Day 171: Denture Adventure

Laetitia and her group headed into Idaho toward Soda Springs, a town of nearly 3,500 people near the Webster Mountain Range and Caribou National Forest. On the waythey stopped to visit Minnetonka Cave and went hiking in Bear Lake State Park. When they arrived in Soda Springs in the afternoon, they did their usual walkabout, and Laetitia heard a story that became the limerick of the day.

An old man from the town Soda Springs
Liked to go out with pretty young things
‘Til the loss of his dentures
So marred these adventures
That it soon put and end to such flings.

Day 140: Denture Adventure

The next stop on Laetitia’s tour of the western United States was in California. She and her group hiked among the cinder cones and ancient lava and pumice fields of Lava Beds National Monument, a relic of California’s volcanic past. They then stopped at Redwood National Park for more hiking amidst the tranquil beauty of the tall trees. That evening they stayed in Big Bar.

At dinner that evening, Laetitia overheard two ladies talking about an older fellow of their acquaintance named Morgan. He dressed well, was a good conversationalist, and was generous with his money. He was often seen with ladies, but never the same one. One woman confided to the other that she had gone out with Morgan and knew the reason for all the one-night stands.

As she thought about it, it occurred to Laetitia how important eavesdropping was in her newfound profession as a Mind’s Eye Limerick tour guide. She imagined her supervisor back at Mind’s Eye headquarters, whoever and wherever that was, using phrases like, “eavesdrops well,” “pumps locals well for gossip,” and carouses well with bartenders,” in her evaluation.

The ladies’ conversation provided the limerick of the day.

When old Morgan, who lived in Big Bar
Courted ladies he never got far
It would seem that each date
Was going first rate
‘Til his dentures went into the jar.

Day 120: Last Night in Paradise

For their last day in Hawaii, before moving on to Alaska, most of Laetitia’s group wanted to go shopping. Some went to elegant shops for clothing and beachwear, but others went to Hilo Hattie’s looking for bargains. In the evening, they came early for happy hour and had drinks for several hours before having a late dinner. It was the last evening in “paradise,” and Mike, a rancher from Montana, Daphne, an office manager from New Jersey, and Clem, a retiree from Vermont, were desperate to have one last fling before going home, providing Laetitia with material for three limericks.

Young Mike from Montana’s Big Sky land
Cruised beach bars as he tried to beguile and
Entice young wahines
With double martinis
To wed him and leave the Big Island.

When Daphne from near Perth Amboy
Came to visit Hawaii for poi
She escaped her bikini
Just like old Houdini
When seduced by a beachcomber’s ploy.

Old Clem from near Ticklenaked Pond
Viewed himself as a senior James Bond
On Hawaiian adventures
‘Til he lost his dentures
As he tried to make time with a blonde.