Wednesday morning we packed a bag and headed to Fort Robinson, a former U.S. Army fort and a present-day state park located in the Pine Ridge region of northwest Nebraska, 2 miles west of Crawford on U.S. Route 20. As we approached Crawford we contacted our friends Brad & Bonnie so that they could come and meet us for lunch. They had arrived earlier in the day to get their trailer set up in the Ft. Robinson campground before their engagement later that evening. We had terrific BBQ'd pork sandwiches and then followed them into the town of Crawford while they did a few short errands. We also stopped by that evening's venue, Perrenial Haus, so they could see their 'work area' and meet the owner.
Afterward Larry & I checked into the Ft Robinson lodge. We had considered bringing the 5'er for a few days but decided it was too much work to break it down & set back up. You know how it is, when you're parked for long more & more things get unpacked and used. So, we decided to pay for one night's lodging in the 1909 Enlisted Men's Barracks. After unpacking our things headed over to their campsite. It was located in an electric only loop, $18 per night, very long, surrounded by trees with a small creek running just out their front door. Nice! Just for your info, there are also full hook-up sites in a different loop for $24 a night and a primitive area for $12. Facilities include a modern shower house, water pumps, dump station, grills and picnic tables. Campsites are available for 14 days max. A $4 per day or $20 annual Nebraska State Park pass is also required. I believe it is open until November 30th this year.
Soon it was time for Brad & Bonnie to change into the 'Ramblin' Rangers' and head into Crawford to set up. Larry & I ran home to freshen up and arrived in time to get a good seat for the evening. Perrenial Haus is a cozy 'lil' haus' full of arts, crafts and trinkets. And, they are also a Coffee Bistro with awesome baked goodies! What a fun place! Owner Becky Wendland is warm & welcoming & if you are ever in the area you need to make it a point to stop and say hello. You never know what goodie will be coming out of the oven while you enjoy a coffee, frappe, latte or nice cup of tea. And, you'll want to pick up several of her 91 year old grandma's post cards, they are very nice. Her Aunt Myrna has a B&B nearby and the whole family has interesting stories and info to share.
At the close of the this evening's entertainment Becky recommended we try the broasted chicken & spuds from a small local place called Staab's Drive-Inn for a late dinner. It was wonderful! We sat outside on their patio enjoying our meal and mapped out tomorrow mornings schedule. Brad & Bonnie come here to camp often and are very familiar with the area so we were glad they offered to play tour guide on Thursday. I know we are also planning on spending time in the museum and understand there are some amazing photos in there.
So I think I will close this post for now & pick it up again tomorrow. We can already tell there will be lots to see, so next post will probably be picture intense. You know me, I love my camera. I think you will find the fort and this area very interesting. Thanks for checking in...