Big Guns

Every time we re-visit someplace, we try to see something different. This past January, while in Yuma, Arizona, we decided to take a day off from running the fitness trail and drive up to the Yuma Proving Grounds, which is about twenty miles north of town.

The directions say, “Turn at the big guns.”

Next step: stop at the visitor processing center for vetting before entrance onto the proving grounds. The Army officer and staffers in the office were fascinated with Bob’s late-1960s Air Force experience and we were given our visitors’ passes after a short wait. Continue reading

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My dictionary says an oddment is something left over. So here are some things that just didn’t fit into other posts… leftovers, you could say. Oddments. Odd oddments, at that. Things you don’t see every day. Like…

…three antique cars, each pulling a teardrop camper, spotted leaving an Idaho RV park this past autumn.

Maybe you’ve seen some of these little signs tacked to posts and trees outside Boise… Continue reading

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Look Harder

Let’s get one thing straight: there is nothing boring out there. There are no dull stretches of highway. Every small town holds something amazing. If you look around and think, “There’s nothing here,” look again. Look harder — because you’re missing something.

Staying near Boise, Idaho, this past September, we sometimes drove a country road that took us past a farm with alpacas.

Or this crop that caught our eye (and nose): Continue reading

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Coastal Cuisine

You didn’t think I could write about our month-long stay on the Oregon coast last August without mentioning where we ate, did you? Of course not!

So those of you who are especially susceptible to getting the hungries when reading about food, you’d better fetch a snack before going any further. Consider yourself warned.

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Our Nook in Tillamook

After our disastrous though thankfully quick stay in Long Beach, Washington, last August, we found a spot down the road in Ilwaco. Our GPS showed it as a KOA, but KOA had apparently given up the place, and it was easy to see why. Despite the “resort” name, picnic tables were falling apart, the cable didn’t work, the sites were uneven — some muddy or water-logged. They had porta-potties instead of restrooms… all for $50 a night! When we asked the owner/manager about the pricing, he said they’d just bought the place and had bills to pay. And clearly work to do. We cancelled our week-long reservation here and left after one night.

We were ready for something good to happen.


And it did. Continue reading

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Not Everybody…

…is cut out to run an RV park. Full-timers who’ve travel widely have seen their share of RV park managers and even owners who really should find another line of work. Continue reading

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Adore Medora

{IKES! I missed a post from 2016! I’m going to blame it on wonky wifi connections…. believing it had successfully uploaded when it didn’t…. I’d retro-date this posting if I could, but rather than skip it entirely… here it is, with my apologies!}

While visiting Theodore Roosevelt National Park July of 2016, we stayed in Medora, a little touristy-town at the main gate of the park.


Maybe my impressions would have been more positive if I’d been in better shape to walk, because we only ducked into one store, ate at two restaurants (and one wasn’t any good).

So what ranked and what didn’t?

One of the local places that supposedly had a lot of charm and “local flavor” was the Cowboy Cafe. My first instincts were to turn around and try someplace else, but sometimes the plainest places serve the best food. And the decor did match the cowboy theme, with photos of cowboys on the walls and cattle brands burned into the wooden benches:


Bob’s buffalo burger was gray…


…and my fish? Well, it was hard to find any fish under all the thick, crusty breading:


We didn’t go back and wouldn’t recommend it.

We did find Theodore’s restaurant after some searching (it was in the Rough Riders hotel), and ate there on my birthday.


There special was a shrimp dish that was supposed to be spicy but wasn’t (at least not to us)…


…but my macaroni and cheese was pretty good (a bit bland, but not bad):


Of course, in our book, any place we can find a fresh spinach salad (and this one with strawberries) is one we’re bound to return to…


…and we did, the next day. I ordered the fish sandwich with waffle fries:


Bob ordered the burger with french fries…


…and we shared the spinach salad, which, we could tell, had been prepared by someone else (can you see the difference, too?):


But what I’ll probably remember the most about this little town on the edge of wilderness so special even Teddy Roosevelt decided to call it home for awhile (hence the name of the national park), is the RV park neighbor who found a unique way to hang onto all those old hats he didn’t want to wear anymore, but just couldn’t quite part with:


He had enough hats to adorn his corner property:


There might have been some other meaning to these hats — one was from a cafe in Medora, Kansas, so perhaps a theme was in play. My still-swollen ankle kept us from walking the fence line to check out the details… perhaps one of you knows?!?

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