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North Fork Bound Part 2

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 10:43 pm
by Western Gal
Matthew:11801 wrote:“Look Dad, at the flickering street lanterns.”  I said  as we were nearing North Fork.  We had to park our car in a parking lot because cars were not permitted to enter town. North Fork was in it’s original state and that’s  the way it was to remain.

“Okay, let’s grab our bags!”  My Dad said with excitement .  As we were getting a better look at the  buildings I heard my Dad say, “ Take a look at this place, WOW! Have you ever seen anything like it?”

“ No Dad, I sure haven’t.” I couldn’t believe my eyes either. “ After we take our bags to the hotel can we check out the town?” I asked with my fingers crossed.

“ No, let’s go to the hotel and get a good nights rest and the go from there.”

“Oh…alright.” I knew I shouldn’t push it. Since I was lucky enough that we were staying at the hotel.

It was so neat to be walking down wood sidewalks and crossing over dirt roads. The town still had no electricity and everything was still handled the old way.

“Okay son, I see the hotel front.”

As we entered the hotel, I could not get over the décor. It was just like I had read and had pictured in my mind. I seen some pictures hanging above a bookshelf. I walked over to take a better look.

“Hey Dad, come over here and check this out. These are the people I was telling you about. There is Lucas and Mark McCain. Oh that must be Lou Mallory… and these…””


“Others must be…”


“Micah and that must be Hattie..”


“And that has to be Mille…”


“Oh, Sorry Dad. I was just so excited to see the faces of the people I have been reading about!”

“I know you are son. We really need to get to bed. Our room is right up these stairs.”

“Dad, I know this is asking a lot but can I please get one of these books. It goes into way more detail about their lives then anything that I have gotten off of the internet.”

“Sure, but after this straight up those stairs to our room.”


The person working the desk was dressed in era fitting attire. He told us that a storm was rolling in and we would have great sleeping weather.

I grabbed onto the staircase banner taking in everything I could get my eyes on. This place was so important to the McCains and I sure could see why.
“ Watch your step Mark. These stairs are so narrow definitely different then modern day hotels.”

I could here the thunder rolling in as we were entering our room.

I was taken back as I looked around our room. “ Dad, I don’t know what to say. This room is perfect!”

I didn’t hear anything from my Dad. He was standing at the window in a daze. I walked over to take a look at what he was looking at.  I couldn’t get over what a wonderful place this was. I felt like my finger landed on North Fork for a reason and a good reason.

My Dad walked over to the book that I had just gotten and said “ Let’s get to know them McCains.”

So we pushed a couple of chairs together lit a lantern and started reading about North Fork and the McCains.

“ Dad do you think we might be able to go visit the McCain’s ranch?”

“I’m sure we can fit that in.”

It was getting harder and harder to keep my eyes open. The tapping of the rain and the flickering of the lantern. As difficult as it was I decided to call it a night.

Morning had arrived and I found myself in the room by myself. My Dad was nowhere in sight. I  got cleaned up and dressed  then went to look for him. I did not have to go far though he was downstairs in the hotel lobby talking with some man.

“Good morning Mark. This is Mr. Roush.”

“Good morning Mr. Roush.”

“Good morning Mark. How was it sleeping in the hotel last night. I heard you slept in the McCains favorite room.”

“It was great. I can understand why they enjoyed that room. You can  see all the way to the other side of town from the window in that room.”

“I think that’s why Mr. McCain liked that room also. It was important to him to see what was going on at all times. Many good and bad folks entered North Fork from time to time. Mr. McCain made sure he was available when needed.”

“Mark, Mr. Roush is going to give us a ride out to The McCain Ranch later on today.”

“That will be great. I can’t wait”

“Have either one of you rode a horse before?” Mr. Roush asked us.

Me and Dad looked at each other and then looked at Mr. Roush and shook our heads no.

Mr. Roush laughed and said “ This should be fun. I will see you both back here later on. Have a fun day around North Fork. Oh and Mark, Mark McCain used to love the hotels apple pie you should make sure to try some during your stay. They still use the same recipe.”

“ Oh.. I will make sure to do that! I said.
To be continued…..

Re: North Fork Bound Part 2

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 10:44 pm
by Western Gal
chrisb6263:11811 wrote:Another GREAT job, Matthew - looking forward to the next installment!! :thumbleft:

Re: North Fork Bound Part 2

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 10:45 pm
by Western Gal
BluewindFarm:11813 wrote:Worth the wait.  Can't wait for the vacation to continue! :grin:

Re: North Fork Bound Part 2

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 10:46 pm
by Western Gal
rooster davis:11934 wrote:Great job, Matthew - I'm anxious to see which way this will go. I've been swamped here lately and haven't been able to visit the Ranch as much but I am out here, and looking forward to your postings.

Re: North Fork Bound Part 2

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 10:46 pm
by Western Gal
Stargazer:11958 wrote:This is really good, Matthew.  It's as if we are walking through North Fork w/ you.  Can't wait for the visit to the ranch.

Re: North Fork Bound Part 2

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 10:47 pm
by Western Gal
Matthew:11974 wrote:thanks

Re: North Fork Bound Part 2

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 10:48 pm
by Western Gal
Michelle P.:12115 wrote:Matthew, WONDERFUL!!!  I think it would be AWESOME to walk down the same streets Lucas and Mark walked down and see things the way they saw them.

You are very special to us here at the ranch, Matthew.

Re: North Fork Bound Part 2

Posted: Sat May 27, 2017 10:48 pm
by Western Gal
Matthew:12140 wrote:Thank You! :cool: