BarstowRick Moves To Nampa, Idaho

BarstowRick Oct 24, 2018

  1. BarstowRick

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    I finally went and did it. Gathered up all my stuff, feline friends and model railroad and bugged out for Nampa, Idaho leaving Big Bear Country in Sothern California.

    Many reasons why I did this but the most important one was daughter and her family. Now I'm approximately twenty minutes away from them. Living in a regular brick and mortar house instead of the tin can of a mobile home. All though I loved Big Bear and it's amenities I find Nampa to be a very interesting place to live. The people seem friendly, the railroad tracks are about five blocks away and there are several Model Railroad Clubs in the area.

    The felines rode out the trip in their carriers arriving scarred half out of their minds. Within a day or two they had taken over the place feeling right at home. Me not so lucky. It took all of three weeks to pack everything up and I suspect it will take the better part of four or five to get unpacked.

    The 20 ft., U-haul truck I rented handled nicely and got my son-in-law and I here safely. The car followed along nicely on it's auto transport. We were teasing that one cat was seen at the steering wheel and the other giving us the claw finger from the passengers seat.

    I've already been down to the local railroad museum, located in a restored U.P. train station. Met two great guys. I asked about train watching hot spots and got the impression, despite the stations location, foamers aren't welcome in their parking lot. Still feeling them out about that.

    Looking for a club and bunch of model railroaders to hang with. I will see where that takes me in the next few months.

    As of this writing, BarstowRick.com is still down. The server did hi-jack the blog so Al K., my son-in-law is still working on it. We hope to have it back up and running before to long. Under the control of a new host.

    If you are in the Boise, Nampa, Meridian, Caldwell, Idaho area make yourself known. I don't bite :) !
     
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  2. BarstowRick

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    Yep, I know, I can hear you. Oh no he's here! What did we do to deserve this? LOL

    I'll be showing up to say hi! So bar the doors or alert security.

    Looking forward to the fun we can all have.
     
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  3. gjslsffan

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    It has been a while since I was up in that part of the woods. There used to be a hobby shop I think in Caldwell area, it was in a barn close to the highway, that moved up there from the Denver area, really nice guy and man did he have the stock. Floor to ceiling, I hope he is still in business, cant think of the name of it right now, prolly come to me 2-3 in the morning, then I will forget again.
     
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  4. bremner

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    Congrats on getting out
     
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  5. engineer bill

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    Rick I thought it had been quiet up on the mountain, good luck and happy trails.
     
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    Glad to hear you're getting along. Rick.

    Doug
     
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    Thanks for the kind words and well wishes.

    Engr. Bill, to quiet for to long. The group of model railroaders we started in Big Bear are waning. Some have moved as did I. Others are having health problems. Our main stay John A., is still hard at it. Look for his layout to appear in a Model Railroad Wig Wag, near you.

    By the way almost everything in the promised land is 20 cents cheaper per-dollar spent and the minute we crossed over from California into Nevada at Ridgecrest the price of gas dropped a buck a gallon or better. My only thoughts ..taxes. There in is the difference.

    As of this morning the land lord said he would be here to frame in a laundry room. That's good news.

    Now that I have my internet hooked up once again I will be checking out the railroad scene and the model railroading clubs and groups in the area. If there is anyone out there in this fertile valley, who participates here I'd appreciate hearing from you.

    More later.
     
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  8. BoxcabE50

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    NampaRick. Name change...... Ha ha ha. :)
     
  9. BarstowRick

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    LOL Good one...well played.
    That might work but I'm afraid I haven't been here long enough to be able to claim such a moniker.

    Finally feeling somewhat settled in. Went through a bunch of old model railroad wig wags deciding which ones I would keep. May check around to see if anyone wants the others.

    The feline buddies are claiming the place as their own. Clean up in the bathroom, oop's now in the front room, gosh darn guys do we have to christen everything? I said unsure of whether or not I want to grin or nash what teeth I have left.
     
  10. BarstowRick

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    Odd but I'm finding Nampa to be a bit Foamer un-friendly. Wondering if others have found it the same.

    UP parks it's either outbound cars or inbound unsure at this time as to which ones, right in front of the restored passenger station. There's a nice grassy spot and parking area but you can't see into the train yard to watch the switching moves. The 12th street bridge strikes me as a bit dangerous for a pedestrian. You can't just drive along the extended yard as the surface or service streets along the tracks on both sides won't allow you to drive straight through town to follow a train. So not sure what to think, so far.

    I haven't gotten out to the clubs yet. Unpacking is top priority as well as getting my washer and dryer hooked up.

    Loving the weather and the area. They keep calling this the hi-desert and yes there is some areas that would remind me of Victorville and Barstow, CA., what I'd refer to as true hi-deserts. This valley is fertile, has water from the Snake River and loads of irrigation not only for the farmers but the residents. Oh and I'm a whole lot warmer here then I was in Big Bear Lake for the last 21 years. The guys in Big Bear are reporting the temperatures into the 20's at night while in Nampa, we are in the 40's. They are expecting their first snow for the year, we are still looking at rain. Not at all what I was told about Idaho. There is a storm predicted for parts of Washington. We may see remnants of it.

    Now it's time to get into see a new doctor, get me a dentist and see if I can get some falsies. At least everything is close by and I don't have to drive for miles with wasted hours on the highway, just to get medical care. Nice!

    By now you've guessed I wasn't all that happy with Big Bear and you'd be right. Oh, before I forget I've bumped into Californians all escaping one common denominator...taxes, exorbitant taxes. Not to mention lose of jobs. Three of us found each other in Albertsons yesterday morning. Amazing! And we have no plans to turn Idaho in Fornia!

    Not having fun quite yet but give me a chance.
     
  11. r_i_straw

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    Well, be sure to let us know when the FUN starts. (y)
     
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  12. BoxcabE50

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    You are about the same elevation as Victorville. And higher than Barstow. I am sure that such a nickname as you noted is merely a localism. But you are nearing the Bitterroot Mountain foothills, so may seem to them as if....

    Hard to say why, if, they may be unfriendly. Hooking up with a few area fans and modelers may reveal a past history which brought about such conditions.
     
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    Barstow is and always has been like a second home for me. My grandparents moved there in the mid 20's and raised my dad and uncle. Santa Fe employee's. I spent a month or two or my summers visiting my grandparents, uncle and cousins. Went to a party with my dad and came home with my mother in where else? Barstow.

    I was given the monicker from two sources. A city official in Barstow, and a high-school teacher on a different train website. I let it stick as it wasn't confused with several other Rick's on that website as well as the Rick's on this website. I have a website/blog so entitled so figure I need to let the nick stand. B-Rick is a common reference to me. I have no problem with that. Or the other is simply Barstow... Let's not do Barstool. I'm not the type. Although I like the idea of Nampa Rick but pretty sure someone that is indeed a local carries that handle.

    Got out a little today and explored the streets and roads around the train yard. Found the point where the old main from Boise comes into Nampa. A relatively busy freight feeder. Amtrak hasn't come through here in years. One wonders what with the population why there isn't a small connector available. Most of Amtrak goes over the old NP and GN tracks on the now BNSF. Okay with me as I don't have much love for Amtrak.

    Missing the group of guys I used to hang with in Big Bear Lake. We'd get together at Carl's place suck down some soda's, coffee and a burger or two. I hear that isn't a day to day event anymore. We had fun, visited each others layouts and took sight seeing trips to various train shows and hot spots in San Bernardino, Riverside, Barstow and Cajon Pass. A good time while it lasted. I will miss that.

    Next stop...? Well, let's see where this new adventure takes me. The guys and gals up here are staying hidden and shy. That may be a good thing. LOL :cautious::oops:o_O

    Sigh!
     
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  14. Hytec

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    Rick, a church or community center is a good place to start letting folks get to know you. Note my inverse logic there. I learned that logic moving to a rural community 11 years ago where folks are skeptical of outsiders, city folk, doncha know. I initially came on like gangbusters until my wife convinced me to let them get to know me, not the other way around. Now I couldn't have closer friends. (unfortunately, none of them are model rails, but.....)
     
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    Well played LOL :);)

    Can't say I disagree with that. I've already got myself in trouble. Looks to be I will be busy with the sound system in a local church. Similar to all the work I put in, in a church in Big Bear Lake. Not a certified sound tech., but the next best thing. So already in the middle of getting to know the locals and enjoying the pot lucks. Yummmm!

    Met a retired UP conductor but not from this area. Did I mention the Californians I was meeting up here? You got it.

    We shall see where this takes us for now. (y);)
     
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    Haw haw. I can tell you exactly when it will start. Once the unpacking is completed and I start repairs on my train layout. Then I will be having fun. Or, I finally get to meet the local railfans and modelers/hobbyist in the area. Until then work, work, work and work some more. :sick::notworthy::coffee::coffee::coffee:
     
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    Odd but "My Content", isn't showing up when I check into it. Wonder what's up with that?

    Ahh-haw. I found something interesting on my new phone. I have one of those new fangled smart phones and yes it's smarter then I....am. Gift from my family.

    Sitting in the laundromat waiting for my clothes to dry, when someone asked me if I could locate a car wash. The kind you can spray the car down with by yourself. Well let's see! Wow! I can find things like that on this smarter then .... phone. I can't say that expletive here.

    That led to my exploring the maps and the UP Tracks in town. I can get right above them and see the whole of the facility. To my amazement there is a turntable. Working? Looks like it but I need to get out on 2nd street and see if I can confirm that. Any excuse to get out and rail-fan the local scene. I did find on another website where someone asked the same questions about hot spots. I also read the answers but didn't see anyone from here answering it. Same advice given, as I was doing with the smarter phone. Yes, the one smarter then I...am. Watch just as soon as I figure out how to use it, it will be old hat, old tecchnology.

    I'm using the mobile hot spot on it to access the website including visiting with you here on line. Amazing!

    My daughter wants to show off the big city. So I will be off with her to learn more about my new surroundings.
     
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    I have to say down town Boise, surrounding the state capital is an interesting place. Water in the creek. What? What did I say? Now that's something we don't get to see very often in Califfornia. Not even in Big Bear Country. When I left the lake was down considerably. Sacrificed so they can blow snow on the mountain during last years ski season.

    The State University, Albertsons Stadium, Bronco's! In Boise? Yes, via the State University. That's all they talk about here. Uhh not the ones in Denver, CO. The Village, Mormon Temple as well as other church's in the area. The Village reminds me of Main Street Disneyland with a touch of Las Vegas minus the casino's. Awesome is the word I must have over used.

    A trip to the Boise Depot was in order and off we went. A uniquely interesting structure located on a knoll overlooking Boise. Outside resting on a single track is a 2-8-2 in UP livery. It appears at least on the outside that it could be restored. The depot was closed so we couldn't get in but there are hours posted and I may get back sometime over the weekend. Sorry no pictures...YET! After seeing it, I couldn't help but wonder why UP by-passed it. Then the real treat of the day. We were on Franklin street headed back toward Meridian and Nampa. Here comes the local with two HCLX diesels on the front end and a UP SD 70 or 90 on the rear. Push pull to allow for working opposing switches at the various industries along the route. I wondered out loud why so much power? Also heard myself asking if UP ever runs any passenger specials down this line. Don't know was the answer. We shall see.

    Went by St. Luke's where my daughter is an associate. Impressive hospital, from it's appearance. Understand they are looking forward to opening a new children's building.

    Next adventure will be to try and visit the model railroad clubs in Nampa and Caldwell.

    Tonight, Halloween. Lot's of tricker treaters stopping by. Neat to see the parents accompanying the kids and assuring their safety. Had fun passing out all the 250 pieces of candy I bought. Now where's mine?

    Well, that's it for today. More to come, later.
     
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    Now that I have this smart phone almost figured out I will be looking for the hobby shops. If for no other reason then get my model railroad fix. What monies? I spent it all getting here. Well, not all of it.

    Caldwell and a barn. This could be interesting.
     
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    Went home for a visit to western Taxington during this past September. Stooped by an old favorite place along my way. Lake Cle Elum. Or should I say Puddle Cle Elum. Could not believe it. Has obviously been down a long, long time, judging by the vegetation growth with it's former shorelines. Wow. :eek:
     
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