Let’s Visit the Wall Drugstore!

7.21.17 Called my cousin Pam that lives in the Black Hills and agreed to meet at the Wall Drugstore in Wall, South Dakota.  Pam’s sister, Cousin Jo, was visiting from Florida and they met Jeannie and I at the Wall Drugstore for lunch.  It was an easy 40 minute, 45 mile drive for us east on Interstate 90.  We had a great time.  Walked through the Wall Drug pointing out all the historical photos.

Much has been written about the history of this drug store occupying today over 79,000 SF in rural Wall, South Dakota.  It is a fun place to visit.  Has been labeled as a tourist trap however, it is quite a retail establishment.  Really something to see if you are ever in this part of the country.

However, there is a back story in our family history with the Wall Drug that dates back to 1931.  My Mom’s family, the Overholts grew up in Wall South Dakota.  In 1931, my Mom, Ruth Overholt’, two older sisters Maryanne and Arlene were two of the original employees of the Wall Drug in 1931.20170721_134010.jpg

My Aunt Arlene Overholt is second from the left.  My Aunt Mary Ann is third from the left.

Jeannie was insistent that I take her picture astride a Jackalope at the Wall Drug.  Reluctantly, I snapped this picture.

20170721_141814.jpgJeannie and I say goodbye to my Cousins Pam and Cynthia Jo with a promise to catch up with them later.  It was time for Jeannie and I to head to Interior, South Dakota in the Badlands before we returned to campsite in Box Elder, South Dakota. Continue reading “Let’s Visit the Wall Drugstore!”

The First 2,700 Miles

Jeannie and I are now in New Meadows, Idaho having completed 2,700 miles of our journey thus far.  I left Boulder City, Nevada July 2, 2017 and together we left Santa Fe, New Mexico July 17, 2017.  Quite an experience thus far.  We had wanted to continue to the Columbia Gorge in Oregon and on to the Oregon coast.  Then continue south to California.  Extreme forest fires at the Columbia Gorge and Oregon has resulted in unsafe air quality levels due to smoke in much of the northwest and Oregon coast.  We may not continue to Oregon and reroute southeast to Zion and Bryce Canyon National parks in Utah.  We will keep you posted.

We Roll Into Box Elder, South Dakota

7.19.17  Jeannie and I rolled into Box Elder, South Dakota and camped at Americas Mailbox, Inc.  With the decision to RV full time, I needed to establish a new Domicile, state residency.  There are three states, Texas, Florida and South Dakota that allow RV Fulltimers the opportunity to establish a new Domicile.  I chose South Dakota.  The irony is that this is the state where my Mom and her family were born and raised.  More on that story later.

By establishing a new Domicile in South Dakota, I needed a new mail forwarding address, new driver’s licence and new plates for my truck and trailer.  We stayed at Americas Mailbox, Inc., a company that assists full time RV’ers establish new residency and Domicile in South Dakota.

Wow!  Americas Mailbox, Inc. is a busy place.  They have an RV park where you can stay while they assist you in preparing documents for your new driver’s licence, plates and new permanent mailing address with mail forwarding services. Continue reading “We Roll Into Box Elder, South Dakota”

Heading out of Santa Fe………..

On July 17, we left Santa Fe to begin a 4,000 mile road trip over the next three months.  Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona and back to New Mexico.  Made a recent re-acquaintance with a wonderful gal, Jeannie.  She shares my same spirit of adventure.  Willingness to seek new experiences.  Visit different places.  We truly enjoy each other’s company and look forward to the journey ahead.

First leg of the trip towing my Lance trailer is from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Box Elder, South Dakota.  We are heading to the land of the Lakota Sioux.  To revisit the land where my mother and her family grew up.  South Dakota.  I will establish residency in South Dakota by naming South Dakota as my new Domicile.

Jeannie and I will have a couple interim stops along the way.  Visiting old friends in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  And finally catch up meeting a couple of cousins on my Mother’s side of the family in South Dakota.

Leaving Las Vegas

Thirteen years ago I moved to Las Vegas from my home in Colorado.  Today, I have retired.  Tomorrow morning, with my Lance travel trailer in tow, I leave for Santa Fe.  Going to join up with a great gal that thinks RV’ing will be be a blast.  She thinks learning to fly fish in Idaho with Tom would be heavenly.  Sorry guys, I found her first.  From Santa Fe we will head north to South Dakota to establish my new Domicile address.  Then head west to Idaho.  Got a great RV site picked out along the beautiful Salmon River.  We are just going to kick back and camp there 4-6 weeks and enjoy the wonderful scenery.  Then on to the west coast.  Not going to vacation the dream, going to live the dream.

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Salmon River near Lower Stanley, Idaho

Weathered a two week long hot spell here in Boulder City north of Las Vegas.  Brother Jeff and his wife Sue let me graciously park my trailer in their warehouse side yard to offset the heat wave.  They and my good friend Paul helped me to get my trailer ready for the road.  Paul did a “crackerjack install” on my 360 watt solar system.  Now I have sufficient power to go off grid and power everything in the trailer with the exception of the air conditioning.  But, that is OK, because I am now moving in pursuit of 75 degrees!

Hey, feel free to follow my BLOG.  Now that I am actively retired and traveling, I will have many interesting stories about my travels.

So to my many friends and relatives in Las Vegas and Boulder City I say a fond goodbye.  I was more than pleased to have made your acquaintance.  Will pass this way again from time to time I am sure.  To my friends of the future, relax I am on my way………..

When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.  Mark Twain

National Geographic Magazine 2017 World Legacy Award Winner, Sense of Place: Santa Fe

Published on Mar 10, 2017

Sense of Place — recognizing excellence in enhancing sense of place and authenticity, including support for the protection of historical monuments, archaeological sites, cultural events, indigenous heritage and artistic traditions.
WINNER:
City of Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA — If American pioneers from more than a century ago were to visit Santa Fe’s central plaza today, they would recognize it instantly. The oldest state capital in America considers safeguarding its rich heritage a duty and a passion. The historic downtown and surrounding area protect archaeological sites and cultural authenticity, including the Santa Fe Indian Market, now almost 100 years old and still going strong. Santa Fe’s annual festivals and events place Native American, Spanish, and Anglo heritage front and center, while strong sustainability initiatives also bring the past into the future.  Full credit to National Geographic Magazine

I leave for Santa Fe July 1.  My journey begins.

National Parks Fee to Be Hiked

Cost of lifetime passes for seniors on the rise!

by William E. Gibson, AARP | December 20, 2016
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National Park Service officials are unsure how long it will take to implement the change.

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Older people can expect a big jump sometime next year in the fee for a lifetime pass to visit national parks, as part of a larger move to pay for major projects and enhanced services.

The fee for a lifetime pass for citizens 62 and older will go from $10 to $80. An annual pass will cost them $20, which they can apply to the cost of a lifetime pass at a later point if they decide they want one.

But if you get a lifetime pass before the change is implemented, it will cost only $10. Passes can be purchased online for an additional service fee of $10 or at any of the parks without an extra charge.

National Park Service officials are unsure how long it will take to implement the change, but it’s expected before the end of 2017. Meantime, they are spreading the word informally.

“We don’t want anyone to feel blindsided and say, ‘Why didn’t anyone tell us about this,’” said Kathy Kupper, a Park Service spokeswoman. “We don’t know whether we’ll get any pushback. It [the higher fee] is still a great deal.”

Earlier this month, Congress approved legislation, the National Park Service Centennial Act, that raises fees and sets up an endowment to help pay for projects and visitor services. The cost of the senior pass has not been increased since 1994, when it jumped to $10.

The move is intended to improve the visitor experience and provide more opportunities to volunteer in parks across the country.

 

Here is a State Location List where you can buy your National Parks Pass:

https://store.usgs.gov/pass/PassIssuanceList.pdf

Source: http://travel.aarp.org/articles-tips/articles/info-2016/national-parks-lifetime-pass-cost-increase.html