM »
Thanks Steve, we are really enjoying the Jeep, and the park. We will see ya out there on the road.
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« Reply #54 on: July 19, 2018, 12:33:14 AM »
Winchester Bay RV Resort
Winchester Bay, Oregon

My blogs have slowed a bit because the length of our stays have increased. It's been nice though staying in a location long enough to do all the sight seeing and chores.  We have been to this location a few years ago and liked it then.  Since then they have put some money into the park in the form of a new office, expanded landscaping, upkeep on the restroom facilities.  It was nice to see a location improve instead of gradual decay.  We made an unusual move of RV sites this time, but we did leave the last park ahead of schedule and stayed 2 weeks.  They did manage to put us in the site right next door, so it wasn't a big move.  Our intended site we reserved, #124 is a end site with the large grass and shrub area on our patio side.  It also gave us a very clear bay/ocean view, even though we were not on an “ocean front” site. 

The sites are paved and have a paved patio about midway in the site. The grass surrounding the sites is lush and well maintained. The biggest drawback about that is that to keep it that way, they water almost every night. And like many places the sprinklers are not particularly well designed and may water the RV as much as the grass.  I do carry 4 “sprinkler guards” that I found at a ACE hardware a few years back. They are basically half pie shaped plastic guards with metal stakes on each end. I put them in the ground to block the sprinklers from spraying back onto the rig.  But because of the near constant coastal wind, I still spent a part of each day with the detailer and rag to wipe off the water spots.  Yes, I know it's a bit anal, but I do it anyway. And Diane humors me and doesn't give me too much grief about it. 

All sites are 50 amp FHU, and all utilities worked well. The restrooms are clean and modern and handicapped accessible.  All of the sites in the park are designed to face a certain way so that the prevailing winds will blow against your drivers side and protect your patio (mostly).  We were there over the 4th of July holiday, but the cool ocean breezes had us in long pants and sweatshirts most of the time.  Some of the sites face a harbor marina with boats in slips, and others (ours) faced out to open waters.  There is an ATV area down the road known as the “Oregon Sand Dune” area and is quite popular. There are many other more rustic RV parks, most dry camping, some hook up that cater to the ATV crowd.  Winchester Bay RV does not permit ATV riding in or out of the park, so ATVers usually go to the parks to camp. This helps quite a bit with the noise of high pitched ATV's racing around.

Much to Heidi's dismay, there were tons of fireworks display's going on all around us on the 4th. One show was put on at the edge of our park, and many others were firing off stuff in a lot of the surrounding areas. It was pretty heavy the 4th, but died off quickly the following days. 

We paid what worked out to $39 a night for our stay. There was a discount if you stayed a week, so our stay covered a full 2 week period. Probably the biggest knock on the park, was not the parks fault and that was the cell signal in the area. Our router carries 2 different carrier sim cards, Verizon and T-Mobile.  T-Mobile is usually our primary, but not at this stop. T-Mobile signal was non existent,  and Verizon was fair. Even though Verizon showed download speeds of 15-20 mb, the signal dropped out regularly,  even though I could see a cell tower on a hill less than a mile away. My phone indicated that  it was an AT&T home area, but nothing seemed to work very well. The park had free wifi, but a big disclaimer on the RV park rules page specifically stated that they take no responsibility for the quality of the signal.  Even the regular residents that lived in the area said their signal wasn't very good.

There is a nice walking path around the park that is a mile long, and we used it regularly. There was also a few nearby hiking trails that we explored. Not much in the way of near by shopping though so for any real selection we either drove to Coos Bay to the south, or Florence to the north. Both are about 20-30 minutes away.  All things considered I still like this park, and would come back here again. 

Pic 1) Our end site #124. We are in the second row, but still had great water views.
Pic 2) The bay, then right out into the ocean right from our patio.
Pic 3) The ocean front sites were not much different than ours but the price bumped up.
Pic 4) We hiked the Eel lake trail, an easy 2 mile hike around a picturesque lake. About a mile from the campground. Dogs were allowed on the trail.
Pic 5) Plenty of photo op's on this trail.
Pic 6) This was the ATV campground across the street from where we were. Quite busy.
Pic 7) Views from the Marina side RV sites. We were on the ocean side.
Pic 8) Some of the days were just gray all day. And this was early July. Temps further south in Ca were 100+ some days.
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« Reply #55 on: July 19, 2018, 06:21:06 AM »
We've never been up that way but it is on our list. Thanks for the detailed review Marty.
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« Reply #56 on: July 19, 2018, 09:43:54 PM »
 Looks like you both have had some beautiful stops so far. Great feedback and info.
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« Reply #57 on: July 20, 2018, 10:02:39 AM »
Thanks guys! BTW Diane just updated her blog with more pics and story. Next it's on to Newport Or.
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Pacific Shores Motorcoach Resort
Newport, Oregon

We drove about 70 miles up the coast on Highway 101 to the next stop in Newport, Or. We did have a reservation at a state park for a week, but after struggling with cell signal and long drives we switched to a more “in town” location.  Pacific Shores is a owner park and all or most of the sites are privately owned and then some are put back into a rental pool. It's a nice location on the Oregon coast, and the park is very nice and well maintained.  There is an indoor and a outdoor pool area, rec room, and a small gym with aerobic machines.  There are also banquet facilities, and a meeting room.  The exterior restroom and shower facilities were beautiful and well maintained. There is also walking path down to the beach, but it is a bit steep in a few places, so wear decent shoes to get down there. It is also a dog friendly beach, so Heidi got to run and chase birds. 

We didn't know when we made the reservation, but the week we were there was an “owners weekend” with some various activities for owners only, and some for all guests. One unexpected benefit for us was that one of the local RV dealers brought some new RV's and was having an open house kind of event for everyone.  It just so happened that the RV's on display were from Tiffin Motor homes, our manufacturer!  Even though we just got ours last year, we still got to see what changes were made in the 2018 models.  Of course Diane saw and loved a newly redesigned rear bathroom in a similar model to ours.  And no, I am not trading up.  Also, the owner and CEO of Tiffin happened to be in Oregon with his wife, so he stopped by one afternoon and hung out in the new RV's to chat and answer questions.  Bob Tiffin is a class act, and really cares about his customers. He is one of the main reasons there are so many repeat buyers of Tiffin products. 

This is a really beautiful coast location, but here again mid July, and many days were in the low 60's with 20-30 mph winds blowing.  Many of the owner lots had installed glass wind breaks at the front of the sites to try and cut the stiff chilly winds.  Then one day, for about 36 hours the winds all but died and the place was paradise. But it didn't last and the 20 mph winds came back.  We figured out that if we parked the Jeep sideways in front of the motorhome we could put chairs right up against the side and use it as a windbreak. As beautiful as this place was, I wouldn't consider buying a lot here just because of the weather. 

We paid $65 a night with a discount for a week stay. The town of Newport is 2 miles away, and any stores or services you may need are there.  As soon as you drove away  from the coast the weather improved dramatically.  They have a great farmers market in town every weekend, and we bought lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. 

One of the other reason we came here was for the cell service, and we were not disappointed.  I was able to switch back to T-Mobil and had great speeds and bandwidth.  We have found though that many areas of Oregon have weak or non existent cell signal unless you are in or around a major town. I guess the population along much of the coastal  areas does not have the population to justify carriers spending a lot of funds on cell towers. 

Rouge Brewery and restaurant is in town and we met some RV friends there one day for lunch on their dog friendly patio. The food was good, and the beer great. Newport is a neat little town worthy of a stop if you are in the area.

Pic 1) Our site with a strategically placed Jeep to block the winds.
Pic 2) Straight out the end of the road is the blue Pacific.
Pic 3) A few days turned out like this. Picture post card quality.
Pic 4) But when this rolled in, it chased you back inside quick, along with 20-30 mph winds.
Pic 5) We got out when we could to walk the beach and exercise Heidi. Heidi photo bomb here.
Pic 6) So what to do when you are trapped inside in Oregon? Make a Oregon berry pie of course!
Pic 7) Then you wait for the weather to clear.
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« Reply #60 on: August 05, 2018, 01:29:26 AM »
Phoenix RV Park
Salem, OR

This is an inland stop to let us thaw out a bit after a few chilly coastal RV parks.  This is a nice well maintained park that is kind of “in town” as far as location. The has 107 sites, and all of them are in pretty good shape. Most of the sites are pull through, and the back in's around the perimeter are a bit shorter than the pull through sites. There is lush well cared for grass between the sites, and the grounds crew did a good job on regular maintenance. 

The RV pads are paved, as are the small concrete patios. Small is the operative word here, as there is a PVC picnic table at each site that takes up most of the patio. We usually will pull the table off to the side when possible as we like to use the patio to sit out in chairs or work out in the mornings.  After our table was moved for about a day a campground worked knocked on our door one morning. He said that if we didn't need the patio table that he would take it away as they try to keep the grass clear for watering. Rather than move it every day, we let them take it.  But they were nice about it. 

We stayed a week at the park and got a weekly rate of $254.50, or $36.35 a night. The sites are FHU 50 amp, and all worked well. The park offered free wifi, but our T-Mobile card worked great here. The restrooms are in good condition and clean, but while they are marked handicapped accessible, I noted that the showers while large had a 4” lip on the front. There are grab bars in the shower stall, but getting over the lip with a wheel chair may be a challenge. 

Most sites have a large shade tree near the end of the site, but with most of the sites the afternoon sun is on your patio side. I had rigged up a beach umbrella that I carry so we could sit outside in the afternoons without cooking in the 90 degree weather. No pool or spa here, but there was a small playground and rec room. There was also an indoor gym that had some cardio machines, treadmill (2), bike, and stair machine, but the few dumbbell free weights were about 5 pounds each. A little lite for me!

The biggest drawback to this park was it is surrounded by commercial buildings, and all of the noise that goes with it. A Safeway grocery store is on the other side of the fence, and they have a pager system with an outside speaker. Every time someone got paged, a brief tone would sound and then the person would speak. Then there were trucks coming and going, traffic in the alleys, and the trash men got a certain perverse pleasure out of dumping the large trash bins, and making sure that the metal lids banged against the bins at least 10 times each.  This usually happened every other day from 6 AM to 8 AM. I guess they really loved their jobs.

All in all this is a very nice well taken care of park, reasonably priced, and centrally located. As long as you are not too noise sensitive. Like Diane. Enough said. 

We did do a couple of fun things here, one was attending a PRCA rodeo in a nearby town. There is just something about rodeo that just makes me feel like a proud American. Since this was a PRCA event (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association), the livestock was fast and tough,  and so were the cowboys. We went on a Sunday, the second day of the event. It was about 3 hours long, and the events are fast, and one after the other.

And then between the fun stuff, I had to do some maintenance work that I have been putting off (because I dread doing this task). Every so often I  have to replace the silicone caulk along the door rail on the shower. Not a terribly hard job, just real PITA to get the old stuff off, get the surface super clean, and then reapply. Well the putting it back on takes about 5 minutes. The taking the old stuff off is about 3+ hours.  But I  got it done, and  it should be good for another few years,  I hope.  I  even modified the bottom door track because the “C” shape of the channel would hold water, then after a period of time, unless Diane cleaned it out regularly, would get mildewed. Not a happy wife job. 

So I applied a “Mcguver” fix, and cut several  little slots in the bottom  of the channel on  the inside with a Dremmel tool.  Now the channel drains after every shower, and preliminary reports from Diane  is that it seems to be working well. Yaay!

Pic 1) The site at Phoenix RV park. Nicely maintained, but a bit close together.
Pic 2) Our itty bitty patio. About twice the size would have been nice.
Pic 3) Scraping with a plastic razor blade, steel blade, and Goo Off.  Slow and tedious.
Pic 4) Don't scrape up the finish!
Pic 5) Cut small drains to allow the water to escape the track.
Pic 6) Then tape the edges where the silicone goes to get a nice even looking caulk line.
Pic 7) Then add silicone and remove the tape.
Pic 8) Entertaining the fans between events.
Pic 9) The "Bullfighters" set up to protect the cowboys during the bull riding event.
Pic 10) Americana!
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« Reply #61 on: August 05, 2018, 07:01:00 AM »
Damn Marty. Are those guns loaded? I want you on my 6 next time I get in a scrap!
Again, love your posts. Learn, love, live. I'll explain that soon enough.
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« Reply #62 on: August 05, 2018, 09:48:16 AM »
LOL!! Too funny Jeff!  It's Diane, she beats me and makes me work out!.  Of course I kid, but it does keep me from feeling too old and creaky.  Thanks for reading.
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« Reply #63 on: August 05, 2018, 01:56:05 PM »
Yeah, about two weeks before I retired, I took Marty on a patrol flight. When he showed up at our hangar, my partner said,"Who's the tank? I hope he's on our side." :)

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« Reply #64 on: August 05, 2018, 02:28:06 PM »
yea, if he flashed his creds and said show me hands, don't run, get on the ground....I would listen very carefully. But that's the way I was raised!  ;)
It seems that is no longer the norm.
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« Reply #65 on: August 05, 2018, 11:27:56 PM »
Yeah, about two weeks before I retired, I took Marty on a patrol flight. When he showed up at our hangar, my partner said,"Who's the tank? I hope he's on our side." :)

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LOL!  Now that's just funny right there! ;D  And the best part? That's a cop comment if I ever heard one!!   :)) :))
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« Reply #66 on: August 05, 2018, 11:30:11 PM »
yea, if he flashed his creds and said show me hands, don't run, get on the ground....I would listen very carefully. But that's the way I was raised!  ;)
It seems that is no longer the norm.

Sometimes it still is Jeff. We called it "command presence". Weather it worked or not, it sure saved me a lot of fights!
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« Reply #67 on: August 18, 2018, 01:03:45 AM »
Seaquest State Park
Castle Rock, WA

This stop took us up into the state of Washington to check off a must see spot. We have always wanted to make a trip to see Mt St Helens and the volcanic aftermath that occurred in 1980. I was a young adult when the eruption occurred, but I was also struggling to earn a living so current events news was not on the top of my to do list.  We picked a state park that was well rated and made a reservation for 4 days.

Our site was a FHU spot in “T” loop, site T13.  It was an end site at the back of the loop, so it cut down on the passerby traffic which we like.  Some of the comments we had read from other campers were accurate.  Our dirt gravel pull through site was pretty unlevel and sloped backwards towards the entry point. Unfortunately that meant that hydraulic leveling was out of the question, as our levelers had I blocked them would have leveled us easily, but both rear tires would have been off the ground.  Fortunately I was able to air level using the “Valid” system of air bag leveling.  Even then we just made it. I would later discover that the front bags had deflated so far that I couldn't get the tire cover off when we were leaving until I stored the slides and went to travel mode. 

Our first challenge was pulling into the campground. While our site was plenty long for us to put the MH and Jeep in, the interior roads and turns are extremely tight with hair pin turns and trees.  To make one of the turns when pulling down a row, a nice guy in a fiver had to move his truck parked well within his site so I could complete my turn.  Later when leaving exiting was just a tight, and I was glad that 3 of the sites were empty on a tight turn or I never would have made it out.  And our rig is a 40', so a tag axle would really have problems here. 

A few other site issues was the sewer is all the way at the back of the site, so bring at least 30' of sewer hose to reach it. There was a small concrete patio at the back of the site as well but it was in full sun. Due to the usual 90 degree days we never used it. Fortunately we had afternoon shade on the patio side so we could put out a rug and sit in the shade of the rig. Some perfectly planted trees about 100' tall prevented any possibility of satellite reception from about anywhere in the loop. Funny thing was I was able to get 4 OTA channels that were digital quality and very clear. However, one was Japanese, one French, one Washington State political monitor (state senate hearings, ect) and the other was a PBS channel that had some really odd programming.   

We had weak Verizon signal that dropped out and just flat failed often, but we may have been the only ones in the campground able to get any at all (due to our booster and mast antenna).

We paid $40 a night for the site, plus a $5 non resident fee, and $8 registration fee. The restrooms are clean and  handicapped accessible. They are in good condition and have token operated showers. One token costs 50 cents and can be purchased from a machine, or a small campground store, when open. The token will give you 3 minutes of shower time.

On the up side, right across the street from the campground is a Mt St Helens Visitor center with exhibits and a 13 minute movie on the eruption event.  There is also a 1 mile nature walk by the visitor center as well. The drive to the mountain is about an hour from the campground. The National Park visitor center is large and well done. Getting in was $8 a person, but well worth it. Our national parks pass got us in free. The have a different 16 minute movie that is very well done. A lot of their footage was taken from reporters and scientists stationed at the mountain waiting for the eventual eruption. And boy, they were not disappointed.  The massive collapse of part of the mountain, landslide, smoke ash and lava flow changed the area forever.  It is well worth the trip.  If going to the area again, I would stay in the KOA which is nearby to the state park, but sits high on hill and would surly have more room to maneuver. I am sure that it would cost more than the state park.   

As a footnote to this visit, we learned almost accidentally that our mail service of 10 years had failed and was closing in a few days.  Talk about Murphy's law.  We spent the first few days scrambling to find and set up a new service, all without cell or wifi signal. Fortunately there was a Starbucks about 10 miles away in town (Americas new free office!).  Hey, it's all part of the adventure........

Pic 1) Getting set up at Sea Quest.
Pic 2) Kind of a rustic little campground.
Pic 3) Main Visitor Center about an hours drive from the RV park.
Pic 4) Nature trail at small visitors center across the street.
Pic 5) Mt Saint Helens. That whole side of the mountain collapsed in the eruption.
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« Reply #68 on: August 24, 2018, 12:06:49 AM »
Old Stone Village RV Park
McMinnville, OR
This is a highly rated park in Oregon's wine country area.  It's unique in that one half of the park is park model's and permanent residents,  and the other is all rent-able RV sites. The sites are all paved and have concrete patio areas. The only problem I had at the site was that while the site was long enough for the rig, the patio was towards the back. There was a nice lush grass area at each site as well, but I have learned that it usually means that the park does frequent watering to maintain that lush grass.  I tried jockying the rig back and forth trying to reach a happy medium between getting the entry door of the rig to be on cement, and still be able to access the bay doors on the drivers side.

To do this I “angle” parked the rig but I was able to put the whole rig on the cement pad, and still was able to get in the entry door and storage doors.  I know it drove Diane nuts, as crooked parking any vehicle in a spot makes her crazy. But I did anyways, and as I was finishing my set up, she presented me with the park rule sheet. For the first time in my Rving life, I saw a highlighted rule saying that “vehicles must be centered uniformly on cement pads”.   I was already 90% hooked up with tire covers and everything, so I decided to be a renegade and leave the MH cocked in the site.  It turned out that for the whole 7 days, no one said a word to us from the park.  And it really did work out better for us. We never got out of the rig in wet muddy grass, and the rig never got wet.

The RV pads are a bit close with no real barrier between  you and your neighbor, but sites are well taken care of. There are good size shade trees on most sites that we really appreciated on sunny afternoons, as the sun was on our patio side. But the trees tend to be planted at the ends of each RV site instead of the middle.  I did choose to back out of the site when leaving though to avoid any possibility of scraping tree branches down the side of the rig.  The sites across road angled opposite from ours and would have had afternoon shade. We were in site #263.

We paid about $46 a night for the FHU pull through site. The had a pool and a small workout room that we didn't use, instead we worked out at the RV and walked.  Right next to the park is the “Evergreen Museum” which is a Aviation and Space Museum, and is the current home of Howard  Hughes' plane the Spruce Goose. Included in one of the museum buildings is an indoor water park that has a full size airplane on the roof. The plane is an actual functional part of the water park, and two of the water slides are started by climbing to the top and entering through the hull of the plane.  Pretty amazing. 

The restrooms are new and handicapped accessible, but you do have to enter them going through the laundry room facility. All are kept in excellent condition. They do offer free wifi, but our T mobile air card worked great here. There is also lots of shopping and restaurants in the area to choose from.

We did visit a few of the local wineries, but honestly the local wines were not to our taste, so we just sipped and left. At one place we visited, a “party bus” pulled up just before we did and dropped off 29 people! The wine business is well and thriving in Oregon.

Pic 1) The site at Old Stone Village. Yep, I'm the guy parked crooked in the site.
Pic 2) It looked a little funny, but I had lots of room on both sides of the rig!

Premier RV Resort
Lincoln City, OR

This was kind of a stop over park between two week long stays at other parks.  The park is kind of “shoe horned” in along highway 101, and right across the road from the ocean. It is built in two levels, so many of the lower sites have no direct ocean view, and the back sites on the upper level have restricted views.  We lucked into probably the best site in the park, #64.  It is at the front end of the upper loop, and your patio side looks out on the water.  However, the lower loop is not that low so you may also be looking right into the back of someones RV in front of you. The sites are concrete and have small patio's towards the rear of the site.  We chose to sit up front in the site when outside so the our view was more ocean  and less the back of the 5ver on the lower loop.

There was one more rig to our right, and then their patio was adjacent to a community fire pit and mini bandstand where musicians play on the weekends.  The park put out some free happy hour food, but  the beverages were BYOB. We missed the guitarist and the food though, as we already had dinner reservations in town for Diane's birthday. Unfortunately as it turned out, we may have been better off staying for the happy hour food. But that's a different story.  The little event was cool, unless you happened to be in that site next door and weren't really into the music or the party because it was right at your front door.  By the time we got back it was over, so I can't say if it was good or not.

We had a FHU site, but the water pressure was on the low side. The sites are close together, but the park still sold out every night.  We paid $67 a night. A bit on the pricey side for what you get, but this park is all about the location.  There is a small gym on site, but it was tiny, and consisted of a few aerobic machines.  Free Wifi was offered, but our on board router worked well.  The restrooms were small but in good condition.  There are 2 small dog areas in the park with small gravel surfaces.

This is kind of “in town” so you are fairly close to most shopping and restaurants. The park is a good stop by kind of location, but may not have enough of an interest to spend a week or more.

Pic 3) This was the site at Premier RV resort. Kinda tight.
Pic 4) This was the view from the patio. Better to sit in front of the rig.
Pic 5) The view from the community fire pit was better.
Pic 6) If you weren't in front, there wasn't much of a view at all.
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« Reply #69 on: August 28, 2018, 11:00:16 PM »
Sea Perch RV Resort
Yachats, OR

This is another great ocean front RV park right on the sand in Oregon. We have been here before and it is still a favorite.  We reserved a beach front site which means that your site either faces (or backs up to) the ocean waves. Even though we were here in August, the weather can still be quite chilly if it overcast and the wind comes up strong.  We had not been here in about 5 years, and some things had changed. One interesting one is that they have taken down several park model type cabins that they had for rent.  They are in the process of converting the spaces back to RV spots, and we got one of them that was still in process of being converted. 

What that meant was that some of the utilities, like the electrical hook ups were still on the wrong side for a head in site. Fortunately I had enough cord on the reel to reach under the rig to the opposite side pedestal.  The sewer was also way in the front of the site by the beach, so we needed about 30+ foot of sewer hose to reach the hook up. However, in spite of the goofy hook ups we still paid $90 a night for the site, plus a whopping 9.8% sales tax. That made the stay a hair under a $100 a night.  The non beach sites were $80 a night plus tax.

The park is rather small, 29 sites and the pads are cement and roads asphalt. The on site amenities are a club house, social area, and work out room. A grass area next to the rear sites has horseshoes and corn hole games. No pool or spa, but the beach is very close. The beach is dog friendly, and we took Heidi on many walks on the sand when the wind would die down.  One expected consequence to being this close to the water with the wind is that everything outside is almost always wet. At the end of our 5 day stay I was longing for some good hot dry weather. 

The biggest negative for this park (besides the cost) is a total lack of cell signal. I was able to get an occasional weak Verizon signal with the antenna and booster, but it never lasted long. The park offered Wifi, but it was sketchy and usually overloaded.  The other issue  here is that nothing is close. The town of Yachats is about 6 miles north on Highway 101, but most of it is twisty with sharp corners, so count on 20-30 minutes one way to get to town depending on traffic. And the town is not very big, so if you need anything special you will be going even farther.   

Bottom  line is that if you are a beach lover, this is a great park. But right now the sites still need work, nothing is close, and cell signal is non-existent. And bring your piggy bank, because it's pricey.

Pic 1) The view out of the front window on a beach front site.
Pic 2) Looking down the side of the RV. Not fancy spaces, but it's all about the view.
Pic 3) Sometimes the overcast would clear at the end of the day, then things got beautiful.
Pic 4) The ever present clouds. And this was the beginning of August.
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« Reply #72 on: August 29, 2018, 11:32:42 AM »
These are such great reviews! Thank you for sharing! Do you do Passport America?
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« Reply #73 on: August 29, 2018, 07:11:29 PM »
We do when available. Often you have to ask because the campgrounds won't tell you about it checking in. It only takes one or two uses to get your money back on it though.
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Bend/Sisters Garden RV Resort
Sisters, Or
After leaving the coast we headed east to Bend, Oregon. Actually Sisters, Oregon but Sisters is a smaller town outside of Bend. This is another park we returned to after visiting some years back and really liked it then. It is right next door to the fair grounds where they hold the Sisters Rodeo every year, but we missed it by a few months. The landscaping and grounds are very well maintained, and have a great grounds crew constantly working on the plantings. The downside to green lush grass is they water the lawns A LOT. Sometimes to the point of mushy lawns and standing  water puddles.

One disappointment was was our site upon arrival. Even though Diane reserved it 5 months before, when we were taken to the site our first concern was that the trees over hanging the site would have prevented us from opening the slides. Being kind of particular, I refuse to allow tree limbs or branches to rest on the sides of the rig.  We contacted the office about it and wound up getting a different site, but had to split our 7 day stay between two different sites.

The sites and  roads were paved, and there were small roundish patio's often made out of cobblestones, but there were randomly placed in different sites. We had one that was usable, and one that wasn't. The utilities all worked well, and the on board Wifi worked well enough, but the cell tower must not have been too close. The only cell provider that would work here was Verizon.  The park did offer Wifi and cable, but the Wifi was usually impacted and slow.

A long walking path goes around the outside of the park perimeter and they like you to walk your dogs on the path to do “business”.  Interestingly there are several signs asking that you keep dogs off of the grass. This is a big park, and keeping the pet from “going” until you get to a path is not always possible.  There is a gate that is open that allows you to take pets or walk in the large rodeo grounds next door.  We took advantage of that a few times.

There is a pool and hot tub, but a no one under 18 rule for the hot tub is ignored. The weekend we arrived there was a “customer appreciation” BBQ and band which was nice. Tickets for the BBQ were $15 each. The food was decent,  but the band was a bit “long in the tooth” so we had some chow and headed back to the rig.  The restrooms were nice and handicapped accessible.

We paid $57 a night for our site, But we got a bit of the price break when we moved because our first site was “lake front” which was really a storage pond with a fountain surrounded by RV spots.  For some reason there were lots of flies around, but not sure if it was due to the rodeo grounds or the pond. There was catch and release fishing permitted in the pond. 

For a little excitement on day, we heard lots of sirens and saw thick columns of smoke nearby the RV park. We later found out that a brush fire had gotten within about 1 ½ miles of the RV park, and burned several dozen acres before they got the handle on it. Fortunately the wind was blowing mostly away from the park, so the threat never came too close.

I did use the services of a RV Detail guy while I was here. After all the beach campgrounds, the rig was a mess with sand, salt, and general dirt everywhere. I went with a recommendation from a guy in the office when we checked in. He was a regular at the park and had very good general referrals. It was the weirdest detail job, ever. 

The first day the guy called saying that he ran late on a job the previous day, but would be there about 11:00. OK, at least he called. He showed up about 11:30 and got started. Diane and I decided to go to lunch. We got back a few hours later expecting the job to be about done. Instead he was just finishing up the roof. What?  It turns out that he had power washed the under carriage, including the engine bay. Then he scrubbed the roof. Twice. Then he seal coated all the wheel wells with a spray sealer coating. Then it was about dark. So he said he would be back bright and early the next day, about 8.  OK......

Day two starts and he isn't there. Diane and I do a work out, and have breakfast. Then I get a call his truck broke down, but it's fixed and he will be there in minutes. He shows up about 11:00.  So he starts washing, and working on the wheels. And the chrome handles on the bay doors. And working on the headlights as they have kind of a flakey peeling look to them.  So we went to lunch.  We get back in a few hours and figure he will be done. Wrong. Something happened while he was working on the headlights, and now they are worse. A lot worse. Then a freak thunder storm comes up. That slows things for a while.  Then it gets dark again.

Day 3. He calls and begs me to let him wash one rig before he finishes my job. It's in the same park and the guy is leaving in 3 hours. I agree (I don't know why). He shows up afterwards and swears he will be done today. Diane is losing her mind. He applies wax to the whole rig and starts taking it off. And he is still working on the wheels. And the headlights. He is running around, and yep, it starts to rain. He is working frantically, and now it's late afternoon.  Now I lose my mind. I go outside, grab a ladder and a rag and start wiping off the wax. At least the wax was coming off easily. At one point he tells me that if he doesn't finish, he will sleep in his truck and start again at day break. Diane is inside drinking heavily (joke).

I am determined that this detail will end today. I finish getting the wax off. He finishes the wheels and tires. I take 25% off the price for my pitching in to finish. Afterwards the rig looked great, but this has to be some sort of record. He was a decent guy, knew his stuff, but was WAY too meticulous.

The bottom line is this is a nice campground in a nice area, but if we do wind up coming back through this area we will request a specific site, rather than rely on the office staff to pick one for us,

Pic 1) The sites were long and narrow with small semi circle patio's on most sites. Lots of trees and grass.
Pic 2) The premium sites had a view of the nearby pond and fountain. Fishing was allowed.
Pic 3) Long run to the sewer, so bring at least 30-40' of sewer hose.
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Re: The western US in the new rig, fulltime! Just the facts Maam!
« Reply #75 on: September 05, 2018, 03:05:42 PM »
Wow, that's some detailing job.  Must be significant $$$$$.  Does he offer some kind of payment plan?   ;)
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« Reply #76 on: September 05, 2018, 03:09:30 PM »
  For some reason there were lots of flies around, but not sure if it was due to the rodeo grounds or the pond. There was catch and release fishing permitted in the pond.   

Not an RVing experience but your flies story reminded me of the time my x-wife and I were visiting her family in Quito, Ecuador.  The house was across the street from the Arena where the bull fights were held.  I think we got there the day after the big event.  The house did not have screens.   
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Re: The western US in the new rig, fulltime! Just the facts Maam!
« Reply #77 on: September 05, 2018, 03:27:42 PM »
WOW SargeW. so much to share with us ..that is great. Now, don't forget to include your partner in crime on your tales to us( your partner on the your profile picture ). I'm sure he will be doing some adventures too !!

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Re: The western US in the new rig, fulltime! Just the facts Maam!
« Reply #78 on: September 05, 2018, 03:51:06 PM »
 ;D Hey Marty,
Love the pictures  ohh my just what I want park and feel the ocean breeze.  I'm in Phoenix , so what would be a good spot / suggestion to the nearest beach form me... still looking for " the right one " so for now we will be renting RV
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« Reply #79 on: September 05, 2018, 06:03:02 PM »
The fastest way to the coast from where you are would be I-8 west all the way to San Diego. Lots of different beaches to choose from there. 
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« Reply #80 on: September 13, 2018, 10:39:43 PM »
McCall RV Resort
Mc Call, ID

Sometimes we find really nice parks in unexpected places. We met some friends here that I we have known for 20+ years. They have recently relocated from Ca and are building a house in Eagle Id.  They have been staying in their motor home while the process bumps along.  This park is owned by a company called the “G7 Group”.  They have done a really great job with this park, and it is one of my favorites.   Mc Call is a resort town, and thus there are all kinds of recreational activities to be had. It is situated on the southern shore of Payette Lake, near the center of the Payette National Forest, and Ponderosa State park is nearby as well.

The sites are spacious, and well laid out. They have large concrete patios, picnic tables, and the utilities are logically placed. The sites are laid out on an angle to the road so getting in and out is easy, but also provide a great view because of the position of your neighbor is 10-15' back from the front of your rig.
One improvement I would have liked is if the sites were paved instead of gravel.  The roads are paved and plenty wide. The part of the park we were in was just recently completed, so when we first got there, some of the construction fencing was still up, but they came and took it down a few days later.

The pool and spa are fabulous, and I spent a few nights soaking in the spa after a day of hiking or kayaking. The pool and spa are indoor, but the front and back walls of the pool area are glass roll up doors. When the weather is nice like when we were there,  the roll up doors are opened and bring the outside in.  The spa is raised above the level of the pool, so it's a good place to soak and still keep an eye on the little ones. The restrooms are also in the building and are beautifully modern and handicapped accessible.  There are also sauna's if you really need to work up a sweat.

We paid about $48 a night for our site, and that was with tax.  A tributary to Payette Lake runs in back of the campground, and a short walk takes  you to the shore. There children and dogs can venture into the cool water. I did need to set up a remote satellite dish here as 2 giant trees next to the site blocked reception from the roof top dish.  Our on board Wifi worked great (T Mobile) but the campground wifi was said to be excellent. And as a little bonus, the office always had hot fresh popcorn for free. Just stop by and grab a bag and fill it up.

The only real “ding” I can put on the park is the layout of some of the sites. We had a pull in facing the river below, but many of the interior sites are laid out in “square” configuration. What that did was put 4 RV's around the outside of a good size grass area, but all of the patio sides faced inward towards each other.  That would be OK if you were camping with friends or in a rally group, but just by yourself would be a bit odd.  So sitting out and enjoying the outdoors would be difficult, especially if any of the other campers have some obnoxious kids or dogs.   

One interesting sight was the heard of deer that wandered around the campground. One of the long term residents had put out a feeder of some sort, and the deer and a variety of other critters would show up routinely for the free food. I don't know how good of an idea it would turn out to be, but  they were fun to watch.

This is a great park in a great location, and at a reasonable price. I would come back to this place anytime.

Pic 1) The view from the front of our site looking back towards the road. Lot of space between rigs.
Pic 2) There was even room on the drivers side of the rig.
Pic 3) Looking down the row in front of the RV. Over the edge of the bank about 30' below was the river.
Pic 4) This is one of about a dozen deer that fed and wandered through the campground. They were so desensitized that the people with the feeder also had a German Shepard that would lay about 20' away.
Pic 5) One day we took a hike with our friends around the shore of the lake on a mostly paved trail.
Pic 6) Much of it was along the shore of the lake.
Pic 7) And there is even a neat downtown area nearby with shops and restaurants to try.
Pic 8) And every little town needs a weekend Farmers Market/Outdoor Shop area.
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« Reply #81 on: September 14, 2018, 11:04:40 AM »
I wonder if this is the same G7 group that own/owned Desert Gold RV Park in Brenda, AZ.  Binningers, Ruwards, Dicks, Thomases, Brewers, Kuchs and Fosters spent seasons there back in the day and other RV Forum members would stop from time to time.  It was a family owned corporation and IIRC had some ties to Idaho.  https://www.g7rvresorts.com/rv-park/desert-gold/

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« Reply #82 on: September 14, 2018, 05:49:43 PM »
Margi it's the same people that own Desert Gold.

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« Reply #83 on: September 15, 2018, 04:16:59 PM »
Yep, our next stop was Mountain Home RV Park, in Mountain Home, ID which is also owned by  G7.
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« Reply #84 on: September 26, 2018, 10:43:40 PM »
Fort Collins KOA Lakeside
Fort Collins, Co.
About a week prior we had stayed at a KOA in Garden City, Ut. that had a great sites with private hot tubs.  The sites were really well done, and the park was nice.  We were trying to duplicate that stay at another KOA in Co. The results were not the same.  We wound up spending a week there, six of the nights in another hot tub site.  As good at the last park was, this one skimped big time. Even though we still paid $89 a night for the hot tub site, it had none of the features that the Utah park did.

On the up side I could say that the hot tub did get hot, and there was a patio deck around the spa. Most of the other sites had no patio at all.  Comparing the spa's was night and day. This hot tub was old, and the control panel that had the push buttons to make the spa features work were old and broken. The lights and the jets in the spa didn't work, and the only one that did turned the filter on and off. 

There was a way too big cover for the top that obviously came off of some other spa, and there was no self chlorinating device in the water, so for six days the hot water was just hot water.  The only fence around the spa was a 3' partial white picket fence that provided no privacy from the passing vehicles driving past at night, or even from dog walkers with their flash lights. All of the hot tub sites were on the ends of a row, so cars from  2 different  directions lit you up when passing.  There was also no way to secure the spa top, so any child passing by could have free access to the water. It made me a little nervous leaving the hot tub unattended while we left to go do errands. 

The other major down side was that the RV parking pads were cement, but the roads were dirt/gravel, and mostly dirt.  The whole week was kind of a dust bowl, either from cars or the numerous KOA golf carts zipping by day and night.

Other than that, it did have lots of the usual kids activities, a pool and a small lake. Our on board Wifi worked well, but the park did offer wifi but the neighbors indicated that it didn't work well. The restrooms were acceptable and handicapped accessible. There was a walk/run path around the lake that we used a few times, and was a favorite for dog walkers.  Of course any place there is standing water, there is the possibility of increased insect activity, which turned out to be true. Especially around dusk.

All in all this was not a bad park, just not a great one. And I don't recommend the hot tub sites. They were more like outdoor bathtubs, if you like that sort of thing. As a matter of fact, the one night we didn't have the hot tub site, we were in the site next door. The people in the site were in a small pop up camper. No AC unit, no bathroom facilities, pretty bare bones. And they had 3 small children with them, all under about 7 years old.  All 3 kids were put into the hot tub each day, after play, and before bed.  Now I see why.....   Fortunately they drained and refilled the tub, er, spa before we took the spot over.   Gotta love KOA's.

Pic 1) The hot tub site. No way to secure the hot tub.
Pic 2) The spa controls had seen better days.
Pic 3) Got this just driving to the campsite. Maintenance was not a park strong point.
Pic 4) Not my favorite way to start setting up.
Pic 5) Yep, $90 a night. A lesson learned.
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« Reply #85 on: September 27, 2018, 12:46:35 AM »
Marty,

When you come down to check out Lake Havasu RV Resort we have a heated Spa for you.

Steve and Jackie are coming here tomorrow.
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« Reply #86 on: October 13, 2018, 11:56:16 PM »
Cherry Creek State Park
Aurora, Co
This is a great Colorado State Park just outside of Denver. Really wide open spaces, trails to walk or ride a bike, and lots of well maintained grassy areas. We stayed in a cement paved back in site with a gravel patio, picnic table and fire pit. The grass was a bit dry and weedy, but with Colorado rain and snow I am sure that will change quickly.  There was not a lot of trees or shrubs between sites, but the next rig was probably 100' away, so you never felt crowded.  Our T-Mobile air card worked well here, and the space we had was easy to get satellite reception. 

We paid $30 a night for a FHU 50 amp site, but there is also a $9 a day entrance fee.  We had a guest visit that is from Colorado, so we used his car and park pass to avoid any extra fees. We were close to Denver and went out to a family dinner one night at a restaurant named “Shanahans”. Yep, the place is owned by the previous head coach of the Denver Bronco's.  Didn't see him at the restaurant, but the place had excellent food and service, but is a bit pricey. 

The park restrooms are basic, but clean and in good condition and are handicapped accessible. All in all this was a great location to stay and have easy access to Denver and Bronco stadium or the Colorado Rockies, if that is your desire.

Clear Creek RV Park
Golden,  Co
We left the state park and went to a city owned park in Golden, Co.  This is one of the most difficult city parks we have been to.  Difficult because it is tough getting a site here as it is always full. The location  is great, right outside of Old Town Golden, and the Old Town area is fantastic.  Lots of shops and eateries to choose from, and even the Coors Brewery and bottling plant is nearby (Yep, we  did the tour).  The RV park has a variety of sites sizes, but not a lot of larger ones. We were in site “D” which  was just big enough for our 40' Bus.  There is a river that runs right behind the park with a paved exercise path that we used daily. On the other side of the river is the Colorado School of  Mines, and many of the students use the path for exercise or training by the cross country running teams. In spite of all the ped traffic we were never disturbed even though our site backed right up to the path.

We paid $55 a night for a FHU 50 amp site that had a gravel parking pad but a cement patio. Close attention is required when pulling into a site due to the large trees and over hanging branches.  We saw a lot of folks pull into the campground only to pull right out again because they had no reservations. Our T-Mobile air card worked well here, and  we were able to get satellite despite the tall trees.  The restrooms are older but clean, and are handicapped accessible.  One thing being a city park, the full size trash truck comes into the park and empties the dumpster every day. I guess there is no danger of over flow that way.

We also visited the Buffalo Bill museum, and went to  Look Out mountain which the view of Golden and the surrounding area was fabulous. At an elevation of over 5600' Golden gets warm days and cool crisp nights, at least in September.  I think  by December things may be a bit more chilly. 

This is a highly recommended city park, just don’t forget your reservation.
Well, somehow the pics of Cherry Creek disappeared, but we have some good ones of Clear Creek.

Pic 1) There are a lot of mature trees, and some can make it dicey to get a taller rig into the sites.
Pic 2) Not a lot of room on the patio side, but the walking path and river in the back make it worthwhile.
Pic 3) Visiting the Coors home base and original factory, complete with tasting room. All free.
Pic 4) Coors makes over 30 different kinds of beer and cider under the Miller/Coors umbrella.
Pic 5) Visiting the "Buffalo Bill Cody" museum on Lookout Mountain.
Pic 6) Buffalo Bill left quite a legacy during many parts of his life.
Pic 7) Buffalo Bill and his wife's final resting place.
Pic 8) Buffalo Bill loved the view from the top of the mountain. The reason he chose to be interned here.
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Re: The western US in the new rig, fulltime! Just the facts Maam!
« Reply #87 on: October 29, 2018, 01:32:29 AM »
Hi Marty,

Haven't seen you post for a while and wonder if you are still on the same trip?

I would like to add that if RV'ers are in North Platte, Nebraska, there are museums there along Buffalo Bills Ranch House. One could cover both areas (Golden, CO & North Platte, Neb.) if interested in Buffalo Bill. Best!
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« Reply #88 on: October 29, 2018, 07:51:26 PM »
Hi Al, yeah, still on the same trip. We suddenly had a rash of family visits so we have been preoccupied for a while. I will be back to the postings as things are settling down. 
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