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Crazy People


On our way to Ogden, we came across a rocket display next to a facility that builds weapons and space shuttle parts. A guy there explained to us what happened to the Challenger in 1986, and that the USNavy missle on the right side of this photo carries 10 warheads.

WMDs

WMDs

Fully loaded, that thing could destroy France, he told us. Each Navy Sub usually has 10 of those missles.

Also, we missed a test launch of something by about a day. Whatever they blew up, they launched from within visual distance of the road we were on. The guy said that the noise (from the launch or the explosion, I’m not sure) was heard over 60 miles away (and through a mountain).

I loved the tiny warning sign next to this Space Shuttle booster rocket.

Don't climb into the rocket engine!

Don't climb into the rocket engine!

Idaho, I approve of you. I can’t remember anything about what I learned from you when I wrote a paper on you in fourth grade, but I gotta say, you were a pretty awesome state. Sure, there were some deserts and some dead areas, but we met some great people there. And by the way, Twin Falls, we sincerely regret not visiting Shoshone falls. Next time. Seriously. Promise. Next time.

Idaho's state signs rule

Idaho's state signs rule

As Quinn mentioned earlier, Andy and I ran down some dunes because…what else do you do when there are dunes around?

Andy & Ken run down the Bruneau Sand Dunes from Ken Stanek on Vimeo.

The Hugens didnt have any regular candles, so we used a house candle and ken held it in place. THIS is an ice cream potato!

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Today we went to the Hot Springs way out in Idaho – about 2 hours drive from Boise.  We went with Rachel and Patrick Hugens – you can see their amazing touring photos here .

After the hot springs, we had lunch in Idaho City and saw the sights – what an amazing little town.  ..and then we came back to boise and ate baked potatoes made of ice cream!  so good!  photos coming  later.

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there were a number of water falls coming down into the pools of hot water

there were a number of water falls coming down into the pools of hot water

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this one was REALLY HOT

this one was REALLY HOT

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I wasnt so daring to jump in the FREEZIGN cold river after the hot springs.. but they were..and they went all the way under.

I wasnt so daring to jump in the FREEZIGN cold river after the hot springs.. but they were..and they went all the way under.

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Ed took some photos of us before we left, and he’s gonna meet us in Chicago to take some photos of us half way done. Then when we’re home, he’s coming full circle to see how we’ve changed. This is what he’s got on us so far.
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Nice Illustration!

Nice Illustration!

Bo, Center, from Croatia, got lost in the middle of Oregon and has been cooking for truckers ever since.

Bo, Center, from Croatia, got lost in the middle of Oregon and has been cooking for truckers ever since.

The tiny town of Durkee Oregon can’t have more than 50 residents, but it’s got the “Redneck Cafe”, owned by a Croatian dude who was sitting at the counter the entire time. We got our 30-mile morning coffee there. The guy, “Bo”, his two regulars, and his waitress talked us up for 45 minutes. How does a Croatian guy end up running a greasy-spoon trucker joint in a tiny town between two 10,000 person towns? We…we’re really not sure. He claims he got lost, and just stayed. We wished we were hungrier. 

 

this dog, sissie, was HUGE!  she sat in the bag of the truck.. the truck owned by the folks inside the redneck cafe.  They passed us several times on the road.
this dog, sissie, was HUGE! she sat in the bag of the truck.. the truck owned by the folks inside the redneck cafe. They passed us several times on the road.
Durke maybe has 50 people living in it.. maybe.  One thing that every town of every size has, is a post office.  and this was the one at durkee.  so small, so awesome.  i put some postcards in thier mailbox so they would have something to do on monday.. hopefully the mail actually goes out there..  :)

Durke maybe has 50 people living in it.. maybe. One thing that every town of every size has, is a post office. and this was the one at durkee. so small, so awesome. i put some postcards in thier mailbox so they would have something to do on monday.. hopefully the mail actually goes out there.. :)

We're in Idaho!

We're in Idaho!

One state down, 13 or so to go. Hey Mom, I don’t know if you’re the kind of mom who’s saved ever single paper I wrote in elementary school, but I totally wrote a paper on Idaho when I was in fourth grade or something. I can’t remember a thing about it, but if it’s stuffed in the back of your attic somewhere and you could find it and scan it and send it to me, I’d totally put that up, because it would be hilarious.

More photos and commentary to come. Internet connection out here is weak.

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