Tuesday, August 25, 2009


  • If you ever find yourself in Tooele (Too-IH-lah) Utah, bypass the few chain hotels. They are awfully proud of their Hampton Inn anyway. Stay at the American Inn and Suites. Don't let the motel exterior fool you. And for goodness sake, try the 7:00 pm cinnamon buns they serve in the lobby most evenings.
  • Tooele is a cute little town. Maybe it's not worth a special trip but if you find yourself there for other reasons, it's not the worst place to be. Not by far.
  • Carry sunblock, regardless of what the plan is. The first sunburn in 30 years (literally) sucks.
  • All the years my dad taught me to drive anchor in a convoy are paying off. Driving chase is wicked cool.
  • Daddy never mentioned what to do when you are anchoring a truck and trailer loaded with 700 gallons of jet fuel. Eventually, it becomes as ordinary as anchoring any other vehicle ~ but those first few miles are...interesting.
  • Should you find yourself in Nephi, stay in room 238 of the Best Western. It's $20 more than the other rooms and worth every freaking penny.
  • Don't expect to find much in the way of dinner after 7:00 p.m. in Nephi, Utah. Expect to find even less after 9:00.
  • The closest Wal-Mart, chain drug store and McDonalds are in Payson, 21 miles away. The closest bookstore is in Provo, ~35 miles away.
  • The Payson Starbucks is one of the ones that got closed after the economic crash. This made me sadder than I thought possible for this Dunkin' Donuts girl.
  • Racing the helicopter from the staging area 11 miles away in Mona from the hotel three miles away is wicked cool. I swear if I had another week to get really good on the back roads, I could beat him. Now? Lithus/helicopter 2. Pobble/car 0. *sigh*
Those are Pobble Thoughts. That and a buck fifty will get you coffee.


Dreamer said...

I bet you could beat that helicopter with a week's more training, no doubt about it.

Nemeria said...

Your Boston is showing...


CrackerLilo said...

All excellent things to know. Driving that truck sounds fun as hell! Glad you'e having a mostly good time, and I bet I don't have to tell you not to forget sunblock again! ;-)