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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Flag Day and Railside RV Ranch & Cabin Resort

Aloha Everyone,

June 14th is Flag Day. Adoption of the stars and stripes as the flag of the United States was by the Second Continental Congress. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation to establish June 14th as Flag Day. It is not a federal holiday or generally a state holiday. Pennsylvania is the only state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday.

Seeing so many American Flags on the main street of Williams was meaningful and uplifting.

Today we decided to give our Honu a bath and J.J. to get a haircut. That actually took most of the morning.  

So far we have stayed at 27 RV Parks and the Railside RV Ranch & Cabin Resort really is a stand-out. To be honest, this was not our first choice, because it does not belong to the Passport America organization. When we showed up at the other RV park that is part of the Passport America, we were informed that they were fully booked. This is the first weekend when most of the schools are out and with Father's Day holiday weekend, part-time RVers are also out in force. Luckily, the other park gave us the information about the Railside RV Park Ranch & Cabin Resort. What a fortunate turn of events. The owners, Patrick and Tammara Dora are the nicest, down-to-earth people you can meet anywhere. The moment anyone walks into the office, their positive energy and zest for life envelopes you into their circle.  

Patrick was born and raised in Vincennes, Indiana. He is very proud to tell us that it is the oldest city in Indiana. He moved to the City of Williams when it was still a sleepy town. He and Tammara purchased their lot in 1989 when it was just a grassy field. They traveled around the country for 2 years to survey and study about RV Parks and learned what makes good RV Parks, what guests are looking for and tried to make theirs an exceptional one. I believe people who stayed here all agree that they have succeeded.  

This is the only RV Park we have been to so far that serves continental breakfast. The first morning we were here, Tamarra told us that she made 70 waffles and 30 boiled eggs. There were lines of hungry RVers waiting to get their breakfast. Patrick and Tammara were busy welcoming newcomers, answering questions about tours and preparing breakfast all done with a big smile and genuine love for their "family." The newly-wed I wrote about, Bart & Denise were sad to leave yesterday since they could not cancel the reservation they had made at another RV park.

We definitely will stay here when we are in this part of the country and would recommend their place enthusiastically to anyone who ask us. Thank you, Patrick and Tammara for bringing joy to all who had been blessed to share a day or a week or a month with you.

Tammara making waffles:

Patrick & Tamara Dora welcoming their "family":

A clean and well-run RV park where visitors are treated like family.

Wooden statue of "Jack" the RV park engineer greets the guests. J.J. is waiting for our ride to town which also is provided by Patrick as a service.

The "clock" is the meeting place for our ride back to the RV park.

Tonight we had a dinner at Jessica's Family Restaurant. The owner and chef, Gregorius was charming man and an excellent chef. Our Spaghetti alla Carbonara was excellent.

Photo with Chef Greg.

Saturday night entertainment on the Main Street included cowboy shoot-out. After a number of gun shots were heard, a little girl asked her father if this is for real. Williams is a tourist destination yet the town has managed its growth and maintained the charm of "old-town USA". Residents and visitors seem to coexist comfortably.

Aloha -- Cathi