July 21, Friday
I Just have to post this story as a separate blog post. We had heard the story of the “Sourtoe Cocktail” and decided last night that we should check it out – and that TOM should take the challenge. We found the saloon and asked at the bar, but they don’t bring out the toe until late in the evening. . . we weren’t going to wait around for 3 hours for any toe!
Here is the Origin of the story:
The legend of the first “sourtoe” dates back to the 1920’s and features a feisty rum-runner named Louie Linken and his brother Otto. During one of their cross-border deliveries, they ran into an awful blizzard. In an effort to help direct his dog team, Louie stepped off the sled and into some icy overflow—soaking his foot thoroughly.
Fearing that the police were on their trail, they continued on their journey. Unfortunately, the prolonged exposure to the cold caused Louie’s big toe to be frozen solid. To prevent gangrene, the faithful Otto performed the amputation using a woodcutting axe (and some overproof rum for anesthesia). To commemorate this moment, the brothers preserved the toe in a jar of alcohol.
Years later, while cleaning out an abandoned cabin, the toe was discovered by Captain Dick Stevenson. After conferring with friends, the Sourtoe Cocktail Club was established and the rules developed. Since its inception, the club has acquired (by donation) over 10 toes.
Here is the Recipe:
Sourtoe Cocktail Recipe:
From everything we read and heard, it is a real toe served in a cocktail, your lips must touch it, and you can’t swallow it! When we got back to the camper that evening I searched for more information about it on line – and found that the toe had been stolen just one month ago! You have to check this out! It is a true story -- or else it wouldn't be on FOX news!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown