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The Place Even Smells ‘Shrimpy’ . . .

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After talking it over about where we wanted to eat this afternoon, we finally decided on Pook’s Crawfish Hole. I think it was me more than Jan, but she’s was willing to give it a try.

Pook’s is located on FM646, just a few block’s east of Hwy 6, and only about 5 minutes from the rig.

Pook's Sign

We drive by it all the time and it’s always busy.  So busy that sometimes the parking lot is full and people are parking out along the street. So it must  be good.

Pook's Front

But we lucked out today because when we got there about 2pm, the place was only about half full, with most diners sitting the open outside area.

Pook's 1

Pook’s is unusual in that it’s only open about 6 months a year, pretty much from January to June, i.e. crawfish season. And boiled crawfish, boiled shrimp, boiled snow crab, and a few sides, are pretty much the entire menu.

Now growing up in South Alabama, shrimp was king, but crawfish (crawdads, mudbugs, etc) were considered just bait. So we ordered a pound of hot boiled shrimp, an order of boiled mushrooms,

Pook's 2

and just to stay in the spirit of things, a crawfish pie.

Pook's 3

Jan and I split the pie, with Jan really liking it, but I found it kind of bland.

There were 16 shrimp in this pound, making them 16/20’s or Extra Jumbo, bigger than most places around here.

Pook's 4

For example Floyd’s sells a dozen shrimp for $13.99, ones that look like they’re 21/25’s, and on the high end at that.

Word to the wise, buy your shrimp by the pound, not by the dozen.

In this case the shrimp were deveined, hot and delicious. And each pound comes with a corn and a red-skin potato, all boiled in the same water as the shrimp. As were the mushrooms, which Jan said were very tasty as well.

Just about everything here is ‘finger food’, so your fingers, hands, faces, get kind of greasy, so this wash station is handy for cleaning up.

Pook's 5

I think my grandmother had one just like this, complete with the wringer.

And like the sign out front says, they sell the crawfish live too, in these 30 lb. sack’s in case you want to roll your own.

Pook's 6

We’ll go back. Really, really good.

Not sure what’s on the schedule for tomorrow, so we’ll just have to see how it goes.

Thought for the Day:

If we’re ever in a situation where I’m the ‘Voice of Reason’, then we’re in a very, very bad situation.


Lions and Tigers and . . . Pizza!

Not much new at work today. Set up a new Canon laser printer and got it working on the network. It’s a high-speed duplex printer and will be used to print out our catalogs.

Getting home about 4:15 I put together a batch of quickie vegetable soup. I start with chicken broth, spiced (salt, pepper, minced garlic, minced onions, thyme, and oregano plus ground habanero for some heat) to taste. Then I dump in a large package of Birdseye Frozen Mixed Vegetables (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots, Squash, and  Zucchini)

And after about 7 minutes in the microwave it’s all hot and bubbly.

Homemade Veggie Soup

And delicious.

I had a lot of nice comments about my recent wildlife park posts so here’s another one.

Cat Tails and Good Pizza . . .     July 14, 2011

After coffee this morning, I got back to work finishing up my transfer switch bypass. Last night after I got the new receptacles, I made up this harness so I’d be ready to go today.

Receptacle Hookup

After going outside and disconnecting shore power just to be safe, all I had to do was connect the splices to the loose ends of the generator output wires and then tape them up. And for once things went smoothly and I was done in about 15 minutes.

Finishing up, Jan and I left about 12:15 to head into Spokane for the rest of the day.

Our first stop was Shakey’s Pizza for their lunch buffet. We really like their food and always stop by when there’s one in the area. The last time we ate at one was in Lancaster, CA last year.

And there’s another reason we really like them. Jan and I went there on our first date in Orlando, FL in July of 1967, about 43 years ago. So a lot of good things come from Shakey’s.


Shakey’s has a great buffet, consisting of pizza, spaghetti, fried chicken, battered, fried potato slices, salad bar, and dessert pizza. Really, really good.

Leaving Shakey’s we drove up the road about 5 miles to the Cat Tails Zoological Park. We had noticed the place when we came through town this past Monday and wanted to check it out.

Cat Tails Sign

Turns out that Cat Tails is Big Cat rescue zoo that began in 1991, starting with 4 cats, and has been growing ever since.

Cat Tails

They have a number of beautiful Royal White Bengal Tigers.

Royal White Bengal Tiger 1

Royal White Bengal Tiger 2

Royal White Bengal Tiger 3

Royal White Bengal Tiger 4

They also have number of these signs around. So we have a choice: Run and LOOK like food, or stand still and BE food.

Not much of a choice, if you ask me.

Don't Run Sign

This is a mountain lion, a puma, panther, catamount, or a cougar. Take your pick.

Mountain Lion

These are Serval cats. A little bigger than a domestic house cat, they can run 45 mph and jump 12 feet in the air and catch birds in mid-air.

Serval Cat 3

I never knew that leopards had green eyes. The info sign says a leopard can jump 20 feet straight up and 35 feet straight out from a sitting position.  WOW!

They have a number of both male and female lions, but I could only get a good photo of this female.


They also have two tigers and a lioness that have been raised together since they were cubs, and all three are in the same cage.

Lions and Tigers

And of course, a lot of tigers.

Tiger 1

Tiger 2

Tiger 3

This is 14 month old Amura, being taken for a walk and moved to a new cage.

Walking Your Cat

Still a youngster who likes to play with her ball, she also likes to splash in her pond,

Amura 1

and even take a bath.

Amura 2

Being raised as a single cub, the zoo decided Amura needs a companion. So they got Sage, 4 month old Great Pyrenees, from the local Humane Society.

Amura and Sage

Amura and Sage 2

They were kept together for almost a year until Amura got too big, and the zoo was worried that Amura might not know her own strength.

But they regularly put them together in adjacent cages so they can play. It was easy to see how excited they got when they saw each other.

Amura and Sage 3

Amura and Sage 4

We really enjoyed Cat Tails and thought it was a great bargain. At only $8.00 it’s much cheaper than some other similar attractions, and we really had a great time.

Well recommended if you’re in the area.

Leaving the zoo we headed into downtown Spokane as Jan wanted to drive through the South Hill District and check out some of the old homes in the area.

After that we headed back north for a for a few stops before heading home. First up was a Bed, Bath & Beyond for Jan to get some soaps.

Next was Lowe’s to take back the wrong receptacles from my switch bypass project, and also buy some heavier cutters since I had trouble cutting the #8 gauge wire.

Then it was back to Wal-Mart for more ‘stuff’. Apparently we left some ‘stuff’ there the other day, so Jan wanted to go back and get it all.

We got back home about 6:30, to find that unlike last night, when we got back to find a note on our RV saying the park water would be off until this morning, but found it was working fine, tonight we got back to find no note, but the water was off anyway.

No problem as we have plenty in our tank.

We’ll leave here tomorrow about 8 am, heading for Columbia Falls, MT and Glacier National Park. It’ll be about 225 miles and since we’ll also lose an hour moving into Mountain Daylight Time, we want to get an early start.

We also want to top off our diesel before we leave Newport, and that also takes a while.

Thought for the Day:

A journey of a thousand miles usually begins with a broken fan belt and a leaky tire.