We had no plans; we were just driving until we got tired. I asked Sandra to Google campgrounds in Watertown since it was the next biggest town before Fargo. I was tired. I had been driving for around six hours through the backroads of Nebraska and I-29. My first impression was wow it has a Qdoba and a Walmart. Hope the campground is nice. My expectations of a place to camp were met and exceeded, so I decided to write a piece on my blog called Small Town USA-Watertown will be the first.
First, and foremost, the campground we stayed at is a hidden gym, Codington County Memorial Park on Lake Kampeska. It is a city park campground. You never know what you will get with a city campground, but this one is absolutely beautiful. Check out the pictures on our Facebook page by clicking on this link, Codington County Memorial Park. They don’t do it justice. The campsites are heavily wooded with huge trees and lots of shade. They have hiking trails around the lake, and the staff was really friendly. Also, they had the best internet of any campground we have stayed at so far. Having a great campground is always a plus, but what happened that Saturday in the town is what made this experience so great.
We always check Google for local events and then pick one to start. The one we chose first was the local farmers market. We always try to buy from local people when we can. We met the nicest lady selling cookies and she said, “You guys came on a great day. We have a car show and a chili cook off at the zoo today.” My first thought was car show? Really? I am in. The second thought was how good could the zoo be at a city of 20,000 people. I would eat those words later.
The car show was held at the National Guard base in Watertown. It wasn’t the biggest show I had been too, but there were some amazing cars. The best thing about the car show was the people. They were the friendliest people we have met on our journey. We talked to a man named Fred for over 30 minutes about cars and traveling around in an RV. He told us he moved from North Carolina to Watertown 20 years ago and didn’t regret it. You could tell that each person we met loved their city. Fred was no different. You can check out the pictures of the show at this link, Watertown Car Show.
After the car show, we took our vegetables back to the camper. We were listening to the radio when they announced the 25th Annual Watertown Radio Chili Cook-Off at the Bramble Park Zoo. Second time we had heard about the zoo, so we decided to load back up and head to the zoo. I was blown away. The zoo was a small zoo compared to Omaha or San Diego, but it had a lot of animals and everyone was having so much fun. The chili cook off was fun too. Who knew there was so many ways to make chili? If you ever make to Watertown, I can highly recommend the zoo. It is a beautiful place.
What goes good with Chili? Beer!
They didn’t serve beer at the zoo, so we decided to ride through downtown Watertown where we stumbled onto a bar named Harry’s that was my kind of place. Remember, I am the Honky Tonk man. We nestled up to the bar and I ordered a porter called Deschutes Black Butte, after a recommendation from the bartender . Don’t drink too many of these brews they have alcohol content. We met the nicest young hostess named Alayna that reminded me of one of my adopted children. She talked to us like we were long lost friends. The bar was great, but she made it even better. It was an amazing night. Harry’s is also a barbershop where you can get a haircut, shave and a hot towel. Amazing combination, and it works. Great place to hang out.
After a few beers and some appetizers, we decided it was time to go. We walked back to the truck hand in hand, laughing how we use too when we were dating. I told her I think we are learning how to have fun again. Thanks, Watertown, for a great time. Watertown is the nicest, friendliest and cleanest town we have visited while RVing to date. You are a sparking jewel in this country, and I highly recommend you!
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