Sept. 12

Oregon wins.I have not seen such natural beauty before. The drive took me so high up that the road signs suggested that you take the curves at 45 mph.I could hardly do 40. The trucks had their flashers going.They took the outside lane, which I was happy about. I can't look when the drop off is so close to the road. I was happy with 40 and an inside lane.My 2006 mini persevered and we did it. The view, besides the height and the winding uphill road and the trucks panting besides me, was breath taking.It was the kind of experience that when you were on a more level surface, you said "Thank You God for letting you see this. And for keeping me focused on driving safely. "These hills are brown and golden. Very little greenery at this altitude. But the hills don't roll, they fold and pleat into each other, causing shadows and gullies. There was a crew rock blasting at one turn. The rocks were boulder sized. I don't know if the blasting was to prevent a rock slide, but the size of those rocks would  kill you. I saw interesting signage.One said, I thought," chin up".It really said, on further observation, " chain up". One sign advised me that the winds were variable and the speed limit would change accordingly. Another told me that I was at the half way mark between the equator and the North Pole. I thought that was interesting. I never think  about either place, too much.I looked it up on Google, because I thought that had to be a joke. It isn't.

They grow a lot of corn in Idaho. I am still waiting to eat a baked potato . It looks like field corn, not the juicy,little nibblets that we eat. The speed limit in Idaho is 80 miles an hour. I didn't know that my car could go that fast. It acted like a young buck that wanted to go to that rodeo.  Noodle is really into this traveling . He loves rest stops. He picks up his messages. He sniffs and stays in one spot justing enjoying the wind, sun and leaving his personal messages. I think that I am now on Mountain time. I will have to check that. Is it OK to go to sleep when the sun is still out? I did less than my 400 miles a day that I want to do. But I gave myself extra points for the mountain experience.

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22.05 | 08:38

so glad youre here mom!

29.08 | 13:45

Don't quite know how this got to me but it was on the top line of my computer (not in email) But I really enjoyed it. I truly admire you.

31.07 | 07:02

Leona, do you have a date or a booked flight that you come back ?

20.07 | 13:55

Everything sounds so wonderful Leona. Venice will seem boring . I would want to move to Portownsend where the kids are living. All sounds great . Is there?

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