Scrabbling Across The West Episode 11

May 17th, 2016 Day 11

Sequoia National Park.

Dave lost by 30 points last night in California, and the neighbors were “interesting”. Out of camp by 9:10 for a trip to Target to restock, Dave babbles at the bank teller.

Merle Haggard Drive.
Merle Haggard Drive in Bakersfield, CA.
Groves
Miles of fruit trees.

Hundreds of miles of orchards. Chicken nuggets but no cheese groves.

Stream
Rushing water at the foot of our campsite.

There are Chipmunk-like creatures, robber jays, no internet and setting up camp involves bear proofing, toilet trees and puns.

Campsite
A view of our tent from the rushing stream.

Bison in the trunk people. Reminiscences of the trip so far at the one-third mark. Tomorrow- Giant Sequoia and heading towards Las Vegas via Death Valley. Tonight… Scrabble!

Mountains above the camp.
Where the Sequoias are seen from our campsite.
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Scrabbling Across the West Episode 10

May 16th, 2016. Day 10.

Claremont, CA.

Scrabble scores, Dave lost.

Dave woke up to Emiliana needing help moving a couch and suitcases in a college jeep. Tea, bacon and blueberry pancakes. Stephanie does work in her “office”.

We take a field trip to Burbank, to DC Entertainment Group, part of Time-Warner. The great Mike Carlin showed us around and we had a wonderful visit. Stephanie recounts our visit and reminisces about her time at DC Comics.

Dave as Batman.
Dave as Batman.

 

 

Dave as Superman.
Dave as Superman.

 

 

Dave as Rorschach.
Dave as Rorschach.

 

 

 

 

Racks of comics.
Racks of comics.

 

 

Stephanie as Wonder Woman.
Stephanie as Wonder Woman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Burbank Studios Bob Hope Gate.
The Burbank Studios Bob Hope Gate.

 

 

 

 

Stephanie makes a friend at the gas station. Back to the campground and dinner, guitar playing and then Stephanie brought Dave into the ladies room to see the flowers. Fruit. Getting ready for Scrabble and then bed. A brief preview of our itinerary. The men’s room did not smell like flowers.

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Scrabbling Across the West Episode 9

 

May 15th, 2016. Day 9.

Claremont, CA.

Apologies for poor sound quality.

Stephanie won!!! A lazy morning for Dave, a laundry morning for Stephanie.

We helped Emiliana move boxes.

A cheesy looking burger picture on a place mat.
Dave’s first In-N-Out burger was served on this place mat!

Dave experiences an In-N-Out Burger, compares with Val’s. Stephanie surprises Dave with a gift. Stephanie meets an Italian woman at the laundry. Portuguese young people next door. Dave learns that Thor plays guitar and makes pancakes.

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Scrabbling Across the West Episode 8

May 14th, 2016. Day 8

Claremont, CA.

Late at night and chilly, but we slept in this morning. Noises during the night. Last night Dave won again by 30 points. Relaxed in the morning. Lizards.

A lizard sunning on the fence at the KOA in Claremont, CA.

Yesterday we ate fruit right off a tree. But not this tree.

Unripe Fruit
An immature pomegranate at the KOA in Claremont, CA.

Emiliana’s graduation, pictures and listened to Madeleine Albright. Dave is very proud of his daughter.

Grad and dad.
A very proud father with his amazing daughter!
A former Secretary of State.
Madeleine Albright after her speech at Scripps College.

Ice cream, cookies and chocolate and dance, dinner and drinks. Back to the campground for Scrabble. Stephanie talks about her first college graduation experience. The graduation booklet. Stephanie is taller than a Secretary of State. Respecting other people’s rights to have their opinions. Dave’s meat addiction. Then Scrabble.

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Scrabbling Across the West Episode 7

May 13th, 2016. Day 7

Camped near an airport. Up at 5am, on the road by 6am from Flagstaff to Claremont, CA.

 

Stephanie bingoed on her first turn last night but Dave battled back for a victory.

Across beautiful desert country to California. Met up with Emiliana, Dave’s eldest daughter, a tour of the Claremont colleges.

A visit to the Folk Music Center and some ice cream. Set up camp and made room for passengers in the car and then out to dinner at Bua with all 3 of Dave’s daughters and Thor. The importance of Tetris. More ice cream with unique flavors. Recovering Emiliana’s phone.

Observations about the foliage, Science reception.

Hotels vs. camping at graduation time. Friendly neighbors and their pets.

 

Tomorrow: Madeleine Albright. Tonight: Scrabble.

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Scrabbling Across the West Episode 6

May 12th, 2016. Day 6

Dave is Da’ Man, Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. WE HAVE A NAME!

Dave lost at Scrabble by 30 points last night, we clarify a rule. It is our 4th wedding anniversary. Our alarm failed to go off this morning and we woke to ice on the tent. On the road by 8:20, a black widow spider at the gas station. Muggsy is mentioned as a possible sponsor (Yay Muggsy!). From farm fields to desert to rock.

Four Corners, Barney the dinosaur Prince. Late to a gig but actually an hour early. At the very full KOA. And a Sizzler Steak House for dinner. Scrabble and then to bed early.

Stephanie at 4 Corners!
Stephanie in 4 states at the same time!
Pinnacles.
Sights along the road to Flagstaff.
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Scrabbling Across the West Episode 5

May 11th, 2016. Day 5

The drive up to Mesa Verde.

Cortez, CO. Dave won last night! Checking the rules… Ice on the tent. Mesa Verde. Stephanie reveals a secret. Terror on the mesa, what a view! Gig at a retirement home for about 60 people which went very well. When people with dementia think they know you.

View from on top of Mesa Verde.

Another trip to a big-box store for matches.  Tortilla soup for dinner then there was a deer in camp and Stephanie takes a spill. Early Scrabble in anticipation of an early morning.

We now have a sponsor, Muggsy’s Beans!

The Mancos Valley.
A kiva at Mesa Verde.
A deer in camp at Cortez, CO.
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Scrabbling Across the West Episode 4

A snowy mountain highway
Snow in the mountains.
Cacti in the rocks.
Stephanie’s first cactus in the wild!
Rainbow.
Rainbow over the campground in Cortez, CO.
Deer under the rainbow.
Deer under the rainbow near the campground.

May 10th, 2016. Day 4

The National Disasters Tour? Grand Junction Colorado KOA to Cortez Colorado. Rain overnight. Stephanie won by over 50 points. A late start, then a drive through the mountains, seeing a turkey in Thanksgiving Pass. A short detour. Cactus in the wild. A storm during dishes, a double rainbow afterwards with rabbits, an oriole and deer. Scrabble.

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Scrabbling Across the West Episode 3

Snow on the Tent in Central City, CO.

May 9th, 2016. Day 3

Day Three #3 Grand Junction, Colorado – Flashback to Doniphan, NE. Woke up in Central City with snow on the tent. Pancakes and Fox News, Stephanie invents a drinking game. Vail Pass, Blizzard. Purchased a new Coleman camp stove at a big-box store where Stephanie had a Star Trek encounter. Use of the Coleman stove-top oven. Dave claims a win. A walk in the Mesa County Fairgrounds and Scrabble.

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Scrabbling Across the West Episode 2

May 8th, 2016, Day 2 – Mother’s Day

Doniphan / Grand Island, NE. The disappearing car key. Sutherland, NE for a performance at a retirement home where we met Boyd, whose mother arrived in a covered wagon in 1908. Sno White diner for burgers. We make it to the Rocky Mountains! Central City, CO. Camping with snow and possible bears at the KOA. Stephanie won last night.

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