Tumble In ~ Marfa, Texas 1

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I am innately drawn to obscure out-of-the-way small towns in our country. Just add in one Airstream, two days travel, a  yellow lab and a wanderlust for adventure and you’ll end up in the land of “Quirky” ~ better known as Marfa, TX. This post, however, is only about the accommodations found in Marfa ~ the Tumble In RV Park. I’ll be sharing stories about the town of Marfa and unique finds in my next post. When you hear Marfa is in the middle of nowhere, that is correct. And the Tumble In makes you feel right at home in the middle of nowhere! I loved staying here. Quirky, plain, no frills ~ yes but, there is something about it that grounds you. Waking up to hear the train passing by (and I do mean passing right by, check out the photo below of how close it really is), watching the tumbleweed float by like a silent passerbyer and the Texas winds that speak to you while blowing past your cheek.

Drive on in to the Tumble In….

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Self check-in at the office which is an orange and white 1962 Mobile Scout (canned ham). Luv this!

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Did I mention the “train”?

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The facilities ~new, modern and really cool. Not your average RV Park so have an open mind!

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View from my office on a blustery Marfa day (and another train!!). Otis was very circumspect of the “stickers” which are everywhere in Texas. Not so great for the pups paws.

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The manager, Jon C.s ’77 Airstream Ambassador in site #12

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Tumble In Views

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Photo Source: © 2013 All Rights Reserved Anna Sullivan Photography

Welcome to Yellowstone National Park & Fishing Bridge RV Park 8

My mother always said, the older you get the faster times goes. Well Mom, you were right. I can’t believe how much time has passed since my last post. My sincerest apologies are in order for being remiss in sharing my travels and adventures since the summer. Lots of great stories and images to share. So, here goes. I spent a week in Yellowstone followed by a glorious month in Jackson Hole at the end of August till the end of September. I”ll be posting about Jackson Hole soon, promise!!

We decided to make the trip from Denver to Yellowstone in one day. It’s a long haul especially while towing and traveling with a doggie companion. But, Otis is quite the traveler. No complaints from him. After all, we were “going” somewhere and that is all he cares about.

With construction in several locations in Wyoming which killed our time, it took us 12 hours to finally get to Fishing Bridge RV Park in Yellowstone. But, along the way somewhere between Rawlins and Dubois, Wyoming I pulled over to admire the sky. Of course, also had to drag the ‘ol camera out and snap just a few shots.

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Outside of Dubois, Wyoming I grabbed these shots of my Big “B” (Beatrice) and the vast Wyoming landscape and sky.

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We drove through Grand Teton National Park via Moran Junction into Yellowstone National Park and stopped for some quick shots at the entrance and again at the Yellowstone Lake.

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Yellowstone is widely considered to be the finest megafauna wildlife habitat in the lower 48’s. There are approximately 60 species of mammals in the park. As we were crossing the actual Fishing Bridge I was ebullient to share the road with a herd of Bison.

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Fishing Bridge RV Park ~ Yellowstone National Park. This was our second stay at Fishing Bridge and I would highly recommend it if you prefer full-hook ups, clean showers, laundry and other amenities. The sites are quite tight but, once you’re in, you’ll find yourself surrounded by luscious flora including lodgepole pines. It’s über important to follow the guidelines of the campground due to Grizzly Bears in the area and in the campground. There were Grizz in Loop A during our visit and herds of Bison would stroll through the campground daily. I loved our site #D-138 as it was an end spot in the middle of the loop. I was also very impressed that Yellowstone abides by strict recycling standards making it super easy for everyone to do their part and partake in recycling while camping.

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Fishing Bridge offers the convenience of a General Store which has a grocery store and a diner. Auto repair, gas and propane are also provided all within walking distance from the campground.

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Stellar sunrise at the Fishing Bridge

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Yours truly, Otis and my Big “B” settling in after a long 12 hour journey for a week of exploring the park and some well deserved R&R. After all, there is no cell service, internet or television at Fishing Bridge. I got a bit of cell service near the Yellowstone Lake, Mammoth Hot Springs and Old Faithful. So, be prepared to let go of it all and just enjoy the beauty that the park has to offer. What a gift this and all National Parks are to us all.

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Photo Source: © 2013 Copyright Anna Sullivan Photography, All Rights Reserved

Elk Meadows Lodge & RV Resort ~ Estes Park, Colorado 10

We spent Father’s Day weekend at Elk Meadows RV Resort in Estes Park, Colorado. The weather was spectacular ~ warm days while the evenings were crisp and cool. Elk Meadows is nicely situated right outside of the town of Estes Park ~ easy mile or so drive into downtown. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and large Safeway for all of your grocery needs.  Elk Meadows has full-hookups, free WiFi, laundry, showers, swimming pool, horseshoes, playground and a hot tub. The staff was very friendly and willing to answer all of our questions. We were in site A17 which we liked very much because it sits right up against the evergreen trees. Site A16 is much wider and is also a very good one along the trees.

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In the middle of the RV park, there are few trees as seen below but, all have mountain views. The park is very dusty and the wind gusts creep up on you so beware of your awnings. Will have to do a thorough cleaning of our Beatrice because everything has a coat of pollen and dust. Just can’t be helped.

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Elk Meadows is directly across the street from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park but, you have to drive out of the RV park, down and around to get to the entrance. Very convenient, indeed. Our first morning I looked out my Airstream bedroom window to see a gorgeous Bull Elk with velvet antlers eating his breakfast. It was wonderful to witness but, there was not enough good light for a photo.

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Our site and Otis, of course!

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We checked out the sister RV park to Elk Meadows which is Spruce Lake RV Park. I wasn’t as impressed with Spruce Lake. The sites are very close together and it’s not up on a hill like Elk Meadows. Since the two RV parks are only within about one mile from each other, I would much prefer to return to Elk Meadows on our next trip to Estes Park.

Other views around Elk Meadows

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Photo source: © Anna Sullivan Photography

Pecan Grove RV Park 7

I wasn’t sure what to expect when we arrived at Pecan Grove RV Park because it’s a bit of a mystery. So old school ~ they don’t even have a website and when you call on the phone to make a reservation, the gentleman on the other end of the line is very brief. I was actually a bit reluctant to write this post because Pecan Grove, as I have now found out, is a treasure. It’s location is downtown Austin, Texas. How can one get better than that? It’s scenically located on Barton Springs Road and sits in a grove of Pecan trees. With restaurants, coffee shops, a small grocery store and Zilker Park right out the entrance of Pecan Grove, you can soak in all the “Weird” that Austin has to offer.

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Directly out the entrance of Pecan Grove you can find Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que, Austin Java Cafe & Bar, Thom’s Market, Zilker Park and so much more. We walked Otis to Zilker Park everyday and it is one of my all time favorite parks I have ever been to. People and dogs of all ages gather at Zilker to exercise, take a mini-train ride, have a picnic or do whatever your heart desires. It’s an amazing park and shouldn’t be missed when you are visiting Austin.

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Pecan Grove is the home to permanent residences. The RV Park only rents out about 10 spaces to overnighters like us. This RV Park is home to many and as you can see from the pics, the neighbors have made it very cozy.

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I walked around Pecan Grove and met many of the locals. I realized on this particular trip that I felt so connected with the city because of the local friends that I had made. When one stays in a hotel, you just don’t get the same sense of local flavor like you do when you are RV’ing in a local hangout. Case in point, I met Linda. She lived at Pecan Grove for the past 20 years and this was going to be her last weekend living in Austin. She sold her vintage Avion and was moving north. She invited me into her trailer to show me around. I was thrilled to not only see a vintage Avion in the flesh but, also to learn Linda’s unique story. She also shared with me her homemade light cover that she is very proud of. I wish Miss Linda all the happiness in her new life. I know that she was struggling with leaving Pecan Grove and her lifelong friends she had made there.

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Our site, Beatrice and Otis! This was our first camping trip of 2013 and our first trip with Otis. He LOVES camping. Our site at Pecan Grove was in the back of the park where there are only three pull-through, full hook up sites. We were in spot B and just loved it. Looking forward to going back to Pecan Grove in November for more Austin adventures.

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Photo source: © Anna Sullivan Photography