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Super 8

Super 8 Motels
~ Worldwide ~

I’ve spent many nights at the Super 8 – some locations are amazing, others can be seedy. It depends on the city and the manager, neighborhood, and environment. They are one of the world’s largest budget hotel chains – with motels throughout the United States, Canada, and China. They are part of the Wyndham Worldwide chain. The chain was started by Dennis Brown in 1972 alongside his partner Ron Rivett in 1973. They started renting rooms for $8.88/night which gave name to “Super 8”. The first motel was in Aberdeen South Dakota, hosting 60 rooms in 1974. It had a stucco exterior with an English Tudor style inspired by Rivett’s father-in-law who did stucco construction for a living, the remaining architecture was created by Rivett. Through the years they kept the English Tudor style as well as locating themselves near Holiday Inn’s as a marketing strategy. The first franchise was sold in 1976 in Gillette, Wyoming. They broke out of the Midwest in 1978 opening up in New York and Washington State. In 1976 they created a VIP club program which was later purchased by Hospitality Franchise Systems, then Cendant in 1993. This was dissolved in 2003 and replaced by TripRewards converting to Wyndham Rewards in 2008. By 2014 they had over 2,390 hotels. They opened their first hotel in China during 2004 in Beijing. They offer their guests standard amenities including free WiFi, a continental breakfast, hair dryers, coffee makers, laundry, and a lobby. Some locations have pools and meeting rooms, while some of the larger Super 8’s have restaurants.

Locations I’ve visited:

  • Lincoln City, Oregon: 3517 N, US-101, Lincoln City, OR 97367; (541) 996-9900. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. This location has a fabulous tourism placement across from a public beach. Its a rather small building and hotel with few rooms. Its less than a mile from the Chinook Winds casino. They have mini-fridges and microwaves in the room, coin laundry, free coffee, truck parking, and a small conference room. Its located along Highway 101.

Rated: 4 of 5 stars. ~ Review by Leaf McGowan/Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions ~

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State of Idaho

Idaho, United States of America

Idaho, “The Potato State” is also called the “Spud Government” and the “Gem State”. Its name may have the result of a hoax, the “Idahoax” which is disputed. However its true name’s origin is unknown. Some say “Idaho” came from the Shoshone language as meaning “the sun comes from the mountains” or “the gem of the mountains”. It may have derived from the Apache word “idaahe” which means “enemy”. The Capital of Idaho is Boise, which is its largest city. Its highest elevation is “Borah Peak” at 12,662 feet above sea level. It’s Lowest point is the “Snake River” at 710 feet above sea level. Idaho was the 43rd state to become part of the Union on July 3, 1890. Idaho has plains and mountainous terrain. It hosts some of the Rocky Mountains. It is home to Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in the United States, through which the waters of the Snake River run. Shoshone Falls fall from a height greater than that of Niagra Falls. Idaho is home to the Snake River, the Clark Ford/Pend Oreille River, the Clearwater River, Coeur d’Alene River, the Spokane River, the Boise River, the Payette River, and the Salmon River. It is the 14th largest state (acreage) in the United States. It is surrounded by Washington and Oregon to the West, Nevada and Utah to the South, Wyoming and Utah to the East, Montana and British Columbia to the North. 60% of Idaho is held by either the National Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management. Idaho is nicknamed the Gem state because almost every gemstone found in the world is found in Idaho. Idaho is also one of the only two places in the world where star garnets can be found (the only other place is in the Himalayas of India). It is also the only place that the six pointed star garnets have been found. Besides gemstones, Idaho is very important for agriculture, food processing, potatoes, wheat, lumber, chemicals, paper, electronics manufacture, silver, mining, science, technology, and tourism.


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  • Baurley, Thomas 2015 Alternative America: Travel Guide to the U.S.A. Technogypsie Publications, Riverside, California.
  • McGowan, Leaf 2015 Magical America. Technogypsie Publications, Riverside, California.
  • Wikipedia 2015 “United States of America” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Website referenced 8/16/15.




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Malad Gorge and River (Idaho)

Malad Springs and Gorge * Idaho, United States
One of my favorite little canyons off the Interstate while cruising through Idaho on my many adventures to Seattle from Colorado. The Malad River is the shortest river in the World. It is a tributary of the Snake River and is formed by the confluence of the Big Wood River and the Little Wood River near Gooding, Idaho. It flows south and west for about 11.5 miles where it joins the Snake river near Hagerman. The river creates a very deep gorge called the “Malad Gorge” where it flows through the Malad Gorge State Park, where it tumbles down an amazing waterfall. The Gorge is 250 feet deep and 2.5 miles long. Its a definite not-to-miss sight in Hagerman. Definitely a must see. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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