Scrabbling Across The West Episode 32

June 7th, 2016. Day 32.

Draper, UT.

Last night Dave lost at Scrabble by about 20 points.

Our night’s sleep was interrupted by the noise of pile drivers.

The entrance to Great Salt Lake State Park.
The entrance to Great Salt Lake State Park.

We drove to the town of Holladay and found that they were expecting us at 3 pm instead of at 11 am. So we had lunch at New York Pizza Patrol and then went off to see the Great Salt Lake.

Dave looking out at Great Salt Lake.
Dave looking out at Great Salt Lake.

It was an amazing sight and we even stuck our hands in the lake.

Some information on Lake Bonneville.
Some information on Lake Bonneville.

We discuss Sea Monkeys, and that Great Salt Lake is indeed a large, salty lake.

We also talked to a park ranger, Pajo.

A commemoration marker from the 2002 Winter Olympics.
A commemoration marker from the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Dave performed at Cottonwood Place in Holladay. Everyone was getting manicures and they offered him one. He declined but only because he had to set up for the show.

The Great Saltair.
The Great Saltair swimming resort.

Ten people talked to Dave after the show, which is always a lot of fun.

Our car thermometer said it was 100 degrees and yet there was snow up on the mountains.

Harmon’s Food Mart was our next stop and we stocked up for the rest of the tour.

We discuss an upcoming gig in Sheridan, WY, and also the one tomorrow in Jackson, WY. After that we are going to visit Yellowstone National Park.

Mountain Shadows has been good to us this year, a four and one half tile rating.

Beautiful Great Salt Lake.
Beautiful Great Salt Lake.

And then, Scrabble!

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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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