For those of you interested Only in TRAVEL, I (Jack) wrote the blog between March 2010 and October 2010 during our travels west. We saw the most beautiful places and had the best time in our big truck and little trailer. See Blog Archive below.

Sep 10, 2010

Where is Jack, Day 151

Well, we thought today was going to be very exciting. However, it was too HOT to do too much. Nancy went over and had three cups of Judy's delicious coffee. As much as she enjoys it, it makes her feel kind of jittery afterward so she asked Judy to tell her she couldn't have any more if she has a weak moment and wants more, tomorrow.

Nancy took the big box fan out, today, to keep any bugs that might be around, away (don't think there were too many, anyway). Judy came over and the ladies sat and gabbed while I slept most of the day except for a few walks here and there. It's a very quiet park with several camping areas. Because the facilities for horses are already here, the state has made the park available to people who wish to bring their own horses to ride. They have stables and places to park horse trailers. There's a large group here, now. Last night we saw them coming away from some sort of ride. The new "cowboy getup" is to tuck jeans in their boots with a modified version of the cowboy hat--it's kind of flat. The park has quite a history . I was mistaken when I said they had POW camps for the Japanese, they were for the Germans-I never knew that we had German POWs here in the U.S.

The heat just wipes Nancy and me out. We're just not used to it. While we were sitting outside about 20 wild turkeys came walking by. They weren't much interested in us. After a day of sittin' aroun' doin' nuttin', Nancy, Miss Judy, and I went into the town of Crawford. There isn't much going on. The restaurant Miss Judy remembered had been closed. We found another one and learned that the owner of this one was actually in the midst of purchasing the restaurant that was closed. They were due to close, yesterday, but the original owner died on Sunday so everything is on hold.

On the way home we took a short scenic loop, and found the local herd of bison. The bulls are very active collecting their harems at this time of year. One very big bull was trying to play with a cow, but she ran away. Nancy said she probably had a headache and didn't want to play. Nancy was so engrossed in the activity, she forgot to take pictures. Hopefully, we'll see them, again. She did take a few pictures, today.

This is Miss Judy's motorhome. Her refrigerator is not working (it started to work after we filled it with ice and she leveled the it). Fortunately, she bought a full warranty when she bought it, but it is an inconvenience. We had plenty of room in our fridge so we just put her stuff in ours. Ms. Judy is planning to drive down to Texas for the winter because it gets so cold in Casper. She said they don't get a lot of snow, but the wind is really bad. The Platte River literally runs right through her back yard and it's pretty fast moving and still freezes solid in the winter. We got a little taste of the wind, late, today.

We are parked right across from Miss Judy. It's three a.m. Nancy and I couldn't sleep. We're listening to the owls and coyotes. It's nice sleeping with the windows open. Nancy said she's going to look into storm windows and screens when she gets home. (pipe dreaming, again) This picture was taken pretty early. As the day went on, we had to move around to the back of the trailer to get away from the sun.
When we first got here, I found some delicious steak bones that someone had thrown on the ground. Nancy wouldn't let me keep them. I tried, but she pried my mouth open and threw them away. Darn. I was checking around to see if I find another one.

There is a little creek right outside our window. The flowers are so pretty. There are huge old cotton trees throughout the park, too. Normally, Nancy would have already taken hundreds of pictures, but the heat just whips her.

The sunsets here are beautiful. It was getting ready to storm when we got back from town and our little scenic ride.

Pictures are coming up slowly and leaving odd spaces. Nancy doesn't know what the deal is. Miss Judy said that people stay in all the buildings on the grounds. There are cottages which were once the officers' quarters, and these big old beautiful homes.

These are the stables where people put their horses at night. They have a special campground and parking places for their horse trailers. Some are combination RVs and horse trailers.

The storm was rolling in fast, so Nancy snapped one last picture. By the time we got home it was thundering and lightening pretty bad, but it didn't rain very hard. Maybe Nancy will feel like moving around more, tomorrow. It's 5:30 a.m. right now, so I told her she'd better get some sleep.


  1. As late as the early 70's there were barracks about thirty miles west of St. Louis where german prisoners had been housed. After the war they turned them into housing for migrant workers, then the 70's brought commercial development and the site is now a Lowe's.

    Pretty amazing, it would be interesting to follow up on that and see how many were brought here and where all the camps were located.

    I wonder how many of the prisoners stayed here and became citizens.

  2. OK, I googled it, 425,000 prisoners of war here in the US, every state with the exception of Nevada, North Dakota, and Vermont had POW camps.

  3. Thanks for the info, Patricia. I just read it to Judy. She was as unaware as I was that there were German POWs, here.

    I was going to look it up. I'm whipped, today--lack of sleep. Judy and I are sitting outside. She's knitting and I'm computing. The weather is beautiful, today.


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