Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Nice to "get away", Rock Crusher Canyon RV Park

Wow, it is so nice to get back into the Motor Home and get away!  After our first night at the rest area on Sunday, as I headed for the Flying J, I said to Marcia, "You know, we are not that far from home right now....but I feel just like I did while we were visiting another state this past summer....it is as if we are back in Montana, or Oregon...we are back in our "home on wheels", and it is so nice."   Marcia agreed....

Speaking of the summer travels, after much thought, we just cannot "pick" any one area, or even a few areas, which we thought were the best.  The entire trip was great.  We approved of just about every RV park we stayed in.  Some we liked better  because of the space between RV lots, and the surrounding trees, mountains, water, etc., that some offered.  Overall, we enjoyed the people in the parks, with the hardest environment people ways being the first night at Hidden Valley R.V.Resort and Campground, south of Madison, Wisconsin because they have a "Halloween Party" every Saturday in October leading up to the event.  This "party atmosphere" is just one that we had not been faced with before, nor do we wish to take part in it again.  As for the National Parks, State Parks, Historical Sites, and towns that we visited...well, we liked them all.  Some are real jewels, as many of you know...such as Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier, Crater Lake, the various Redwood Forests, the Pacific Ocean, the Black Hills....some were just pleasant finds, such as our visit to Bonner's Ferry in Idaho where we found a gem of a restaurant called Mugsy's where the owner made us feel at home, and McCloud River and seeing two of the three falls that are just to the east of the town of McCloud.  We enjoyed the many churches that we attended, and we met so many nice, good people throughout the areas that we visited.  Rarely did we have a moment where we said something like, "That person is sure a jerk....", although a few drivers who flew by us showing us that they have an "I.Q. of 1" and announce it to the world by sticking their hand out of their car putting their one finger up into the air, window was the exception.

Now a little about the Rock Crusher Canyon RV Park that we are currently staying in.  As I mentioned in our last posting, it is a Passport America park, and it is costing up less than $20 per night, including taxes, for the 50 amp, sewer, cable, and Wi-fi services that are offered.  The Wi-fi is great, the cable has over 60 channels, and their is peace and quiet, except for when a dog is being walked or a squirrel goes by which gets Skruffy and even Bubba barking every now and then.  Many times Skruffy will just start doing her hyper-ventilating routine working up to a bark...but holds back on the bark so that "dad" will tell her what a good girl she is instead of yelling at her to shut up.

Above is one of the many local little friends that Skruffy and Bubba have been looking at fondly with memories of Uncle Arny and Aunt Sandy's house and the much larger Squirrels that they grew fond of there.

They have a doggie run here, and Skruffy and Bubba really enjoyed the visit there yesterday, and perhaps later today if the weather holds.  Below are a few pictures of them enjoying the dog run.





 Bubba really enjoys being "off" the leash....and since Skruffy is off the leash a lot now, it is not as exciting to her....after she has gone around and sniffed and smelled everything, she wanders back to me...while Bubba enjoys every second of freedom he can get.

 As we walked back to the car from the dog run, we passed the shuffle board area (above) and the horseshoe area (below).
 A bit further is a nice play area for kids (below)...but with school in session, we have seen no kids at all in the park.
 And as we drove away, I got a picture of the club house, which includes a nice, large swimming pool, enclosed inside a lanai/screened in area.
 On our way back to the motor home, I drove around the park and will include just a few pictures of this park which has nearly 400 rental spots.  As is typical in many Florida parks, you park on the grass.  Some of the spots have concrete areas for the picnic table, or for setting up a patio tent on....but ours does not since we don't sit outside much anyway.  The ground is very, very sandy, so even with rain, the water soaks down into the ground real fast.  Of course, most people come to Florida during the winter, and the rain is not as prevalent as during late spring and summer.
The picture above and below were taken near the front entrance to the park.  Above you can see two empty sites which are close, but they are separated by the trees, and they don't seem to mind if you move the tables around to where you want to have them.

 Above is an example of a "long-term" renter.  The park does not mind dressing up your area, and with permission, will allow for some types of portable sheds.  There are many who have tented patios, as also shown below.

 The above empty spot is a good example of how many of the sites are cushioned by trees and brush.  Below is an example of that with a motor home in the same type of site. 
 A site like this (above and below) would be good even if the park was at or near capacity, as it is in the middle of winter.
 Finally, you also have sites like this one...where you are at the edge of the park and you can set up lawn chairs, put out your awnings, and have a wonder view of trees, brush, and be "people free".
 When I checked in on Monday, I asked how business has been.  Last year they reached 95% capacity during the winter, so they always had an opening...but I would suggest getting reservations if you want in during the winter months.  And the Passport America discount is good from April 15 through December 15, and good for three nights.  You need about a week to pass before you can use the PA discount again, so if you don't mind moving from park to park, you can get a good discount by moving from one park to another through the winter.   But you can also get a two month price of $1,250, which comes out to just over $20 per day for 60 days.  Not too bad if you want to sit still for a few months and wait for things to warm up a bit during the middle of winter.

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