Life's Journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, totally worn out, shouting "Wow...What a Ride!"

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Finally...Relaxing In South Dakota

September 27- October 4, 2016

Monday when we found we wouldn't be getting new sneakers for the truck once again I started making some phone calls to places down the road. A call to Tires Plus in Fargo ND gave me cause for hope. After telling him how disappointed we'd been twice already he assured me he had the same tires in stock and could get us in on Tuesday and could hopefully do the alignment.

Tuesday morning we were on the road by 7:45am so we could get to Buffalo River State Park in Glyndon MN and drop the RV then head back to Fargo about 20 miles away. We arrived at Tires Plus just about noon and Glenn was all ready for us. The tires were there and they were ready to install them. We knew it would take a few hours so we headed to lunch then for a walk. We decided to take a walk over to the Chevy dealer and talk to them about the check engine light that was staying on. With the information, we had from when the engine code had been read last time we were told it should be covered by warranty and they could get to it on Wednesday. We were also given the option to bring it in later Tuesday afternoon and we could get a shuttle ride back to the park. As we were getting done at the dealer we received a call from Tires Plus, the truck was ready, new sneakers and an alignment. In the end we saved about $400 from when we initially tried to get new sneakers back in Cochrane AB.

Since we had the canoe still on the truck we rode back to the campground and dropped off the truck then headed back into Fargo to the Chevy dealer. A shuttle ride back to the campground and we were home, seems strange to not have a vehicle.

Buffalo River State Park is a small park with 35 electric only sites, this time of year there is no water so we came with enough for a day or two. The cost is great at $25/night, 50amp, we have a great Verizon signal and the Dish satellite works just fine. The first evening there was only one other site occupied by folks in a tent.

Wednesday afternoon we got a call our truck would be done soon, they sent someone to pick us up. The truck had a full diagnostic done and a few things were addressed, most were covered by warranty. Afterwards we headed over to the Valvoline store and had the oil changed, since there was a Walmart nearby I headed there to get a few grocery items since we knew our next place would be out in the sticks. By the time we left Fargo we had dropped quite a few $$'s, but the truck is feeling much better.

Thursday morning we headed on down into South Dakota to Roy Lake State Park, what a beautiful park it is. We scored a site right on the lake with good Dish and Verizon signals. The sites in this park are electric only but at this time of the year they still have the water on so we filled our tank before heading to our site. We stayed here 3 nights, what a restful place it was.
Another beautiful state park, well kept and a great day use area also. The emphasis here is fishing but there is also a disc golf course which if it hadn't been as windy we would have taken advantage of. Lots of geocaches in the park and we found a few of them, a short trail on an island. What a beautiful place to spend the weekend. Neither one of feel like exploring the area, think we're both burnt out from the constant on the go when in Alaska. This park was a great place to decompress.

During one of our walks Dave spoke to the owners of this rig. It's owned by a local chiropractor and restaurant owner. The back of the rig is turned into a large bbq and smoking area. They do a lot of BBQ competitions and were on a weekend off but still cooking. We were the lucky recipients of a smoked chicken and some smoked brisket. YUM!!

Dave got out and spent some time with the camera. 

Finally a real campfire!!!

With bad weather in the forecast on Sunday we headed south 3 hours south to Lake Vermillion State Recreation Area about 25 miles west of Sioux Falls SD. Monday high winds were predicted and Tuesday the prediction was for rain and thunderstorms. We  headed south as we are meeting friends at Volga River State Recreation Area in Iowa on 10/13 so were moving when the weather is nice and just wandering around the area checking out different state parks. The SD parks are easy on the budget at $19/night, can't beat that. 


There is a local sculpture park nearby, unfortunately it is closed but we did get a picture of the worlds largest bull head.

If a restaurateur recommends a place to stop it's usaully a good place to eat. The owner of the BBQ rig recommended Red Steakhouse in Vermillion SD. On our last evening at Lake Vermillion we took the 75 minute ride to Vermillion, Red Steakhouse is housed in an old bank. A beautiful place with outstanding food though a bit pricey. Appetizers of onion rings and escargot, followed by a steak dinner for me and pork belly and shrimp for Dave were delicious. Our waiter Jake was great, attentive and there quickly to take dirty plates or refill our drinks, top notch service. Dessert was bread pudding, of course I was enjoying the experience so much I forgot to get a picture till dessert and then didn't take any pictures of the beautiful old bank. Red Steakhouse was a great way to finish our time in South Dakota.

Until next time...


  1. It was meant to be, the savings you got from the tires, you just wiped it out with your pricey dinner :)
    It looked like you had been scoring very well on your campgrounds, they all looked nice with scenery and almost by yourselves.
    Great pics on the squirrel, I think they like Dave.

  2. Looks like patience is a virtue in terms of saving money, that's a serious amount. Tires are THE most important part of full timing in my mind. Great that you could get them done and get the warranty work done at the same time.

  3. Good to hear you were able to finally get all your truck chores done, you should be set for a while now!

  4. Getting work on a truck is so vital to living on the road. Glad you finally got it all done. Those state parks look like great places to stay.


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