Bowman, SD to Ingomar, MT
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It was hard to leave the reservoir with its surround of green after all of the dry grasslands yesterday, but take off we did. We were out of ND very early on this morning and started across MT headed to Glacier National Park. We are taking the scenic route 12 most of the way, more cattle and grasslands. :-)
The last two days we have been looking for a Dodge dealer that has a lift big enough to use on the Roadtrek for an oil change. We found one in Miles City and he fit us in with only having to wait 15 minutes, what a break for us. A fellow from one of the office cubicles came out to chat with us while we were waiting for the RV. Along with route ideas for us he recommended a place to eat if we decided to go that way. He and the girl in the office both said eating at Jersey Lilly was an experience! Of course we had to take that route and check the place out.
Ingomar is a tiny, very dilapidated, western community with the best place for the locals and lucky tourists to gather…Jersey Lilly! It is the local newsgathering spot, watering hole, cafe, meeting hall, craft outlet, and gas station for the area residents. They also have a RV Park located at one end of the building..only $10 for the night including both electric and water (the out houses were located at the other end of the building..convinent for Lilly’s customers).
The cafe is much more than just that, as it is a quaint building that was a former bank in the boom days of the town. It is decorated with many mounted specimens of local wildlife and a special cherry wood back bar that came from St Louis by boat up the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers in the early 1900’s. Jersey Lilly is noted for its beans and steaks, also an appetizer called the Sheepherders. It had been suggested to us to try the Sheepherders and the beans so of course that is what we ordered. I did check first to be sure the Sheepherders was not a form of Rocky Mountain Oysters that I have heard of. LOL
Sheepherders: Soda crackers with a slice of onion, wedge of orange and a chunk of cheese on top. This all comes to you as a basket of packaged crackers and a plate full of the other ingredients and you construct your own as desired. We found them to be very tasty. J
Red beans with chunks of ham were the main dish. Two empty bowls were placed in front of us then a 2-quart pot of the heated beans placed on a little crocheted hot pad and another basket containing wrapped soda crackers, a jar of pepper sauce and soft toasted croutons. I felt like I just came in from the cattle drive for chow. J Unique and delicious.
A local customer came in to try the zucchini pie he had heard about. The chief cook and bottle washer said it was all gone and she was too tired to peel and chop the remaining zucchini to make more. Next thing we knew he was in the kitchen with his sleeves rolled up, an apron on busy peeling zucchini. The next guy that came in the door wanted to know what was up and he ended up same as the 1st only his job was to cut the zucchini up to look like apple slices. The cook was a female Tom Sawyer, just used knives instead of paintbrushes!!
Can you tell we were enchanted with this place?? LOL
We were the only RV that checked in for the night so had our pick of spots! We faced west to watch the sunset.
Gas @ Miles City…..3.129