S. A. T. W. P. Episode 44

June 6th 2017

Jerome, ID.

We are in the KOA community room.

It has been a fair day but sobering.

We were up early, had oatmeal and a shower.

Then off to the Minidoka Internment Camp near Jerome, Idaho.

The rebuilt guard tower.
The rebuilt guard tower.

We talk about what we learned during our 2-mile hike and visit to the interpretive center.

The river which flows past the internment camp.
The river which flows past the internment camp.

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.

Snake!
Snake!
The same snake!
The same snake!

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.

At Minidoka.
At Minidoka.

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.

Bumannphoto.smugmug.com

We are both red as lobsters, badly sunburned.

Dave has rigged up screens for the van windows and we now have a fan. Tonight we are going to need it.

Our Scrabble game!
Our Scrabble game!

What is the official sign-off? Every where’s a winner? We don’t know yet!

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S. A. T. W. P. Episode 43

June 5th 2017. Day 5.

Jerome, ID.

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.

We were happy to find these electric car chargers.
We were happy to find these electric car chargers and we hope it is a sign of things to come!

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.

Sculpture of Ira Burton Perrine.
Sculpture of Ira Burton Perrine.

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.

View from the Perrine Bridge.
View from the Perrine Bridge.

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.

The Perrine Bride in Twin Falls, ID.
The Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, ID.

Dave confesses his fear of heights and how he challenges it by going to high places.

The Snake River Canyon from the Perrine Bridge.
The Snake River Canyon from the Perrine Bridge.

This is the gorge that Evel Knievel jumped and there is a marker commemorating it. We discuss his attempt.

The Evel Knievel monument.
The Evel Knievel monument.

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.

The Perrine Bridge Commemoration plaque.
The Perrine Bridge Commemoration plaque.

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.

Underneath the Perrine Bridge.
Underneath the Perrine Bridge.

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.

Our Scrabble game, Dave won by about 100 points.
Our Scrabble game, Dave won by about 100 points.

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.

Looking down on the Snake River.
Looking down on the Snake River.

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.

 

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S. A. T. W. P. Episode 42

June 4th 2017. Day 4.

Jerome, ID.

We just finished our unfinished game of Scrabble.

Our scrabble game. I'm not sure who won.
Our scrabble game. I’m not sure who won.

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.

Our camping spot in White Bird, ID.
Our camping spot in White Bird, ID.

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.

The beautiful Salmon River.
The beautiful Salmon River.

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.

Murphy, ID, from about a half-mile away.
Murphy, ID, from about a half-mile away.

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.

People watching the horned toad races in Murphy, ID.
People watching the horned toad races in Murphy, ID.

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.

Dave with Jim Nimmo.
Dave with Jim Nimmo.

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.

Dave performing in Murphy, ID.
Dave performing in Murphy, ID.

We talk about getting a better sign off. We come up with nothing better.

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S. A. T. W. P. Episode 41

June 3rd 2017. Day 3.

White Bird, ID.

Our very first interview! It is with Martin Kessels, a long distance biker from The Netherlands.

Martin Kessels.
Martin Kessels.

We are playing Scrabble as we podcast.

We slept in the parking lot of a Big Box store in Bozeman, MT, and were on the road by 8.

Some interesting rocks along the way.
Some interesting rocks along the way.

Yesterday we stopped in a rest area and made beans where there was a rattlesnake warning.

Wise words!
Wise words!

This morning we stopped in a coffee shop and had some laughs with the barista.

Dave played at Grizzly Peak for his third time and talked to our friend David. Some other residents told Dave dirty jokes. It is always fun to play there.

We drove on one of our favorite roadways, Highway 12 from Lolo to Kooskia,  a winding and very beautiful road.

Highway 12 from Lolo, CO. to Kooskia, ID.
Highway 12 from Lolo, CO. to Kooskia, ID.
Whitewater rafting on the Lochsa River in Idaho.
Whitewater rafting on the Lochsa River in Idaho.

We stopped at Colgate Licks.

Colgate Licks, ID.
Colgate Licks, ID.

We proceeded South through a beautiful valley (that reminded us of Ireland) to White Bird, ID.

The view above White Bird, ID.
The view above White Bird, ID.

White Bird has a beautiful downtown and the Swiftwater RV Park is a very nice little gem of a campground.

The Salmon River in White Bird, ID.
The Salmon River in White Bird, ID.

Stephanie won Scrabble last night by about 20 points.

Dave looking out at the Salmon River.
Dave looking out at the Salmon River.
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S. A. T. W. P. Episode 40

June 2nd, 2017. Day 2.

Bozeman, MT.

We have made it to the Rocky Mountains and on the way we saw some Pronghorn antelope.

Some of the Badlands that we drove through.
Some of the Badlands that we drove through.

Dave had a hard time sleeping last night due to coffee and claustrophobia, but we were up at 6 and on the road by 7.

A sign advertising The Enchanted Highway.
A sign advertising The Enchanted Highway.
"Geese In Flight" on The Enchanted Highway.
“Geese In Flight” on The Enchanted Highway.

On the road we saw a bunch of cool tiny campers from an organization called “Sisters On The Fly”. There is a discussion about large campers and then we see one.

One of the "Sisters On The Fly" campers.
One of the “Sisters On The Fly” campers.

We discuss all the things we saw during the day’s drive and talk about America’s trouble adopting roundabouts.

Lots of interesting exits one might take along the highway including this one for "Buffalo Gap".
Lots of interesting exits one might take along the highway including this one for “Buffalo Gap”.

In Billings, Dave took a nap and then had a fun gig. Stephanie wrote down reactions from the residents.

We go over the scores from last night’s Scrabble game and some of the words.

 

Our Scrabble game from 6/2/17.
Our Scrabble game from 6/2/17.

Dave won, 271 – 248.

On to Missoula tomorrow, we discuss the upcoming schedule of shows.

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S. A. T. W. P. Episode 39

June 1st, 2017. Day 1.

Recorded in Medina, ND.

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.

Cross bracing for the platform.
Cross bracing for the platform.
The platform from the back.
The platform from the back.

Stephanie also created black-out panels for the van windows. She talks about the challenges she had in the process.

Platform from the side.
Platform from the side.

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.

The musical equipment in the back.
The musical equipment in the back.

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.

The camping equipment in the sides.
The camping equipment in the sides.

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.

The evening’s Scrabble game. 271 for Dave, 248 for Stephanie.

We are headed to Billings, MT, tomorrow!

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S. A. T. W. P. Episode 38

June 13th, 2016. Day 38

Waite Park, MN.

We are at home on the couch with our cat, Archie!

We were up at about 5:30 a.m. and arrived home at 11:00 p.m.

Buffalo Bill.
Buffalo Bill.

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.

A view from the rest area.
A view from the rest area.
Lewis and Clark did a lot more camping than we did.
Lewis and Clark did a lot more camping than we did.

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.

Annie Oakley.
Annie Oakley.
Wyatt Earp.
Wyatt Earp.
Wild Bill.
Wild Bill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Our food was politically motivated.
Our food was politically motivated.

Since we happened to be in Mitchell, Dave convinced Stephanie to go see the Corn Palace. We talk about the Corn Palace in detail.

Stephanie hitches a ride on a jackalope.
Stephanie hitches a ride on a jackalope.
Wall Drug... we have arrived!
Wall Drug… we have arrived!

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.

The corn art above the stage in the enormous Mitchell Corn Palace!
The corn art above the stage in the enormous Mitchell Corn Palace!

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.

Dave had to have his picture taken with Willie Nelson.
Dave had to have his picture taken with Willie Nelson.

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.

Dave getting a little too friendly with the locals.
Dave getting a little too friendly with the locals.

What a tour! Such great people, what beautiful country, amazing food and competitive games of Scrabble!

The Mitchell Corn Palace!
The Mitchell Corn Palace!
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S. A. T. W. P. Episode 37

June 12th, 2016. Day 37

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.

Feeling bullish in Sheridan.
Feeling bullish in Sheridan.

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.

Feeling sheepish in Sheridan.
Feeling sheepish in Sheridan.

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.

Horsing around in Sheridan.
Horsing around in Sheridan.

We continue our discussion of gun control, or the lack thereof.

Dave really likes the expression on this dog's face.
Dave really likes the expression on this dog’s face.

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.

Sam Mavrakis Sculpture.
Sam Mavrakis Sculpture.

Back at Julie’s house, Dave took a nap while Stephanie “Facebooked” and looked through some pamphlets.

Dave performing at the retirement community in Sheridan, WY.
Dave performing at the retirement community in Sheridan, WY.

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.

Saying farewell to Sheridan and it's many sculptures!
Saying farewell to Sheridan and it’s many sculptures!

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.

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Scrabbling Across The West Episode 36

June 11th, 2016. Day 36

Recorded at the Big Horn Mountains KOA, Sheridan, WY.

We had a great time today!

Inside the Sheridan Inn
Inside the Sheridan Inn

Some early morning confusion when Stephanie disappeared so Dave made breakfast. Stephanie reappeared and it all worked out.

The gunfighter.
Watch out for this guy, he won’t take crap from anyone!

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.

Indian Woman Walking
One of many great sculptures in Sheridan!

We saw another dude who looked like a cowboy and another with a hairstyle. We discuss Craigslist dating.

Nice kitty... nice kitty...
Nice kitty… nice kitty…

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.

Sign for the Sheridan Inn.
Where Buffalo Bill stayed!

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.

Dave gets it in the back.
I told you to watch out!

It looked like rain so we went back to the campsite and closed up the tent.

Inside the Sheridan Inn.
Inside the Sheridan Inn.

Then we walked around downtown Sheridan and took pictures of the amazing sculptures. Sheridan is filthy with sculptures.

The Beautiful and Historic Sheridan Inn.
The Beautiful and Historic Sheridan Inn.

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.

Dave looking at a steam engine.
Dave is wondering how hard it would be to get that out of there.
The old train depot.
The old train depot.

We walked around inside the Sheridan Inn, Dave used the restroom which smelled okay.

The lobby of the Sheridan Inn.
The main desk in the lobby of the Sheridan Inn.
Dave relaxing on the porch at the Sheridan Inn.
Dave relaxing on the porch at the Sheridan Inn.

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.

Horse drawn wagon.
This wagon kept trying to get us to go to a distillery.

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 .

I think we met these guys at the KOA.
I think we met these guys at the KOA.

After dinner Dave played guitar and a woman came by with a Jack Russell terrier, Maxwell, and invited us for coffee in the morning.

Dave probes a horse's nose.
So hard to resist…

This KOA has deteriorated, we give it 2/5 tiles. Restroom smells, wifi is spotty, poor showers, no rec-room.

So many great sculptures!
So many great sculptures!
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Scrabbling Across The West Episode 35

June 10th, 2016. Day 35.

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.

The storm that we were watching while driving along I-90.
The storm that we were watching while driving along I-90.

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.

More of the cloud!
More of the cloud!

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.

Beautiful and far enough away!
Beautiful and far enough away!

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.

The grain elevators of Sheridan, WY. The Best out West.
The grain elevators of Sheridan, WY. The Best out West.

Drove through town rather than taking the freeway, Dave knew the way home because he has been there before.

Now: Podcasting and Scrabble!

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