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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Pawhuska, Oklahoma to Garden City, KS

We set the alarm this morning (Sunday) for 0500.  I was already awake as I woke up at 0310 and couldn't go back to sleep..hate it when that happens.  
We had our coffees and computing then went down to take showers hoping to beat everyone else and we did! 

Had our breakfast and off we went..we left about 0830 and headed out! Pawhuska was certainly a lot quieter this morning than yesterday.  Sunday most things are closed back this way..and we like it that way.  

**Remember to click on the pics and they should get bigger if you want..**
Ree and family bought this building for shipping of Mercantile
Products..thinking she's keeping it incognito..

Love this

Drummond Ranch...it is huge..seem to go on for miles!

Crossing the Arkansas River once again :)
Ponca City OK...seems to be the home to Phillips 66..Conoco  
There will be silo, barn, and cute house overload..be prepared..hahah

Love the farmlands and barns..

Oh and silos too!! 

homes too...


Pond Creek OK..

Beautiful crop..just not sure what it is..

Nash County Co op

Love these old, red silos..

Hmm...I could live there!

Alva, Oklahoma which is host to Northwestern OK University..

I think at one time this was a little church 

Alva OK..cute place! 

Just sitting out on the prairie..

Buffalo, Ok we thought it would be bigger..but most of the
storefronts are gone..so sad..

When we were headed to Don's a couple of weeks ago we heard about some fires on the Kansas prairie and in Texas..we actually heard a couple of devastating stories.  We didn't realize where this was happening until we came upon Ellingwood, Kansas just inside the Kansas border.  There were road signs warning us of fire damage. Wow..we were so surprised..actually coming into Ellingwood we were commenting that it looked like the prairie was turning into sand dunes...guess cause it burned the dried grass and underneath was a sandy soil..
Ellingwood, KS

Probably need to click on the picture but as you are coming
into town..this burned out house..it seemed they should have
been able to save it..but maybe it was a pigsty and nobody wanted it
saved..we've seen a lot of those..

Outside of town and some burned bushes

More burnt

Burnt trees...

Looking out to Dodge City which we were
able to avoid...

Dodge City Co op..

Had a beautiful drive from Pawhuska to Alva OK where we had lunch in the Atwood parking lot.  After that we headed towards Garden City, KS.  

The ride through the fields and cows was just beautiful.  I love all the silos in the small towns and just the farmhouses and land throughout. 

Then you have these windmills..these were in Kansas..go on for miles and we could see more being built. In order to deliver ONE blade you have to have one escort vehicle in the front and behind..You don't realize how big those blades are until you come across a truck delivering ONE blade. When we pulled into Garden City we saw a storage lot full of the parts to be delivered to the fields to keep building..shame..  

Here's one ready to be built

More in the process...uhh..

We got fuel here in Garden City and had seen this RV Park where we are as we were coming into town.  So we came back and have a nice (well decent) place to spend the night.  This used to be a KOA but am sure it's not now because it wouldn't meet their standards.  Nice looking RV's and the hookups work.  

We were able to stay off the interstates all day.  We took Highway 60 to 64 and then to 400 and now Highway 50..which we'll take all the way to NV. 

Russell and family were in Oakland for the weekend for Basketball tournaments for YBA where the kids play.  Aaron and team came in as champions!  Jacob not so much but hopefully they had a good time! 
Grandson Aaron on the right! 
Ken bar b qued chicken the other night..so tonight because we don't want
to bar b q here..he heated the chicken breasts..added anaheim chili and
swiss cheese..cooked it in the toaster oven..I added red potatoes and
asparagus..does it get any better?!
365 miles done!  We're up here in Garden City and it's a cold 34 degrees..so start the day and end up some where in beautiful Colorado..

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Pawhuska and the Mercantile!

Saturday the 25th we got up..coffee and computing. Then we went down to the bathouse and took showers..nice!  I made breakfast of 3 poached eggs and rye toast using Dana's eggs and bread.  Yum..I had egg beater and 1 of her eggs and rye toast.  I have to say she did an awesome job on the bread!  

After breakfast we got ready to go to Pawhuska and it was about 1030 or so when we left. 
Our campsite here

Osage Hills State Park Entrance

On the way to Pawhuska..


 We got near Pawhuska and found a gas station, liquor store and Mexican Restaurant all together..all right..got diesel and then headed over to the liquor store.  Russell had asked us if we were in TX or OK to look for Leadslingers Whiskey..it is made by veterans and at this point only available in those two states.  We checked Amarillo but it hadn't made it there yet.  Walked into the liquor store and got the last bottle he had available. YAY.. Then we headed into town..

This tells about the house below..

This building downtown looks like it's getting reborn..
Should be a hotel right next to the Mercantile..In my opinion ..

 We parked the truck and started walking down Main Street, we saw the line of people and figured they were waiting to get into the Merc.  As we got closer to the building we realized that people were coming in and out of the front door..hmmm..lets see.  The nice gentleman at the front door explained that the door was for the Merc and not the restaurant..ok good to go for us!  There was still lots of people inside but you could see all the goodies to be had.
The Merc!

Probably hard to see but people lined up to eat at the Mercantile 

Picture up in the bakery area...

The line to check out..but actually moved quickly..
the Bakery area..upstairs..but crazy! There was nice seating area
which will be nice when it calms down

Looking down the stairs at the shopping area..! 

Main Street

I like the middle one..Highway 60 ..the other mother road..:)

The Merc...

The grocery store we visited..

 After walking the streets of Pawhuska it was close to 1300..we thought about going into Grill 123 but decided against it and head to the highway where we saw a Mexican Restaurant next to the liquor store this morning...Good choice...Awesome food and service!  The salsa with chips was very bland, but add some hot sauce and pepper it was great and plentiful!

 A good pour of Chardonnay..$5.00 and a 24 oz Dos Equis for $3.50..definitely recommend coming here if you're in the area!
Veggie Quesidilla ..yumm
There's half plus a piece left..dinner!

Chicken chimichunga for Ken..he said it was awesome!
 After lunch we drove back to town and visited the little grocery store.  Picked up a thing or two and then took a driving tour of Pawhuska backstreets :)  one of my favorite things to do...hahah

Downtown Pahuska..

So many old storefronts that sit empty..hopefully one day be

People waiting in line to eat at the restaurant..
No way..it's not like Ree's cooking and serving you..
Amazing what people will do..!!

The backstreets of Pawhuska..OKlahoma...

Sad that some of these home are in disrepair..

Love these old homes. 
When we got back to camp we looked at the map trying to decide how to get home.  At this point looks like we'll follow Highway 60 to 64 and then eventually head North to Highway 50.  We have to stop in Winnemucca to pick up taxes on the way home.  That's the only thing we know for sure at this point.  Oh and we need to be home before the 10th when I pick up kids in CA :)) 

After looking at the map decided to take an "RV" walk around the campground.  Then we headed up the hill to the scenic view and where the tent campers hang out.  Beautiful. all uphill but coming back was downhill..hahah..We do love this park and probably will be back next year when we're headed home.  
Scenic View from the top of the walk..

Tenting area..

See the white dot down there?  That's our camper..no
wonder I was puffing coming up the hill!

The Mercantile was nice, but been there done that..I really don't see myself going back again..unless it's for some special reason..but at least I got to do it!! Off the old bucket list!

March 26th...0530 am..Ken went outside to get the half and half from the ice chest.  We had Dana's rye  bread and eggs in an insulated zipped up bag on the trailer.  Well, this morning the bag had been zipped open, the bread was gone and 4 eggs were broken open and eaten out of the first dozen..luckily it couldn't get to the 2nd dozen of eggs...darn!  We were already talking about breakfast before he went out..Ken could see no sign of the bread at all..going to the showers maybe he'll see it.  Darn....Darn...Darn...!!