Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Back and Forth

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.


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  1. I learned something new today! I didn't know Washington State had a desert! I always thought deserts were found only in the southwest in the US.

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    1. There is some disagreement as to whether or not it is a true desert, but it has sage brush, cacti, and rattlesnakes. In my book that officially makes it a desert. :-)

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  2. Thanks for your pictures - I really enjoyed them.

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    1. I'm glad you liked them. They are quite a contrast to the pictures I usually share on the blog. It's hard to believe the terrain can be so different just a few hours drive away from where we live.

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  3. You certainly live in a beautiful part of the World. Blackberry fool - yum! x

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    1. We had the blackberry fool last night and it was really good! It's my first time making it, but won't be my last. :-)

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  4. What lovely pictures, Kristie. mt Rainier looks so beautiful with the snow on it, and the gorge is stunning. I am glad your Mum is going well, and had to smile re the yoghurt: you are so slim, you can eat the richest Greek yoghurt, not a problem. Blackberry fool sound soooo good!

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    1. Mt. Rainier was especially striking on Monday. I think it was the combination of the blue sky, and lack of snow anywhere else. I wish I had been able to capture it better in the photo. My mom has not been able to let go of the now discarded health advice that eating low fat food is good for you. We also go round and round about butter vs. margarine when I'm there. :-)

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  5. Breathtaking scenery, and I'm glad you had a nice visit and that your mum is doing well. No low fat yoghurt here either, I'm full fat all the way. I hope you have a lovely time with Alexandra. CJ xx

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    1. Thanks CJ! Alexandra is here now, and we have a very full day ahead of us. As for the full fat thing, I'm with you. I never buy anything that is low fat. It's actually quite frustrating when I'm shopping for yogurt. Almost all of them are now low fat, or even worse, no fat. Maybe it isn't so bad in Britain.

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  6. Breathtaking indeed, we have a lot of offshore wind farms locally that seem to blend into the environment, I don't really notice them anymore. Sounds like a lovely trip visiting your Mum.

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    1. I don't really mind the wind farms either, but have to admit I probably wouldn't want to live right next to one. Probably more because I don't like living where the wind blows, more than because of the wind turbines themselves. :-)

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  7. I love that landscape Kristie. I must show these photos to Richard, he used to live in Oregon, which is similar I think. I am glad your mum is doing well. Enjoy Alexandra's visit (and Ikea of course). x

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    1. If Richard lived in Oregon he would be very familiar with that landscape, Chrisitina! It extends down through central Oregon. Alexandra is here now, and in an hour we are headed out for our day together. :-)

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  8. I hope you're enjoying your visit with Alexandra! We have a lot of wind farms in areas surrounding us. They're pretty neat!

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    1. Thanks Michelle, we've had a very nice visit. She goes back home in the morning, so it was a very short stay. The wind farms are neat. Do you notice any noise from them? I've heard people say they are noisy. And I've also heard they kill birds. I'm not sure if either thing is true.

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  9. My wife and I would have loved to have joined you for dinner--me for the stew and her for the blackberries. I like the flavor of the berries, but the seeds are too much for me. The pictures are beautiful. I convinced myself I saw a snake in the flower picture. I like to do the same thing when I visit places--image who passed through there in the past and wonder what they saw, what they thought, where they were going. I bet your mom enjoyed the opportunity to mother you in person, with the directions and advice. :) Have fun with Alexandra!

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    1. That must have been the same place I imagined seeing a snake when I was walking through that bushy area, Rick. :-)

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  10. I had to buy full fat yogurt the other day for Hubby (we live in the UK) and it was so hard finding some. In the end I had to pay a lot of money to buy some - and then he hasn't eaten it!!!!

    7.5 hours to drive to your Mum's I'd be able to drive nearly the length of the country in that time - I forget just how big Canada/US really is.

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    1. That's the same problem we have here, Sally. And it makes no sense that it costs more, but it often does. As for the drive, I do sometimes think I could have driven the length of England, or across several small European countries by the time I get to my mom's. :-)

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  11. I'm glad you had a nice trip to see your mom. It sounds like she's doing well. I always enjoy reading your stories about her. I've never been through that part of the country but I think it must be a lot like where I live. I'd love to see it someday. Have a wonderful visit with Alexandra.

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. It was nice to see that she was doing well. I talk to her on the phone almost every day, but it was reassuring to see her in person. I think where you live might be a bit more scenic than central Washington. :-)

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  12. How breathtaking and fascinating! I have been to Washington, but never in the central area. I wonder how Lewis and Clarke felt looking out over the river? Lovely pictures :)

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    1. I often wonder that too, Nicole. And I think of how scary it would have been not to know what was coming up next.

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  13. Glad yo had a nice visit with your Mom, you are a wonderful daughter. Have a great time with Alexandra, shopping, chatting, eating and just being together.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Thanks Meredith! Alexandra and I had a lovely time together, and now this morning she has to go back home. But first we're going to have a waffle breakfast!

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  14. Your life sounds so busy at the moment, it is always good to be share your time with your family! It was interesting to see some views from your long trip to your Mum's, Sarah x

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    1. It has been rather busy, and I am happy to say I now have a few weeks before the next flurry of activity, which will involve another drive to my mom's. :-)

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  15. Hey Kristie,
    Guinness stew? Raspberry Fool? Oh my that sounds good! Have a lovely time with your daughter.
    Leanne xx

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    1. Guinness stew is one of my comfort foods. :-)

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  16. Such beautiful scenery, your photos are wonderful. Glad you had a lovely time with your mum and I'm sure your time with Alexandra will be just as wonderful.

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    1. Thanks Jo! Alexandra and I had a great time together once we got past her morning appointments and on to IKEA. :-)

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