Published: July 8th 2009July 6th 2009
Grain Elevator at Chappell, NE
This grain elevator was at the left rear of the RV park we stayed in.
6-9-09 We finally left Cheyenne today. It's rather a shame there were some interesting things there but we didn't see much except the urgent care, Wal-mart for meds and the campground. It rained quite a bit but that helped make Durham stay in and sleep so he could get well enough to travel again. Sunday I went to church alone and it's a good thing, it was raining so hard when I came out I got soaked on the way to the car. Durham really didn't need out in that. We moved on to Chappell NE for a few days. Our first day there the tornado sirens started, as we started for the shelter we met the campground owner and he said since the siren stopped it was just a warning. If there were a tornado in the area it would have kept sounding till it was gone. We had a couple hours without rain while we were there so we went for a couple short rides and to a Lions meeting. The Lions were very nice and when we mentioned how close we were to the train tracks they said over 40 trains a day came through the little town.
Buffalo Bills home in North Platt NE
Buffalo Bill had a ranch on the north side of North Platt NE during the time he was doing all his shows.
6-12-09 We moved on to North Platte today, along the way we saw a sign for the little chapel of Keystone. We found some information on it and on a resturant called Ole's and decided to go back and see them one day while there. The campground was nice and we found we were there for Nebraskaland Days a big annual event. I had to catch up on some laundry Saturday and messed up my back so Durham got to go to church alone this Sunday while I lay on the heating pad. We went to a tower called the Golden Spike which allows you to watch the working of the largest train marshalling lot in the world, the only problem was they weren't doing anything while we were there. While in North Platte we went back to the little chapel that was both a Catholic and Protestant church at the same time when built, it was very interesting. We also stopped at Ole's for lunch, the owner was a big game hunter and had made several trips to Africa. He had heads on display of every kind of deer you can imagine, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, moose, and some
Boot Hill Dodge City, KS
Boot Hill is a tourist area in Dodge City. They even have a Long Branch Saloon where we saw Miss Kitty & others put on a show.
goats, ducks, an owl and a complete polar bear. It was really quite amazing. Another day we saw Buffalo Bill's ranch called 'Scout's Rest' and one evening we stopped to see what was going on at the fair grounds. It was family night with free entertainment. We went in but it was so loud we had to leave, which was actually lucky because one of their many storms came in and there was flooding, hail, thunder and lightening to the north at the fair grounds and south of us a tornado. Even with all the storms we had a pretty good time but we have decided to skip Colorado this year.
6-17-09 We've decided to check out Dodge City KS but will spend one night between North Platte and there. We've picked a camp in Wakeeny KS for tonight then tomorrow we move to Gunsmoke Campground in Dodge City.
6-18-09 Our first afternoon in Dodge City we decided to take a trolly tour of the city. It was very interesting. It started at Boot Hill where the visitor center is and told a good bit about the history of the city while showing us some of
Storm Shelter at McConnell AFB FamCamp
Everywhere in the mid west there were siren & storm warnings but we were still surprised to see this storm shelter behind our camping space at McConnell.
the some of the older buildings. They also took us to the cattle pens where they fatten the cattle, they process about 600,000 cattle a year. We also went by Fort Dodge, which is now a disabled vetrans home, on our way back to the visitor center. The next day we went back and toured boot hill and that evening watched a show in the Long Horn Saloon.
6-20-09 The car needs serviced so we decided to go to Wichita where they have a Saturn dealer. We stayed at McConnell AFB but I wouldn't call it a FamCamp. They had about 8 tiny spaces with no sewer connections. It rained so hard that we steped out of our coach into a small river. Probably the worst military camp there is. We went to church on base, then on Monday got the car serviced and were happy to move on Tuesday morning. One other strange thing at this camp ground was the storm shelter, we checked it out when it wasn't raining and it appeared to be about 8 to 10 feet square and about 10 feet deep. It was supposed to hold 8 people but it would
Frog at Paradise RV Park, MO
We had to get the coach serviced so we went to Camping World just east of Springfield, MO. We decided to spend the night at a local camp ground called Paradise. We decided their biggest claim to fame was the frog pond.
be really tight if needed.
6-23-09 We spent a few days in a small town in south east Kansas called Oswego. They had a very nice city park. We drove around the area some and sat out a few storms as we have every place we've been this month. There was no laundry at the campground so we found a nice one in town and made use of the time in this nice little town.
6-25-09 We were able to get an appointment at Camping World just east of Springfield MO to get the coach serviced but they couldn't promise to finish it the same day so we didn't make a reservation at Branson till they finished. Even though they finished in one day we spent 2 nights at Paradise in the Woods because we couldn't get a campsite in Branson till the 27th. While they worked on the coach we needed to do a little shopping so we tried to get Max groomed but every place was booked up all week. MAX " Mommy took me in this place and left me today I don't know what was going on but thank
goodness she came back and got me. I hope she wasn't that mad at me.
Inspiration Tower Branson, MO
On top of the hill at Shepherd of the Hills in Branson is a tower where you can see most of the valley and as far as the lake. We also toured the old cabbin and stage where they put on the play.
6-27-09 We spent 3 nights in Branson and got to see Jim Stafford and a show called Red Hot and Blue. They were both very good and except for the usual storms we had a pleasant weekend. We visited the Shepherd of the Hills area and went up Inspiration Tower and took a tour of the grounds including the old cabbin and the stage where they put on the play.
6-30-09 On our way to St. Louis to spend the 4th we decided to stop at a campground named Candy Land near Cuba, Mo for couple nights. I'm not sure where they got the name but it wasn't bad except for the chiggers I got into. We went in to Cuba to see the murals they put on a number of their buildings, they were very nice and while there we saw a sign for the world's largest rocking chair. Of course we had to check that out. It was 40 feet tall and the owner said if any one made one bigger he was going to make one
World's LargestT Rocker near Cuba, MO
We spent a couple nights near a small town in Missouri named Cuba. A little paper we got when we checked in to the campground said they had the world's largest rocking chair near by so we went to see.
60 feet high.