5.05.2015

Only Two More Hours . . .

Yes I know your hungry . . . Only one more hour . . . I hear you and we only have thirty more minutes . . . Almost honey . . . Just ten more minutes sweetie . . . Look, do you see it?  There we are, home for the night.


And then we get up and do it all over again the next day.  Over 1400 miles, in 7 days, going about 200 miles a days.  

Too much time in the vehicle, too little time enjoying our campsites.

So why?  To get settled into our COE (Army Corps of Engineers) volunteer spot before the campers start rolling in. John is volunteering at the Coralville Lake COE campground again this year, and since we had to have a new roof put on our camper while in Sierra Vista, AZ with multiple delays, we had little time to enjoy our scenery as we traveled across country. 

Although we do not like traveling this far in this short amount of time, we were able to plan it out so we only had to go about 200 miles a days.  This means we could get up in the morning, do our pack up things, drive for about 3 to 4 hours, and get to our new camp spot early enough to play or explore.  Ideally I would have liked to spend a couple more days at each of our spots but I guess we need to leave something to do for a later date.

Our first stop was a really nice rest stop.  Now normally we do not stop at rest stops for the night but this one was better than some of our paid camping spots.  I really would recommend the rest stop on I-10 just west of Deming, AZ.
Next we stayed in Alamogordo, NM and for this one we splurged and stayed two nights.  We just love this area, plus the kids needed the extra day to work on their Jr. Ranger badge/patch for the White Sand Dunes.  We tend to stay on base when in this area because it is centrally located and easy to get around.

Then we got up early, and decided to go an extra hundred miles and stop half way through the day in order to get a little further.  It was kind of rainy at the three rivers petrogylphs but we still enjoyed the little hike, and will make this another must-come-again stop.  The campground at the petrogyphs is really nice and they even have 2 full hook-up sites at the BLM area.   Our final stop for the night was at a really nice COE/State park in New Mexico.

We stopped at one of our normal stopping points - Liberal Kansas, County Fairgrounds, which I am not really recommending right now.  There was a lot of construction campers there because they are building a Wal-Mart super-center right across the street.  I doubt we stay here again mainly because it was getting congested and $30 a night for full hook-ups

Our next stop was a new stop, and the campground was really well maintained and easy to get to. There was a nice playground across from the water/electric site, and it was only $19 a night. Plus since it was still early in the season, we had the whole place to ourselves.
 The last stopover was in Missouri.  This little state park was in a beautiful setting back in the woods but only 5 minutes off I-35.  There were some hills getting back into it but it was totally worth it.
We were planning on spending one more night in Missouri but John decided to make it a long day and then be done traveling, so with some very road-weary kids we pulled into camp around 3pm.
We are now getting settled in for the next six month - SIX MONTHS.  Yikes that seems like a long time when I see it in print. I hope we can make it.  It will be nice to get the kids all caught up with their medical needs, and to have a home base for swimming lessons and day camps but SIX MONTHS is a long time for this rambling family.  I will keep you posted on how it is going but as the saying goes, "No news is good news".  :-)

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