John came through Dubois in 2013 on his bicycle trip across the U.S. He discovered that the original name for this town was "Never Sweat" because the wind blew all the time. The U.S. Post Office disagreed and named it Dubois, with a French pronunciation. Being the independent-minded folks they are, the residents pronounce it "Dooboys" to this day.
Gary Keimig in his gallery among his breath-taking paintings.
I walked into a gallery on the main street and fell in love with these paintings. I told the caretaker how much I enjoyed them and he introduced himself as the artist, Gary Keimig. He grew up in a pioneering family int he area. It was a pleasure meeting him. (He says this is the spot all the tourists have him stand.)
You can see our RV park in the background of Buddy's Bar-B-Q. It was the Wind River KOA and has a wonderful river flowing through it. While we were there, it was over the bank with water and rushing swiftly along its way.
Outside of Dubois, the landscape became so dramatic, we had to stop and take pics.
Since this is a travel AND mystery blog, I wanted to share moments from our six week trip from Oregon, to Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Washington and back home.
Perhaps we will run into mysteries along the way. If we do, I'll let you know!
Many of you are experienced RVers and have your meal preparations all worked out. However, this is the first long trip we've ever taken in our fifth wheel, so I wanted to be prepared. Three days before our trip, I shopped for seven hours. Two days before we left, I cooked for 13 hours. The result of all this prep: meals were so dang easy! I kept the meat in the freezer in small bags and reheated as needed. Meal prep was quick and I had no greasy stove or counters to clean up.
I'll share some of the meals that worked great. Maybe they will work for you as well (even at home).
For our six-week trek, I planned to have Chinese Chicken Salad three times. I figured how much chicken John and I would use and sauteed it with salt and pepper. After it cooled, I bagged it in 3 baggies and labeled each.
The ingredients you see above include lettuce, mandarin oranges, sliced almonds, and Chinese noodles (it came with a plastic lid so would store well for all three meals). I also like to add cilantro and chopped green onions. I purchased Chinese Chicken salad dressing and it was delicious.
The result: quick, delicious Chinese Chicken Salad
Driving all day took away our need for a lot of calories, but not for good eating. The crunchy sliced almonds, fresh tasting Mandarin oranges and chicken provided a satisfying meal. Small bread sticks, unfrozen and toasted just before eating, limited the carbs.
I received this email from a reader:
I just finished your book and I absolutely loved it! I couldn't read it fast enough and was kind of sad when I finished it and realized that it was already over! I wanted to ask you, how much of the story is based off of real historical events/people? In other words how much was real? Look forward to your reply.
Dear Reader (and other fans),
I am so glad you asked. I love to slide my story between the lines of history. So could my story be true? Who knows. We weren't there.
If you like history, you will enjoy some of the fascinating facts from the book that I will post in order of their appearance.
The Soci (so chee) is a dastardly group I invented, loosely based on the Praetorian Guard.
The Praetorian Guard had its beginnings as bodyguards of Roman generals sometime before 275 B.C.. The commanding general in the field was called a praetor; his tent, the praetorium. The Guard consisted of infantry and cavalry and was called a cohort.
In 31 BC, Augustus realized the value of having an elite guard at his side within the palace and around Rome as well as in the field. He formed nine cohorts of 500 - 1500 men each, three of which were always on duty.
n 2 BC, Augustus appointed two Praetorian prefects to rule over the Guard. The prefects built the Castra Praetoria (fort of the Praetorians) just outside Rome. The prefects' influence created an unanticipated problem. Yes, the Guard was at the disposal of the emperors, but now the emperors were at the mercy of the Guard.
Asserting their power, the Praetorians demanded money from whomever wanted to be emperor. They assassinated emperors who fell out of favor, fought in turf wars between rulers, and bullied Rome's citizens in the streets. In the 4th century Constantine disbanded the powerful group and destroyed their fortress. The soldiers were sent to various corners of the empire but the prefects rose to civil authority, holding powerful positions. One might say, the Praetorians vanished in name only.
By the 8th century BC, even the prefecture had disappeared from view.
In "The Proof" we discover where they've been hiding.
Read "The Proof" at: bit.ly/TheProofColwell
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