First Trip

We are out on our first real trip with the 5th Wheel. We started last Friday, heading to Grand Island NE for my nephews graduation. It was about 350 miles of driving - not the way we like to travel but the weather held us back a day and we had commitments so off on the long drive. We had reservations at Mormon Island State Recreation Area just off I80 at the exit for GI. We tent camped here and that area is great except for the noise however the RV area is another story. The sites are really packed in. The pull throughs are like pull overs that make the road so tight they give you orage cones to put at the back of your rig so it won't get hit. It took us forever to get backed in to our site. It was long enough for the 5th wheel but we had to park the truck elsewhere. The only sites that would be ok are the ones along the lake, they are still small but manoeuvring is easier and the parking lot for the truck would be right in front of it. I don't think we will ever stay here again if we can help it. We checked out a county park, Hall Park in the area and I think we will try it next time. The road in is narrow but the RV park looks nice. I lost the photos of this on a card that the computer is not reading
I plan on writing about our time in GI later when am back home as I think it will be better as a stand alone topic. Next we moved to Omaha and NP Dodge Park. It is a park maintained by the city of Omaha. The campground is old and in need of some TLC but the park is very nice. There is a bike trail there so we took a nice 45 min ride, our behinds need some breaking in for the biking season. We stopped here to visit a HS and college friend of mine, Terri,- we did some growing up together. She married a fellow HS classmate of mine, Alan, so it is always fun to see them. They currently live in a loft in the Old Market area of Omaha. Went to a great brew pub, Upstream, had dinner and tried a couple of their brews. It was such a fun dinner I hope we can do it again soon.
We decided on Tuesday to head to Decorah, IA another 300 mile drive. We will be hear until Sunday. It will be our home base for biking, hiking and most importantly going to get my youngest DS from his semester abroad in Norway. We will drive up to Minneapolis and pick him up and then bring him back here. This is where his college is (Luther College) and where his friends and girlfriend are. We are anxious to get him back. Like any Mom I have missed him. Since we are taking off this fall I really want to spend some time with him this summer.
I am adding photos of two of our three stops, this one at the Pulpit Rock campground is our favorite and I think you will see why. It will be the last photo. As Howard at RV Dreams says it has the "It" factor for us. Today we went up to Preston MN and got on the Root River State Bike Trail, that also is another entry for later.
Hope this finds you well and following your dreams.


  1. We have often found older campgrounds have limited length for our trailer. Particularly at National Park CG's and they prohibit parking off the pad, usually. It's just one of those things. Boondocking, we have had to tuck ourselves away into some pretty tough spots and have the little dings and scratches to show for it. While I envy you all the space of your very pretty unit, I know I will have to forgo camping in some of my favorite places if we choose to sell our smaller trailer when we get the big unit of my wife's dreams.


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