Clearwater Crossing RV Park in Orofino, Idaho beside the Clearwater River, The Ponderosa, and Helicopters

When my husband picked the Clearwater Crossing RV Park in Orofino, Idaho, which is right on the Clearwater River, I was excited about the prospect of being beside a peaceful river. It is beautiful there. But notice the sky in all my pictures. No blue, because of the smoke. Because of the fires. One evening I had called mother and was talking to her outside by the river when I heard a helicopter. Mike said he’d seen them dipping into the river with a bucket, to get water to drop on the fires. We listened to the helicopters coming and going for a while that night. Even with that excitement it was peaceful there and we enjoyed our stay. We stayed there July 14th to the 18th, 2021.

Right as you enter the park, you’ll see these statues.

Then a mural.

The front office.

Our prime spot by the river. Beautiful and peaceful.

On the other side of the RV, a train that hadn’t moved in over six months. Quiet with almost no neighbors.

We went into town for dinner and found one place open. The Ponderosa. http://www.ponderosacafe.com/ The carved booths were pretty. They had one menu in the whole restaurant. No one knew where the others had gotten off to. It seemed we were the only ones that needed the menu. I suppose locals already know what is on the menu. lol

Notice they have huckleberry ice-cream on the menu. Oh boy! We’d never heard of it before.

Mike asked if he could have a huckleberry milkshake. Yes, he could. Oh boy! Well, he shared it with me and that shake was so delicious I had to go to the local grocery the next day and stock up on huckleberry ice-cream before we left.

It’s a nice place and we enjoyed the food. Before we left, a lady came in and picked up a bunch of to go orders in big bags. She said the guys would be getting their dinner by helicopter tonight. Oh boy!

Just up the road from our RV park, was the landing pad and storage for the helicopters and they were working to put out/ control the forest fires which had filled the sky with smoke. The fires weren’t close enough for us to be in any danger. So we took a little drive later to see what we could see and here is the landing pad.

Just up the river and around the corner from our RV park.

I zoomed in to get a pic of the helicopter.

After four restful nights here, we moved on to Hells Canyon in Clarkston, WA where we had an exciting river excursion planned with friends. But that is a story for another day.

If you’d like more information on Clearwater Crossing, visit here: https://www.clearwatercrossingrvpark.com/ Fishermen would enjoy this park and there’s a fish cleaning station. I’ve never gone fishing so we didn’t try it.

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Mount Rushmore

June 23rd, 2021, we drove from Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort to Mount Rushmore. We could tell we were getting closer when we went through the town of Keystone, South Dakota.

We didn’t want to park and get out of line to take a selfie at this sign, so I just snapped a pic of the sign. We’d been hearing how crowded all the parks are, so we just wanted to get there and get in.

Avenue of flags. This is really the only place where we saw a crowd. But even then, you didn’t have to be in a crowd if you didn’t want to. There’s plenty of room to walk around, which is what we did.

You could take good pictures from the theater seating without having to hike around. We opted to do both.

Inside the museum is equipment used to carve the monument and an explanation of how it was done.

None of the workers were killed working on the monument, though one was struck by lightning!

After the museum we opted to hike around the base of the monument.

In this picture, I’m pretty sure I was saying, “Woah,” at this moment. By the look on my face it was a woah moment.

Here’s what we saw through there.

With the zoom. Why I said woah.

They looked a bit different from our hike below them and that view would change as we walked around.

The hike was a lot of fun, and we finally got our selfie.

The sculptors studio and the models.

We said goodbye to the presidents and then headed to the Crazy Horse Monument.

Crazy Horse will be a separate post so stay tuned for that!

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Driftwater Dry Camping in Cameron, Montana

When no RV spots with hookups were available on the west side of Yellowstone on our route to the CA coast, we opted to dry camp for a couple of nights. We would be camping for two nights, July 9th to the 11th, 2021 at Driftwater RV Park in Cameron, Montana. On the 10th we planned to go into Yellowstone from the west side.

What is dry camping? It’s camping without electric, water and sewer hookups. Your rig has to supply you with everything you need. Fortunately we are prepared for that. We’ve been pretty lucky this whole trip finding spots in RV parks and hadn’t booked any place more than a month out for most of the trip. This was the first time we had trouble finding a spot.

On our way to Driftwater Dry Camp we followed a road which had pretty lake views.

And mountains.

Then it flattened out again.

Finally we found Driftwater RV Park. The mountains in the distance and a large flat area.

We’d finally reached the front office. They also had a restaurant inside and indoor and outdoor dining.

The front office and the restaurant are in this building.

Finally in our spot as the sun was setting. We could basically put the motorhome where we wanted as it wouldn’t be hooked up to anything. So we got a front window view of the sunsets.

The RV park has a nice restaurant and we had dinner there the first night, watching the sunset, and listening to live music. The food was good too. I had shrimp and hubby had pizza.

We enjoyed watching the sunsets here. The views were stunning.

This was a perfect spot to drive into Yellowstone from the west side, and we did that on July 10th, 2021. I’ll share pics from that day in another post.

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The Goldendale Observatory in Goldendale, WA

The Goldendale Observatory in Goldendale, WA, is home to one of the world’s largest public telescopes. We stayed at the Stargazer RV Park in Goldendale, WA, for a few days and had plans to go to the observatory to see the sun.

To view the skies through the telescope, either in the afternoon show when you see the sun, or the evening show when you see the stars, you must have reservations and tickets. The evening shows were booked but my husband got us tickets to the 2:00 pm sun event. (Order your tickets online as soon as possible.)

I was excited because my paternal grandfather, the Reverend Kermit J. Bishop, used to let me look through his telescope in his backyard. So I knew how much fun it could be. My grandpa used to say, “The sun is always shining somewhere.”

When the day arrived, my husband was not feeling up to it, so he stayed home to get rid of his headache. This was a good choice as sun gazing, especially when we did it outside, was hot and a bit challenging. Since he wasn’t able to go, I tried to take as many pictures as I could. I’ve picked out a few to share with you today.

First you must drive up a long hill to get to the observatory.

On top of the hill you can see pretty far.

The human sundial was interesting.

The building has blackened wood on the outside on purpose. That blackened wood is much more difficult to burn.

The path all the way around the outside of the building.

It was hot and very dry here.

There is some equipment behind the building.

This smaller one is not in use because it is awaiting repairs.

The big indoor telescope.

This is a filter for the telescope.

Guiding it out the open window.

The computer that runs the telescope.

We each got a turn at looking through the telescope. Through this telescope I saw sun spots on the sun. The looked like little black dots. The sun looked like this slide.

The sun looked like this. With black dots on it. A cluster of four black dots.

Then we went outside to look at the sun through a different kind of telescope. The sun looked different through it.

The sun looked like the image on the left through the second telescope. You can see black sunspots on the image on the right.

A meteor made this crater.

Me holding a piece of that meteor in my hand.

This is what a sun spot looks like.

Birth of a star.

Stars being born, similar but unique.

There were a lot more slides. The first half of the program is the telescope viewing and the second half is the slide show and talk. I didn’t know much about stars or the sun so it was a fascinating afternoon and I learned a lot.

If you want to learn more about the observatory, or go there to view the sun or stars, go to this link: https://www.goldendaleobservatory.com/

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Supper at The Silver Dollar Saloon in Marysville, CA, a Town and a Saloon Full of History

After enjoying the wine tasting at the Sicilia Vineyards, in Yuba City, we drove to Marysville, the oldest city in Northern California, to have supper at The Silver Dollar Saloon, one of Marysville’s oldest historical landmarks. Marysville was named after Mary Murphy, a girl who survived the Donner Party.

Built in 1851, on the corner of first and D Streets, the Silver Dollar Saloon served as both a saloon and hotel. It was the first stop for many of the men going to the gold mines in the 1800’s. This was as far up the Yuba River as steamers from San Francisco could go.

Right behind this historic building runs the Yuba River where schooners came from San Francisco and Sacramento to drop off supplies and miners headed to the gold fields in the nearby foothills. It was a booming town.

The saloon ran a brothel on its second floor and that upstairs brothel was one of the last of its kind in California, closing in 1972. I can just imagine the stories, for this brothel had been in place for over 100 years. If the walls could talk would they tell us of jealousy, of violence and death? Of love, and marriage? Anything is possible.

As we entered, we were greeted by a cute young woman who said, “Come on in, honey.” I could imagine her back in the 1800’s dressed in the garb of the time and welcoming us to the saloon and hotel. As we were seated not far from the door, I was able to hear two of the girls welcoming customers the same way.

Once we had ordered our food, I started to look around, taking in the details of the past. The old wooden bar, the western items decorating the walls. As it got busier, a security guard in a cowboy hat stood near the entrance and kept an eye on the bar to make sure nothing got out of hand. I wonder how many cowboys have stood guard near that door over the years.

This was one of over forty brothels in the town, once upon a time, so you might think the neighborhood was seedy. But this brothel was right next to a temple.

The saloon is next door to the Bok Kai Temple, built in 1854, one of the country’s oldest continuously operating Taoist temples. Here is the portal to the temple. Quite a different feel standing in front of it than standing inside the saloon. Real life is often not like a Hollywood movie set and can be much more fascinating.

This area is just full of history. From the influx of men coming to the mines, the Chinese immigrants, the local businessmen and women, and the working girls. Stagecoach robbers and stagecoach drivers. There are the facts as we know them and there are the stories. Sometimes stories contain truth.

Black Bart was rumored to frequent the Silver Dollar Saloon. Have you heard of him? Black Bart became a legend, earning himself the title of “Gentleman Bandit.” The Civil War vet had a vendetta against Wells Fargo, and targeted their stagecoaches, making away with money and mail. He was one of California’s most infamous stagecoach robbers. The famous stagecoach driver that shot Black Bart is buried at the nearby Marysville Cemetery. So I think this rumor has the ring of truth and likely he did frequent the saloon.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Silver Dollar Saloon was the Guadalajara Cafe, owned by Natividad Corona, the gay half-brother of serial killer, Juan Corona. 

Early on the morning of February 25, 1970, Juan Corona attacked a young man named José Romero Raya with a machete in the restroom of the cafe. He was discovered by customers at 1:00 a.m., hacked about the head and face, and Natividad called the police. Raya filed a lawsuit against Natividad, and won a judgment of $250,000. Instead of paying, Natividad Corona sold his business and returned to Mexico.

Corona’s killings of at least 25 local migrant workers and homeless men were, at the time, the largest case of serial killings attributed to one man in the United States. It is said that the phrase “serial killer” was coined in Juan’s honor.

As a result of this and other events in its past, (in the mid-1970s, Anna Lucille ”Bobbie” Allan, was the victim of a murder-suicide) it is said that the Silver Dollar Saloon is haunted. If ever a place might host a ghost or two, I’d think this one would. 

I wonder, do the Victorian lights ever flicker? There are beautiful Victorian lights throughout the saloon.

And an ornate carved wooden bar.

The bar top has $1,014 in authentic silver dollars and Indian head pennies embedded throughout.

They also have memorabilia on display from the famous Mustang Ranch in Nevada, which was another famous brothel. Though I’m not sure which pieces are from there. As more people had come in, I wasn’t able to get closer to see and it was time to go.

We ended our visit in Marysville, saying goodbye to The Silver Dollar Saloon and took a slow drive back to the vineyards where we would be spending the night.

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At The Sicilia Vineyards in Yuba City, CA, with Our First Harvest Hosts

Sicilia Vineyards is located at the foot of the Sutter Buttes in Yuba City, California and is owned and operated by David Smith and Sandie Adams. I found them through the Harvest Hosts program as I was looking for a California winery to visit and stay overnight at in our motorhome. Sicilia Vineyards is a modeled after Italian vineyards and is a lovely setting to overnight in. As we pulled into the front driveway, vineyards were to the right and left of us. There was an unfolding of sorts as we went down the drive, as if a curtain were being pulled back to show us the beauties on the stage.

Nearer to the house we were able to see more and I began to get even more excited. It does indeed look like a vineyards you would see in Italy.

This welcome sight directed us to the tasting room.

And then a friendly welcome sign. So nice after hours on the road. Sandie met us and we determined that we should unhook our truck from the back of the motorhome. Once we did that I drove the truck behind my husband to get to our parking spot.

We unhooked and backed up so the motorhome could make the turn/curve. Then we headed to our spot.

We were able to park right next to the vineyards. A peaceful, quiet spot.

Our stay at the Sicilia Winery in CA was our first time to use the Harvest Hosts Program.

Harvest Hosts is a program which RVers can join for a once a year fee of $99. Sometimes they run specials. For instance, this August you can sign up for 15% off. Through Harvest Hosts you can stay at wineries, breweries, farms, and other interesting places throughout the U.SA. Though the one night stay is free, they ask that you make a purchase of at least $20.00. Usually the hosts have produce, or wine, or other items to purchase.

You must have a self contained RV with toilet, water, and indoor cooking. This is called dry docking, when you stay and do not use water, electric or sewer hookup. You can park anywhere and be self sufficient. We have a generator so we have air conditioning when it is hot.

Sicilia Winery has wine tasting on the weekends, and we had purchased tickets for the tasting that day. So after we parked and get everything set up, we freshened up and then met our hosts at the wine tasting.

Here I am with Sandie and Dave at the wine tasting. There were six selections to sample. Pictured are the 2017 & 2018 Primitivo, the 2016 & 2017 Teroldego and the 2017 & 2018 Barbera selections of wine. They also have a Rose which is a blend of their Greco, Barbera & Primitivo available.

Now before I continue, let me reassure my readers who have been with me for a long time, and know about my previous hospitalizations, that I am very careful not to drink alcohol, for medical reasons. So there’s no need for alarm. Instead, I enjoyed learning about the wines and the winery. My husband sampled the wines and said they were all very good.

Isn’t this a lovely setting for a wine tasting? Imagine a fire in the fireplace during the fall months.

After the tasting, Dave took us on a tour of the grounds and the vinyards. The formal garden is beautiful. I love the statues.

I was excited to see the grapes on the vine, and I was able to sample the different varieties. They were delicious! This gave me an idea of what the wines taste like.

They grow warm weather Italian varietal grapes. Greco, Fiano, Coda di Volpe, Primitivo, Barbera, Negro Amaro, and Teroldego. 

Aren’t these grapes beautiful?

They grow white grapes as well.

I got to try several different kinds of grapes and learned about vineyards and making wine. Dave did a great job explaining everything to me. This was my first time visiting a vineyard and it was fascinating.

They also have olives growing on the one side of the vineyards.

On the other side of the vineyards you can see the mountains. I tried to get a picture of them but there was a lot of smoke in the sky from fires in California. There were no fires near Yuba City, CA so we were in no danger. I hoped the smoke would move on by the next morning and decided to try taking more photos then.

After our vineyard tour, my husband and I went out to dinner in Marysville, CA at The Silver Dollar Saloon, which I’ll share in a separate post. After dinner we spent a quiet evening at home in the vineyard.

Imagine waking up to this view in the morning.

The next morning, as I’d hoped, the smoke had started clearing and I took a few more pictures. This time you can see the mountains.

In the front of the house, the vineyards have nets to protect the grapes. These are the ones we drove past, when we drove in.

We saw Dave before we headed out. He had just picked some grapes to test their sugar content.

Our first stay with our first Harvest Hosts was wonderful, thanks to Dave and Sandie. I highly recommend a visit to their winery and a Harvest Host stay.

I did learn two things about the program which I must pass on to my RVing friends.

1.) Harvest Host didn’t notify our hosts that I had requested a stay and when I didn’t hear back from them I cancelled the request. The cancellation was the first they heard of us wanting to stay. They contacted us and had availability so we set up a stay with no problems. To prevent this situation, I suggest sending an email to the hosts at the same time you put in your request in the Harvest Hosts system instead of counting on the system to contact them for you.

2.) Harvest Hosts program has a place for you to fill out information on your rig, such as size, type, age, etc. We drive a 43 foot 2010 Tiffin Allegro diesel bus and we tow our truck behind it, so size can be an issue. Our hosts didn’t know how large our RV was until we arrived. Now it wasn’t a problem, but other places it might have been. So when you send your hosts the email, include that information as well to help them know where to place you.

As with any relationship, good communication is key, so doing these two things will make everything go more smoothly.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would return again. I highly recommend a stay at Sicilia Vineyards. (I have not received any compensation for this visit or this article/blog post.)

For more about Sicilia Vineyards visit: https://www.siciliavineyards.com/

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Here is a list of our “Go West 2021” adventure which lists the cities we’ve stayed in and the RV parks and places we have visited. I add to the list after we leave for safety reasons, so it is still being updated as we go.

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On the Pacific Shoreline at Lighthouse Cove RV Park, in Crescent City, CA

On July 30, 2021 we made it to the farthest point west on our Go West 2021 trip at the Lighthouse RV Park in Crescent City, CA and would stay seven nights before turning to head east again. We had two goals. Reach the Pacific and see the Redwoods. Now we were at the Pacific coast, staying about as close to it as we could get.

Lighthouse RV Park is right next to the beach. Just over this small hill.

For those who keep saying we are traveling and seeing so many people, let me show you just how far from that our experience is. Notice how we had hardly any neighbors at this RV park when we got there. During the week a few more came in, but this park had plenty of empty spots and was far from full.

And if you look through the other pictures here on my blog of all the places we’ve been, you’ll see how few people there are in the pictures.

When people talk about crowded national parks etc., I really don’t know what they are talking about. Traveling in our motorhome, our own isolated bubble, most days the only person I see and talk to is my husband. If you are an introvert you might love this lifestyle. Each day that I walked to the beach to take pictures, I had the beach all to myself. It was peaceful.

Notice the fog through our windows. This is what we would wake to every morning, some days it would clear and then come rolling back in around 4:00 p.m. It kept moisture in the air and temps in the 60’s during the day and down to the 50’s at night.

The Pacific was too cold for me to put my feet in, but I loved listening to the sea lions through the fog and you could hear the foghorn about every ten seconds.

Here is the link to Lighthouse Cove RV Park: https://lhcoverv.crescentcity.org/

Here is the Battery Lighthouse which I will talk more about in a future post. In the first picture you can see the lighthouse in the middle and then I zoomed in for the second picture from the beach by our RV park.

There’s a lovely mural across the street from the entrance to the park.

And over here at the harbor to the left of the park is where you will find the sea lions. You can hear them through the fog.

I’ve created a travel list of towns and RV parks for those who want to see our route and those who might want to travel the same route we have traveled. I update it as we go, after we have left a park. You’ll be able to find this link at the bottom of each of my Go West travel posts:

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Our Travel List, the Go West Trip 2021

Mike and Debra’s Go West Trip List 2021

** indicates travel blog posted on Debra’s Beautiful Day Traveler Blog

end of May – June 1st – A and E Camping Resort – Bellfontaine, OH

2nd – 4th Maple Ridge – South Bend, IN

3rd Chicago, IL Navy Pier, ferris wheel, carousel, lunch, The Green Mill

4th – 5th  Rockford, Illinois – Sugar Shores Durand, IL  Campgrounds | Sugar Shores Campground | United States 4th and 5th swam in spring fed pool

5th – 6th – Lacrosse – Money Creek Haven https://moneycreekhaven.com/

6th – 12th Sioux Falls – Yogi Bear Jellystone https://www.jellystonesiouxfalls.com/ (7th was Debra’s Birthday)

9th Mitchell, SD prehistoric Indian Village and ** Corn Palace

12th –13th Phillip, SD – Minuteman RV Park  https://www.minutemanrvlodging.com/ at the entrance to the Badlands

13th the Badlands

**13th to 26th – Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort, Spearfish, SD https://elkhornridgeresort.com/ 16th ** 9:30 am Private Tour of the Frawley Ranch

17th – 19th https://wilddeadwoodreads.com/ 17th book readings in Deadwood, SD; 19th Breakfast with the Authors 8:30 – 10:00; 19th Book Signing 10:00 – 3:00

17th private tour of the Brothel Museum in Deadwood, SD

20th Aladin Cafe and general store, Wyoming; **Devil’s Tower National Monument, WY, dinner in Sundance, WY

**22nd Chuckwagon Supper at the Frawley Ranch;

22nd Mt. Moriah Cemetary, Deadwood, SD, drove to Sturgis, SD

23rd 9:30 am Mount Rushmore National Monument

23rd 2:00 Crazy Horse Monument and Native American Museum, hoop dancers

24th Custer State Park, picnic; dinner in Spearfish, SD

26th -27th  Indian Campground, Buffalo, Wyoming https://www.indiancampground.com/

June 28th – 30thTrout Ranch, Cody, Wyoming July 1st – 9th https://www.wyomingtroutranch.com/?utm_source=GoodSam

Cody, WY  – Cody Rodeo https://www.codystampederodeo.com/

30th 5:30 dinner at the Cody Cattle Company Chuckwagon Dinner and Show; 8:00 pm Extreme Bulls Rodeo – bull riding and bullfighting

1st – drove Chief Joseph

2nd – Old Town, Cody, WY

3rd 9:30 am parade downtown Cody, WY; Buffalo Bill Museum of the West, Cody; Rodeo Stampede 8:00 pm

4th parade downtown Cody, WY 9:30 dusk fireworks

5th Yellowstone, 7th Yellowstone, 9th drove through Yellowstone to the next RV site

9th – 11th Drift waters Resort (Dry Camping) – Cameron, Montana https://www.driftwatersresort.com/

10th Yellowstone from the west side; Old Faithful; Tetons National Park, picnic lunch

11th – 14th Jim and Mary’s, Missoula, MN https://www.jimandmarys.com/

12th Glacier National Park

14th – 18th Clearwater Crossing – Orofino, Idaho – on the river https://www.clearwatercrossingrvpark.com/

18th – 22nd Hell’s Canyon Resort – Clarkston, Washington – https://hellscanyon.net/

21st 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Snake Dancer Excursions – 5 ½ hr. w/lunch on Snake River https://snakedancerexcursions.com/?fbclid=IwAR0N9jWb1VQh5IuF5BLK0xMKQcKIbiro3wXFvqFbZoMVOzHlDBeKhdA0YWQ

22nd – 25th  Stargazers RV Resort Goldendale, WA https://stargazersrvresort.com/

23rd – swam in Columbia River at state park – cold!, fresh fruit stand

24th tickets to Solar Program, Goldendale Observatory State Park

July 25th to 28th – Columbia River RV Portland, OR https://www.columbiariverrv.com/

28th – 29th Charleston Marina, Coos Bay, OR https://www.portofcoosbay.com/rvpark

**30th – Aug. 6th Lighthouse Cove, Crescent City, CA (Eureka)  https://lhcoverv.crescentcity.org/ on the ocean on the Pacific Ocean coast – redwoods!

Aug. 6th – 7th – Hilo RV Park, Weed, CA

**Aug. 7th-8th – Sicilia Vineyards, Yuba City, CA  https://www.siciliavineyards.com/

**at the winery overnight Harvest Hosts program https://harvesthosts.com/

Aug 8th – 11th – Desert Rose, Fernley, NV west side of Reno https://desertroserv.com/

Aug 11th– 18th – Iron Horse RV Resort, Elko, NV https://www.ironhorservresort.com/

Aug 18th – 22nd Pony Express RV Resort, Salt Lake City, Utah https://www.sunrvresorts.com/resorts/the-rockies/utah/pony-express-rv-resort/

Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort in Spearfish, SD

I selected the Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort in Spearfish, South Dakota as our place to stay during Wild Deadwood Reads (June 17th to the 19th) where I was attending as a signing author. We stayed at the resort from June 14th to the 26th, 2021. It was a beautiful and relaxing setting and one of the nicest RV resorts we have stayed in.

There are statues throughout the resort. Here are two by the front office and store.

This one is near the pool.

And this one is up on a hill near the laundromat.

The surrounding hills are beautiful. The skies are wide and stunning and the sunsets are amazing.

View across the street. Beautiful hills.

Behind the office and store is the pool. They have a large pool, a kiddie pool, and two hot tubs.

They have plenty of room for class A motorhomes like our 43 foot Tiffin Allegro bus. The pull throughs make it easy.

We had the cutest little tree by our front door and the sky is always stunning. That’s our 2010 Tiffin Allegro bus.

The sunsets here were stunning and pictures do not do them justice.

This last view was the sunset as I came out of the camp laundromat. It was just a beautiful sky every time I looked at it. The laundromat was nice and clean and the machines were efficient, too.

There are many activities you can choose while at the Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort. We enjoyed the pool several times though I was very busy with the local author/reader events of Wild Deadwood Reads. I was also finishing a book and had a book release the same week. Busy author life! The optional activities I opted for were, a private tour of the Frawley Ranch which you can read about in this blog post:

and also the Chuckwagon Supper which you can read about in this blog post:

If you are headed to South Dakota, I highly recommend a stay at the Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort. (I received no compensation for any portion of this visit to the resort and found the resort while researching on the internet.)

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I have also decided to keep a list of our stops on our route to the coast and back along with RV park stays, and things we’ve seen on our Go West Adventure! I often post articles out of order so this timeline will help those planning a trip like ours.

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Chuckwagon Supper at the Frawley Ranch in Spearfish, South Dakota

The Chuckwagon Supper was a wonderful experience. Here is a quote from the Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort website which organizes the suppers:

“Learn Wild West history and stories from the historic Frawley Ranch while enjoying an authentic chuckwagon supper under the South Dakota sky. Running in the summertime Tuesday through Saturday, tickets are $60 per person and must be purchased at the Elkhorn Ridge Resort guest check-in 24 hours in advance. Transportation will leave the Elkhorn Ridge Resort Lodge at 4:30PM and will return at approximately 7PM. After being transported to the historic James Anderson Ranch, guests will be loaded on two horse-drawn wagons and will learn authentic Wild West history will traveling the Deadwood Stage Route. Upon arrival, guests will be served an authentic chuckwagon supper consisting of a 6oz sirloin steak, beans, potatoes, and peach cobbler. Drink will include water, lemonade, and cowboy coffee. 

Chuckwagon suppers will only be cancelled for severe weather, in which case, a full refund will be given. Pants and closed-toe shoes are strongly recommended.”

That sounded good to me so I had to sign us up. And boy am I glad I did. We met up at the front office porch at the Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort near the statues and then we boarded a small bus which took us out to the Anderson house and barn which is part of the Frawley Ranch.

I started out writing western historical romance and my first book, A Desperate Journey, was set in 1867 along the Old Chisholm Trail which ran from Kansas to Texas. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to be going on a real chuckwagon supper.

Once at the Anderson home and barn, we boarded this wooden wagon which was pulled by two draft horses.

The draft horses are amazing. I’m sure with so many of us on the wagon, they were pulling a lot of weight. Look how tall they are next to cowboy Vincent. He is not a short man. The horses are tall and very strong.

Traveling on the same path the stage coach traveled.

The chuckwagon is original with just a few replacement pieces, exactly as they were years ago.

The chuckwagon and all the fixin’s just as they used long ago in the west.

Cooking some cowboy steaks for us on the grill. Notice the dinner bell?

When the dinner bell rings, “Come and get it!” you’d best get in line. (Though there was plenty for all.)

Chuckwagon supper tonight is steak, beans, and potatoes. Mike’s plate has lots of beans. He likes his beans. Mine has lots of potatoes. They were so tasty. Everything was good. Dessert will be peach cobbler. There’s nothing quite like hot cobbler cooked over a fire. Cold water in the tin cups was so refreshing on a hot day. You can also have lemonade or coffee.

Mike is really enjoying his cowboy chuckwagon supper. Everything was delicious.

The water must be heated to wash the dishes. Out west the dishwasher would be you! I’ve washed all our dishes by hand since we moved into the motorhome, though I don’t have to heat the water. Our motorhome has a dishwasher that we have never used. Maybe I’m not so modern after all. LOL For all you modern cooks out there, this setup is how it is done at the chuckwagon. One tub for soapy water and one for clean water to rinse them.

After supper it’s time to get the horses ready to head back. Look how pretty the hills are here.

I enjoyed watching them work with the horses, hooking them up. Unhooking them. Then hooking them up again. These two horses hadn’t been working together for long, but they did great.

Mike and me. This is one of my favorite pictures of us on this western trip and one of the best memories. I’m so glad we went on the Chuckwagon Supper.

Driving the horses back.

Back at the barn.

Other horses at the ranch.

The house and spring house in the background.

Leaving the barn.

Notice the troughs at the spring house. The water coming out into the troughs was cold and good. You could cup your hands and get a drink. So refreshing.

Inside the barn, they would drop hay down into these bins for the animals.

Time to say goodbye to the Frawley Ranch. For more about the ranch, check out the article I wrote on our private tour of the ranch, here: https://beautifuldaytraveler.wordpress.co/2021/07/03/our-private-tour-of-the-frawley-ranch-in-spearfish-south-dakota-and-the-elkhorn-ridge-rv-resort/

We rode back to the Elkhorn Ridge RV Resort on the small bus, full and happy from the delicious dinner, the company and the stories. I highly recommend the Chuckwagon suppers at the Elkhorn Ridge Resort. Contact them here to reserve a spot: https://elkhornridgeresort.com/things-to-do/family-activities

For more about me and my books, I have many links below. I now write under two names. Debra Parmley for romance and Debra Bishop for fantasy and children’s stories. You’ll see more books coming out soon.

As for my westerns, I have three western historical romance books out and one mail order bride book. My westerns are gritty with gunfights and action. I’ve shot black powder guns in Mississippi in August as research for my books. Now I can add chuckwagon dinner onto my list of actual experiences I can write about. It’s the best kind of research there is. I like to tell my writing students… experiencing something is best, talking to someone who has experienced it is second best, and third is looking it up in a book written by someone who has experienced it. Anything outside of that and your facts might be off. I love history and it’s important to me to get the facts right when I write, to the best of my ability.

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