Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Fat Man

I had a great spot picked out at the Huntsman event yesterday, right by the entrance to the main stage. I wanted to capture people coming into the event but this big guy wandered into my frame and just wouldn’t leave…

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CB Antenna

I’ve installed a CB radio on my traveling truck and it needed a smooth inline antenna. I used plumbers putty to secure it with a rock solid forward slant.

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Tennessee Leftovers

We’re heading out this afternoon for the Huntsman event in possibly record setting temperatures and the last vestiges of snow on the tips of our mountains should soon be gone. Sweet! I’m fed up with the color White

A lot of photos will be taken today but in the meantime here’s some shots that trickled back from Steph’s trip to Tennessee.

• Overpriced tickets to Graceland.

• Praying to the big package in the sky?

• Bonding with the grandson.

• Staged? Only Dillan knows for sure…

• Note to Grandma.

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Queen Piper

Piper’s found a new spot to view her kingdom from, it’s the top of our underground propane tank. Steph spotted her there last evening as the sun was going down, so the photo’s a bit grainy. The wires are part of our off the grid TV setup.

btw: My bus is safely tucked away back at base and my summer begins now :-)

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Winding Up

I initially named this post Winding Down in reference to the fact that tomorrow is my last day driving as I enter the summer sabbatical. It’s just the opposite around here as everyone is ramping up for a rocking summer.

The traffic was really bad on South 2000 as I headed out to pick up Ed this morning.

I had to force them off the road to get by…

Stage construction is underway for Celebrate America in two days.

We’ll be out there somewhere for the Beach Boys and Lee Greenwood.

On the flip side, the Golf Course is looking great!

…and our Office at the Mormon Church parking lot is finally done.

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2013 Trip 1

After the 4th of July parade in Victor, ID I’m heading to Kent, WA to see my son Riley. I could take the direct route, I-15 to I-90, but I’m in the mood for some adventure so I’m mixing it up a whole lot. Each destination is a short shot, allowing for some fun.

I’m going to visit the famed North Dakota oil boom-town area of Williston via Billings and then shoot across northern Montana, dropping down into Missoula via Kalispell.

Each map image below is a clickable link to my new Directions Map program which allows you to move forward and backward between way-points.

Driggs ID to Billings MT – 324 milesBillings MT to Williston ND – 315 miles

Williston ND to Havre MT – 303 milesHavre MT to Kalispell MT – 261 miles

Kalispell MT to Missoula MT – 116 milesMissoula MT to Kent WA – 475 miles

The total estimated distance is about 1800 miles vs 850 miles directly to Kent WA.

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Valley Layover

Ahh… three more days of work and I’m ready to settle into a two month sabbatical, starting by traveling to the beautiful Teton Valley in Idaho. I’ve got a place to stay and the rental price is great. There’s high speed Wi-Fi, a hottub, beautiful views and it’s just a few miles from the Grand Teton wilderness. The house has an onsite gourmet cook, a masseuse with benefits, a nail salon and big screen TV’s!

My last day at work is Friday and I’ll be in the Teton Valley just in time for the big Celebrate America event on Saturday with the Beach Boys, Lee Greenwood, ninety degree weather and the best fireworks in Idaho.

…and, I don’t have to venture too far from home :-)

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Red Iguana

I drove down to the Big Ward on Saturday to pick up Steph at the airport. Wards are churches in Mormon vernacular so in this case I’m referring to Salt Lake City. It was a good run. I set Piper up with a stocked house and drove to Rexburg around ten.

Some chores needed doing in Rexburg: tuning my new CB radio setup with the help of the guy that sold me the antenna, picking up rear wheel seals for the upcoming brake job on Wednesday, and getting an oil change. Four hours later I was in Salt Lake City.

I had a decision to make when I got there, loiter around the city for several hours waiting for Steph’s 8:30pm flight or get a motel room. I settled for a decent rate at the EconoLodge, and they had a shuttle to the airport.

As I mosied out to find some dinner I spotted an extremely busy Mexican place across the street. Way too busy for me so I stayed on my side of the street and took another shot coming back. Turns out this is the top restaurant chain in Salt Lake!

The Red Iguana is right off of Utah’s light rail system (TRAX), on South Temple.

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Steph’s back from Tennessee and she notched a bucket list item, getting close to Elvis.
Update: Added some more shots! :-)

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Cow Eyed

Gee, all I did was stop the bus next to a bunch of cows today, and I got stared down!

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