Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Our Summer of 2012–Part II


We departed the resort on Friday, September 7th, spent the night at Deer Lodge, Montana dry camping, continued Saturday to Fort Hall, Idaho at the Fort Hall Casino and arrived at Charlie’s Service, Sun Set Utah Sunday afternoon where we are having the annual motor home service done.

Tomorrow, we will continue our journey home with an estimated arrival Friday afternoon.

Our home bound route is one that we have traveled many times before, I-90 east from Coeur D’Alene, Idaho to I-15 near Butte, Montana. I-15 south bound to Sun Set, Utah. From Charlie’s Service, we will continue south on I-15 to Utah State route 20. We will spend the night at the junction of Utah 20 and US 89. From there, we will continue south on US 89 to Cameron Arizona where we will spend the night at the Cameron Trading Post RV Park. Friday we will continue south on US 89 to Flagstaff, AZ where we will pick up I-17 to Phoenix and then I-10 to home.

This route has been covered in many of our previous blogs so back to the events of our 2012 summer.

July 12th – 15th saw us taking part in the resort’s annual Skin to the Wind Festival:

The festival started on Thursday with Raija and I running Outdoor Snack Bar Lunch. I cooked and Raija took orders and served hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chili dogs, turkey burgers, veggie burgers, chips, ice cream treats.

Starting at 1:30 The Rapid Transit Road Show provided tunes by the pool.

At 4:00 PM Tania Opland performed Casual Acoustic World Music on the patio.


Tania Opland's concerts are a tapestry of melodic and lyrical textures blending intriguing cross-cultural influences, from soaring melodies on a solo instrument to powerful vocals backed by solid rhythm guitar or intricate fingerpicking. Her repertoire starts from a base in the traditional music of North America and the British Isles, spreads through most of Northern Europe and touches on other cultures around the globe. Her array of musical instruments includes an unusual five-string violin/viola, cittern (or octave mandolin), hammered dulcimer, ocarina and hurdy-gurdy, along with more common instruments such as guitar, recorder, and, of course, voice.

At 9 PM we danced to the music by the House of Quest.


The House of Quist has been garnering industry attention with their high energy live shows and compelling original songs, and will be touring later this summer to support the release of their new CD, Vision Quest, recorded with Producer heavyweight David DeVore (REO Speed wagon, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John). The album features Guthrie Quist on lead guitar, Halladay Quist on bass, Pat McKenna on percussion and newest addition Matt Brua on guitar, The House of Quist is a tour de force with soaring sibling vocals backed by thunderous drums and guitar pyrotechnics. For lots of reasons, not the least of which is the lodge stage size and room acoustics, the Skin to the Wind show will be a slightly scaled down acoustic version of House of Quist featuring the 2 siblings and dad.

Dad is legendary Montana musician and published poet, Rob Quist, who is lead singer and songwriter for such seminal groups as Mission Mountain Wood Band, The Montana Band and Rob Quist & Great Northern; his award winning songs have been recorded by Michael Martin Murphey, Loretta Lynn and Jack Gladstone, and he has been inducted into the University of Montana School of Fine Arts Hall of Honors, recognizing him as "one of its greats."

Together, Rob Quist and The House of Quist's siblings, Halladay & Guthrie, present an astounding variety of musical genres with their original music showcasing blended vocal harmonies that only a family can attain.

Friday morning we attended a Trigger Point Therapy Workshop by Dr. Sharon Bloomsburg. Sharon kept my back in shape all summer with her Trigger Point Therapy. She is a daily visitor to the resort providing massages and chiropractic services to guests and residents.  

At noon we again manned the outdoor lunch stand on the patio.

In the evening we danced to music provided by the DJs of the Rapid Transit Show.

Saturday morning Raija attended a belly dancing class for beginners and in the afternoon after manning the lunch bar we took Contra dancing lessons in the lodge with live music provided by the Cantrells and Nora Scott as the caller / instructor.

In the evening we attended the Cantrells concert.


The Cantrells have been touring and performing their original folk and bluegrass music in concerts and festivals since 1985. Their performances feature Emily Cantrell's songs, her strong rhythm guitar (especially her swing style), Al Cantrell's contest-winning fiddling in traditional, swing and Irish styles, their duet harmonies, "fiddlesticks" ("playing the straws") and a wide variety of songs from bluegrass to Broadway musicals. They are currently based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Al Cantrell spent several months in Ireland, England and Europe studying Irish fiddle. The Cantrells almost always include some Irish music in their concerts.

The Cantrells have recorded four CDs of mostly original songs featuring Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Ranger Doug and Too Slim from "Riders in the Sky", Jim Hurst, Rob Ickes, Tim O'Brien and Mark Schatz of "Nickel Creek". These recordings receive radio air play across the US and in other countries.

The Cantrells were chosen by Robert Redford to perform in his hit movie "A River Runs Through It".

The festival concluded on Sunday with the afternoon lunch bar, followed The Rapid Transit Show tunes by the pool and at pot luck dinner.

Next up was the Jimmy Buffet Weekend starting at noon on Saturday July 21st.


Lunch was Jimmy Buffett’s Cheeseburgers in paradise, French fried potatoes,
and big kosher pickles plus dessert

followed at

1 PM with Jimmy Buffett Tunes by the Pool


At 4:30 PM there was the Jimmy Buffett Pot Luck Hors d’Oeuvres Parrothead Patio Party


and the Jimmy Buffett Tunes were kept rolling.

Then there was Jimmy Buffett Dinner of Key West garlic shrimp with
pineapple mango relish, rice medley, broccoli
and a dessert Jimmy Buffett would appreciate.

Followed by Jimmy Buffett “Live” Video Concert at Fenway Park on the lodge’s big screen.


Part III to follow soon.

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