Date of Stay: June, 2016
11600 W 44th St., Wheat Ridge, CO
$34.50/nightly – FHUs
$207/weekly – FHUs (other rates available for water & electric only – central dump available)
Prospect RV Park does not offer a lot of frills, but being just 15 miles from downtown Denver, it is pleasant stay for its location. There are very few campgrounds in the Denver area and we lucked into getting a reservation on short notice. The campground was well kept with a gravel lot, fairly level sites, bathhouse and a nice laundry facility. We were told at check-in that the electricity was only at 30 amps, but that the outlets were made for 50 amp plug-in cords. (?) We were offered an adaptor, but we already had our own 50 amp cord. Not sure what this was all about; however, we were able to run the air conditioners, microwave, lights, blow dryer, etc. on the wattage provided. Our space was about as far from the office as possible so the Wi-Fi wasn’t the most reliable, but it worked well enough.
Nonetheless, we were mainly here to visit Denver. Billy attended culinary school at Johnson & Wales University in Denver and we hadn’t been back in the area for years. We were thrilled to be in a location so close to downtown. After a little research for upcoming activities, we found that Civic Center Eats holds ” food trucks in the park” every Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday during the summer. We have been interested in the prospect of owning and running a food truck for some time and were excited to check it out. The food trucks at the event rotate depending on the day, so we knew we wanted to be there at least two of the days. We were overwhelmed with the variety of cuisine offered and had a hard time figuring out which one to choose for lunch. There were Thai trucks, Indian, Cajun, Greek, pizza, burgers, barbecue, ice cream, cupcakes… and so much more! We decided on a lobster roll from Lobster Bliss. Fresh, perfectly cooked lobster on a butter toasted, New England style, split top roll with lemon butter sauce. It was delish and over filled with lobster! We were too full to try anything else. Oh well, maybe tomorrow. But the next day, while we enjoyed perusing the trucks again, it was hot and very crowded so we decided to walk over a couple of blocks to the 16th Street Mall. There are some food carts located around the mall street, but we ended up going to one of our favorite chains, PF Changs. We felt a little bad about picking a chain over the local entrepreneurs, but hot & sour soup and chicken lettuce wraps won over. Plus they had air conditioning and it was really hot! (Lame excuse, but true!) We don’t usually eat out because number one, we are on a budget. Number two, Billy can make most food better than what we can get at a restaurant. We’ve found that eating out on a budget isn’t too difficult. Sticking to just drinking water and ordering a couple of appetizers or one entrée to share keeps the bill low and satisfies our cravings. Having been a restaurant owner for years, we know that our servers probably aren’t thrilled with our orders. But we tip well and don’t feel guilty about enjoying ourselves.
There just isn’t enough time to delve into the Denver area and the things to do in and around the city. For more information you can check out www.denver.org. It’s a metropolis that offers an entertaining, diverse, laid back kind of vibe that we enjoy. The Prospect RV Park afforded us the ability to do so with easy access to I-70, a friendly staff and a suitable camping space. We will stay again!