S. A. T. W. P. Episode 47

June 8th, 2017. Day 8.

Sunrise Campground, Bozeman, MT.

We woke up at Beaver Dick Campground. Not a good night of sleep for either of us. Camping was primitive, no running water and only vault toilets. We were packed up and on the road by 11:30.

Beaver Dick was a local legend!
Beaver Dick was a local legend!

Leaving Rexburg, ID, we drove to Bozeman, MT through gorgeous country, the Tetons and Big Sky. There were bison crossings and warnings.

Our drive included bison crossing signs.
Our drive included bison crossing signs.

We stopped by the Gallatin River just to rest a bit and then again to get coffee for Stephanie at a Starbuck’s since we have a refillable rewards card.

After doing some research we found the Sunrise Campground where we are as we podcast. The campground host invited us to drive around and check it out before we committed to camping, we thought it looked fine.

We met Camper the Cat and heard it’s story. We debate the aspects of sleeping in the tent verses sleeping in the van. Dave mispronounces minestrone and explains why. Dave also tried a peanut butter and tuna sandwich. It wasn’t awful.

It does sometimes seem like the sky is bigger around here.
It does sometimes seem like the sky is bigger around here.

Scrabble- Last night Dave won by about 50 points and tonight Stephanie won by about 80 points.

Podcasting was delayed by people in the community room – one watching the movie “Dr. Strange”. We talk about Dr. Strange and Benedict Cumberbatch.

We found out that the Teton Mountains were named after breasts.

The sign of The Three Tetons.
The sign of The Three Tetons.

There is a possibility that we might explore Bozeman tomorrow before my show at 3. We look forward to our gig coming up in Sheridan, WY, and then Valley City, ND.

We rate Beaver Dick Campground 3/7 tiles. We will wait to rate Sunrise Campground tomorrow.

Dave (re)fried the leftover fries from Big Judd’s in Archer and they were pretty good.

Another day of beautiful roads!
Another day of beautiful roads!

Stephanie witnessed a gas station attendant ask someone for her I.D. to buy Doritos.

We once again discuss possible sign-offs.

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S. A. T. W. P. Episode 46

June 7th, 2017. Day 7.

Rexburg, ID

We are at the Magic Suds Laundromat.

Today we drove by way of a long and winding road.

Mountains along the way.
Mountains along the way.

We woke up in Jerome, ID,  and after oatmeal we were on the road by 8:40 to Logan, UT.

We went though a construction zone and offered a flag-woman our sunscreen and she blew us a kiss. And some woman called Dave “Darlin'”.

Upon arriving in Logan we went right to Legacy House,  arriving about 2 hours early. Since we had extra time we took a walk to a nice grocery store 3 blocks away.

The view from the grocery store.
The view from the grocery store.

Dave says he got a Sit-bit to make sure he relaxes enough.

The view from the Cold Stone Creamery.
The view from the Cold Stone Creamery.

At the show, Stephanie talked to a woman who had written Dave’s name down last time he played there and was very happy to see him again.

A good show even though Dave forgot some lyrics and rhymed his way out of it. The jokes led into the song, good integration. The audience seemed joke-starved. After the show there was a long line of people who wanted to thank Dave.

There was a guy named Grant there who plays harmonica, Dave tried to get him to play.

Dave changed clothes in the van and then walked back in and talked to the woman who wrote his name down. She didn’t recognize him at first.

Scrabble! – Dave got all the good letters but barely managed to win.

Rexburg is interesting – we are staying at Beaver Dick Campground.

Beaver Dick Campground!
Beaver Dick Campground!

Captain Jefferson Hunt is buried at Red Rock Pass, we had an interesting stop there.

Dave reading the historical marker.
Dave reading the historical marker.
Gypsy Baby grave marker in the cemetery behind the hill.
Gypsy Baby grave marker in the cemetery behind the hill.

 

 

 

 

You've got to climb a hill to get to the historical marker.
You’ve got to climb a hill to get to the historical marker.

Stephanie reads his marker. Huntsville is named after him.

The sign at Red Rock Pass.
The sign at Red Rock Pass.

 

We went to Big Jud’s for tremendous burgers in Archer, ID. HUGE burgers. We talk about the meals and the huckleberry ice cream we had afterward.

Big Judd's has amazing burgers!
Big Jud’s has amazing burgers!
Huckleberry Ice Cream!
Huckleberry ice cream!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They have 1 and 2 pound burgers. We saw one of the 2 pound burgers, it was the size of a flattened basketball. Even the water was good.

Blatant discrimination against short people at Big Judd's.
Blatant discrimination against short people at Big Jud’s.

The mirror in the bathroom was too high for Stephanie.

Big Jud’s gets 6/7 tiles from Dave.

The boat at Big Jud’s – A truck with a boat on a trailer pulled up outside and a guy who had been laying in the boat jumped out, ordered some food and got back in the boat.

We are sunburned from our visit to the concentration camp. We got some water from a big box store and everyone was staring at the red redhead.

The sunscreen was laughing at us!
The sunscreen was laughing at us!

Eventually we headed to the Magic Suds Laundromat to do some laundry.

Probably off to Montana tomorrow.

The sign-off? Still not settled!

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

June 6th 2017. Day 6.

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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