Come October in the Western states, a lot of things shut down for the winter like Forest Service campgrounds and recreational sites. When I discovered that Rocky Point SRA located in Belle Fourche, SD between Billings and the Black Hills was still open, I prayed for an opening. Turns out there were plenty.
Belle Fourche means “beautiful fork” and the Belle Fourche River is important to Indian mythology. (more…)
Note: This is a personal blog post and in no way represents the opinions, interests, or intentions of Yellowstone Association. This is solely my opinion which may change at any time.
Last winter I applied to work at Yellowstone Association (YA), the non-profit organization that contributes to education, preservation and research at Yellowstone National Park. A friend who is a NPS Ranger gave me a great recommendation after I’d already applied online, and I was thrilled to get an interview and subsequent job offer. (more…)
Rainbows End is home to the original Escapees RV Club established in 1978, brainchild of Kay and the late Joe Peterson. Located in Livingston, TX (pop. 5,335), an easy drive from the cities of Houston and Austin. This is the first RV park I’ve been to that earned top marks from me in every category! Escapees RV Club offers much more than your typical campground, though. (more…)
In January I broke a molar and went to a dental clinic in East Texas near where I was parked, fully intending to have the tooth pulled. Instead, the dentist talked me into saving the tooth and putting in a crown. After 6 shots of Novocain, the temporary crown was installed and I was scheduled to return in a month for the permanent crown. Budget shot but tooth saved, I looked online for workcamping jobs in the area and was thrilled to be hired for a short-term assignment at Roma Bluffs World of Birding Center in Roma Bluffs, TX. (more…)
One of the six area campgrounds under contract with Amazon, Tennessee Hills Campground in Manchester, TN was a delightful surprise after moving out of Music City Campground. Nestled high on a hill, surrounded with colorful autumn leaves, it was just the spot for both quietude and community. I parked here from mid-October until just after Christmas.
The campground was built by the present owner’s step-father in the early sixties. Water is supplied via a clear flowing creek. There was a swimming pool (covered for the season), playground, and shelter where everyone was invited to share in potluck meals and BBQ’s. (more…)
Note: Since my last campground review I revised a couple of criteria labels and added Noise Level, one of the key factors that will make or break a site for me.
The city limit sign for Music City, otherwise known as Nashville, TN, is just down the road from Music City Campground in LaVergne, TN. It was one of six campgrounds contracted for use by Amazon Camperforce workers in Murfreesboro, TN. By the time I received my start date in August, the other five options had already filled up, and there was one spot left here. I took it! (more…)
I have to thank Deb & Jim of DJs Epic Adventure for recommending Seven Points Campground, just outside of Nashville, TN in their blog post On the Road Again. It was close to my next destination, and I wanted to test out my newly patched inflatable kayak on J. Percy Priest Lake, a 14,200 acre lake. (more…)