The Beginning travel blog

Saying goodbye to Shirley and Gene

Almost ready to hook us up. This has been a wonderful campground

Leaving the Black Hills

It is so pretty

We stopped for the Flea Market in Hot Springs but couldn't find...

Miles and Miles of wheat and hay

Entering Fort Robinson State Park

In Nebraska

What a difference a few miles makes. We had a sad good-bye with Gene and Shirley this morning. They headed North West toward Devil's Tower and Yellowstone NP and we went South West to Nebraska. It took us just over 30 miles to go from the higher altitude and cooler temps (80's) filled with tall pine trees to almost flat dry brown farmland filled with wheat and hay.

Today we start our third year of full timing in our Montana. Where did the time go? It seems just like yesterday that we signed the final papers on our house and moved into our little 400 sq. ft. of our new house on wheels. When I review where we have been in the last 60,000 miles I know that it had to take us at least two years to do and see everything that we have but it still seems like yesterday.

The day that we left to start our journey we were so tired that we only went 75 miles before we stopped. That time though we hadn't left until 5:30 at night. This time we left at 9:00 in the morning and only went a little over 100 miles before we stopped for two days. We are in the little town of Crawford, Nebraska at the Fort Robinson State Park. We are only about 25 miles from the Wyoming border and about 120 miles from Casper which we will go to next. What a super Park. There are four different campground areas. Something for everyone. There is an Equestrian Campground, a tenting area. An electric only campground and a full hook-up campground. We chose the FHU with 50 Amp electric to be sure we had air conditioning. You see I have watched the temperature climb on my weather bug from the blue zone of 90 when we arrived to the red zone of 100 degrees and climbing at 2:30 in the afternoon. This area of Nebraska in in a real drought. All of the creeks and streams are dry. Last Thursday, the severe storms that we were expecting at Custer turned out to be heavy rain for us but this area got golf ball size hail along with the rain. People didn't even mind the $5,000 damage to their cars since it brought some much needed rain. You sure could not tell today though. It is HOT and DRY. We unhooked and came inside to sit in the air conditioning instead of all the things we had planned on doing. The fee here is $19.00 per night compared to $15.00 a night in the electric only.

I know that many of you do not care what the cost of our parks etc. are but I have so many readers that are Rv'ers and ask us where we are staying and how much is it so I am trying to remember to tell them these things. I also will try to let you know if it is a good, bad or so-so park.

I've gott'a tell you about this cool park though. It is an old fort established in 1874 that now uses all of the facilities for its visitors. Here are a few of the activities:

Sutlers Store: Snacks and Ice Cream

Horse Drawn History Tour : 4 times daily

RODEO; Thursday and Sunday Evenings (we'll check this one out tonight and see if they are air conditioned and maybe we will go to it). It's FREE

Tennis equipment and mountain bikes for rent

Trail Rides

Jeep Rides

Stagecoach Rides

Full Pool open daily from 1:00 - 8:30 pm

Post Playhouse with nightly performances. (tonight is You're a Good Man Charlie Brown)

There are several other activities like a chuck wagon dinner on weekends and special hayrack breakfasts

Full Service Restaurant open daily from 6:30 am-9:00 pm (I already checked and it is air conditioned.

And if that is not enough they have Kayak rides and tube riding on the near by river.

The Lodge is the old Enlisted Men's Barracks (1909) and is the Park Office Office, restaurant and Information Center along with 22 guest rooms with full baths for under $45.00 per night.

There are many other cabins, Bricks, Barracks squad rooms and Comanche Hall that are available from $100 a night and up that are the old Officer's headquarters, Bachelor Officer's quarters etc for sleeping or meeting rooms. Comanche Hall will accommodate 60 people for sleeping, cooking and dining. The kitchen is complete and towels and linens are furnished. There are 14 bathrooms. Each room can sleep from one to eight people. Wow. What a great place for a family reunion. It is going to be interesting to see just what all we can do in this heat in the next two days.

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