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Stampede Tour - On the Road posted by Dakota Livesay

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Thursday, May 31, 2007Stampede Tour Logo
 

We had our first medical emergency.  Dakota chipped a piece of his tooth.  We had to go to Platte City, MO for a dentist.  The first two dentist offices we went to were closed.  The third one was open, but the dentist was in Brazil.  We finally found one that would take Dakota…It’s tough being a pioneer in the west.

Got it taken care of without any anesthetic.  Gosh, is Dakota brave.

Dental Equipment!

 
Wednesday, May 30, 2007Stampede Tour Logo
 

We’re presently at Basswood Country Resort just east of the Kansas City, Missouri city limits.  We’re miles from the nearest highway.  And, there are no train tracks in the vicinity.  Sunny has learned to check these things out before making a reservation.

However, there is that third element of travel…planes.  Basswood Country Resort is located right below the approach to the Kansas City Airport.  And, a person can almost read the numbers on the aircraft as they fly overhead.  The picture was taken from our RV site.  Fortunately, Kansas City isn’t as busy as L.A. or Chicago…It’s tough being a pioneer in the West.

Plane

 
Tuesday, May 29, 2007Stampede Tour Logo
 

We had a great time at John Wayne’s 100th birthday celebration.  It was interesting.  It rained most of Saturday morning.  During the afternoon, the wind blew pretty hard, and the place was packed.  Sunday was beautiful, but hardly anyone attended the event.

Yesterday we visited some of the covered bridges.  It was a little disappointing.  The ones we saw all looked alike.  And, they didn’t allow vehicle traffic.

Covered Bridge

Over the weekend the RV park was packed.  When we left to look at the covered bridges, a couple of the families were beginning to pack up.  When we returned, we were the only people in the park that probably held about fifty rigs.

Today we’re off to Platt City, MO.

 
Sunday, May 27, 2007Stampede Tour Logo
 

Even though it rained most of the morning and the wind blew much of the afternoon, Saturday at the John Wayne 100th birthday celebration was fun.  We had some great conversations with wonderful people.  I’m looking forward to having them a part of our weekly radio show.

Parade at John Wayne's 100th Birthday Celebration in Winterset, IA

The event was kicked off with a parade.  Here are some pictures.  Yes, that’s Michael Martin Murphey.

Parade at John Wayne's 100th Birthday Celebration in Winterset, IA

 
Friday, May 25, 2007Stampede Tour Logo
 

We continue here in Winterset, Iowa.  We’ve had a day of hard rain.

Winterset is a nice area.  I didn’t realize until a couple of days ago that Winterset is in Madison County.  It’s the location of the novel and movie “Bridges of Madison County”.

The John Wayne 100th starts in earnest tomorrow.  The picture is of the Duke’s birthplace.  I was lucky to get this picture without someone in front of it.  There’s a steady stream of people getting their picture standing on the stairs.

John Wayne's Birthplace - Winterset, Iowa

 
Wednesday, May 23, 2007Stampede Tour Logo
 

We have just arrived in Winterset, Iowa.  We’re staying in a state park.  It’s a bit different when compared to most of the RV campgrounds where we’ve stayed.  As you can see by the picture, we’re not exactly cramped for space.  Were it not for the sound of the grass growing and an occasional bird, there would be no sound at all.

State Park near Winterset, Iowa

Before we left Winterset, Iowa we went to the No Frills Supermarket…That’s right, it’s tough being a Pioneer in the West.  Good stuff, and good prices.  They even allowed us to bag our own groceries.  Wow, did I do a good job.  I knew all those trips to the grocery store would pay off eventually.

No Frills Supermarket in Winterset, Iowa

 
Tuesday, May 22, 2007Stampede Tour Logo
 

We’re in a nice RV park in Greenwood, NE.  Nebraska is truly farming country.  We’ve had a view of RVs, tucks, and trains from our front door.  But this is the first time we’ve had a tractor coming by.  It is always nice to see open spaces instead of another metal box (RV).

Greenwood, Nebraska

One more day and we’ll be done with the June issue of Chronicle of the Old West.  Yesterday we mailed the June daily shows to the radio stations.  We have to include a play sheet with each CD so the radio stations will know what’s happening.  The number of play sheets is too large to do on our printer, so we take it to a copy center.  Greenwood is so small that they have no one with a copy machine.  We had to travel 30 miles to the next town…It’s tough being a pioneer in the west.

 
Sunday, May 20, 2007Stampede Tour Logo
 

We’re in the process of packing up and leaving North Platt, NE.  It’s a nice place, but we haven’t been able to see much of the area.  We’re in the midst of the most hectic time of each month.  The couple of days we’ve been in North Platt, we’ve had to put together a weekly radio show and the daily shows for June.  In addition to this, we have to get Chronicle of the Old West the newspaper to the printer in a couple days.  As a result, things have been a bit hectic.

man working hard

Our plans, with the help of God, are to be in Greenwood, NE by mid afternoon.

 
Thursday, May 17, 2007Stampede Tour Logo
 

Glenwood Springs, CO is where Doc Holliday died.  While there, we decided to take a look at his gravesite.

The Pioneer Graveyard is a steep half-mile hike up hill on a narrow path…Wonder why they put it there.

As you can tell by the pictures, like most 1800’s characters, we’re not sure where his body is located.

Pioneer Cemetery - Doc Holliday's Grave

Pioneer Cemetery - Doc Holliday's Memorial

We spent last night in the Ft. Morgan, CO city park…Not as homeless people though.  The reason we’re in the city park is that all the RV parks were full, and the city provides about ten free RV spaces with electricity.  I believe you’re limited to a one-night stay.  The park is real nice.  Yesterday evening Jake wore himself out playing football with a couple of young men.

This morning we have an interview with Lorrie Boyer at KSIR.  They have just started playing our weekly radio show.

 
Wednesday, May 16, 2007Stampede Tour Logo
 

 

Yesterday we traveled from St. George, Utah to Glenwood Springs, CO.  If you like boulders and rocky mountains, as Sunny does, you would love this area.  I do love the diversity of our great country.  We stopped at one of the lookout spots just to soak in the atmosphere.

Utah

It’s always interesting to notice the various plants that always manage to spring up among the rocks.  It’s sort of a symbol of God’s determination.

flowers among the rocks

 
Tuesday, May 15, 2007Stampede Tour Logo
 

Yesterday we traveled from St. George, Utah to Richfield, Utah.  Not a long drive, but it allowed us to visit a couple of prospective radio stations…KONY in Richfield and KCYQ in Richfield.

This is the first time we’ve been in Richfield.  It’s a very nice town.  We’re staying at the KOA.  As you can see by the picture, there are plenty of trees.

The Koa in Richfield, Utah

For some reason Richfield is an ATV town.  They even have parades with hundreds of ATVs.

Today’s drive is a long one.  Our plans are to be in Glenwood Springs, CO tonight.

 
Sunday, May 13, 2007Stampede Tour Logo
 

Yesterday we went to the Mountain Meadows Massacre site, where back in 1857 Mormon and Paiute Indians killed some Arkansas immigrants traveling to California.

Mountain Meadows Massacre Site - Utah

This is a highly controversial incident, about which, in June there will be a movie released.  It’s starring Jon Voigt, and called “September Dawn.”

It’s interesting that the monument to the massacred immigrants was built and is maintained by the Mormon Church.  It’s also interesting that the sight is very isolated, yet there were fresh cut flowers there.

Mountain Meadows Massacre Site - Utah

Incidentally, the temperature got up to 104 degrees.  I could have stayed in Show Low and travel three hours to Phoenix if I wanted it this hot…It’s tough being a pioneer in the West.

 
Saturday, May 12, 2007Stampede Tour Logo
 

 

We made it safely to St. George, Utah.  Hoss and Monty are performing so well.  As a reward, we gave Hoss a good bath before leaving California.  Monty will get one next week.

Amazing as it may seem, we went through four states yesterday… California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah.

Were staying at the unbelievably quiet Pioneer RV Park.  Businesses and restaurants surround this park.  Every restaurant imaginable, from Applebee’s to Outback Steakhouse are all in walking distance from our place.  The pictures are from the RV park.

View from Pioneer Park RV Park, St. George, UT

View from Pioneer Park RV Park, St. George, UT

Incidentally, anyone coming to St. George after the middle of June won’t be able to stay here.  It’s being torn down for more restaurants.

 
Friday, May 11, 2007Stampede Tour Logo
 

We’re headed east to St. George, Utah with our final destination of Winterset, Iowa and John Wayne’s 100th birthday party.  We’ll be spending a few days at each stop in order to work on the radio shows and newspaper.

Our stay in Tehachapi, CA has been very nice.  The town is small and the RV park where we stayed gave us an opportunity to take walks in the morning and evening.

The picture is of a tree that we encounter on our walks.  It’s one old character.

tree

 
Thursday, May 10, 2007Stampede Tour Logo
 

We got the daily shows for June finished as well as the weekly show for the week of May 21-27.

And, speaking of weekly show, station KEVA – 1240 AM in Evanston, Wyoming has started playing our weekly radio show at 7:05 on Saturday mornings.  They have been playing our daily show at 8:30 in the morning.  We want to say thanks to Bill Smith and the gang at KEVA.

KEVA logo

 
Wednesday, May 9, 2007Stampede Tour Logo
 

This may be a bit strange, but anyone who is afraid of bugs can opt out.

The SASS California State Championships took place at a ranch.  And, there were a lot of bugs around…especially earwigs.  I’ve just gotten a new camera.  It’s a Casio Exilim digital, credit card size camera.  One time while I was setting in our booth, I looked down to see a bug crawling on my leg.  I grabbed the camera and took a picture of it.  The picture looked good, so I looked for a couple more bugs.  The camera does a great job, right.

bug

bug

bug

 
Tuesday, May 8, 2007Stampede Tour Logo
 

 

We’ve moved on up the road to Tehachapi, CA.  This is really a beautiful area.  Where the Bakersfield area was brown because of the lack of rain during the winter, this area, just an hour or so east, is nice and green.

Indian Hills Ranch RV Park

We’re in the Indian Hills Ranch RV Park.  And, as you can tell by the pictures, it is an RV park on a ranch.

Jake on the ranch of Indian Hills in California

Yesterday we visited Dick Baxter and his wife Ellie.  Dick used to be the personal manager for Dale Evans.  Had a great lunch, and recorded a nice conversation for our weekly radio show.

Dakota will be spending the day recording the June daily shows.

 
Sunday, May 6, 2007Stampede Tour Logo
 

We’re back in civilization.  For the last four days, we’ve attended the California State SASS Championship.  It was located outside of Bakersfield…So far outside Bakersfield that there was no cell service.  And, I was unable to get on line.  On top of all that, we were dry camping…It sure is tough being a pioneer in the West.

We had an absolutely fantastic time…Great people, great food and great entertainment.

The people who participate in the Single Action Shooting Society events have carts that carry their firearms from stage to stage.  Some are very creative.  The first picture is of a cart that’s also a bar-be-que grill.  The second a hearse.  The man who has that cart has an alias of Gravedigger.  And, that’s what he does for a living…digs graves.

gun dart bar-be-que grill

gun cart hearse

 
Thursday, May 3, 2007Stampede Tour Logo
 

We’re headed to the Bakersfield, CA area for the California State SASS Championships.  It’s located in an area called Five Dogs.  We’ll be dry camping…It’s tough being a pioneer in the West.

The shoot is located in an area with no cell phone reception.  So, we’ll be out of contact with the world until Sunday.

Incidentally, Dakota got a new camera.  He promises to have plenty of pictures when we get back into civilization.

 
Wednesday, May 2, 2007Stampede Tour Logo
 

We had a great weekend at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, just north of L.A. It’s located at Melody Ranch, the studio where Gene Autry did a lot of filming. Currently it’s the filming location of the cable TV show Deadwood.

We were able to see a number of old friends, and got to meet actor Bruce Boxleitner.  Incidentally, he’s just as nice as you would expect.

We have no pictures to share, because the studio doesn’t allow any cameras on the location.  However, with the small digital cameras, and camera cell phones, I did see several people sneaking pictures.

 


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