Sunday, August 30, 2015

Small Towne RV Park, Terry, Montana

Small Towne RV Park is a small park in Terry, Mt. We hadn’t planned on staying on a park with utilities until I found out it was supposed to be in the upper 90’s, and thought we’d do for some electricity and air conditioning.  We picked this park basically because of the RV Park Reviews and cost. It’s $25 for full hookups, 30/50 amp worked great, and free Wi-Fi worked great. They bring out a garbage can and a door mat for your site. One downside is that it’s near the interstate. Depending on how you park, you’re either facing the highway or the owner’s house. I was able to catch up on laundry and baking. It's small town atmosphere, including the dog, cats and chickens!

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Traveling days - Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota

After leaving our kids in Minnesota, we decided to go to back to Dickinson through South Dakota since we’ve been on I-94 in North Dakota enough times. We went through Watertown, SD and stayed in their city park, Stokes-Thomas Lake City Park and Campground. I have a separate post with pictures for that park. 

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 IMG_8808 Gnometown, USA - I missed most of these as we drove by
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We talked about staying someplace between there and Bismarck, ND but ended up driving to Sweet Briar Recreation Area west of Bismarck and stayed there for two nights. We’ve always liked Sweet Briar; it’s free, it’s near the water, and we’ve been lucky that we’re usually by ourselves when we’ve been there during the week. 
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IMG_9060 Salem Sue, world’s largest Holstein cow

From there back to Dickinson for a short visit with my Dad and my annual mammogram and physical exam (has to be at least one year from last one for insurance). We headed out to Buffalo Gap Campground, a forest service campground near Medora. I’ve got a separate entry and pictures for Buffalo Gap. Next stop was Camel Hump Campground near Sentinel Butte, ND. There aren’t marked camping spots, kind of like Sweet Briar, and it’s free. There are some picnic tables and rock fire rings. There were some people fishing while we were there. That, again, is right off I-94. There’s about a mile of decent gravel road. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Buffalo Gap Campground, near Medora, North Dakota

We headed out to Buffalo Gap Campground, a forest service campground for $6.00. At one time there was water, but there isn’t now, and only one restroom open. The road and sites are asphalt with a picnic table and fire ring. It also is by the Maah Daah Hey Trail, a 96-mile, non-motorized trail. We walked a 2-mile loop of it, and walked around the campground daily. There is a camp host, but we seldom saw him. Payment is as you come in by an information board and post. There were at most 2 others besides us and the host. It’s a nice campground; I don’t know why it’s not used more. There was a lot of traffic in the area, some of which were biking and hiking the trails. We were there 5 days, including a weekend. It’s right off I-94, so there is some road noise, worse depending on where you are parked. This is in the Badlands area. We had Verizon, no TV, 1 radio station. 

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Stokes-Thomas Lake City Park and Campground, Watertown, SD

Stokes-Thomas Lake City Park and Campground is a beautiful campground on the shores of Lake Kampeska in Watertown, South Dakota. It has 30/50 amp electricity and water and a dump station for $21 a night. There’s only a couple pull-throughs, and we were lucky enough to get #1. There are 72 sites with a 14 day limit, no reservations taken. There’s two playground areas, picnic area, bathrooms, trails and even a tornado shelter. When we were there everything was nice and green and beautiful weather. There is also a county park on the other side of the lake, but we didn’t check that one out.

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