Day 72: Wednesday, August 11th, 2021

The temps reaching into the 100s here this week, I devised a plan that would minimize the amount I would need to be in the hottest times of the day.  This morning, and going forward the rest of the week, I get up and out as early as possible and enjoy the cooler temps and then be done early afternoon before I get heat exhaustion from driving my hot car. (Same concept at Disney World- in early, out early, enjoy cooler temps and less crowds that way). 

Today I got to “Zoo Boise” right away at opening at 9 a.m., which made for a quiet visit AND a great parking spot near the entrance!  $11 admission, (which I thought was cheap for a Zoo), and I headed in and just walked around. I had zero agenda, just like I like it. I had sandals on today…sandals means Amy is in chill mode, and tennis shoes means I have lots to walk.  Funny how shoes can change your mood so much, but they were nice and cool, having my toes exposed to areas with fresh, cut grass felt SO GOOD.  I meandered from pen to pen, taking pics, enjoying my Coca-Cola tic tacs, and just relaxing. Here are all the animals I took pics of, my favorite being the lion who was being fed while I was there.  

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Sand Cats

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The zoo was worth the money, but it was annoying to see all the plastic netting up all over the Park- I assume a pandemic thing maybe, but it was everywhere.  Lots of buildings were shut down, but they were still giving their personal animal encounters. You can feed a bear, the giraffes, or the penguins here- they were booked solid for the day but it’s something to look into if you are wanting more of an experience out of the Zoo.

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Next door to the Zoo was this beautiful Rose Garden. I really wanted to play with Alice here and sing “We’re painting the roses red..” It was stunning, and I can imagine the wedding and senior pics that must be taken here.

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And on the other side of that was the Boise Art Museum.  For $5, I thought why not? I am not big into the Art Museums and Galleries, although I really enjoyed the one in Milwaukee and the Smithsonian one in Washington D.C.  I was with JT at the Milwaukee one and I remembered how hard we were laughing because I just wasn’t “getting” some of the ideas behind the art, but that’s what it is. And Monet in D.C.? Can’t beat that! This one was very small, took under an hour to walk it and read some of the narratives. It was ok, I like to support anything in the Arts so if you have time, stop on by.

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It’s now after 1 p.m., and I am famished. It seems that no matter when I leave my hotel room, I still eat lunch about 2 pm every day and dinner by 6. The idea is to grab another Wendy’s Strawberry salad, they are SOOOO good!  BUT as I am passing the “Discovery Center” I see “TITANIC EXHIBIT NOW OPEN!!” Yeah, I didn’t even think about it, I turned into the parking lot, grabbed Walter, and headed in.  $18, the most I had spent for admission to something in awhile, and was handed my boarding pass for this amazing ocean liner. I was sailing from Cherbourg, my name Mrs. Amin S Jerwan and I got lucky with second class. Traveling alone, I had just visited my family in Switzerland and eagerly awaited my reunion with my husband back in New York City. What could go wrong?  (Having done the Exhibit in Orlando several times and elsewhere, I was eager to see what they had from the wreck).

Boise Discovery Center - Titanic Experience

Boise Discovery Center - Titanic Experience

There are two different types of “Titanic” experiences when it comes to these types of attractions. One is an exhibit, set up for a couple of weeks so not a lot to them, and then the permanent ones like the ones in Orlando, Vegas, and Branson. (Yes I will be doing Vegas and Branson ones on this trip). This one was pretty plain, but they had a couple of things that REALLY stood out to me.  Plain I mean they have big pictures of the ship, the inside, etc… in Orlando you can stand ON the full size grand staircase, put your hand on what would have been the cold iceberg, and have a huge piece of the ship on display. Basically you are immersed there, here you felt like you were at a small gallery for Titanic. Anyways, I was still happy to see it…especially when I saw that they had one of the FAMOUS CHERUBS from one of the many staircases. It looks a lot like the “Grand Staircase” one but they note it is only similiar. Still from the Titanic, it’s from the other side of the “C” staircase, same concept, the real deal.  I squealed with delight, it was a first to see one of them. 

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My second favorite thing was the life size display of what, how big, etc… the life boats were.  When you stand on the image, you realize how much room they really did have.  They could have saved hundreds more, but the fear of capsizing them kept them from filling them. Did you know that only one woman was saved from the cold sea? Read her story with her pic below.

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My third favorite thing was that they highlighted some of the stories that I did NOT know about here.  Again, read below…. Pretty shocking and amazing. Oh I have also included my ghost app (GHOST LEGACY) hits on here so you can see what the spirits were saying to me in the Exhibit. They believe that objects carry residual energy, from those who touched them and used them, so I let it play and I screen shot the words as they come in.  You don’t have to believe me on any of it, I do, and I have had WAY to many come through to not believe it doesn’t work.

I enjoyed seeing all the real artifacts they have removed from the wreck, and learned today that the reason any paper made it, including money, is that they were stored in leather pouches or wallets. Leather doesn’t allow anything to eat through it, so the sea life wasn’t able to wreck them much. Case and point is the money below, including the $5 bill MADE here in Idaho AND the bill, and only bill, to have an Indian Chief on it. All found on the Titanic.

So did I live? Did I make it back to NY City? OF COURSE I DID! At the end they have a list of all the names of who survived and who perished. Takes a bit of time to find your name, but I did and she made it back to her hubby.  I HIGHLY suggest this exhibit if for nothing but seeing the cherub. No stickers or postcards, so nothing to buy so I headed out to my car and looked to my left and saw a grocery store- SCORE!!! I had been needing spinach and blueberries for my smoothies in the morning, and was happy to grab some snacks, watermelon, salads, and Coke Zero.

Now back in my hotel room for the day, enjoying the cold and watching “Signs” on tv. I see a nap, a workout, and then more writing in the rest of my day. Hope you all had a great day, see you tomorrow!

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Day 71: Tuesday, August 10th, 2021

Miracle of miracles, I got a solid 8 hours sleep last night.  Either it’s all the driving or stress of finding gas yesterday, but I slept hard and it was AMAZING. You truly know you’re an adult when the best thing about your day is sleep. This week is a bonus week for me because I only had a couple things planned, so everything else I find is extra!  It is supposed to be in the 100’s several days this week, so I am going to have to be careful with my car that has no a/c right now.  Sometimes it just FEELS better to stay in my nice, ice cold hotel room and watch tv.

On my Paranormal wish list of things to do across the Nation, many a Prison can be found.  I have always been fascinated by them, and then you add history with the ghosts inside every cell, they’re pretty cool to tour.  My first Prison tour was Joliet in Illinois, and you really didn’t get to go in the cell areas, because the main building was literally falling apart and they are trying to save it.  Waverly Hills was all about a guided ghost tour, so again, you weren’t on your own to really explore (that costs extra and boy will it cost you there to do an overnight alone!). I LOVED that ghost tour, but it would have been cool and terrifying to do alone.

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So today I wasn’t sure what to expect, just what I had seen on an episode of “Ghost Adventures.” I knew the place was haunted, so I came prepared to talk to whoever wanted to talk back. They have sort of a compound going on there, the Penitentiary, the Warden’s home, the Women’s Prison Block, the trail to Table Rock, and the Botanical Gardens next door.  They have you park in this huge, gravel parking lot behind the homes and the Table Rock trail, but there was ZERO signage on where to walk to the Prison. I wound up asking a local who was going to his car how the heck to get to the entrance, which he kindly showed me the way. 

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$6 entrance fee, masks required in the Main building, and the tour is self-guided. I LOVE those words, that means “Amy can take her sweet ass time” – which I certainly did. They opened at 10 a.m. and I didn’t walk out until 12:30 p.m.  They have SO many buildings to tour, including Maximum Security, the Cooler, 3 Cell Houses, a Rose Garden, Shirt Factory, and Barber Shop. 

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Let’s start with the Rose Garden.  This is where the gallows started on the property, where the men were put to death by hanging. The Rose Garden was beautiful, I kept thinking what beauty was covering stories of horrible deaths. It felt peaceful, but I couldn’t shake the feeling I was being watched. There weren’t many touring today, so 90% of the time I was all alone. Even with the big, bright, ball in the sky shining down on me, the place couldn’t feel darker.

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Idaho State Penitentiary
The gallows were in the grassy area…
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The Gallows Outside

The Dining Hall from 1898 burned down, and all that is left is the shell of what was. They designed it to have lots of light, and they entered across this huge ravine dug around it.  The pic will show the men were not allowed to talk, and they all had to face one way while eating.

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The Dining Hall
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Dining Hall in 2021

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Inside the Dining Hall

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I couldn’t get over the “dungeons” they had placed in several spots. When the men were unruly, one point of punishment would be to put them in the ground where they would feed them and that’s it. They looked like storm cellars that people used when they didn’t have basements, but it must have been so hot with the sun baking those metal doors. Maybe cooler underground? I don’t know, every time I saw one it creeped me out.

Idaho State Penitentiary

Idaho State Penitentiary

Speaking of cooler, they have a building called “The Cooler” or “Siberia” where you were put when you REALLY screwed up while in Prison.  These cells had nothing to them, and walking into the tiny building felt so heavy on my chest, I didn’t stay in here long. It’s located in a corner, far away from everything else, including it’s own shower area for only these confined prisoners. There cells had NOTHING to them, I pictured a man just sitting in a corner and scraping his fingers on the wall from boredom. Creepy area.

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Next I toured the Barber Shop and Dorm, right next to each other. These were Museums, meaning they had walls of information on inmates, and it was fascinating to read. I probably spent a good 30 minutes alone here, all very interesting.

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3 House, built in 1928, was the first one I toured of the cells. Because I wasn’t able to have such freedom at Joilet like this, I was shocked I could walk in and out of cells, up and down floors, it was so cool!! Every building I left my Ghost app play out, and I will post some of the words I got with this. Basically I took pics, video, then let my app run while I walked around and explored.

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2 House was the oldest house, built in 1911. These were incredibly old, smaller cells.  A scary vibe in this one, wasn’t a fan of being alone in here.

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4 House, built in 1952, was the largest one. Lots of floors, housed the most, and this is where they had kidnapped several of the guards and the prisoners held them hostage. 

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The Officers would use this hallway to check in on the prisoners through small windows.

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The small window on the inside of the cell that the Officers would peek in on them.

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5 House, built in 1954, was Maximum Security and Death Row.  THIS ONE was crazy to be in!  Exploring while thinking about the most dangerous who inhabited here, but then to go to the second floor and see the 4 cells that held the Death Row inmates was surreal. Right off their cells, a single, ominous door. They all had to stare at it from their cells, knowing the journey though door was the last walk in their lives. And not death by injection, oh no, nothing humane like that. They walked through that door to a hanging noose. They would be executed by hanging, with a trap door underneath. They would stand on the doors, the noose around their neck, the trap door would open, and they would be hung. Then dropped to the room below, and taken out the doors down the stairs, to the outside to a hearse and then the Cemetery.  A window in the viewing room would allow the “watchers” to view this gruesome hanging…and I couldn’t stop staring through it. I couldn’t get over that 10 people were hung in that room, and that someone watched it. I was in this area awhile, I just couldn’t get over it.  I took video in this area, will post it on Facebook- make sure to follow my page.

 

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Where they hung the noose from…
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The trapdoor the body fell through.
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The lever pulled to open the trap door…

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The room beneath the gallows…where the trap door dumped the body.

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The doors the body would be taken out of to the hearse and then Cemetery.

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The last building I toured was the Shirt Factory, basically the laundry area. They really didn’t like them “loafing” – this term is found all over the grounds. Apparently with their schedule, they worked most of the time to help the State’s budget. They even built the Warden’s home, a STONE home.  Cheap labor I guess.  I hit the gift shop, because EVERYONE has a gift shop, and grabbed my sticker and a bottle of water. On the way out, they have the Women’s Ward on the outside of the Main Prison, which I thought was odd. Apparently they HAD to keep them separated this much because of the harassment they would endure. They were so worried about the women that there house is actually surrounded by it’s own separate wall, with the Warden’s home between the two areas.  Because it’s outside the Main prison, you can tour the Women’s area without paying.

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I headed out to find lunch, loving that Wendy’s Strawberry Summer Chicken salad so I picked one up and a cold soda and I headed back to the Hotel for some sweet, sweet air conditioning.  I am parked for the rest of the day, the heat really does wipe me out. Hoping to get my car fixed soon, see you all tomorrow!

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Day 63: Monday, August 2nd, 2021

I’m going to work backwards today on how THIS went, because I am so frustrated and angry right now that it may be better to just start from my evening first. I mentioned to yall yesterday that my a/c went out. No idea what it is, mileage, age of the car, she’s had all of her tune ups- could just be she needed a recharge. I was on my way to Cannon Beach, thought I would get the sunset there, and low and behold I see an AutoZone. Great! So I decide that not dying in my hot box of a car is smarter than going to the beach, so I go and buy a can for recharging my a/c. I ask them if they can show me how to use it… they aren’t authorized but they send me to a Dealership. I run there, meet a very nice man named Jody, who tries to put it in, said it doesn’t fit the nozzle, I need an adaptor.  Go back to AutoZone he tells me and find an adaptor or return the one I bought and buy an entirely new one. Ok. I do this. They don’t have an adaptor. None of the other cans fit it. He tell me to go back on the other side of town to NAPA Auto Parts. So I drive all the way over there…they don’t have any of the A/C cans at all.  Near tears at this point, I just give in to my pity party, buy ice cream Dibs, and go back to my amazing hotel room for tonight’s sunset and just cry over the fact that this is my nightmare come true. My top two were getting sick and having car troubles…and here they are both in the same week. It makes the fun stuff hard to enjoy, I am trying, but God this is hard alone. So I am not sure what I am going to next besides bake in my car until I find a dealership which will be hella expensive or a can that works. So that was my last 3 hours.

Astoria Crest Motel

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Before that? I drove up the 101 for 4 hours, through lush forests and along waters edges, across towns like South Bend which is labeled the “World’s Best Clams” or something like that. I came into Astoria so excited for all of the Goonies excitement, and up until this evening, it was pretty good I have to say.  I got to see the jail where they house the Oregon Film Museum, some movie props in here but best known for the very first scene in the movie, where Fratellis are in jail. Yep, filmed right in that jail cetll, pretty cool.  Not much else here, some scenes you can film for yourself, not really my thing when you are traveling solo. You can purchase a ticket for just here, which will take you all of 30 mins to tour, grab some merch, and that’s about it OR the combo ticket which includes the Heritage Museum and te Flavel House. I bought the combo, it was cheap for $16.

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Megler Bridge

Oregon Film Museum

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The Flavel House is located right across the street, and is an easy, self-guided tour. You must show your combo ticket at the carriage house FIRST before entering the home, but once you do that, they give you a calling card to enter the premises.  Photos without the flash allowed, two floors to tour. Beautiful home, and it took about 45 minutes to tour. This is ALSO a Goonies location, in the beginning of the film, Mikey and his friends bike down a hill and past his Dad working at the local Museum- which is THIS!  Pretty cool.

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Flavel House Museum 2021

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Next location I found was the bowling alley that Chunk watches the car chase speed by…where he smashes his soda on the glass while watching them go by.  Then there is the intersection where the housekeeper is trying to cross, right in front of the Coffee House downtown on their main street. I haven’t gotten to Mikey’s house yet, again, half my day was eaten up by the drama above. Maybe tomorrow.

Goonies Bowling Lans

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I then found parking at their Maritime Museum, bought the ticket to look around inside, it was ok, not that into boats but was curious.  Toured the one docked behind the Museum, got super queasy on it, I do NOT know how they stayed in tight quarters like that, the air was so thick and there was just zero space. Since I had a good parking spot, I decided to get lunch and walk downtown to make the most of the area.