Hwy 55

river-trout

On a recent day trip to McCall, while driving, the river right there a few yards from the highway, I took a mental snapshot and drew this from that picture in my head.  Yes, I imagine in cartoony-sketches, which is fun.

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55 North

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Highway 55 North from Boise to McCall.  Probably my all-time favorite drives and I’ve driven this a few hundred times over the years and it never gets old.  Winding along the Payette River thru the mountains, raging whitewater next to the highway, snow capped mountains, wildlife, ascending to over 5,280 feet by the time you get to McCall, complete with crisp, cool clean air and the overwhelming scent of pine trees.

The Big Nasty

Big Nasty

When I am in Tennessee, my friend and I go see our friend Adam Tyler.  I’ve known Adam since he was in high school.  Then he went to culinary school because he loves food. After a few years of doing this and doing that, meeting this famous person and cooking for that famous person, today he is the Chef at Gourmet’s Market in Knoxville, Tennessee.  It wasn’t enough that he already had amazing breakfasts like the Toad in a Hole, the Frog in a Ditch, and the Cinnamon Raisin French Toast but then he went and created The Big Nasty.  I love this dish so much, I bought the T-shirt!   So, add The Big Nasty to your bucket list and take a road trip to Knoxville.  You can thank me later, but also, be sure to get Adam’s grits. These aren’t your Mama’s or Gammy’s grits!!  You’re welcome.

R.I.P. 2015 Seattle Mariners

Baseball

Today is the last game of the season for my Seattle Mariners.  A summary of this season was like finding out the homecoming queen wanted you to ask her to the prom but you ended up taking your cousin Thelma instead…who insisted her best friend Leslie come also…who talked awkwardly loud through her nose…who got car sick on the way…but didn’t tell you till it was too late…but in the end, like today, you’re glad it’s over.  These are our seats for one of the games we were able to go to this year, in section 235, GREAT seats!  We ate like kings– Garlic Fries, BBQ Nachos, the Mt. Dew flowed like water…got all kinds of free stuff like a bobble head, sunglasses, T-shirts, a head band (yes the kind that keep sweat from running in your eyes, popular in the ’70s)–my wife got a free sun hat and we had a blast at the game!  Only 4 1/2 months until Spring Training!

Space Needle

Seattle

This is the world-famous Seattle Space Needle that you see associated with anything Seattle or the Northwest.  Actually, it is my view from underneath, looking up.  I could give you boring details about how tall it is and yada, yada, yada, what you NEED to know is 6 parachutists have leaped from the tower, 4 had permission and the other 2 were arrested.  Many brave toy army men (with parachutes) have also made the 605 ft jump successfully.  You may also remember the Space Needle as the base of operations for Dr. Evil. (you know, Austin Powers…)  Speaking of power, at age 11, Bill Gates won a contest and got to eat dinner at the top in the revolving restaurant for memorizing Matthew 5,6 and 7. (the Sermon on the Mount)  It cost $4.5 million dollars to build in 1962 and $21 million dollars to renovate in 2000, which coincidently, Bill Gates has that much in loose change in his car.  On a depressing note, during the Miss USA Pageant, Miss Washington, (name withheld) wore a Space Needle-shaped hat during the costume portion of the pageant and as you might have guessed, that was a bad idea.

Chicago

Chicago

Coming back from a recent trip to Atlanta, we had a layover in Chicago.  Here’s the view outside my window from seat 8A.  It is an amazing view coming into Chicago, the buildings seem to be right there!  Also amazing, we landed just after another plane landed without its front landing gear down and skidded metal to concrete to a stop. No one was injured and the pilot is a hero!  Our plane landed safely and our pilot is a hero!

Do you Vespa?

Vespa 2

I know I do.  It happens every time on my imaginary trips I take with my wife,  when suddenly a Vespa appears like this one and we ride off together to some quaint village restaurant for the most amazing homemade Italian food and wine we’ve ever had.  Try it sometime. It’s good to Vespa once in awhile.