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More than a pretty path

More than a pretty path

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While working Harley’s 110th anniversary, we stayed at the Wisconsin State Fair RV Park.  That’s going to be our semi-regular home when we’re back for Mike’s work at H-D’s service school on Juneau Avenue.  We’ll be in Milwaukee once a month from October to March, and the State Fair is the only park open year-round.

The 110th fell over Labor Day, so all the plush spots at the park were full.  We had to move to the other side and essentially boondocked.  We did have electric, which was a plus because we needed the air conditioning.  It was still really hot in early September.

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We were working long days on our feet and had to skimp on showers, but not everything was a challenge.  We found a charming walking path behind the Natural Resources building, just a few steps away from our rig.   Each night, we strolled with the bark babies, stretching our legs and theirs, letting the woody scents and bursts of color refresh us.  A lovely way to wind down from hectic days.

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Heartland RV Park (Hermosa, South Dakota)

Heartland RV Park (Hermosa, South Dakota)

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There’s nothing like the throaty growl of a Harley-Davidson. It’s music to a biker’s ears…unless you’re working with it all day long. That’s why we ended up 20 minutes outside of Rapid City, South Dakota, for Mike’s first gig of the 2013/2014 season. As a tech for the demo fleet at Black Hills Harley-Davidson for the Sturgis Rally, Mike was spending his days surrounded by the sound of motorcycles, and he wanted his evenings to be a bit quieter.

The Heartland RV Park, in Hermosa, is a lovely, full-featured campground. In addition to the full-hookup pull-through spots, there are cabins and tent areas.  Each RV spot and cabin has a picnic table and an in-ground grill. There’s a bath and laundry building in the center of the park.  The bathrooms are clean and airy.  We can’t speak to the showers because we didn’t use them, but they looked nice. The laundry room has a few washers and dryers. Washers cost $2 in quarters. Dryers are $1.50 per load. The pool is fenced in behind the office. We never used it while we were there, even though the weather was beautiful. It was always overrun with kids, which wasn’t the kind of relax-with-a-book experience we were looking for.

Our favorite part of the park was the horses that graze around the perimeter, separated by only a light barbed wire fence. They are generally pretty mellow, but occasionally, they get playful.  It’s a delight to behold.

It was hard to walk Sadie when they were around because she was just sure she needed to bark them back to their stable. Then again, she does that with cars, people, and other dogs, too.  So, walking her is frequently a challenge. Thank goodness for sturdy leashes!

If you want to tour the area and check out places like Keystone, Mount Rushmore, Hill City, Deadwood, Rapid City, or even Sturgis, Heartland is pretty centrally situated. If you need supplies, the park office has some things like bottled water, firewood, and sundries. The shelves were pretty bare while we were there, though. There’s a Conoco in walking distance, open from 5 a.m to 10 p.m.  A mile or so away is a well-stocked Flying J that has a food counter. With a great pizza place  and a two-screen drive-in theatre very close by, you can easily enjoy dinner and a movie without having to travel too far.

We liked Heartland a lot.  But, when we come back next year to work, we’re probably going to stay at the KOA in Rapid to cut down on the commute time and gas expenses.

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KOA in Laramie (Laramie, Wyoming)

KOA in Laramie (Laramie, Wyoming)
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The office at the KOA in Laramie is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

We discovered KOAs on an overnight stop in Fort Collins, Colorado.  The Lakeside KOA was an amazing campround with mini golf, paddle boats on the lake, a fitness walk around the water, a chuck wagon and more.  We arrived late, and because they didn’t have room for us to stay another day, we had to leave to before we could check out all the amenities. But it got us hooked on KOAs.

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We would have stayed at the KOA in Cheyenne, Wyoming, but they were booked – along with every other campground in the city – because of Frontier Days.  About an hour away from Cheyenne, Laramie was a good second choice.

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There were tent areas, cabins and plenty of pull-through spots, each with a small patch of lawn and a picnic table.  One of the delights of RVing in the nice weather is eating outside.  One day, I served mixed berry shortcake for breakfast out on the picnic table under the awning.  Another day, we had our friends Herb and Dee over for pizza and beer.

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The coolest thing about the KOA in Laramie was the agility course in the dog run.  With lots of treats and persistence, we were able to get both Meeko and Sadie to each do one of the obstacles.  Fun!

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The rec hall has a fitness room, a TV room, a game room, and a library.

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Pulled Pork and Tunes on Route 66

Pulled Pork and Tunes on Route 66

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Famous Route 66 runs through Williams, Arizona.  While on a quick getaway from the heat, staying at the Railside RV Park, Mike and I had a chance to check out this little stretch of history and grab a bite outdoors while listening to live music.

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Cruisers Cafe 66 is probably nice inside, but we couldn’t say.  With Meeko and Sadie in tow, we took full advantage of the outdoor dog-friendly patio.  A lone musician with a guitar and his own canine companion serenaded us during our meal.  One song he played, “Treetop Flyer” by Stephen Stills, really resonated with Mike since he’s a pilot.  He’d never heard it before and downloaded it to his iPhone on the spot.  The food was satisfying, the music was nice, and the dogs were well-behaved.  It was a good time.

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The coleslaw had apple slices and walnuts!

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I have no idea if the pizza is any good, but the slogan is terrific!

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