Location / Name: Cottonwood Campground, Willard Bay State Park, Perry, UT
Date: 08/30-31//2016 (2 nights)
The Cottonwood Campground, Willard Bay State Park, Perry, UT is a bit under 300 miles from Moab, so it was our next stop on our August 2016 trip to Boise. It was in the right location and had power for our air conditioning, so that became my target. I didn’t make reservations. When I checked on our last night in Moab I discovered that I couldn’t make next-day reservations, but checking the following day, 31 of 35 sites were available, so I figured a walk-up would be a safe bet. En route we decided to stay 2 nights instead of one so we’d have a chance to check out the neighborhood (40 miles north of Salt Lake City.) A check-in with our daughter, who was expecting us on Wednesday, cleared us to stay that extra day.
Sunset over Willard Bay at Willard Bay State Park
Location / Name: OK RV Park, 3310 Spanish Valley Trail, Moab, UT
Date: 08/27-29/2016 (3 nights)
Moab, UT is a town I wanted to visit on our trip so we could see Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, and it was around my 300 mile travel day target from our prior stop in Granby, CO. I Googled for some campgrounds, and the location, price, and reviews for OK RV Park were on target. I didn’t make reservations before the start of our journey (although I had a reserved night that I didn’t use in Arches National Park – it was too hot to do without air conditioning), but I called from Stillwater Campground in Granby, CO on the 26th, and reserved 2 nights. My wife and I had decided we’d go for a bit longer day than originally planned and not move one day anyway – I was ready for a layover, and my wife was a bit under the weather. When we spent the first night and then the 28th in Canyonlands National Park, we decided to drop the Arches reservation. OK was able to accommodate us for an extra day, so we were here for 3 nights.,
Sunset at OK RV Park, Moab, UT
Location / Name: Stillwater Campground (USFS), Granby, CO
Date: 08/26/2016 (1 night)
Stillwater Campground is a US Forestry Service campground on Lake Granby, after you exit the Rocky Mountains National Park on US 34, our planned route. I wasn’t sure how far I’d travel the next day, but this positioned us nicely for a push on toward Moab, and made for a reasonable travel distance through the park so we could take our time enjoying the views. This was one of only 2 reservations I made prior to starting on our trip. A good thing, the campground was full when we arrived; not unexpected for the start of a weekend. This was our favorite campground, not only because it is a nice campground (which it is) but also because of the majestic surroundings.
T@b at Stillwater Campground, Grandby CO
Location / Name: The Prospect RV Park, Wheat Ridge, CO
Date: 08/25/2016 (1 night)
The Prospect RV Park, Wheat Ridge, CO showed up on a Google search for campgrounds in the vicinity of about 300 miles (328) from my prior stop on our August 2016 trip to Boise; prior stop being in Ellis, KS. It had good reviews, and was on the west side of Denver where I wanted to be, wasn’t too expensive, so that became my target. In retrospect I’m not sure I would do it again since I like more space than the parking-lot style commercial campground this turned out to be, but for an overnighter in the Denver area, it isn’t bad – clean bathrooms and friendly staff.
Apologies (again) – I didn’t get photos of this campground. Here’s a “morning after” picture of Colorado.
We reached an altitude of 12,090′ towing our T@b over US34 in Rocky Mountain National Park
Location / Name: Ellis Lakeside Campground, Ellis KS
Date: 08/24//2016 (1 night)
Ellis Lakeside Campground showed up on a Google search for campgrounds in the vicinity of about 300 miles from my prior stop on our August 2016 trip to Boise; prior stop being outside of Kansas City in Missouri. It had good reviews, so I decided to check it out. (Apologies, but I didn’t get any photos of this campground, so I’ll use a couple of “Kansas” photos until I can see what photos my wife may have.)
I discovered as I wrote this report that I had no photos of the campground, so I’ll put a couple of “Typical Kansas” photos instead.
Location / Name: Lake Jacomo Campground, Lee’s Summit, MO
Date: 08/23/2016 (1 night)
Lake Jacomo Campground was located by looking at Google Maps in an area around 300 miles from my prior planned stop, which was Rend Lake, IL. Reviews and price were OK, and additionally there was a relatively close CVS pharmacy where my wife could pick up a prescription she needed (our local CVS pharmacist forwarded it for us,) so we spent one night on our trip from Georgia to Boise.
Lake Jacomo Campground T@b at site #37
Location / Name: North Sandusky Campground, Rend Lake, IL
Date: 08/23/2016 (1 night)
North Sandusky Campground is one of at least two Core of Engineers campgrounds on Rend Lake in mid-Illinois. Rend Lake itself is a Corp of Engineers project. It is a huge lake with I-57 running next to part of it. Since it’s a little more than 350 miles from my starting point for our first long trip in our T@b – target Boise, ID, in about 10 days, it was a bit longer than my 300-mile daily target, but since we’d be fresh, I figured we could take the extra time on the road.
T@b North Sandusky Campground Campsite #1
Location / Name: Grayson Highlands State Park Hickory Ridge Campground, Mouth of Wilson, VA (Near Mt. Rogers)
Date: 08/01//2016 thru 08/05 (4 nights)
Grayson Highlands State Park came to my attention when I started rock climbing. I had heard it mentioned quite favorably several times in conversations in relation to bouldering, one form of rock climbing. On a trip to visit relatives in Roanoke, Virginia last year with my wife I wanted to swing by the state park to look it over, and we loved the ride up The Crooked Road and the wonderful views from within the park, so I knew then that at some point I wanted to spend a few days there in the campground. Things finally lined up and I was able to spend four nights there starting Aug 1, 2016. NOTE: Grayson Highlands State Park also has a horse campground that is not reviewed here.
Grayson Highlands State Park Wild Ponies – from the Rhododendron Trail
After a trip to visit relatives in Roanoke, Virginia, my wife and I were looking for an interesting stop to spend the night within a few hours’ drive from our northwest Georgia home. We stopped at the I-81 Tennessee Welcome Center and looking over their information we decided Tennessee’s Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park would be a good place to try.
Sunset at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park
My wife and I finished up a stint helping my daughter’s family at their Duck-Duck-Goose children’s consignment sale and had a little time before our next commitment, so we decided to take a few days camping our way to visit some family in Roanoke, Virginia. I’d been wanting to check out Roan Mountain State Park, and since that’s about half way to Roanoke, we targeted spending two nights at this Tennessee State Park before we moved on. My report follows:
Roan Massif stays in the clouds 70% of the time – view from Roan Mountain State Park