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RE: Hovenweep National Monument

And you probably already know about the Anasazi Heritage Center's museum. Lots of interesting stuff, and Lowry Pueblo's not far away. If you like Ancestral Puebloan artifacts and ruins, take Crow Canyon Archaeological Center's one day class. Some classroom time, lunch, visits to their workshops and a ride out to a dig. The center is in Cortez.
NCWriter 07/05/15 07:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

As I recall from two years ago, BLM discourages RVs anywhere except on main roads. But maybe someone else has driven into a boondocking site they can recommend - it's a big area. You're talking deep sand and very rough, uneven rock, though, even in some of the public access parking areas. You could call the visitor center folks at Anasazi Heritage Center and get their input. Or just stay at a public campground. I think Hovenweep sites are too small for a 40 footer but the McPhee Reservoir complex near Dolores has some 40-50 foot sites.
NCWriter 07/05/15 06:48am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Woman dies in MH accident at Flying J

Yikes, terrible story! So glad those children got out alive, but what a shame for the woman killed.
NCWriter 07/05/15 06:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Reserve America transaction fee?

"At least we get the old f#@t residence rate" That's always a Plus. When I first started looking at State parks that was a great surprise. I've been looking forward to using that 50% discount ever since we decided to move to Florida. I think it will really encourage us to sample lots of the parks, especially in the spring and fall when kids are in school.
NCWriter 07/03/15 04:41am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Reserve America transaction fee?

I think the most important question has been missed by everyone. How were you lucky enough to get a reservation at Long Key SP? :) October hurricane season maybe?
NCWriter 07/02/15 10:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Reserve America transaction fee?

Never seen a transaction fee for Florida State Parks. May be something new, after all the pols always need more money. Edit: I found it, new fee granted by the state; "Reservation Fees Visitors will pay a non-refundable $6.70 reservation fee (per reservation, not per night) when making a reservation online or by using the call center. This fee is collected at the time of reservation." Link; https://www.floridastateparks.org/content/reservation-information I wonder if this took effect July 1? I booked Oscar Scherer on June 30, no fee. (And as a new somewhat old Florida resident, it was a bargain at 50%.) Colorado had a $10 online res fee last time I booked (2013).
NCWriter 07/02/15 10:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: getting to NYC from Liberty Harbor

It is very easy and Liberty Harbor provides a lot of info at check-in. Just buy a ticket for the fare you need at a machine at the Path station. The ferry is quite pleasant but check times since it doesn't run throughout mid-day IIRC - leaves Wall Street area to return starting about 4 p.m. (And doesn't operate on weekends.) Path station is close, just a short walk, to the campground and ferry dock is adjacent to Campground. Be sure you get on the correct ferry - not all go to Liberty Harbor. Check the schedule sheet the office will give you for particulars.
NCWriter 07/01/15 05:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Retired, first time buyer

I think it's good to see a lot of RVs of all types before deciding. RV shows, dealer lots, asking around. We considered everything from a large class A to a small trailer for a couple of years before coming full circle to our original thought, a class B. Never regretted it, found a good used one and have traveled all over the US and Canada for 2+ months at a time. Love every minute of it, and about 95% of the small RV owners I've met we're very happy with their choice. So take with a grain of salt people who want to tell you not to buy a 22’ RV - just see a lot of them and imagine in detail how you'd use yours. I also think you are smart to learn as much as possible about all the systems and how they work. Owners of both new and used RVs often have issues to deal with, but actually using one is a big education. It really would help you to rent one for a week and start some on-the-job-training.
NCWriter 07/01/15 04:27am Beginning RVing
RE: GSRA - Let's get a balanced vote!!

GOOD less than two weeks ago, and it was early on a Sunday morning when the campground office wasn't even open.
NCWriter 07/01/15 04:15am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Amazing CG Near Little Big Horn Natl Monumenr

Do they still give you free ice cream at check- in? Enjoyed our stay two years ago since you can almost feel history happening around you there. Nice folks, good recommendation for lunch at the trading post just outside the national monument.
NCWriter 07/01/15 04:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Newbie needs advice for 1st RV trip in a week.

Have a wonderful first trip! Two apps we use the most are Allstays Camp & RV for campgrounds,and Gas Buddy for good fuel prices. One thing I didn't know beforehand and have learned is to not over-schedule. You need to allow time in a schedule for days to just relax, clean the RV, do laundry, get groceries, and deal with inevitable little - or big - repairs or family needs. Another thing I've learned is to plan 300 - 400 max miles driving per day and take plenty of breaks. Driving hundreds of miles every day for weeks is exhausting. If you get off the road by 3 p.m. You can park with daylight, build a campfire, relax, walk around and maybe swim in a campground pool (I don't agree that most of your nights should be in WalMart parking lots.) If your trip is five weeks to include a week with family in CO, that leaves a month. If you are driving back home from the Pacific NW to Florida, that's 3000 miles at the end, a week of non-stop driving days. So that leaves three weeks free to cover many miles in the heat of the summer. Yellowstone alone needs at least five days. It kind of sounds overly ambitious and exhausting to me, to be honest. An alternate itinerary suggestion since you are in Colorado already is to spend more time in that fabulous state. RMNP, Colorado National Monument, mountain towns like Ouray, Durango railroad, Mesa Verde, and much more. Then work your back back home, breaking up the trip at other interesting places.
NCWriter 06/30/15 08:13am Beginning RVing
RE: Laundry $$ @ Yellowstone

Near Colter Bay RV, the laundry beside the store also provided 30 minutes of free Internet, enough to check email messages. Over 30, you paid a fee. (We were there two years ago, may be different now.) Both at that one and at Fishing Bridge, there were a lot of machines. Both had parking and you need to drive a few minutes to Colter Bay's laundry from the RV park. Fishing Bridge laundry is closer to campsites beside the check-in & shower building.
NCWriter 06/28/15 05:30am General RVing Issues
RE: South Dakota

Custer State Park has multiple campgrounds. We stayed at Game Lodge and had close encounters several times with the park's herd of buffalo. That CG has evening programs and good facilities, and I've also read good things on this forum about the other CGs in the park.
NCWriter 06/27/15 04:32am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hovenweep National Monument

By the way, I assume you are going to the Edge of the Cedars state park museum in Blanding. They have some incredible artifacts. The macaw feather cape is amazing.
NCWriter 06/26/15 05:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hovenweep National Monument

We found the ruins to be very special, though of course not on the size scale of Mesa V or Chaco. Very glad we made the effort to go. The path around the top of the small canyon is walkable probably even with a cane slowly, but my suggestion is to go to your right after leaving the visitor center..continue halfway and turn back. You will see it from both sides and different sun angles...but a full circuit means very, very rough footing (sliding) down into the canyon and back up. For me it was impassable, so I backtracked, returned the way I came. We also got directions from the ranger to the El Cajon section...a memorable experience on dirt ad rough rock roads. Very isolated ruins, no one else there or for miles around. Off in the distance you can make out Monument Valley.
NCWriter 06/26/15 05:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Used GSRA for the first time today.

Glad you had a good experience. We did also last Sunday morning. Very pleased and relieved we weren't stuck hours away from home. Came through when we needed it.
NCWriter 06/26/15 03:52pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: I'll live with my kids.

I met a lady named Rosemary once who lived on a cruise ship. Every night she sat in the front row to watch the show and would poke people with her cane if they were sitting in her preferred seat. She rarely got off in port, and on turn-around day, all the local authorities greeted her by name when they ate lunch on board. Everybody was happy - Rosemary, her kids, the cruise line - except I guess somebody who wanted "her" seat at the show.
NCWriter 06/26/15 06:03am Around the Campfire
RE: RV to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

I agree with Liberty Harbor. It's basically a pricey (by campground standards, not by NYC standards) fenced parking lot with security, electric hookups, bathrooms, and a dump station...but it is super convenient by train or ferry (both a short walk) to local sightseeing. The campground also has bus tour info. It's next to commuter parking lots for the ferry. It was fun to watch all the business people in suits bustling off to work and back, while we sat at our little outdoor table and camp chairs enjoying life. We took the train in to visit the new 9/11 Museum - hop on, a few minutes beneath the river and you arrive at the station for the museum. You actually can see the Statue of Liberty from the RV park, which also has a fabulous view of Manhattan.
NCWriter 06/25/15 05:26am Roads and Routes
RE: Camping in South-Carolina

Pedro"s at SOB is fine for an overnight. Stayed there back in February. It's away from all the asphalt in an area with more shade. Lots of campsites. Don't forget to try their Blenheim Ginger Ale.
NCWriter 06/23/15 04:37am Family Camping
RE: Santa Fe/Taos RV Park Recommendation

One possibility is Riana Campground on Abiquiu Lake, an Army COE property with electric hookups, showers, big sites, seniors pay 50%. Scenic area where Georgia O'Keefe painted. Probably an hour or so away from both cities. We stayed in all three places, plenty to enjoy. I liked Taos Monte Bello RV Park, plenty of room for bigger rigs than ours.
NCWriter 06/22/15 10:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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