The drive on day six was awesome. We went to Caffe Mela in Wenatchee before we started, as usual going to a local coffee place we’d found, and fueled up before heading to Leavenworth. It’s a quick drive over to Leavenworth from Wenatchee and we were there in 30 minutes or so. Not bad. The four of us wandered the town, looking in windows, walking in the grass, taking a couple of photos with the phone. Nice. Then it was on the road for the drive to Salem, by way of Portland.
We were pretty happy as we entered Oregon near The Dalles. I tried to take a photo of the entering Oregon sign, but Riley was on my lap and bumped my arm. I got a fantastic shot of the side of the bridge. The drive along 84, done so many times by both of us both separately and together, was gorgeous. We passed Multnomah Falls, Karen driving, and I tried to lean over and take a photo as we whizzed by. I think I got a great photo of the dog bed and a tiny view of the falls. Hilarious. My photo taking abilities were definitely lacking yesterday.
We stopped in Portland to pick up a half a tray of lasagna from our favorite Italian place, Piazza Italia. Yum. We’d called and ordered in advance because my honey has been craving this lasagna for a year. We had it for dinner. It was yummy.
We arrived at Mom and Don’s last night about 6:00. 2584.1 miles, 8 states, 6 days and we finally were able to stop driving. Yay! Don’t get us wrong, we love road trips, but being able to stop and not have to drive the next day… lovely. The dogs are liking it too, though we’re sure they thought they lived in the car after spending so much time there over the last several days. They thought that was their life. Good thing they adjust pretty well as long as they’re with us. Kev was here to greet us, very nice. Nothing like a Kev hug on arrival.
Next on the agenda… enjoy this fantastic Oregon weather. It’s supposed to be low to mid 80′s very low humidity the next several days. Lovely lovely.
Monday… Who would’ve thunk it, I’m glad it’s Monday. LOL OK, maybe I won’t go that far, but still. Our lives have been hectic, and busy. It’s great fun having this rental house as a project, but we are SO DONE with the whole painting thing. We spent yesterday over there working on it, again. This time Karen did some mowing and weed eating while I painted and Kev did some “man stuff” for us. Ha ha… that makes me laugh, “man stuff”. It’s stuff we could do, but hey, when you have a guy there with tools, he wants to do the man stuff. We were happy to have him do it. Thanks Kev! We still have a bit to do, but we feel like we’ve gotten over the hump of it now, which is great. Only a tad more painting (it’s so much when you paint the entire inside of a house and have to do multiple coats… but, I’m whining), some cove base to install, and a few other minor things. Not much really. We’re almost ready to rent it out. Anyone need a place to live?
Saturday we decided we needed to have some fun after we’d painted for 4 and a half hours Friday night and knew we were going back to the rental on Sunday, so first we headed to a rugby match (Our friend’s team was in the finals… they lost, but it was still so very cool they made it that far), then to a kayak demo day up at Vancouver Lake in Washington, followed by a drive over to Ridgefield Kayak to reserve a boat for next weekend’s kayak trip, then home to drop off the boy (Weston got to enjoy some rugby and some time in the car at the park – no dogs allowed, c’mon people, he has a harness and a leash… but anyway, and some bounding around the docks at Ridgefield Kayak and surrounding marina, on his lead of course) before heading downtown to meet Maggie at the Apple Store for some laptop buying support and a great dinner at Typhoon that was completely tasty… as always. It was a really nice day. Very nice.
Tonight… we get to play a bit more as we have tickets to see The Swell Season at the Keller Auditorium. I’m excited. For those of you who don’t know, or even for those who do, The Swell Season is Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, the duo who wrote the music for and starred in the film Once. If you haven’t seen it, do. It’s a great little film and the music is outstanding.
Ah, it’s been a full few days and looking ahead it’s going to be another full week and weekend. It’s a good life. Tiring at times, but really damn good.
It’s been all over the news.
Usually, when things like this happen, watching disaster coverage on TV that is, I always think… man… how terrible that is, over there… so far away. Now, it’s here, right here in Oregon and Washington, and it’s pretty surreal.
Personally, my house hasn’t been flooded out and, as far as I know, my family, both in Oregon and in Washington, is all safe, warm and dry. But even still… it’s terrible. National Guard trucks coming through all the time, ongoing announcements from disaster relief organizations, helicopters flying overhead, the Governor touring and then requesting that FEMA get into gear with supplying money and modules to replace buildings for schools and homes. It’s heartbreaking.
And yet… even though it is heartbreaking, it’s also amazing how people step up… lending a hand, giving money, supplying food. These kinds of things always have two sides to them… the loss and devastation and then the wonderful response to that loss and devastation from the community. People coming together and helping each other. It’s the best in us meeting the worst mother nature can give head on. How amazing is that. How beautiful. It brings a greater sense of togetherness, a hopefulness during a very tough time.
In a world where we get images every day that are frightening and hostile and violent, something like this, when people step up and come together… it reminds us who we can be and who we are. It’s humanity at its shining best.