I usually have a restless night’s sleep the night before I pull out on the road after being in a spot for a while. Last night was no exception. Add to that the fact that this would be my first real trip with the new, larger rig, and I guess you could say I was a little wired. :) Emma kept a low profile, thankfully. I ensconced her in her crate and off we all went. After 300 relatively uneventful miles, both rigs arrived at the chosen campground just west of Mitchell, SD. The only glitch happened when Pam and Stan noticed that their electrical hook up cord had somehow fallen out of it’s storage compartment and was dragged along the road for a portion of the last leg of today’s journey. It was scuffed up a bit, but not dragged long enough to rub off all the rubber coating around the cord. How weird is that?
By the time we arrived at the Famil-E-Fun Campground, I was feeling pretty comfortable with the new rig. It is much more stable on the road than my last rig. I got a pull through site tonight, so I’ll deal with the backing up of a larger rig later. :) This is a Mom and Pop type campground that was supposed to be a Passport America Park. Not so anymore. So, for $22, I got full hook-ups. I needed that tonight since I’ve been parked in Andy’s driveway for almost two weeks with this rig and will need to dump the tanks in the morning. This campground is great for an overnight stay, but I wouldn’t want to be here on a holiday weekend.
Our sites look nice, but that’s because there’s an unused site between us, and on a busy weekend there would be campers behind each of our rigs. To this campground’s credit, it is the first campground I have ever stayed at that gave a lower rate for solo campers! I’d stay here again just because of that! Even though we’re close to I-90, there really aren’t any road sounds, and if it were a little warmer, I’d take advantage of the good sized swimming pool.
My friend, Peggy, in Vermont, sent me an email today about the picture of the insect I posted last night. She figured out that it is a Giant Ichneumon Wasp! It turns out that it was a female, and was laying an “egg” in the wood pile. It lays the egg where there is a larva of a horntail wasp so it’s larva can feed on the other larva. I guess I was pretty lucky to see such a thing happening! If you Google giant Ichneumon wasp, you can see a very interesting video of this. Cool beans!
Tomorrow, our plans are to make it to Custer, SD, so we can go see the Crazy Horse Monument on Wednesday. I hope tomorrow goes as well as today. It’s great to be back “On the road again!”
Tonight’s sunset in the campground.
Thanks for stopping by….talk to you later, Judy