After leaving our friends Paul & Char in Buffalo, New York, our next stop before heading across the northern tier of the USA to the Pacific coast, is White Pigeon, Michigan. We were scheduled for some preventative maintenance at Quadra Manufacturing for our RV leveling system(Big Foot). White Pigeon is located approximately 14 miles north of Elkhart, Indiana, the RV Capital of the world.
Our winter layover in Fort Myers, Florida is at its end, and once again the Wike’s are on the move!
WOW….a whole summer and most of fall has passed us by! Where does the time go? This has been a very busy time for us and we apologize for not posting in the blog as often as perhaps we should have to keep up with it all.
Living the full time RV life is quite a busy life. AND “it’s always an adventure!” How did we ever get anything done while we were still working?
We left the Black Hills last week and then spent three days at the Badlands. Continue reading
We spent Saturday evening with Fran and Fred Hammer. Fran is a high school classmate of ours who happened to be traveling with her husband in an RV through South Dakota at the same time as us.Continue reading
Wednesday evening we went back to Wind Cave National Park for a visit to Rankin Ridge lookout in an attempt at seeing Elk or at least to hear the bugle of the male bull in rut. Here is where the park ranger told us a few days earlier elk herds were spotted. We parked the truck in the trailhead parking lot and made the 1 mile trek up the Rankin Ridge trail.
Our friends from Lebanon, PA, Jim and Vicki Garrett have spent the last two summers in Rapid City, SD. Jim is a workamper for the summer, and Vicki continues to work remotely at a full time job that she’s held for almost 25 yrs. How grand is that! You can still make money from the comforts of your own home, while traveling the country. Welcome to full time RVing!
The Powder House serves great wild game in the Black Hills of South Dakota!
Carol and I decided to go out for dinner and try one of the local favorites in Keystone, South Dakota – the Powder House.
As are most of the restaurants around here, it a seasonal restaurant open from mid-May until mid-October.
According to their web site, the Powder House Restaurant has garnered a national reputation for serving some of the finest Prime Rib in the Mid-West, and has also established a reputation for the fine Buffalo and wild game entrees. Carol and I love wild game, so off we went!
We were seated promptly(with reservations) and the wait staff was attentive and friendly.
The restaurant interior is rustic and woodsy that really matches the local atmosphere. Soon after we arrived, the restaurant became very busy, and it was a full house!
We were intrigued by their menu. They had some interesting items, such as Buffalo meatloaf, Chef Les’ Pork Chop which was a 12 oz. double boned rack in pork chop, Vegetable Wellington-Asparagus, Red Pepper, Onion and Spinach wrapped in a Pastry with Pesto Sauce and Goat Cheese, Wapiti(Elk) & Tatanka(Buffalo) burger and bacon-wrapped trout. Other interesting items were BBQ buffalo short ribs, Elk medallions, and a game sampler platter of buffalo short rib, elk medallion, buffalo sausage, and a blended game sausage.
Not your standard fare by a long shot!
I knew I wanted to try a bison tenderloin before we arrived at the Powder House, so my menu choice was predetermined! They recommend not cooking bison steak more than medium because it is very lean. I like mine rare anyway, and they cooked it perfectly. The texture was spot on and was very flavorful!
Carol decided on having what was my second choice – Stuffed quail – three birds stuffed with seasoned wild rice, roasted to a golden brown then finished with a garnet hued blackberry sauce. Carol said the birds were cooked perfectly but the sauce was too sweet and there was too much of it, so much so, that it “drowned” the entire entree. A little “spoon push” of sauce on the plate under the quail would’ve worked better.
The Powder House met all the standards of an “excellent” rating with the exception of the sauce on Carol’s quail. So the Powder House gets 4 RV’s up! If you’re ever in the Black Hills, try it, you’ll like it!
Because the beautiful weather continued, we decided to head to Wind Cave National Park near Hot Springs, SD, on Wednesday. Continue reading
The day after our bike ride we returned to Crazy Horse Memorial, this time for a better look and understanding of the project. Continue reading
Monday, we enjoyed Mt. Rushmore’s evening lighting ceremony
and dedication to our great nation and to the military of yesterday and today.
After a week of “taking care of business” duties such as establishing SD residency, obtaining SD drivers licenses and transferring truck title, etc., Kevin and I were ready to take in some South Dakota culture and beauty. We booked a tour through “Black Hills Open-Top-Tours“.
It was a great choice!
The tour was 6 hrs. The tour offered breathtaking beauty as far as we could see, with many different landscapes (open prairie and meadows, pine and spruce forests, rock formations) and lessons in the history of the hills, land and wildlife.