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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