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RE: Badlands, and wind cave S. Dakota that bad?

Unique is the right word, and we enjoyed both of them in 2013. Badlands NP has upgraded their campground somewhat with some electric sites and it can be reserved in advance online. One of my memories is the changing colors on the rocks that surround the campground all day, but especially sunset and sunrise. I enjoyed Wind Cave and Jewel Cave. To the OP, when you are in Custer State Park (one of the best in America, IMHO), stop by the Game Lodge for a beverage and look at the fireplace in the bar. The crystals and rocks came from those caves. Terrific area! we spent a week and loved every minute.
NCWriter 01/31/15 08:29am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Reservation Rant for the Day

I feel your pain. I have experienced this indifference in the US at a popular RV park that never called back or returned emails. Maybe so popular they couldn't be bothered and figured we'd just show up to enjoy their special setting (We didn't.) Also dealt with it trying to reserve provincial parks in Atlantic Canada a few years ago. I finally was clued in that they really were closed for the winter - apparently not worried about starting to book their summer season until about April. Not a very good marketing plan, and a lot of the sites were in fact empty at that delightful park, so maybe other people gave up and made plans elsewhere. (I noticed that province began an online reservation system the following year.)
NCWriter 01/30/15 01:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Favorite hand held meal?

Quesadilla with chicken, green pepper, onion and cheddar.
NCWriter 01/29/15 04:38pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Hatteras and Ocracoke Island recommendations

We liked Howard's Pub on a hot day in Ocracoke - on the road at the edge of town that leads to the NPS Pony Pen and campground.
NCWriter 01/29/15 08:49am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How rough a road will you drive down for a place to camp

We took te road to Chaco Canyon after a lot of rain. 13 miles of washboard IIRC. Rough + slick = not fun. But we made it, and the payoff at the end was so worth it. Leaving after it dried out was no big deal.
NCWriter 01/29/15 08:26am General RVing Issues
RE: Everglades

It's a big, fascinating park with things to do in several places. Near Florida City, the Anhinga Trail is a must. Gators galore and birds everywhere. While you're in the area, stop to buy fruit and more at "Robert is Here." Up on 41, take the narrated tram (or bike) into Shark Valley. Worth booking tram tickets in advance. Parking there is tight. Then there's the tip of Florida...Flamingo Campground operated by the NPS now takes reservations and has electrical hookups in many sites...also tent sites down on Florida Bay. The area is one of the only places in the world you'll ever see crocs and gators living in the same place. A real highlight down there was an inexpensive guided boat tour up Buttonwood Canal into the back waters of Whitewater Bay - leaves from the marina/boat launch near the visitor center where you can rent kayaks. We also enjoyed ranger Croc Talks and walking around the Eco Pond to see the Roseate Spoonbills and many other birds. Over near the northwest side of the glades, there's a good state park (outside the NP) with hookups called Collier Seminole.
NCWriter 01/29/15 04:53am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: SuperBowl Ad w/Dog a REAL loser

I saw it Monday on the Today Show (my recollection is the puppy falls out of the back of the truck at the beginning as opposed to being thrown out.) I laughed at the end when the woman throws the adorable pup into the truck because it was so obviously an over-the-top outrageous spin on last year's feel-good beer commercial with puppy and horse. I'm a dog lover and service dog partner but it didn't upset me at all. It was completely tongue-in-cheek and I was amazed anybody took it seriously as promoting puppy mills or abuse. Internet-related businesses love being edgy and outrageous - hard to break out of the pack, especially with Super Bowl high stakes. Seems clear to me that Go-Daddy did the whole campaign on purpose to get the #1 media and buzz online this year. Have you seen any other ads discussed yet? I wouldn't be surprised if their own staff started the Twitter campaign bashing them to get the ball rolling. They apparently have another ad already in place ...so they'll be primed to get even more coverage about the replacement. In fact, I'm just cynical enough to believe they paid big bucks to get the first ad placed out there on the morning news shows at the beginning of the week.
NCWriter 01/28/15 05:48am RV Pet Stop
RE: Sprinter Camper Van Towing TT?

My 22’ Class B T1N-generation Sprinter 2500 has a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs.according to the van converter. I know people with the same model who tow utility trailers for bikes, watercraft, etc. But I can't say I've ever seen one pulling a travel trailer. One thing to keep in mind is that campgrounds and state parks sometimes rent sites based on "one camping unit" plus vehicle. Sounds like a ranger might define your set-up as two camping units. A sink means plumbing and holding tanks, fridge means power (generator and/or electrical system). Can't tell you what a short Sprinter can tow, but you could look it up.
NCWriter 01/28/15 05:37am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Where to camp at Zion National park

I liked Watchman a lot for the convenience to shuttles and visitor center. Would stay there again, (but I don't think they have showers, which OP mentioned). Does have electric. Some sites are right on the river if you book early. Very enjoyable to prop your feet on the split rail fence and watch the river go by after a busy day hiking. A good intro to the park is the "Ride with a Ranger" tour, free but you need to sign up.
NCWriter 01/26/15 05:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Carrabelle, FL

We wandered into the Owl Cafe in Apalachicola and had a wonderful lunch. Highly recommend you eat there. The town's waterfront nearby is nice for strolling and photos. I guess you already know that Carrabelle has the world's smallest police station (a phone booth downtown.) Nice area! We need to go back.
NCWriter 01/26/15 04:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Park in Moab UT

We stayed at "Canyonlands RV Park" in town, mainly for the convenient location. Near City Market for groceries, near Moab Brewery for good food, etc. No particular ambience but full hookups. For maximum atmosphere in that region, it's definitely worth it to live without full hookups for at least a couple of days at Devils Garden ...at the far end of Arches, it is beautiful, set within the red rocks, but no hookups. Some sites are large. We have also stayed at Dead Horse Point State Park and love it...electric, dump station, but they don't have water so you need to fill your tank before going. Incredible views there. I saw a couple of large class As there.
NCWriter 01/24/15 05:30am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hip replacement question

Here's an update from my house. Bob finally had his hip replacement surgery on December 29, a month ago from next Monday. We were so impressed with the whole team from the start - surgeon, his PA, the nurses and the PTs. They had him up the same night as his early a.m. surgery, and first PT was the next day. Home the 3rd day for NY Eve. He's done outpatient PT three days a week, plus twice a day on his own at home. On a cane after a week, and now driving short distances and walking a half mile daily without the cane. His surgeon thinks we'll be fine to drive south 9 days from now, stopping often and breaking up the trip into shorter drives. I'll be ready to pitch in on the driving. The keys to good recovery as others have said are being in good condition beforehand, and doing all the exercises at home. We saw some seriously overweight folks and some with bad attitudes about doing their therapy before he left the hospital. Too bad, because they'll probably have a very poor outcome. Life is good and, after living many years in the Caribbean until health concerns had us worried, I am deeply thankful for the fine care he received in the good old USA. (Jack, are you and Nancy in Florida? We leave here on February 1, and can't wait to get out of this dreary NC winter.)
NCWriter 01/23/15 03:52pm Around the Campfire
RE: Inexpensive Hearing Aids

Another satisfied Costco user. Got my last one for half the price I had paid previously for essentially the same thing. Still, not cheap. But very important to get them and use them.
NCWriter 01/23/15 03:28pm Around the Campfire
RE: Bahia Honda April 4th-10th (ish)

Easter week...that's a tough one.
NCWriter 01/23/15 10:49am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Any hints to score a reservation on Recreation.gov

Try the state parks in the Florida Keys. They all book up most of the year at the split second reservations open. It's just pure chance whether you'll hit the key at the precise nano-second but it can be done.
NCWriter 01/22/15 06:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: We call him Sam

Sam is a lucky pup, and I'm pretty sure he knows it. He'll be a loyal companion in his new forever home!
NCWriter 01/21/15 08:34pm RV Pet Stop
RE: HELP! View/Navion stuck between V and G model?

We've pondered the same two models for whenever the day comes that we decide to go with something larger than our B. (Glad owners are weighing in, because I, too, want input.) I am sure I'd enjoy either one but think the V would be my preference. We talked at length with friends who love their V layout. They pointed out that you can make up the twin beds and leave them that way, handy for naps without needing to extend a slide. They ordered some custom fitted sheets from an RV linen maker and found some quilts in a store that look great. I also like the nightstand in the center. They also showed us the easy access storage below each of the twins. I have not yet seen this in action, but from what I understand, the G layout queen mattress at the back slide is in two parts, so that the back section (where your heads/shoulders rest) folds down inward when the slide is in. So you then have to re-arrange the bedding when extending or retracting the slide. In our current Class B, we have fixed twins and like having that aisle down the center. As far as the galley, I agree about the limited counter space, though I'm used to a tiny galley with a cupboard where the coffee maker is stowed in between uses. I guess the coffee maker would have to sit on the covered sink or stove burner area while in use.
NCWriter 01/21/15 05:33am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Arches and Canyon lands nation park

You should get a pretty good overview in four days. At Canyonlands, I'd drive the Islands in the Sky road first. Plan on a 3/4 of day for this. On the way in, or the way out, take the side trip to Dead Horse State Park. The view at the end of the road is spectacular. If you have 4x4, then take the Needles route the next day. I'd spend a good full day or day and a half at Arches. You can take some short hikes there. Be certain you have a camera at all these places. The scenery is stunning. Make sure you visit the Moab Brewery for dinner one night. Completely agree with this for a quick overview, plus more time if at all possible. Lots of easy hikes in all those areas that will lure you to fabulous views. We camped a few nights each in Moab, at Arches, Dead Horse Point SP and down at Needles (Squaw Flat) to enjoy the different sunset views, night skies and ranger programs. Moab Brewery is great for a cool, leisurely lunch, too, to escape the afternoon heat. Close by, the City Market grocery store is excellent for stocking up.
NCWriter 01/20/15 05:48am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Help on campground directories

Bought the book when we started RVing and found it way too bulky and cumbersome to use when planning a trip - difficult searching for a campground in a general area without knowing the exact towns' names. I also did not agree with some of the glowing ratings. Never used it again, since we bought an iPad with 3G around the same time and found it to be a perfect info source for the co-pilot while riding on the highway. (GasBuddy app probably has paid for the iPad in fuel savings.) I use the Allstays app to find a campground on the map and then read RV Park Reviews to get an idea of what I'll find there, along with other options nearby.
NCWriter 01/20/15 05:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Alien Revenge?

I have always enjoyed Wazoo's trip reports. That being said, when I read this one, with the interior shots of his Outfitter and his statements of how much he enjoyed the open feeling of it, I thought "when do you get your check from Outfitter". Evidently I was not the only one with this thought. On the Outfitter web site there are links to all of Wazoo's trip reports. Really? I never had that thought, not once. Neither did I. I'm glad I took the time to enjoy the whole post. Always filled with humor and vistas of places I'll likely never reach. Those snow shots of the lake were phenomenal.
NCWriter 01/18/15 12:31pm Truck Campers
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