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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Herky on Parade and Lobster Emojis?

Friday night we stayed at Sleepy Hollow campground in Oxford, Iowa.  Right on the interstate which is what we wanted for a quick getaway in the morning but the site was incredibly unlevel, difficult to get into and out of, and the electric kept shorting out.  Not on our list of places to recommend, needless to say. 

But we soon put it behind us as we moved on to our next destination of Plaza RV in Bondurant, Iowa on Saturday morning.

There was a toy hauler there that we wanted to see and since we liked it and liked the price we did the deal on the spot! Many thanks to Doug and Dave for making it happen and getting us out of there and back on the road by 5 o'clock.

While we waited I took the kittens for a walk and found a cicada in the grass. The cats had no interest in it, but I did, so I picked it up and took him for a short walk too.  

Of course I put him back where he belonged and our next stop was Walgreens where we saw one of the Herkys on Parade which is a public art project in the Iowa city area.

This one was called father and daughter Herky and was placed in front of an OB/GYN clinic.

Saturday night found us in Council Bluffs, Iowa at the Horseshoe Casino parking lot.  Not a place I would recommend but again we were just trying to get miles behind us. 

$30 a night to camp in their parking lot with electric and water but the shocker was the $50 deposit that was included and which we will not see credited back to our credit card for up to a week according to them. 

We spent the evening organizing the new camper which was quite an adventure as this unit does not have as much storage space as our old fifth wheel. What it does have is a garage for our quad, kayaks and bikes, not to mention four televisions including one outside.  Advice from anyone who has a toy hauler on how they are making the limited living space work would be appreciated.  We gained 2 feet in total length but lost 8 to 10 feet living area which included cupboards most noticeably.

The garage also turns into an extra bedroom for Cory. It might not be fancy but he has his own space now and doesn't have to sleep on the couch anymore.  Pictures of the inside will have to wait for another post we are still quite messy!

Wayne picked up a Pepsi with a lobster Emoji at the gas station in Nebraska and brought it out to Cory today which was something that brought a smile to all of our faces. Things are looking up including our stay tonight at Sleepy Sunflower RV park which has a friendly staff and free Wi-Fi.   Still on the interstate but with the air conditioner running I'm not hearing the traffic tonight. The 2016 Dutchmen voltage V3605 was quite stinky with chemical fumes at first but after leaving the windows open for two days the air is breathable and we will all get a good nights sleep tonight!  



  1. WHAT? A spontaneous purchase? :) Like the toy hauler idea... adds a lot of versatility.
    Box Canyon Mark

  2. No wonder you lost space toteing all that gear around. At first I thought you had gotten a forklift to pull I with

  3. You bought a toy hauler ... on the spot. OK. What did you do with your other rig? I guess the hitch fit all right. Sorry I don't have any experience with an RV like that, but I know you'll find answers. (I can't remember where you're going. We're currently in Mobile, AL, because we need to be, not because it's where we want to be.)

    1. We "traded in" the fifth wheel, but I don't know if you can really call it that since it was worth $7,000.00 less than what we owed on it! I really wanted that extra bedroom area for Cory though to encourage him to travel with us more...and Wayne really wanted the space to take his quad everywhere.