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Helpful Reviews: 13

Navajo Lake State Park, Cottonwood Campground, Navajo Dam, New Mexico

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Having read the reviews I was really worried about the dirt road leading to the camp ground. Yes it is dirt and but it is only 2 miles. It is wide and on coming traffic, if any, stops or gets overs for rigs. It is rough as all dirt roads are so don't think about driving more than 20 mph--10 to 15 MPH will be easier on your rig. We went in and out several times a day. In summer try to reserve sites #5 to #39 as they have the most shade. The back ins have more privacy than the pull thru sites. There is no problem with water, simply stop at one of the threaded sites and fill your tank. When you enter the campground loop if your site is on the outside of the loop go right otherwise take the left fork. If you screw up you can turn around in the dump/restroom area but it is best to take the correct approach in case the dump is in use. The hosts were right across from us and were pretty invisible. I prefer friendly host but the place was clean and there was no noise. I would certainly camp here again but not in the summer. Nights were wonderfully but mid day was miserable. You definitely need reservations weekends. There are some first come/first served sites but these are the shorter/or less shady. We were there mid week and the park was 75% full every night. Cottonwood is not on the lake. It is below the dam near the river. It is a short walk to the river but there are no riverside sites or views. We drove thru the 4 other campgrounds that are on the bluff over looking the lake. Only Pine has hookups. Sites are short, worn , and crowded. Very few have views of the water. The roads are mazes with no directions. I took a shower at Pine since Cottonwood doesn't have showers. Showers were fine but it is 10 miles from Cottonwood. I would never camp at any of the 4 lakeside camp grounds even in my tent. They were loud crowded and noisy waiting for a place to happen. We camped at Navajo Lake State Park, Cottonwood Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
Number 46
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Take the Durango & Silverton train ride. Visit the Aztec National Monument in Aztec, NM. Fishing is the main draw for Cottonwood CG. There is a nice hiking trail that runs pass the day use areas but it lacks shade in summer. Some of the day use areas are wheel chair accessible for fishing. Cottonwood CG has 3 nice handicap campsite.

Review Count: 116
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 13

Mogote Campground NFS, Antonito, Colorado

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Mogote is a hidden gem for those who like the outdoors. The campground has 3 loops. The upper loop rarely fills up even on weekends. It can accommodate large RVs. The glorious things about the upper loop are its large sites, peace and quiet, and lack of mosquitoes. It is close to the road but 50 feet below the road with lots of trees so there is very little road noise. The other 2 loops are near/on the river. Sites are very private. These loops are more popular than than the upper loop but they d0 have mosquitoes. Because Mogote rarely fills and is just off Hwy 17 it is great for overnighters and last minute camping trips. We camped at Mogote Campground NFS in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Gravel
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
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Fishing, hiking--try Duck Lake and Elk Creek trails near Elk Creek CG. There are no restaurants in the area. Take the train to Charma from Antonito. Kick back and do nothings.

Review Count: 116
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 13

Heron Lake State Park, Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of NM best state parks. The restrooms/showers were clean but worn. But you won't find many camp grounds with with W & E for $14. Heron Lake State Park actually has eight campgrounds. Blanca and Willow are the only CG's with hookups. They also are the only CG's not on the lake. However the lakeside campgrounds are better suited for tents, vans and small trailers. Blanca has the largest sites. Willow is tighter but it does have more shade. Blanca is big rig friendly. We had 4gs for our phone. The hosts were nice. Heron is a no wake lake so it is quiet. Big rigs and folks who need pull thru sites should make reservations even for weekdays. Others should be able to find a spot in either Blanca or Willow on weekdays. Weekends tend to fill up by Friday. Keep in mind that this is state park not a resort. It is in the country. Folks who love the outdoors will love it here. There are 2 great hiking trails. Fishing is a major draw for the park. We camped at Heron Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
50
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
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Chama is famous for its train. Ride the train!!!!! Hike. Fish canoe/kayak/sail. Relax. Ice is available at the visitors center. Gas, several good restaurants and groceries are available in the small town of Charma. If you can't ride the train drive north from Charma to CO. Beautiful scenery follows the train tracks.

Review Count: 116
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 13

Meadow Ridge, Woodland Park, Colorado

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

I can't believe I am the only one who reviews this lovely NFS park. The 3 mile gravel road to the park is now in very good condition. The drive is beautiful and not at all scary. All the roads in the Ramparts Recreation Area are paved. Sites are gravel. There are 3 pull thru sites that will take rigs up to 40 feet. There is shade and privacy especially on the outside loop. Reservations are available and recommended as the park fills up Thursday to Monday. This is a place for people who love the great outdoors with hiking, kayaking, fishing and biking. Hosts are visible and helpful. Showers and dumping are available in Woodlawn Park. We camped at Meadow Ridge in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
16
Site Surface
Gravel
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
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Fishing, kayaking, hiking and biking are big with campers who use this park. Park is very quiet. The Swiss Chalet is a top restaurant in Woodlawn Park. It isn't cheat but the food is worth it. Expect rain in the afternoon in July.

Review Count: 116
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 13

Apache Campground (Lincoln National Forest), Cloudcroft, New Mexico

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Cloudcroft NM and Lincoln National Forest is a little piece of heaven for those who love the outdoors. There are 3 campgrounds in a row--Silver, Saddle and Apache with a total of approximately 75 campsites plus an overflow area at the entrance. There are no hookups but each campground has a threaded water faucet for fill ups. There is a dump-$5 and hot showers-$5 at the entrance to the recreational area. The park is at 8900 feet and a wonderful getaway from the summer heat. It is open from Memorial Weekend through Labor Day. Sites are large. Silver CG has the longest sites and is best for 30' to 40' but it has smaller sites and less privacy than Saddle and Apache. All roads and site pads are paved. It is heavily forested so some sites may be tricky for slide outs. The park is close to Cloudcroft. Travel east on 82 from Cloudcroft. Take a left on NM 244. The signed entrance is about 4 miles on your right. There are no reservations. On weekdays vacant sites are readily available. For weekends you plan to arrive before noon on Friday. For 3 day weekends arrive on Thursday is a good idea. We camped at Apache Campground (Lincoln National Forest) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Apache 6
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Visit the shops in Cloudcroft. Dave's and Big Daddy's are great places to eat. For luxury try The Lodge. It has a golf course and fine dining. Ruidoso is a short drive to the casinos. There are 77 trails in the Cloudcroft area for hiking. The Cloudcroft Musuem, next to the school, is really fun with lots to see.

Review Count: 116
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 13

Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground), Joshua Tree National Park, California

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Came into the park from the north hoping to camp at Jumbo Rocks. The north side was a zoo. No spaces anywhere on a Tuesday evening. So I went to Cottonwood which is on the south side just off I-10. Got a nice site. Very clean and quiet. Friendly host. Restrooms with flush toilets across from my site. There are no gas stations in the park but gas is available one exit east of the park on I-10. Verizon service was good from my campsite. The nighttime sky was magical. I enjoyed myself and would go back. This campground rarely fills up but it is not suitable for big rigs. Mostly back ins or "fake' pull thru's (wide spots on the road) We camped at Cottonwood Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
26
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Just one exit east of the Joshua Tree exit from I-10 is the General George Patton museum. It is excellent. There is a small cafe next door that is spotless and serves great food. This area in 1943 was a huge military base where the army trained the troops who would be deployed in the invasion of North Africa.

Review Count: 116
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 13

Texas Spring (NPS Campground), Death Valley National Park, California

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $7.00
Overall Rating:      

I spent the first night at Sunset since Texas Springs was full. Got a nice site the next morning at 10 AM. Big site with a mesquite tree for shade in the afternoons. It was hot in mid April--hit 100 one day. I would advise visiting in March instead of April. Loved the campground. Great scenery. Fun hiking. Several reviewers mention that showers are available nearby Furnace Creek. The showers are actually 2 stalls in the swimming pool bath house. Crowded with long lines--fussy swimmers complaining that non swimmers shouldn't be taking up space. As for the food at Furnace Creek, plan to cook your own meals. The food on site is overpriced and poorly prepared. The only decent meal I had was at Stovepipe Wells. The prices for everything including gas are cheaper at Stovepipe. Since Texas Springs fills every night plan to arrive in the morning or do what I did spend the first night at Sunset--it is just down the hill from Texas Springs and it rarely fills up. Texas Springs is geared toward tents and small RV's. Very clean. Nice host. I planned to stay 2 nights but was having so much fun I stayed for 4 nights. We camped at Texas Spring (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

In traveling to and from Death Valley, gas stations are far apart. Cell coverage can be non existent for miles. So be prepared.

Review Count: 116
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 13

Hidden Valley RV Resort, Tijeras, New Mexico

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

Probably the best RV park in the Albuquerque area. Takes Passport which we did not have. It looks as if it is an old KOA. It is tight and narrow for big rigs. But it does have large bathroom and showers. It feels like country not city. There are lots of places to walk and it is convenient to ABQ. Unlike most of the campgrounds closer in to the city it has some shade. It is also at a higher altitude which makes it 10 degrees cooler than ABQ. We were there on business and didn't want to cook in one of the gravel parking lots near the city. It more than fulfilled our needs. We plan to stay there again. You probably do not need reservations on weekdays. We had them but the park was only half full on a Wednesday night in August. We camped at Hidden Valley RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
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
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 116
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 13

Samuel Buckland State Park, Silver Springs, Nevada

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

I picked this campground because I am a history bluff who grew up on western movies, and it was a hot day and I needed shade for my tent. It met these needs. Loved seeing the ruins of the old fort. The shade was great but the small black flies were not. The good news was they did not bite. This is not the state park's fault. Summer time near a river you get bugs. Had I been in my travel trailer it wouldn't have been a big deal, but for tenters it is a royal pain. The campground needs work. The pit toilets were clean but smelled like a privy. Most parks have gone to the composting toilets which have almost no smell. The campsites were dirt--there were traces of gravel from very long ago. There were train tracks near by but I never saw or heard a train. There were only 5 campers including the host. The sites were easy to get into and there were some big rig, pull thru sites. This could be a great campground with gravel sites and composting toilets but it hasn't seen any upgrades in many years. I probably would not camp here again. We camped at Samuel Buckland State Park in a Tent.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Number 15
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

If you visit in the summer, bring a screen room.

Review Count: 116
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 13

Cave Lake State Park (Elk Flat Campground), Ely, Nevada

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

Did an overnight here en route to CA and was very pleased. I checked out both the Lake View and the Elk Creek campgrounds. Lake View was full so I settled my tent into Elk Flat. This state park exceeded my expectations. Very clean and in excellent repair. Nice plumbed restrooms and showers. Showers are free but you have to push the button very hard and often. Beautiful scenery from my site. Couldn't ask for a better overnight for a tent or small RV. Neither campground is big rig friendly. Lake View is very tight. Elk Flat is better for parking and leveling. Both campgrounds offer large private sites. Didn't seen any trail heads but I didn't ask. Lots of people fishing at the lake. Would camp here again. We camped at Cave Lake State Park (Elk Flat Campground) in a Tent.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 8
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

How about adding tent options to the above. My site was great for a tent. I had no tow vehicle. (This new change is not tent friendly.)

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Review Count: 116
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 13

Kanab RV Corral, Kanab, Utah

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

I am no fan of private campgrounds but sometimes you just need full hookups and a close proximity to town. We had just come from Jacobs Lake and needed to dump, charge our batteries, get some groceries, and visit Zion NP.. This may be the cleanest, best taken care of, most orderly RV park I have ever stayed in. Great showers. Clean rest rooms. Beautiful landscaping. The place was full every night. Reservations are a must. My site however left much to be desired. The good part was it was an easy back in and WiFi was great. To get out of my trailer I had to climb over my neighbors sewer. So we couldn't sit out by the trailer even if there had been room to get our awning out--which there was not. Our windows looked right at the windows of our neighbor from about 3 feet. There was lots of road noise during the day but was not too bad at night. The guy behind me was so close I felt as if I was sharing a bedroom with him. Talk about feeling like a sardine! Seemed as if us little guys were more crowded than some of the big rigs. Would I recommend this place? Yes, just not for me. Next time I will do without hookups and stay at a state park. More my type of place. Truthfully the owner had done everything possible to update the park. These older parks are just not built for today's RVs and who can afford to totally tear up a park and start over. I had no complaint about the price. I have spent more and gotten far less at many places. We camped at Kanab RV Corral in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
number 28
Site Surface
Asphalt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Visit Zion and Brice NP. Brice is a bit of a haul but Zion is easy. Go to Pink Coral Sands State Park. Kanab is a cute town with lots of cute shops and good eating places for such a small town. It has a great hardware store with everything you could possibly need. May take the owner to find it but he will.

Review Count: 116
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 13

Jacob Lake Campground - USFS, Jacob Lake, Arizona

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

First stayed here last May in a tent. It was cold. This year I brought my travel trailer. Thank goodness because it was even colder. Whatever the weather May and September are the best months if you want to avoid the crowds at the Grand Canyon. Last year I came without reservations and had no problems. Tried it again this year and got the last first come/first served site. I love this park. So I now recommend making reservations. Vault or so called "sweet smelling toilets" were very clean. Pit toilets are rarely found except in very primitive areas any more. Thank goodness. Showers are available at the RV park across the road. There is no dump in the area and this is a pain. We dumped at Kanab, Utah. We camped at Jacob Lake Campground - USFS in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Number 15
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Lots of good hikes in the area. Check at the Visitors Center across the road for suggestions. Don't miss the Grand Canyon. We spent one full day there and it was enough. Eating at the Lodge is a treat.

Always check the weather in May. Snow is possible and the Grand Canyon may not open as scheduled due to late May storms. You can commute from Jacobs Lake to Zion but its a long round trip. We elected to move to Kanab, UT and visit Zion from there. Were glad we did.

Review Count: 116
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 13

McPhee Reservoir/ Complex, Dolores, Colorado

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

One of my favorite NFS CGs. Big sites, lots of privacy and it feels like camping unlike most private campgrounds where you are wedged in like sardines. McPhee, for all its charm is an under used camp ground. It rarely fills up. We stopped there for an overnight and got one of the 2 full hookups sites. We enjoyed it so much that we stopped there on our way back and were able to get the other full hook up site. We never make reservations at McPhee and we have always manged to score at least an electric site. However if you can't do without electricity make a reservation. We thought the full hook up for $20 with senior discount was a super bargain. Beauty, privacy, quiet and full hook ups--surely that deserves a 10! If you are over 35 feet you probably need reservations since most sites are on the short side. Hosts were wonderful and even remembered our names when we showed up again a week later. Two important changes since my last visit in 2011--the dump and the showers are closed. No funds to keep them up. Most of the NFS campgrounds, in areas where water is limited, no longer have threaded spigots. In most NFS water comes from wells and several big rigs filling up can reduce the water pressure for everyone. We usually bring about 15-20 gallons from home. If we need more we resort to gallons jugs, our feet and a funnel. No big deal. Think of it as exercise. We camped at McPhee Reservoir/ Complex in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 25 Pinon Loop
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Mesa Verde, Anasazi Heritage, Four Corners, Hovenweep Nation Monument,

Delores Railroad Museum, fishing , boating, walking trails near the campground

Review Count: 116
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 13

Enchanted Trails RV Park & Trading Post, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a good place to explore Albuquerque. The staff is very helpful. I loved the restored old trailers and cars. The trailers are for rent, BTW. This park is very convenient to I-40 and to Camping World. There is a gate so you can walk over to Camping World. There is also traffic noise from I-40. We slept through it most nights. Light sleepers may not. The park gets lots of overnighters from I-40 so it is heavily used. Smaller rigs generally can get in without a reservation on weekdays but larger rigs should make reservations. There is a freezer in the office with a good selection of ice cream bars. The pool was closed when we were there but would be great in the summer. There is little shade and the park is basically a gravel parking lot but it is clean and well cared for. Dogs are all on leashes and except for the road noise it is a very quiet and orderly place. We have stayed here before and would use it again if we were in the area. We camped at Enchanted Trails RV Park & Trading Post in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B 12
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Ask the office help for eating out recommendations. There are several good places nearby that you can't see from I-40. There is a large truck plaza at the exit.

Review Count: 116
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 13

Las Vegas, New Mexico KOA, Las Vegas, New Mexico

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

I am not a fan of KOAs but I do like this one. Yes it is on the side of a hill but there are plenty of trees and more privacy than the average parking lot KOA. It is cheaper than most KOAs. The road in is rough but that is not the fault of the park. Goatheads are part of NM. I have never gotten into them at this park but they are a pain especially to dogs. We have never had trouble getting level but we have a smaller trailer--20 feet. The owners are fine people. In the summers the husband who is a chef prepares meals.
This is a small KOA. They do store trailers on a short term basis. We have stored our here twice. We never make reservations and have never had a problem getting a site. This is not a destination site but is a great overnight. The one problem is the dump. Make certain you get sewer. The dump is not properly designed and is difficult to hitch up to without a sewer hose extension. We camped at Las Vegas, New Mexico KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 52
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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