21 July 2010 ~ 5 Comments

Here Comes The Sun Valley

Before departing Ely Nevada in the morning, we stopped by a local grocery store to stock up on supplies, munchies, beer and duct tape. You never know when you may need some duct tape. A quick fill up of diesel and we were on our way to Sun Valley.

Before getting into Idaho we still had a good stretch of Nevada to get through. At least the northern part of Nevada is a bit prettier than the parts with barren deserts. You can see snow capped mountains and much more greenery along the roads.

However, it appeared that some people had a hard time staying on those roads. Thankfully we were in a desolate area and this diesel tipping over on it’s side didn’t

Upside Down Diesel

Upside Down Diesel

create a traffic jam. Poor driver. That must of sucked. Driving big rigs is no joke. In fact, I’m baffled that the DMV lets anyone jump into a Class A RV without any type of training. It’s absurd.

Driving a 38 foot diesel pusher should require some type of advanced training and licensing, similar to a motorcycle endorsement. Safety is something I don’t take lightly. Apparently DMV does.

I stuck a Red Hot Chili Peppers CD into the player and kept on trucking north. We were almost to Idaho. I hadn’t been back to Idaho since I was 21 years old and lived in the Nampa/Caldwell area. I was excited to see the place again.

Shortly after crossing the border we entered the Twin Falls area. The first stop was a huge canyon that the famous Evil Kneivel attempted to jump over. After seeing this gaping canyon it’s official that Evil is a certified lunatic. You can see a clip of his attempt to jump the Snake River here.



After snapping a few photos of the canyon, we were back on the road and an hour away from our destination. We were kind of in a hurry because game 7 of the NBA finals between the Lakers and the Celtics was about to start. I was a bit uneasy about the possibility of seeing the game because I had a eerie feeling I left my long cable wire back in San Diego. No cable wire means no NBA finals.

An hour later we arrived at the RV Park in Hailey Idaho. It’s a beautiful spot situated at the back side of Bald Mountain. From our camp spot I could see ski lifts and a few patches of snow. Ahhhhhh how I miss snowboarding.

But that’s not important right now. What’s important is that cable wire so we could watch the basketball game. Arg. No luck. I had left it back in San Diego. By some sort of divine miracle, the camp hostess had a 50 foot cable wire all wrapped up in her office and she offered to let me borrow it before I even asked. Geez, I should of asked her for a psychic reading as well. Smart lady. A few hours later, Lana and I were cursing at the TV when the stupid Lakers won another championship (which I knew was going to happen all along).

Hanging in Sun Valley was pretty special because it was where Lana spent much of her childhood. She hadn’t been back since she moved around the age of 15 or so. Watching her face as she recalled all the buildings, shops and sites was quite amusing. We were happy to be here, especially since the weather was stellar. Not too hot, not too cold. It was just perfect.

Lana was able to meet up with some childhood friends she hadn’t seen in ages. That was fun. We ate at restaurants all over Ketchum, Hailey, and at the Sun Valley lodge. However, I think my favorite part was walking along the Big Wood River. What a name for a river. In fact, I have BIG WOOD as I type this. Hey, it’s the morning time. TMI?

Ever since I heard the name Big Wood I knew I had to shoot some type of inappropriate photo. This is what I came up with. And get this… while I was getting

Big Wood River

Big Wood River

this picture taken, one of my Facebook friends Brian Williams actually saw me laying on the ground acting a fool. I got a message on Facebook from Brian saying he was actually driving down the highway at the exact same time I was having this picture taken, but didn’t know it was me until he saw the picture on my Facebook profile. Wow! What a small world.

I was able to find some Bolete mushrooms along the Big Wood River and the hiking was amazing.

Oh yeah, the bookstore in Ketchum was awesome as well. The woman working there had on a Osho mala around her neck and we chatted about our next destination being the Rajneeshpuram outside of Antelope Oregon. She was a really nice lady.

In fact, everyone in the Sun Valley area was exceptionally nice. Maybe that’s why so many celebrities and high profile people choose to have vacation homes or live in this area. It truly is a paradise.

You can see a bunch more photos from Idaho in this folder on my Facebook fan page. Just click here for the photos.

Bolete Mushroom

Bolete Mushroom

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20 July 2010 ~ 2 Comments

Adios Sin City. Hello Aliens!

The decision to leave Las Vegas in high winds was a sketchy one. Wind gusts of 30 to 40 miles per hour can really throw the RV for a quick ride into the next lane if you’re not extremely careful. Even being careful, the wind can still chuck you. The best bet when it’s windy like this is to just drive slow. Well, that won’t be a problem starting out because it’s bumper to bumper traffic on the 15 northbound out of Vegas. The radio was reporting a couple wrecks ahead. Bummer.

After a half an hour we were clear of traffic and on our way north along highway 93, The Great Basin Highway. Thankfully, this highway is situated in the middle of mountainous ranges on each side that helped block the fierce and penetrating wind. That was good. Unfortunately, the highway is pretty damn boring. Thank the lord I got that CD player fixed. Lana popped in a country mix with The Randy Rogers Band, Zach Brown Band, Gary Allen and more. In my head I was thinking… “this is gonna be a great trip”.

The weather was still blistering hot while leaving Vegas. Every 50 miles north we drove it seemed to cool down a bit. I was really looking forward to arriving at

Pahrangat Wildlife Refuge

Pahrangat Wildlife Refuge

Pahrangat Lake to take a quick swim and cool off. No such luck. The lake was pretty much brown in color and didn’t look too appealing.

Apparently we were on the Pahrangat Wildlife Refuge but didn’t really see much wildlife except a few birds, ducks, lizards and bugs. Declining the dip in the water we decided to continue north for cooler weather.

The further north we drove the more boring it got. The road signs did make it interesting though. We were in Alien Country. Yippee! Most of my teenage life I was pretty fascinated with Area 51, aliens and government conspiracy issues. You can thank late night talk radio host Art Bell and his Coast to Coast AM show for that.

We never actually got withing eye sight of Area 51 but the signs sure were

Alien Jerky in Area 51

Alien Jerky in Area 51

entertaining. I’m not even sure the public can get close enough to see any visual evidence of Area 51. Even if you could, I wouldn’t recommend this place for a family vacation unless you’re a bunch of crazy nut jobs. You can travel here via Google Earth and see for yourself and save some gasoline.

So we kept driving, and driving and driving. As we started making some serious progress north we finally witnessed some greenery coming into view. We barely traveled through the edge of the Humboldt National Forest and then ended up in Ely Nevada. It was getting dark and I was tired of driving. Time to hunker down for the night.

Wikipedia has this to say about Ely… “Ely was founded as a stage coach station along the Pony Express and Central Overland Route. Ely’s mining boom came later than the other towns along US 50, with the discovery of copper in 1906. Though the railroads connecting the First Transcontinental Railroad to the mines in Austin and Eureka have long been removed, the railroad to Ely is preserved as a heritage railway by the Nevada Northern Railway and known as the Ghost Train of Old Ely.[1] [2] As of the 2000 census, the population was 4,041.”

I got us a room at the Jailhouse Motel and Casino. It was a run down old place but the whole town kind of seemed like that. We could of just slept in the RV but after that long drive I just wanted to get out of the rig, get a beer in my belly and watch some boob tube on a motel bed. And by boob tube I don’t mean porn. I watch my porn on my computer, thank you very much.

We grabbed a quick bite at the Hotel Nevada across the street and snapped a bunch

Hotel Nevada in Ely

Hotel Nevada in Ely

of random silly pictures inside the joint. You know, stuff like me slam dunking a neon basketball sign, getting freaky with a Bison head, making a midget statue grab my nuts. Yep, super mature photos. If you’d like to see those photos, make sure you “LIKE” my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/jasonmoffatt and they’ll be uploaded soon.

The food tasted like a hospital cafeteria but we were starving and didn’t complain. At least it’s hard to mess up a Corona and ice cream. That was still pretty solid.

After dinner, we returned to the room and fell asleep watching reruns of Tosh.0 and Facebooking away.

So I’m curious. Have you ever seen a alien or a UFO? Tell me your story. I’ll tell you mine in the comments tomorrow.

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