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Horsetooth Reservoir County Park

By |November 29th, 2015|

Fort Collins, CO Website: http://www.co.larimer.co.us/parks/horsetooth.cfm Overview: This is a fantastic county park near Fort Collins. We moved here from the KOA in Fort Collins because it was much more affordable. It is right on Horsetooth Reservoir with amazing views and all that the lake offers (boating, fishing, etc.). The camp hosts were awesome and helped us extend our stay. (We had to move 3 times in order to stay the 2 weeks.) It is a very desirable park; so try to book in advance if possible. Campsites: Lakeside sites are electric (30amp) and water only. Sites with lake views are full hookups (30/50 amp, water, sewer). Each site has a nice patio area with a picnic table and fire pit. The sites are very level gravel. The sites are nicely spaced out for privacy. Lakeside sites have shade trees. Amenities: Bathhouses, recreational pavilion, boat launches, and beaches. Pet friendly: Yes, but pets must remain on a leash. Internet:  No Price:  $20-25/night Rating: 4.5/5

KOA Fort Collins/Lakeside

By |November 29th, 2015|

Fort Collins, CO Website: http://koa.com/campgrounds/fort-collins-lakeside/ Overview: This is a very nice KOA near Fort Collins, Colorado. It is one of the nicest KOA’s that we have 'kamped' in. The sites are all nice, however if the park is full there is minimal privacy. The lake is beautiful and the amenities are top notch. The management is super friendly and helpful! We really enjoyed our stay here. The only downside is that it is rather pricey. Campsites: Level, paved pull through and back-in sites. Each site has 30/50 amp, water, sewer, and cable. Some sites have concrete patios. Each site has a picnic table (or patio set) and grill (charcoal or gas). Amenities: Seasonal pool, miniature golf, snack bar, store, rental boats and bikes, bumper boats, fishing, propane, walking/nature trail, gated entry, bathhouses, laundry, basketball, cabin rental, pickle ball, shuffleboard, fitness center, inflatable fun, and recreational/family center. Pet friendly: Yes, with a fenced in dog park. Internet:  Yes, Wi-Fi is available. Price:  FHU $44-85/night Rating: 4.5/5

Colorado!

By |November 29th, 2015|

Fort Collins, Colorado May 19- June 5, 2015 We love the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado! The area from Boulder to Fort Collins is definitely a place we could call home. Amazing beauty, wildlife, abundant outdoor activities, breweries, hip downtowns, access to all the amenities that Denver offers, and did I mention breweries and beauty.  Yeah, it’s fair to say we love it here. We spent almost 3 weeks in the late spring here and it was so fun. After our arrival we got some new skins (tires) on the car in preparation for an Alaska RVenture. Yes, that is right we were preparing for an epic summer adventure! Kari and her beautiful girls! First however, we happily drove up the Rocky Mountains to visit a familiar face that we had not seen in a long time. It was awesome to catch up with one of my high school best friend’s and meet her amazing kids! We even weathered a winter snowstorm to get there. The beauty of that area makes the treacherous, dirt, winter roads worth it. Thanks for having us Kari! Next we took to the great outdoors, to do some soul refreshing. That brought us to the amazing Rocky Mountain National Park. The Rockies are so striking to be immersed in. The tall jagged peaks and the lush green valleys with elk causally grazing. There were owlets in the trees and snowballs in the air. There were vast spring vistas and huge winter snow piles. Then there was an epic hike (we should have brought snowshoes) to a wonderful waterfall and lake. It was just what we needed to reconnect. After feeling refreshed we decided that [...]

A Pictorial Summer Summary

By |October 1st, 2015|

September 30, 2015 So we have been in a bit of a blogging funk. We have so much to share; yet we rarely find the time to do so. There is just so much world to explore, food to devour, drinks to share, and we, especially I, have a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out). Since our last blog we have travelled from New Mexico, to Colorado and the Dakotas, then to all of the Great Lake States, and then into New England.  Check out our map page for a geographic tour RVenture Map. I now sit here in Maine, reflecting on our summer (since it is now officially fall) and I am in awe of how times flies. Really. Time moves forward as fast as we move between states. So as we head into October, here is a little pictorial view of our summer. Here is also promise that we will give it a ‘good ole college try’ with the timeliness of our blogs. Maybe. Happy Fall Y’all! National Parks The Great Lakes Region Summer Activities Food!  

Arching our way through Desert Views.

By |July 19th, 2015|

Moab, Utah April 21- May 4, 2015 Moab, Utah is a cool place. Well, it is actually a very hot place because it is in the desert and it contains Uranium mines that are now environmental remediation sites (Moab UMTRA Project), but that is not the point here just don’t drink the water. This hip town is surrounded by amazing natural beauty and steeped with Native American knowledge. The most famous spot in town is of course, Arches National Park. This is another fantastic treasure of America. We spent days exploring this wonderland of stone arches and meandering desert paths. We even got commentary by Edward Abbey, one of the first park rangers to call this park home, via an audiobook of his book, Desert Solitaire. I highly recommend reading or listening to local books while exploring a new area. It gives you a much deeper understanding and appreciation of your surroundings. Some of the highlights of this park are Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, Balanced Rock, and the Fiery Furnace! In order to explore the Fiery Furnace you must have a guide, as this is a place of towering rock fins and gorges that is easy to get lost or hurt in. In fact, a couple went missing while we were there. Luckily they were found unharmed, we think? We enjoyed our 3 hour guided Park Ranger tour through the maze. I will now let the photos of Arches National Park explain the rest of our meanderings. Moab is also a home base for the nearby Canyonlands National Park. Canyonlands is an enormous park that consists of three distinct sections, the Island in the Sky, the Needles, and the Maze. There is actually [...]

A.C.T. Campground

By |July 19th, 2015|

Moab, UT Website: http://actcampground.com/ Overview: This is a brand new RV park in Moab. It opened just 3 weeks prior to our arrival. We were very thankful though, as all other RV parks in the area were fully booked due to the annual Moab Car Show. Due to its newness we did have some trouble because the gravel pads were not compacted enough. Therefore our jack pads were buried into the earth. There are also no mature trees. The workers are very friendly and trying very hard to fix the issues. We also give them kudos for using eco-friendly building practices! Campsites: Gravel pads that are fairly level with 30/50 amp, sewer, water, and cable. The sites are somewhat small, but due to the roads within the park huge rigs (40+ feet with huge trailers) did fit, they just jutted out into the road. Most sites are very closely spaced with no privacy. We lucked out and got one of the two somewhat ‘spacious’ sites. Amenities: Beautiful ecofriendly bathhouses, community kitchen (including a Weber outdoor grill), and laundry room. A community fire pit is also available. Tent sites and cabin style room rentals are also available. Pet friendly: Yes. However, the park is small and pets must remain on a leash. Internet:  Free Wi-Fi and great cell signals!! Price:  $39-44/night Rating: 2/5

Slot Canyons, Sculpted Gorges, Sacred Bridges, and Soaring Cliffs

By |June 25th, 2015|

Page, AZ April 14-21, 2015 Page, Arizona is a very small town with lots of natural beauty surrounding it. We were drawn here by one of the world’s most photographed sites, Antelope Canyon. This canyon has been on our must do list for quite some time so we decided it was time! Upon our arrival in Page, we drove over to one of the other famous spots in this small town, the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. Yes, this is another dam on the mighty Colorado River. The construction of the dam is what actually created this town, however the native Navajo tribe has resided here for much, much longer. The dam is actually very impressive if you enjoy concrete as far as the eye can see. The dam provides lots of hydroelectric power to the region and also creates the second largest artificial lake in the USA. However, when I gaze at such a large human feat, I can’t help but to ponder what was destroyed in the making of this mighty piece of engineering. As I will describe later, a whole canyon ecosystem and a lot of history was drowned. But anytime you see an enormous lake in the middle of the high plateau desert it is still strikingly beautiful. Our next adventure was to explore Upper Antelope Canyon! This amazing canyon and its sister Lower Antelope Canyon lay on the Navajo Nation’s land and thus must be explored with a native guide. No worries though, there are about 4 native tour companies in Page that can arrange a spot for you. However, you will be on a ‘jeep’ tour with 70 other people and only in the canyon for 60 [...]

Page Lake Powell Campground

By |June 25th, 2015|

Page, AZ Website: http://pagecampground.com/ Overview: This is a campground located in the city of Page. It is a great location for exploring all the wonderful geology/history in this section of Arizona and southern Utah. Campsites: Full (30/50 amp, water, sewer, cable) and partial hook-ups (30 amp, water) are available. Each site is a fairly level gravel pad and has a picnic table. There is a good amount of spacing between each site (our neighbor has a 40+ foot class A diesel, diesel extended cab truck, and a large boat/yacht on his spot). Each spot does have some shade trees. Tent sites are leveled sand and very nice. Amenities: Indoor pool, bathroom facilities, laundry room, fitness center, arcade, small nature trail, playground, dump station, small convenience store, and propane filling station. Pet friendly: Yes, but they must remain on leash. Internet:  Yes, free Wi Fi. Great cellular signals. Price:  $24-31/night Rating: 3/5

The day we delightfully backed in next to the Devil

By |May 9th, 2015|

Ok, Ok, we will let you in on the secrets of Las Vegas. Our main reason for returning to Sin City was to repair our RV. Remember, when we hit that deer last fall in Oregon? Well, it was finally time to fix Atreyu’s grill. He was complaining that people were judging him for his lack of teeth. He was too ‘gummy’, he said. So after 3 or 4 repair estimates from Oregon, California, and Las Vegas we received the best quote from the Sin City. So we made our way to the valley of gambling. We arrived a week before Atreyu was due to go the ‘dentist’, so we made the best of our leisure time. Our first outings were to be ‘tourists’ on the Strip. We awed at the Bellagio’s fountain show and gardens, watched fire stream from volcanoes at the Mirage, took a leisurely stroll along the canals of the Venetian, and gambled a bit. You, know like $10. As much as you guys may disagree, we are not big risk takers. Especially when we know the odds are not in our favor. Oh, and we signed up for a time-share presentation! That is right folks, we endured 90 minutes of mild flames and torture to score 2 sets of ‘free’ show tickets and a ‘free’ weekend in Vegas at a later date. Here is a story that should have stayed in Vegas. I am going to call this story, “The day we delightfully backed in next to the Devil”. Our ‘high scale’ time-share presentation was at the smoke infused, soon to be destroyed Riviera Hotel and Casino. Now, picture greasy old men in cowboy boots, pressed jeans, and cowboy collared [...]

Sin City.

By |May 6th, 2015|

Las Vegas, NV March 10-27, 2015 So we spent two weeks in Las Vegas. You know what they say right? What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. End of post.