Scrabbling Across The West Episode 31

June 6th 2016. Day 31.

Recorded at Mountain Shadows RV Park, Draper, UT.

We woke up at Givens Springs near Melba, ID, after a night of amazing storms. Not much sleep but a great show! Very hard rain and tremendous lightning and thunder. Our Coleman tent held up like a champ.

A covered wagon built by Steve Givens to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the site. Made from new and antique parts, it is reminiscent of the one used by Steve's great-grandparents, Milford and Mattie Givens,when they settled there in 1879.
A covered wagon built by Steve Givens to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the site. Made from new and antique parts, it is reminiscent of the one used by Steve’s great-grandparents, Milford and Mattie Givens,when they settled there in 1879.

No WiFi to get our GPS started so the AAA TripTik came in handy. We discuss Steve, our host at Givens Springs, and his family history and the history of the springs.

Middle of Nowhere fuel stop near Malta, ID. A gas station and petting zoo.
Middle of Nowhere fuel stop near Malta, ID. A gas station and petting zoo.
Lake Bonneville historical marker along the road in Idaho.
Lake Bonneville historical marker along the road in Idaho.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave played a home in Logan, UT, and had a great time.

Mountains near Logan, UT.
Mountains near Logan, UT.

We talked to a young woman in Logan, UT, who gave us an interesting angle on growing up around mountains.

After a brief detour we drove to Draper, UT, through dust storms. In spite of heavy traffic in Salt Lake City we made it to Draper and the Mountain Shadows RV Park. One of our hosts, Braxton, has grown up a bit.

Hills on the way to Salt Lake City.
Hills on the way to Salt Lake City.

We arrived around 7:30 pm so we went looking for food and found a place that Dave had performed at the previous year, New York Pizza Patrol. What a surprise!

Dave won at Scrabble last night and was accused of cheating because he kept taking all the best places on the board.

Dave has a show tomorrow in Holladay, UT, so early to bed after Scrabble.

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Scrabbling Across The West Episode 30

June 5th, 2016. Day 30.

Recorded at Givens Hot Springs, ID.

Murphy Outpost Days was today!

But let’s Scrabble first: Stephanie won by a few points even though Dave had all the good letters.

We were awakened by birds and neighbors in Twin Falls, ID, and were on the road by 9am.

The Utter Disaster - on our way to Murphy Outpost Days.
The Utter Disaster – on our way to Murphy Outpost Days.

Bannock War - We stop for signs like these whenever we have the time.

Bannock War – We stop for signs like these whenever we have the time.

Diamond Gulch - We learn so much from these signs!
Diamond Gulch – We learn so much from these signs!

As we often do, we stopped at historical markers for Indian wars, the Oregon Trail, etc…

War Eagle Mines - we love these historical signs!
War Eagle Mines – we love these historical signs!

Time slipped away and we wondered how we turned the 2-hour drive to Murphy into 4 hours.

About 300 attended Sunday’s events which are hosted by the Owyhee County Historical Society Museum.

Hot-rods at Murphy Outpost Days!
Hot-rods at Murphy Outpost Days!
Hot-rods at Murphy Outpost Days!
More hot-rods at Murphy Outpost Days!
Even more hot-rods at Murphy Outpost Days!
Even more hot-rods at Murphy Outpost Days!

We talk about Jim Nimmo, the gentleman who booked me for Outpost Days. Jim Nimmo jr. played bass for me for most of my set and then I sat in with Jim and his family as they played their set. It was great to perform with such an amazing group of people!

Dave listening to music at Murphy Outpost Days.
Dave listening to music at Murphy Outpost Days.
Dave performing with Jim Nimmo jr.
Dave performing with Jim Nimmo jr.
Dave "sitting in" with Jim Nimmo Family and Friends.
Dave “sitting in” with Jim Nimmo Family and Friends.

We then watched the Horny Toad Races. Stephanie got to touch one.

A horny toad.
A horny toad.
Horny Toad Races - just before the start.
Horny Toad Races – just before the start.
Horny Toad Races - And they're off!
Horny Toad Races – And they’re off!

Some people in Murphy try to sell us a Bed & Breakfast.

Dave trying to embed in his memory every moment of Murphy Outpost Days.
Dave trying to embed in his memory every moment of Murphy Outpost Days.

Tomorrow we are off to Utah. We remember our visit to Draper, UT, last year and an encounter we had with a fellow camper.

Givens Springs - this is where we spent the night.
Givens Springs – this is where we spent the night.
The official bronze plaque on the wall of Givens Hot Springs.
The official bronze plaque on the wall of Givens Hot Springs.

We talk about swimming in the hot springs here. Stephanie started learning to swim.

Sunset at Givens Springs.
Sunset at Givens Springs.

Givens Hot Springs gets 4/5 tiles.

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Scrabbling Across The West Episode 29

June 4th 2016. Day 29.

Twin Falls, ID.

We talk about Lydia the Tattooed Lady, a woman we met on our hike up to Table Rock.

A delicious drink that we enjoyed today.
A delicious drink that we enjoyed today.

We take a trip to Walgreen’s for meds and to Fred Meyers for beer. We also stopped to buy a guitar cable at Welch Music.

Lunch at Starbucks and back to the campground for laundry, reading and guitar playing.

Dave got $.26 in tips from some kids and a few kind comments from other campers. We forced ourselves to attend another ice cream social.

We saw this today -"Proud Parent of a Great Kid that is Sometimes and A$$hole And That's OK"
We saw this today -“Proud Parent of a Great Kid that is Sometimes and A$$hole And That’s OK”

Tomorrow we are heading to Murphy, ID, one of our favorite places!

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Scrabbling Across The West Episode 28

June 3rd 2016. Day 28.

Recorded at the Twin Falls, ID, KOA.

Idaho is beautiful all the time.

Dave won both games of Scrabble last night.

At our campground we met a gentleman named Glen whose father was a guard at the old Idaho State Penitentiary.

We visit the old Idaho State Penitentiary, including death row.

The Warden's house.
The Warden’s house.
Dave wondering if he will ever get back out again.
Dave wondering if he will ever get back out again.

 

 

 

What remains of the dining hall.
What remains of the dining hall.

 

 

 

 

Prison courtyard.
Prison courtyard.
A cell block.
A cell block.

 

 

There were boys mixed in among the men.
There were boys mixed in among the men.

 

 

The outside of a cell.
The outside of a cell.

 

 

The exercise area.
The exercise area.

Some discussion of the death penalty, the history of the Idaho State Penitentiary and some of its residents.

Death row.
Death row.
The entrance to the gallows witness room.
The entrance to the gallows witness room.

 

 

 

The stairway down to the drop room.
The stairway down to the drop room.

Only one hanging took place in the new gallows chamber, and it was the last one in Idaho.
Only one hanging took place in the new gallows chamber, and it was the last one in Idaho.
Solitary confinement cells.
Solitary confinement cells.
The prison riots in 1971 and 1973 (over living conditions) destroyed much of the prison. On December 3rd, 1973 the prison was closed and prisoners were moved to the new Idaho State Correctional Institution.
The prison riots in 1971 and 1973 (over living conditions) destroyed much of the prison. On December 3rd, 1973 the prison was closed and prisoners were moved to the new Idaho State Correctional Institution.
The Penitentiary from above.
The Penitentiary from above.

 

We saw a small cross at the top of a hill as we were leaving the prison and decided to grab a couple bottles of water and go see it.

Looking up to the top of Table Rock.
Looking up to the top of Table Rock.

3000+ feet higher and an hour and a half later we discover that the cross is 60 feet tall.

Dave at the base of the 60 foot tall cross on top of Table Rock.
Dave at the base of the 60 foot tall cross on top of Table Rock.

What a great view from the top of Table Rock. We rate it at 5 tiles, the highest we have at the time.

Looking down on Boise from the trail up to Table Rock.
Looking down on Boise from the trail up to Table Rock.

Going back downhill was much faster.

The Twin Falls KOA is nice, they have an ice cream social every evening and we enjoyed that.

We discuss some of the houses we saw last night while we hiked along the Boise River.

Tomorrow is laundry day for Stephanie and general lazing around for Dave.

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Scrabbling Across The West Episode 27

June 2nd, 2016. Day 27.

Recorded in Boise, ID.

We woke up in Richland, WA, after a good nights sleep in our host’s basement.

Out of the house by 8:30 and dropped off some CDs at Adventures Underground, really cool local music (and more) store! Here is their website – www.advunderground.com

We never get tired of seeing mountains!
We never get tired of seeing mountains!

We drove though Oregon to get to Idaho, stopped at a gas station (that Dave recognized from our previous trip) and then at a coffee shop.

A cool Lenticular cloud (or possibly a U.F.O.).
A cool Lenticular cloud (or possibly a U.F.O.).

We arrived at our campsite (Boise Riverside RV Park) without incident… except for Dave’s encounter with a rock chuck (a.k.a. a yellow-bellied marmot) and a travel center attendant who told us a bad joke.

View from a scenic overlook.
View from a scenic overlook.

Dave got some beer and cooled it under the water faucet; then we had penne Alfredo with peas for dinner.

We are going to double-Scrabble tonight due to not playing last night.

Off to Twin Falls tomorrow but we might visit the Old Idaho Penitentiary first.

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Scrabbling Across The West Episode 26

June 1st, 2016. Day 26. (Recorded August 26th, 2017)

Woke up in Everett, Washington, at Mark and Shari’s and said our goodbyes and then off to Kennewick, WA, where Dave played at a memory care unit. A very nice place.

The Road to Richland.
The road to Richland, WA.
The memory care unit in Kennewick, WA.
The memory care unit in Kennewick, WA.
His Master's voice.
“His Master’s Voice”.

From there we drove 17 minutes to Richland, WA, where Dave played at the Emerald of Siam restaurant.

Our friend Annie sang “Summertime” with Dave. Great atmosphere, fantastic food and wonderful service. 7 out of 7 tiles.

Dave at the Emerald of Siam in Richland, WA.
Dave at the Emerald of Siam in Richland, WA.
Dave and Annie performing "Summertime".
Dave and Annie performing “Summertime”.
Some of the relief sculpture at the Emerald of Siam.
Some of the relief sculpture at the Emerald of Siam.

We stayed up late talking to our hosts (Dara and John), while Dave ate very hot curry. We slept in the basement of our host’s home and even though we were up late we managed to get enough sleep.

Stephanie talks about the Emerald of Siam’s history.

We find a Smurf and we don’t play Scrabble.

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Scrabbling Across The West Episode 25

May 31st, 2016. Day 25.

Recorded in Everett, WA

Stephanie sustains an injury from a coffee mug, we search for band-aids.

We had 2 (two) shows today. Well… one anyway. Dave forgets his boots.

We rave about the Fred Meyers Super Store, and then we talk about dinner.

Our last night in Everett for now.

2 shows tomorrow, for sure.

What a great mug!
What a great mug!

Scrabble: Stephanie won by 1 point last night.

Tonight we are going to speed Scrabble so we can be rested for tomorrow.

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Scrabbling Across The West Episode 24

May 30th, 2016. Day 24.

Recorded in Everett, WA.

We slept in a bit this morning, as did everyone in the house.

We were treated to brunch at the Rusty Pelican (4 out of 5 tiles) in Mill Creek. Dave had the corned beef hash (with hot sauce added) and Stephanie had the Monterey omelet, it was all good except that the corned beef seemed more like ham.

Dave and Mark went to Safeway while Shari, Isabel and Stephanie went for a drive around beautiful Mill Creek and encountered some shops that Stephanie recognized from our previous visit.

Dave and Mark listened to some of the music Dave has been working on for his upcoming CD (which is what you have been hearing as background music for these most recent podcasts!).

Stephanie and Shari talked about family while Dave napped. Stephanie also gives some advice to Isabel about a career in the Arts.

We talk about having a career which coincides with happiness.  We also talk about camping with the minimum amount of stuff, Scamps and small houses.

Mountains in Washington.
Mountains in Washington.

Brussels Sprouts for dinner with chicken and salad.

Scrabble from last night; Dave won.

Tomorrow the family will be back at work and school, Dave plays some gigs and we will be responsible for dinner.

We remember a recent meal with improvised Satay sauce with kidney beans and noodles.

Then: Scrabble.

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Scrabbling Across The West Episode 23

May 29th, 2016. Day 23.

Recorded in Everett, WA.

292-287, Dave wins. He uses the word “vowel”, which has both vowels and consonants. Dave tries to use as many descriptive words as he can about the game.

Loud drunken neighbors in the cold night at Arlington, WA, and then a cold, rainy morning. We downgrade our rating of the Lake Ki RV Resort due to COLD showers (3 tiles).

Out on the road to find a warm, dry place for breakfast and WiFi, eventually we found a Starbucks.

We are staying at Stephanie’s cousin’s house in Everett, WA. Shari, Mark, Isabel and Anthony are all amazing people, they have a beautiful home and we love hanging out with them. The kids, Isabel and Anthony, are huge comic book fans and they waited until we arrived to see the new “Captain America: Civil War” movie. We went to a food store and bought candy for the movie which was at Loews AMC Theater in Linwood. It was a great time!

L to R - Anthony, Isabel, Shari and Mark.
L to R – Anthony, Isabel, Shari and Mark.

Stephanie reveals her connection to the comic book industry and talks a bit about her career.

We made potatoes with rosemary, onions and garlic while Mark cooked up some veggie burgers for dinner. We talk about veggie burgers. Dave had some unusual beer and cider with his meal.

We played “Heads Up”, a charades game using Shari’s phone and then watched “Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed”.

And then Scrabble and sleep.

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Scrabbling Across The West Episode 22

May 28th 2016. Day 22.

Recorded in Arlington, WA, at the Lake Ki RV Resort.

Dave won Scrabble last night by 79 points. Final score: 292-213.

Last night the sky was filled with stars.  No trouble last night, ready for a 5-hour drive today.

Up at 7 in Albany, OR, and on the road by 8:40. We talk about eating at Starbucks and why. Pajamas vs. Yoga pants.

We saw an accident today, or the aftermath thereof, due to distracted driving. It was scary. Our GPS speaks in a foreign language and Dave talks back to it.

Sights along the road today.
Sights along the road today.

Apparently there is a kangaroo farm nearby. We talk about the RV park and what we’ve heard about it.  Discussion about passing a law against Mayonnaise. We will be up early to go to Everett to stay with Stephanie’s cousins. One thing (among many) we will be doing there is going to see the new Captain America movie. We try out some new sign-offs

We make it to Washington!
We make it to Washington!
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