Moving Day: Moorcroft, WY To Rapid City, SD

Posted by on May 29, 2013

The plan was to leave our site at Keyhole State Park  about 10:30 so that we could get to the dump station and dump and be on the road at 11:00.  After very carefully pulling out of our site (the road is on such a slope that the driver’s side front jack wanted to skim across the gravel road) at 10:08 and getting to the dump station just as another camper was finishing up, Michael dumped the gray & black tanks and we pulled out at 10:25…well ahead of schedule.

The pitfalls of staying at a campground with no sewer...

The pitfalls of staying at a campground with no sewer…

As we were driving out of the park we came across two deer on the side of the road.  I was able to capture a couple of pictures of the one on my side of the truck as she hopped a fence and ran off.

Up, up and away!

Up, up and away!

There she goes!

There she goes!

We had just 116 miles to travel today as our destination was Ellsworth AFB on the east side of Rapid City, South Dakota.  The trip was quick and uneventful.  We passed through one spurt of construction and watched the clouds to the south that looked like they held rain and wondered if they were gonna get us.  They didn’t!

Smooth sailing ahead...

Smooth sailing ahead…

Sky to the south...looking kinda icky

Sky to the south…looking kinda icky

We're hooooommeee!

We’re hooooommeee!

Our short spurt of construction

Our short spurt of construction

We pulled into the Ellsworth AFB FamCamp just before 1:00 pm and were sited in site 31 in a section of the park that has been newly added.  They’re working on adding more sites across from us as well.  The park is nothing fancy but will certainly work for $20 per night for full-hookup.  We’re here for 4 nights and then we will continue our trek east.

Entering the Commerical Gate at Ellsworth AFB.

Entering the Commercial Gate at Ellsworth AFB.

Ellsworth AFB - site 31

Ellsworth AFB – site 31

New site construction across from us

New site construction across from us

It was nice to have such a short travel day.  We were ‘home’ and relaxing by 2:00 pm, grilled some brats for dinner and enjoyed a relaxing evening watching TV.  The rain finally caught up with us about 7:30 or so…it came down in sheets along with thunder & lightening!  We’re expecting rain every day that we’re here so we’ll have to venture out in the rain to see or do anything.  Oh, well!  We have umbrellas!




4 Responses to Moving Day: Moorcroft, WY To Rapid City, SD

  1. Donna Rogers

    Google Mount Rushmore Hays City Custer Park Tour. It is an all day tour for about $70 pp. You get a hot breakfast, tour of Dances With Wolves set, 9 hour bus tour so Michael can see too and not navigate that big truck through narrow winding conditions, BBQ cowboy dinner and cowboy show. It is well worth it.

  2. Kelly

    Ha! Been there, done that back in 2005! We really enjoyed it as well. This time we’re not gonna do much other than visit Mt Rushmore (again) since we can get in free with our America the Beautiful Pass and take the wildlife loop in Custer State Park (again)….love the burros and buffalos! Thanks for the tip though!

  3. Dee

    We lived on Ellsworth back in 2000-2003. Just down the street from the Fam Camp! I am enjoying reading about yall’s adventures!

    • Kelly

      Hi Dee! Let me know where you lived and we’ll take a spin by and take a picture and add it to the blog!

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