Wyoming to Portland
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So, I gotta say,
When last we left our heroine (that would be me), she was making her way across the state line from
Apologies to anyone from eastern
The land is all-but devoid of trees. The soil seems....gray. The scrub brush is gray and dark green. The towns are tiny and far apart. Yikes!
Then I came over a rise, just as I was about to get of the highway and head west and saw....the mountains. Actually, it was a set of 3 mountains. The *middle* one was the height of the mountains I'm used to in the east. And then there was that big one looming behind it......once again, my jaw dropped.
I decided right then and there that I was NOT driving across that mountain tonight (it was already 4 pm) as I had originally planned. I was staying on THIS side of the mountain tonight.
So, I ended up driving up to
Everyone seems surprised that I'd want to drive cross-country and just stunned that I'd do it alone. I live in downtown DC. Is
The next morning was Sunday, so I found an early church service and then headed west. I gotta say, I was feeling pretty intimidated by that mountain. But it was not as daunting as I feared. Oh, yeah, it was way big (it was the
But, oh, the views! I took so many pictures. It was just beautiful and amazing.
And then I got into this valley that looked like something out of a Clint Eastwood movie (maybe High Plains Drifter). It was just so cool! And THEN I got caught in an honest-to-God cattle drive!!
I'm driving down the road and realize the cars in front of me are stopping because there are cows in the road. LOTS of cows in the road. And several, well, cowboys (y'know, on horses with cowboy hats and weathered faces and everything?). They were taking probably 200 head of cows down the road. They were trying to keep them to either side of the road but, well, cows don't follow orders so good. They'd get a notion to go visit their cow-buddies on the other side of the road and traffic would have to stop (I am NOT putting the Jeep up against a cow. Neither me nor the cow is going to enjoy it!).
I would have taken a picture but (1) there was no where to pull over, what with all them cows and (2) that would have been just too east-coast-tourist, darn it. :)
Finally got to
Except that about 5 minutes before the eruption, the rain stopped and the sun came out! The crowd was pretty small because of the rain too. And thar she blew, right on time......triggering a perfect half-circle rainbow from the base of
Am I living lucky or what?
Got sleeted on that night but what they heck, I was in a cabin.
The next day I drove through
I stayed that night in a youth hostel near
Tuesday, I drove into
Once out of that area, though,
Wednesday, I arrived at my friends’ house in a
I've spent all day today at the conference. It's not as meaty as I'd hoped but I'm still enjoying it. Seen a few people I know from DC. Walking funny, as my back is just KILLING me. Long about Monday, my back said "enough, get out of the car". I, of course, kept driving. Which my back is now making me pay for. I had one massage today. I hope to get another tomorrow. I am in rough shape and will never finish the drive home unless I get this straightened out here.
I went to Powells' bookstore today, which is the biggest bookstore in the world I think. It's ENORMOUS. Bigger than anything I've ever seen. I got out of there for $35, which is something of a miracle!
Otherwise, things are good. I miss Jeff (he's a great antidote to my back-induced crankiness). I could live without the rain. ;) I'm looking forward to my training classes tomorrow. I hope my back forgives me.
Talk to you all next week.