Jack’s First Dog Training Class

When you live in a remote location, one of the first things you usually do is determine where you are going to go to the grocery store, get your hair cut, get gas etc, One of the most unique things about Timothy Lake is there are several choices on a home base.  It’s hard to explain so I finally made a map to show you.  Every red circle is a possible home base location and each one is over an hour away.

Last year we used Estacada, because we made numerous trips down to that location each week in the work vehicles, but since they have changed some things this year and we now have to use our own truck, we gave the choice some thought.  One of the major advantages of returning to the same place and staying there for a while is the opportunity to participate in local events.  When you are moving around all the time, you might get lucky and be in a place at just the right time, but that is generally happenstance rather than planned.  Even if you stay in a place for a while, you might find yourself missing some cool stuff, so one thing I have learned to do when we hit an area is check out the local calendar.  In the case of Timothy Lake,  I am actually checking multiple towns.

There were significant pros and cons to each choice, and I won’t bore you with all the details, but I will share that while I was researching the towns I stumbled across a dog training program in Hood River.  Back in Keene, I took our dog Molly to training at the local humane society, but I didn’t think we would ever be able to do this while traveling.  For one thing it is a 4-6 week commitment and we are rarely in one place for that long.  For another, the classes would have to fall on our days off and what were the chances of that happening?  Imagine my surprise when I saw there was a  “good manners” class starting in a couple of weeks in Hood River.  It was over an hour each way and the class was $175, but the schedule we could make work.   Despite the cost, Lee agreed it was a good idea, because Jack is hitting those teenage years and at times can be a handful.

Our first class was a two hour orientation without Jack and we learned quite a bit.  We both walked away feeling like we had picked a good time to start training out some of these behaviors and we really liked the facility.  As a bonus the class was at 5:30 so we would be able to go to eat after the class. It also gave us a reason to get off the mountain, which was another huge benefit as far as I was concerned.  The next week we took Jack and he ended up doing really well.  He is a smart puppy and is highly food motivated which worked really well.

Every Thursday they have a Yappy hour with drinks and free dog play…if it wasn’t so far away I would definitely attend this as well.

 

This is not a play class so the dogs are spread out really far from one another.

 

Jack liked all the dogs except for this one. For some reason he got freaked out whenever this dog was close by.

 

Mostly though he was totally focused…which was awesome.

 

The trainers dog has been in training for 4 years and was amazing.

 

Lee and I took turns working with Jack.

The only downside of the classes is that Lee and I had different expectations.  I think Jack is doing great but Lee was getting frustrated because all the behavior was treat based and he wanted him to do things without treats.  This reminded me of differences of opinion we used to have when we were raising kids and all of the sudden the classes weren’t so fun anymore.  Turns out training is work, with homework and everything, and as smart as Jack is we hit a few roadblocks along the way. I’m really glad we did it though, because the classes are more about training the people than the dogs and I have definitely seen some improvement.

As positive as the experience was, when I started looking for a groomer, I decided to go to another place.  Their prices were pretty expensive and since I don’t like the grocery stores in Hood River we couldn’t combine the trip with something else.  I checked for groomers in all the cities that were circled, but most of them had no openings.  When I called Creatures Pet Store in Madras they had several openings, which in retrospect should have been a dead giveaway.  I made an appointment for Thursday and Jack and I headed down.

When I dropped Jack off, it was a super cute shop and I explained that I wanted a puppy cut, with a sanitary cut on both ends.  The young woman who was going to do the cut was mainly focused on Jack, but didn’t ask any followup questions so I thought I was OK.  I left and went and toured the town.  I went into the Heart of Madras thrift store which was terrific, and got some food at Great Earth a local organic store.  To be honest I have always thought organic places were over priced and never ate at them BUT they have the advantage of being super transparent about their ingredients and I am finding that to be worth the extra money when I eat out.

 

The bread was home made and delicious.

So I was happy.  A little bit of shopping, a little lunch, and I went back to pick up Jack.  It’s worth mentioning that the owner told me it would take 90 minutes, but when I arrived 55 minutes later he was already done.  They brought him out and this is what I saw.

 

I can’t even express to you how upset I was.  All she did was shave him and since the weather at Timothy is still in the 40’s at night that is definitely not what I wanted.  Plus he looked terrible.  Scroll back up and see my cute little boy and then look again.  The owner seemed perplexed, but someone else was dropping off their dog as we were leaving and said, “I want mine short, but not that short.”  Totally proved my point.  I was angry because the groomer simply didn’t listen and instead of dealing with the mats in his hair took the easy way out.  Normally I would have let something like this go…it is only dog hair that would grow back, but he was shaking and when they told me she had clipped his ear it was enough.  The owner saw how upset I was and gave me $25 off ..forgoing her profit on the deal, but I would never ever go back there again.  I also went to do a Yelp review but they aren’t even in Yelp that I could find.

It wasn’t just the haircut either.  His behavior was very different for a couple of days and he has definitely been cold as well.  A week later it is finally growing out some but he was mad at me for several days.  It turned a great day into a lousy one and added to my stress for the next several days.  Next time I will just do it myself and will never go to a groomer again without making completely sure we are on the same page and they have several good reviews.


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Settling in at Timothy Lake

After our few days in Idaho, I definitely wanted more time there, but we needed to head to our summer job. With quite a bit of reluctance,  I agreed to come back for our third year to the same company.  Last year if you remember I was the Lead and had a really rough summer.  This year they had decided to hire a full time permanent person to be the lead (a decision I completely agreed with) and offered Lee and I the maintenance and admin position.  I really didn’t want to take it.  I wanted a clean start somewhere else, but Lee really likes it here and the $18 an hour was hard to pass up.  When I received personal guarantees from the department manager that things would be different this year I decided to give it one more try.  But I was nervous and on edge as the day grew closer.

The drive helped because after three years the Portland area feels “homelike” to us and the first views of Mt. Hood thrilled as they always do. It was also nice to see some people we had missed and since the snow was still blocking our site up on the mountain we spent a couple of days down along the Clackamas river which was fun.  Jack seemed a little confused at first.  But soon he was exploring the woods and trying to catch chipmunks.  We spent a couple of days filling out paperwork and talking to our new boss who I really liked.  He is a super chill guy and was really glad that we had returned.  That made me feel much better about the upcoming summer and I relaxed a little.

Mount Hood and the beautiful Columbia River

 

Our site for a couple of days. This was the same site we were in two years ago and its a beauty,

 

And a trip to my favorite bookstore in Estacada. It is a non profit and all the hardbacks are $2.  I stocked up on healthy food cookbooks in anticipation of trying lots of new heart healthy recipes this summer.

 

I almost hated to leave, but I was finally getting excited about getting back to the lake and as soon as our sites were clear we headed up the mountain to get settled in.

 

The last section is dirt road and as usual it was super dusty.

 

Hooray we made it

 

Squeezing into a different site.

 

Unfortunately right off the bat we had issues.  Last year I pleaded with the maintenance department to level the sites because they were so terrible.  They look ok, but when you get into them you are forced to either dig holes for your tires or jack the front up very high.  At the end of last year we even spray painted the area that needed leveled (at their request) but it was clear nothing had been done.  Since the most level spot was already taken, we chose the second most level spot and squeezed ourselves in. Lee still needed to put blocks in the front, but it wasn’t as bad as the other two spots,  In those cases the people dug holes for their tires and used lots of wooden blocks to jack the RV’s up…craziness.

We’ve tried to communicate to our bosses what a big deal things like this are, but unless you have ever lived in an RV for an extended amount of time I don’t know if you get it.  Even a 1% difference in level can really cause balance issues, and for me at least it feels like I am living in a boat.  Imagine getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and falling into a wall because you are off balance.  That’s what it’s like, and 5 months is a long time to live that way.  We also ran into problems with the water line and sewage tank.  Last year they started the job of running a water line under the road but never finished, so we are using 5 lengths of hose which not only leak but we also have really low water pressure.  The sewer tank we were provided needed a hole dug for it so it would be lower than our RV, but we waited until our black tank was completely full and ultimately Lee had to build extra sewer hose and build a funky contraption to make it work. The answer we have consistently received was maintenance was behind and other issues took priority, which might have been OK if we didn’t talk about these issues at the end of last year.

Actually I don’t think its OK.  Our sites are part of our compensation and we have the right to expect what we were promised.  We have 85 year old camphosts digging holes with pickaxes and building contraptions just to make these sites manageable.  Here’s some pictures to prove it.

Thankfully we only needed a couple of blocks

 

But Lee had to build this to get our sewer tank low enough

 

Our neighbor in last years spot…yeah that’s not safe

 

One of our neighbors decided to go down and used a pick axe to dig a hole for his wheels

 

 

But then had to hand dig a hole for the sewer tank to get it low enough

 

Oh and my personal favorite, the hose under the road. You can see the dirt darken from the leaks.

 

On the plus side we were able to put the dog fence up and create a little yard.  The downside is Jack can hop right over it when motivated, but usually he stays close when we are around.

 

And he really likes being down by the lake.  Hopefully when it gets a little warmer I will be able to coax him in.

Look at that face. Just looking at him makes me happy.

 

 

 


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Called by Some the Smithsonian of the Desert…but not by me

If you feel like I am phoning it in lately…you are not wrong.  I hate when I get this far behind in blog posts, but as tempting as it is to just cut to the chase and catch up, there was one thing in particular I really felt I needed to write about. Well, really it’s “show you pictures of” because I am not nearly talented enough to describe what we saw.  The place was Idaho’s Mammoth Cave and Shoshone Bird Museum. Generally we love stuff like this.  I’m all in on the oddball attractions and if you’ve been reading along you know I have the pictures to prove it.  But this place…well it was in a whole other category. So I am going to walk you through the experience with pictures.

It’s definitely an old attraction. The sign behind the newer one looked very old. The quote “Called by some the Smithsonian of the Desert”…really got my attention. I adore the Smithsonian and don’t appreciate comparisons unless they are legit. Lee enjoyed how they spelled “Biggest”.

 

There were multiple entrances, which was really confusing.

 

This one had creepy rock face dudes so I thought it was the right way.

 

We let Jack drive a little bit.

Down the long road.

 

As soon as we got their we saw lots of trash.

 

That’s not always a deal breaker, but the myriad of peacocks everywhere were freaking me out.

 

We walked through the gauntlet and saw these two buildings

 

More faces piled around. It occurred to me looking at them no one had any idea where we were,

 

The scrawny emus didn’t make me feel any better

We walked in the building to the right, and past the giant stuffed alligator we saw a young man sitting on a chair watching a soap opera.  He didn’t seem surprised we were there and he told us it was $10 cash each (which we had) and then he handed us these lanterns and pointed to the path.  Lee was super into it and was very excited, but I was totally creeped out. I am not that crazy about caverns to begin with, and once again I thought no one had any idea where we were.

The lantern, which worked very well.

 

Lee was into it

 

Lee was fascinated by the structures which were extremely well made

 

The path to the cave!

 

We made it to the entrance and there was a peacock right above it on the right. Given the choice between staying alone with the peacock or staying with Lee I chose to go in.

The radioactive sign did NOT make me feel better, but Lee said that it was obviously a shelter at one time

 

 

Turns out that many years ago the government used the cave to store items for a nuclear holocaust and even enlarged it and worked on the roads.  It was a weird mix of natural and man made and I’ll be honest I was not a fan.  It also was super long and you had no idea when it was going to end.  A couple of times I almost turned back but once again decided to stay close to Lee.

The man made signs were ridiculous

Hooray finally headed out.

We did see one other couple while we were down there which made me feel better, so we headed back into the bird museum.  This was obviously someone’s very eclectic private collection and the concentric circles of walkway did not help.  There was not real sense of order and the creep factor was super high.  Lee was once again fascinated but I made a quick circuit and went back to the car.

Just in case you think I am exaggerating, let me show you the bathroom..which I had to use. This is not a joke.

 

Also when I got back to the truck and took Jack out for a walk, all of the sudden there were tons of Peacocks.  We were surrounded on three sides by the damn things and for a moment I thought I would need to scoop Jack up and run to the truck.

Lee thought it was quirky and fun, but I felt like I took my life into my own hands.  I totally wouldn’t recommend it, but I know some of you are going to put it on your must see list…but don’t say I didn’t warn you 🙂

 


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First Time at Crater of the Moon

One of the main reasons we stayed in the Twin Falls area was for easy access to Craters of the Moon National Preserve.  I heard about it from our friends Greg and Cori and wanted to check it out. It is a huge area in the middle of nowhere Idaho that is the site of the youngest lava flow in the continental United States.   I should say before I go any further that because it was early in the season a chunk of the park was closed to us.  I saw pictures later of what we missed and if you like lava tubes this is definitely a place to check out.  Personally though I am not a huge fan of this type landscape and for me at least it was definitely blah. Here’s the pictures though…judge for yourself.

The landscape leading to the park

 

Still some snow in the area

 

The visitors center.

 

I will say they had one of the best movies I have seen in a Monument. Astronauts used this site to practice for both the moon and mars which is cool if you are into that sort of thing.

 

My favorite part was about this cute little critter called a pika. We didn’t see one, but Jack smelled them everywhere. I think I need to start picking these up for my future grandchild.

 

Jack smelling for Pika

 

The campground was pretty cool but there were only a couple of  sites that would fit a rig our size (42, 12 and 35.)  The campground also had no cell coverage at all.

 

And as I mentioned most of the scenic drive was closed. We could have hiked in, but wasn’t sure how the dog would do.

 

We did walk on a short paved trail through Devils Garden,  It was cold in the wind and unfortunately Lee didn’t have a coat with him.

 

The pavement was made of black rock, which I liked.

 

I didn’t like the preachy signs. I like being educated but don’t like it when I feel like I am being scolded.

Here’s an example of a tree that died due to mismanagement

That tree kind of summed up my overall feeling about the place.  I just found it a bit depressing.  That being said I really liked the drive and we stumbled across a couple of cool places.  First off we found this cute little post office and I was able to mail something to my daughter.  She is now 32 weeks pregnant and looks cute as a button.  I liked the small post office because the woman helped me find the cheapest way to send my package and I saw the cutest advertisements posted.  Gotta love small towns.

I would totally hire these kids.

The absolute best part of the drive though was when we stumbled across a place for lunch called Picabo Angler.  It literally was the only place for miles and we walked inside with little expectations.  Most of the time, these impromptu stops are a disappointment, but this was absolutely amazing.

We walked in the door and saw this cool dining area

 

The chairs were wicked comfy and cool

 

We got a little confused because the grill is in the very back corner. We had time to browse while the food was cooking.

 

Part Museum, part general store, great stuff in every direction

 

Loved this original cash register

 

The founding brothers of the town

 

There was a post office

 

A general store

 

And a large fly fishing store.  If funds were no issue I would have bought a pair of these in a minute.

The most amazing thing though was in the corner of the fly fishing area there was a tiny Hemingway museum.  Here we were in the middle of nowhere and Hemingway was friends with the owners.

Signed copies of his books gave me tingles

 

Lee liked two of his guns they had on display.

Finally our food came and it was really terrific.  I had the best BLT I have had in a really long time and Lee loved his burger. We really had a nice time eating there and if you are ever passing by absolutely recommend a stop.  If you are a fly fisherman go out of your way to visit.  They had an amazing selection of flies for sale.

 

 


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April 2019 Budget

I think April was the most expensive month we have ever had while we were on the road.  We ended up spending $8,905 this month on a variety of things.  The big ticket items were $1,500 for new trailer tires, $400 for a new television and an additional $1,500 to repair our outside wall. We also spent $1,100 in gas, and pretty much ended up blowing our budget in almost every category.  Amazingly though we managed to squeak by without taking money out of savings, because Lee’s freelance pay for the show he did in Phoenix came in, and we got our first paycheck from our summer job before the American Express bill was due.  It is sobering though that in one month we spent 1/5 of our annual net income.  Considering what our mental state has been post-heart attack I would say that much of this was a necessity.  For more detailed information, see below.

Campground Fees – We did great the first three weeks of the month boondocking, but spent more than expected at the end.  If we would have boondocked as we traveled it would have been much cheaper, but both of us wanted full hookups.  We have also included money spent at dump stations in this category.

Propane – As I have said before boondocking isn’t 100% free.  It was chilly in Bryce and Torrey and we had to use propane to heat.

Groceries – Part of this is we always spend more when camping with friends, but mostly it’s because we were in the middle of nowhere Utah and groceries were expensive!  We also stocked up on meat before heading to Timothy Lake and that’s never cheap.

Dining Out – Whew, we really blew it in this category. going $444 over budget.   We had one $140 dinner with Cori and Greg and we haven’t done that in years.  We were also forced to eat out several times while traveling because of the nonsense with the tires.  Mainly though we just wanted to.  I had a “screw it” mentality when it came to this category.

Entertainment – We only went over $100 in this category because most of what we did was free.  We did buy our annual America the Beautiful Pass which accounts for some of the overage.

Truck Fuel – This was $1100 because we traveled from Arizona all the way to Oregon in this month with lots of driving in between.  I always say the day we can’t afford gas in this lifestyle is the day we need to rethink our choices, but obviously few people could have gas bills like this every month and make this work.  I always recommend looking at the annual costs in this category.  We’ve done pretty good annually year after year.

Clothing – We went over $285 in clothing because of all the T shirts we bought while we were vacationing.  This is another category it is best to look at annually, because we tend to buy all of our new shirts in one month of the year.

Cigarettes – In case you are wondering, this is for my e cigarette that I tried.  I am taking a few puffs a day which is definitely helping me stop smoking, and Lee isn’t doing anything at all.

Home Equipment – As I talked about earlier we really went nuts in this category as well.  I think its interesting that under pressure Lee spends more in this category and I spent more in eating out.  That’s because doing those things makes us happy. (A wall that isn’t broken, a replacement TV, and new tires. I’m out of control. – Lee)

To be honest I initially freaked out when I saw the numbers, but took a breath and went with “it is what it is”.  We are not perfect people, and under pressure we do not always stick to our budget.  Did we expect to go that far out of whack?  Of course not, but we did, and now we have the summer to dig us out of that hole. (Except we are not in a hole. We will work through the summer and leave with plenty of extra money. – Lee)


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First Time Replacing our TV

One of our favorite features of our RV is the front living room window, and the television which is in front of the window when we’re watching TV, but slides down behind our fireplace when we’re not.   Lee knew that if the TV ever went out it would be a major pain to replace, but we liked the feature so much we accepted the risk.  The last couple of years we have even talked about proactively changing out the TV for a smart television, because this would cost us less power when we are boondocking by allowing us to connect a hard drive directly to the TV to play movies and TV shows without also running our PC, but it’s hard to throw away a perfectly good TV.

Those conversations aside, we were both pretty surprised when one day we saw a bunch of bright lights in rows and partial rows in the picture of the TV.  This is a representative shot of what it looked like, taken from a YouTube tutorial on how to fix it:

 

Inside the TV are multiple layers of materials, and at the rear, are strips of LED lights, and those are diffused by plastic lenses and reflectors, which are often glued on with a single dot of glue which can eventually fail and the lens falls off and now you’re just looking at a bright white dot of light.

 

 

Here’s what they look like before they fall off…

 

Since TV and movies are still a pretty big part of our lives this wouldn’t fly for long, so we started talking about how to replace it.  In my mind this was the perfect warranty item, and we should try and find a place to get it done at a shop.  For Lee the warranty has been more trouble than it has been worth and he didn’t want to mess with it.  So when I was searching for a campground and stumbled across one that had a service center attached to it, that seemed like the perfect compromise.

We checked into the campground the day after we arrived, and I immediately started talking to the owner about getting some service work scheduled.  Unfortunately  as soon as I mentioned warranty she was resistant and said they hated fighting with warranty companies and most people paid them cash and got reimbursed later.  Since the whole reason I wanted them to do the work was because I didn’t want to fuss with the warranty company either I was really disappointed and Lee of course just gave me that look because once again he was right. (I wasn’t right, I just get tired of fighting with people who’s entire business model is based on not providing a service you’ve already paid for. – Lee) 

The good news was after looking at the TV and the mount, Lee thought he could replace it.  The big problem was we currently had a 48″ monitor and they no longer make those.  We either had to go with a much smaller screen or find a way to make a 49″ fit.  Smaller screen was not happening so Lee bought the 49″ and proceeded to work on fitting it in. (Never go down in screen size. Always go up. What are we, animals?- Lee)

Lee removed the old TV and was checking the hole measurement

 

Really nice new Sony smart TV for only $400

 

He had to put the mount from the old TV onto the new TV because the mount is a custom design for our rig.

 

Super carefully because once we started, we owned it.

Initially when we tried to slide the TV in, we realized the hole was not wide enough, so Lee took a hand saw and made the hole just a little bigger.

Not super pretty but got the job done. Lee said that later we would clean it up.

After he expanded the hole we tried again to put it on the frame.  This time it fit, but we realized we couldn’t lower it all the way because the mounting holes were just a little different. The metal frame has screws that you have to slip the back over and because it was different, Lee needed to move the screws.  This meant he had to go buy new screws and use a drill to put holes in the metal. (I couldn’t just take out the old screws, I had to drill them out, because the heads were completely stripped out by the guy who installed the TV at the factory. – Lee) Eventually after a couple of tries he got it right and the TV could be lifted and put down completely.  Whew…nothing is easy, and every time I helped lift the TV I was super nervous about something going wrong.

These were the screws that needed moved.

 

The TV stuck up this far initially until he moved the screws.

 

Voila!!!

Finally it was done and despite the unexpected cost I am glad we did it.  We got a high quality television and we know the job was done correctly.  We both were a little nervous the first time we moved, but the TV is doing great, and we are having no issues at all.  Once again I am super grateful that I have a husband who is so handy, because if I had to rely solely on repair techs I think I would probably spend most of my time going from shop to shop.


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Idaho State Sticker

When we first started on the road I made a big deal about  what criteria had to be met before putting a state sticker on our map.  In retrospect it all seems rather silly, but since that is how we started, we’ve kept the same methodology for the last four years.  Since our decision was that we had to spend one night AND do something specific to the state, our map has lots of holes in it.  In some cases, like Idaho, we have traveled through the state almost every year but never done anything special and don’t have the sticker.  Since we had some extra time on our hands I decided now was the time to get that sticker.  First I had to figure out where to stay, and since it was still early in the season, many public campgrounds weren’t open yet.  Then I started looking at Passport America campgrounds and stumbled across one that also had an RV repair shop attached to it.  Since every camper carries around a few things that need done, that seemed perfect, and I booked a few days in the park in Twin Falls.

Another draw of that particular area was Shoshone Falls.  I heard about these falls from several people and everyone said I would love them.  To be honest I was dubious, because I generally don’t like waterfalls being harnessed by power companies, but it seemed like the perfect thing to do to get our state sticker.   I was also interested in visiting the Crater of the Moon National Monument, again more for something to do to get a sticker than anything else.  In any event, we got settled into the RV park with no problem, and first thing the next morning we headed out towards the falls.  I didn’t really know much about them at all so we just put it in our GPS and drove that way.

We were both surprised when we got to a small shack and learned their was a $5 day use fee to visit the falls.  There was a viewing area up top that was free, but we paid the five dollars and headed down. It’s actually a really large park area, and even has its own snack stand.  We got there and parked, surprised by how many people were visiting.  Then we got our first proper look at the falls, and simply put, wow!  It wasn’t the size of the falls, or the viewing platform which was also really nice.  It was the absolutely perfect double rainbow that was at the base of the falls. You can just make out the second one above the first one, not as bright.

I’ve since learned that we were incredibly lucky.  The water levels aren’t always that high, and on cloudy days it’s not nearly that beautiful.  I couldn’t imagine a more stunning view though, and felt very blessed that a “check the box” kind of activity turned into something so special.  Here’s my favorite pics:

Crazy right? The rainbow looked like a solid thing and stayed throughout our stay.

After the falls, we were both pretty hungry so we headed into Twin Falls to check out the town.  Turns out it is a great little town, with all the conveniences and some uniquenesses that are all its own.  For one thing this was the site of the famous Evil Knievel attempt to jump the snake river, and we found the bridge and walked to viewpoints from both sides.

Bungee jumping is really popular from this bridge I guess.

On one side is this really cool twins sculpture that i loved.

And while we were exploring we stumbled across a Shopko that was going out of business.  That was worth a look and ultimately we ended up cleaning up on the savings.  We bought some things that we always hold off on buying (socks, plastic containers, etc) because they were so cheap and Lee got a great deal on a brand new iPad. We also visited a great used bookstore that had some titles we were looking for.   Waterfalls, bridges, a bookstore and shopping turned into a great day and left me eager to explore more of Idaho.

The Paperback Bookworm had several of the titles we have been looking for!!

 

Jack got this $2 hot dog which is his new favorite toy.

 

And I got to put my state sticker on!

 


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