The Skeeter Assassin

Day 16 was so laid back, I don’t even have photos to prove it existed.

June 25th was a happy day for us beer lovers. It was the day that we got our RV fridge fixed. A huge thanks to Airstream Northwest Adventures for helping us out!

On the other hand, June 25th was a tragic day for mosquitos, because that was the day I bought a fly swatter.

I’ve always been a good athlete, and I happen to have very good hand to eye coordination. It was just a given that I’d be an amazing fly and mosquito swatter. The big surprise was that it was so much FUN to kill mosquitos! Who’d have known?!

I was having such a great time going after them, it was almost a shame there weren’t more. And there weren’t really very many, so to make it a little more challenging, I was going after them left handed. Ya know what? I’m pretty freakin’ fast and accurate with my left hand too!

I quickly earned the nickname, “The Skeeter Assassin.”

Anyway, I digress….with our fridge fixed, we were finally able to buy some food and drinks. Yea! We made a yummy dinner of steak and a big salad with grapes and raspberries and almonds, and a side of beer! We were back in business!

Doggie Diarrhea and Praying For Cold Beer

Cold local brew. One of favorite discoveries on our trip!

Day 15

We called the local Airstream dealer first thing in the morning, and explained to them our situation. Our situation being, that we couldn’t keep our beer cold. Fridge problems.

The service manager at Airstream Northwest Adventures, Zonia Allen, couldn’t have been nicer, and told us to come in at 10:00 am. We did. They looked at the fridge and determined the problem. Then they called the fridge manufacturer, Nova Kool, in Ontario, Canada, who told us they’d overnight ship the part we needed.

This whole thing took just long enough for me to write a blog post, and to eat some of the oatmeal cookies that one of their customers had brought in. To read about the cookies, check out my post on June 24th.

In the afternoon, we visited the World Center for Birds of Prey, and in the evening, we hit the Basque neighborhood for dinner, in downtown Boise.

Northern Aplomado Falcon @ the World Center for Birds of Prey

Northern Aplomado Falcon @ the World Center for Birds of Prey

Nice view @ World Center for Birds of Prey

Nice view @ World Center for Birds of Prey

Mark, taking in the nice view @ World Center for Birds of Prey

Mark, taking in the nice view @ World Center for Birds of Prey

Dinner time

Dinner time

Mark showing Dax his photos from the day

Mark showing Dax his photos from the day

And Then, The Doggie Problems!!

Turned into a nice day. But, really, what day would be totally complete without one of our dogs coming down with a shack nasty case of diarrhea?

Yep, Trixie had the runs. It was so bad that I couldn’t even attempt to clean it up with a doggie bag, yet, not so bad that she couldn’t hold it until she got out of the RV. …THANK GOD!!! And believe me, when we saw how bad she had it, we were taking her outside all the time!

How Low Can We Go?

This was all making sense now too, ‘cause just the day before, one of the dogs had puked on the bed. It soaked all the way through the doggie bedspread, onto our sheets below. About a 6 on the “Scale of Disgusting.” We’d have to wash our sheets, and the doggie bedspread as soon as possible.

Somehow though, “as soon as possible” turned into “the next day.” The next day, however, our sheet was starting to dry out, so that turned into, “the day after the next day.” Well, by then, our sheet was dry. And by the next day, we were so over it, that we didn’t even care.

I’ll admit, I was bothered a bit by our acceptance of the situation. On the other hand, we are Glampers. And sometimes Glampers have to rough it. Yea, that pretty much explains it all away, right?

More Doggie Projectiles

Trixie had diarrhea for more than a week. Four days into her illness, Dax got it. Holy Crap, Batman! 

We had changed their food before leaving home, and it finally occurred to me that that was probably what was causing the problem. A visit to Petco was in order, where they graciously took back two bags of food, and we picked a different kind of food. 

Voila! Within two days of switching food, both doggies were having the most stellar poops. Like a couple of parents to a newborn human child, Mark and I were ecstatic. “Good poopies! Good poopies!” we both exclaimed! Proud parents…yep!

People In Boise Know How To Have Fun!

Rafting on the river

Rafting on the river

Day 14

On Monday, June 23, after gettin’ the hell out of Dodge (Skeeter Lake), we’d planned to stop at the Airstream dealer in Nampa. Nope. That dealer is closed Mondays. We’d have to try again on Tuesday.

So we went to Boise, Idaho, to the Boise River RV Park.

We spent the day biking on the 26 mile Greenbelt bike/walking path that runs along the Boise River and into the downtown area. We didn’t bike the whole thing, but we did a good portion of it.

Man, bike, river

Man, bike, river

Our ride took us along the river, past folks swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, rafting, and floating in the river. This was a fun, fun place, with lots of happy people! Everyone we passed on the path, said hello. It was almost annoying to have to say hello back to so many people. But I loved the friendly vibe!

Playing in the river

Playing in the river

We rode past Boise State University, into some cool parks, right into downtown, and around the State Capitol building. We stopped for a snack at a great little independent coffee shop with an attached gift shop where we, of course, bought some Star Trek pins and some alien/Area 51 pins to decorate our rig.

Downtown coffee shop & novelty shop

Downtown coffee shop & novelty shop

The State Capitol building

The State Capitol building

The coolest thing we discovered on our ride, was an artificial wave in the river, where surfers and kayakers lined up to take their turns.

A surfer on the artificial wave

A surfer on the artificial wave

The surfers would enter the wave from the side and then see how long they could stand up. And the kayakers played by paddling into the rough water current that the wave created. This was a one person at a time on/in the wave operation, and everyone wore helmets. Not for the faint of heart.

A mobile coffee shop by the river

A mobile coffee shop by the river

So far, we were loving Boise!

Post Script: Mark broke one of his pairs of reading glasses today. Poor boy!

Broken reading glasses

Broken reading glasses