Author Archives: Jody R. Scholl

Yellowstone National Park – Jumping in a Boiling River

We were told by several folks at the Mammoth Hot Springs Campground we should take the girls to the Boiling River.  They said it was a nice little hike, and the views were pretty cool  We had no idea what to expect, but we drove down the hill to check it out.  We are very glad we went on that little excursion and wish we had more time to enjoy it more than a couple hours.

I will let the video speak for itself, I am glad I had my Lifeproof Waterproof Case for my iPhone for this one.  If you jump in the Boiling River yourself, be sure to watch out for the hot spots in the water.  I don’t know exactly how hot the water is, but it is enough to scald you within an extremely short time.

Beer, Fish, and Hippy Stickers – Yep, Oregon

Combining a few of our favorite aspects of the summer in these photos, the roaring campfires in our awesome stone fireplace and the Pacific Northwest Micro Brew Scene.  The variety of specialty beers is amazing, and my favorite from the summer was the Twilight ale, I miss it now that we are on the other side of the country.  There are so many different flavors and subtle hints of specialty ingredients available in the micro brew beers, it is interesting to think that many of them are available in the brewery itself.  Sipping one of these after a crazy weekend of working was a good way to wind down.

While in Oregon, I tried my hand at fishing several times but never had the luck I had hoped for.  It was a warm summer, so the lake trout were not active by the time we made it out for mid-day spur of the moment fishing adventures.  We didn’t have the extra funds needed for me to go on a chartered fishing trip, so I managed to find the Native Americans selling fresh caught salmon in Hood River, Oregon.  I met several people camping in our campgrounds that recommended I go to them, so we did just that.  They had a few large coolers filled with some huge fish.

The fish made it back to our bus and I cut one of them into steaks for the freezer, the other had a few steaks removed then I smoked the tail section.  That was BY FAR the best fish I had ever prepared.  I split a cedar plank from some of our firewood we had cut in the campground while working the previous week.  I soaked the plank in water for half an hour while the coals heated up (this keeps the plank from bursting into flames).  Then, I laid the tail section on the plank and closed the lid for a while.  The smell of the cedar burning was a constant from our campsite since that is the majority of our firewood fuel, but this was different for sure.  Within just a few minutes, you could smell the salmon slowly roasting as the fat dripped from the plank onto the coals.  I will never forget that meal, and I don’t think the others that enjoyed it with me will either… The dutch oven contained some veggies to go with the fish, we will have some dutch oven cooking posts coming up that will showcase our summer vittles…


Shortly after we got the salmon, our new-to-us van “Boober” had to get some decorations.  Our friends, the Condie’s, operate a mobile vinyl decal business hippymotorsusa.com and had been hanging out with us for a few days.  Jason brought over some decals for the girls to pick through and explained how to apply them to the van.  The stickering of the van went a little more overboard than I had originally anticipated, but it has been fun watching peoples reactions to it.  Especially when they are standing in the parking lot of the local grocery store staring at the van, and I come hop in the drivers seat and drive away.  Several jaws have dropped, but the best has been the truck drivers reaction when they saw the Night Foreman at this years Sugar Beet Harvest hop out of what I have dubbed the princess fairy van. The decals are so realistic, they even confused a bumble bee for half an hour…  I did get a few stickers of my own on the drivers door, even though they are pastel colors they are still gears so I will claim them…

Hippy Motors USA offers custom sticker kits so check them out and use the coupon code “scholl” for 15% off of your order.  This offer is valid one week from the release of this post…

The last picture is the first time Boober was loaded on the trailer as we are getting ready to leave Oregon at the end of our summer there.  Don’t worry, there are more Oregon posts coming, I just liked the picture of the freshly stickered Boober on the trailer…

 

Splinters Happen – Caution: Graphic BooBoo Pictures Enclosed

I am going to start this one out by saying DO NOT LOOK if you are squeamish at the sight of blood and gore…  You have been warned…

This evening started out like many others this summer in The Hood…  I had left the campground on my rounds through our other campground we were responsible for just 2 miles up the road.  It was a busy night, so I had a bunch of campers to check in and the bathrooms were a wreck so I had some last minute cleaning and TP supplying to take care of.  The sun was going down, so it was starting to get dark when some familiar headlights came flying through the campground.  Seeing Chas pull up in our car so fast without the girls in the car made my heart sink since I knew something had to be wrong.  She told me Lydia had a really bad splinter in her toe and I had to come home to help her.

Since I am the family medical provider when it comes to cuts, gashes, splinters, burns, and any other trauma for that matter, I expected a routine splinter removal.  When I got back to the bus I was not prepared for what I saw in her poor little bloody toe.  I had been telling them all summer that running around barefooted and/or wearing flip-flops were a recipe for disaster, but nobody seemed to listen to my words of wisdom.  Lydia was running around behind our canopy to hide because she thought I was coming back home and they wanted to surprise me.  Wearing flip-flops, she kicked the end of a 2″ diameter stick and it lodged a large chunk of itself under her toenail.  I have had small splinters under a nail, and they do not feel good at all.  I could not imagine what this one felt like in the least.  Knowing the ER was an hour drive away, and it was too late for the Urgent Care to be open, I gave her the option of me removing it.

After some debating of options, she decided to let me remove it.  I had to use the small scissors out of my tackle box to cut away the nail since I knew it would fall into a million pieces if I tried to pull it out.  It was so thick, it actually ripped the nail up from the nail bed, the pressure had to be intense for sure.  After cutting the nail away on both sides of the splinter, the pressure was reduced enough to get the largest chunk out.  Then I cut the rest of the nail away and flushed it out with some of our peroxide based contact solution (we use that stuff for everything).  She said it felt so much better after I had it removed the pressure was causing the majority of the pain.  We wrapped it up and took care of it, and she healed faster than I expected (leave it to kids).  Now for the photos, brace yourself…  I have come to accept the fact that bare-footed kids toes are always dirty, you should accept that too 🙂

Lydia was a real trooper during the surgery, with no anesthetic to be had.  She was very thankful when it was over, and so was I.  I am still not sure who had the most traumatic experience, me or her…  That night she promised to always wear shoes whenever I told her it was a good idea and that she would get rid of her flip-flops…  That didn’t last as long as I had hoped, the flops are still in the every day shoe pile…