Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort

We tried so hard to find a boondocking spot that we could work from near Deadwood, but didn’t have any luck. We went to 2 National Forest Service locations, but neither had cell service. Then we tried a BLM location in Sturgis and it’s been permanently closed.

So we ended up at the Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort, where we actually camped once before in 2006. It’s a great park even though the wifi doesn’t really work and our Verizon isn’t very stable even with the booster. For RV parks, it’s as good as it gets. The management spreads everyone out so we haven’t had anyone in the spots on either side of us, there’s a pool and a jacuzzi, dog runs for big and small dogs, tennis, basket ball etc etc.

For us the real luxury is having mail delivered to the campground rather than having to go to a post office, and having laundry on site.

Anyway, since we’re paying for camping here, we’ve decided not to stay 2 weeks and will move to a confirmed cell service boondocking spot (thank you Van Tramp) outside of Cheyenne WY on Saturday.

Dinner Last Night:
Mung Bean Sprouts, Seared Carrots, Kale Salad and Chili Lime Sesame dressing. I’m not a big fan of bean sprounts, but I love mung beans (thanks to Vegan Richa) and thought it might be fun to sprout them.


I mis-read the directions and sprouted 1 1/2 cups of mung beans, which tripled in size. The recipe actuaclly calls for 1 1/2 of already sprouted mung beans, so I probably could have just started with half a cup of mung beans. I used 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes where she called for 1 teaspoon of chili flakes.

The first words out of Brian’s mouth after his first bite were “I love Vegan Richa.” The sprouts didn’t have the flavor that I normally associate with bean sprouts. This meal was AWESOME and after it was finished, we both were left wanting more (not because we were hungry, but because it was so good).

2013 Cost of Camping:
93 nights paid camping (thru Saturday 9/21)
171 nights free camping
264 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $2,550.07
Daily average cost of camping: $9.66

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  • Reply Carol September 19, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Looks like a very nice park, but a little on the pricey side. I hope you got some kind of discount. Love the rainbow in your photo!

    • Reply Leigh September 19, 2013 at 7:19 am

      Hi Carol, yes it’s definitely a little pricey. We got the weekly rate for $227.85. Though not as bad as a price I saw recently for a week at Dockweiler in LA for more than twice as much!

      • Reply Carol September 19, 2013 at 8:07 am

        That’s crazy! We haven’t ventured out of Tennessee yet, but rates are fairly reasonable here, especially the state parks. Anyway, hope you’re enjoying all the amenities!

  • Reply John and Pam Wright September 19, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Love your header photo!

    Good that you sprouted your own beans. I’ve read so much about bacteria in store bought sprouts. You’re even suppose to ask for no sprouts in restaurants. Looks like of sprout meals on the menu!!

    • Reply Leigh September 19, 2013 at 11:16 am

      Thanks Pam!

      I believe it regarding the bacteria. I made sure to rinse them a couple times a day while sprouting.

  • Reply Richa September 19, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    So awesome!! i am so happy you 2 liked it so much..:) i know that chili amount is to taste really. we added a bit more to ours.;)
    i dont buy sprouts out too. dont know what water they use and how much cross contamination can happen.

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