Yuma

On our way to San Diego we decided to make Yuma a layover spot. We’re staying at the Del Pueblo RV and Tennis Resort.

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It’s a little lonely here, the snowbirds will start arriving in the next few weeks. There’s 2 pools, 3 hot tubs, billiards, cards, crafts, library, gym – but not much going on right now. And, it’s hot! Like 103 hot when we arrived.

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The thing to do in Yuma is to actually leave Yuma and cross the border to Los Algodones, Mexico. Here you can find opticians, pharmacies, dentists, restaurants and bars – all at a bargain. Most people park on the US side at a parking lot run by the Quechan Tribe and walk across the border. We did not do this. Tom does not have a current passport.

We did visit a local brewery – Prison Hill Brewery for a great lunch and beers. The DIPA was tasty.

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There’s a state park at the site of the Yuma Territorial Prison.

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The Prison opened in 1874 when Arizona was still a territory and operated for 33 years. It housed a total of 3,069 prisoners including 29 women.

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There’s a self guided tour, a museum with a film and exhibits, cells and artifacts.

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From the guardhouse you can see the Colorado and Gila Rivers.

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Just can’t seem to keep Tom out of Jail. Last month it was the Missouri State Penitentiary, now he’s in the Yuma Territorial Prison.

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Oklahoma…

. . . where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain.

We added another state to our list by stopping for the night in the panhandle in Guymon, OK. We are on our way to the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. The campground here – Corral RV Park – is an odd mix of Drive-in Theatre, RV park, parts and service, and restaurant. The Drive-in and restaurant are closed for the season, but it would be interesting to stop when they are open.

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The park has old autos and trucks parked here and there to give it the look of an old Drive-in.

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We set up in their long pull through site and settled in for the evening.

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There’s the Ventana in our site

The Oklahoma winds kicked up about bedtime with sustained winds of 20-30 mph, but about 4 am it was gusting to 50 mph. Oh no! We got up, tried to shake ourselves awake and pulled in the full wall slide to stop the noise of the flapping slide topper and lessen the shaking.

If THIS RV’s a rockin’ it’s probably just the wind.

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Our view of the movie screen

10 Days in the Wilderness

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Well, the price was right. And it looked like it was close to our next destination at the Branson KOA for the Newmar Fulltimers Rally. Let’s just say it’s ‘rustic’.

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Since it is a National Forest, we get half off with our America the Beautiful Senior Pass otherwise known as the ‘geezer pass’.

We are staying at the Cobb Ridge Campground in the Mark Twain National Forest. The 10 day stay proved to be a little ambitious for our comfort. We’ve never stayed at any campground where there wasn’t at least a dump station. The draw here is the Chadwick ATV and motorcycle trails that go straight through the campground. Having neither of these, we seem somewhat out of place.

The campground is laid out funny and our very, very long pull through site 20 is actually 2 sites end to end – 20 & 21. Some pull through sites are actually 3 end to end sites. Don’t know what you do if you’re in the middle and want to leave.

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Very loooong sites

We checked with the camp host to see about how we should park – they didn’t care. There’s 50 amp on some sites, water spigot nearby, no sewer and no dump. Some pit and some flush toilets, but hot showers available. There are signs to look out for bears. Yikes. But we saw very little wildlife, except for a bazillion insects.

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We didn’t even see a squirrel, much less a bear.

General Burnside Island State Park

General Burnside Island State Park – 8801 South Highway 27 – Burnside, Kentucky

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The park sits on an island created when the Cumberland River was flooded in the 1950’s and the peninsula of land was flooded. Now, it is connected just by the road in.

It is named for side-burn whiskered Civil War General Ambrose Burnside who patrolled this area for confederate soldiers in 1863.

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General Ambrose Burnside

The park contains 94 campsites with electric and water hookups and a dump station and some tent sites. Some sites are max 30 amps, and some 50 amps. We could not determine a pattern. Also beware that some sites have shared utilities, as did our site #23 – whoever gets there first, gets the 50 amp plug. And the utilities were on the wrong side for us. During our stay we found the bath houses are kept clean. Roads and pads are paved and each has a latern pole, picnic table, sitting area and fire ring. Sites vary in size and levelness. The campground is hilly and the road in is narrow, but doable in a big rig. No WiFi, Verizon service strong. You can hear a train, but it never was so loud it woke us up.

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Since the campground is hilly, many sites sit in depressions. It was quite rainy while we were here and some sites were completely swamped. Like this one.

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Luckily, we were on top of the hill and although the ground was saturated, we didn’t have to worry about being flooded.

Also sharing the island is a 18 hole nice golf course and marina and boat ramp. It was too rainy during our stay to play golf, but it looked like a nice course. The pool is no longer used and is now just an eyesore.

The park is close to the town of Somerset with many restaurants and stores.

Also close by and accessible by land and boat is all Lake Cumberland has to offer.