About Odysseer

I began my post-retirement Odyssey late in 2015. My husband and I live in a quiet lake community outside of Chicago during the summer and early fall, and we travel in our 23 foot Lance camper during the winter (usually warmer places.)

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Reviews

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound), Yucca Valley, California

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This campground is just outside Natl. Park and has several trails starting right in the campground. Visitor Center staff is very nice and helpful. No showers, and bathrooms are messy with no soap or a way to dry hands. Just after staff cleans bathrooms, they are fine but seem to be messed up within an hour. Mostly tent campers here, so weekends were noisy til quiet hours at 10 pm. During the week was much quieter. It was uncommonly cold and windy the middle two weeks of February (lows in the 20s at night) so lots of folks cancelled and we had the park pretty much to ourselves during the week. Loved the WiFi at the Visitor Center and the extremely helpful and friendly staff. The park is old with terrible roads and uneven sites. But the Mountain Views and the gorgeous Joshua Trees made up for that. You can stay in this campground for a week, hiking every day and never enter the park, but I recommend that you do enter the park and see the rock formations and other dramatic landscape. It's a national park like no other. We camped at Black Rock Campground (NPS Campgound) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Walmart, Von's and Stater Brothers for groceries are ten minutes away on Hwy 62. Laundromat is 15 minutes away, but terrible. Restaurant choices are few so we never tried any. Hiking trails right out camper door and we're wonderful. Visitor Center has WiFi!

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

White Tank Regional Park, Waddell, Arizona

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We returned to White Tank this year because we enjoyed our trip last year. The campground is fairly quiet and is well situated for hikes of varying skill levels. There aren't many sites but the park gets quite busy with locals for day use. Lovely scenery in campground and throughout the park. Only one shower but I never had to wait. You must press the button every minute or so to keep the water flowing but there was good pressure and it was hot. We hadn't planned on it, but we stumbled upon a Lance Rally (and we do have a Lance Camper.) There were good facilities for a Rally (large dry camp area, picnic shelters, huge fire ring) but the dry camp area was a bit far from the hookup sites, requiring some campers to drive over for the events. Those in charge of the Rally said the hosts were gracious and friendly. We will return! We camped at White Tank Regional Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Excellent library with fast internet at entrance to park but unfortunately, there was often a long line to re-enter the park. A 20 minute drive to shopping and laundry.

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Cave Creek Regional Park, Cave Creek, Arizona

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Decent enough park, with a few drawbacks. The bathrooms are similar to other Maricopa County Parks, but the handicapped shower faucet is fixed at waist level (other parks have an adjustable faucet) reducing the number of showers in each building to one. There were multiple bathroom buildings, however, and I never had to wait for a shower stall. Not enough dumpsters for trash. Also, there was a rodeo going on next door over the weekend and the yelling was constant and annoying. Other campers also seemed noisier than at most campgrounds. The smells from the stables were strong and animal sounds loud (horses, cows and roosters.) The positives were the many hikes and the great Visitor Center. Also, the camp host was very good and went out of his way to help us. We'll return if McDowell Mountain and White Tank are booked, but it's not my first choice in the area. Selecting a site on the north end (closer to the mountains) might help (we were in site #23, about as close to the rodeo as you can get!) We camped at Cave Creek Regional Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Desert Foothills Library was 15 minutes away, with fast internet and used books for sale. Fry's and Safeway also close by. Vera's Laundromat was a bit further than Papa's Laundromat but it's probably better.

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Scottsdale, Arizona

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful scenery with mountains all around and desert plants as far as the eye can see. No road noise since park entrance is 4 miles away, but the coyote chorus is regular and constant throughout the night. Plenty of hiking and biking trails, some right from the campground. Great bathrooms and showers which are never crowded. Quiet campground except for some late night socializing on the weekends...not enough to complain about to camp hosts, though. The only real negative is the sewer smell from the first bathroom in the South Loop, and the fact that the supposedly automatic lights in the Women's room don't always work. Apparently it's an ongoing problem so I just learned to bring a headlamp and hold my breath near the bathrooms. Otherwise, an outstanding experience. We will be back! We camped at McDowell Mountain Regional Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
3
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We love the Fountain Hills Library with freaky fast internet. Choice of Safeway, Basha's and Fry's for groceries, all within 15 minutes.

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Picacho Peak State Park, Picacho, Arizona

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

A pleasant campground with some highway and train noise. The hosts and park employees were friendly and visable and it was kept clean. Fixtures are old and not well maintained in the bathrooms but cleaned daily. Showers and hot water were ample and dishwashing sinks were provided. No water at site but easy to use filling station at the dump. Our site was level (no need for levelers) and faced out, so it felt very private. Campfires were allowed and wood sold at entrance. Fairly quiet campers, except for a few cheers on New Year's Eve. We camped at Picacho Peak State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B10
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We knew there wasn't much nearby, aside from a Subway Sandwich shop and gas station so we loaded up the rig for our weeklong stay.

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

My favorite campground, improved this year by the addition of free WiFi! Granted, we had to log back in a few times each day, but it was good enough for streaming. The mountains surrounding the campground are gorgeous and it seems like miles from civilization, even though I-10 and a big mall are just a mile away. Excellent bathrooms and showers, kept very clean by volunteers. I love having a sink for dishwashing at each of the bathrooms. This was our first stay in the newer B Loop, and while it's not as intimate and private as the A Loop, I now prefer it for the better showers. In A, you have to keep pressing a button to maintain water flow, but B is a steady stream. Plenty of hot water too. Hiking trails begin right at the campground, or at a major trailhead about one mile into the park. Plenty of guided bird walks and nature hikes, plus musical programs on Saturdays. We found the campground quiet and peaceful despite the holidays. No campfires allowed except for charcoal in BBQ grill. Catalina State Park is the perfect mix of gorgeous nature and the convenience of a major city. We camped at Catalina State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B3
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Walmart across street. Choice of grocery stores within 10 minutes and plenty more within 20 (Safeway, Fry's, Basha's, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Sprouts). Search for Happy Hours on Yelp and you'll find plenty of reasonably priced meals. Catalina Laundry is under new management and 10 minutes away, and apparently improved, but we still prefer to go downtown to Wildcat Laundry.

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson, Arizona

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We've been here many times and will continue to return. Beautiful setting with nice spacing between sites and also some privacy due to trees and cactus. Convenient hiking trails within walking distance, although we usually drive the Jeep to trailheads. Nice mix of big rigs, trailers and tents. Convenient outdoor sinks for doing dishes or dumping dishwater. Only downsides are lack of showers and unlevel sites. We camped at Gilbert Ray Campground / Tucson Mountain Park in a Travel Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A39
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Easy drive to many great hikes and points of interest. One hour to Tubac, Colossal Cave and Agua Caliente. 30 minutes to downtown Tucson. No large RVs allowed on Gates Pass, so some attractions may be further with the longer detour. Groceries and public library 20 minutes away.

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Saguaro Co-op Park - Escapees Park (members only), Benson, Arizona

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

This park has become an annual stop for us. The people are so welcoming and fun and the activities make this one of my favorite parks. Clean, inexpensive laundry, daily activities and nice neighbors for $16 a day (full hookup including cable TV and WiFi) make this a no-brainer. We camped at Saguaro Co-op Park - Escapees Park (members only) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
183
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Mi Casa in town is the best Mexican food in AZ. It's only open Monday through Friday, 11am-7pm, so plan your visit accordingly. Safeway and Walmart are close by. We finally visited Kartchner Caverns and really enjoyed the tour. Amazing birding sites less than hour south of the park.

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Dream Catcher RV Park - Escapees Rainbow Park, Deming, New Mexico

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is our usual overnight stop on the way to and from the Tucson area. We usually just boondock for the night, but this year, we paid for a full hookup. The park is just a parking lot off I-10, but it's very convenient. No leveling needed. Staff was friendly and helpful. Biggest drawback was loud highway and train nearby, and very noisy trucks at hotel next door very early in the morning. We camped at Dream Catcher RV Park - Escapees Rainbow Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Great pizza place in town called Forghedaboudit!

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Monahans Sandhills State Park, Monahans, Texas

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Unique landscape: I had no idea there were sand dunes in West Texas and that alone made this park worth the stop. Although there was no shade and no privacy between sites, we really enjoyed this two night stop on our way to Arizona. The bathrooms were not terribly clean, but there are free showers available. Site 2 was level and we liked having a pull through. Distant highway sounds and distant train sounds were comforting and not disturbing at all. I'll make a note that it would be a great lunch stop off of Highway 20, even if we can't camp here. We purchased a Texas State Park Pass due to the number of times we pass through, but for those who don't have one, you can still use the Visitor Center and the Nature Walk free of charge if you're just passing through. We will definitely camp here again. We camped at Monahans Sandhills State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Asphalt, Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Lake Mineral Wells State Park, Mineral Wells, Texas

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

This was our 2nd stay here, on our way out to AZ for the winter. While the bathrooms were not very clean, the rest of the park was well-maintained and quiet. Site 67 gave us a peek-a-boo look at the lake, but the couple of previous sites were even better (64-66). Still, it was easy to walk a bit and see the beautiful lake and Shore birds. Great separation of sites with vegetation for privacy. Park check-in was automated and easy since we've been here before. Poor AT&T reception but decent Verizon (which is why we recently diversified!). No WiFi at site or at entrance gate, but oddly enough, my phone automatically connected to the Texas State Parks WiFi while we were out hiking (because I had used the WiFi last year). Great, clearly marked trails with plenty of unusual birds and deer. We heard, but didn't see, Sandhill cranes and owls, making this a most pleasant stay. We camped at Lake Mineral Wells State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
67
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Wal-Mart fairly close by.

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Arrowhead State Park, Canadian, Oklahoma

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Very few campers here in late November. Not much privacy between sites (no foliage) but since park was nearly empty, it felt private. Beautiful area with deer, coyotes in the distance, and several species of birds. Well maintained and very clean bathrooms.

This was our second stay here, and we'll always stop on our way to Arizona in the future. Park was recently renovated so everything is new. Site was paved and fairly level, with very slight downslope. The only downside was no free showers: they were coin operated. Overall, an excellent experience. We camped at Arrowhead State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site 10
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Pick up a trail map when checking in. Trailheads were not obvious.

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