We talk about what we learned during our 2-mile hike and visit to the interpretive center.
Dave saw a snake and took some pictures of it. We also saw a yellow bird that we couldn’t identify, probably a Scott’s Oriole.
We drove into Jerome and went to Choate’s Diner. The food was great, good service and clean. Reasonably priced. Triple B burger and grilled chicken sandwich with stuff. All good, 6/7 tiles.
The nearby fossil beds didn’t seem like anything we wanted to check out because you can’t actually see the fossil beds.
We did some walking around the KOA and then did some online work to keep the business going.
Dave went and played guitar at the ice cream social, lots more people came to the social because of it.
There was a couple who were listening to Dave play and we sat and talked with them about their bees and farm after the ice cream was packed up. They were Richard and Twink Bumann, from Olivenhain, CA. Really nice people with a beautiful dog.
After spending a night in a Wal-Mart parking lot (we slept in a bit, the insulation really helps muffle sound), we are now at the local KOA.
Went to a Starbucks, and then off to a Target to buy a fan for in the back of the van.
Dave bought some magnets to fix a screen around the window for ventilation.
This is the same KOA that we stayed at last year but the showers are being remodeled and they now have FEMA shower/restrooms due to a water main break.
Dave talks about the odd feelings he gets sometimes and how this KOA is one of the places. Last year, Dave felt like he was being watched.
We asked to be moved to a sunnier spot and it is better than the first place we were at.
We went to Twin Falls to a Wells-Fargo bank and on the way back to Jerome we stopped at the Perrine Bridge to see the Snake River Gorge. The bridge shakes and it is REALLY high up.
Dave confesses his fear of heights and how he challenges it by going to high places.
This is the gorge that Evel Knievel jumped and there is a marker commemorating it. We discuss his attempt.
We went to the visitor center, then had some lunch and then to the KOA. Stephanie got to work while Dave moved camp to the sunnier spot. Dave has been working on the Podcast, no.s 7 & 8. We were in just about the same place a year ago. Stephanie’s stomach makes a statement.
We attended the KOA ice cream social and met some interesting people. We listened into our neighbor’s conversation and one guy had a radio voice, but we decided not to talk to him.
Stephanie has decided that there is only one person named Doug that she likes. (She has since met more Dougs).
After we finished ice cream we went to play Scrabble. We go through some of the details including how Dave bingoed on a triple, scoring 230 points on his first turn. Stephanie battled back valiantly but was unable to overcome this initial obstacle. We both agree that it was a good game.
The tent was set up for appearances but we aren’t going to sleep in it.
We have a couple of days off and tomorrow we are going to see a Japanese internment camp, one of six they had in Idaho.
Quote: “Jingoism, it’s not as friendly as it sounds.” – Dave Cofell
We, once again, talk about signing off, sponsors and other important stuff and go over why we go to Starbucks when Muggsy’s Beans is our sponsor.
We woke up in White Bird, ID and Dave hopped out and took a picture of Martin Kessels because he had neglected to take one yesterday. After breakfast and a shower we hit the road by 10 a.m.
White Bird, ID was beautiful. The Swiftwater RV park was great, the best one so far. We asked Anna (the owner) if we should pay the difference between tent and RV camping but she said no.
There were glowing green lights everywhere in the trees at night and we had to ask why that was. She responded they installed special “bliss” lights. We noticed that she had a “Sisters On The Fly” sticker in her window.
We give the Swiftwater RV Park a 7/7 tiles, our first use of the 7 tile rating system. We elaborate on why the high rating.
Idaho is such a beautiful state, Dave gives it 7/7 tiles.
We crossed a timeline, crossed a little part of Oregon and made it to Murphy, Idaho, Dave’s favorite small town in Idaho. Dave had a mixed performance but got to see Jim Nimmo and hear his family again. Dave missed the horned toad races.
Stephanie had a piece of pumpkin pie! It was 90 degrees and sunny and then the big wind hit. We saw a huge dust cloud coming toward us and we hopped in the van and started driving through it. We decided not to stay at a local archaeological site that had camping facilities and ended up crawling along through a “0” visibility dust storm mixed with tumbleweeds.
Melba was our first choice for camping but the wind was too high. Three Island Crossing had trees down everywhere and there was heavy lightning so we drove on to Jerome, ID, another one of our favorite cities, to a big box store parking lot.
On the freeway there were many trucks that had pulled over and many others that were all over the road. There was another point where a road worker had to pull barrels off the road.
We are very tired so hopefully we will be able to relax.
We talk more about Murphy, ID, and Leslie Hinton, who sold us a pie. Dave asked her some questions and she answered that she had lived in Portland, Boise, and Murphy. She gave Murphy a glowing revue and said that at least people are still friendly in Murphy. Leslie says to not to tell people about Murphy so it will stay the same. Stephanie sees a kitten and Dave puts the kibosh on having it as a van mate.
We talk about getting a better sign off. We come up with nothing better.
This is the first podcast from our first Spring Tour of 2017. We are in the back of a van which is rigged as a camper. Over the past week Dave has been adapting the back of our 1998 Toyota Sienna. We talk about the design and materials that Dave used. These are the pictures of how it is rigged up. This is a beta-test for the Scamp that we intend to buy.
Stephanie also created black-out panels for the van windows. She talks about the challenges she had in the process.
Yesterday we did our food shopping and also purchased a new Coleman Stove after returning the cheap piece of crap we had purchased from Wal-Mart. We discuss the stove that we returned, the return process and what we think of Wal-Mart.
Dave planted the garden the day before we left and we had fresh morels and asparagus for dinner.
We were up early, packed and repacked the car a few times and on the road by 11:30. A good gig in Fargo, ND, and then we drove to Jamestown for another very good gig. Dave tells a joke.
We arrived at the town park in Medina, ND, made some sandwiches and now we are podcasting, Scrabbling and getting ready to sleep. We discuss recent games of Scrabble that we have played.
We were up at about 5:30 a.m. and arrived home at 11:00 p.m.
We started out in Sheridan, WY, and drove through with just a few stops, our first being a very early one for gas in Sheridan. All the traffic signals were flashing yellow.
We stopped at a rest area that was dedicated to Lewis and Clark and noticed that there was no mention of Sacajawea. Dave napped for a while. We also stopped at Wall Drug and Stephanie got to see it for the first time.
Lunch was at a Perkins in Mitchell, SD. We got an onion ring that we used as an “anti-” symbol. We listen in on other diner’s conversations.
Since we happened to be in Mitchell, Dave convinced Stephanie to go see the Corn Palace. We talk about the Corn Palace in detail.
East on 90 to Sioux Falls and then 23 up through Minnesota with one stop for beer in Granite Falls so Dave could have a nightcap.
We made good time today with an end mileage of 10,192 miles, 11 states, some of the most beautiful country in America and it is nice to be home.
We talk about some of the highlights of the tour and how we managed to do it on a shoestring. We discuss what we learned and some of our plans for future.
What a tour! Such great people, what beautiful country, amazing food and competitive games of Scrabble!
Recorded in Sheridan, WY, at the home of our friend, Julie.
Dave lost at Scrabble last night, 333-195. His new strategy of falling asleep in the middle of the game didn’t work. Tonight he lost by only a few points, which is a step in the right direction. Dave questions the scorekeeper. The scorekeeper claims to be very honest, Dave agrees.
We didn’t have coffee with our neighbor at the campground. We once again rate the Sheridan/Bighorn Mountains KOA at 2/5 tiles for several reasons. We are being generous.
We slept in a bit and then got on the road to Starbucks to use the internet. A group of older locals at a neighboring table were talking politics and especially gun control. This was recorded on the day of the mass shooting in Orlando, FL, and we are in a place where guns are welcome.
After the older locals left, a group of tattoo-covered bikers showed up and one of them removed his prosthetic leg. They then started discussing life, relationships, and books. Don’t judge people by appearances.
We continue our discussion of gun control, or the lack thereof.
As we headed back to Julie’s house we took a picture of a sculpture of Sam Mavrakis, a local legend who was a veteran, sportsman and owner of a local sporting goods store. You should look him up.
Back at Julie’s house, Dave took a nap while Stephanie “Facebooked” and looked through some pamphlets.
After the nap we drove to a beautiful retirement community where they were celebrating their family day picnic for which Dave was playing. Great food all around and the performance was good although the PA was intermittent. A meadowlark sang along to the song “Summertime”. It was a great magical musical moment! Everyone was enjoying the show.
There was a resident who was from New York Mills, MN, and another who had been to the Mall of America. People were very interested in Dave’s 12-string guitar. We helped clean up after the show because the people there are so great.
Back at Julie’s to record this podcast and get some sleep. We will be up early tomorrow to start home. It has been a long tour and we want to see our cat, Archie.
Recorded at the Big Horn Mountains KOA, Sheridan, WY.
We had a great time today!
Some early morning confusion when Stephanie disappeared so Dave made breakfast. Stephanie reappeared and it all worked out.
Dave took care of some business at a local Starbucks (3/4 tiles) over lunch. We talked to Don, a former rodeo star who told us jokes and we got to eavesdrop on his phone call.
We saw another dude who looked like a cowboy and another with a hairstyle. We discuss Craigslist dating.
Scrabble scores – Stephanie won… again… by 50 points.
We went to our gig at a retirement center but had some trouble finding it. GPS has nothing on Stephanie, the ultimate navigator.
It was a good gig, loads of fun. The activities director there was shorter than Stephanie. Dave’s jokes fell flat, people were singing along, people danced, and we got asked back.
It looked like rain so we went back to the campsite and closed up the tent.
Then we walked around downtown Sheridan and took pictures of the amazing sculptures. Sheridan is filthy with sculptures.
It was drizzling but not unpleasant. We visited the Sheridan Inn where Buffalo Bill lived for a while. We took a look at an old steam locomotive and we noticed that the original train depot is for sale.
We walked around inside the Sheridan Inn, Dave used the restroom which smelled okay.
We kept running into a horse drawn wagon giving rides to a distillery. Driving back to the campsite we stopped at a liquor store and got Dave a 4-pack of chocolate stout. There were adventures being planned outside the liquor store.
Back to the KOA where Stephanie met a drunk guy and a guy with big boobs. While Dave cooked dinner Stephanie talked to the drunk from Alaska who was in town to spring his buddy from jail .
After dinner Dave played guitar and a woman came by with a Jack Russell terrier, Maxwell, and invited us for coffee in the morning.
This KOA has deteriorated, we give it 2/5 tiles. Restroom smells, wifi is spotty, poor showers, no rec-room.
Recorded in Sheridan, Wyoming, at the Sheridan / Big Horn Mountains KOA.
First things first: Stephanie won by 40 points last night. Dave had all the “big” letters but Stephanie still won. Dave abused the tiles when we were done.
You can hear Interstate 90 in the background; we traveled a lot of it today.
We woke up this morning at the West Yellowstone KOA in Montana.
Last night we met Ben, a member of the Skablins from Arlington, WA, a 10 piece band.
During the night we were entertained by a crying baby, some snoring, a bit of talking and an amorous balloon squeaking neighbor who conspired to keep us from sleep.
A beautiful, sunny morning. Dave aired stuff on the picnic table while we made breakfast.
We packed up and got on the road by 9:05.
Stopped at a fast food joint for lunch and, not surprisingly, got some gas.
We went on a GPS detour from one road to the same road.
There was a beautiful cloud formation on the horizon which we watched for a good part of the drive. We could still see the amazing cloud after dinner.
We lost track of a receipt and spent a long time looking for it but even so we arrived in Sheridan at about 7.
Dave had a show in Billings, MT, his 3rd time at the venue. There were 2 Minnesotans there and it was good to chat. We were invited to dinner but we had too far to go so we declined.
There are all kinds of things to do and see in Sheridan. Buffalo Bill Cody stayed at the hotel in town and there are sculptures all over the place on Main Street (which we will take a look at tomorrow).
At dinner Dave had a hamburger and Stephanie had a breakfast platter.
Drove through town rather than taking the freeway, Dave knew the way home because he has been there before.