Sunrise Campground, Storm Lake, Iowa

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Sunrise Campground in Storm Lake Iowa – perfect for those looking for the laid back beach vibe … when you’re grounded in rural corn country!

Sunrise Campground, Storm Lake, Iowa

Sunrise Campground, Storm Lake, Iowa

Sunrise Campground is a city run park in the town of Storm Lake, Iowa. It was our first experience staying in a city park so we weren’t really sure what to think. We didn’t need to be apprehensive. It was great! The park itself is divided into two parts. The side to the right as you pull in seems to be fairly new with nicely spaced, level, gravel sites and some young trees. Each site has a concrete patio with picnic table and a fire ring.

We were in the second from the last row back (the 400s row) and we still had a nice view out to the lake. I’m sure this would change if the park was full.

Sunrise Campground, Storm Lake, IA  Site 404

Sunrise Campground, Storm Lake, IA Site 404

Sunrise Campground is located on the beautiful eastern shore of Storm Lake within easy walking distance of several great amenities including King’s Pointe Waterpark, Sunrise Pointe Golf Course, Mandeville Disc Golf Course, beach volleyball courts, family playground, and a public beach. Yes, a beach. πŸ™‚

Storm Lake Beach

Storm Lake Beach

The Storm Lake Trail a bike path with access directly across the street from Sunrise Campground, is about 5 miles long and runs fromΒ the east end of Storm Lake to the town of Lakeside. There are several little parks along the way to stop and enjoy the view. Several of these parks have some amazing wood carving works of art.

Here are a few of may favorites –

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"Wood Wind Blues"

“Wood Wind Blues”

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Ooops, got a little carried away there. Now, back to the campground. πŸ™‚

The camp hosts were super friendly and helpful. This ended up being one of those times when our plans changed as soon as we arrived so we really weren’t sure how long we were going to be there. We went from a reservation for a monthly site to perhaps only being there for a week. The hosts went above and beyond to accommodate our ever-changing plans even during the week before Labor Day.

Amenities at Sunrise Campground (other than stunning lakeside views, water park and beach nearby) include a laundry room, individual shower/bathroom stalls, vending machines, and fire wood.

Here are a few random shots from the campground.

The view from Site 404 –

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Campsites in the loop to the left of the office. This is the older section of the park with more mature trees –

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The laundry room and bathhouse building –

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Individual restroom/shower facilities –

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There are also “cabins” for rent through the city run campground. I hesitate to call them cabins as they look really BIG and pretty swanky to me! I wouldn’t know what to do with all that room anymore. LoL

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As you can see, there’s nothing between the campground and the lake other than Sunrise Road. So if you’re looking for an unobstructed view try to get into the “100s” row.

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I got to ride my bike every day while we were there which was nice. It was the first time I’d ridden since the SNAFU at the Salton Sea. My rekindled romance with my little green bike was made possible by the awesome technicians at Lakeshore Cyclery and Fitness. If you need any work done or you’re thinking about trading in your ride (and you just happen to be in the area) check them out!

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At the time of our stay (August ’14) at Sunrise Campground, the rate for one night at in a full-hookup site was $23, lake view sites were $25 and tent sites were $11. The campground is located at 101 Sunrise Park Road, Storm Lake, Iowa 50588 (712)732-8023 Β You can get to the Sunrise Campground online reservation site by clicking >>> HERE<<<

We will certainly stay here again if we’re ever in the area!

Sunset at Sunrise Campground, Storm Lake, Iowa

Sunset at Sunrise Campground, Storm Lake, Iowa

Thanks for stopping by!

~Cheers~

Wilder Park, Allison, Iowa – An RV Park Review

Wilder Park in Allison, Iowa – We were pleasantly surprised by this city park with awesome outdoor amenities!

Wilder Park - Allison, Iowa

Wilder Park – Allison, Iowa

If you’re in the northeast corner of Iowa looking for a place to park your rig, look no farther than Wilder Park. This 78 acre park is perfect for a weekend or a lengthier stay. We were slated to be there for two or more weeks in September for work at the Shell Rock Ethanol Plant. But unfortunately our stay got cut short when we had to head out early for the next job in Artesia, New Mexico.

Wilder Park is a city run campground full of down home comfort. From the city clerk who handles reservations to the camp hosts who are willing to help in any way they can to ensure your stay is comfy hospitality is the name of the game. At only $16 per night, you can’t go wrong!

As you can imagine, with 78 acres there is plenty of room to get outside and enjoy the beauty and quiet of rural Iowa.

The loop of the Rolling Prairie Trail that circles the park is a great paved and level track to get in a few miles of walking/jogging. Each lap is approximately 1.25 miles.

Rolling Prairie Trail, Wilder Park, Allison, Iowa

Rolling Prairie Trail, Wilder Park, Allison, Iowa

Rolling Prairie Trail, Wilder Park, Allison, Iowa

Rolling Prairie Trail, Wilder Park, Allison, Iowa

If disc golf is your thing (we picked up some inexpensive discs to try it out and loved it!) there is an 18 hole course in the park. Not all holes were this wide open so it was challenging.

18 hole disc golf course at Wilder Park, Allison, IA

18 hole disc golf course at Wilder Park, Allison, IA

Looking to get a few miles in on your bike but don’t want to deal with traffic? That’s possible too. The Rolling Prairie Trail will take you from Allison to the surrounding towns of Clarksville, Shell Rock and on to Waverly. The path is paved over railroad track and is as smooth as it is flat. It’s an easy, scenic ride with a mix of shaded areas as well as open areas.

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Rolling Prairie Trail Bike Path - Allison, Iowa

Rolling Prairie Trail Bike Path – Allison, Iowa

Bridge view from the Rolling Prairie Trail Bike Path - Allison, Iowa

Bridge view from the Rolling Prairie Trail Bike Path – Allison, Iowa

There are a few street crossings, but they’re over rural dirt roads. We never encountered any vehicles at any crossing.

Rolling Prairie Trail Bike Path - Allison, Iowa

Rolling Prairie Trail Bike Path – Allison, Iowa

If kicking back with a good book, cup of coffee or cocktail is more what you’re looking for … no worries. There are plenty of benches with scenic views as well.

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Wilder Park - Allison, Iowa

Wilder Park – Allison, Iowa

If you have little ones with you, there’s a playground for them. πŸ™‚

Playground - Wilder Park - Allison, Iowa

Playground – Wilder Park – Allison, Iowa

At the time of our stay, of the 52 sites in the park 6 were pull-thru with full hook-ups. Each pull-thru accommodates two rigs. However, when we pulled out construction had started to add several more full hook-up sites. πŸ™‚

This is the view of the full hook-up area from the bench beneath the flag pole. That’s our rig under the arrow. πŸ™‚

Our  site in the full hook-up area at Wilder Park, Allison, IA

Our site in the full hook-up area at Wilder Park, Allison, IA

The bath houses were clean and roomy and there were storm shelters built into the hillside as well. After our first tornado watch in Waukee, IA the week before, they were a welcome sight.

If were ever in the area for work or otherwise, we will certainly make Wilder Park our first choice for our stay. You can use this link for more information on Wilder Park, Allison, IAΒ or call the Allison City Hall at (319) 267-2245.

Fishing Pond, Wilder Park, Allison, IA

Fishing Pond, Wilder Park, Allison, IA

Enjoy your stay! πŸ™‚

~Cheers~

Big Fun in The Big Easy

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We headed out from Artesia, New Mexico and made tracks to the Big Easy, yep New Orleans, Louisiana! πŸ™‚ The location has come up a time or two before but up until now the timing has been off. I mean really, who wants to work in the hellacious heat and humidity? It’s a good thing we didn’t head here sooner because guess what? It’s pretty hot and humid even in October! LoL

With only two days to get settled before Joe had to head into the plant, one afternoon was all the time we had to check things out … so we packed in as much as we could. We had never been here before, so we weren’t too sure what to expect, especially after Katrina’s wrath. I was pleasantly surprised by the laid back vibe. I’m not a city person so I’m usually a little tense in big crowds. But after we sat a quick little rain storm out I was ready to relax and let loose. (Maybe the loaded lemonade and sailor’s coffee had something to do with it πŸ™‚ )

We waited out the rain at the Palace Cafe. It was a great little spot to watch the pedestrian traffic rush from place to place. After a little Spinach Salad and Fried Oyster Loaf we were ready to head out. But darn, look more rain! So we were forced to try the White Chocolate Creme Brulee and Sailor’s Coffee. Poor us… lol.

Creme Brulee and Sailor's Coffee at the Palace Cafe, NOLA

Creme Brulee and Sailor’s Coffee at the Palace Cafe, NOLA

It was fabulous and more than enough calories to get us hitting the French Quarter! We really just wandered around with no particular destination in mind. Here’s a glimpse of our day…

Hey Look! This is my kinda place!! :-)

Hey Look! This is my kinda place!! :-)

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French Quarter 2014

Hey, no fair! I'm trying to get rid of my Big A**!!

Hey, no fair! I’m trying to get rid of my Big A**!!

Happy Halloween, NOLA style :-)

Happy Halloween, NOLA style :-)

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Balcony bathed in sun in the French Quarter, NOLA

Balcony bathed in sun in the French Quarter, NOLA

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French Quarter 2014

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After the Battle of New Orleans, in 1815, the Plaza d Armas was renamed Jackson Square after the victorious United States general Andrew Jackson. In the center of the park stands an equestrian statue of Jackson erected in 1856.

St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA

St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, New Orleans, LA

Art show in Jackson Square, NOLA

Art show in Jackson Square, NOLA

Cafe Du Monde - The original French Market Coffee Stand since 1862

Cafe Du Monde – The original French Market Coffee Stand since 1862

Musical Legends Park, French Quarter, NOLA

Musical Legends Park, French Quarter, NOLA

The Greats -

Some of the Greats – Fats Domino, Jumbo Hirt, Pete Fountain

View strolling down the river walk along the Mississippi River, French Quarter, NOLA

View strolling down the river walk along the Mississippi River, French Quarter, NOLA

A spot to get our #BeerTravel Passport stamped! Jackson Brewery, New Orleans, LA

A spot to get our #BeerTravel Passport stamped! Jackson Brewery, New Orleans, LA

So we did!

So we did!

A day in the Big Easy wouldn’t be complete without a few street performers …

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Don’t take offense, but apparently it’s the universal hello sign in NOLA … honest!

"Hello!"

“Hello!”

Then the sun said “bonsoir” and well, most pics taken after that probably aren’t suitable for this blog. But here are a few safe ones. πŸ™‚

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All of the bands we heard were fabulous!

All of the bands we heard were awesome!

We had a fantastic time! The food was fabulous, the entertainment was rockin’ and the drinks … well, let’s just say we survived a Hand Granade or two!

Tropical Isle - Home of the NOLA Hand Grenade. Yummy!

Tropical Isle – Home of the NOLA Hand Grenade. Yummy!

Oh, and just for the record, this is a close to the NOLA PD either of us got. Wfewww!! πŸ™‚

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No that ticket isn’t for me!!

Thanks for stopping by, that’s all for now.

~Cheers from the Big Easy~