Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Our New Winter Home - Camp Host CROOKED RIVER STATE PARK

Our long journey has ended with a 2,436 mile trip, Geni and I have been in Georgia about a month now and are getting settled in to our new jobs as Camp Host for Crooked River State park. We could not be happier with our choice of parks. We are at the southern end of Georgia just 6 miles from the Florida border , a very mild climate with days in the high 70's to low 80's. This park is so nice with just 62 very large spaces, 11 cottages, and 4 picnic shelters.  It sits on the salt water Crooked River that is part of the Atlantic Ocean. We work 3 days a week cleaning up after the campers leave a site. This 500 acre park is home to many bird species that winter here along with many turtles that hatch there young here. Also has world class fishing that I hope I can personally find out about!
LINK: https://gastateparks.org/CrookedRiver




Handing out candy for Halloween

Our display won first place!



Pace yourself!




Back in the Warm waters of the Atlantic!

Monday, October 29, 2018

On our way to Georgia we stopped at MARK TWAINS Hometown

On Our way to Georgia we stopped in Hannibal, Mo. the home town of Mark Twain. What a really cool town this was, very old building with beautiful architecture. The home of one of Americans most famous authors Mark Twain. It sits right on the Mississippi River and we hit it right as the were having a folk music festival.
LINK: https://www.visithannibal.com/


















Monday, October 15, 2018

PART TWO - Our old Home in IDAHO

Geni and I headed out of Idaho on September 20th and Started the long Journey home I guessamate 2000 miles total to our winter home at Beautiful Crooked River State Park in Ga. where we start Camp Hosting in October.

We took one last hike before we left our old home State Idaho. We all hiked to Baker Lake, that is about 15 miles North of Ketchum, it about a 2.5 mile hike one way and of course is pretty much all uphill! It was a popular hike we used to take its full of Brown and Brook trout along with a few rare Golden Trout. Its all fly fishing where trophy trout abounds! There were a couple of fishermen there when we arrived and they told us the Brook trout were biting.

                                                                                                          
This is a Bas wagon, The Bas have over a hundred year old tradition in Idaho. They bring their herds of sheep up to the High country in the Summer months and in the fall they take them back South for the winter. They live in their wagons all summer in the Mountains of Idaho with their Dingo dogs that help keep away Coyotes and keep the Sheep together. When we lived there is was no big deal to see them go right thur town on their horses and thousands of sheep. Now its a huge festival for people to come from all over the US to see this.
                                   
Sisters


Big Big Trout live here

Beautiful clear high Mountain Lake water!


Downtown Hailey

 

Bruce Willis moved into town a few years before we left in 1994 and pretty much bought most of the buildings in town. Demi and Bruce were really outstanding people! They could have purchased their estate in wealthy Sun Valley but they lived and invested their Money in little Hailey where the working class lived. Bruce purchased the Liberty theater to play with his own band when he was not doing a movie, it was his hobby.  He would come into town and set up with his band and invited everyone in town in to hear him play, they were actually very good musicians! And Demi would be there to and was his biggest support! They were just another local couple then and you would see them in town eating or at the Rodeo or just hanging out, no towns people would bug them and ask for autographs I really think they enjoyed living here those years!


Liberty

Sun Valley Brewing was one of the Nations first Micro Brews





The old Red Elephant saloon


another Bruce Willis building THE MINT

The Old Hailey Hotel that they are now restoring

Bruce owned this also

Bruce also put in Shorty's Dinner, really cool 50's dinner!


Our old Street



Our old House, not very well kept up! But we did well when we sold it in 1994

The Silver Dollar Saloon. This was also a real Idaho Bar, where you used to have to check you firearm when you entered!





Friday, September 28, 2018

part one - Our old town in Idaho - My how it has changed!

As Geni and I leave our IDHOME behind, it brings back a flood of memories of living here 14 years of our lifes!Our son was 3 years old when we moved here in 1980, he learned how to hunt and fish here and he was quite good at it as I later found our he use to cut school and go fishing! He also learned how to ski here. Sun Valley really treats its kids good they all get a free ski pass or they used to and instead of study hall they would all ski on Bald Mt which is a world class ski resort. He also learned how to swim here and he was in Karate from 3years old to 12 years old and was also very good at that, he reached a level of Brown Belt advanced, which is one level from a Black belt!

The town looks very little to once was a small ski town with a few trust fund babies, to a town with 5 star hotels and a home to the wealthy! It really reminds me now of Jackson Hole !
                                                        
                                                                             
 Old Gold mining area 50 miles North of Ketchum,Idaho
 Our son caught his first Steelhead here at the Sunbeam dam!
 Our camp spot along the Salmon River
 Going for a bike ride to redfish lake lodge 5 miles away

What a view of the Sawtooths in the background

Redfish Lodge, spend many a weekend here with the family


 Its called Redfish because the Red Sockeye Salmon would just cover the lake in Red when they spawned. We got to see that back in the 1980's now they have a fish hatchery nearby and they don't even go as far as the lake anymore.
 The Colonels Restraunt first job I had in 1980.

Sun Valley Lodge, Americans first ski resort built by the Union Pacific Railroad in 1936

Great Prime rib here!

This used to be the only light in town, now there are many

The Kneadery, use to clean and cook here




The board bin , son used to get his skateboards here

My favorite handout back in the day


Bald Mountain

A look inside of Grumby's


Sun Valley beer can, I found three of these and never keep them, now they our quite valuable