The Ice House Cafe

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The Ice House Cafe, the latest book in the Bud Shumway Mystery Series, is now available!

When ex-sheriff Bud Shumway and his wife, Wilma Jean, decide to vacation in a scenic Colorado town near Aspen, they never guess they’ll soon be immersed in solving the murder of a famous country-western singer. Set in the historic Ice House Cafe in the village of Redstone, also known as the Ruby of the Rockies, this mystery will have you mystified and on edge as you follow Bud through the mysterious shadows of the Redstone Castle, dodging ghosts, half-wild hound dogs, bears, an eccentric waitress, and a suspicious silver miner, all while rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous, as he tries to figure out why everyone thinks Wilma Jean’s a zombie.

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Living The Simple RV Life

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Are you wishing for a better and simpler life where you can spend each day as you wish? RV expert Sunny Skye shows you how you can do exactly this, even if you don’t have much money.

Sunny has been RVing since she was a kid, and she’ll show you how to leave the American Dream behind for a more realistic and fulfilling way to live—a simpler and less stressful life.

Her book is not just filled with good advice, but also offers hope to anyone who wants to live on the road or close to nature but doesn’t have the money or know how to get started.

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Tales of a Campground Host

So You Want To Be A Campground Host Have you ever wondered what campground hosts really do, other than hang around and shoot the breeze with everyone? Ever wanted to try it out? Sunny Skye, RV meistro par excellance, reveals the tricks of the trade, which are mostly just a combination of patience and earplugs.

She’ll have you laughing, shaking your head at human behavior, and wondering if those hikers she gave directions to will ever find their way back to camp. And then there’s the story of Bunnicula, the bunny who crashes the campground...well, we won’t spoil it, just read it for yourself. We guarantee that the next time you go to a campground and see the host, you’ll want to give him or her a big hug—or maybe a beer or two—for all the unseen and unhonored acts of perseverance they employ to keep the campgrounds of America the Beautiful running smooth so you can enjoy your time outdoors.

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Rusty Wilson's Wild and Weird Campfire Stories

Rusty Wilson's Wild And Weird Campfire Stories

And now, the infamous Rusty Wilson shares some of the stranger campfire stories he’s collected as a flyfishing guide—stories all on the creepy and wild side, stories that will leave goosebumps up and down your arms and chill your bones, campfire or not!

Also included is Rusty’s famous story, “The Canadian Mountie,” a strange tale about destiny, and whether or not some of us can foretell our life stories.

Stories that will leave you wanting more—but only if you don’t want to sleep at night.

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Rusty Wilson's Mysterious Bigfoot Campfire Stories

Rusty Wilson's Mysterious Bigfoot Campfire Stories Ready for some stories about the more mysterious side of Bigfoot by the World's Greatest Bigfoot Story Teller? Turn all the lights on, close the curtains, tie your shoes in case you need to flee, and prepare yourself for some thrills as Rusty brings you 16 all new and original stories.

Flyfishing guide Rusty Wilson spent years collecting these stories from his clients around the campfire, stories guaranteed to scare the pants off you—or make you want to meet the Big Guy! Just remember to never go searching alone...

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The No Delay Cafe

Paradox Cafe - Bud Shumway Mystery #3 A n old rock hound has been killed in Utah’s wildlands, and ex-sheriff Bud Shumway knows it has something to do with black-market dinosaur bone thieves, even though his bumbling replacement, Sheriff Howie, thinks it has something to do with aliens.

And after receiving a mysterious envelope containing a weird claw and a set of coordinates written on roll-your-own cigarette paper, Howie is determined to prove himself a capable sheriff, especially since he’s been accused of having a million-dollar voice and a ten-cent brain. Set at the No Delay Cafe, near the wild and mysterious badlands of Green River, Utah, this mystery will have you laughing, scared to death, and wondering if aliens might really exist.

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The Bigfoot Runes

Paradox Cafe - Bud Shumway Mystery #3 A mysterious cave contains a strange book that leads to a quest with an unusual and scary companion. The stakes? An entire species.

“It suddenly struck me what an incongruous team we were—a giant hairy Bigfoot, a somewhat broken-down scraggly human, and a small scruffy dog. I was pretty sure the Canadian Border Patrol had never seen the likes of us—and I hoped they never would.”

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The Paradox Cafe

Paradox Cafe - Bud Shumway Mystery #3 Rancher Mack Murphy has been buying up land in southwest Colorado, threatening those who won’t sell, including Junior, the uncle of ex-sheriff Bud Shumway. Bud agrees to visit his uncle to help defuse things, never suspecting he would get caught right smack in the middle of Mack’s murder. And it becomes the toughest case Bud’s ever had to solve, as almost everyone is a suspect

Set in the Paradox Valley, a beautiful and remote area with a wooly Wild West history, this mystery will have you laughing, scared to death, and wondering when the mysterious Wild Man will strike again. Add in some fake Ute Indian burials, a new-age addiction counsellor, Bud’s bumbling deputy Howie, a wealthy restauranteer with a penchant for railroads, Mack’s missing wife, Junior’s longing to return to his hobo ways, and two young gold prospectors who are always just one step ahead of the law, and there’s never a dull moment.

This is the third book in the Bud Shumway Mystery Series. You’ll also enjoy the first, “The Ghost Rock Cafe.” and the second, “The Slickrock Cafe.”

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The Slickrock Cafe

Slickrock Cafe - Bud Shumway Mystery #2 The crusty owner of a local rock shop has been killed in Utah’s wildlands, and ex-sheriff Bud Shumway has been asked to return to his hometown to solve the crime. He reluctantly agrees, never suspecting the case involves an old childhood friend and a pair of mysterious Incan skeletons known as the Malachites.

Set at the Slickrock Cafe, deep in the sandstone fins and domes of southeast Utah, this mystery will have you laughing, scared to death, and wondering when the mysterious Black Beast will strike again. Add in a motorcycle gang, Bud’s bumbling deputy Howie, a deputy sheriff who writes mysteries, a cantankerous rancher, and a cryptic Peruvian with his llamas, and there’s never a dull moment.

In any case, you’ll find out who the Malachites really are, and they’re sure not a tribe in the Old Testament. This is book #2 in the Bud Shumway Mystery Series and is the ebook equivalent of a 200 page print book. You’ll also enjoy book #1, “The Ghost Rock Cafe.”

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The Ghost Rock Cafe

The Ghost Rock Cafe by Chinle Miller An old hermit has been killed in Utah's wildlands, and Sheriff Bud Shumway knows it's murder, even though some say it was a cougar kill. Others think it was done by a Bigfoot who has roamed the area for years, killing cattle and leaving people so traumatized that they never want to go into the wilderness again. But Sheriff Shumway can't afford to believe in Bigfoot, given the huge area he's responsible for, most of it wildlands.

Set at the Ghost Rock Cafe, high on the wild and mysterious San Rafael Swell, this mystery will have you laughing, scared to death, and wondering if Bigfoot might really exist. In any case, you'll find out who really killed the hermit of Swasey's Cabin, and it may not be who you think.

Available now, 246 pages in an easy to read eBook!

“I couldn't put this book down. What a great read! It's as authentic as it gets, and the plot has a...well, I can't tell you, or it will ruin it. If you like mysteries, Bigfoot, and the wilderness, this book has it all—including trains, movie producers, geology students, ranchers, floods, watermelon farmers, missing cattle who really aren't missing, ravens, weener dogs, Indian pots, dynamite truck drivers, stretch Hummers...the list is endless and makes for a wild and sometimes terrifying tale, but one that's a real page-turner, tons of fun, and a great read.” —Rusty Wilson, author of “Rusty Wilson's Bigfoot Campfire Stories”

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Bigfoot Lives!

Big Foot Stories And now, your chance to sample Rusty Wilson’s great storytelling! This collection of six short Bigfoot stories isn’t really so short, it has 65 pages of fun and Bigfootness! Great for both the Bigfoot believer and those who just enjoy a good adventurous story!

Flyfishing guide Rusty Wilson spent years collecting these stories from his clients around the campfire, stories guaranteed to scare the pants off you—or make you want to meet the Big Guy!

Come read about a territorial Bigfoot guarding a cave high in the Colorado mountains — a group of mountain bikers being stalked on a remote ride — a trio of mountain surveyors whose lunch is a bit too tantalizing — a night hike gone astray — the weather forecasting Bigfoot — and the kids who witness a Bigfoot picnic — all great campfire tales!

65 pages, 6 stories in an easy to read eBook. But only if you dare...

“I think Bigfoot is attracted to those who are like little children, who still see the wonder and miracles of the natural world..” —Rusty Wilson

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Big Foot Stories Another great book from Rusty Wilson, Bigfoot expert and storyteller. This is the sequel to Rusty's first collection of Bigfoot campfire stories, tales for both the Bigfoot believer and those who just enjoy a good story!

Flyfishing guide Rusty Wilson spent years collecting these stories from his clients around the campfire, stories guaranteed to scare the pants off you—or make you want to meet the Big Guy!

Come read about a Bigfoot ghost town — being stalked in the high mountains of Colorado — a Bigfoot and his stolen dogpack — a Bigfoot caught in a pothole deep in a canyon of Utah — the Bigfoot who tried to hijack a train in Oregon — what happened when a Bigfoot finally revealed itself to its caretaker — and many more great campfire tales!

208 pages, 17 stories in an easy to read eBook. But only if you don't want to go to sleep at night...

“It always amazes me how the quietest person can often have the scariest tale. I think Bigfoot is attracted to thinkers.” —Rusty Wilson

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Rusty Wilson's Bigfoot Campfire StoriesDeep in the wilderness lives a creature with very big feet. It’s very elusive, really big, extremely scary, and really really fast. There’s something about it that will haunt you forever. People call it Bigfoot, or Sasquatch.

Now, after years of waiting, a new book of stories about this creature...if you dare...

“I’m Rusty Wilson, and I’ve spent years collecting these stories from around many campfires. I’ve been told this book is wonderful...for scaring the crap out of you, and for keeping you awake all night. You’ll love it, until you start wondering if the stories are true...”

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Uranium Daughter

Uranium Daugter by Chinle Miller

It's 1961, the height of the Cold War and a young archaeologist sets foot into the wild canyons of southeast Utah, searching for a rock-art panel that possibly holds the answer to the disappearance of the Anasazi. She is accompanied by her dog, Buddy Blue, and a mysterious sometime-companion she calls Mr. Yellowjacket.

Here, in her recently discovered journals, Chinle Miller records her perhaps impossible quest for the elusive Bird Panel, as well as her journey through an inner landscape, seeking peace from betrayal by one of the great rascals of the era, Charlie Dundee, the Uranium King.

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Desert Rats

Desert Rats by Chinle Miller

Happiness is a box of Dupont 50, some Redhead Matches, and a "project" or two.
- Cactus Rat

For the first time in recorded history, the complete short stories of the infamous* Chinle Miller have been compiled in a book that the publisher hopes won't get anyone arrested (especially the publisher).

Come sit around the campfire with an archaeologist after he unwittingly brings a unique curse upon himself; watch Ernie, the county road supervisor, accidentally bomb his own highway shed; discover a cryptic form of rock art just in time for it to save your life; and discover how a Navajo uses a Hopi rain dance to start a fire in a gated development, shutting it down before it can even be built.

This book has it all – epic plane crashes, albino grizzly bears, accidental movie stars, runaway rednecks, wild Aussies, and even uranium miners with vanity plates on their old Dodge Power Wagons. And you'll meet Annie, the sweet little old lady who unknowingly foils an attempt to open a cyanide pit gold mine. As a bonus, you'll discover the possible fate of Everett Ruess, the young artist who went missing in the canyons many years ago. But best of all, included are the only known writings of Cactus Rat and Yeller Cat, two of the world's finest and, shall we say, most unique, desert rats.

Generously described as eco-humor, anything's fair game for Chinle's understated tongue-in-cheek writing. You'll love seeing the underdogs win for once, and if nothing else, you'll be left with a book you can innocently pass on to your favorite corrupt nature-hating developer or politician.

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nytime a cowpuncher brewed a cup of java, the “Arbuckle Cafe” was open for business. Rain or shine, both friend and stranger were welcome to a hot steaming cup of coffee and a good story or two.

Arbuckle's Ariosa coffee was the preferred drink of the range, and many a waddie warmed himself with the buckaroo brew before a long night guard with the doggies. “The Arbuckle Cafe” is a compilation of classic cowboy stories, authentic, entertaining, and honest as a well-looped riata.

Val FitzPatrick was a cowboy with the famous Two Bar outfit in northwest Colorado and tells what it was really like to be a cowpuncher on one of the West's last frontiers.

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From the book "Tales Of A Campground Host" by Sunny Skye.

Afterword: Want to be a Campground Host?

(Please note that the following applies more to hosting with government agencies. Private campgrounds are a whole different ball of wax, so some of this may not apply.)

Not everyone is cut out to be a campground host, though it’s typically not a difficult job. Such positions are often volunteer, and require that you provide your own rig for housing. You’re provided a campsite in exchange, with varying degrees of amenities, depending on the park.

Some offer full hookups, while some have none and just give you a nice spot to park your rig.

Note that some of the less developed parks have restrictions on how long your RV can be (usually under 24 feet). Some will pay you a small stipend, while others don’t. Always be sure to ask in advance what they expect from you and what they will provide.

Some of the traits I’ve found that a successful host must have are good communication skills, the ability to deal with sometimes tricky situations in a friendly and courteous manner, good outdoor skills and ethics, and the ability to work outdoors in varying conditions, as well as enjoying camping.

The length of the stint is variable according to the park, and some may be happy to have you for as short a period as a few weeks or a month, while others ask for a 3 to 6 month commitment.

Because you’re a volunteer, you can leave when you want, but doing so may close doors behind you. Of course, if the position has been misrepresented, you won’t care and should leave. The more desirable hosting jobs are often filled a year or more in advance, and there are many jobs at less desirable parks that go unfilled. These are typically in places that aren’t as scenic or where the summers are hot or buggy.

Sometimes you can land a last-minute position in a really nice place if someone has unexpectedly cancelled, so it’s best to check the camphost websites often.

The best such website for federal and state positions is, a clearinghouse that is kept pretty up to date. Other volunteer positions will be listed there, such as museum guiding, trails maintenance, and administrative work.

Often, state agencies will have their own websites that list volunteer positions. Be aware that some agencies will require full background checks, which will include criminal records and credit checks, and you must sign a release for this.

The National Parks Service is one such agency, so if you balk at such, don’t apply. Some states also now require such checks. Camphost requirements will vary by agency and park, but almost all ask that you wear some type of uniform that identifies you as being affiliated with that agency. This gives you an air of authority and tells people you’re legitimate. Be aware that some agencies require you to sign an agreement with them, go through volunteer training (usually pretty simple), learn all the rules and enforce them, and have a camphost sign at your site.

Most federal agencies provide workman’s compensation insurance if you’re injured on the job.

Most camphost positions are seasonal and run from early spring to late autumn, depending on what part of the country they’re in. The states with warmer weather may offer year-round positions, so if you want to go to Florida or Arizona for the winter, positions there can nicely complement summer positions in states like Montana and Colorado. Just apply far in advance, as such jobs are very popular with the fulltime RV crowd and often are very competitive.

Some common camphost duties include greeting visitors and providing information, collecting fees, walking around the campground and visiting with people and helping them solve camping-related problems, selling firewood, picking up trash, and light maintenance (which may include cleaning bathrooms). These duties will vary from campground to campground and are sometimes negotiable, depending on your needs and theirs.

A typical workweek is 20 hours, but this may vary. They usually want you there over weekends and during busy times. Many parks have full hookups and also have restrooms and showers, but some provide partial or no hookups at all. The more rustic ones often don’t even have water or garbage collection, so be sure you pick a location that has the appropriate hookups for your needs. Just remember that you’re volunteering your time and don’t really have to do anything that you find objectionable, as long as all are agreed to this in advance.

For example, I know one couple who has been successfully volunteering for years at many different places but always negotiate bathroom cleaning as being a no-go. They never have a problem finding a position. Of course, if you’ll do about anything asked, you’ll always be in high demand, especially if it’s maintenance related. Some host positions stipulate couples only, but if you see a position like that and really want to be there, try for it anyway. Sometimes they can’t get exactly what they want and will settle for a single instead of a couple. It never hurts to ask, and some may even create a new position just to accommodate you.

When you don’t have to pay a worker, it’s easier to create openings, as long as you can accommodate their RV. Many positions allow pets, and some will even relax the rules to get you there.

For example, one national park (which will go unnamed) asked me to come and bring my menagerie (dogs and cats) if I’d host for the summer, even though the rules said hosts could have only one pet. They were obviously having trouble getting hosts, probably because of their remote location. It goes without saying that if you do have pets, you must be responsible and set a good example.

Most positions require you have your own RV, but some provide housing, and others will let you host with just a tent. Don’t let a lack of an RV deter you. It may be more difficult to find something, but those positions are out there.

Be aware that in recent times, many federal agencies have leased campgrounds to private concessionaires, and hosting for them is a completely different ballgame, as it’s illegal for them to accept volunteer work. This refers to companies like Aramark and Recreation Resource Management. Also be aware that workcamping is not the same as volunteering, and is basically more like a paid position, though your wages may sometimes take the form of an RV space.

It’s common to also receive wages. Some companies (like Amazon) will pay for your RV space in a local park as an enticement to work for them. Workcamping is a popular way to earn a living while being a full-time RVer, while campground hosting typically requires that you have some other form of income to live on.

Campground hosting is not for everyone, but it’s something everyone should try at least once. It’s an experience few forget!

I hope you enjoyed this book, and happy camping!

From the book "Tales Of A Campground Host".
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Preface by Sunny Skye

We’re taught that the American dream is the way to happiness, but if that’s true, why are so many of us unhappy?

We’re told that success comes from money and achievement, but we all know of high-achievers who worked their way up the ladder and then quit, leaving their success behind.

If living the American Dream doesn’t bring happiness, what does?

Of course, happiness is an individual thing, but some of the happiest people I’ve ever met were living a life of freedom, living the simple RV dream.

And it seemed that the majority of them had very little in what a banker would call assets. In fact, many of them seemed to have almost nothing—just their rigs and what they could carry in them and whatever money they could make by working a few months a year, based out of their RVs.

Some had developed small businesses that they could do while on the road, like art and photography. Few worked much, and most lived simple but rich lives. And no, they weren’t all older folks living on Social Security.

I’ve spent a large portion of my life RVing, and as I get older, the quest takes on new meaning. It’s not just a quest to explore, but it’s a quest for freedom—the freedom to go where you want when you want. To me, this is success, the RV dream—the freedom to wake up in the morning and do pretty much what you want all day.

A number of methods exist for achieving the simple RV life, but they all pretty much involve abandoning the American dream.

This new dream is the dream of being a nomad, a wanderer who can come and go wherever and whenever they please—or stay put when you please, if that suits you better.

Some RVers travel only part-time and then stay in an RV park the rest of the time.

There are many variations on this theme—staying with family a few weeks, workcamping, campground hosting, boondocking, etc.

Some of you may be perfectly happy living the simple RV life part-time, returning to your home nest when you want.

Others want nothing to do with the responsibility and expense of owning a house and are happier leaving it all behind.

Both ways work, and it’s your choice, though finances may dictate what you can and can’t do. Getting to the simple RV life can be a challenge, but it’s the kind of dream that has real meaning once it’s achieved, a dream that will leave you happy and fulfilled.

Once you get it all figured out, you may find yourself sitting in your camp chair checking out the beautiful sunset or watching the deer grazing across the field—wondering what’s on the other side of the mountain and whether you want to go check it out or not—and since you make the rules, you can just pack up and go when you want.

My goal is to help you figure out if RVing is best for you and, if so, how to start living the simple RV life.

This book will help you get there—mentally, financially, and with the right rig. And I hope you’re one of those who will choose to fulfill your dreams, who will refuse to take no for an answer when it comes to living an authentic life.

I sincerely hope to meet you on the road someday. —Sunny Skye


This book covers the following topics:


  • Simplicity
  • Do You Have the Nomad Gene?
  • Should I Do This?
  • Can I Do This?
  • Making Great Memories

The RV Life
Do You Have What it Takes to Full-Time?
Is This Lifestyle for You?
How Can You Tell if You’ll Succeed as an RVer?
Leaving Your Options Open/Know Thyself
Some Benefits of the RV Life
Some Drawbacks of the RV Life
How to Get Started
Getting Free of Stuff
Getting a Rig
Picking a Home Base
Life on the Road
Is RVing Physically Difficult?
Getting Sick or injured
Work and Money
Where Can I Park?
Will I Be Safe?
On Loneliness and Civilization
Traveling with Pets
Communications and The Internet
Food and Water
Staying Clean
Having An Exit Plan

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