Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Equine Gnathology

Glenns Ferry, ID    High  84  Low 51

As we were driving down the main road in town, this sign caught my eye.


There is no way we could just keep on driving past. It’s a very small museum and not really anybody there to talk to us about it. The museum is in the World Wide Equine Instrument & Product Center. They have one of the largest assortments of dental instruments in the world (over 300 different items). They ship these items world wide.



20180619_160659I did not grow up around horses so most of the items we saw were totally foreign to me. Jim was able to figure some of them out.

Those of you who are familiar with horses will probably recognize some of these tools. The dental tools that are used today on horses are essentially the same as they were a hundred years ago. A few improvements have been made, as you can see from this bunch of grinders and buffers.





So do any of you know what Gnathology is? I sure didn’t. But there is an Equine Gnathological School here in Glenns Ferry.

Gnathology is the study of masticatory systems and treatment techniques. “The heart of equine gnathology revolves around efficient comfortable mastication and optimum performance.”

To me that means that they teach how to treat a horse’s mouth and teeth so that they can eat without any pain.



It’s amazing the places you can find if you just take the time to slow down and look.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Made it to Glenns Ferry, ID

We headed west on Highway 50/6 and turned north on Highway 93.

This is what is known as a wide load. The highway patrol came zigzagging down the road toward us and wanted us to pull over so all our wheels were on the outside of the white line and stop. Took about 7 minutes for the reason why to appear.


Not sure what it is or where it is headed, but it is wide.


That was the extent of any excitement which is a good thing.

We stayed in Jackpot, NV for three nights. Jim won enough to pay for dinner one night. We also experienced something that we haven’t seen for months, it rained. Not a lot but enough to make the grass wet.

We made it into Idaho and pulled into the Trail Break RV Park in Glenns Ferry.


20180619_165316We had a level pull thru site with full hookups for $20 a night. They offer a special of three nights for the price of two. That worked perfectly for us because our reservations in Sweet, ID are not until Wednesday. Lots of room between sites so the barking dog didn’t bother the neighbors.


Glenns Ferry is a small town of 1,235 mostly friendly people. It is the site of Three Island Crossing, one of the most famous and treacherous river crossings on the Oregon Trail. We didn’t realize the Heritage Center closed at 4, so we missed out on that.

I did get a picture of the Snake River just west of where the pioneers crossed the river.


But we did find a couple of other places to check out for the next blog.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

We Went Down–Now We go Up–Way Up

Great Basin National Park – High  79  Low 58


The Great Basin has been home to American Indians for thousands of years. More recently, farmers, ranchers, Mormons, and sheepherders all called the Great Basin home. It is also home to Great Basin National Park.

No lines of traffic going into the park.


Great Basin National Park is one of the least visited national parks which is not surprising considering how far away it is from anything. Which is what appealed to me.

The Lehman Caves are a part of the park but we did not go into the caves. They were made a National Monument by President Harding in 1922. In 1986 Great Basin National Park was established and the caves became part of the park.

How about a Whoa sign instead of a stop sign.


Great Basin Park has been described as a sea of Sagebrush between craggy mountain ranges. The highlight of our visit was taking the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive.

If you do not like heights or winding mountain roads with no guard rails, this would not be the drive for you. The road is 12 miles long (paved) and over 4,000 feet in elevation from the town of Baker.


There are many hiking trails located in the park. Some of them are 9 miles and others 1/4 mile. We aren’t hikers but there were lots of people putting on their sunblock and getting their water ready for hikes.


20180613_100613I was concerned about Jim’s ability to breathe at 10,000 feet but he did very good. We didn’t stay at the top very long but the views are incredible.



It seems like you are driving right up to the clouds.


I wish this picture had turned out clearer. It shows the valley waaaay down there.


The road to the top usually isn’t open until after the first of June due to snow.


One last view of this beautiful mountain peak.


This park is definitely out of the way but well worth a visit.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Permanent Wave Society

Baker, NV   High  86  Low 58

After leaving the noise and hustle of Las Vegas, we headed north on Highway 93. We spent one night in Pioche, NV at the Pioche RV Park. You need to know that you have to back into the park from the street. Nobody told us that so Jim had to back out and then back in.

We followed Highway 93 to the juncture with Highway 6/50. We made a right turn and headed towards the Nevada/Utah border.


Great_Basin_NP-012_2012-09-We pulled into the Border Inn Casino/Motel/RV Park. This motel is unique because the motel rooms are in Utah and on Mountain Time but the office, restaurant, and casino are in Nevada and are on Pacific Time.

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The Border Inn is near the very small town of Baker, NV. Population of about 400. There is no convenience store or grocery store. It does have a small general store and a small motel and restaurant. There is a gas station at the Border Inn which carries diesel and cost us $3.63 a gallon.  


20180613_113911On the road to the park is some folk art that was started in 1997 when “Doc” Sherman began decorating fence posts along the highway. His first creation was a glove filled with cement placed on the post and was given the name of Permanent Wave.


Other artists with a pun loving sense of humor added their creations to the fence.


20180613_114002At one time there were many of these pieces of art but in 2016 NDOT cleaned out 15 of the largest stating they were a safety hazard because they were too close to the highway. There is no where along the road to pull over so pictures are taken as Jim slowed down.



Baker is the headquarters for the Great Basin National Park. We will be exploring the park in our next post.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Vegas Happenings

Las Vegas, NV   High 97  Low 74

We have been to Las Vegas many times so we don’t go down to the Strip or to Fremont Street anymore. And with Jim having to fix things on the Bungalow, our time was rather limited.

When I posted on the Escapees Forum that we were in Las Vegas and that Jim was spending a lot of time in hardware stores, somebody replied that he really needed to visit the McFadden-Dale Hardware Store. And that is exactly what he did.

This is the ultimate hardware store.


If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, you probably won’t find it anywhere.



We also splurged our $5 at the Pinball Hall of Fame.


20180609_153800We visited this place a few years ago and had so much fun we just had to go back. They must have every vintage pinball machine that was ever made. And the place was really busy while we were there.

There are rows and rows of machines. Most of them cost 25 cents for one person and a few are 50 cents.



We had breakfast one morning at the Blueberry Hill Restaurant. This statement in their menu just cracked me up.20180609_080009

We have friends who live here but Steve and Peter were in Utah for a family reunion so we’ll have to catch up with them next time.

We did get to meet up with Key for lunch. He’s a poker dealer and we were glad he had time in his schedule to fit us in.


We stayed at Kings Row RV Park – $20 a night. Our site even had a little bit of grass for the pups.


We head further north tomorrow. Hopefully by Tuesday we are far enough north for the temperatures to cool down somewhat.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Las Vegas Fire Station 4 Guys are the Best

Las Vegas, NV  High 100 Low 77

Somewhere I read that when you come to Vegas you need to visit Frankie’s Tiki Room.


From their website

Frankie's Tiki Room is a unique combination of south seas exotica and modern primitivism, with just a hint of Las Vegas kitsch.  One hundred percent original and deeply rooted in tiki tradition, Frankie's is the place where you can escape to the fantasy any hour of the day or night and where you can order up your buzz from the menu of exotic rum drinks in the tiki lounge.

It is definitely a kitschy, throw back to the old days, type of dive bar. It’s been years since we have gone to a place like that so it was time to dive on in.

When you walk in from the bright sunshine you cannot see a thing because it is kept so dark in the bar. It’s not very big but we were able to find a table that we could sit at while our eyes adjusted.


This guy sat down at our table and asked us if we had ever been there before and started telling us about the different drinks. We actually thought he worked there but we found out that he and his crew were firemen from Station 4. The friendliest bunch of guys ever.


Once we picked out what we wanted to drink, Marty told us he’d order them for us because you have to go up to the bar to order. When he got them back to our table we found out that he had paid for the drinks.

Then he convinced me I wanted my picture taken with these absolutely gorgeous firemen and how could I possibly say no to that. Do I look like I’m having fun?

Marty Delgado is on the right in this picture. One of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet. Thank you Marty for making our day (especially mine).