Our stay at Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio Colorado

 Friday morning (8/12) brought the end of our short 5 day stay in Durango, it was time to lift our jacks and drive a whole 30 miles to the Sky Ute Casino campground.

 A few months back we were thinking about spending our summer on the Washington and Oregon coast but at some point we had heard our friends Roger & Lynn and Dianne & Tom were going to meet up in Ignacio Colorado at the Sky Ute Casino and we changed our plans and decided to head to Colorado also to crash the party LOL!!

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 Both Lynn & Roger and Dianne & Tom are couples we normally see only during the winter months in Arizona and in fact we didn’t see Lynn & Roger at all last year because they did the Florida and Texas thing so we were looking forward to spending time with everyone again.

We rolled in on Friday and planned to stay 10 days, Dianne & Tom came in on Sunday and planned for a week and Lynn & Roger came in on Monday and have reservations for 2 weeks. At $15 per night at a spot with nice sized clean sites with full hookups it’s hard to go wrong. And then add camping with friends to the mix and it’s a real winning combination.

Roger & Lynn's rig on the left and ours on the right. Nice sized sites. They all should be at least this big.

Roger & Lynn’s rig on the left and ours on the right. Nice sized sites. They all should be at least this big.

 Diane & Tom had their grandkids Owen & Logan during the day during the week, a couple of good mannered young men so we were happy to be invited along for a couple rip roaring games of bowling and a highly competitive round of miniature golf!!!

Owen, Diane, Roger, Lynn, Me (Dave) & Logan

Owen, Diane, Roger, Lynn, Me (Dave) & Logan

Come on Diane!!! Pick it up!!!

Come on Diane!!! Pick it up!!!

 Other than golf & bowling we of course gathered every evening for happy hour and we gathered for one Pot Luck type meal as well as a couple meals at the casino.

 Diane and I made one trip into Durango to kill a little time one day but other than that we took advantage of our time in Ignacio to visit with friends and have a little down time, we have stayed pretty active the last couple months we feel.

Roger, Tom, Diane & Owen

Roger, Tom, Diane & Owen

Me (Dave), Dianne, Logan & Lynn

Me (Dave), Dianne, Logan & Lynn

 All in all we had a great time in Ignacio and are pretty sure we will use this as a stopover spot if passing through the area. In fact if we visit Durango again we may just stay here instead of paying the higher prices in Durango.

Roger & Lynn, Diane, Dianne & Tom

Roger & Lynn, Diane, Dianne & Tom

 But Monday (8/22) came around and it was time to move on. We were headed a short distance to Pagosa Springs to spend a week and Dianne & Tom were also leaving headed even a shorter distance to a boondocking spot they know of and like (we plan to get together with them and Roger & Lynn for a gathering in a few days to visit & see the boondocking spot in case we are in the area and want to dry camp) and Roger & Lynn planned to hang around Ignacio for another week.

Diane , Tom & Dianne, Lynn & Roger

Diane , Tom & Dianne, Lynn & Roger

 We had a great time spending a few days with friends and we enjoyed the cooler temps compared to many parts of the country. And we expect to experience even cooler temps as we will be camping at close to 10,000ft in about 2 weeks.

 We were dragging our feet the best we could leaving because once again our travel day was only an hour but after our “see ya down the roads” we rolled out about 10:30. Traffic was light so we were able to just slowly stroll to our next destination but still pulled in just before noon but out site was empty so we were able to pull right in and set up.

 We will call Pagosa Springs home for the next week. The temps are supposed to be in the low 70’s during our stay so I’m thinking I’m starting too really like Colorado.

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Our visit to Durango Colorado

 As we mentioned in our last update on Sunday (8/7) we lifted our jacks and drove away from Moab 175 miles to our next destination in Durango Colorado for a 5 night stay. We wanted to stay for a week but everyplace was pretty booked and the best we could do was 5 nights at the Alpine Rose Campground just a few miles north of Durango.

 It was a pretty easy travel day, we drove south out of Moab on HWY 191 until we reached Monticello where we jumped on HWY 491 east and drove until we hit Mancos and then turned onto HWY 160 and took it the rest of the way to Durango. Once in Durango we took HWY 550 north just a few miles out of town too Alpine Rose Campground.  

 It had been raining the couple days prior to our arrival and the campground was wet and had plenty of standing water and our site was no exception. And while we were hooking up utilities and getting set up the thunder was booming and lightning was flashing and the skies were getting ready to drop some more rain. I was able to get everything hooked up before the rain started but only by a few minutes.

 It poured down rain for a good while and we took advantage of the time by having a little lunch and relaxing while watching a little of the Olympics until it stopped raining and the sun came out. The sun was our que to jump in the truck and head to old town to check things out and do a little driving tour.

The Strater Hotel in Durango

The Strater Hotel in Durango

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 We drove around town a bit and then found a parking spot and walked the streets for a couple hours before making our way home where we relaxed the rest of the evening.

 The next thing we knew night #1 was over and we were onto day 2. We received a text from our friends Dianne & Tom who were boondocking just outside of town saying they would be in Durango to do a little shopping and wanted to get together, so of course we were all over that opportunity!!

 We gathered at a nice coffee shop named Durango Joes and had coffee and a light snack and sat and chatted for probably over an hour before parting ways knowing that in about 1 week we would be camping together along with our mutual friends Lynn & Roger.

 The rest of the day we finished our tour of downtown and did a little more sightseeing around the area and made another stop at the train station to get our tickets to ride the train from Durango to Silverton, something we had heard so much about and had been looking forward to for years.

 We then made a stop at The Brew Pub & Kitchen for an adult beverage before making our way to a nice little restaurant called Ken and Sues for dinner.

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 Day 3 we decided to take a road trip to Silverton and Quray. We had visited both towns on a motorcycle trip a few years back but like most of our motorcycle trips back then it was more about the ride than the destination and in our current life style it’s more about the destination and we wanted to spend more time in the towns and slow the pace a little on HWY 550 (The Million Dollar Highway) and take in the views.

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 A little story about our trip through on the motorcycle. A few years ago, maybe 6, we rode our bike through the area and ended up riding from Silverton to Ouray. Once we reached Ouray I thought about how fun the road was and just had to ride it again. So after lunch we jumped on the bike and rode to the edge of town where we pulled over to allow the traffic to get as far ahead of us we could and just as a car was about to leave and get ahead of us we jumped in front of it and rode hard until we caught traffic. Once we reached the end of the fun section of the highway we turned around and did the same thing, we let traffic get as far ahead of us that we could and then rode back to Ouray and kept on going. It was a fun fun fun day of riding LOL!!!

This is a section of hwy550. There is always a lot of talk and questions about taking big rigs on this highway and as you can see it can be done. BUT would you want to be driving a 42' motorhome pulling a toad on the outside lane and meet trucks like this? You decide. Imagine meeting a driver that is afraid of the road and hugs the center line as you come alone.

This is a section of hwy550. There is always a lot of talk and questions about taking big rigs on this highway and as you can see it can be done. BUT would you want to be driving a 42′ motorhome pulling a toad on the outside lane and meet trucks like this? You decide. Imagine meeting a driver that is afraid of the road and hugs the center line as you come alone.

Looking down onto Silverton as we approached

Looking down onto Silverton as we approached

 First off we will provide a couple links to sites that tell about the Million Dollar Highway, here they are.

 http://www.dangerousroads.org/north-america/usa/635-million-dollar-highway-usa.html

 http://www.roadtripamerica.com/places/million.htm

We enjoyed both towns, Silverton and Ouray, we mainly walked the main streets popping in & out of a few shops before starting our drive back. From our campground it was 77 miles to Ouray so a trip there and back with stops made for a nice day of touring.

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Looking down onto Silverton as we approached

The Opera House in Ouray

The Opera House in Ouray

A shot down Main street in Ouray

A shot down Main street in Ouray

In Ouray

In Ouray

Courthouse in Ouray

Courthouse in Ouray

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Ouray

Ouray

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Silverton on our driving tour day

Silverton on our driving tour day

 Day 4 we headed out on another driving tour day. This time we headed east out of town on HWY 160 towards the small town of Bayfield, then took HWY 501 towards Ludwig Mountain and on towards Vallecito Reservoir. On the way back we took HWY 240 that eventually lead us back to Durango.

 I’m not sure why but I never took the camera out of the bag that day, lots of nice scenery but just never took any pictures.

 That brings us to day 5 and the highlight of our visit to Durango, the day we would ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Our engine getting ready to hook up.

Our engine getting ready to hook up.

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Durango was founded by the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1879. The railroad arrived in Durango on August 5, 1881 and construction on the line to Silverton began in the fall of the same year. By July of 1882, the tracks to Silverton were completed and the train began hauling both freight and passengers.

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Another shot from our car straight down to the river.

Another shot from our car straight down to the river.

Looking straight down from our car. We were right on the edge!!

Looking straight down from our car. We were right on the edge!!

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Some od cars in there resting place

Some od cars in there resting place

This train has been in continuous operation between Durango and Silverton since 1882.

In 1874, the Silverton town site was laid out and it soon became the center of numerous mining camps located along the Animas River. In addition to the miners, Silverton caught the eye of railroad companies in Denver so in July 1882 the first train operated by the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad rolled in to Silverton from Durango.

Taking on water on the way up.

Taking on water on the way up.

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 By 1883, Silverton had a population of 2,000 people with 400 buildings-two banks, five laundries, 32 saloons and several hotels. An invisible line ran down Greene Street keeping the respectable side of town divided from the red light district -the infamous Blair Street.

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During Silverton’s early history, Blair Street was developed as the red-light district but by the 1940s most of the gambling was over and the “ladies” had moved on, citing competition from the local girls who “gave it away” in fits of patriotic fervor during WWII. The old saloons on Blair Street had a rebirth in the 1950s as movie sets where westerns such as “Run for Cover,” “Across The Wide Missouri” and “True Grit” were shot.  Today the train brings over 140,000 passengers a year into Silverton from Durango to visit.

 Our trip from Durango to Silverton went as expected, a nice slow ride up the mountain with plenty of great views, we even saw a Grizzly wandering up the hillside. I took a picture but didn’t have my zoom lens in so it’s hard to see but if you are good with those “Where’s Waldo” type pictures you might find it LOL!!

Can you see the gear? Just left of center, still in the rocks but just about to be on the grass.

Can you see the gear? Just left of center, still in the rocks but just about to be on the grass.

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 Once in Silverton we hopped off the train and went directly to Handlebars Saloon & Eatery for lunch. We did our research on places to eat before ever getting on the train so we could go directly there and beat the crowd of people getting off the train and bombarding the restaurants and it worked perfectly. We picked Handlebars because it was rated #1 on the Trip Advisor website that we use religiously and we scoped it out during our driving tour a couple days prior.

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Another shot up main street in Silverton

Another shot up main street in Silverton

Where we ate in Silverton

Where we ate in Silverton

In Silverton

In Silverton

Diane has a love for Indian Motorcycles, always has.

Diane has a love for Indian Motorcycles, always has.

 After eating we walked the streets taking in the sights. Once you de-board the train you have 2 hours to spend in Silverton before the train heads back to Durango and because we visited Silverton a couple days earlier it was plenty of time for us but I’d guess if you dilly dally around trying to find a place to eat and get caught up in the crowds you might find yourself a little short on time if you are a shopper and want to check out all the stuff.

An old brothel in Silverton. I bet the girls in there were top shelf back in the day LOL!!

An old brothel in Silverton. I bet the girls in there were top shelf back in the day LOL!!

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Silverton Colorado

Silverton Colorado

Handlebars Food & Saloon where we ate in in the blue building on the corner.

Handlebars Food & Saloon where we ate in in the blue building on the corner.

Another car option with a glass top.

Another car option with a glass top.

Another car option

Another car option

One of the options for cars you can take.

One of the options for cars you can take.

Diane loading up for our ride back. We chose the open car and are glad we did. We had a nice breeze all the time and felt more part of nature I guess. Even people that paid more money for the enclosed cars were coming back to our car for the breeze n the return trip saying it was getting warm in the enclosed cars.

Diane loading up for our ride back. We chose the open car and are glad we did. We had a nice breeze all the time and felt more part of nature I guess. Even people that paid more money for the enclosed cars were coming back to our car for the breeze n the return trip saying it was getting warm in the enclosed cars.

 Our ride back to Durango started out as expected but it wasn’t long before we figured out something was wrong. The train started to get a little jerky and we finally slowed to a not so smooth stop.

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 At first we thought maybe something was on the tracks or maybe we were letting someone off or on the train (they do make a couple stops along the ride to let hikers on & off) but it turned out we had an equipment failure. Nothing serious,,,,,, we just lost our brakes LOL!!!

 We had gone a fare distance before this all happened so we were pretty much in the middle of the wilderness a long way from any town so it was a bit interesting. The next thing we knew the brakeman started going between each car and tightened the manual brakes by turning a large metal wheel which applied the brakes so we could creep down the mountainside. Once we started crawling our thought was “dang, it’s going to take hours to get back to Durango at this rate”. After creeping along at a snail’s pace that we could easily walk we came to a spur about 2 miles later that we slide off onto. At that point we were told that we would wait for the next train coming down from Silverton and they would pull us to Durango but it would be roughly 1 hour before it would arrive.

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 During our wait they unhooked our locomotive and sent it creeping down the mountain alone. Without the weight off the cars behind it it could easily limp along with the emergency brake system with little problems we were told. So there we sat.

We did not stop here for water.

We did not stop here for water.

This picture is after our rescue train picked us up. We are a lot farther back behind the engine and experienced a lot less cinder and ash which was nice.

This picture is after our rescue train picked us up. We are a lot farther back behind the engine and experienced a lot less cinder and ash which was nice.

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Going over a bridge

Going over a bridge

 Like we were told about 1 hour later the second train came by us and then backed up the hill to hook up and rescue us LOL!! By the time all of this was said & done it added about 2 hours to our travel day but it didn’t really bother anyone it seemed. It was all part of the adventure and added a little flavor to the ride that we otherwise would not have experienced.

Here is our rescue train coming up along side us.

Here is our rescue train coming up along side us.

Can you see the mountain goat up on the ridge just to the right of the tallest bare tree?

Can you see the mountain goat up on the ridge just to the right of the tallest bare tree?

How about now? See it on the rock ledge.

How about now? See it on the rock ledge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But because of the added adventure and time we were pretty much ready for our day to end by the time we did finally reach Durango again.    

 A few years ago we had a few friends ride the train and after hearing all about it, more than once LOL, we knew it had to be on our bucket list of things to do and we are glad we did. Here are a few tips we will share, #1 we really liked the open air car. We felt it really made us feel one with the ride and on the warm ride home I think was much better than being in a somewhat closed up car. #2 the right side of the train provided the best views on the way up most of the time. And even though we didn’t switch sides on the way back we found ourselves standing a lot so we could still take in the views from either side of the car. Plus if you take the early train the right side will get most of the sun and the cold blooded person will like the sun. #3 if you decided on the open car be sure to bring sunglasses, not so much for the sun but soot from the engine does float around in the air and a number of people in our car ended up with some in their eye’s which apparently isn’t unusual because the workers were Jonny on the spot with eye wash vials and we heard them say it happens often. #4 be sure to check out the museum behind the train station. It’s free admission and it would be worth a visit even if they charged a small fee we felt, but free, you can’t go wrong.

That's was our campground across the road.

That’s was our campground across the road.

 After the train ride we headed home and relaxed the remainder of the day and started thinking about our long travel day we would endure the following day of 28 miles!! Yes, 28 miles LOL.

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Time to leave Provo and head to Moab Utah.

 Friday (8/5) after a short but full 4 day stay in Provo Utah it was time to make another move. So after our morning (moving day) routine we were on the road headed out on a 190 mile travel day to Moab Utah.

 We drove I-15 a short distance south and then veered off on HWY 6 and road it until we hit I-70 and headed east. We were only on I-70 for a short while before heading south on HWY 191 which took us to our new home in Moab at the Portal RV Resort at the edge of town.

 We had ridden through and stayed in Moab a couple times before on motorcycles and we stayed here last year for 2 weeks in the motorhome and enjoyed it every time so we didn’t mind one bit stopping in again, this time for only 2 nights however.

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 First off the Portal not a cheap place to stay and at the nightly rate of $60 per night it was by far the most expensive place we have stayed so far in 2016 and will probably be the most expensive place we stay at in 2016 period. Well we are not into Colorado yet so we will see if that holds true, we hear it can be expensive there as well.

 We certainly don’t mind paying higher campground fees now and again to spoil ourselves once and a while (IF) the campground and surrounding area is worthy of the cost, plus we are well under our budget for campground fee’s so far in 2016 so I didn’t pucker too much when I logged it in our expense spreadsheet LOL!! And the site we got this time was fantastic, we nosed up to a small pond and we had a very nice gazebo with a nice view of the surrounding mountains. A type of spot that we both agreed we could hang around at for a month easy and a site we wished we could find at more campgrounds.

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 After getting settled we decided to take a drive through town and then out to the Sand Flats Recreation area to see if anyone was running jeeps on any of the obstacles that we might be able to watch, but no luck. I think by that time of day it was too hot or they were too deep into the rails for us to see. So we just continued on the well maintained gravel road for a number of miles just for the heck of it, we did run across a very colorful lizard that Diane’s watchful eye spied along the road.

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It sure was colorful. To bad the picture does not show that well.

It sure was colorful. To bad the picture does not show that well.

 After Sand Flats we decided to cross town and head to HWY 128 that is a great scenic drive along the Colorado River before returning home for the evening.

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 Because we only had 1 full day to spend in the area and we because we have spent enough time here that we really have taken in a good majority of the sights we needed to pick what we liked best in the area to occupy our 1 day and that choice was pretty easy, Arches.

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 Even though we have hiked about every trail in Arches that we consider within our abilities we still love the sights. And we decided to re-hike a few of the shorter trails this visit instead of just picking one longer one so we had a little variety in the short time we had.

 Because we didn’t have any intension of hiking anything strenuous we wasn’t overly worried about getting to a trail head at sunup so we casually strolled to the park about 9am only to find ourselves in a line of cars that stretched from the entry gate all the way to HWY 191 !!

That's a long line!!

That’s a long line!!

 Once we got into the park we stopped at a few viewing areas and did if I remember correctly 4 hikes (walks) to various arches.

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Yup, lets walk to that arch out there.

Yup, lets walk to that arch out there.

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 We did a pretty good job of killing our 1 day in Moab, I think we rolled away from Arches about 4:30 or 5pm, went home and cleaned up and then went in town to walk the strip and have a bite to eat. We ended up at a place called Twisted Sisters and both had a salad. When the salad was brought to the table I probably had a funny look on my face like “what the heck is this” after having the humongous salad at the Art City Café in the Provo area LOL!! This one was a fraction of the size and quality.

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 That pretty much takes care of our 1 day visit. We both love Moab and are sure we will return again.

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 We will just share a few pictures from this visit and also share links to the updates we did during our last 2 week visit in case you have not seen them and care to take a peek, here they are.    

https://daveanddiane.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/travel-day-to-moab/

https://daveanddiane.wordpress.com/2015/09/06/arches-national-park-moab-utah/

https://daveanddiane.wordpress.com/2015/09/18/summing-it-up-for-moab/

 On Sunday (8/7) we lifted our jacks and drove 175 miles south east to our next destination. A place we have been wanting to visit and a place in a state we have never camped in before, ridden many many miles on motorcycles but never camped.

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Our Provo Utah stay “Part 2”

 Thursday (8/4) we figured should be more of a little more kicked back than our previous 2 days. My legs were feeling it after or hike and bike ride and Diane didn’t argue so I figure she could use a less taxing day as well LOL!!

 So after breakfast we decided to visit a few spot’s I had in my mind, the first was Escape Motorsports in Provo. They are a Polaris dealer and we have not totally ruled out a RZR 900 trail as our toy of choice to put in the pickup.

 Escape Motorsports had what we thought were pretty good pricing. Pricing in fact that was not far off from the numbers we have been quoted on a Can-Am Outlander 850, one of the other toys in the running to drag around with us. With the pricing so close it makes us very very tempted to go the RZR route except it would be more to deal with while on the road as far as weight and size goes.

 After looking at RZR’s we were off to the next destination, Timpanogos Harley Davidson. We could not help notice the building as we were entering town a few days ago so I knew we just had to see it. And then when we noticed it was a Harley Davidson shop it sealed it.

Timpanogos Harley Davidson in Provo Utah. This building was built mainly from salvaged material. It is a work of art and HUGE!!

Timpanogos Harley Davidson in Provo Utah. This building was built mainly from salvaged material. It is a work of art and HUGE!!

  As it turns out Timpanogos Harley reclaimed most of the materials to construct there 58,000 SQft shop from Geneva Steel which operated right across the street from 1942 until 2005 when it was shut down. The Harley shop is thought to be one of the largest buildings to be built from reclaimed materials in the country. Over 75% of the materials used to build this dealership was recycled from Geneva Steel, railroad bridges, and other early Utah industrial buildings dating back as early as the 1870s, now that I guess is why it caught our eye.

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 The outside of the shop is amazing and so is the inside. They just might have the largest inventory of any shop I have ever been in. In fact after being totally impressed with the stock on the main floor we were given an opportunity to tour an “employee only” area in a lower level.

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Reminds me of the days we rode to Street Vibrations in Reno and parked in the Casino garages.

Reminds me of the days we rode to Street Vibrations in Reno and parked in the Casino garages.

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This would be a eye catcher during our stay in Casa Grande!!

This would be a eye catcher during our stay in Casa Grande!!

It wasn’t long before we felt ourselves looking at each other and drooling. And not drooling over each other, we were drooling over a couple Harleys that caught our eyes LOL!!! Well that was that, it was time to leave before we tossed one more option in the ring as far as toys go.

 The next spot I had in mind was called Legends Motorcycles, and this is where I will mainly let pictures do all the talking because there are no words I can possibly use about what we were about to see and experience.

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 As soon as we walked in the door we could see were in for a treat and had to refrain ourselves from running off to one piece of motorcycle history to another with no rhyme or reason like a couple of kids. And probably the only reason we didn’t was that we were approached by Todd who gave us a little history about the place and filled us in on the lay of the land, they had treasures in every nook and cranny.

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Old oil cans are part of the collection

Old oil cans are part of the collection

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I love th oil on the floor under something other than a Harley LOL!!

I love th oil on the floor under something other than a Harley LOL!!

Check out that leather chain

Check out that leather chain

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 Again, we will let the pictures do most of the talking because to be honest I can’t tell you exactly what each bike is and I didn’t take proper notes. Normally I would take pictures of information displayed by whatever it is I’m looking out for future reference but for some reason what info was supplied by each bike it just wasn’t easy access for pictures I guess.

Strap tank, probably 1 of 3 known to exist if I remember correctly

Strap tank, probably 1 of 3 known to exist if I remember correctly

 

This Strap tank will probably be behind glass some time soon

This Strap tank will probably be behind glass some time soon

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 But as you can tell there are bikes that date back to the early 1900’s. Harleys, Indians, Thor, Whizzer, Yale (a link to Yale http://www.motorcyclepediamuseum.org/yale-motorcycles/) and I know a couple others that I forgot the names of (and didn’t even know about until our tour).

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The owner rode this bike cross country in the Cannonball in 2015. Could you imagine!! I would love to just ride it around the parking lot once.

The owner rode this bike cross country in the Cannonball in 2015. Could you imagine!! I would love to just ride it around the parking lot once.

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 Along with motorcycles they have a nice display of art and sculptures, as well as a restaurant, clothing dept, service shop and even a barber, yup a barber.

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 While walking around we ran into Travis who we had a great time yacking with, he was full of information about the shop and motorcycles and told us a little about the owner (Rick) who obviously has a passion for old stuff, mainly motorcycle related.

Travis, Me (lookin a little sloppy, I better work on that) & Todd

Travis, Me (lookin a little sloppy, I better work on that) & Todd

 I guess Rick normally rides one of his bikes in the annual Cannonball Motorcycle runs each year and this year is no exception.

 On Friday, September 9, 2016 100 riders will leave Atlantic City, New Jersey on a 16 day ride to San Diego, California. No motorcycles built after 1916 will be allowed to enter so it would be a site to see and if there was any way we might even be close to their route we would certainly try to watch part of it but I doubt that will be the case. Here is a link to the Cannonball Rally site if you are interested.  http://www.motorcyclecannonball.com/

 After looking at bikes I was getting a little hungry and wanted to eat at the restaurant at Legends OR at the Brewery that the Legends owner (Rick) owns just across the parking lot but Diane had done a little research and found a place called “Art City Trolley” and wanted to give it a try so away we went.

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 Here is a copy of their story from their web page “

On Feb. 5, 1994, the Art City Trolley Restaurant officially opened its doors. After locating the 1931 Brill Bullet Trolley car in an almost abandoned state some six months earlier, Jeff and Kelly Decker along with numerous family members and friends restored the Trolley Car and converted it into a small roadside diner that boasted seating for 26 people. Thanks to a supportive community, (and some great food), 2 years later the small diner grew to a seating capacity of 115 with the addition of the “Trolley Station” that stands today. 

The original menu has evolved from favorites like the Baby Back Ribs that won “Zagat’s Dinning Guide” for “Best BBQ in the State”, to the legendary Art City Special Salad. In January 2009 we reached another milestone by becoming one of “Utah Valley’s Best Choice” for Salads. As always we use the freshest ingredients and original recipes concocted from scratch here in the restaurant.”

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 I had an Art City Special salad that was as big as my head and Diane had a very tasty chicken sandwich. And hey, they even had a couple old motorcycles inside!!

 Remember we mention that across the parking lot from Legends was a brewery? Well that thing just stayed on my mind through lunch so we decided we just had to go check it out and have an adult beverage!! Are you surprised?? I didn’t think so. Hey, it was on the way home anyway.

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 Here are a few words from their website:

“OUR STORY, Harley-Davidson would build 150 motorcycles in 1907, most notably the Harley-Davidson Strap-Tank, named for the nickel-plated steel straps that anchored the gas tank to the frame.   Number 2037 was the 37th model to roll off the assembly line that year. It is considered the best unrestored example of the strap-tank model in existence, sporting its original paint job, engine, frame and tires.  This motorcycle now resides in the Legends Motorcycle building located across the parking lot from the brew pub.  Guests enjoying the Strap Tank Brewery are encouraged to walk over to Legends to see the one of a kind motorcycle, along with dozens of other extremely rare and vintage bikes.”

 We loved Legends and the brewery held many of the same characteristics construction wise. They certainly go after the fine mix of old run down building / modern look and pull it off very well. And the beer was good too!!

 Of course the brewery had a couple bikes inside and from what we saw the food looked pretty good but we were so full from our lunch’s that all we could handle were 1 beer each before we headed home and lounged the rest of the evening.

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 That pretty much sums up our stay in the Provo Utah area. We have a feeling we will be in the area again, especially if Rick finds a way to let people ride one of those old beautiful pieces of rolling art!!       

 Friday (8/5) was another travel day but we will do a separate update on that but to wet your whistle we were headed to Moab Utah, one of our favorite places in the country so far.

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Part 1 of our stay in Provo Utah

 Monday (8/1) brought another warm and sunny travel day. And because we had another long (for us) day of 240 miles and some of it through a large city we decided to get a little bit of an early start. So by 8:15 we had lifted jacks, hooked up and were rolling down the road headed towards Provo Utah.  

 Normally we will find a route around larger cities but this time I figured what the heck, let’s just drive straight down through Salt Lake and deal with whatever. So we jumped on HWY 86 towards Pocatello Idaho and then switched onto I-15 South.

 The run wasn’t all that bad until we reached about Ogden I’d say, then we started hitting 4, 5, 6 lanes of traffic and it stayed that way for about the last 80 miles of our drive.

This sign should be shared with the entire country

This sign should be shared with the entire country

 At one point there was a long stretch of construction and as we were flowing along with traffic at a reduced speed of about 60 all of a sudden we see a truck being loaded with dirt in the middle of the northbound and southbound lanes, then the dust started bellowing, then a few brake lights started to glow, then we were blinded by the dust until we popped out the other side in just a second or two. My mind went to what we see on TV while watching races like the Indy 500 and drivers plowing through smoke from a wreck that happened in front of them. I can’t believe they don’t use some sort of watering system to cut back on this type of thing. Anyway, it was a moment LOL!!

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 The last time we were headed south through Utah we took highway 84  at Ogden and went to Park City and avoided Salt Lake which is exactly what we will do the next time. In fact I think we will plan more in advance and stay in Heber City which is much smaller yet provides easy access to areas we would want to see I do. It’s the (we hate big cities) thing we refer to a lot in our blogs LOL!! And it’s funny because Salt Lake really isn’t that big but traffic seemed crazy.

 Anyway, we arrived safe & sound at our destination at Lakeside RV Park in Provo, got all set up and then ventured back out into the traffic headed towards Cabela’s. Diane found a pair of pants at the last Cabela’s we were at but they didn’t have her size so she wanted to check here and they in fact did have what she wanted.

These are across the street from our campground so I figured it would be a good spot to toss them in.

A storage unit down the road from our campground has a fantastic display of old signs & gas pumps along with other items.

A storage unit down the road from our campground has a fantastic display of old signs & gas pumps along with other items.

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 After Cabela’s we drove around a little, just long enough to find ourselves in the 5pm rush hour traffic before heading home for the evening.

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OK, from here I will warn you it becomes picture intense. Tuesday morning we got an early start and drove to Sundance which was only about 25 miles from our campground to do a little hiking.

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  In 1969, Robert Redford had a vision and bought 5000 acres in the slopes of Mount Timpanogos in Utah’s Wasatch Range. That is known as Sundance today. We found it refreshing to have such a wonderful part of country that could so easily be built up into some overgrown fancy dancy tourist trap that instead is kept a more rustic “yet very nice” place to enjoy the outdoors.

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 Instead of going into detail we will provide a link you can check out.

http://www.sundanceresort.com/about-us-en.html

 After walking around I grabbed my backpack and we bought tickets ($37 for the pair) for the ski lift, jumped on and headed to the top of the mountain.

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 When we left our campsite in Provo we were at an altitude of 4551 ft and when we reached the base at Sundance we were at 6100ft then after our ski lift ride we reached 8250 ft at the summit. AND WHAT A VIEW!!!

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See the Zip Liners?

See the Zip Liners?

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 One of the summer activities at Sundance is the Zip Line and during our ride up we saw a couple slide down.

 Once at the top we enjoyed the views in our slow paced way compared to the dare devil zip line people and watched a few more slide away down the mountainside.

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Give me a cooler full of beer and I could spend a day right there

Give me a cooler full of beer and I could spend a day right there.

That's where the Zip line folks push off.

That’s where the Zip line folks push off.

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 After our time at the top we jumped back on the ski lift and went part way down the mountain where we got off and hiked to Stewart Falls. The trail was pretty nice and not all that steep and relatively easy most of the way. It was narrow in some places and you constantly had contact with brush which isn’t my favorite way to hike but once we reached the falls it was all worth it.

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 Working our way through the brush was pretty warm because most of our breeze was blocked so when we reached the falls we found a rock close enough we could enjoy the cool mist as the water came crashing down. The falls are just over 200ft tall and as you can see is two tiered.

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 There were probably over a dozen people there while we were there ranging in age from around 7 or 8 to older than us so pretty much any able bodied person can make the hike.

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You can see how the trail is enclosed by bushes and some areas are even worse but I was busy pushing my way through instead of taking pictures LOL!!

You can see how the trail is enclosed by bushes and some areas are even worse but I was busy pushing my way through instead of taking pictures LOL!!

Us at Stewart Falls

Us at Stewart Falls

 We sat around, had a snack and after close to an hour we started on down the mountain. It took us a little over an hour to finish the hike from the falls back down to the truck and I felt it was a tougher part of the trail but maybe I was just getting tired. The temps were over 90 by the time we finished and I think it was taking its toll.

All in all a hike we would recommend if you are ever in the area and we would probably do it again ourselves. We would recommend doing it the way we did and take the ski lift up to at least the upper trail head and hike down. I’m not sure, no I know I wouldn’t want to hike it in reverse but if we were with you and YOU wanted to we would wait for you in the pub LOL!!

 After reaching the truck we were pretty hot and dirty, the trail is mostly fine dirt so once we drove away we found ourselves parked at Vivian Pond where we walked around in a steam fed from the snow in the mountains to cool off and clean up.

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

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 After Vivian Pond we made another stop at Bridal Falls before making our way home for the remainder of the evening. Another great day!!

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 Wednesday we wanted to ride a bike path we had heard and read so much about and lucky for us the southern trail head was only about ½ mile from our campground.

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 We jumped our bikes about 9am and headed out. The trail is 15 miles long in one direction and basically leaves from our campground and takes you all the way back to Vivian Pond where we stopped after our hike the prior day.

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Halfway point of out 30 mile bike ride.

Halfway point of out 30 mile bike ride.

 Of the first 10 miles I would say 5 of it was pretty nice riding but then we were spit out onto a sidewalk along busy streets (which surprised us) but eventually made its way back out into the country where we started the uphill portion of the ride that eventually lead us to the end where we ate a light snack of cheese & water before starting our ride back.

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 The ride back home was much easier because it was downhill a lot of the way. OK, now I know some of you are saying “WAIT, you have electric bikes!!!” so let me go on record and say that when the batteries are full our gauge shows 5 bars and when we finished our ride of 30 miles we both still had 5 bars showing.

 From what Pedego says, if you have a fully charged battery and you just rode under battery power on flat land you should be able to ride 30 miles without peddling so you can tell that we didn’t use the battery assist very darn much. And because the Pedego bikes are much heavier than a conventional bike I will go out on a limb and say we probably get a better workout peddling these bikes with only 7 speeds and all the weight than a person might get on a lightweight bike with tons of gears. So cut us some slack Jack!!! LOL!!!

Utah Lake right behind our campground

Utah Lake right behind our campground

 Once we made it home we had a late lunch / early dinner, showered and chilled a while before jumping in the truck and driving to a Can-Am dealer just down the road and test rode a Can-Am 850 Outlander (a lot more machine than I counted on YeeeeHaaaww!!). That should be no real surprise because we mentioned weeks ago that the main reason for putting the Jeep in storage and getting a truck is so we could add a new toy of some sort to our adventure and a 2-up machine like a Can-Am Outlander is certainly in the running.

 We then made our way home and relaxed the rest of the evening.

 That takes us to Thursday but we will do a separate update because it will be chocked full of pictures and we don’t want to overwhelm this update. But if you like old, AND WE MEAN OLD motorcycles you will want to check back!!!  

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Our stay in American Fall’s Idaho

Wednesday (7/28) we lifted our jacks and rolled away from Caldwell Idaho (Canyon Springs RV Resort) at about 8:30. By the time we stopped at a fuel station we hit I-84 at 9am and were on our way to American Falls Idaho 240 miles down the road.

 We don’t normally like rolling on the freeway but in some parts of the country it just makes sense and as far as we are concerned southern Idaho is one of those areas. There just isn’t a whole lot between point A and B and the scenery isn’t a bunch better on secondary roads than it is on the freeway from what we have seen. But I’m sure someone could prove us wrong.

This is what a lot of our drove looked like through the windshield. Not so interesting.

This is what a lot of our drove looked like through the windshield. Not so interesting.

 After jumping on the freeway I set the cruise control at 68mph and had a pretty uneventful travel day, boring but uneventful until we rolled into our new home for the next 5 days at Willow Bay RV Park.

 About the only thing eventful was seeing a motorcycle, well trike, pass us pulling the biggest camper I have ever seen a bike pull LOL!! We were running close to 70 and he scooted right by us so I couldn’t help wonder how far down the road that trailer would push him if he had to stop fast.

 

That camper looks pretty big for that trike

That camper looks pretty big for that trike.

You can't even see the bike in front of that camper LOL!!

You can’t even see the bike in front of that camper LOL!!

 Willow Bay is a pretty small campground with very little to offer but it has very large sites and most have a water view (which could be blocked if it got busy) which worked just fine for us, we only booked 5 nights and had a few places of interest to see while here so we didn’t plan to spend much time at the RV park anyway.

Nice sized sites.

Nice sized sites.

 The small town of American Fall (Where the sun shines in every window) (Population 4500) is nestled along the edge of the Snake River and the American Falls Reservoir.

 American Falls was a landmark waterfall on the Snake River named after a party of American trappers whose boat went over the falls. And the Wilson Price Hunt expedition in 1811 camped at the falls one night and the expedition of John C. Frémont was here in 1843. And the Oregon Trail passed north of town through the present-day reservoir.

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The first Power plant sprang up at the falls in 1901 and American Falls was the first town in the U.S. to be entirely relocated, well at least most of it, I read that there is some remains still at the bottom of the reservoir. But can you imagine the task back then of moving 46 businesses, three hotels, one school, five churches, one hospital, six grain elevators, and one flour mill!!??

We borrowed this shot from the web.

We borrowed this shot from the web.

 We took a short driving tour of town once we were all set up in our site but it didn’t take very long LOL!! We like small towns but this one might be a little small unless you want to take advantage of the river or you just want a quiet place to chill.

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 Thursday (7/29) we tried to get an early start so we could get a couple hikes in before the heat of the day so about 9am we jumped in the truck (hmm, it seemed odd to not type Jeep there LOL!!) and headed towards Massacre Rock State Park. Our first stop was the visitor center.

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Gorilla Rock. Do you see the Gorilla?

Gorilla Rock. Do you see the Gorilla?

During the Oregon Trail period beginning in 1841, “Gate of Death” and “Devil’s Gate” were names given to this area which referred to a narrow gap in a rock formation that was wide enough for only one wagon to pass through at a time. A freeway now flows through that expanded gap.

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After the visitor center we hiked 3 different short trails (combined probably 5 miles) that provided some great views of the Snake River.

Diane just had to get her feet wet in the Snake River

Diane just had to get her feet wet in the Snake River

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Those boulders tumbled at the bottom of the river during a flood at one time.

Those boulders tumbled at the bottom of the river during a flood at one time.

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See the divot along the ridge of the mountain across the river. That was a waterfall at one time.

See the divot along the ridge of the mountain across the river. That was a waterfall at one time.

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After our hikes we drove down the road 2 miles to Register Rock. It’s a spot where Oregon Trail emigrants would stop for an evening of rest before continuing on their journeys and while there would carve their names in the large boulder. Sort of early day vandals I guess LOL!!

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Hard to see but look in the upper left 1/4 of the picture

Hard to see but look in the upper left 1/4 of the picture

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See the Indian?

See the Indian?

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 While at Register Rock we broke out a small lunch we packed, sat under a nice big shade tree, enjoyed a nice afternoon breeze and had a bite to eat before making our way home.

 We were plenty spent from the heat by the time we got home so we showered and hid inside until it was time for an evening walk and some play time in the park LOL!!

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 Saturday (7/30) we had plans to drive into Pocatello to hit a Farmers Market and a brewery I found on my nifty handy dandy local brewery app AND to meet up with our friends Jeff & Tina.

Farmers Market in Pocatello

Farmers Market in Pocatello

 We wondered around the small Farmers Market for a while and walked the downtown streets of Old Town Pocatello before Tina & Jeff showed up and once they did we mainly chatted and payed very little to the market from then on.

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 After some time we all decided to head to the Portneuf Valley Brewery for lunch and an adult beverage. The place was completely empty when we walked in but it was hopping by the time we left. We had a great time catching up and shame on me for once again getting no pictures!!

 Once finished at the brewery and some more chatting outside we said our “see ya down the  road’s) and went our separate ways, knowing that if all goes as planned we will see each other in Arizona this winter probably in January.

 Then Diane and I spent some time touring and familiarizing ourselves with Pocatello and the surrounding area the best we could in one afternoon anyway. The population of Pocatello is about 55,000 and then another 12,000 people live in the adjoining Chubbuck so size wise it’s not bad and it was pretty easy navigating which makes it even better.

 Once we tired of driving around we made our way home, had dinner and chilled in our chairs outside until we retired in front of the TV for the evening.

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 Sunday was a down day, other than a nice 4 mile walk after breakfast we hung around camp and just putzed around. Diane called her mom to wish her a Big Happy 91st Birthday, I did a little cleaning of our fresh water accessory tote and our black tank accessory tote and we lazed around under the shade tree until the heat chased us inside. In fact the only time we left home was to go fill the pickup with gas in preparation for our travel day on Monday. I always like to have our toad full of fuel in case we run into any issues on the road and it needs to be used.

A nice meandering trail that starts at the campground.

A nice meandering trail that starts at the campground.

 Yup, after 5 days in American Falls Monday (8/1) will bring another travel day. And another day of travel on freeways, yuck. Our plan is to travel 240 miles south/southeast to our next destination.

 Diane had a good point, we should have traveled to our next destination on Sunday because we will be driving through Salt Lake City and everyone would have been in church!!! Damn!!!    

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Our stay in Caldwell Idaho

 We have been hanging out in Caldwell Idaho for the last week. Why did we stop in Caldwell you might ask, well it was along our path so why not LOL!!

 It was a pretty warm week with temps hovering in the mid to high 90’s so most days we did things in the morning, hid inside the Rv with the air-conditioned on or inside the truck driving around the area mid-day and enjoyed the late afternoon breeze which brought cooler temps in our chairs overlooking the small lake behind us in the evenings.

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Our back yard at Canyon Springs RV Resort in Caldwell Idaho

Our back yard at Canyon Springs RV Resort in Caldwell Idaho

 There was a water skiing competition going on just down the road from our campground when we first arrived so we spent a good chunk of one day there watching the festivities before being chase away by the heat.

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See the dude in the air?

See the dude in the air?

 On another day (Saturday) we drove to Nampa to attend a Farmers Market and ran across the Nampa Railroad Depot Museum.

A guy hand carved every piece in these trains. What a job!!

A guy hand carved every piece in these trains. What a job!!

A guy hand carved every piece in these trains

A guy hand carved every piece in these trains

This is one huge crane. I jumped up inside and can't imagine operating that beast.

This is one huge crane. I jumped up inside and can’t imagine operating that beast.

They had 2 nice train setups like this.

They had 2 nice train setups like this.

Do you know what those ropes were used for and called?

Do you know what those ropes were used for and called?

 As it turned out it was about far more than just railroad stuff, there were tons of other items that I’m sure many of you (like us) could relate to from years gone by. We will just share some pictures and we are sure you will see things that will take you back to some point in your life.

Check out the refer with the round cooling device on top. We had never seen one like that before.

Check out the refer with the round cooling device on top. We had never seen one like that before.

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We just love old stuff

We just love old stuff

1 of 4 rows like this in 1 building

1 of 4 rows like this in 1 building.

This was an old drunk tank and was used in a lint Eastwood movie

This was an old drunk tank and was used in a lint Eastwood movie

We actually heard this record player play. The album was about 1/4" thick.

We actually heard this record player play. The album was about 1/4″ thick.

Check it out,,,, mustache cups!!!

Check it out,,,, mustache cups!!!

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Do you know what this is???

Do you know what this is???

A nice lock display. Some were pieces of art.

A nice lock display. Some were pieces of art.

This piece was from a dentists office. It's in great shape!!

This piece was from a dentists office. It’s in great shape!!

 

Nampa Train Depot Museum

Nampa Train Depot Museum

On some days we just drove around small towns in the area getting the flavor of small towns surrounding Boise. Small towns like Middleton, Eagle, Nampa & Star. All pretty nice small towns. And on Wednesday (7/27) we visited yet another small Farmers Market in Caldwell. Have we mentioned we love Farmers Markets??!!

These donkeys were along the road and Diane LOVES donkeys!!!

These donkeys were along the road and Diane LOVES donkeys!!!

 Ok, we didn’t really do much worthy of blogging about so we will cut this one short.

Thursday (7/28) will bring another travel day. We will lift our jacks and do something that we don’t normally do, travel 250 miles on a freeway to our next destination, uhg. But it’s ok now and again.    

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