1997 Travel Log #5 - Aug 11 to Sept 27
Monday August 11
Inbetween sessions of typing in Trip Log #4, I went house hunting. I checked out
ads in the local paper and I stopped at Rent Masters. I liked one of the homes
advertised in the newspaper best so I told the landlord I'd take it.
Tuesday August 12
Today at 10 AM I signed the rental agreement papers for the house at 1604
Cranmer Ave (after he checked out my references). I then went back to the Motel
6, packed up and checked out. I then unpacked all my stuff from the pickup and
brougnt it into the house. The move in policy is quite nice. Since I moved in
after the first, they only charged me for 1/2 of August. The security deposit
is $200 and the cleaning fee $150. So I was only out of pocket $700. By
comparison, my house in Ozona took $3100 to move in.
Thursday August 14
067,637.9 miles on the S-10 [13,400 miles since I left Florida]. I decided to
take two days to drive to Tempe (near Phoenix, AZ). In the afternoon, I headed
down I-15. With Speed limits at 75 MPH, I made good time. I ate dinner at
Mickey D's in Salt Lake City and kept going. I did have to stop once for gas
because I didn't fill up before I left.
After 462.3 miles, I stopped at a motel in Panguitch, UT. At that point I had
turned off of I-15 and was on US 89 which heads south to Flagstaff and I-17. I
covered the distance in 7 hours and 10 minutes.
Friday August 15
I was up and on the road by 8:25 AM. I finally got to see Lake Powell in Glen
Canyon. Magnificent. It's almost 200 miles long and winds through canyons and
mountains. The nearest town is Page, AZ where I again ate at Mickey D's.
I followed US 89 instead of Alt US 89 around the Grand Canyon. I had traveled
Alt US 89 before and I wanted to see some different territory. In Flagstaff, I
picked up I-40 to I-17. I arrived at my son's place by 3:45 PM MDT (they are on
MST) so it was 2:45 PM in the afternoon and nobody home. Now what should I do?
I called him at home and at work (he was on vacation due to the kid) but I tried
there anyway. He was picking up his mother (my first wife) at the airport and
was home shortly. Stacy, my daughter-in-law and new mom, was sleeping. I'm glad
she didn't hear the door bell or I'd of felt guilty for waking her. Little baby
Ryan was less than a week old at this point.
I made good time. I figured out the distance and time spent traveling. I had
covered 898.5 miles in 14 hours and 33 minutes. That includes the time I spent
talking to the police officer in Salt Lake City about speed limits in Florida
(I still have Florida plates and driver's license). He was nice and I was only
doing 85 in a 65 so he let me go (and I drove slower). That means Scott, Stacy,
and little Ryan are only a mile and a half short of 900 miles away now that I
live in the west. And I can drive 14 1/2 hours any day. From Florida, a much
Saturday & Sunday August 16 & 17
Well, I hung around for the weekend taking pictures, buying baby gifts and
visiting with relatives. On Sunday I cut my son's lawn. That's a switch. When
he was a teenager, I couldn't get him to cut our grass at home. Now he's got me
cutting his. But, as a new dad he had other priorities and I did so want to
Monday August 18
I headed for home BUT... Since I hadn't traveled in a while (about a week and a
half), I decided to do some sightseeing on my way back. What the heck, the boss
won't mind. Hmmmm.
I've always wanted to find and see Monument Valley. Many movies and commercials
are filmed there. So, I retraced my route north to where US 160 heads east from
US 89 in the area of the Grand Canyon. I spent the night in Tuba City. Luckily,
I brought my tent. Even if I was willing to pay $85 a night for a motel, it was
full up and so was the tent area. I had to pay for an RV site complete with
electric, water, and sewage (for my tent?). But, it worked out fine because I
Tuesday August 19
From Tuba City, I took US 160 to US 163 right through Monument Valley. This is
Navajo country. So the park is called
" Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park". It's cheaper than our National
Parks but my Golden Passport was not accepted. 2 and a half bucks - no problem.
A deal and a half.
The scenery here is out of this world. Checkout my
Monument Valley web page. I took many pictures only a few of which made
it to the web page. That whole part of the country is one big scenic tour. As I
proceeded north, I took even more pictures.
Next stop - Arches National Park. More pictures but I decided not to take the
time to see the whole park. After all, I live out west now and can easily come
back. Checkout my
Arches National Park web page.
I spent the night at a Motel 6 in Salt Lake City.
Wednesday August 20
I was up by 9:00 AM MDT and on the road again. I arrived home here in Idaho
Falls by 1:45 in the afternoon. I checked the total mileage for my little jaunt
to Tempe: 2000.2 miles. At this point I had covered 15,400 miles since I left
Florida. Nice trip. I love to drive.
Gap from August 21 to September 3
I hung out at home.
Thursday September 4
Back in June when I was booking my seminars on "Clearing Some Fears", I also
paid to attend an Archangel Michael seminar in Las Vegas on Saturday, September
6. That's this weekend. So I needed to hit the road again. While I was in the
area, I could work out details with my sister's good friend, Mary. She's
handling my upcoming seminars there in October.
I wanted to make sure I would be on time Saturday so I left a day early. What
the heck, the boss had been easy going so far. I was on the road by 7:23 AM
MDT. By 5:36 PM I crossed the Las Vegas city limit. Piece of cake. I-15
connects Idaho Falls with Las Vegas. Mileage between the two is 630 miles.
Speed limit 75 MPH the whole way (except through Salt Lake City - see Tempe
trip, above). I filled up before I left so I only needed to stop once for gas
on the way.
Once in Las Vegas, I drove around finding the places I needed to visit. Then I
found a place to stay for the night. Las Vegas casino-hotels run specials
Sunday night through Thursday night. The Motel 6 was $33/night and Maxim Casino
Hotel was $29. Well, I couldn't pass that up, could I?
Friday September 5
My notes are a little foggy as to what I did today. I proof-read one of three
flyers Mary is doing for me. She is the publisher of Serendipity, a
semi-monthly publication that brings people together.
That night I had my first-ever physic reading. Interesting. I also changed
hotels. I stayed at the Bourbon Street Hotel. Life is so rough. It's a block
from the strip.
Saturday September 6
I arrived early at the St. Tropez All Suites Hotel where the Archangel Michael
seminar/workshop was held and I got a good seat (in the back). The seminar
lasted from 10 AM to 6 PM and was very intense, wonderful, and enlightening.
Ronna Herman gave it. She's 69 and looks 40. She said when she was 40 she felt
70, now she feels 40. So much energy. [That seminar was 10 days ago and as I
type this and I still can feel the energy.]
I decided to played it by ear as to when I would leave Las Vegas and head for
home. That night I picked the Continental Casino Hotel to stay at. I was hotel
hopping on purpose. My goal was to win enough money from the slot machines to
make up the cost difference and stay at Bally's.
Sunday September 7
In the morning I went sightseeing to
Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. I had breakfast at the Lake Mead Marina and
got a seat right by the water. I always like to eat by the water. In Florida,
my sister and I would often pick a restaurant on Tampa Bay of the Gulf to eat.
I continued around Lake Mead to Gold Strike. This is all in the Lake Mead
National Recreation Area. I parked and hiked a trail above Lake Mead.
The sun was hot and the trail long, sooooo, I stopped at the Gold Strike casino
for a coke (1st one's free) and I needed to put some change into the change
machines (sometimes called slot machines), hee hee hee.
I continued along US 93 south into Arizona. Hoover Dam is half in Nevada and
half in Arizona. I took a few pictures, above, and headed back.
On the way back to Las Vegas I stopped by the
Luxor Hotel. It's a glass replica of the Great Pyramid in Egypt.
Later in the day I did a "one-on-one" with Mary, my agent, on clearing personal
fears. She helped explain what I do since I just do it without understanding
the whole process. She said I had a balance between left-brain logic and
right-brain intuition which I used to coach her to a root-cause fear that went
back to her childhood. I was glad that she got to experience it because she's
going to be promoting me and I wanted her to know who I was and what this
"Clearing of Fears" is all about.
I stayed at Bally's that night. No, I didn't win enough to cover the difference
but this was Sunday night and I got $40 off the regular room rate. (At Motel 6
- they'd have to pay me some money if I got $40 off the regular rate.)
From the window in my room on the 25th floor that night, I took a couple of
pictures. Night shot 1
and Night shot 2.
I didn't have the right film speed for night photography but my Nikon is quite
a camera. With 100 ISA film, the exposure was 4 seconds, a long time to hold a
camera steady without a tripod. I pressed it against the glass and held it as
best as I could.
Monday September 8
Mary and I continued to make plans for my return in October. So far we had
booked several "Intro Talks" where I introduce myself and my seminars at a free
gathering for that purpose. Even though I haven't written a book (yet), the big
book store, Border's, will list me in there October flyer for a intro-talk on
October 8. Then the Water Emporium will include me on there flyer if I tie in
my seminar to health. Of course. Fears are behind stress. Stress leads to
disease - DIS-EASE. Clearing fears puts a person at ease.
Then we met with Patti and Simon who host Spiritual Endeavors. I will be having
one seminar at the Water Emporium (after the free intro-talk) and 2 at
Spiritual Endeavors. The last of the 3 seminars that I give will be on a new
topic - Introduction to New Age Living. Plus Mary and I came up with 2 more
topics for when I return in January: "Intuitive Living" and "The Spiritual Laws
I went back to Maxim's for the night. I put a few nickels and quarters in the
slot's and went to bed!
Tuesday September 9
After checking out of the Maxim Hotel, I went to Bally's because they had
dime-slot's. Two rolls of dimes later ($10) and I was on the road heading home.
My total losses on the slots for the 6 days I was in 'Vegas was under $50 so I
don't think I'm compulsive but when I go back next month, Hmmmm....
I was on the road by 11 AM but in no hurry to get back - easy boss, remember?
New way back - roads less traveled - US 93 north out of town. US 93 runs along
the eastern edge of Nevada. Very isolated and very scenic. When I was passing
north of Ely, NV I found the Pony Express Sign
and the Pony Express Exhibit so took
some pictures. I drove on through the night and got lost (for the first time in
17,000 miles) in Idaho.
By 1:30 AM MDT I was home but too wired to sleep. At 2:30 AM I crawled into bed.
Wednesday September 10
On my way home last night, I crossed the 17,000 mile mark for this vacation. I
have 71,277.1 miles on my truck and I've traveled 17,073 miles since I left
Florida on June 6. I updated my travel log looseleaf with some observations
that I made while Las Vegas and then I examined the reasons for choosing some
of the destinations on this trip. Very enlightening. Even the destinations I
might have chosen for the wrong reasons have yielded something beneficial.
Thursday September 11
Friday September 12
When I took the Las Vegas roll of film to Wal-Mart's 1-hour photo and looked at
the pictures on my way out of the store, what a shock. Wedding pictures. After
an extensive search of the envelopes still in their possession, they refunded
my money and said I'd have to wait until someone brings my pictures back. No
problem. I'm sure who ever got married didn't want my vacation pictures anymore
than I wanted their wedding pictures.
Saturday September 13
Sunday September 14
Scanned in a new map with a black line marking my travels and black numbers
identifying my destinations. I went to Wal-Mart and got my Las Vegas pictures.
Monday September 15
I updated all of the web pages so that they all refer to the one new map I did
yesterday. I also added links on every destination page to cross-reference the
5 travel logs. Then I scanned in the latest pictures. Finally, I typed in
travel Log #5 - this log.
Tuesday September 16
I uploaded the new map, new .HTM files, and new images. Then I composed a new
mass E-mail, #7, and sent it.
Wednesday September 17
Today I started taking local pictures. The roll in the camera still had the last
photographs of the Las Vegas on it - the Pony Express Exibit. I drove downtown
where the Falls in Idaho Falls can be found and finished off the roll. At the
falls downtown I took some good pictures. (visit Idaho web page, link below)
One dam picture.
I took a picture down the length of the falls. They're
1500 feet long so without an arial view, I could only capture most of them.
Then I took several side shots, one with two birds standing in the water on the
edge of the spill-way, and a shot at the north end of the Falls where the
Mormon church is prominently seen.
Note: Visit my Idaho web page, link below, for more pictures of the falls in
Idaho Falls, Taylor's Toll Bridge and more.
While I was taking pictures I met a guy from Boise. We had a long and
interesting conversation. Among other things, he drives a new Olds Aurora, a
new Suburban, and an old pickup truck and pays about 1K per year for insurance.
I just got my insurance renewal bill: $522 for 6 months for one slightly older
vehicle. So I'm paying more for one vehicle then he is for three. Hmmmm...
Thursday September 18
I took yesterday's roll of film to Wal-Mart's 1-hour photo.
Friday September 19
Saturday September 20
Today I decided to drive south on I-15 a short way to the Lava geological site
located at the rest area south of Idaho Falls. Danelle Dasouqi, a former
co-worker, had remembered seeing them on a ski vacation to Grand Targhee
Resort. I brought my camers and lenses. There are two cement sidewalk trails -
a short one and a real short one. I decided to relax, enjoy the sunshine and
take my time taking pictures.
I like to get
sign pictures. Depending on your monitor and browser, these come out
clear or fuzzy and distorted but in the photograph, I can easily read the text
including most fine print. I combined the
best 4 shots of the Lava into one .JPG file. [then separated them in
the spring of 2009]
Sunday September 21
Having enjoyed yesterday's ride to the Lava, today I decided to head north on
Highway US 20 toward West Yellowstone, a town in Montana just west of the
National Park. See the map
of south-eastern Idaho where I marked today's destinations. I left
later in the day, so reaching Yellowstone wasn't critical to my journey.
Enroute I passed a sign leading to the "Scenic Sand Dunes". Wow, did I miss a
turn and have a time lapse - the largest dunes in the country are about 250
miles west of here - the Bruneau Dunes. I decided to investigate.
These dunes are only 12 miles from the highway. I took pictures:
One picture and another
picture. Unfortunately, Wal-Mart's 1-hour machine as set to yield dark
rich prints. They loose brightness when scanned and displayed in a browser. I
will try Sam's Club the next time.
Checking my 1997 Official Highway Map of Idaho, I discovered a scenic road to
the Mesa Falls. I decided to continue north on US 20 until? I would again be
impromptu and let my intuition dictate when I get there. As the trip continued,
Island Park became the upper terminus of my drive. It took a few side roads and
ended up at Harriman's State Park. A huge piece of land was donated by Harriman
and converted to a State Park. He placed restrictions of fishing: Only fly
fishing and all fish must be returned to the wild.
I bought some munchies and headed south looking for the
Mesa Falls Scenic Drive road signs. Because the Mesa Falls are in the
Targhee National Forest, the roads are not maintained as well as the US
highways are. It was a very scenic route (especially for a Floridain who is
used to flat country. I found the
Upper Mesa Falls and really enjoyed walking the well-maintained trails
and taking pictures.
The Upper Mesa Falls drop over 100 feet and a considerable amount of water
flows, even this late in the season. They are not Niagara Falls (#1) nor the
Upper and Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (#2) so I rate
them #3 in the US that I've seen. But, they are in my back yard less then 70
miles from home.
The Lower Mesa
Falls are less spectacular but, as you can see from one of the photos,
both are located in a gorgeous countryside.
Idaho web page
Monday September 22
I took the film to Wal-Mart's 1-hour photo. My punch-card was full so the
processing was free.
Tuesday September 23
I scanned some pictures today but didn't convert the .BMP format to compressed
.JPG nor did I re-size them.
Wednesday September 24
In the morning I went to the city hall to get an Idaho driver's license and
truck title. The truck title was easy but I needed proof of residency for the
operator's license so I had to drive all the way home and back again. Wow, I
like smaller town's.
I had to take a written test and answer health and driving record questions.
Then I had to do it again. Then they compare the first set of answers with the
Tuesday and Wednesday were spent reorganizing the files on AOL's servers for 4
of my 5 screen names. Uploading, deleting, changing the underlying links in the
HTML text files. I have a mirror image of AOL's server on my G-drive. All links
work both on the net and my PC so I can test them real fast. I have created
some tools using DOS batch commands and Excel to compute disk space. AOL uses
2K blocks for files so the 2MB alloted per screen name has some wasted space.
My G-drive was specially formatted to have 2K clusters using FDISK (long ago).
By careful use of partition size [trial and error, too], I was able to create
drive letters with different cluster sizes. For example, my D-drive, ~1GB, has
32K clusters but I only put huge .WAV files on it. Because these files tend to
be 10-65MB each, there is virtually no waste. This can be verified with a
Norton utility called FS - File Size.
I run a DOS batch file which converts the DIR-command to alphabetically sorted
text, I then manually edit the output to strip unwanted text, and import the
data into a spreadsheet. This computes the actual block count and K-byte
numbers for each file. Then at the bottom of each sheet, it computes the total
space used in blocks and bytes. The block count tells me when a 2MB screen
partition is full and the K-byte data is used so I can list the size of each
picture following the link to the picture. I used to look them up manually
Thursday September 25
Now that I have an Idaho license, today I bought my Idaho truck insurance and
renters insurance at the Alpine Agency. Boy what savings. For the truck I paid
$242 and for the renteres Insurance I paid $139. Compare that with $522 and
$650 (includes flood insurance for living on the water) respectively in
After working on uploading my latest web pictures in the morning, I grabbed the
Lava Walk brochure and headed west on US 20 to the Lava Flow. This is a
different location than the one I visited Saturday September 20 on I-15, above.
I didn't bring any cameras. I just wanted to go for a ride and see the hiking
trail. There were two trails: The blue-topped poles marked a short (about 1/2
hour) loop across the Lava; The red-topped poles lead to the source of the
flow, about 4.5 miles one-way. Since it was later in the day, I did the loop
I met a young couple who had been there the week before, did the shorter loop
trail, and came back to hike to the source. I had the same thoughs by the time
I left. I'd be back for more.
Friday September 26
I uploaded the last pictures and .HTM files and checked them out online. Then I
started pulling together my travel statistics. I always wanted to do them but
made it a lower priority. Having completed the stuff I deemed more important,
today was the day I dug in and did it.
I started by entering my Chevy S-10 mileage data into Excel. I keep a little
note book in the arm-rest of my truck and make entries every time I stop for
gas, change the oil, any repairs, etc. So it was straight forward but a lot of
typing. Next, I found the napkin with all of the states I visited in the order
that I visited them. I have a small blue looseleaf that I keep my daily travel
notes in. I used that to assign dates to each state or provincial line that I
I merged some of the text output from the spread sheet with the TripStat.htm
file and added details of the Canadian entry-exit locations at the bottom. One
challenge is that HTML ignors tabs and extra spaces. That's why what you see
near the bottom of the statistics link is careful column usage. The date was
padded with zeros where necessary and the variable-length state and province
names are on the right of each list item.
Doing the trip statistics brought back memories of the most enjoyable part of
this vacation - the Driving! I love to drive and plan to do more as time goes
Then I composed the mass E-mail and sent it. Later in the day, I started
correcting the links in these 5 trip log files. Only Trip Log #1 required no
changes. I didn't finish log #5 last night because I also needed to updated it
for the last 2 weeks activities.
Saturday September 27
I finished updating this log and added the new tide picture links to the
Parrsboro, NS part of Trip Log #3.