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Saturday, June 30, 2007Stampede Tour Logo

Sometimes RV parks have DVDs to rent or borrow.  The KOA in Las Vegas, NM had them to borrow.  We watched two:

King Kong – Bad.  How did they get King Kong, who was as big as the ship, back to New York?  And the way Fay Ray’s replacement was manhandled by King Kong would have killed her a million times over.

RV – Starring Robin Williams.  A great little movie…especially for people who are traveling in one.  We actually saw it twice.  Like King Kong, there were a number of places where you had to let your credibility go, but in a comedy that’s acceptable.  We could identify with some parts, and cringe, hoping other parts wouldn’t happen to us.

Poster from the movie "RV"

We’re headed up to Trinidad, Colorado.  It’s nice to get out of those 100 degree plus days we had in Albuquerque.

Thursday, June 28, 2007Stampede Tour Logo

We’ve spent the last few days in Albuquerque getting out the July edition of Chronicle of the Old West…Yes, we’re way behind the curve.  But, I can tell you it’s full of old news.

Yesterday we went to the Albuquerque Museum and saw the Billy the Kid exhibit.  It was quite interesting.  Well worth the visit.  The pictures are of two Billy the Kids.  The first is the ugliest Billy the Kid I have ever seen and the second is a Billy the Kid that we saw at End of Trail.

Today we’re off to Las Vegas, New Mexico.

Sunday, June 24, 2007Stampede Tour Logo

We’re in our booth at End of Trail, located just east of Albuquerque.  It’s been a dusty warm event.  But, we got to renew acquaintances with old friends, and meet some new ones.  As well, we were able to have some great conversations that will be a part of future shows.

After spending some time getting the dust off our audio equipment, we’ll be packing up and heading to Albuquerque for a few days to catch up on things.

The pictures show a little atmosphere of the event.

SASS's End of Trail - Scenery

SASS's End of Trail - People

Friday, June 22, 2007Stampede Tour Logo

We’re at Founder’s Ranch in Edgewood, New Mexico attending SASS’s End of Trail.  We’re dry camping, along with a couple hundred other people.  Thanks to Verizon Broadband, I’m able to send this from our tent where we do the Campfire Conversations.


Not fifty yards from our camp site is a large fenced in area containing buffalo.  The first picture is of a couple buffalo cows with calves.  The other picture is but a section of the exhibit area.

Buffalo Cows & Calves at Founder's Ranch in Edgewood, NM

Exhibit Area at End of Trail for SASS in Founder's Ranch in Edgewood, NM

Wednesday, June 20, 2007Stampede Tour Logo

We’re still in Santa Rosa, NM.  This RV park is just amazing.  Until about noon we were the only RV in the park.  And the next thing you know, it’s almost full.  The pictures are from the same view just three hours apart.

Empty RV park in Santa Rosa, NM

Full RV park  3 hours later in Santa Rosa, NM

Later today we’ll be heading for Founder’s Ranch and SASS’s End of Trail.  It’s five days of dry camping.  The temperature has been getting up to the high nineties.  With no air conditioning, it promises to be a hot few days…It’s tough being a pioneer in the West.

Monday, June 18, 2007Stampede Tour Logo

We’re presently in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. Santa Rosa is a small town…One grocery store, a bail bondsman that is also a real estate agent and a copy store (.25 per copy). And the only person in the office didn’t know how to work the copier.

When we checked into the RV park, we were one of three RVs in the park (Picture #1). It was a nice park and I couldn’t understand why more people didn’t stay here. Then, by 6:00 pm the park was full (Picture #2). And, by 10:00 am the next day it was the three of us again. This place is truly a stopover from where you’ve been to where you’re going.

Empty RV Park in Santa Rosa, NM

Full RV Park in Santa Rosa, NM

Sunday, June 17, 2007Stampede Tour Logo

We’ve spent the last few days in Amarillo, TX getting ahead of the curve on the weekly and daily radio shows. The last half of this week, we’ll be attending SASS’s End of Trail, and dry camping.

Spending so many years in the dry climate of Arizona, there were a few things that I had forgotten about the mid-west. Obviously, one was the humidity. Another was ticks. We like taking walks with Jake. Quite often, the walks are in wooded areas. We’ve not only found ticks on Jake, and ourselves, we’ve even found them climbing on the walls of the RV.


Thursday, June 14, 2007Stampede Tour Logo

We’re presently in Amarillo, TX.  We’re staying at Fort Amarillo RV Resort.  Finally, we’ve gotten away from that humidity of Arkansas and Oklahoma.

We’ve spent the last couple of days working on the radio shows and newspaper.

The two modes of transportation in the pictures are provided by the RV park.  Isn’t it just like a Texas RV park to have a vehicle with cow horns almost as large as the vehicle itself.  And, only Texans could tame a buffalo to pull a cart.

Vehicle with cow horns at Ft. Amarillo RV Park

Buffalo pulling a cart at Ft. Amarillo RV Park

Monday, June 11, 2007Stampede Tour Logo

We continue in Oklahoma City, OK.  It has rained most of each night we’ve been here.  And, the humidity and temperature are virtually the same numbers.

The KOA where we’re staying is a short way from Interstate 40 that connects the East with the West.  This park seems to be used mainly as a one-night layover.  Last night the people next to us arrived at 9:00 pm and left at 6:00 am.  All morning RVs are leaving, and all afternoon they are arriving.

Sunday afternoon and this morning Dakota wrapped up the daily shows for July.  He'll be starting on the July Chronicle of the Old West newspaper tomorrow.

Sunday, June 10, 2007Stampede Tour Logo

We spent a few days in Fort Smith, AR.  Fort Smith is nice, but the local provider for Verizon…We use Verizon Broadband for Internet and email…would allow us to download emails, but not send them.  So, we were out of communication with the world for a few days…It’s tough being a pioneer in the West.

We’re now in Oklahoma City, OK at a great KOA.  We will probably stay here for a few days…maybe even up to a week.

Our time in Fort Smith was fun, although the humidity was unbelievable…Give me dry heat anytime.  We had a great visit with the people at KFPW, the local radio station that airs our daily show.  We also visited the Fort Smith National Historic Site, that among other things, contains the courtroom of Judge Isaac C. Parker, the hanging judge.  We recorded a couple of segments for the weekly show with Julie Northrip a National Parks Ranger.  We actually recorded the segments in Judge Parker’s courtroom.  Dakota was setting at the defense table, and, of course, Sunny was setting at the prosecution table.  Dakota was found guilty and sentenced to a lifetime with Sunny…One lucky guy.

The pictures are of the gallows where Parker’s sentencings were carried out, and his courtroom.

The gallows where Judge Parker's sentencings were carried out.

Judge Parker's Courtroom - Ft. Smith, AR

Tuesday, June 5, 2007Stampede Tour Logo

Yesterday we took a trip from Tulsa, OK up to Coffeyville, KS.  KGGF in Coffeyville carries both our weekly and daily shows…They actually play the daily twice each day.  We had a great visit with John Leonard the station’s general manager.

Coffeyville is famous for the Dalton gang’s failed attempt to rob two banks at the same time.  The first picture is of the Condon Bank, one of the banks the Daltons tried to rob.  The second is a life-sized painting at the location where a famous picture of the dead Daltons was taken.

Condon Bank in Coffeyville, Kansas

Early Site of the Condon & Company Bank where the Daltons were killed - Coffeyville, Kansas

We’re headed down to Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

Monday, June 4, 2007Stampede Tour Logo

We spent a great weekend with Sidekick #001, Gordon Eaton, and his wife, Sunny.  Saturday evening we had dinner with Gordon, Sunny and Linda.  Then Saturday we went to the Will Rogers Museum.  It was one beautiful place.

The pictures are of the museum and grounds.  I think it’s interesting that Will Rogers seems to have his eye on Sunny Eaton.  I think it’s a good thing too, because she can get out of hand.

Sunny Livesay & Sunny Eaton at the Will Rogers Museum
Sunny Livesay and Sunny Eaton at the Will Rogers Museum

Sunny Livesay at the Will Rogers Museum

In the afternoon we went to the J. M Davis Arms & Historical Museum, the country’s largest privately owned gun collection.  Jim and I enjoyed ourselves.  The Sunnys were bored.

At the gun museum we ran into a subscriber, Steve Weeks from South Carolina.

Later today we’ll be visiting KGGF in Coffeyville, Kansas.

Saturday, June 2, 2007Stampede Tour Logo

Yesterday we went into St. Joseph, MO and visited the Patee House Museum and the house where Jesse James was killed.  Both were extremely interesting.  Museum Director, Gary Chilcote, took us around both places and we recorded a couple of segments for our weekly radio show.

The Patee House was built back in 1858 and was the first headquarters for the Pony Express.  The first picture is of Gary showing us the Hannibal & St. Joseph locomotive that’s inside the museum.  It also has a full sized carrousel inside.  This place is a “must visit” for any Old West enthusiast who happens by the St. Joseph area.

Gary Chilcote showing the Hannibal & St. Joweph locomotive inside the Patee House Museum in St. Joseph, MO

The carrousel  inside the Patee House Museum in St. Joseph, MO

Incidentally, St. Joseph is also known as the starting point for pioneers going out west.  The first thing the pioneers did was to raft across the wide Missouri River.  As pioneers traveling the west, we also crossed the Missouri.  Fortunately, sometime over the last few years they built a bridge.


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