Tuesday, July 20, 2010

How can so many weeds grow in a bare three weeks?!?! This the time of the year that I absolutely detest Minnesota. It's so muggy and hot, you step outside and you're drenched with sweat, and if you don't want to be covered in mosquito bites, you have to practically bathe in Off, which I'm not too crazy about. I wish I were back in Oregon... cool ocean breezes and no mosquitoes or horse flies.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Our last night on the road :( We should be home tomorrow.

 I'm not looking forward to coming back. It's all going to come crashing down. I really need to be careful and not let everything suck me back down into a rut where I just come to a standstill and just give up. I hate having to struggle so. I've been trying to soak up every good feeling from this trip that I can, just to help me through those rough spots.

Even with all of the bad things that happen on these trips, they are so worth it. There is always something new over the next rise or around the next bend. On occasion, it's been a terrifying, stomach turning downhill 7% grade road, but usually it's something that just soothes my soul, gorgeous snow-capped mountains, open ocean vistas, beautiful horses in a pasture, rolling golden wheat fields, an old abandoned house out on the prairie, herds of cattle, a lone pronghorn antelope, a small gift shop/expresso/nursery in a tiny town on a back road (my RV kitchen sink has an orchid, 3 fuschias, 2 cactus plants, a Lewisia plant, an Azalea snippet from Oregon, a wild strawberry plant from California, and a tiny desert plant from Nevada).

And my favorite thing to watch for, a roadside ditch or embankment with unusual rocks. I have rocks in my bays from every state we've gone through except for North Dakota, which is why going up some of these mountain highways on the way home I'm crawling at a grand 25mph. LOL, coming over one mountain pass in Idaho a couple of days ago, I was happy to see 25mph speed limit for trucks. Usually they're 55, except in Wyoming, where the speed limits on some of those switchbacks is 65mph. I remember the first time David and I saw that, we just looked at each other in disbelief.