We left Bothell, Washington and began our migration to Golden, Colorado. We were introduced to Golden by my sister, Patsy, and brother-in-law, Butch, and it has become one of our favorite places to visit.
Stop 1: Kennewick, Washington (May 31, 2017)
We needed an overnight stay so we decided to return to Columbia Sun RV Resort in Kennewick, Washington. We were here two years ago on our last trip out west.
Kennewick is in the southeastern part of the state and sits along the bank of the Columbia River. It is a small city of over 70,000 people.
We like Kennewick because it is centrally located and Columbia Sun RV Resort is easy to get to, is spread out and not usually crowded. They have a great pool and hot tub, which was nice after the long drive. Columbia Sun is a good place for an overnight and is a Good Sam top rated rv park.
Stop 2: A Harvest Hosts Night at an Award Winning Boutique Winery in Caldwell, Idaho (June 1, 2017)
If you regularly follow our blog, you know that we are members of Harvest Hosts. This group has developed relationships with various farms, wineries, museums, etc. and they allow RV’ers to spend the night at their location. We love staying at Harvest Hosts sites.
We stayed overnight at the award-winning boutique Huston Vineyard on Chicken Dinner Road in Caldwell, Idaho. The owners were very warm and inviting people who were getting ready for an event that was going to happen at the winery in a few days. (They even invited us to stay and enjoy the event.). We parked next to the tasting room and got to taste some wonderful Chicken Dinner wine.
There’s a great story about why the road is called Chicken Dinner Road …
“Huston Vineyards is on Chicken Dinner Road, which has its own history behind its unique road name. Legend has it that an Idaho Governor was persuaded to fix the old country road by way of a delicious chicken dinner. The farm cook served up a fine feast, and the sign directing the governor to the dinner remained long after the deal was struck. The Chicken Dinner Road name stuck.”
This was a great stop and we bought some wine so that we can continue to have great thoughts about this winery during our other travels. If you like wine we recommend this stop and it is the entry point of the Sunnyslope Wine Trail.
Stop 3: Evanston, Wyoming (June 2, 2017)
Another overnight stay was in a small family owned and operated park in Evanston, Wyoming called Phillips RV Park. Evanston is a small city of approximately 12,000 people and is located on the border with Utah.
Phillips RV Park reminded me of camping in a City Park. Facilities were worn but clean. It was only an overnight stop so we did not have time to do any exploring.We did try to get into the town’s top rated restaurant (a grass-fed beef steakhouse) but it was booked. Oh well, maybe next time.
Stop 4: Rawlins, Wyoming (June 3, 2017)
We were really covering a lot of distance and our stay in Rawlins was another overnighter. Rawlins is a small town of approximately 10,000 people and since we were just there overnight we only had time for some walking around the area and exploring the small town. We had previously stayed at this park two years ago but it had changed its name to Red Desert Rose Campground. See our previous blog post here.
During this stop we did get to meet two young Californians who were taking a year off from work to travel in their Leisure Travel (our RV brand name) RV. They were on their way to Yellowstone and in two months were going to rejoin the workforce. I can’t imagine just taking a year off in the middle of your career, maybe the younger generation has it more together than we did.
Stop 5: Golden, Colorado (June 4-10, 2017)
The city of Golden lies along Clear Creek and is at the base of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. It was founded during the Pike’s Peak Gold Rush. Golden currently has a population of about 20,000 and is a short drive to Denver. Golden is an outdoor town with everyone walking, cycling, and enjoying the outdoors.
Located in (or nearby to) Golden are the Colorado School of Mines, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, National Earthquake Information Center, Coors Brewing Company, American Mountaineering Center, and the Colorado Railroad Museum. It is the birth place of Jolly Rancher candy and Buffalo Bill Cody is buried on nearby Lookout Mountain.
We love staying at Clear Creek RV Park which is a city park along the creek and within walking distance to the town of Golden. We have stayed here three times and our favorite sites are along the waterway. We love the slower pace of this small town, watching the people on watercraft on the creek, exploring the town of Golden and nearby areas, hiking the trails on Lookout Mountain, exploring the Lariat Loop and the small towns along its route, and just kicking back sitting outside our RV and listening to the water. We will be back …