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.
My 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!
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.