Cherry Creek State Park

This is a beautiful Colorado State Park.  When I knew we would be in Colorado for a while I made reservations for a week here, wished I made it for two weeks, but the park is full all the time so no extending,  I made these reservations in January to get a reservation when I wanted to be here.

Even though Sadie is a labradoodle, we have never been able to get her to go in the water.  So today we took her down to try again.  She got a little more brave, but not all the way.  The picture of Sadie was taken by John, so forgive the fingerprint.

IMG_0844She put her nose in the water and then would run around barking.  I thought maybe she would go in but she had fun doing what she was doing.

Monday we head to St. Vrain State Park for a 10 day stay.

 

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Rapid City and Hart Ranch

After Wall, SD we continued on to Rapid City, SD and spent the night at the Central States Fairground.  It was nothing special, expensive and quiet.  From there we headed to Hart Ranch, in Rapid City, where we would meet up with our friends from Jojoba, Murray/Nancy Procter and CJ/Art Walker.  Beautiful campground with lots of campsites.

One day we drove up to the Prairie Berry Winery.  All of us went by car, except John and Murray, who got there on their motorcycle.

The wine was very interesting, with names like Gold Digger, Razzy Apple, and Red Ass Rhubarb.  My favorite was  Buffaloberry Fusion, which was made with South Dakota Buffaloberries offers notes of honey and white grapes.

We stayed here for 2 days, and then proceeded towards Colorado.  First night was at Terry Bison Ranch, where we have stayed before.  Tried to get in Curt Gowdy State Park, but it was full.  Next we stayed at Greeley RV Park, lots of livers but it was very quiet.

We found on Campendium a city park in Elizabeth, Colorado so we decided to try it.  It is called Casey Jones City Park and it is very nice and quiet.  Lots of big pine trees and not too big.  It rained both days we were there and with the sites being dirt it was kind of messy.

Cherry Creek Next.

 

Wall Drugs and Beyond

We arrived in Wall, SD and checked into the Sleepy Hollow RV Park, which was a basic campground with electric and water.  The good thing about it was we could walk over to Wall Drugs.  What a place!!!  Lots of stores, 5 cent coffee, free ice water. daily homemade donuts, and LOTS of people.  Very interesting story of how this Drug Store was started in 1931 and has continued to grow ever since.

The next morning we got up and traveled through the Badlands National Park, SD.  Very beautiful and strange rock formations.

After finishing the Badlands drive, we went to a very interesting site off the 90.  It was the Minuteman Missile Delta 09 Launch Facility (Missile Silo).  This area was where the Minuteman Missiles were stationed, in hidden bunkers,  during the Cold War.

Lots of history on this day’s drive.  Tonight we are at the Central States Fairgrounds in Rapid City, SD.  Got our car and motorhome re registered today, for the next 12 months.

We will be at Hart Ranch, SD for the next 3 days, with friends Murray/Nancy Procter, CJ/Art Walker, and Ken Sorenson/Carole Cudmore.

More postings later as we head into Colorado.

On to South Dakota

We drove in to South Dakota through MO, Iowa, and Nebraska, and arrived at Union Grove State Park.  It was so nice and quiet we decided to spend 2 nights. And, had a great sunset.

From there we headed to Sioux Falls, SD for gas, propane and Costco shopping. Then, for the night, we headed to Mitchell, SD to stay at R & R Campground; nothing fancy or special just quiet and Passport America.

When we left there we headed to Left Tailrace Corp of Engineers at Big Bend Dam, in Ft. Thompson, SD.  I had made reservations for 2 nights, but when we got there it was so nice with water views on all sides of us and nicely spaced campsites that we stayed for a 3rd night.

On day we took a day trip to Reliance and Chamberlain SD.  Reliance was just farmlands and Chamberlain was a neat town right on the Missouri river.  Here are pictures of our drive.

Tonight we are in a Walmart parking lot in Pierre, SD.  There were some interesting campgrounds on the river, but no pull-thrus.  With staying only one night John doesn’t like disconnecting the car.  We have tried to take no interstates or freeways, and drive on local country roads and have seen lots of farms and green fields.

Tomorrow we head to Wall, SD, which is a very famous place.  It is the location of Wall Drugs, a very touristy store.    We have a reservation there at Sleepy Hollow Campground and RV Park.  From there we will drive through the Badlands.  More posts after that stay.

58th Annual Escapade, Sedalia, Missouri

We arrived in Sedalia, MO, on May 23 and began our duty as Customer Service Team Leaders the very next day.

unnamedWe did customer service from the 24th until the 27th when the Escapade officially began.  The first night was Opening Ceremony.

unnamed-3Jojoba was well represented with a booth in the Row.

unnamedWe went to lots of classes and great entertainment.  One evening an illusionist name Reza performed.  John was called to stage to help him with one of his unbelievable tricks.

 

One night was the Talent Show and CJ Walker represented Jojoba in a fantastic way doing a Zumba routine with two Xscaper moms.

#3While there we joined in a celebration of Dave Brannam’s birthday.  CJ and Art supplied the cake and beverages.

#2The Escapade ended on June 1st, but we left Sedalia on the June 2nd because I took a 2-day driving school to learn how to drive our new Class A.  While I was taking my driving class, John worked both days helping with the Smart Weigh.  He worked 7:30 am to 2:30 pm daily and it was sweltering and humid.

After leaving Sedalia we drove to Hamilton, MO so I could go to the Missouri Star Quilt Store and what a neat experience that was.  I don’t think the town would even survive without Missouri Star Quilt.  They have 14 stores in the block.  I also found the sign that it was the Boyhood Home of J.C. Penney, where I worked as an 18 year old.

 

Tonight we are staying in St. Joseph, MO, at a Passport America campground called Sharp RV Park,  Full hookups with 50 amp electricity and very quiet.

Next post will be from South Dakota.

Branson Part 2

I went around the Escapee park we are staying in, Turkey Creek, and took some pictures.  It is a nice clean park, but has no cable, no internet, and very few amenities.

On Monday, we took a drive to Branson.  What a touristy town – lots of kids type activities, shows, and cars, cars, cars.

Good lunch at the RibCrib.

Tomorrow we head to another campground right near the Fairgrounds in Sedalia, which is where we need to be early Wednesday morning.

Branson, Missouri

We left Nacogdouches on Saturday morning, figuring to drive until right after lunch.  However, that didn’t happen.  We stopped for lunch in Hope, Arkansas, which is the birthplace of Bill Clinton.  We had lunch at a great barbeque place called Big Jake’s Barbeque.

unnamed-3After lunch we continued driving, hoping to find a place for the night.  After several bad campgrounds, we ended up staying at the WalMart in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  It was warm and humid, so missed the hookups.  But, the place was very quiet.

We left Sunday morning and drove up the 70 to 30 to 630 to 430 to 40N and then to 65 to Escapees Turkey Creek Park, which is very close to Branson.  The drive through Arkansas was beautiful – through the Ozarks.  We crossed over a large lake and through lots of trees.  Before entering Missouri, we drove through Clinton, Arkansas, Bill Clinton’s home town growing up.

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On our way to the Escapees park we went to the big tourist place called Ferguson’s where we got the biggest and best homemade cinnamon rolls.  That was lunch for today, and we only ate half one of the.  When we got to Turkey Creek, that night we went to a local pizza place called Hook and Ladder Pizza.  This is owned by Firemen and all waiters are dressed in firemen clothes and they have uniforms that you can try on.  One of the waiters made a really cute flower out of folded napkins and gave it to me.  All the wait staff were very friendly, and the food was pretty good.

The weather has cooled down a little and we are getting a little rain and thunder/lightning.  We have to be in Sedalia on Wednesday so will have to find another place closer for Tuesday night.