What’s Your Favorite Obscure Place to Vacation?

As Chief of Questions, you can imagine that I have many questions. I also have answers. At least I have MY answer. Some of you might agree with my answer and some may not. That, folks, is what makes this country so great!  You can question the question and you can also question the answer.  Any questions so far?

My question for today is, Where are you going on vacation this year? Summer is around the corner. If you are going somewhere in the good ol’ USA, do yourself a favor and find some obscure place to take an adventure you wouldn’t normally plan. If nothing else, you’ll have something to talk and laugh about, perhaps for years to come.

Cadillac Jacks

Cadillac Jacks

PrairieBerry_3My wife and I did this a couple of years ago. We knew we were going to Denver for an Ingram family reunion and we decided to rent a car and drive from there to Mt. Rushmore. We had always wanted to see the monument, as well as South Dakota’s Badlands National Park and Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. What we did NOT know we wanted to do was visit Deadwood, South Dakota.  We read about the historic little town of Deadwood while planning our trip. It was once home to Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok and Wyatt Earp. We wound up booking three nights at a place called Cadillac Jacks Gaming Resort.  We were happy we did, because not only was it a great little gambling town, but we just happened to be there a week before the big bike rally was happening in nearby Sturgis. Thousands of Harleys, Nortons and Indians lined the streets, making it even more fascinating for a gawker like me. I remember Deadwood as one of the most fun places I have ventured into the past few years!

Prairie Berry Winery

Prairie Berry Winery

On our way from Deadwood to Mt. Rushmore, we saw a billboard advertising the Prairie Berry Winery and their famous (I kid you not) “Red Ass Rhubarb” wine. We stopped in and discovered some unusual wines out there in the middle of South Dakota – not exactly Napa, Sonoma or Temecula, but good wine, nevertheless. We brought home a couple of bottles of Red Ass Rhubarb and gave them away as gifts that holiday season.

Why be normal? What are some of the obscure places you have visited on vacations?  If you decide to visit someplace out of the ordinary this vacation season, please tell me about it, especially if it brings to your mind some interesting questions…and answers.


Gary Ingram

Gary Ingram

I grew up in Golden, CO in the 50’s, the child of a middle class housewife and a lifelong employee of the U.S. Post Office. My professional career spanned 25 years with the U.S. Government and I retired early. Today I am an Aging-in-Place Specialist (which does not mean I just sit in a recliner and watch football), a devoted “Papa” to my grandchildren and partner to my lovely wife. I’m a crusty old fart who appreciates a good cigar, an old car, an occasional game of golf, Blue Collar Radio, NASCAR and my Denver Broncos. At BoomerReviews.com, I hold the title, “Chief of Questions.” Let’s see what you think about my questions and answers. Chime in!

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  1. lucky you getting to go on vacations…………
    NO really lucky you 🙂

  2. Haven’t had a vacation in awhile, but I much prefer those kinds of obscure vacations over those to major tourist traps.

  3. Your Niece Judy!!! says:

    I could have told you that Lead, Deadwood, Hill City, Sturgis and the Badlands were great places to go see while we were sitting at that picnic table in Nederland silly!! Those are places Gary V. and I hug out when we were living in Rapid City!! Their ranch is south of the Badlands and has held some very dear memories for us over many years! We had a family reunion at the ranch the same summer we were with you and Shannon in Colorado!! Ellsworth AFB, Mount Rushmore, the Needles and Wall Drug!! This year will be revisiting Centralia, Washington, the west coast of Washington, Seattle and the Columbia River area at the end of June and new sites for us – Charlotte, NC and surrounding area at the end of September or so!! In between will be exploring the open areas of Wyoming, Colorado and Utah if all goes as planned!!

    Hope you get your writing gig!! Crayons can be messy at your age!! Love ya!

  4. yeah, no vacations for a small business owner…………maybe a weekend jaunt but nothing obscure. been to Deadwood and got totally hooked on the show…..:) 🙂

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