Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Camping in Rapid City 10.26.11

Brrrr!!! It’s just downright cold. We were lucky last night, although it snowed, we just happened to miss it but it still dipped down into the low 30’s. The next three nights it’s supposed to get even colder. Luckily, we found the absolute perfect campground in the area. It has EVERYTHING we need!! Hot Showers, Wi-fi, right off of the freeway but quiet, not too many neighbors, and it even comes with Cable TV, a hot tub, and serves Breakfast too!

Camp Ramada

Uh huh, We like to call it ‘Michael’s minimum requirement for camping in the teens’ haha…

Camping in Yellowstone was fun but had it’s moments. One big thing was that because of the wild animals in the area, you were not allowed to leave any bits or scraps. You couldn’t wash dishes by the spigot, couldn’t wash them in the bathrooms (but of course I was forced to share the sink with someone doing exactly that), and in general that was a bit of a pain. So we simply employed the ‘lick and wipe’ method of cleaning dishes. Haha!! It works perfectly! Why haven’t we used this in the past?! Lick the utensils & wipe the plate with a paper towel. Works like a charm…

It was gorgeous and sunshiny when we were there and I wasn’t paying any attention to the altitude….and ended up with a sunburn on my face, not a good thing with new scars. Doh! I know, I know….that is the worst thing I could do! Oh well, live and learn… :-)

Speaking of people who are oblivious to the rules…. Have you ever noticed how there’s always ‘one’?! One person who the rules do not apply, one person who will leave dog poop, etc. At our campground in Yellowstone, they had a ‘no generators’ rule from 8pm to 8am. Yep, you guessed it, we had some jackass who was running his generator until after 10pm which we could deal with, but when they fired it back up at 4am, that was uncool. Still, during the four hours that we were spared generator noise, we did hear the bugling of the Elk and the amazing night sounds (or quiet!) and saw just spectacular stars at night. Aaaaahhhhh…..

OK, enough griping…the hot tub is calling my name. Back on to the good stuff! Tomorrow….The Badlands!
More to follow,


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