Monday, September 24, 2012

Rob and Me and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Please tell me these bad days are not our new normal.  

Last night we camped in Sheridan, Wyoming in a decent little RV park near I-90.  I got up early this morning and went over to the local Walmart to get some groceries and exchange a couple of things.  Mission accomplished, I decided to stop at the car wash and scrub the truck.  It was a dusty, dirty, buggy mess.  I can just about see over the hood so washing it was a challenge.  Mission #2 accomplished.  Mission #3?  Starbucks.  I actually saw a real Starbucks and headed over to get some coffee and iced tea for our drive today.  So far, so good.

I found a really interesting sounding State Park online near Devil's Tower.  The information online said they were open all year and had full hook-ups including electricity.  The park is about 100 miles from Sheridan and about 30 miles off I-90.  

We hooked up and headed out about 10 am.  We carefully followed the directions and GPS only to get lost in a little town near the park.  We learned that Keyhole State Park is split into two areas on separate sides of the lake and more than ten miles apart.  After asking some of the locals for directions more than once we finally found the place we were looking for.  The campground we specifically wanted was called Tatanka and the gates were closed for the season.  It appears to be the only campground with electricity.  We must have electricity or run our generator in order to run the medical equipment we use at night.  30 miles through road construction, dirt roads, getting lost and we now had nowhere to camp for the night.  Lovely!

One of the things Rob and I wanted to do while in the area was see Devil's Tower.  

I searched for a campground near the monument and found a KOA so we thought we'd give it a try.  

According to the Devil's Tower National Monument website Devil's Tower is "A geologic feature protrudes out of the rolling prairie that surrounds the Black Hills. The site is considered Sacred to the Lakota and other tribes that have a connection to the area. Hundreds of parallel cracks make it one of the finest traditional crack climbing areas in North America. Devils Tower entices us to explore and define our place in the natural and cultural world." It was also featured in the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". It's big and pretty cool to look at too. 

Anyway, after a very long and irritating day we finally arrived at the campground and checked in.  That's when the real fun started.  The trees in the campground have pretty low hanging branches and we ended up getting hung up in one.    We were tired, cranky and not communicating well and had trouble getting parked and set up.  Then we took a long look at the RV and noticed that half the cover was ripped right off the rear air conditioning unit. Rob was about to climb up and inspect the damage when a kind neighbor camper came over and offered to go up on the roof. Other than the AC cover there are a couple of tears in the roof membrane as well.  Looks like we'll be in for some more repairs.  We have noticed our RV is higher than most of the other 5th wheels we have seen so we have to be extra careful with heights.  Hopefully a good nights sleep will improve my outlook on things. 

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