Murdo Girl…the road trip..a BCHOT goes to Lafayette 

We’ve been having a great time in Lafayette, Indiana. We got here Friday and we’re staying until Wednesday. We love our spot at the Wolf family RV Park. The dogs love it too because we log a lot of steps on the many well kept trails along the Wabash River.

The photos in Saturday’s blog were also taken here.

We ate breakfast at this cafe in the little town of Delphi which is up the road about eight miles.

Our reason for coming to Lafayette was to visit friends Kip met while attending college at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. I met Molly and Cary 36 plus years ago when they came through Casper while on vacation. Although we’ve been in touch off and on, we haven’t seen them again in all those years.

Since we got the RV and began our extended yearly road trips, we have seen family and friends we hadn’t seen in far too many years, and quite possibly might never have seen again.We have great fun exploring this beautiful country of ours and never have to leave the comforts of our own home or the companionship of our fur babies.

Molly and Cary are the kind of people you can immediately feel comfortable with and they’re lots of fun. They have shown us their beautiful city, and we’ve eaten at some great places.

Lafayette is the home of Purdue University.


The Lafayette Brewing Company was a great place to eat, but my favorite eatery so far is the pizza place we went to for lunch today. The pizza and salads were exceptional and the rooms were decorated with all kinds of antique toys. I can’t remember the name of the place, but I’ll find out for you tomorrow when I go back to get the denim jacket I left there.

Molly is going to fix a traditional Indiana dinner for us tomorrow. It sounds like she’s a wonderful cook, so we’re looking forward to it. They came to our place tonight for a cook-out. In fact they brought the hamburger meat for Kip to grill. I put together some broccoli salad, potato salad, and a wonderful warm peach cobbler served with vanilla bean ice cream. By put together, I mean I bought them all at Walmart and put them together on the table. 

Cyndie and Molly

Cary, Molly and Kip. It was pretty dark. I’ll get some better pics tomorrow.


This brings to mind an irony of sorts. You might remember a blog I wrote last year about the award I won in high school. It catupulted me to new heights and now my name is recognized all over Murdo, SD and Mabank, TX. I don’t think I would be where I am today if I had not been awarded the Miss Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow pin. (I received the award again post-humorlessly at the reunion last summer. It was given to me by Patti and Judy…the Dykstra sisters. I thought Patti had sacrificed her BCHOT pin, but she later told me she found it on ebay. I lost mine, so either way I was touched. Plus…Judy made me a delightful collage featuring symbols of all the qualities Betty Crocker must have expected the winner of her award to embody.

Well, I don’t want to belabor the point, but sadly, Molly got beat out of the award she thought would surley be hers. It happened fifty years ago, but I can tell she still harbors some resentment. Sorry Molly…that had to hurt.

Molly and Cary recently bought a traveling home. Kip and Cary are taking it to Indianapolis tomorrow to get it fixed (long story). Molly asked me if I wanted to go with her to get a pedicure. Do you think she read my blog about my orange nail polish with sparkles in it? The stuff I spilled on my kitchen floor while painting my toes.

I’m going with Molly and I’ll treat myself to a pedi, but not a mani-pedi. My manis aren’t in good enough shape yet.

Well, it’s late and I must get some rest or I’ll fall asleep tomorrow in the middle of my very first traditional Indiana meal… made by a BCHOT wannabe.

11 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…the road trip..a BCHOT goes to Lafayette 

  1. Rachel Manlove Vogel September 12, 2017 / 12:14 am

    Wow, I would like to see the pin! Had no idea you had reached such heights! I don`t think I have ever been in Indiana. Makes me think of the song “Gary, Indiana” from my favorite musical, Music Man.


    • Mary Francis McNinch September 13, 2017 / 11:07 am

      We went through Gary on our way from Chicago to Lafayette. We’re on our way to Kentucky. Have you ever been there?


  2. sanjuan831 September 11, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    I agree with Judy and Billy. Don’t ask why, I just do.
    What does “post-humorlessly” mean? It sounds impressive,

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  3. Billy Francis September 11, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    Another great trip! When I retire, I am going to visit the 22 race tracks that I have left. It may cost me all of my savings and a wife! Are you going on the Blue Ridge Parkway when you are in North Carolina? Liz and I took it a few years ago. Liz took pictures at every turnout (about 200 yards apart). We averaged 100 miles a day and I gained seven pounds eating snacks while Liz was taking pictures! Almost forgot, the scenery and Liz’s pictures were wonderful!

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  4. scoper07 September 11, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    How marvelous you get to enjoy such sights and old friends. Thanks for sharing so we can enjoy the trip too!

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  5. lifelessons September 11, 2017 / 4:31 am

    I love this campground the best of all you’ve pictured! The river is my perfect ideal of what a river should be. Fun traveling along with you. I have a great appreciation of your appreciation of things, Mary. xo J

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    • Mary Francis McNinch September 13, 2017 / 11:10 am

      That’s a very nice thing to say Judy. We have always dreamed of doing this, but didn’t think we would actually be able to do it!


      • lifelessons September 13, 2017 / 3:32 pm

        I had the idea that you had done this many times before..So glad you are doing it now. My favorite way to travel was in our tiny little motor home we used to do shows.

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