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In Information-Usefull, postaweek2011, RVing on April 30, 2011 at 1:57 am

Casino Queen Hotel  Casino RV Park (East  St. Louis, Illinois)

From a lawn chair in their campsites, RVers can look across the mighty Mississippi River and watch the setting sun bathe the St Louis Arch in golden light.

Casino Queen RV Park

Casino Queen RV Park


In the foreground of this gorgeous vista sits the Casino Queen Hotel and Casino, a short shuttle-ride away from the RV sites, some of which are 70 feet long and all of  which are carefully maintained. Although the 142-site RV park is closed  November through February, the Casino is open tear round, and Casino Player magazine has consistently rated the Casino Queen’s  slots among the  country’s loosest. The fact that the Casino also offers $2 blackjack and 25 cent roulette doesn’t tip the odds in the players  favor, but it certainly eases the pain of a losing streak.

Casion Queen RV Park

Of course, if  RVers decide to stay at the Casino Queen RV Park, they will likely feel victorious on all fronts if they watch one of the casino’s  shows, eat at its  fine Prime Steakhouse and explore the nearby  St. Louis Zoo, the Science Center as well              as Laciede’s  Landing. 



Casino Queen RV Park (800) 777-0777,www.casinoqueen.com

Coushatta Casino Resort/Red Shoes RV Park (Kinder,Louisiana)

Palm Trees at Coushatta RV Resort


In the southwestern part of the Pelican State, 23 miles north of I-10, sits an establishment that understands quality and delivers it in spades. And hearts and clubs and diamonds. Coushatta Casino Resort features more than 2,800 slot machines, more fhan 70 table games and a 22-table poker room,where Texas Hold’em can be played legally,unlike in the neighboring Lone Star State. The entertainers who play Coushatta include the biggest of big names, such as Reba McEntire, and the casino features six restaurants under its roof. The adjacent golf course, Koasati Pines at Coushatta, may be a tongue-twister, but it also has received a 4.5-star rating from Golf Digest, and golfing RVer will likely warm to the fairways that wind  through wetlands among pines and the live oaks.

Indian Dance ai Coushatta




The adjacent Red Shoes RV Park has enough amenities –a two acre lake, tennis, basketball, volleyball and shuffleboard courts; a swimming pool, and two bathhouses, for example–to entertain those travelers who do not gamble or play golf. Though only about 300 yards sit between the casino and the RV park,a shuttle makes the trip easier, increasing the time in which to strike it rich.

Caushatta RV Park


Coushatta Casino Resort, (800) 572- 7263-www.coushattacasinoresort.com

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Chuckle for the day!

Freya was driving her Chevrolet Vega home in New Mexico when she saw an elderly Apache woman walking along the side of the road. She stopped the car and asked the woman if she would like a lift?
With a silent nod, the woman climbed into the car. Freya tried in vain to make conversation with the Apache woman.
The old Apache looked closely at everything she saw, studying every little detail, until she noticed a red gift bag on the seat next to Freya.
‘What’s in the bag?’ asked the old woman.
‘It’s a bottle of whisky that I got for my husband.’
The Apache woman was silent for another minute or two. Then speaking with the quiet wisdom of an elder, she said, ‘Good trade.’

Up,Up, and Away!

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2011 at 1:30 am

Las Vegas

MGM Las Vegas

Here  we are here in Beautiful, Las Vegas, NV. This is the starting place for our much awaited “Up,Up and away” Balloon Festival Caravan, which ends in  Albuquerque, NM. in three weeks. We came here a week early so we could see some shows and other sights. One thing that I noticed that was interesting-the street signs are lighted so you can read them at night. I am glad that we did decide to give ourselves an extra week  because there is so much more to Las Vegas than just the the gambling. Carol has joined up with her friends   from N.Y.   June and I saw three shows and investigated the  Las Vegas area in general. We had to check out of our first camp  site here at the campground and moved over to where the caravan group of ” Up,Up and away ” are meeting. They have reserved camp sites. ( We had stayed at our first camp site  for 7 days and it only cost us, with gambling credits, $85.00 ).

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Today we relocated over to a new site assigned to us by our wagon master. After we got set up, we drove over to the Casino to a meeting room where we registered. We have been given #20 for this caravan. There are 24 units in this group. We returned again at 2:30 pm for the orientation meeting and to meet  our fellow travelers. The bus picked us up at 5:00pm and took us to the Excalibur Casino where we were treated to; “King Arthur’s Tourament.” with dinner and show. The dinner was served Medieval style – no utensils. A pewter mug & soup bowl. You drank soup from the bowl and ate a Cornish hen & a hunk of bread with your fingers while cheering your favorite knight on to victory in the tournament. The tables were arranged around an arena where the knights on horses competed. We had a great time!

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The next day the bus picked us up at 8:15 am for a boat ride on Lake Meade and a tour of Hoover Dam. The bus ride over gave us another chance to get better aqcuainted with our fellow travelers. The bus driver did a great job of keeping us informed about everything from “who owns what in Vegas” to stories about the building of Hoover Dam. (Our driver was an English Gentleman, not American and he did a great job). The boat trip was enjoyable. The Hoover Dam was certainly worth going to. It was started in 1931 and finished in 1935, two years ahead of schedule and one and a half million dollars under budget. (Total cost was 165 million dollars).

The 17 generators generate over two million Kilowatts—that is a lot of power. After we got back to the campground we had a travel meeting with Pat & Ken (wagon masters). They covered our next trip and what to expect on the road. We are free now until tomorrow. Carol’s friends are here and she is happy.

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Today  we are leaving Silverton’s  RV Park, Las Vegas, N V. For;    Brentwood RV Resort, Hurricane,UT. (You  do not travel in a group caravan, but singly or pairs etc ) . We gave the Las Vegas traffic a chance to thin out on I-15 north before we left. There is major construction going on here “to by-pass I-15 out to near the mountains” because here, in Las Vegas, it so loaded down with local traffic. I drove so June could enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Virgin River Gorge. We decided that because we only have about 100 miles to drive tomorrow, that we would briefly sight-see Zion Nat’l Park in the  morning before we left..We went down to the “before travel meeting”at  Pat & Kens RV and got some ideas of what to look for tomorrow at Zion Nat’l Park from some of our group who went this  afternoon.

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We are leaving Brentwood RV Resort,Hurricane,UT.  For; Panguitch KOA Park, Panguitch,UT. We pulled our RV over to an overflow area and dropped it off. We drove  34 miles to Zion Nat’l Park this morning.

Zion Nat'l Park

We got there at 8:45am and the visitors center was open. We toured the center and picked up any infornation we needed and left for the Park. We drove around the Park and it was great.We drove over to the “River Walk”,walking trail just as it started to rain so we returned to the park and picked up our RV. We headed out to our next park. The scenery on the way was outstanding.The Park put on a good ” ice cream get together” at 6:00 pm. We won a coffee cup on one of the drawings, (Everyone won something).

I started to set the alarm for 6:00am, but June talked me into changing it to 7:00am so she could get a little more sleep. At 7:00am I got up, turned on the heater & coffee. There was frost on top of the cars (and we were complaining about the heat  just yesterday and running the a/c). We drove into Bryce Canyon Nat’l Park around noon and drove out to the end at Rainbow Point, checked out the visitors center, then drove back,  stopping at all of the “Over-looks”, 18 miles at 35 mph (thePark speed limit). All of the overlooks are on the  return side of the road

Bryce Canyon

.The views from all of the over-looks were just out-standing. Bryce is not really a canyon, but “14 Amphitheaters of color-eroded limestone pinnacles and spires called Hoodoos”. The Red, Pink and Orange colors of the limestone constantly change with the sun, making the landscape come alive. The Indians called it “Red Rocks Standing Like Men in a Bowl-ShapedCanyon”. Indian legend has it that long ago there lived in the area, animal-like creatures that could change into people. “They were evil so Coyote turned them all into Stone”. On the way back we fueled up. We had a Bar-B-Que at the park. It was very good. We had our travel meeting afterwards. >

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We are leaving Panguitch, KOA Park, Panguitch, UT. For; Canyonland Campground, Moab, UT. There can be no question, but that it is cold this morning. 25 degrees F. We were the last ones out of the campground, as usual. My sweet wife did a great job of starting of us out on our trip. She topped the summit at Fishlake Nat’l Park (not our stop), at 7,923 ft. with no problem at all. We chose not to take the senic, by way of  Rte-12 & Rte-24, because of the steep grades reported  up to 12 % from my  Mountain Dictionary- Ken was told that the dictionary was wrong, that there no grades steeper than 8%. The people that did go that way said that we made a good decision, because there were 12%  grades that we would have had  major problems  with.  (I,m glad that we have a Mountain Directionary, it sure does come in handy.) We had a very scenic trip going US-89, I-70 & Rte-191. We pulled into an “over-view ” for lunch. The view from there was out-standing. We met some of our group when we fueled up at Green River. We tried to join them, but they ran off and left us. We checked into the campground and set up. Very short sites and kind of cramped with trees. Tomorrow we are going white water rafting on the Colorado River. >

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We are up and ready to go White Water Rafting on the Colorado River today.

Jetting the Colorado

The Colorado River

With memories of the White Water Rafting trip that we took several years ago on the Penobscot River in Maine, we were ready when the bus picked us up at 8:00am. We were on the first trip. The other half wanted to see the “Arches”, some 30 miles away. We knew that it wasn’t going to be as exciting as the “Penobscot River” trip when we didn’t get helmets and the guide was the only one with an oar. However, it was fun, with beautiful scenery. Our  guide did a excellent job explaining the landscape as we went downriver. ( The only bad thing about the trip was the “Port-a potty”. Man-O-Man, was that “Ripe” ). After the rafting trip was over, we returned to the campground. I think that we have a couple of  “glo-plugs” bad. I have been plugging in the crankcase heater each night and the truck starts on the coldest mornings with no problems.

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Today we got up, had breakfast and got ready for our trip down the Colorado River on a Jet Boat. The Bus picked us up at 11:00am and took us down stream about 15 miles from where we went rafting. The canyons in this area are fantastic. When we arrived at the Boat Launch Area, they had  a Picknic Table set up under some trees with lunch . After lunch, we boarded the  Jet Boats and headed down River. The canyons were unbelivable! Our guide John stopped several times to give us a Geology lessons on the different layers of formations. He appeared to be very knowledgeable and he certainly had our interest. We took a lot of pictures on the trip. On the way we stopped at an area of wall covered with black magnesium oxide. There were some petroglyphs etched through the black into the Red sandstone….when we got back to our campground and got cleaned up, we took our crock- pot over to our groups pot luck dinner. It was good. Today is June’s Birthday. Everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to her and she got a bunch of cards which made her very happy. >

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We are leaving Canyanland campground, Moab,UT for:United campground, Duranango,Co. This morning everyone had to take turns pulling out. Because of the short camp sites, the 5th wheel trucks stuck out into the road, so they pulled out first. June was driving the 1st half of the trip. She never got out of 3rd gear for the first 20 minutes. we were climbing from 4,000ft to 6,000ft. It was a pretty much an  un-eventful trip. We finally got to the campground and checked in. >

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We were up at 5:00 am to get ready for our 7:00am Bus trip down to the train station in Durango. From there we take a narrow gauge Railroad train ride to  Silverton, Co., up in the mountains. We will return this afternoon by Bus. The train ride itself wasn’t too comfortable, but the scenery was great. It was a 31/2 hour ride on hard narrow straight back seats. Open the window and you get covered with soo. We had 2 1/2 hours to look around Silverton before the bus  picked us up for the trip back. There really isn’t much up here but restaurants, Gift Shops and history. June bought presents for our kids. >

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We are going to Mesa Verde Nat’l Park. It is about a 45 minute trip to get to the visitors center.  We had our own guide on the bus and he was very knowledgeable.

Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellers

At  Mesa Verde are  ancient multistoried dwellings that fill the cliff-rock alcoves that may rise 2,000 ft. above Montezuma valley. The Anasazi (Ancient Ones) began to settle on the top about AD 750. Around 1200 they moved into the recesses in the cliffs. Around 1270 they moved out for unknown reasons.They had a high degree of skills as craftmen. The condition of the dwellings today confirms this. We returned back pretty well worn out. >

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We are leaving United Campground, Durango,Co. for; Gouldings Motel & RV Park, Monument Valley,UT. The first 20 miles we stayed in 3rd gear because it was a little hilly. We arrived with only about 1/4 of our fuel left in our tanks. We were driving into a head wind most of the way. (This is why we carry two spare 12 gallon cans of diesel, protected in the back ). The scenery from our campsite overlooking MonumentValley is wonderful.

Mount Rainier National Park

In National Parks on April 20, 2011 at 7:50 am


I wish that I had a computer back in the days when we were traveling. Being from the
east coast,we had a limited idea of what we would try to see while on the west coast.
Unfortunately, Mt. Rainier did not make our list of places to visit and Mt. Hood did.
We regret not visiting Mt. Rainier, but thats life! We did the best that we could  in the
seven  months that we travel each summer.

This is some of the information that I have located on Mount Rainier National Park.

Don’t miss out seeing this beautiful park. It is certainly worth the effort.

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Mount Rainier is a massive stratovolcano located 54 miles (87 km) southeast of SeattleUnited States. It is the most prominent mountain in the contiguous United States and the Cascade Volcanic Arc, with a summit elevation of 14,411 feet (4,392 m).[1][2] Mt. Rainier is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world, and it is on the Decade Volcano list.[7] Because of its large amount of glacial ice, Mt. Rainier could potentially produce massive lahars that would threaten the whole Puyallup River valley.
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The summit cone formed incrementally as lava and ash gushed from a vent in the Earth thousands of times, filling the surrounding canyons and increasing the footprint of the mountain. The top of the still-active volcano named Mount Rainier once topped 16,000 feet, but the effects of the harsh weather at high elevations in west-central Washington lowered the mountain’s skyward reach, only for eruptions over the last two millennia to build the summit back up to its current height of 14,411 feet above sea level. Mount Rainier’s last eruption occurred about 100 years ago.
So impressive is Mount Rainier’s hulking presence that it dominates the skyline for 100 miles, dwarfing other Cascade Range peaks and luring tourists to its high-elevation bounties. Located 95 miles from Seattle and 70 miles from Tacoma, Mount Rainier National Park so successfully draws lovers of the outdoors to its 235,625 acres, that astute visitors avoid much of the traffic on the roads and the crowds on the trails by exploring the park during midweek.
Of course, these roads and trails are busy for a good reason: This national park delivers extraordinary year-round recreation, from mountaineers improving their ice-climbing  skills to photographers determined to capture the park’s essence in shots of wildflowers, woods and waterfalls. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing  abound in the winter, and July and August bring the most colorful blooms of wildflowers.
Visitors who explore the park sometime between early July and early October should begin in the southwest Nisqually entrance, then drive to Paradise and Sunrise, stopping to appreciate the wildflowers, when in bloom.If time permits, travelers who like to hike may want to park at the entrance at Carbon River, in the northwest corner, hike to the self-guided Carbon River Rain Forest Trail, then launch into the much more difficult 18 mile round-trip hike through Douglas firs and Sitka spruce along the Carbon Glacier Trail.
No matter where visitors direct their boots in the day-time, they can spend their nights in any of the three campgrounds, all with 14 day limits. No hook-ups exist, but with Mount Rainier as a backdrop, a stay here can hardly be called roughing it.

For campgrounds with hook-ups, check out the four campgrounds of Tacoma Power listed below.





Tacoma Power CampgroundsTacoma Power operates 4 excellent campgrounds to the SE of Mount Rainier National
Park on Alder Lake and Mayfield Lake reservoirs.  The campgrounds feature full hook-up’s and swimming, boating, and excellent campsite facilities.

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Mayfield Lake ParkYear-round day use area and boat launch.
Campsites open between April 15 and October 15
55 individual campsites (Water/electric hookups)
12-unit group camp area – Memorial Day – Oct. 15
Fire rings and picnic tables in all campsites
Coin-operated showers
Wheelchair-accessible restroom
Reservable kitchen shelter.

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Alder Lake Park  Download BrochureYear-round camping at 173 campsites
37 with water, electric and sewer hookups
74 with water and electric hookups
62 tent sites
20-site group camp area – full hookups
Two boat launches open year round
Fire rings and picnic tables in all campsites
Coin-operated showers
Wheelchair accessible restrooms
Water faucets throughout campground.

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Taidnapam ParkYear-round camping and day-use area
67 individual campsites
17 with water, electric and sewer hookups
34 with water and electric hookups
16 walk-in tent sites
22-site group camp area
18 with water, electric and sewer hookups
4 with water and electric hookups
Boat launch open mid-May through mid-September
Fire rings and picnic tables in all campsites
Coin-operated showers
Wheelchair accessible restrooms.

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Mossy Rock ParkYear-round camping, day use area and boat launch
152 individual campsites (76 with full hookups)
Two group camp areas
60-site group camp (35 with electric hookups)
10-site primitive group camp (no hookups)
Fire rings and picnic tables in all campsites
Coin-operated showers
Laundry facilities
Store and fast-food concession stand (seasonal)
Wheelchair accessible restrooms
Water faucets throughout campground
Reservable kitchen shelter.

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Now here you have it, everything that you need to know for a great camping experience!  GO FOR IT!!!