Tuesday, August 7, 2018

May 24, 2018 - Springville, UT to Ashton, ID

The shop was open earlier than 8 am, and Russell, the owner/manager brought in a chrome tailpipe that needed to be cut to size.  It took the mechanic like 15 minutes to fit the tailpipe in and secured it with a hanger.
We slept among those semis overnight
Erwin checking to be sure the tailpipe is positioned correctly
Ta-da... How does it look?
It was around 9 am when the repairs were all done, but we had to wait for Easy Care Extended Service Warranty for approval on parts/labor.  Russell had to run through each part with stock number and quantity. It was time consuming for him and us. He told Erwin that he had never dealt with extended service warranty companies before, said he would never work on any vehicle if there was a warranty.

After going back and forth between Russell and Easy Care the invoice had to be revised a couple times to show our balance.  I felt sorry for the secretary who had to revise the invoice on the computer.  It was around 2:20 pm when we finally left the shop! Whew! 

We took I-15 North, and the traffic jam was not so bad, but it took us 2 hours to reach Brigham City, UT. There we pulled into rest area because we left a case of bottled water in the car and needed to have some in our Lil' Home.  We rested a bit before continuing the journey.
Devil Creek Reservior
See how deep blue the water is
off I-15 north of Malad City, ID

We took an exit to a rest area in Blackfoot, ID to fix supper.  Since I did not take out meat to thaw I settled on breakfast with bacon, hash browns and eggs.  I thought we were going to dry camp here, but Erwin wanted to continue driving.
It was near Ashton, ID that it started to rain and there were lightnings.  Erwin had a hard time focusing on the road when it started to get dark  At 9:15 pm he turned into a wide pullout to park for the night.
It looks like Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast movie
The Old Wizard


Miles driven: 314 from Springville, UT to Ashton, ID
Campground: Dry camping at a pullout off US 20

May 23, 2018 - Springville, UT

We left Genola, UT early this morning because we had an appointment to take our Lil’ Home (LH) in for service at Davies Motor in Springville, UT.  The mechanic discovered that there was a hole in the tailpipe and the gaskets for the manifold were blown out (some bolts were broken off).  Russell, the shop owner, said he did not think they could finish repairs in one day.
See the hole in the tailpipe
New chrome tailpipe replaced the old one

While the LH was being worked on I went off by myself to explore areas not too far from the shop.
Barn Swallow at waterhole
Red-winged Blackbird
Barn Swallows
Not too sure if it is Clark's Nutcracker
American Robin
Barn Swallow
When I got back from photo shooting Erwin said the mechanics could not finish the job. We asked if we could stay in our LH for the night in the back of the shop. 
The Shop Cat

Manifold with old gaskets removed
In order to work on the engine they needed to
go in our bedroom, removed the panels by the closet
Spending the night here 
I did not feel like cooking, so we went out to eat at The Sunglow Cafe.  The foods were hearty and good, but the dining area was almost empty.


Thursday, August 2, 2018

May 22, 2018 - Mona & Genola, UT

It was a perfect, beautiful morning for us to go visit Young Living Farm in Mona, UT to buy some essential oils and to visit horses and animlas in pastures.
Gary Young and his wife, Mary had their first organic herb farming and distillation in 1993  After establishing Young Living in 1994, the Youngs added more farmland in Utah and Idaho.  Gary spent over 30 years studying the benefits of essential oils.

On May 12, 2018 Gary passed away at the age of 69 due to complications after series of strokes.  A funeral was held at Young Living Farm with thousands of mourners in attendance. Erwin's niece, Phoebe and her parents went there to pay their respects.
Gary Young
There is a store on the premises, and we wanted to pick up some products we need before we begin our summer journey.  After the purchase we took a long walk on the farmland to see Percherons, white bisons, miniature horses and two-humped camel.

While we were on our way back to the parking lot we could smell that something was being distilled at the distillation plant. We walked up to see what plant they were distilling. It was Juniper, the same plant that was distilled last year when we came to visit with Phoebe.
After coming back home both of us needed a good nap. We chilled out for rest of the afternoon before having dinner with Phoebe and her family.