St.Louis, MO

We came for the beer; we stayed because there is a lot of really cool crap to do in St.Louis. We found ourselves getting thirsty during our venture across Kansas. As reported in a previous blog, Kansas is pretty void of good beer. We knew St.Louis was home to beer – and not just Anheuser-Busch either. So, we were looking forward to that. We parked ourselves on the outskirts of downtown St. Louis in an overpriced parking lot deceptively named  ‘St. Louis RV Park.’ St. Louis RV Park actually ended up being really great, as it allowed for walking access…

Topeka, KS

Kansas’ state motto is “through the stars, through difficulties.” I think a better motto would be “to Topeka, through the chocolate factory.” But, if Kansas wants to keep their ‘star’ version, I guess we can relate – we should just about be in space right now with the amount of difficulty Topeka, Kansas presented in finding a solid craft brewery. There were only 3 breweries in Topeka. Actually, if you google ‘breweries in Topeka’, an insurance agent comes up on the list. I guess when your city only has 3 breweries and your last name is ‘Beers’ (sweet last name!), that would…

Ellis, KS

We made it to Kansas!   We bopped in an out of Ellis, KS right quick like; it’s the kind of place that the only thing to do is ‘bop in and out right quick like’. There is a cute, cheap camping area near the river (with full hook-ups) and we were looking a few nights of cheap solitude. Ellis has quiet and solitude. And not too much more. There are a bunch of trains strewn about (tastefully) to celebrate the town’s train loving ways. There is a tiny museum dedicated to Walter Chrysler, who founded the Chrysler Corporation; he…

Denver, CO (Round 2)

Colorado. Why are you so cool? How did you get this way? With all of your cool sunsets. And your cool mountains. And your cool air. And your cool people… Holly and Henry, King and Queen of Colorado. Colorado has been on our minds since our last visit (last August). So, we returned. We parked in Holly’s driveway. We walked her Henry-pup. We bathed in her shower. We mooched off of her electricity. We laundered our clothes in her machines. We snuggled all together on her couch. We crashed party invites as +1s. We followed her into Rocky Mountain National…

Fort Collins, CO

We love Colorado. A lot. Fantastic beer. Amazing opportunities for outdoor activities. Ghost towns. The Rockies almost always looming in the distance. Adventure culture. But there is more in Colorado for us to love than just the ‘Colorado’ of Colorado.  We’ve got people here.  Robin, Michael, & Jake. And the people let us moochdock in their driveway. And they cook us food and share adult beverages with us. And they are generally more kind, thoughtful, and engaging than is probably warranted. So, we spent several very relaxing, engaging days with living as neighbors to Micheal and Robin. We shared food.…

Medicine Bow National Forest, WY

We heard reports of some good National Forest land between Laramie and Cheyenne, so we pointed Dyna that way. Reports we confirmed- solid boondocking spot out around Pole Mountain in Medicine Bow National Forest. Seriously- gorgeous country. And, as an added bonus, we were the only folks out there for our two night stay! Double bonus: a presidential debate occurred during our stay. And personally, there isn’t a better motivator for experiencing some ‘alone time’ than a presidential debate.  No hook-ups & no neighbors: life is good. Of course, it’s been a few posts since we’ve had to write about…

Rock Springs, WY

Fun fact: Wyoming had the lowest population of all 50 states. So much land. So few people. Not always a bad thing…  We meandered into Rock Springs, WY and parked the big lug at the fairgrounds. After searching for a working water spigot to hook-up to for way longer than was appropriate, we put down our levelers and settled in for a few nights. We woke up to crazy wind and freezing rain sideways freezing hail. It didn’t stop for two days. Our weather app made no mention of the possibility of this type of weather. We noted that the weather…

Rexburg, ID

“Holy crap! Pull over!”  Potatoes and onions aren’t the only interesting things in Idaho. Idaho also has ‘the moon.’  Recently, we haven’t been traveling with ‘firm’ plans. We’ve just been driving. East. So, when we drove into Craters of the Moon National Monument, we were pretty surprised. We had no idea that Idaho had a large swath of land impersonating the moon. We’re glad it does; the novelty of this place makes it pretty awesome.  In full disclosure, Idaho’s ‘moon’ doesn’t have anything to do with the ‘real’ moon. Craters of the Moon was created by volcanic fissure eruptions. You can…

Parma, ID

C-ya later Oregon! Oh, hey there Idaho! Please disregard the disheveled looks- we spent the night prior in a rest area. Idaho. Big wheels have been turning toward middle America. We don’t have a firm plan of when we’ll arrive. We don’t have a specific route we’re planning to drive. But, we do have a goal of reaching Colorado in the near-ish future.  Idaho is currently providing us with a road to explore while headed in that general direction. Idaho also touts many roadside attractions. Alright, alright- so far, most of those ‘roadside attractions’ have been potatoes and onions laying…

Eugene, Oregon- Round 2

Some stops are glamorous only in retrospect. Our second rendezvous with the greater Eugene, OR, area was glamorous only in retrospect. We spent much of our second date with Eugene hopping between RV shops. The Eugene, Oregon area (specifically, Coburg and Junction City) is a mecca for RV craftsmen. So, we hunted a few down. We beat them into submission. We forced them to agree to install a new floor, re-upholster our couch, and paint a few trouble spots on Dyna’s 15 year old exterior. (Okay, we paid them- same difference).  We also coerced these poor folks into letting us…