Off of the Grid

Travel Reviews

Here we will list reviews of places we’ve eaten, stayed, services we’ve employed and more while on the road.  So if you are looking for a personal review of something – this’ll be a good place to check.

KANSAS

*  RV PARKS – 
High Plains Camping (& RV) A very clean, organized, well run park. The owners live on-site and are true characters. She doesn’t put up with any nonsense so make sure you have your information handy! The park has 54 (?) sites that are all pull-through and nicely spaced so there is room for your pop-outs. There is a nice sized dog park, a hot tub, nice laundry facilities and restrooms. The store has something like 700 videos available for campers to use as well as a pizza shop and the usual park-store fare. In the summer there is a splash pad for people to cool off in, a fire-pit, horseshoes and a pool. They have monthly discounted rates (call to receive and make the reservation) and support discounted rates for the following (with appropriate card): Good Sam, AAA, FMCA, FCRV, SMART, WIT, military, firefighter, police, VFW and American Legion. Also on the property is the famous Cap’n Jacks Pub. This is family friendly and serves a wide variety of wonderful made-from-scratch food. Including escargot (all the way from France actually), calamari, and crab! They also have the usual burgers but nothing is simple at Cap’n Jacks! The burgers can be made of angus, elk, Kobe, or buffalo. The fries are made from scratch and are delish! They also have fish-n-chips and salads. Really, almost anything is available and fresh from Cap’n Jack’s. It is also good to know since this is in tornado alley that their shelter information is also provided when you check-in. We had to use it. BIG storms. I would highly recommend this RV Park!
http://www.highplainscamping.com/index.php

*  RV Repair – 
Jack’s Auto Repair & Towing in Grainfield, KS. It is a town with no ATM, the bank is named originally ‘Bank’ and in the center of town is a sweet grassy park with an amazing playground. Our vacuum pump failed. We also had to find a place where we could repair the hail damage from the night before. Yah, welcome to Kansas. Anyway – Jack was awesome. On Memorial Weekend, his shop was open (only one in like 50 miles), fully staffed and managed to work us in when we limped in. The rates were VERY reasonable and as we were driving out and discovered that one of our dually tires was slowly leaking air, he let us come back and fixed the tire stem that was causing the problem. Really can’t say enough about Jack and his awesomeness. If you are in trouble – go see Jack!
http://www.napaautocare.com/store.aspx?id=83012

NEBRASKA

*  RV PARKS – 
Country View RV Park in Ogallala, NE. This park is in town and not on the lake.  They have full hook-ups and can accommodate rigs of all sizes. The rate is $35 a night, $33 with your Good Sam discount. They have Free wifi – for best signal, stay close to the laundry room. They have a pool, large clean, well maintained bathrooms (4 stalls and 3 showers), a coin operated laundry as mentioned above, a nice playground for the kids with a small basketball court. You are about 20 minutes from Lake McCanoughy and 2 minutes to town. This park is clean! Quiet! And the man who owns it is amazingly friendly. Staff is all great! This park supports camp hosting so if interested, give him a call. If you need wifi more than a lake view (which we do – my husband works from home and needs the Internet to do so) – this is the place for you! http://www.cvcampground.com/

Honorable mentions (we only checked these out, we didn’t stay) –

  • Ta-Ha-Zouka Park in Norfolk, NE. This is the most amazing park ever! Tons of fun playgrounds besides the main one. It is right off the start of the Cowboy Trail and I think the prettiest part. There is a dog park there with two large fenced grassy parks. http://www.ci.norfolk.ne.us/parks/campground.htm
  • Lake Maskenthine Recreation Area in Stanton, NE. This recreation area is beautiful. Fishing, mountain bike trails, biating, bird watching and swimming. There is a small play ground for kids and a nice large sandy beach for play and swimming. Looks like a lovely affordable place to stay. http://www.lenrd.org/maskenthine-lake-recreation-area/

*  RV Repair – 
Heckman Top & Body. We went to Heckman’s on the recommendation of another shop. We needed the alignment done for the rig before we really put miles on it. They were able to fit us in easily and it was amazing to watch the technician work old school. An alignment for Winnie was only $49.00 and then he balanced the tires for an additional $40. They did a great job. I would link their website but I can’t find one. If they hadn’t been recommended, I probably never would have found them. So – Heckman Top & Body Co 324 E Norfolk Ave, Norfolk, NE 68701
Phone: (402) 371-4494

*  Fun Stuff – 

  • Ash Hollow National Park –  Ash Hollow State Historical Park | P.O. Box 70 | Lewellen, Neb 69147-0070
    3 miles southeast of Lewellen on U.S. Hwy. 26
    Phone: 308-778-5651
  • The Alpaca Shack – 2450 RD 207, Big Springs, NE 69122. (308) 778-6300
  • Ogallala Nature Park – 191-299 Chuckwagon Rd, Ogallala, NE 69153
  • Boot Hill – I cannot find an address for Boot Hill. When you are in town, you just follow the little signs.
  • Lake McConaughy Visitor Center – 1475 Highway 61OgallalaNE,
  • Lake McConaughy – Lake McConaughy SRA | 1475 Hwy. 61 N. | Ogallala, NE 69153-5930
    12 mi. north of Interstate 80 on US Hwy 61
    Phone: 308-284-8800

NEW MEXICO

*  RV PARKS –
Bar ‘S’ RV Park – Milan, NM – It’s us. We got there late in the dark and only stayed for the night. Small park. We were on gravel – great rates. Nice restroom/showers – room style instead of dorm style. Clean! Cute little shop with some neat local Indian jewelry for sale. TV and free coffee. We met some super nice people here who had kids. We became instant friends and the kids ran around until we made them stop. LOL! The rate was $22.43 – by far the most affordable place we have stayed. No playground, no pool, no spa but close to the highway and amenities.

*  RV REPAIR –
Milan Tire Shop – no website but here is his info: I-40 Horizon Blvd, Milan, NM 87021  (505) 903-0478. He fixed our RV tire for a whopping $10.00 and checked and filled the air on the all the other tires of rig and van for free. Nice guy! Have any trouble with your tires and you are in the area, check him out.

TEXAS

*  RV PARKS – 
Leander, TX KOA Campground KOA’s are usually always more expensive that a traditional campground, but if you have the extra to spend, it’s worth it. We did get the KOA membership which saves us 10% and earns points towards free nights. This was a delightful location for easy access to Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Georgetown, etc. Big grassy dog run, salt water pool and evening hot tub, wonderful outdoor covered picnic area, fire pit, kids playground, clean, clean, clean! Nice restroom/shower areas and nice laundry facility. The staff was great with a nice little store with tons of info about things to do in the area. Price was $50.00 per night but they do have a weekly rate and with the 10% discount it came to $46.62 per day. They do charge for kids over 6 and for pets. I would recommend staying here and we will probably stay there every time we visit our granddaughter and kids in Austin.

Oasis RV Resort – Amarillo, TX – We didn’t get into the site until well after dark so didn’t do much but sleep here. However, we had a concrete pad vrs gravel or dirt. It was spacious and clean. There was a nice unfenced grassy dog run that was easily accessible. The bathroom/showers were clean and spacious setup as individual rooms verses dorm style. They have tons of ammenities like a playground, limo service to a local state house, free wifi, cable, heated outdoor pool, two spas, a nice shop – lots of amenities! We can’t really give a personal account for much other than the dog run and the shop as we got there late and left by 11:00am. Reasonable rates for the area and they give discounts for Good Sam, AAA, FMCA, and TACO members as well as Active Military. We paid $34.20 for the night. They do have weekly and monthly rates. This place was fun because they have a big RV buried at an angle in front of the office. They say this is what happens to people who try and leave without paying. LOL! So careful! Pay your bill!

* RESTAURANTS 
Canadian Restaurant Canadian, TX – Nice home cooking! Popular with the natives, super friendly wait staff and nice pricing. It’s right off the main drag in Canadian so if you happen to be going through and are hungry for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – stop by and say ‘Hi!’ from us. Canadian Restaurant 402 N 2nd St, Canadian, TX 79014 (806) 323-9176

* RV REPAIR – 
Canadian Auto Repair Canadian, TX – This sweet man opened up his shop for us on a holiday weekend to put air in our tire that was super low. Didn’t charge us a thing. He was super helpful, wouldn’t take any money for his service and time. Can’t say enough nice things about him. Need your auto or RV serviced while you are in the area, call Canadian Auto Repair 320 N 3rd St, Canadian, TX 79014 (806) 323-8100

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