Showing posts with label Wyoming. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wyoming. Show all posts

Saturday, August 10, 2013

WHO'S GOT YOUR BACK?

On Highway 80 between Laramie and Rawlins, Wyoming, God used a rest stop to minister to me about His protection.

Have you  noticed? Life isn't fair. Bad stuff happens.

In a previous church home, my pastor preached a sermon about, "I have your back." Now, in all honesty, that man couldn't always "have my back," because no human is perfect. When life gets a person down, steps on them, and starts kicking, some individuals will fight until their last drop of strength is expended. Others will lay and allow the kicking. Some turn to drugs or alcohol to lessen the pain. None of these options protect us during the rough times.

What does all that have to do with a rest-stop west of Laramie, Wyoming?

The name of the rest-stop is Wagon Hound Rest Stop. We traveled this lonely stretch of highway with no businesses and very little traffic. When you leave Laramie headed west, you travel a long way in wilderness mountain area, so by the time you reach Wagon Hound, the building is a welcome sight. The first thing you notice when you step outside is the blast of wind. Walking is difficult. Hair-dos are impossible. Holding onto your jacket is hard.

The rest stop perches atop one of the mountains with a miles-wide view. I circled the parking lot where I got a man-against-nature feeling. I noticed fences built down the southeastern slope of the mountain. Every few feet held another fence. I stopped to read the posted sign telling the history of the area (which came from a wagon train that passed that way during that period of America's history). The sign also explained that winds whip through that area at up to 70 mph.

Holding the very hair on my head while I read the sign, I noticed that.

In Wyoming's harsh winters,  wildlife could easily starve. God, in His plan to protect the animals, causes the wind to blow the snow into heaps exposing dry land where the animals can scavenge and find food. Men assisted by building fences to stop the blowing snow.

     Behold the fowls of the air; for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your Heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
     And why take thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, they toil not, neither do they spin:
     And yet, I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these
                                               Matthew 6: 25, 28,29

If God takes care of the wildlife in the mountains, how much more will He take care of you and me?

Only God cam bring victory out of defeat.

Only God can provide when all seems destroyed?

Only God can always "have our backs."

Who has your back?

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Are you choosing RV Parks this summer or fall?

Wow, did I ever travel this month. My husband and I purchased our first travel trailer seven years ago. We've taken three trips to Ruidosa, New Mexico, and one trip to Vallecito Lake, Colorado. We've traveled to the Texas coast at Rockport, to the hills of Central Texas at Fredericksburg, and numerous sites within a couple of hours from our home in Wichita Falls. We were ready for long trip.

Or, were we?

We both longed to see the beauty of Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton mountains. Little did we know we would end up staying in 9 different RV parks in 16 days. We came home exhausted, having stood in awe at the beauty provided by God in the states of Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, and Colorado, but also having experienced some of the worst and best RV sites available in that part of the country.

We prefer parks with full hook-ups. I'm a city girl, bred and born in Dallas, Texas. I don't do camping unless it's the easy way. Still, we love to be out with nature and sit near our trailer soaking in the closeness of God while amongst His wonders.

In case you're planning a trip with an RV to that part of the country this summer or fall, or even next summer, I thought it might be helpful to post my list, to give recognition where it's due and to warn future RVers of difficulties in some places.

I divided the list into 1)good 2)Great 3)Necessity only and claimed one park as 4) the worst. Here's my list:

the good

Summerlan RV Park in Raton, New Mexico
                Our GPS got us lost by sending us in the wrong direction for this park, but the lady there
         guided us safely over the phone to the right spot. She was friendly and kind.
               Not fancy, but it had wide lots where you could sit outside, and it had nice showers. We got in
                        only 3 TV stations and we did have WiFi.
               An unexpected bonus - on the back of the receipt was the salvation message. I thought that
                       was unique and sweet.

Loveland RV Park, Loveland, Colorado
               Very nice park, new club house, grassy area for tents, big trees
                They were surrounded by many nice restaurant choices which was helpful at that time.
               Cable TV, WiFi
               The biggest problem was the RVs were jammed in there. We did sit outside but the lot
                          was small; only had a view of roadway with many people passing

Okay, drum roll please, my choices for the GREAT ones



Sleeping Bear RV Park, Landers, Wyoming

 
The first place we stayed that we loved was Landers, Wy. The strange thing was we thought it would be a quick stop-off because online it didn't look like much, but the view was super. We were on top of a mountain looking down on the city. The area had several things to do, and it's only 200 miles from Yellowstone, if you're headed there.
Wide lots, cable TV, WiFi


 
\Montpelier, Idaho KOA Campground
 
 
This is a view from the Montpelier nature hike, which we liked and walked along twice while  were there. We looked out over a mountain.
 
  This was another wonderful, unexpected pleasure with large lots, the gravel was heavy and even for easy parking. The pool enticed many to swim. Cable TV, WiFi (You can tell that was important to us.)
  The friendly staff gave us free hash browns to try. This was the only place where we could have a campfire or grill easily which was good because there's few restaurants in the town 2 miles away, mostly just Subway. There was a nice grocery store where we could refill our supplies. Bear Lake is a huge, blue lake nearby which is super for fishing.
 
United Campground, Durango, Colo.
    Wide lots, big trees, nice view of Animas River and Silverton train comes through the park.
      Nice pool, good club house
      Cable TV, good WiFi reception, fair cell service
A note of my own: If you have several days to spend in this area, we loved the Blue Spruce RV Campground up above Vallecito Lake, which is up the mountain and to the northeast of Durango. The cool air and gorgeous scenery is worth the trip up, but only if you stay several days.
    
 
KOA Campground, Amarillo, Texas
     Cool nights for sitting outside even in summer
     View of gorgeous sunsets over flat plains that stretch for miles
     Pool and showers are new/nice
     WiFi, cable, good cell service
     Wide lots, plenty of gravel
     Nightly tractor/hay wagon rides for kids/ Very friendly but professional staff
 
and the Necessity Only, as needed, for camping
 
  KOA Campground, Green River Utah
      Nice pool, Fair restaurant within walking distance
      Very limited WiFi, 3 local TV stations only/no view
      Little gravel, some patches of grass, mostly sand (that gets in your sandals when you walk)
      Nice pool
  Note: If you go Green River in the summer, buy one of their local, delicious watermelons
 
Fishing Bridge RV Park, Yellowstone National Park
            This picture shows how our trailer was crammed into a pine tree where we couldn't see out. The trailer on the other side, we could reach and touch. The view from our doorway was our neighbor's truck.
 
       This is the only campground in the park with electricity, water, & sewer hook-ups
       Staying outside the park might be advisable if you need cell service because there is none at all
             at the RV Park. They tell you in case of emergency to come to the office about 1/2 mile away
            and dial 911 on the pay phone, but we, most times, were not able to get the pay phones to
            work. (Thankfully, we never had to try the 911).You still have a long way to drive to see any
            of the sites in the park because they're so spread out and it's a big park. We could get to the
           Yellowstone Lake and Yellowstone River quickly, but that was all. That would be important if
           you want to fish.
      No internet, no TV, no radio, no outside communication. 
      RVs are crammed into tiny spaces
      The only place we could sit outside was almost on the roadway. A pine tree blocked our big
             window which made our trailer dark.
       One nice touch was wooded areas were interspersed between every 2 rows of RVs which helped
             a little & gave kids a place to play.
 
That brings me to my vote for worst of the 9   ****WORST***
 
Golden Eagle RV Park, Eagles' Nest, New Mexico
       Trailers jammed on small lots. Our back view was a mud hill.
      Though it wasn't their fault that we arrived in a rain storm, the campground should be 
                    manageable  in all kinds of weather. The only gravel was where you drove down to your
                     site, but we backed into boggy mud. My husband's tennis shoes sunk into the mud just
                   to get us hooked to electricity and water. My sandals were coated with mud to walk into
                   our front door. We slipped in, took off our muddy shoes, and didn't leave until the next
                  morning when we got muddy all over again leaving.
       They had a planned event that night but we didn't go because of mud.
       Limited WiFi, 2 TV stations, PBS & CBS
        No sewer and dump station was difficult to get to & very muddy around it.
 
I hope my list helps you, or at least gives you food for thought. If not, I hope you found the article entertaining.
 
Do you have any kudos for RV parks you'd like to offer us?
Do you have any horror stories?
Leave a comment. I, for one, would like the info for our next trip.
Where are you going this summer?