Riverview Campground seems to be out in the boonies when you transition from the highway to the back roads that take you to it. But it’s actually just 15 minutes from downtown Waco and the dealership where Mike was working. Be careful driving those rural routes, though. You might have to navigate around roosters in the middle of the road like we did!
Riverview is a lovely park with pull-throughs, full hook-ups, and paved sites. We paid $30 a day for our 50-amp, full hook-up, pull-through spot that included Wi-Fi.
Amenities include a brand new laundry room/shower building and a small play area for the kids. The property has three different club houses for large or small RV clubs. Next to an in-ground, salt water swimming pool is a large dog run with a park bench and a couple of trees to provide shade from the sun.
We celebrated our six-month anniversary of being on the road while we were there in early January. Most of the trees were bare. We figure it’d be beautiful in the spring, summer and fall when the leaves and flowers are in full bloom.
We stopped for a couple of days in Grapevine, Texas, to visit our friend Jim before heading to work in Waco. The Vineyards Campground was lovely even in the bareness of winter. Our “gold” spot right on the lake was just $75 for a two-day stay, and it came with a complimentary wine tasting. A sweet perk! We had a spacious, circular pull-through site with full hook-ups and our own private deck overlooking the water.
We made good use of the complimentary Wi-Fi and cable, and our first day was warm enough that we gave the RV a much-needed bath. Unfortunately, the temps dropped significantly after that so we didn’t get to enjoy the extensive amenities at the park:
- Bicycle rentals
- Boat ramp
- Children’s playground
- Courtesy docks
- Regular activity programs
- Family swim beach
- Fishing pier
- Golf cart rentals
- Group pavilion
- Horseshoe pit
- Kayak rentals
- Nature trail
- Paddle boat rentals
- Disc Golf
- Board games
- Complimentary coffee/popcorn while supplies last each day
A pack of geese roamed among the rigs every day, and I discovered that these birds can be aggressive! As I was snapping pics of them with my iPhone, one came rushing toward me, necked extended, loud honks coming from it’s open beak. I guess he wasn’t a fan of the paparazzi!
The blistering heat was unescapable. We had jumped from the Vegas frying pan into the Phoenix fire pit, because Mike was training the service techs at Buddy Stubbs Harley-Davidson. At the end of the week, as we headed out of town toward home, worries about the coach’s a/c and a strong desire to cool down led to an unplanned stop in Williams, Arizona, at the Railside RV Ranch.
Pulling into the Railside, the first thing you see is the Covered Wagon Grill. I immediately got excited, mouth watering at the thought of burgers and BBQ. I had to wipe the drool off my face because the grill is an event venue for special shindigs only. Bummer! Still, it gives the park a nifty wild west movie set feel. The office, where you check in, is opposite the grill and is stocked with friendly staff and a few sundries. There are plenty of pull-through spots with full hook-ups as well as a dumping station if you don’t want to stay. The dog run is compartmentalized, so you can bring your cat on a leash, too, if you – and the cat – are so inclined. If you’re wondering where the Railside RV Ranch got its name, look no further than the line of Grand Canyon Railway train cars adjacent to the park. It’s a lovely view.
The town of Williams, located in the heart of the Kaibab National Forest at an elevation of 6,770 feet, is known as the Gateway to the Grand Canyon. Besides train tours to the Grand Canyon, it has a lot to offer, including seven fishing lakes in the area, hiking trails up Bill Williams Mountain and into Sycamore Canyon, an alpine ski area, and cross country ski trails. Unfortunately, we didn’t partake of any of those things during our brief one-night stay. Just not enough time. We did, however, explore the charming downtown, enjoying a yummy meal and live music at Cruiser’s Cafe 66.
Our stop in Williams was a great break from the heat, and we hope to visit again when we have more time to spend.
There are prettier and quieter RV parks in Vegas, but Main Street Station takes the cake for convenience and a central location. We’ve stayed there twice so far, first in June and then in July. The first time was when we were still living in the stick house and needed to get our rig ready for full-time living. The second was when we were moving everything thing out of the stick house.
The park is located within easy walking distance of the hotel on Main Street. At night you can see the neon hotel sign, all lit up, over the building that houses the laundry and bathroom facilities. The park is nicely paved with rock-and-sand landscaped areas on the ends and in the middle of the park. They’re all full hook-ups, and several spots are pull-throughs. Unless you get one of the end spots, though, you’ll be putting your awning out over blacktop. And, being situated next to the fire station and the highway on ramp, it’s definitely not quiet. Thankfully, our Holiday Rambler is well insulated.
Since we have two dogs, designated pet areas are important to us. Main Street Station’s dog run is, strangely, located outside the park. It took us a while to find it because you have to pass through a parking area to get to it. When you get there, you discover it’s just a fenced in sandlot with a broom and a bucket – that’ve both seen better days – by the gate. Sadie and Meeko weren’t wild about it, preferring to do their business on one of the landscaped outcroppings in the park proper. We always pick up after ’em, so we weren’t intimidated by the “no pet” signs staked into the ground.
The best thing about Main Street Station is the proximity to downtown. You can enjoy dinner at Triple George or the Mob Bar (I recommend the Lavender Mojito), head to Fremont for a zipline ride or to enjoy the free music, pop into Hogs & Heifers for a brew and a dance on the bar, and then stumble back to your rig in the wee hours of the morning. Or, you could dine on the outdoor garden patio at Park on Fremont, head to Insert Coins for some video gaming fun, and top it all off with a nightcap at The Lady Silvia. For a quick dinner, take advantage of the Garden Court buffet at the Main Street Station hotel. Those are only a few of the myriad ways you can amuse yourself in the evening. And, if you’ve got a towed vehicle, you’re two minutes away from the highway and exploring all that Vegas has to offer outside of downtown. All that for only $14 a day, plus $1 per pet.
Mike and I are transitioning to a full-time RV lifestyle. Yup…we’re moving out of the stick house and into a hallway on wheels! No, we’re not retiring. Quite the opposite. We will be motorhoming to Mike’s gigs across the country, and we’re going to share our journey with you.
Mike is a technical trainer, and he travels the nation, training on-site at Harley-Davidson’s service school in Milwaukee and various HD dealerships. Basically, he’s gone every week for work and only home on the weekends. He’s been doing this since we started dating. As glamorous as constant travel sounds, it really isn’t. It’s taken a toll on him physically, and he’s missed me and our pet babies terribly. Although it’s been easier for me, I’ve missed him terribly, too. So, we’ve made the decision to adopt a full-time motorhoming lifestyle for at least the next year and see where it takes us.
We picked up our new-to-us RV in Tucson. It’s a 2000 Holiday Rambler Endeavor that had one owner before us. It’s in great shape, but we are doing some remodeling. I’m funkifying it!
We had to drive it back to Vegas, and about five hours into the trip, around 9 p.m., we decided we needed to catch some Zs. So, we pulled into Hidden Oasis in Wikieup, Arizona, and had our first park stay. It was a terrific experience! Brenda guided us into our spot when we arrived, which was a huge help considering Mike had never navigated an RV in the dark. (In fact, he’d never even driven an RV before that day!) The next morning, Brenda made us breakfast in the little restaurant/gift shop/convenience store that fronts the park. We didn’t have much time to enjoy the surroundings because we had to get back to Vegas. But it didn’t matter because there was plenty to enjoy in the park itself. There were several large-scale metal sculptures of cactus and flowering plants; there was a whole row of huge Mariachi singers with a giant cobra coiled in their midst. There was even a metal moose guarding the sign for the park. After browsing the artwork, you could sit a spell in the chairs and benches scattered among the landscaped flower garden and rocks with gentle waterfalls. If this any indication of the parks we’ll be staying at in the future, our adventure is going to be great!