Date Of Stay: November 7, 2015
I’m not the most patriotic person in the world. Yes, I was very proud when I visited Washington, D.C. I vote. I sometimes tear up during the singing of the National Anthem at ballgames, but that’s mostly because I think Francis Scott Key wrote the most beautiful poem that just so happened to also be a song. Do I love my country? Yes, of course. But sometimes I am exasperated and embarrassed by it, too. When it comes to blind faith and trust, I give very little, if any, to people or groups or entities, like governments, politicians, prophets or deities.
This is why I get a little nervous when businesses are over-the -top patriotic. Sure, fly the flag. Wear a pin. Play Lee Greenwood over and over on a loop if you must. But, when a place of business gets too patriotic, to me that also feels ultra-conservative, and a place I might not be welcome as a blue-haired, bleeding heart liberal.
I pulled into the USA RV park on Route 66, a few short miles from downtown Gallup. The sign read, “God Bless America,” and
“United We Stand.” That second part made me wonder if the sign was erected soon after 9/11, as that phrase experienced a revival around that time. The first part made me wonder if most RVers are Christians. To tell you the truth, I had really never thought about it before.
The USA and Route 66 themes were joined by Kokopelli as I ventured further into the park. I chuckled at the ubiquitous use of Kokopelli in the Southwest. Kokopelli were traditionally fertility deities.
The older gentleman at the office was polite, but stoic. I wondereded if his lack of joviality was because I did not fit the usual demographic, like a military veteran or a retired person or a Republican. The gift shop was full of items like resin bald eagles and American flags and western-themed memorabilia.
Driving to my campsite, I saw an extremely clean and tidy park, maintained with a lot of pride.
The campsite was serviceable. My only complaint about the park is that the sites were gravel and not very level. With my AAA discount, the cost was $33 per night. There is a covered area with barbecues for large groups, a waterfall with bear statues, plenty of trash receptacles, and bathrooms and laundry facilities (which I did not visit).
It was apparent that great pride is taken in this park. Whether that is pride from a job well done or pride associated with nationality, I cannot say. But I would return to USA RV park if I gallop back to Gallup.