CAMPGROUND REVIEW: Jefferson County Fairgrounds Campground – COLORADO

CAMPGROUND REVIEW

Campground/RV Park: Jefferson County Fairgrounds Campground (Golden)
Location: 15200 W 6th Ave. Frontage Road, Golden, CO  80401
                (303) 271-6600
Date(s) Stayed: 8/15/15 – 8/20/15
Length of Stay: 5 days
Site #: 1 (Back In)
Cost per night (with taxes): $40/day
Discount Used:  None
Connections: 50 amp Electric/Water and Dump Station
Stars:  2
Jefferson County Fairgrounds Campground managed by the Jefferson County Fairgrounds has 40 RV sites.  The Campground was easy to get to off of US-6.
Sites 1-18 are on pavement; first section are back ins (50amps) and second section are parallels (30amps); it was a weird configuration.  Sites 19-40 are gravel pull-throughs (not level).  Since we were in site #1, we can’t speak for reviewing or giving knowledge of the gravel sites.  The back-in sites back up to a small hill; most take their dogs back there to unwind and do their business (and not clean it up!).
Being a Toyhauler, we could not unload our toys from the back which was not an issue for us; we hadn’t planned on it anyways.  Picnic tables were present at each site in the back (we moved ours to our awning/door side because we were so long and we had more room).  The bath houses were very clean and had ‘codes’ so no one from outside the campground could use them.
There is a nice covered pavillion with lots of picnic tables with a children’s playground to the right after the entrance check-in building (which was directly across from the front of our rig).  There is a bit of highway noise but that wasn’t an issue for us as we were out playing tourist.
Reservations highly recommended (by us) with thorough explanation of your size and needs.  They assigned us in site #1 which was fine except if the parking spots directly in front of our rig were taken.  Spaces were TIGHT; literally, slides touching which made it difficult for privacy and walking around your rig.
While parked, we toured and visited Rocky Mountain National Park, Breckenridge, Frisco, and Golden.  Lots to see and do in this location.

In our experience and opinion, Jefferson County Fairgrounds Campground was overpriced for what it was.  This is not a long-term campground’/park; only good for a couple/few overnights.  This was the only place with vacancy for our 44′ big rig toyhauler 5th wheel.  Though accessibility to I-25/US-6 was great, no sewer connections (except for dump station which was not big rig friendly), layout of the park, spaces between sites, maneuverability, and no sewer earned only 2 stars.

Would we stay here again?  As a last resort.

 

 

The Mixing Bowl Cafe’ – Gering, Nebraska

AOL - The Mixing Bowl Cafe

Since beginning our RVing adventures, we’ve come to rely on Yelp, our favorite business-finder phone app. While we were in the Scott’s Bluff area running errands and picking up dry stores and perishables, we set out to find a good lunch café’ in Gering, Nebraska. We read that The Mixing Bowl Cafe not only had mostly 5 star ratings but their reviews were outstanding.

Our Big Fat Greek….Festival Experience!

The saying, ‘when in Rome, do as
Romans do’, but what do you do in a small Nebraska town who celebrates their
Greek Heritage?  Of course, do as Greeks
do!  CELEBRATE with a festival!!  


We heard fellow RV’ers chatting
about going one evening, so what’s a couple of spontaneous RV travelers to do when they’ve not
planned anything for dinner?
 GREEK
FOOD!!!
   When we were parked in Scotts Bluff for our ten-day stay, we checked out
the local to-do’s and noticed fliers for a Greek Festival in the town of
Bridgeport, Nebraska. 
 

We drove “Captain America” (our RAM Dually) this time; Route
92 and passed Chimney Rock and the Pony Express historic marker headed east to
Bridgeport, Nebraska (got some great photos of that for a later blog entry).  It was the Bayard Assumption Greek Orthodox Church fundraiser; sharing their religious heritage with food and entertainment held in their
local Prarie Winds  Community Center.  We walked in being
met with smiles, handshakes and welcomes as we were directed into the gymnasium
where the festival fundraiser was being held. 

There were numerous rows of banquet tables and ‘stations’ of where you
buy tickets and then turn in an allotted number of tickets to sample different
Greek Foods…and beer….GREEK beer, which we tried one each and they were pretty
good with a higher alcohol content (those Greeks do it right the first time,
don’t they?).  We first bought $20 worth
of tickets; tickets being in $1 stubs. 
Our beers cost us 4 tickets each, leaving us only 6 tickets each to buy
our food which really wasn’t enough to enjoy a little of everything Greek. 
   






We each bought nice sized Greek
salads, fried calamari, and this tomato-y pasta dish.  We later bought Baklava Sundaes to finish off
the evening.  They had scheduled for 7:00
pm an evening of Greek Heritage dance presentations however, sadly we couldn’t stick
around for it because my back was giving me issues.



Before we left however, I just ‘had
to’ go to the dessert table to use the rest of our tickets to get some desserts
to go.
  I got into a couple conversations
with a few of the locals; all were enthused and very interested in hearing our
story (they obviously knew we were ‘not from around there’).
  We gave them a few of our travel cards so they
can keep track of us on our Facebook page and blog.
    


This group of very friendly folks were excited to pose for a photo for our blog.  Though we were preparing to leave, we found ourselves leaving an hour later because we got so enthralled in yet, another conversation with more of the locals.  One couple, Dave and Karin, snagged us after overhearing our adventures as RV’ers and chatted with us.  We ‘clicked’ thus asking them over for dinner a couple days later at our RV site.  We are so glad we did.  We are now, hopefully, lifelong friends, even if its through our internet travels.

So our moral to this blog story
is our travels and adventures aren’t only for seeing and doing the ‘attractions’, it’s about
meeting the wonderful people from all over our great Country and hearing their
stories.  We are equally excited to learn
about them, their walks of life, hopes and dreams.  It is because of them that makes us remember them and want to return…and look forward to great folks in the next town. 

The Air Up There! Golden, Frisco and Breckenridge. Colorado

This past September, we had so much we wanted to do and see in Colorado.  Its one of our favorite states.  We stayed at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Campground in Golden, Colorado.  Due to our size, finding a campground able to fit us was a bit of a challenge as well as time of year. Colorado is notorious for their campgrounds being unable to accomodate big rigs like ourselves.  Staying only five days, it was enough for us as a home base; we only were there to sleep and get some cuddle time with our fuzzy crewmembers.

 

 

While we were in Golden, we met up with another RV’ing couple, Brittany and Eric from RV Wanderlust.  We met at Woody’s Wood Fired Pizza in Golden where the pizza was good and the company was even better!  Short story, Eric and Brittany began their RV journey about nine months ahead of us.  We started following them on Facebook and through coincidence, found that Eric too, had served in the Coast Guard and Brittany is quite creative.  So, it seemed only natural that our friendship would flourish. We will eventually meet with them again further down the road (and we DID….keep reading!) in Pueblo…and in Texas this winter.

 

 

After an evening of great pizza and RV’er comraderie, the following morning, we took advantage of the beautiful weather taking a day trip to the cities of Frisco and Breckenridge.  In Frisco, we enjoyed walking through the small shops and the Frisco Historic Park and Museum.  We self-toured these neat little historic buildings that replicated life when Frisco was a mining town a century ago.  Each had artifacts dating back to that era.

 

 

 

We had amazing homemade sammiches and soup at the Butterhorn Bakery and Cafe’ before trekking off to Breckenridge.  It was hard not to spend a whole day there but we were pressed for time to move on to Breckenridge.

 

 

We plan to return to Frisco another time because we really enjoyed this cool, busy little city.  One thing to note, as you see, we were wearing long sleeves.  Though down in Golden it was nearing 85 degrees, up in Frisco and Breckenridge, it was in the cool 40’s and 50’s.  We’re not fans of the cold.

We were really looking forward to seeing Breckenridge.  Eric and Brittany from RV Wanderlust raved about it at dinner the night prior about these magnificent Colorado Alpine Slides going down the mountain at the ski resort.

We parked in the Gondola parking lot and road them up the mountain; about a 30 minute ride.  The views were awesome the further up we went; oftentimes seeing snow below us.  We also experienced a little altitude again.  We must have been 10,000 feet up.

 

The nice thing though was the ski gondola ride up and down the mountain was free.  We had our own gondola to ourselves so we goofed off inside until we got to the top.  Since Dan is not a fan of open-style ski lifts, the gondolas were just my ticket to mess with him.

 

 

Once we got up to the summit, we were issued our alpine racer sleds.  We raced each other down the 2500 foot mountain.  We don’t have photos of ‘us’ actually going down the alpine slides because we were having too much fun racing each other.  We did take these photos of others riding the alpine slide from our gondola.


But it was so worth it!  Psssssst!!  Lisa beat Dan down to the bottom! BIG TIME!!

For the rest of the afternoon, we walked part of the town until sunset when we headed back to the RV park in Golden.  What a great day of shopping, taking in the breathtaking (literal sense) views, lunch, racing and just being free!!

Fort Robinson State Park Campground – NEBRASKA (Crawford)

Campground/RV Park:  Fort Robinson State Park Campground-NEBRASKA
Location:  Fort Robinson (Crawford), NE
Date(s) Stayed: 8/2/15- 8/6/15
Length of Stay: 4 days
Site #: #57
Cost per night (with
taxes): $24/night
Discount Used: None
Connections:  Electric
Stars: 2.5
Phone: 308-665-2900
We stayed at Fort Robinson State Park to take in the local historic and
geological attractions.  Fort Robinson is located on Route 20 near the town of Crawford, Nebraska.

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