We stopped at three different locations from Golden, CO to Bremen, IN. We drove over 1,000 miles. Yeah, we go far! Even though Jonathan did all the driving it was rough on me!?! But I’m learning and coping as a passenger. I haven’t driven the Star yet. I’m afraid. Jonathan said he’s afraid of me driving too. So that didn’t engender a lot of confidence in me either! I think after I take an RV driving class I would feel more confident.
I wonder how many “co-pilots” drive their rig…Kudos to those ladies! (Now back on track…)
Our first stop was in North Platte, NE at the Buffalo Bill State Recreation Area (SRA). We drove about one mile on a gravel road to get to the campground. Campground offers electric only (some sites have 30 AMP and some have 50 AMP). It was hot and there was no shade but we were glad to have the AC running. It wasn’t bad as a stop over.
Our second stop was in Waterloo, NE at the Two Rivers State Recreation Area (SRA). It is a huge park with a lot to do (fishing, swimming, biking, etc…). We took our mountain bikes out and rode around the park. Some sites have water and electric (all electric are 30 AMP only), some are electric only and some are dry camping and tenting. It was a pleasant park with lots of shade trees (I learned something about cottonwood tree!!! ) and “lakes”.
Our last stop was a boondocking site at the Mississippi Valley Welcome Center in LeClaire, IA. It was a nice place that overlooked the great Mississippi River. It had free WiFi until 8PM. For dinner, we order out from the Bier Stube. We demolished the great German food before we could take any pictures! It was yummy! Jonathan said the beer was good too.
While visiting Crater Lake, we stayed at Collier Memorial State Park. We’ve already mentioned the ground squirrels there. As you can see below, they’re quite bold little critters!
In case you were wondering, Dasy wasn’t feeding him, she was just putting on her shoes. There were a number of these little guys harassing us on a regular basis (including jumping in the barbeque pit while I was trying to light it). We originally thought they were chipmunks, but we were mistaken. Chipmunks are technically a ground squirrel, but they’re generally smaller and their head is shaped a little different than the ground squirrels that were all over this place. What’s the difference between a regular squirrel and a ground squirrel? Ground squirrels generally live in burrows, not trees. They also tend to stand on their back legs much more frequently and for longer periods than tree squirrels.
Another group of critters we spotted while camping on the way to Colorodo were antelope.
We found out about Dugway BLM campground and settled there for the evening on our way from Crater Lake to Loveland, CO. Dugway is about 8 miles north of Sinclair, WY on what we think is the North Platte river. It’s a primitive campground that’s basically in the middle of nowhere. We had one other van camper pull up a few hours after we did, but otherwise we had the place to ourselves. The antelope pretty much steered clear of us, but I was able to get a few pictures down the road from the campground. There were also mule deer, plenty of falcons and various other birds.
This was probably the first “boondocking” I’ve actually liked. It was remote enough that I wasn’t constantly disturbed by traffic noise. We have two more boondock areas planned on our way East, so we’ll see if we can get some as nice as this one was!
Our next stop was Loveland, CO. We’ll have more about that in the next post!
After getting our fuel filters replaced in Albuquerque, we headed to Moab via US 550. It was already pretty late in the afternoon, but we’d looked in just about all our camping guides and there didn’t appear to be any camping for quite some distance. I was planning on making it to Farmington, NM if we didn’t find anything on the way.
But, when we crested a large hill I saw a sign that we had to stop for…
We took our pictures and looked around a bit. Another camper was parked in the pulloff and it was on BLM lands, so we decided to stay the night. Another semi joined us a bit later.
I got some sleep, but woke up a little before 5am, which is when we started driving again. We were less than a day from Moab, assuming everything went according to plan.