Alumafandango!

Alumafandango!

We left Alumafandango on Sunday, and since we had a few professional photographers in our group who’ve posted some amazing stuff…I’m going to send you to them (here are a few of our shots too).

Malimish!

Dan and Marlene took some amazing photos of the event — plus their kids are crazy cute. http://malimish.com/. That’s a picture I took of Dan standing under the Caravel frame at Timeless Travel Trailers.

 Riveted!

Laura’s the pro in the group and captured some incredible shots — that’s her throwing herself, and her camera, into the bumper boat action at the park. http://www.riveted-blog.com/2012/08/alumafandango-day-4.html

Glamper!

Anna took an incredible amount of photos of all the Airstreams at the event and posted them here in Part 1 and Part 2. This is Anna also taking a photo at Timeless Travel Trailers!

I’m still sorting out all my photos from the trip — plus I haven’t had internet for 2 days, so for now, please check out these other sites and enjoy the pictures!

The Road to Alumafandango: Dinosaur National Monument Camping

The Road to Alumafandango: Dinosaur National Monument Camping

Route 40 from Park City to Dinosaur National Monument is pretty desolate, but when we started mapping out this trip, Deke was pretty excited about seeing dinosaurs and doing some Dinosaur National Monument Camping, and I didn’t research the most scenic route there, so here we are!

I threw this photo in there because I was so excited to see an actual structure, I took a picture, but this is pretty much the drive for about 3 hours. Also, there aren’t a lot of gas stations, so definitely stop when you can. We found a tiny two-pump Sinclair (of course) around DNM, but they were out of gas. How do you know when you’re close to DNM?

You hit the town of Vernal:

I don’t really know why this one is eating a watermelon.

 

Dinosaur National Monument Camping

There are two entrances if you want to go Dinosaur National Monument camping , one in Colorado and one in Utah, but the Utah side is the one with dinosaur bones, so make sure you stop there – it’s actually in the town of Jensen. The signage is pretty sparse so if you see this:

you’ve gone too far.

Dinosaur National Monument Camping

For our Dinosaur National Monument camping trip, we stayed at the Green River Campground (that’s it down there in the trees) which doesn’t take reservations and is $12 a night. It’s a great spot — really quiet, next to Cub Creek with a pretty good restroom, but no showers. There weren’t a lot of people when we were there either, but I imagine it gets filled up on the weekends.

We’d suggest picking up the Self Guided Auto Tour brochure for $1 at the park entrance. It tells you where the hiking paths are along the road and places to stop to see petroglyphs.

And funky geological formations.

What most people come here for is to visit the Quarry Exhibit Hall. In a nutshell, the quarry is a section of mountain that’s been excavated and found to contains over 1,500 dinosaur bones. After removing some for exhibit, the rest were left embedded in the wall and an enclosure was built around them for viewing.

Other than camping and dinosaur bone looking, there are a lot of roads to get lost on around the area Bureau of Land Management land around to do some hiking or test out the 4×4 capabilities of your truck, which Deke was happy to do.

LL Stub Stewart State Park, Buxton, Oregon.

LL Stub Stewart State Park, Buxton, Oregon.

Back in April Laura and I found out Leigh and Brian (and Curtis) were going to be in Oregon as they made their way up the Coast. I can’t remember which one of them had the idea first, but someone mentioned all of us getting together for a weekend mini rally at Stub Stewart State Park and within minutes we made it happen!

Stub Stewart seemed like a good place, and it had availability for the three of us, plus Lisa, George, the girls and their 70s MoHo, so it was decided.

The park is located in Buxton, Oregon about 35 miles northwest of Portland. We took I5 down to 30 West and then to 47 South, which seemed very similar to traveling on the PCH — super windy, super narrow and usually a cliff on one side. And one gas station in Veronia…don’t forget to fill up there! For the trip back, we just took 26 South to Portland and went back up I5 — seemed a lot less stressful. Oh, and I was driving, so the less stress, the better.

The whole park itself is beautiful — there are 3 loops (two for camping, one for camping with horses) and overall the spots are huge. You could fit two RVs in the one we had. And there are no shortages of trails in the park, however, see Holli’s Point of View listed in the sign? There’s no view.

But the trails are beautiful  — some paved, some really muddy, but all well kept and lush.

We stayed in spot #76  which was along the edge of the park. It had direct access to a few trails and a fantastic view:

But the real reason we came was to hang out with the gang, and it was so incredibly fun. Between Deke’s Bloody Mary Bar and various wine tasting adventures,

an Audubon Society lecture on Birds of Prey where they actually BROUGHT the birds (that’s Leigh taking a picture of the falcon),

and a super fun treat — photos by Laura

it really was a fantastic weekend that ended much too soon. Laura captured a lot of fun images here.

On the way home, we stopped at Paradise Point State Park, 25 miles north of Portland, right off of I5 just to have a snack and check it out.

Its a great place to stretch your legs, but because its so close to the highway, I wouldn’t want to stay in the camping spots. Plus the beach is RIGHT under the highway. But we ate and walked Lucy and went on our way!

Halloween with HOTC

Halloween with HOTC

We spent Halloween weekend with our WBCCI group, HOTC, at the beautiful LBJ Grassland National Historical Park just about an hour west of Denton, TX. I was looking forward to this campout for numerous reasons …. 1. Boondocking. We haven’t really tested the new Airstream in a no-hook-ups-situation. 2. It was Halloween. 3. It was my birthday. It was a perfect storm of fun!!

All shapes and sizes...

 

With several cookouts, a pumpkin carving contest…

I think Rick was still carving this pumpkin around dinner time.

and the best pet costume contest I’ve ever seen…

Total chaos.

Dawn obviously took this contest very seriously.

it was a fantastic weekend. The only downside: it was our last outing with the group before moving to Seattle.

Here are some photos — and if you live in the area, definitely join this group– they’re so much fun!

They quickly caught on to the whole Trick or Treat thing.

 

Its possible we ran lights the whole weekend from Bud's generator.

If Dixie was missing, I know who took her.

Dinosaur Valley State Park, Texas

Dinosaur Valley State Park, Texas

After 3+ months of not being able to enjoy camping because of the heat, I probably would’ve raved about Dinosaur Valley State Park no matter what. In fact, it actually rained while we were there, but I still didn’t complain because at least it wasn’t over 100 degrees!

This camping trip had so much fun built in, I wanted to stay for a week. First, there are dinosaur tracks. Second, we got to meet our new WBCCI group, Heart of Texas! Where to begin….

The drive from Aubrey to Glen Rose was a piece of cake — Glen Rose is actually a cute little town with a small town square filled with galleries and shops and a fantastic restaurant called The Riverhouse Grill.

Take a right at the Apatosaurus for the campground.

The state park is easy to find and definitely gives off that Jurassic Park vibe once you get there (maybe because of the giant dinosaur sculptures?). There are about 45 back-in only spots for RVs or tents, all with a grill, picnic table and stone fire pit. There are a lot of trees and the spots are spaced pretty far apart — even with the Boyscouts right next to us, we never heard them!

Spot #26.

The dinosaur track hike starts a couple of miles from the camping area — a good walk, or they have a parking lot at the entrance of the trail. There are a few signs that tell you where to go and a nice stairway that leads down to the creek, and there are a lot ‘unofficial’ trails with very steep drops that mix with the horse trails which are fun if you don’t mind mud and some getting wet.

Yep, you have to get down there for the good stuff.

At the creek you’ll see a lot of otherworldly dinosaur tracks….

He went this way....

 

It rained the night before, but you can still make out a lot of tracks.

 

As if the dino tracks weren’t enough, we also got to meet our new WBCCI group and invite ourselves into their Airstreams, which were as unique and fun as each of them! Can’t wait for the next outing in October!

Love David's Argosy...

 

and Bud's giant silver monster...

 

and everywhere Lance has taken his International!

Dinosaur Valley Facts:

Website: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/dinosaur_valley/

Cost: $25 for the RV, plus $10 for park entrance fee

Lay of the land: 1500 acres for camping, swimming, mountain biking, following dinosaur tracks and a separate 100 acres for horse riding.

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