Semiahmoo Bay – Blaine, WA

We took advantage of the sunshine yesterday and strolled along the Semiahmoo Bay in Blaine, Washington.

Semiahmoo Bay, Blaine, WA

Semiahmoo Bay, Blaine, WA

That’s White Rock, Canada across the bay. Still no passports in hand, so traveling into Canada will have to wait for another day.

White Rock, Canada

White Rock, Canada

Semiahmoo Park has a great paved bike path as well as gravel trails along the peninsula that leads to The Resort and Marina. Drayton Harbor is to the east of the roadway.

Drayton Harbor, Blaine, Washington

Drayton Harbor, Blaine, Washington

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It was hard to capture the brilliant red of these berries but they were so pretty against the blue of the harbor …

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Semiahmoo Marina reflecting the setting sun …

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The shadows started getting longer, so it was time to head back. The walk from the parking lot at The Cannery Lodge to the Semiahmoo Resort is about 1.25 miles, a perfect 2.5 mile stroll round trip. ๐Ÿ™‚

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But not before I stopped to feed the “horse” … lol

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This was one of the coolest dead trees we’ve seen. It sort of looked like Pegasus to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

20141123_155410ย Happy Monday folks!

~Cheers~

Travel Days and Boondocking Stays

Seems hard to believe that just a couple weeks ago I was sitting poolside working on my tan in sublimely warm and sunny New Orleans. Now here we are in Ferndale, Washington 2,800 miles away and I’m working on my laptop bundled under the covers at 6:00 in the morning. No, I’m still not a morning person, but this is about the only time we get half-way decent internet service. Yes, that’s a big bummer. ๐Ÿ™

But, I wanted to share a few pics from our whirlwind travel days. So before I lose my window of opportunity here, let me see how many I can download. ๐Ÿ™‚

So long for now mighty Mississippi River … and humidity!

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We’re headed through the high dessert for a few days. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve lost count of how many times we’ve passed the Continental Divide signs. But this is the first time I’ve had my phone close enough to snap a picture. Not very good quality, but I got it! LoL

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There’s just something about freight trains rumbling along the tracks I just love.

Freight trains in New Mexico.

Freight trains in New Mexico.

Sunset in Shiprock, New Mexico

Sunset in Shiprock, New Mexico

Sunset Shiprock, NM

Sunset Shiprock, NM

We made a quick stop at the Four Corners Monument. I think I had built myself up a little too much for this stop. It was cool, no doubt. But it seemed a little run down and dirty. I’m guessing maybe it was due to being off season?

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4 Corners Monument

4 Corners Monument

It wasn’t very crowded, but I still wasn’t able to get a picture without people or random feet in it.

Four Corners Monument

Four Corners Monument

From there we went on to Moab, Utah. The scenery on the way was stunning as ever.

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Beehive Rock, Utah

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(For anyone keeping score on the time, it’s been 3.5 hours since I started this post. Uggg)

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We spent the night at Klondike Bluff, a BLM area about 16 miles north of Moab on Hwy 191. It’s a trail head parking area as well, so there was a bit a traffic around sunset. It’s a perfect spot for an overnight stay. Dinner with a view of the snowy mountains in the background. There are so many opportunities for outdoor activities there and it’s so gorgeous! We will definitely plan a trip when we can enjoy the area for a few days.

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When we headed out of Moab on Monday morning we started to get a little nervous about some of the steeper grades ahead. So, in an effort to minimize any serious damage to our beloved F150 (with nearly 260,000 miles on her) we rented a truck in Provo, UT to do the heavy hauling for the rest of the way.

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As you can, I got the light load. Nothing but the bikes left in our truck. Thankfully the trip went smoothly for the final 900 miles of our journey. ๐Ÿ™‚ How about that Provo sky though, huh? So pretty there!

This is the first time I’ve ever been behind the camper so it was a different perspective for me. Now I have an entire album of the rear end of our rig. ย LoL

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Finally, hitting Seattle was sort of like coming home … if there is such a thing for full-timers. It was a perfectly sunny day and traffic was a breeze.

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I know home is where we park it and technically South Dakota is “home” now. But I really love how the Pacific Northwest feels, if that makes any sense at all. It’s such an odd thing for me to wrap my head around because I’m a total beach lover. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Well, this is the second day now that I’ve been working on this little post and I’m about out of patience so I’ll stop here. I think a little trip to see if we can find a park with better Verizon service may be in order on Sunday. I’m going crazy not being readily connected at all times! Yikes, I think I may be addicted. Ya think?!?

Thanks for stopping by.

~Cheers~

 

Oh by the way!

Here are the addresses for our ย boondocking spots ย – (With temps in the teens for our last two nights on the road we stayed in hotels ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Night 1 – Camping World in Katy, Texas. Easy access to spaces,safe area, a bit of road noise but not too bad. ย (27905 Katy Fwy, Katy, TX 77494)

Night 2 – Walmart, Clovis, New Mexico – Friendly manager, minimal parking lot traffic, just a few big rigs, safe area. (3728 N Prince St, Clovis, NM 88101)

Night 3 – Walmart, Farmington, New Mexico – The manager was very nice, no big rigs the night of our stay, just a handful of other RVs, safe area. With the exception of some kids riding through at about midnight blaring their horns for fun, it was very quiet. (4600 E. Main Street, 87402)

Night 4 – Klondike Bluffs North Parking Area – BLM Trail Head – 16 miles north of Moab on Hwy 191.

 

Last Minute Travel Plans and the New Orleans West KOA

West New Orleans KOA

New Orleans West KOA

Getting last-minute travel plans and notification of a change in job site isn’t exactly a rare occurrence, so you’d think I’d be used to it. But sometimes bouncing from RV Park to RV Park can be a little lot stressful, like on this last transfer.

Mr. G. got the transfer orders on a Tuesday afternoon saying he would have to be in New Orleans that Friday at 6:00 a.m. – we were in Artesia, NM. Roughly 1,000 miles away.

Making tracks to get to the next gig in time isn’t even the biggest stress inducer with these last-minute changes. Finding a decent RV park that has room for a potential “long-term” (longer than 3 weeks) guest can be difficult if not impossible.

That was the case when we started looking for a place to park our H.O.W. while in route to New Orleans. After exhausting the RV parks that came up as oil worker friendly in Jefferson Parish, which were naturally all full seeing as we were probably the last ones to the party, I called the New Orleans West KOA.

From the very first phone conversation I had with Roberta I knew I wanted to stay there if we could. What a breath of fresh air she was after the folks I had talked to earlier in the day! Although we weren’t able to get in at a monthly rate, it worked out fine. When you pay the regular rate (minus the membership discount) you’re able to accrue points toward future stays with KOA. ๐Ÿ™‚

Roberta was able to finagle a spot for us in what she called The Garden District. We spent our four weeks in site #28, a little area just passed the pool, in a grove of mature oak trees. The shady spot was perfect to keep the rig cool in the incredible New Orleans humidity. ๐Ÿ™‚

West New Orleans KOA - Site #28

New Orleans West KOA – Site #28

The New Orleans West KOA has a great selection of sites ranging from tent spaces

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To perfectly level extra-long concrete pads for the big rigs.

Laundry room in the background.

Laundry room in the background.

There’s plenty of beautifully maintained grass between rows.

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In addition to a lovely pool …

West New Orleans KOA - pool area

West New Orleans KOA – pool area

And laundry room …

West New Orleans KOA - laundry room

New Orleans West KOA – laundry room

The New Orleans West KOA has spotless restrooms & showers, a gift shop in the office for souvenirs, camping supplies and a few food items, a shuttle that runs from the park down to the French Quarter daily and a dog walking service so you don’t have to worry about your four-legged friends when you’re off enjoying the Big Easy!

The French Quarter is only about a 20 minute drive from the park so we always drove into the city. But if you prefer not to drive or take the shuttle there is public transportation available as well.

This was the perfect spot for us to call home for the month of October. The grounds, the proximity to the French Quarter, the amenities and the entire team of camp hosts made this our favorite KOA stay to date. If you’re going to be visiting New Orleans in an RV and want an awesome, quiet and safe location to stay, the New Orleans West KOA is the place to call.

New Orleans West KOA – 11129 Jefferson Highway, River Ridge, LA 70123 (504-467-1792 For more information, rates and reservations you can reach their website by clicking >>>HERE<<<

New Orleans West KOA

New Orleans West KOA

Thanks for stopping by!

~Cheers~

 

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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 fromย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is the view of the full hook-up area from the bench beneath the flag pole. That’s our rig under the arrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

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, IAย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

~Cheers~