Friday, June 23, 2017

REVIEW OF CHERRY CREEK STATE PARK CAMPGROUND IN AURORA COLORADO

Currently in Aurora CO (Low 39 Cloudy and Drizzly Currently 47)
Heading to Julesberg CO (Currently 57 Slight Chance of Showers then Sunny High 75) 

We really like this park and we like the Goldrush Loop where most of the sites are roadside pull-thrus and the spacing between sites is amazing. We almost didn't need our GPS devices but when we are towing we keep them on in case we get detoured. As we mentioned before we were in a long line and we arrived early since we were only 26 miles away so we had to sit awhile. Jo had made sandwiches in case this happened so we had food, drink and a good view



The interior roads and our parking spot were asphalt and our site was concrete. We were in a backin since we made our reservation late and could only get 5 nights. The hookups were convenient. The park wifi was free but mostly unusable. We had good Verizon cellphone and 4g coverage. There was a good line of sight for our roof mounted satellite dish. Here is the Lifestyle from the front.



To the right.



To the left.



From the rear.



We had a couple great sunsets while here.




We will definitely stay here again and hopefully will have at least 6 months to make reservations. If you try to make last minute reservations you will be surprised how fast it fills up, especially the weekends.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, June 19, 2017

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO AURORA COLORADO

Currently in Aurora CO (Low 54 Sunny High 86) 

We departed Golden Colorado and headed yesterday to Aurora, also in Colorado. It was one of our shortest trips ever. We did this because our plans changed earlier this year and unless you make reservations in advance for the Denver area you are going to moving around if you are lucky to get a spot. It also wasn't one of our more scenic drives compared to Utah and western Colorado but it is neat to see snow capped mountains in the distance.




It was approximately 25 miles, this is the route we took.



We drove this same route last week when we went to get Jo's hair cut, believe us when we say that traveling on Sunday was better traffic wise than during the week. We are staying at the Cherry Creek State Park and will be here 5 nights.



Since it was Fathers Day weekend the line was long and then we had to wait until 1p for our site to be available.



We are awaiting our good friends Bob and Wilma who arrive today at Cherry Creek. Looking forward to spending the next few days with them.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Sunday, June 18, 2017

REVIEW OF DAKOTA RIDGE RV PARK IN GOLDEN COLORADO

Currently in Golden CO (Low 53 Mostly Sunny Currently 64)
Heading to Aurora CO (Currently 66 Mostly Sunny High 81) 

Both of our GPS devices brought us right to the Dakota Ridge RV Park in Golden Colorado. We were a little disappointed when we got to our site and it was barely long enough for our RV and truck. Plus it was on the end of a row right next to a noisy street. We had made our reservation well in advance and we know that they don't guarantee a specific site we seemed to get no benefit from reserving early except for having a site. At least the site had a good line of sight for our roof mounted satellite dish.

Here is the Lifestyle from the front.


To the right showing the busy street through the trees.


To the left.


From the rear.



As you can see the sites are close together. Adding to our discomfort the park is kind of hilly so we had to elevate our entrance more than with any other park in almost 8 years of fulltiming.



The location of this park is pretty good and although we were a little miffed about the site initially we ended up having an interesting week. Tiger, one of our cats, was fine last Sunday and then overnight got real sick and didn't eat or drink at all Monday. So just before a nearby vet closed Monday we called and got an appointment Tuesday afternoon. Turns out she had an infection that needed fluids, IV antibiotics and a hospital stay of 3 nights. Although she didn't eat much while there the fluids and antibiotics kicked in and she started feeling better. Here is Bob visiting her. Let me tell you taking a selfie with a cat is fun.



We brought her home Friday afternoon and although it is not much she is eating a little and is happy to be home again. While this was going on Jo wasn't feeling well for a few days and Bob was trying to fix a toilet problem which required many visits to RV parts and hardware stores and we will blog about that later.

We depart today for a short trip to the other side of Denver, to Aurora and the Cherry Creek State Park.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, June 15, 2017

CATCHING UP - REVIEW OF RIFLE GAP STATE PARK LAKEVIEW CAMPGROUND (AND BOOSTER UPDATE)

Currently in Golden CO (Low 54 Sunny High 86) 

Catching up on our stay in Rifle Colorado at the Rifle Gap State Park in the Lakeview Campground. Our GPS devices brought us right to the visitors center although slowly since our truck was in 'limp mode' due to a bad high pressure fuel pump that we blogged about earlier. 

We limped to our site and backed in and setup. The interior roads were asphalt as was our parking site. The pad for the Lifestyle was concrete. The rest of the site was gravel including the covered picnic table. The hookups were convenient and we had a great line of sight for our roof mounted satellite dish. Here is the Lifestyle from the front showing the reservoir.



To the right also showing the reservoir.



To the left.



From the rear showing the covered picnic table.



The only downside to this great park is it is in a deadzone for cellular phone and data. We had purchased a cellular booster for just such an occasion. It was a ZBoost for Verizon.



It came with an omni-directional antenna but sometimes a directional antenna is needed so we bought a CANT-0045 and this was the first time using it. We had come up with a two piece assembly using PVC pipe. We mounted a short piece to the ladder.



Then we could add a longer piece to the shorter piece when needed. Here is the longer piece with the directional antenna.



Unfortunately there was too much wind and the directional antenna is a lot heavier than the omni directional antenna so we pulled the longer piece down and mounted the antenna to the piece attached to the ladder. We went from no cellphone and data to fairly reliable cellphone service and intermittent 3g/4g. We are glad that we got the booster that allows us to camp in more remote places, especially at Rifle Gap State Park. We will be looking into a better pole arrangement for the next time we are in a deadzone.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

CATCHING UP ON THE SCENERY NEAR RIFLE COLORADO

Currently in Golden CO (Low 52 Sunny High 82) 

The scenery around Rifle Colorado is amazing. Here is Rifle Gap as you approach the State Park.



The view sitting outside and reading.



We had great sunsets.




Nearby is Harvey Gap State Park which is a day use park with a swimming beach and good fishing.





Also nearby is Rifle Falls State Park.



You can walk on the top of Rifle Falls.



The scenery in this area is incredible.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

CATCHING UP - THOUGHTS FROM BEING WITHOUT A TRUCK FOR A FEW DAYS

Currently in Golden CO (Low 51 Sunny then Mostly Sunny and Breezy High 76)

Catching up on our stay in Rifle Colorado. While our Ford F-350 was getting a new high pressure fuel pump we were without a vehicle for 2 and 1/2 days. A couple of observations:

Eating at home isn’t what it is cracked up to be – Luckily we had enough food in our refrigerator, freezer and pantry to survive the three days but we really began to want to eat out which we did as soon as we got the truck back. We also had to do some shopping to replenish our stores.

We kept thinking someone stolen our truck – We had planned to have steaks on the grill on Monday night so when it was time to set it up Bob went out to get the grill and realized it was in the truck at the dealership. Then later when we needed more cat litter Bob went to get some, and guess what, it was in the truck at the dealership. We have to admit a couple of times when we saw the empty space we thought somebody had stolen our truck.

We did get a lot of reading and enjoying the great scenery at Rifle Gap State Park.


Even though a couple of days the rain drove us inside.


Till next time,

Bob and Jo


Monday, June 12, 2017

ON THE ROAD AGAIN TO GOLDEN COLORADO (AND A TRUCK UPDATE)

Currently in Golden CO (Low 57 Sunny High 87) 

As you can probably tell we got the truck fixed and it worked great on our trip to Golden Colorado. Fixed, but at a great cost. The high pressure fuel pump failed and it is an expensive fix because it is not a cheap part and takes about a 12 hours to complete the job. We are thankful that Columbine Ford in Rifle, although very busy, worked us in on the first day that we called and completed the work before we had to leave for Golden.

Another scenic drive with the roaring Colorado River right next to the road, snow capped mountains, high passes and a tunnel at over 11,000 feet.





It was approximately 170 miles to Golden Colorado, this was the route we took.



We are staying at Dakota Ridge RV Park in Golden and will be here a week.



We have a few blogs from our stay at Rifle Gap State Park so stay tuned.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Monday, June 5, 2017

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - TO RIFLE COLORADO

Currently in Rifle CO (Low 48 Mostly Sunny High 89) 

We departed yesterday and headed to Rifle Colorado. It was very scenic driving through Utah and then western Colorado.


It was approximately 185 miles, a long trip for us recently. This is the route we took.



As we were getting closer to the campground our truck went into "limp mode" again. Of course it was on a 2 lane narrow road with no turnouts so we limped the last couple miles but finally got here. We will be here a week and are staying at the Rifle Gap State Park campground overlooking the Rifle Gap Reservoir. Here is the view out our back window.

Bob dropped the truck off this morning at the local Ford dealership, Columbine Ford. Gotta love small towns. When Bob called they said they were busy but would try to get to it today. Bob dropped it off and was given a ride back to the park. As they were getting closer Bob offered to show the receipt for the entry pass. The driver said he knew the gals that worked there so no receipt needed. Gotta love small towns.

Bob put the booster up last night and we are getting much better cellphone coverage but the 3g/4g is mostly 3g and spotty at that so not sure how much blogging we will do this week. So there may some 'catching up' blog entries in your future.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

REVIEW OF OK RV PARK IN MOAB UTAH

Currently in Moab UT (Low 60 Currently Sunny 63)
Heading to Rifle CO (Currently 54 Mostly Sunny High 86) 

We had stayed here previously in 2011 and thought we would be in the RV sites at the back of the park. We were looking forward to the great views there.



With our previous visit here and our GPS devices we had no trouble getting here. It was a short pull thru, maybe because we came in on a Sunday of the Memorial Day Weekend. Even though it was a pull thru we had to jockey through the park since the site was right where we stopped to walk into the office to checkin.

Once settled in the site the hookups were convenient. We had a good line of sight for our roof mounted satellite dish. The Verizon phone service was strong but we guess maybe because of the mountains the 4g signal was erratic and slow even though we were close to the office. The free park wifi was generally better than Verizon 4g. Here is the Lifestyle from the front.



To the right.



To the left with a nice view of the nearby mountains.



From the rear.



We had a good view of the horse stable and track area when sitting outside and reading.

Moab is such a great area with so much to see and do with some good places to eat that we would probably visit again and would not hesitate to stay at this park again. We would be sure and request a site at the rear of the park with the better views.

We depart today for Rifle Colorado. We may not have dependable phone or 4g service while in our park near Rifle. It will give us a good chance to try our cellular booster.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, June 2, 2017

DEAD HORSE POINT STATE PARK NEAR MOAB UTAH

Currently in Moab UT (Low 59 Sunny High 88) 

Yesterday we visited Dead Horse Point State Park. How the point got its name is still unclear but one thing is clear, the scenery is beautiful including the road to the park.



The park is very scenic.







Here is Bob with his new Iowa State shirt, "Living in Texas with Cyclone Roots".




A nice lady took our picture at the end of the road overlook. 



We talked with them awhile and found out they are also staying at the same RV park as we are. It truly is a small world. We saw a storm approaching so headed back to Moab.




Jo got this great photo of a balancing rock on the trip back.



We stopped on the way back and did some grocery shopping and got sprinkled on as we were walking out then later that evening we got some rain from the storms we saw.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo