This is a quick hello. I've just returned from visiting my mom, and in a few hours Alexandra will be here. I've got a Guinness stew in the oven, and some blackberry fool in the fridge to have for dessert when she arrives. Tomorrow we have to be in Vancouver by 10:00 for an appointment, then we are planning a shopping trip to IKEA. All of this means I won't be able to catch my breath until Thursday, but I'm not complaining. It will be nice to have Alexandra here for a couple of days.
I had a very nice visit with my mom, and she seems to be doing well. She's still telling me how to drive, and trying to get me to eat the low fat yogurt she has in her fridge. I followed her driving instructions, except for the time they would have had us on the freeway heading to Seattle instead of her apartment on the east side of Spokane. But I put my foot down about the low fat yogurt. We even took in a movie. Well, I took in the movie. My mom slept through the whole thing.
The drive to my mom's takes about seven and a half hours as long as there isn't any snow and I don't get stuck in rush hour as I go through Seattle. Much of the drive is through central Washington, which is rather stark. However, there are some things that are interesting on that section of the trip. I love this wind farm. They certainly found the perfect spot. The wind never stops blowing there, and there are signs warning drivers to take care.
My years in Kamloops taught me there's beauty to be found in the desert. There are also rattlesnakes, so it pays to watch where one is walking.
This is the Columbia River Gorge. I always like to think of Lewis and Clarke making their way along this river as they explored the West.
Heading back home the desert gives way to the mountains. If you look closely, in the distance you can see Mt. Rainier. I wish I had been able to get a better picture, but there was no place to pull off the road where it was the most visible. I had to settle for this view from a rest area.
I'll be back again once I have time to catch my breath.