Sunday, August 26, 2007

Siloam State Park – Ken’s Kind of Weekend

This weekend, the last before EIU football begins, was set aside TO DO NOTHING! That was the plan, no plans allowed. And, we couldn’t have planned it any better!

Friday Ken called about 2pm to ask me to check the online weather radar to see if he could head out to Siloam State Park with the motorhome between rain storms. No problem. At the moment all the weather appeared to be going south of us.

So Ken headed out and ended up unhooking the Jeep and parking ‘Baby’ all by himself in a downpour, despite weather radar showing otherwise….but, more on that later!

He made it back home in time for us to grab a bite to eat and then head to the 7:30 QND football game where QND tromped Macomb 44-0. Ken was on the phone off and on to track the Quincy High School game where great-nephew James made his first touchdown as quarterback.

At 10:00 we stopped by the house to pick up the dogs and then headed out to our campsite.

The rain was rather steady at this point with a little thunder and lightening. We opened the windows, turned on the fantastic fans and fell asleep to the sounds of the summer thundershower.

We have not yet succumbed to placing a clock in the bedroom. The idea is that you get up when you don’t feel like sleeping anymore and that’s what we did. I was up about 6:30, Saturday morning, and took the dogs for a long walk around all the loops of the campground.

When I got back Ken was up and we sat outside with our pot of coffee for about an hour.

The hummingbrids had already found our feeder.

This rather homely little fellow spent a lot of time trying to defend the feeder as his own personal property. One of the little turf battles almost ended with Ken getting a hummingbird up-side the head!

Campsite 42 is very private if you are in a motorhome since it is on a corner and the RV totally blocks the awning and firering from view of anyone passing on the road. There is also plenty of grassy area for the dogs, which is especially good with the rainy weather.

The rain had brought with it cool weather and so we were able to keep all of the windows open on the motorhome all weekend instead of using any A/C.

Ken made a big breakfast and then after dishes we took the dogs for another walk. When Ken and I walk them together its totally different from walks with just me. We put them on their long 15 ft cables so they have lots of freedom. We also walk a lot slower so they get more time to explore than when the do ‘exercise walks’ with Mom. There were people out now and Ditka and Sox made several new friends on the way.

Ken decided that since it was an ‘eat and sleep’ weekend for him it was about time once again for the sleep part so he napped while I enjoyed my gravity chair under the awning, with the hummers and my latest bit of reading, the “Law of Attraction”. This is a book written about 20 years ago that is one of many books over the previous decades to present the ideas of today’s ‘The Secret”, that Oprah has helped to make so popular…the latest spin on the ‘power of positive thinking’.

Ken was back up about 1pm and looking for the eating side of his ‘eat and sleep’ weekend. Since my nose had been in my book the whole time, I hadn’t done anything about lunch. We decided to open up the top on the jeep and take a ride in to Mike’s Place in Liberty. Let’s face it, we go to Mike’s for their awesome desserts, but feel obliged to have their roast beef sandwich as a starter so it seems like it’s actually lunch. We topped off some really good sandwiches with warm fresh peach pie a la mode.

Back at the campsite, late afternoon, we packed up ‘Marge’ our boat with her and headed down to one of the boat ramps.Ken has kept me to my word that I’ll do the inflation on the this is his...

...if-you-are-taking-pictures-who-is-pumping-up-this-boat?? look!
but its really not hard and we were shoving off within about 15 minutes of reaching the lake. We found shady spots along the shore where Ken could do some fishing.

We weren’t expecting much since Spring Lake isn’t known for being a really hot fishing spot but lo and behold…

Ken came up with a nice large mouth bass! First time he’s caught a fish in Siloam for a few decades. Thanks to his young friend, Jeremy, for his fishing instruction!

We really enjoyed the time on the lake and it re-enforced even more how much we enjoy weekends at Siloam State Park Although I really enjoy that the park isn’t packed with people, it’s too bad more people aren’t taking advantage of this park.

As the sun started to set we got off the lake and headed back to our site.

Ken loves to cook over the open fire so we had burgers and sautéed garlic asparagus in olive oil which he did in a big iron skillet.

I’m still delighting in how much we do together as a couple when we are RVing – cooking, doing the dishes together after, taking the dogs for their evening walk under a bright fool moon, and finishing off the evening watching the campfire slowly burn down.

Since we were only here for the weekend we enjoyed nice long showers without worry about our holding tanks.

With a cool breeze floating through the bedroom, I don’t think I completed a whole page in my book before I nodded off to sleep.

We stayed true to Ken’s ‘eat and sleep’ weekend on Sunday. I was up about 7:30 and sat outside under the awning with my book, the dogs and the hummingbirds. It was cool enough to warrant a sweatshirt which really felt nice after all the days this month that were bordering 100 degrees.

We did breakfast and our mornings walk with the dogs. We stopped to talk to neighbors and found that the folks in the Monaco motorhome have been on the road for most of the last 4 years, having lived before that in California. However, Siloam is one of their annual stops since he was raised on a farm here. The folks across from us with the Sunnybrook fifth wheel were on their maiden voyage with their new rig. They were out of Galesburg and had spent a gruelling prior year having their only son go through a near-fatal bout with brain cancer. With their son now looking well on his way through an amazing recovery, they were prepping for retirement and doing some extended traveling. They were interested in our boat and our dogs since they’ve talked about having both once going on the road.

As much as we love Ditka and Sox, we always caution people who are taken in by this breek of little heart-throbs. Shiba Inu’s are the most wonderful dogs around so long as you have them confined. They are easy to house-train, like to stay clean and are very sociable. However, if they get lose, all bets are off. They are highly independent and love to run. That is not something that anyone we know has ever been able to ‘train’ out of them. It’s a trait that is simply part of this ancient breed of dog. RVing and a dog who loves to bolt out the door is not a good combination. You have to be sure they NEVER get loose. So far when we’ve had disasters of them getting lose when we are traveling we have been lucky enough to have them either return on their own to the campsite, usually after an hour or two, or they’ve made their way into someone’s hands who has been kind enough to call the phone number on their tags. We subscribe to a service that allows us to have an ‘800’ number on their tags where the service then contacts us at one of several numbers we’ve provided (Ken’s cell, home, my cell). Interestingly when they end up with someone else, it’s seems to be with people who have little girls in the family. It’s as if they go out hunting cuddles! We had a family tells us one time that the girls were very sad that they found the owners because they had already convinced Mom and Dad that if the owners weren’t found they were keeping the dogs!

Today, Sox and Ditka are pretty well trained to ‘stay’ or ‘wait’ when Ken and I go in and out of the door, but let anyone else accidentally open that RV door or leave it ajar and the chase is on!

Ok, enough on my Shiba warnings…

We took our time closing down on Sunday. We took advantage of the gorgeous weather to do some chores around the rig. I did some cleaning while Ken wiped down the boat and packed it back into the motorhome compartment. After a late lunch we, packed up, pulled out, dumped and refilled with water.

Back in Quincy, we decided to try out the oversized car wash on North 24th St. in Quincy. The good news is the it is a easy low-cost way to give ‘Baby’ a quick bath. The bad news is , it was at the car wash that Ken noticed something very bad. Apparently when he was backing in to the site Friday during the rain he must have clipped a big tree branch or something just at the rear roofline.. While there was no damage to the motorhome the rear ladder was bent badly. When Ken checked it out further it turned out to be even worse since if actually broke the ladder rail, so it will have to be fully replaced. Ok, it could have been worse. I could have been directing him into the spot when it happened!

But with the exception of that rather expensive discovery, it was a perfect unplanned weekend. Ken got to eat-and-sleep-and-eat-and-sleep and have good luck fishing in between time!

Hopefully it was enough rest and relaxation to get us through the next 3 months of fun and fast-paced football weekends, our favorite season of the year!

By the way, if you get the College Sport TV network, the EIU Panther's first game will be airing at 6pm central time. If you get the Big Ten Network his game Saturday of Labor Day weekend against Purdue will air live at 11am central time. He’s number 65, currently switching off with an upper classman at D-tackle.

Since the month’s to come will be so tied to football, I thought we’d leave you with this relaxing photo I took as we came of the Siloam Lake on Saturday.

Hugs, C

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Pre-Season Visit to EIU, Aug 16-19

Hi, my name is Sox and I thought I'd try my hand at writing this blog once!

Yes, I know I’m a dog, but I’m 3 ½ years old now and that makes me an adult with my very own opinions to voice too!

Anyway, Mom wrote a long letter to friends Wes and Jan, on the drive here and, in typical blonde form, did it online then lost her connection just as she went to send. Since she and Mr. Laptop here have not been on very good speaking terms since then, I thought somebody better get the weekend's blog entered.

Thursday, Aug 16, Papa Kenny did a great job, once again,of getting everything packed up, hooked up and ready to go while Mama C was at work.

The only problem is that when Dad gets ready to put Ditka and me in our travel ‘pup’ tents he doesn’t feel it necessary to bribe us with special treats. Mama C saves the special ‘T-Bone’ treats for travel time!

We were in the Gardner Denver parking lot at 4:30 and on the road by 4:45. It’s a long trip to see Trev but he’s definitely worth it! We miss him and Kyle both a lot and we make sure they know it when we see them.

We went to the Fox Ridge State Park which is 7 miles the other side of Charleston. It was nearly 9pm and dark when we arrived. This was a new experience, doing the backing in to the site and set up in the dark. The Mom and Dad team did well and we were soon on our cables under the pine trees and the stars. Thank goodness, 4 hours is a long time between bio breaks!!

Come Friday morning, Ditka and I had a good look around and were quite happy with our surroundings at site #11. I did get in a bit of trouble early on by laying in some of the pine tree sap. Be forewarned now, that junk doesn’t want to come off your fur, I tellya…Mom and Dad were not any too happy with that. Thank goodness we have a grooming appointment Tuesday.

Papa Kenny took us for a long walk while Mama C did her Nordic Track and watched the morning news.

Trev came out to visit after his morning practice and once he gave us our fair share of attention, we made sure he got a good breakfast.

He had several things he wanted Dad to take care of at his place so they spent several hours there while Mom cleaned out his moldy frig – (can’t let the door close, Trev, when you’ve got it unplugged).

Dad put up a new shelf in Trev’s bedroom. It’s now the location for the ‘D-fence’ sign that Uncle Buddy made for him. Dad repainted the sign last week to EIU versus QND colors!

Dad also fixed a hole in the bathtub surround.

Trev had to go back for afternoon ‘film’ at the football offices. Mom and Dad picked up some extra food-stuffs at the store and fed Trev and a couple of the other D-tackles supper so they could get a break from the 2-a-day food.

Here’s Andre Lima and Jeff Sobol with Trev enjoying some of Dad’s grilled wild salmon. Ditka and I don’t have much hope for leftovers when Trev brings his football friends for supper!.

We spent the cool evening watching football practice under the lights.

Here is Andre and Trevor lined up on defense. Andre is #94 and Trevor is to his right.

Trev got banged up a bit and had to be put back together by one of the trainers between plays.

It was nice to get back to the motorhome and take a walk around the campground in the dark. There aren’t many lights in this campground so it’s really dark and easy to see the stars.

With all the heat in recent weeks, it was the first time in a long time we got to enjoy sleeping to the sounds of the forest, with the windows all open to let in the cool breeze. There were no sounds or smells requiring us to bark out warnings the entire night, so everyone slept in until almost 8am.

Mom and Dad then went through a full pot of coffee sitting out with us on the patio, enjoying the morning sights, sounds and smells. This is the best family time for us. Everybody is quiet and happy and just enjoying being where we are and being together!

They then took us for a long drive in the jeep all around the state park. It’s really very big and has lots of places to walk.

Here’s Dad on one of the path’s over a fishing pond. We also found a place to put in and take out the boat. Right now is not the time though with the river being really low at the height of summer.

They did find that Lake Charleston, just down the road appears to be a perfect spot to launch to boat for some leisurely, floating and fishing. Ditka and I are hoping we get to go with Mom and Dad next time they take one of these raft excursions..

Denny and Kevin Mahoney joined us for Papa Kenny’s grilled brats at lunchtime. Denny had come from Ohio to spend a little time with his son but had to head out on Saturday afternoon after we ate.

After lunch, it began to rain so we decided that with the sound of the raindrops on the RV roof and the fresh, cool breeze, it was the perfect nap time. Dad and Ditka were watching the Cubs / Cardinals game, mostly with their eyes closed. Mom went into the bedroom to read.

I found her in there snoozing and so found my perfect spot to cuddle up nearby. Dad must have snuck in to get this shot to prove to Mom she can really sleep during the daytime!.

Saturday evening was another beautiful night for watching football practice.

There was Trev, in his white uniform again, all clean, and decked out, and Mom didn’t even have to wash for him to look that way!. I think he looks like he needs a really good lick!

We got home about 10pm and after a short walk, and showers for Mom and Dad, we all enjoyed another cool night’s sleep with the windows open.

Sunday, Mom and Dad were to meet Trev for breakfast at the Lincoln Garden Family Restaurant in Charleston at 8:45. At 7am we were up and all went outside for what is becoming our morning ritual of greeting the day with a pot of coffee on the patio. At 7:45 Dad announced we should pack up and take ‘Baby’ in to Charleston when we went in for breakfast rather than come back from breakfast and pack. You should have seen Mom and Dad move for the next hour! They were dressed, and ‘Baby’ vacuumed, packed, dumped and on the road in an hour.

They dropped ‘Baby’ and us at the Panther Parking lot and then road with Trev to get breakfast.

This turned out to be especially good for us since when they got back Mom took us for a long walk before the noon scrimmage. This gave Dad time to fix the lights that were out on Trev’s car.

Ditka and I had a good time at the scrimmage although Ditka did get a bit worked up when the team was doing their chants...Ditka felt he had to join in then. He also had Trev picked out on the field early on and barked his protest a few times when he saw other players hitting ‘his boy’. I tried to explain to him it was just a game like when he and I wrestled…all good fun…he calmed down then.

Apparently like Trevor says, Ditka and I are ‘chick magnets’ because there were EIU ladies a plenty to come by in the stands and scratch our ears. I wonder if they do that for Trevor when we aren't around.

Here’s Trevor (64) and our new friend, Andre, (94), playing something Dad called real smashmouth football. That sounds painful.

Papa Kenny said Trev had a good scrimmage, but shouldn’t really have been playing at all because of his ‘sublexed’ shoulder. Apparently ‘sublexed’ means you get covered with ice cubes and Saran Wrap.

Mama C is hoping T will get to rest that shoulder plenty before the first game 11 days from now. She also says he thinks he's to old to listen to what Mom says...hey, I'm officially older in dog-years now...and I sure know better than not to listen to what Mom says.

Mid-afternoon, we jumped back into ‘Baby’ for the trip home…good news…Mom was settling us in so ….yes…it was T-Bone snack time!

Sorry but I guess I’ll have to close with this picture of my big brother, Ditka, here since he insists he get to say ‘hi’, too.

Thanks for reading my blog! Go Panthers!


PS. Mom said she needs to include some ‘Lessons Learned’ from this weekend…

1. Fox Ridge State Park has the ‘it’ factor for us. It’s quiet, wooded, clean and perfectly located 7 miles from the EIU football stadium. It would be a wonderful place for family and friends with RV’s or tents to come for a group campout/tailgating party. It has a nice playground in the center so if we bring family with kids we could circle the playground and have a really nice setup. Rates were $15 per night with electricity, no water/sewer per site but lots of water spickets that could be used for tank fill if needed and you had adequate hose.

2. Ken and I can do a complete teardown, packup, dump and move out in ½ hour if we need to.

3. Ken and I make a pretty good team setting up in pitch darkness. We just take it very slow in backing and I stand right by Ken’s window telling him which way to turn with lots of stops to walk around with a flashlight and check how close we are to things. This is not, however, something we want to have to do on a regular basis.

4. We can comfortably make it Thurs-Sun on our water and holding tanks, using our own toilets and showers daily, so long as it is just Ken and me. Using plastic tubs in the sink and shower as has been suggested is no hassle at all and helped us insure we had no problems with filling up our gray tank which we are told would be the first to max out.

5. My Nordic Track fits comfortably in the bedroom on my side of the bed, once Ken turned the feet around. I can move it around without a problem that way for daily setup and teardown. However, we need to figure out a better morning routine if I am going to Nordic Track. It takes an hour out of our morning, and that’s prime time to Ken, especially for making big breakfasts.

6.Don’t put the dogs out under pine trees. Pine sap does not come out of their fur!

7.Going to WalMart to get Trevor a bulb for his car turn signal can be expensive, to the tune of 6 new EIU T-shirts, a computer ‘firewire’, and gasoline on the way back for his car…and he wasn’t even with us!

8.Charleston’s Lincoln Garden Family Restaurant has good home cooking, football player size portions and reasonable prices.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Long Weekend at Bennett Springs, Aug 2-6-PART 3

Saturday morning it was our turn to do breakfast and it was the first time we really 'entertained' from the motorhome. Ken did his 'big breakfast' of sausage, egg scramble with cheese, and peppers, fried potatoes, fruit, toast and juices. He set up to cook everything outside which worked out well. We did learn one thing. Being on 30 amp service and trying to run A/C, coffeemaker from inside and fan, electric skillet and toaster from outside appeared to overwhelm the electric management system. We blew fuses twice before Kent suggested we run a second cord from the 110 outlet on the site electric pole for the outdoor items. Once that was in place we were in good shape and will set up that way automatically from now on since we do like to do most of our cooking outdoors.

Ken's brother Alan and his wife Nancy drove over from Springfield, MO, on Saturday, arriving shortly after the late morning breakfast crew had cleared out. Alan was only in his 3rd week out of triple bypass surgery and big brother Ken was concerned that he stay seated and not get overheated! We did spend about half the afternoon indoors since the temperaturs were pushing into the upper end of the 90's.

We took a ride around the park with Alan and Nancy. The spring itself which puts out 100,000,000 gallons of fresh water per day is just behind the little fortress structure at the top of the picture.

From regular fishing season, March 1 thru October 31, trout are released from the trout hatchery at a rate of 1.5 trout for every day tag sold the prior day. It was really relazing to just sit by the bridge at the head of the hatchery and watch them, in mass quantity, enjoying the cool water, on the warm day.

With the electrical hookups working smoothly, our dinner back at the motorhome, went smoothly. Ken did chicken breasts topped with peppers and mozzarella. I did my cheezy potato casserole and fresh cooked carrots, along with fruit and garlic bread. Everyone was too full for dessert so we held off on the angel food cake, fresh peaches and whipped cream until later in the evening when we were around the campfire.

Because we had an electric-only sight and intended to have our tanks takes us from Thursday-Monday, we opted to do dishwashing outdoors. I was lucky to have plenty of help with this work detail!

Sunday was another, lounging, eating, fishing day.

The girls got some up-close and personal time with the trout.
This was definitely one of our best trips yet, especially since we got to spend time with family. The bad part of the trip was that it was far too short. Next time we'll try to get in the float trip we wanted to do but never fit it and also try out the onsite restaurant that is suppose to be very good. Sites in Missouri parks are available for reservation online up to 6 months in advance to we may try to come back in early spring when we can go to the lower campground where we can do biking and hiking and be in walking distance to the stream. They also have full hookups down there so I wont' have to be so concerned about the length of my showers!
I think this RVing lifestyle has really taken hold on us. I'm finishing this blog entry as we complete a weekend at home (Aug 10 - 12). We had planned to go to the Gateway Coachmen monthly outing in Montgomery City, MO and then go from there for a daytrip to Hermann MO to the wineries. However, I nixed that when they forecasted 104 degrees for Sunday in Hermann. While I'm glad we didn't brave the heat, we are both anxious to get back on the road again!
Hugs, C

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Long Weekend at Bennett Springs, Aug 2-6-PART 2

Ok, here he is!....

At least Kenny looks the part of the avid fly fisherman!

Friday, with borrowed waders and fly fishing rod from Kent and Tony, Ken went down to the campstore, bought a fishing license and trout day tag, then ventured out into the cold waters of Bennett Springs.

He hadn't ever been fly fishing before and, in fact, we couldn't recall any time in the last 20 years that he had caught a fish at all.

While the guys were wading in the spring, we girls went to for a swim at the campground pool.
McKinley impressed us with crawling across the kiddie pool with her head under water. Kelsey was quite brave with several jumps off the diving board in the big pool.

Meanwhile back in the stream, the guys were being very patient with their trainee....

And, the girls came down after supper to watch as well. "Hey McKinley, watch Uncle Kenny...{giggle, giggle}!"

As the day wound to an end, Ken started to look like he was catching on to this fly fishing thing, or at least that he fit in with the crowd.

Then lo and behold, just minutes before the horn blew, Kenny snagged his first trout!

Life is good, at Bennett Springs!

Hugs, C

PS. Stay tuned, still have Saturday and Sunday at Bennett to report!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Long Weekend at Bennett Springs, Aug 2-6-PART 1

We sent Trevor back to Charleston where the hottest days of summer showed up just in time for the start of football practice. But between sweating it out Trev apparently did get some time to meet n' greet some of the EIU fans. Click here to see what I mean!

Kyle seemed to be doing ok back in DeKalb less his four wisdom teeth. He was having numbness in his chin area which worries us a bit because of the nerve that they cut so close to in his lower jaw. The doctor said it would take some time to get feeling normal again, so its wait and see.

So with both guys back to school, Ken and I hit the road again.

Thursday August 2, I had early morning phone calls at work and then Ken picked me up in the GD parking lot at 11:00. This setup works really well since it lets me go back to the bedroom and get out of the work clothes while he is headed down the road. I can then make us a lunchtime sandwich.

It was a long 230 mile drive through the Ozark mountains to get to Bennett Springs. From Osage Beach down Highway 5 the roads were congested and Ken was really happy to get to our site.

We had electric-only site, 201. They are in process of renovating the Campground 1 full hookup sites and were totally full so there was no opportunity for us to try to get a site closer to Sheila and Kent, Darlene and Tony (my nieces and their husbands). The site was fine though, wooded with lots of room to spread out.

Once we settled in, and ate supper, we made out way over to the Smith and Butler sites where we found great-nieces, Kelsey and McKinley, already kicked back for the long weekend in their gravity chairs.

The girls were most happy to see Ditka and Sox.

We enjoyed some time around the campfire and made our plans for Friday's activities. We then packed dogs into jeep and headed back from Campground 4 to campground 2, not a distance anyone would want to walk in this heat and humidity!

Kent started our day Friday morning with sausage and pancakes. One of the many nice things about camping with this group is that we take turns making breakfasts and suppers. This meant for the weekend Ken and I only had to cook twice!

Here's Darlene, Kent, Tony, Sheila, Ken, Kelsey and McKinley -- all enjoying breakfast. We always made sure we had a fan plugged in close by since the temperatures quickly rose to the 90's each day.

I'm going to end this blog entry now and leave you with a hint of how they guys spent the rest of the day....

Stay tuned! Next blog... how does Kenny do as a fly fishing trainee?!?

Hugs, C

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Ken and Trev in Mahomet, July 27th weekend

Kyle came home so that on Friday, July 27th he could have his 4 wisdom teeth pulled. (Good idea to get this done before his time on Mom’s dental insurance runs out --- the guy is starting to think ahead!!)

I stayed home and played nursemaid to Kyle. He didn’t like the idea but the doctor convinced him that he had to have someone around. I was impressed, she even called him at 9pm that evening, 12 hours after the surgery to be sure he was doing alright.

Kyle did very well and I thought I’d have mercy and not take any pictures of him with his puffy cheeks!

Hopefully, once fully recovered, he will see considerable reduction in ear and sinus infections which were thought to be related.

While Kyle and I stayed close to home watching DVD’s and eating pudding, ice cream and pureed soups, Ken and Trev went to Mahomet, IL for an EIU football benefit golf tournament.

Trevor had his hands on the camera to start the trip and was snapping away as Dad drove since Dad wouldn’t let Trev get his hands on the wheel of ‘Baby’.

Kevin Mahoney (right) spent the night in the motorhome with Ken and Trev. Guy Williamson (left) lives in Mahomet and came by for a visit. Amazing how small Trev can look when surrounded by O-Linemen!

The golf tournament was a scramble. Trevor and Kevin were to stay at one of the 4 par 5 holes and drive with each group so that they could use the football player’s drive if they chose. We have no pictures of the golf outing since the guys were worried that the pictures might be used as evidence against them for golf ball and golf course abuse. Actually it was raining pretty hard all morning and they played the first few holes in a steady rain and did not want to risk getting the camera wet. Later on, the rain did stop and, by the end of the round, the sun was working its way through the clouds. But, neither the weather nor the scores kept the guys from having lots of great fun with the group.

Ken was lukewarm on the Tincup RV Park. While they had full hookups, they got stuck in an area slightly a step above a parking lot.

Ken thinks if they would have asked for one of the sites farther in the park, where there was more grass and natural setting he would have been able to give the RV park better marks.

The RV park was well-maintained and was located right next to the golf course. But, experience just seems to be continued evidence that we prefer state and federal parks, not RV parks.

So, I end this entry with sunset over Tincup RV Park, at the end of a fun golf outing weekend for the guys.

Hugs, C