Lake Cochiti Corp Campground, New Mexico – March 2018

Lake Cochiti Corp Campground, New Mexico – March 2018

Campgrounds, Traveling
We are just finishing our 14 day stay at Lake Cochiti COE campground in Cochiti, New Mexico.  This park would be listed as one of our top ten parks we have stayed in during our first seven years of full-timing.  We will definitely be back. During our stay we have hiked in Tent Rock, hiked the 5 mile long dam, hiked along the cliffs of the Rio Grande which runs through the park, and hiked many miles on trails in the park. In all we put on 61 miles in those two weeks.  Loved all the hikes we were able to take. The park is between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, 30 miles north to Santa Fe and about 40 miles south to Albuquerque so when we needed supplies or getting…
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Oklahoma City, OK /Minnesota– 2017

Oklahoma City, OK /Minnesota– 2017

Campgrounds
We planned to leave for MN on Jan 14th from Oklahoma City where we had reserved a site for a month at Twin Fountains RV Resort, the same place we left the 5th wheel last year.   Travelling from AL to OKC we made a stop for two nights at a nice Corp Park in Enid, MS, Persimmons Hills, a three night stop in Little Rock, AR at Maumelle COE Park where our site overlooked the Arkansas River (beautiful) and three nights at our favorite state park in OK, Eufaula State Park.  We have stayed in this park three times every time on the same site.  At this time of the year the park is almost completely empty and the site overlooks the lake on two sides.  Love it! Baby Adalyn…
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Alabama – Christmas/New Year

Alabama – Christmas/New Year

Campgrounds
After leaving SC we spent a week in two nice Georgia State Parks, Skidaway and Georgia Veterans State Park.  Both were very nice parks and would return to both.  Across the street from the entrance to Georgia Veterans State Park was a fabulous meat market someone had told us about.  We would definitely love to go back to that. We discovered before Thanksgiving that many people go camping over Holidays.  The park we stayed at for Thanksgiving was completely full with large groups enjoying their Thanksgiving dinners outside.  We made sure we had reservations for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We have stayed at Gunter Hills Corp of Engineers Park several years ago and loved it so that was where we spent a few weeks over Christmas and New Year.  A…
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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Campgrounds
We made it through the hot weather in Washington (without pulling that television out), stayed at a couple of really nice RV parks in Montana before entering Yellowstone.  We met a very nice couple from Florida who were on their fifth week of full-timing.  We spent a great evening talking full-time and Alaska.  They are planning on doing the Alaska trip next summer so we had a lot to talk about.  Hope we can catch-up with Ellen and Mario in Arizona this winter. As we were about to enter Yellowstone we spotted a few elk alongside the road.  Of course, we had to pull over and take a few pictures but as we were watching the elk a large herd of Big Horn Sheep came down the mountain very close…
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Best Private Campground in Alaska and Ten Million Mosquitoes Know It!

Best Private Campground in Alaska and Ten Million Mosquitoes Know It!

Campgrounds
We found the best private campground in Glennallen, AK.  I’ve talked about the Alaskan private campgrounds how they are gravel parking lots, or sites crammed in so close together you are looking into your neighbors windows.  Tolsona Wilderness CG is just what it says – wilderness.  Each of the eighty-eight sites sits on the side of a lovely creek that curves through the very large park.  It is about a mile off the road so no traffic noise.  It has a nice laundry and wonderful showers that cost only a quarter.  Best campground we have stayed in since we have gotten to Alaska. So here is the tiny, bity downfall of the park.  As we were checking in with a very nice older fellow, he asked if we knew about…
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The Great Mississippi River

The Great Mississippi River

Campgrounds
Here I am the first part of August going back to catch-up on our blog for the end of April.  I’d just skip this time but I have to write a little about our trip along the Mississippi River coming from Ohio back to Minnesota. We were fortunate to find this beautiful Corp of Engineer Campground on the Mississippi River in Thomson, IL.   This was a fantastic find.  Not only was it just $9.00 a night (with our senior pass) but we had a site right on the river that was fabulous.  This park was exceptional not only because of the many sites on the river but they had a very large section that was first come sites.  We have discovered with our traveling that if you go into a…
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The Beauty of Central Florida’s County Parks

The Beauty of Central Florida’s County Parks

Campgrounds, County Parks, Full-Time RVing
We are just wrapping up a five week stay in four of central Florida’s county parks.  Each one was different in size and beauty.  Each one was different in the people that were staying in them.  The first one was in Palm Beach County, John Prince Park, Lake Worth.  This was the largest of the four parks we stayed in.  It was 700 acres with 300 campsites and miles of paved biking & walking paths which we enjoyed daily that went around lakes and past huge oak trees full of birds.  The park was winter home to a couple of hundred snowbirds mostly French speaking Canadians.  We were put in the part of the park where people came and went.  First weekend we were there we were surrounded by families…
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Southeast, CA

Southeast, CA

Campgrounds
Off we go travelling towards Arizona through the southeast part of California.  We travelled through a small portion of the Mojave Desert through the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains.  Our first stop was in the town of Banning, CA in the foothills of the San Jacinto Mountains.  We spent three days exploring the area.  Not much to explore but the camp host recommended we take a 22 mile drive into the mountains to the town of Idyllwild.  The 22 mile drive was beautiful as we climb to an elevation of over 5,000 ft.  Idyllwild sat in a valley and was worth the slow, winding climb.  The town was small but had some fun, unique shops and restaurants.  It was great walking around and we had lunch at an ok…
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Lake Wallowa State Park, Joseph, Oregon

Lake Wallowa State Park, Joseph, Oregon

Campgrounds
We found one of Oregon’s beautiful state parks at the end of road outside of Joseph. Wallowa Lake State Park is in a valley surrounded by the Wallowa Mountains and Wallowa Lake with a narrow road that brings you into the park.It was a very tranquil area.We stayed in the park four nights but could have stayed much longer.It was one of those places that just held you.The lake was beautiful to sit by, the mountains were gorgeous to just look at and there were resident deer that wandered through the park that were entertaining to watch as they tried to get apples from a tree.We were able to ride our bikes and do a little hiking along a creek that flowed into the lake.Because it was surrounded by the…
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Yellowstone – Grand Teton National Parks

Yellowstone – Grand Teton National Parks

Campgrounds
 We spent four days in Yellowstone and three days in the Grand Teton. We wish we would have spent more time in Yellowstone and less time in the Tetons.We were told that we picked such a good time of the year to visit these two parks because supposedly after Labor Day it was less busy.Boy was that wrong!Both parks were very busy.We stayed in Fishing Bridge RV Park in Yellowstone at the east entrance and it was full every night.There were several campgrounds that were already closed for the season.The roadways were also very busy.   The last time we were in Yellowstone was about 38 years ago. We didn’t remember a lot except of course for Old Faithful which hadn’t changed.Maybe age makes you appreciate the beauty of the park…
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