Quest For the Best $5 Meal

We have embarked on this journey with many ideas for travel themes: Friends and Family (over 100 in the first month), National Parks and Monuments (one – Pipestone National Monument), Roadside Attractions (largest ball of twine in Cawker City, KS and largest peace pipe in Pipestone, MN),

and the best piece of pie. There is one candidate for the best piece of pie, the story is that cousin Doug bought the pie as part of a fundraiser.  We need to follow up and see if we can get to the pie source!

The exciting news is that we are adding a new quest. Where can you get the best meal for $5?

Our stop to see the largest ball of twine in Cawker City included spending some time in Mankato, KS for no specific reason other than it was close to Lovewell State Park, our camping spot. Well, we heard of a supper sandwich special, only available on Monday evenings, at a very, very local spot. The proprietress was a bit surprised when we walked in! Diane had the BLT and I had the Ham Salad sandwich. The meal included potato chips, potato salad, coleslaw, red jello with a dollop of whip cream, and white cake for dessert. All for $5. The ice tea was extra, but I still count this a great $5 meal. (I’m reluctant to publish the name of the local eatery, but if we hear from our Mankato acquaintances that they want the publicity, I’ll publish details.)

This would have been the end of the story, except that a couple weeks later we were visiting Aunt Lavonne at the Wakefield Care Center. She invited us to lunch the next day. We found out that the meal would be $5! Fried chicken, scalloped potatoes, corn, peaches, a dinner roll, and angel food cake with a scoop of tapioca pudding. This time the coffee was included!

So, it looks like there is a whole new world of under appreciated $5 meals. Currently, I am calling this a tie for best $5 meal. Each meal had its charms and each meal was a delightful experience.

Sitting in the honorable mention spot is a Runza sandwich. If you have no idea of what a Runza is, you can look it up here. One cheese Runza cost $4.75, so it is not really a meal, but at the time it hit the spot.

Let us know if you have any suggestions!


We Launched!

Bessie and Tranquility are ready to roll!
Happy Campers!

Yesterday we launched! The last week has been intense and exhausting as we finalized downsizing for now, moved what we’re keeping to our 10′ x 10′ climate-controlled storage, loaded the truck and trailer, and cleaned the rental home in order to pass along the keys to our wonderful landlord.

We underestimated the time for the above, thus left Denver at 1pm MDST with our truck, Bessie, and trailer, Tranquility. Last month we made campground reservations for the first few days, knowing that we wanted to stay put for several days to catch our breath. 

Adrenaline kept us going the 400 miles/9 hour drive to our campsite. It was difficult to set up camp in the dark, yet we did so in record time of 30 minutes! The inside of the trailer was quite the scene because we loaded the last of the clothes, toiletries, extra bedding, books, etc in record time a.k.a. “not a tidy situation.”

Just after midnight we seemed to fall into bed as solid as weights! We fell asleep to the pitter-patter of rain with windows open for a breeze.

We slept in this morning. Enjoyed our French press coffee and oatmeal. Walked the campground. Read and napped. And… left the campground to seek out cell service in a small Kansas town in order to contact our children. We are taking the opportunity to share this post and also make posts to Facebook and Instagram.

We will create posts as we travel based on cell service or free Wi-Fi at public libraries, coffee shops, or restaurants that offer it. Our Hotspot service was used too much this month, so we’ll be “throttled” to a slower speed for our Wi-Fi portion of the plan.

Our best to you!

Traveling full-time at “Life at the Speed of Sanity”!

– The Felt’s