THIS IS OUR FIRST RODEO!

While we have been on the road many times before, we haven’t seen these kinds of temperatures or this kind of mileage or even this kind of weight. So we keep reminding ourselves that this is our first rodeo and everything may not always be perfect!

Leg one: Albuquerque, New Mexico to Blytheville, Arkansas

Our goal departure date of 1-7-13 was pushed back to 1-10-13 to finish up major projects like the solar panels and saying good-bye to family and friends.  I’d say that’s pretty good considering we were attending school and working for a good portion of the time.

January 10 – 13

(Albuquerque, NM to Amarillo, TX )

Sanford-Yake campground at Lake Meredith Recreation area

Fresh from Albuquerque, we decided our first stop would be a boondock.  It was cold, but we had enough sun to fully charge the batteries with the solar panels.  Wish we had a wind turbine to harness some of the 50 mph gusts of wind that we had.  We stayed warm inside by cooking: enchiladas, biscuits, soft pretzels, gnocchi, and corn tortillas & chips (from Masa).   Even with the wind and a light snow, we got a hike in and Chris ran the stairs (boat ramp to the staging area) with Ally. I guess you could say Ally pulled Chris up the stairs! The snow on the 12th  made for a very chilly drive to Natural Falls state Park, AR.

FACILITIES/SITE QUALITY: 5/5

Sanford-Yake had back in a pull through sites (paved and gravel).  Each site had a covered picnic table.  No showers but flush toilets.

A light dusting of snow

A light dusting of snow

LOCATION: 4/5

While the exact location of Sanford-Yake was up to par, there was not enough signage from Fritch, TX.  If you were coming from Borgor, TX, however, brown signs all the way.  Water authority road is not suitable for RVs of our size (36 ft 5th wheel pulled by Dodge Dually) because there was not a turn-around area.

PET FRIENDLINESS: 3/5

We were the only campers besides a few that drove in and around the loop so if we wanted to, we could let Ally off leash.  We are not at that stage of training. No hiking trails and access to the lake was difficult and really limited to the boat ramp.

WEBSITE/INFO: 5/5

http://http//www.nps.gov/lamr/planyourvisit/camping.htm

The website could stand to be updated, but it served its purpose.

BONUS: In addition to the lake and hiking trails, there is a great set of stairs (boat ramp to staging area) for Chris to run with Ally.

OVERALL RATING: 4.25

The tree says it all....

The tree says it all….

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