Thursday, August 12, 2010

Gma's cabin fever

Gma has a case of cabin fever since I left her home by herself for 10 days.

We have been out to Seniors and for coffee after I got back. Wednesday the 4th we went to Cody to get her hair cut after Senior lunch. I need to do that too. Friday the 6th we went for her carpal tunnel check up with the doctor, this time. She is doing great. Her hand has healed nicely and she isn't hurting all the time now. Still has a bit of numbness in her little finger, but it will take awhile for everything to go away. Her nerve was pinched really tight. Saturday the 7th we went over the Big Horns via Highway 14A to Sheridan. Took pics of all the statues that Pat told us about. Then came back via Highway 14 through Shell Canyon. Really a nice day. Tuesday was another Cody trip to the foot doctor for toenail clipping. Thursday we went to McCue to have some skin cancers burned off her arm.

Tomorrow we might go to Lewis Lake and then South Pass and Atlantic City. Then again, that might be too much and we will skip the cities as we have been there before. I have never been to Lewis Lake. We will take the truck for this trip as its on a dirt road and has some big bumps. Probably not a good idea to take my little car. The Church people had been there a couple of weeks ago and said it was kinda rough, but not bad. Steeles will be here the 18th, but not sure how long. Joe and Joy want to come over when they are here. Then the bikers will be here, then it will be time for our CA trip for 5 generations. Yippee!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Rest of the IDCA trip

The Boomtown motel was kind of a neat place. They had a million dollar saddle on display there and a nice cowboy sculpture out front. Pat had fun gambling, but I was tired, so just had a night cap with her and went to bed. Left her on her own and she won then.

Tuesday we got to Napa in time for lunch with Spuddie's friends. Was sure good to see them again and get in a nice visit. Picked up the quarters and made our way down the coast to San Luis Opbispo. Had a bit of a mix up on the motel reservations there, but it all worked out ok. Met Roma and she took us to a nice eating place. Had a good visit with her and she showed us a couple of sites to see on our city map. Wednesday morning we toured the San Luis Obispo Mission. It is still an active Church and has a museum in the side. Nice courtyard with all kinds of flowers and cactus plants, but I have no idea what they are. Then we went downtown to see Bubble Gum Alley. Now there's an interesting place. Talk about "icky sticky goo". That's Ed's kind of place. After that we went on down the coast to Oxnard. Got instructions to Jason & Jeni's place which was really quite easy to find. Visited there until Aunt Susan got home then out to dinner at the Olive Garden. Visited there until the chairs got hard, then more visiting back at the apartment. Was dark when we went back to the motel and on one of the street corners there was a police road block. We drove across toward the policelady and she really got excited. But all we wanted was directions on how to get back to our motel. Their investigation was interfering with our easy route. She told us how to get back which was relatively easy except the main street we needed to be on didn't have a street name sign on it at that intersection. Going straight looked really dark and it was a main thoroughfare, so we took it and, sure enough, it was the street we needed to be on.

Thursday Mary and little girls came to visit too. We had been at the Ventura Mall so went back to motel to get them and went swimming at the apartment complex. Then wandered through a small outdoor mall and ate at BJs Restuarant and Brewery. Nice place. I went back to the motel with Mary and girls while Pat & Jen took the kids home. Said our goodbyes that night.

Friday we left Oxnard. Susan had given Pat instructions on which highways to take to best get back to I15. Worked very smoothly. Mary was on the same road, so we had fun passing each other. When we got to the 15 we went North and she went South. Traffic was wall to wall on both sides of the highway. Guess everyone in CA was going to Vegas and everyone in NV was going to the beaches. We got stopped just before Primm for a good half hour for an accident. Called Ed, but he was working so couldn't see him anyway. Called my friend, Sally, and told her we wouldn't have time to stop in Vegas after all. She wasn't home anyway. So we just kept going. Ended up staying in Parawan, UT as Cedar City was full.

Sat. had lunch with Robert on our way back, then went through Big Sky to Belgrade where we got back on I90 to home. Long drives, lots of CA/NV traffic. Salt Lake was the last big traffic area and it was peanuts compared to LA & Vegas traffic.

It was a fun time and we sure had a good time visiting. August calendar is getting filled up, so will be Sept before we get another big trip. That's the way we planned it anyway.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Home again - Idaho portion

Had a really fun trip to Idaho and California to see two of my Grandsons.

Left Hardin Saturday and arrived in Idaho Falls around fourish. Met Robert and he drove us all around Idaho Falls. Nothing looked a bit familiar, but after all its been 40 years since I was there. The zoo is there, but its practically in the middle of town now. Think it was quite a way out before. We were in some older parts of town, but nothing I remembered. No landmarks or anything. Didn't even figure our where the road came into town that we used to take from Jackson. But it was fun to have a tour guide. Went around a round-about which was decorated with a beautiful sculpture of eagles and a mountain lion on rocks with a waterfall. Robert wouldn't go around the other direction so I could get pics. I was on the wrong side and he just grinned at me. He did pull over in a lot so we could get pics.

He had to work the next day so wouldn't go out with us. The bar in the motel was having karaoke. We went for a nightcap and one of the locals tried hitting on Jen. The waitress signaled us to see if he was being obnoxious. He wasn't at that point, but believe he would have gotten that way it we had stayed longer. We needed Ed there to liven the songs up a bit. They really weren't very good, but the locals were all having fun. We had our one drink and went to bed.

Robert was over at 8;30a.m. to go to the air show. The gates opened at 9:00, but the show didn't start until noon. We got a good parking spot by being early and there were quite a lot of people going then. We had plenty of time to check out all the planes and stuff along the display route. Went through a cargo plane and Pat got to sit in the pilot's chair. We had taken our own chairs and its a good thing as there was no bleachers or anything there. After all it is an airport.

At 11:00 they had a preliminary "fly by" with some World War II planes. At noon the Mayor gave a brief welcome and then the show got under way. It was very impressive. I enjoyed it. That precision formation stuff is awesome. We had sunscreen, sunglasses, hats so didn't get burned. Although I did sunburn my lips. Couldn't believe that!! Don't know what the temp was, but it must have been at least 90, however there was a nice breeze which helped. The show kept us busy so you didn't really notice the heat or the time. There were food and drink vendors all over. You weren't allowed to take coolers in. Show was over about 4:00, but by the time we got out it was after 5:00. Had to wait for traffic to clear in the parking lot quite awhile, but at least we had air conditioning there.

Went out for a nice dinner at Jaker's which was just across the street from the motel. Next morning we stopped by Robert's work place before leaving town.

Went through Twin Falls to Jackpot and then across Nevada to Boomtown.