Double Take On A Road Sign

You can’t be too careful…………………even Road Signs can lead you to a place you don’t want to be!  I took this photo today, leaving Boulder City, northbound on Hwy 93 heading toward Las Vegas.  I didn’t take the “Next Right.”

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”

Pioneer Park Torrington, WY

7.18.17 The next day, Jeannie, Kona and I left the Hollingsworth Ranch and headed 275 miles northeast to overnight in Torrington, Wyoming enroute to Box Elder, South Dakota.

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Jeannie and Kona at Pioneer Park

We spent the night at a small RV Park called Pioneer Park, owned by the city of Torrington.  Very nice, clean little RV Park that had sites with water and electric hookups.  Separate RV Dump Station.  It only cost us $10 for the night.  A Torrington Police Officer came out and hooked up the water for us as we enjoyed a fine meal at a local restaurant.

Highly recommend this RV Park if you are passing through this part of the country.  People in the town are very friendly.

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Pioneer Park RV Site

Hollingsworth Ranch Revisited

7.17.17 After driving 342 miles north of Santa Fe, Jeannie and I stopped for the night and camped at the historic Hollingsworth Ranch north of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  This ranch has an abstract that dates back to 1874 when the ranch home was originally built.  A tunnel from the home to the backyard provided an escape route in case of a visit by unfriendly Indians. Continue reading “Hollingsworth Ranch Revisited”