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Am I There Yet? A vintage girl’s journey across America – Day 10

So it’s my last day of total freedom … taking detours, exploring byways, eating or not eating whenever I please, sleeping in a campground or in a motel for however long I want; pulling into rest stops to take a walk, eat a sandwich, parking under a tree to read a book; skipping breakfast, kayaking on inviting lakes, having martinis at 3:00 in the afternoon, hitting the road at first light, no makeup, anything I want.  I’ve never experienced having absolutely no responsibilities for anyone but myself; no consideration for anyone else’s wants or needs.  Does that sound selfish?  After 68 years, it didn’t feel selfish.  It felt wonderful.  I was somewhat reluctant to re-enter the “real” world.

I decided to kill a couple of hours in Couer d’Alene, Idaho because everyone raved about it and I didn’t want to arrive in Seattle before my kids got home from work.  Couer d’Alene  struck me as a mini-Lake Tahoe.    The downtown area is sparkling clean, well-maintained, youthful with a vibrant, exciting air.  There is a spectacular lakefront playground, a marina with restaurants, boat/kayak/paddleboard rentals and gorgeous hiking paths. The people are young, well-dressed and healthy looking.  Kind of reminded me of Lake Woebegone, “where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.” It is a lovely city in a Stepford wives kind of way.  I  wanted to stop for a cup of coffee or lunch but feeling a little “frumpy”, I decided to hit the road instead.

Five hours to Seattle.  After the majesty of the land I’d seen, the farmlands of eastern Washington proved a bit unexciting.  Beautiful, and I appreciate their bounty, but not as spectacular as I’d grown accustomed to.  I knew I was gaining some altitude and drove around a curve to the splendor I was craving … the Columbia River Gorge. Wow!

The next three hours were eye-popping.  Climbing, climbing, climbing through the Cascade Range and then I hit the Snoqualmie Pass.  Breathtaking, heart stopping beauty.  Lush and green and wet.  No photos since I was busy controlling my descent traveling between huge 18-wheelers.  The whole experience was unexpected and exhilarating.  There was no place for me to stop due to the heavy truck traffic but, wait til next time.  I plan to spend time at Snoqualmie Falls to really explore and possibly camp in the area.

And now the conclusion.  I had driven over 3,200 miles alone with little to no anxiety but the thought of driving through Seattle to my daughter’s home made me break out in a cold sweat.  I got lost in Seattle the last time I visited and almost had a coronary.   I plugged her address into my phone and prayed for guidance. Literally.  Siri delivered me to a parking space right in front of Laura’s front door.

Amen.

 

 

 

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Am I There Yet? A vintage girl’s journey across America – Day 9

I feel a little whiney today.  I didn’t sleep so well last night.  My privacy shades didn’t keep out the bright security light so I couldn’t find that deep, delicious REM sleep I need.   I was anxious for daybreak so I could get organized and hit the road.  Yesterday I decided not to head north to Kilispell, Montana as planned to visit Glacier National Park but to stay on I-90 West that would eventually take me right into Seattle.  I’ve never been in this area of the country so it’s all new and beautiful to me and although I swore I would have no deadlines, I feel ready to get to my final destination.  My husband is flying to Seattle to meet me for his 70th birthday with his children and grandson.  My well-planned itinerary feels like its unravelling around the edges a bit but, so what?  I’m gonna follow my nose and keep going left — west.

I’m not sure if I was tired and zoned out or was involved with my murder mystery audio book, but when I noticed a bunch of people at an overlook I joined them.  Whoa!  Welcome to Idaho.  I’ve met some incredible people at these overlooks.  We’re all visitors and every one has a story.   I had to pull into a rest stop to make absolutely sure I was where I was supposed to be.  When I did, I realized I was hungry so  I took a box of crackers and peanut butter over to a picnic table with my maps, etc.  I thought the critters were squirrels.  But, they weren’t.  They were prairie dogs.  Hungry prairie dogs.  They were adorable but I still didn’t share my peanut butter crackers.

You single girls out there – let me tell you the easiest way to meet nice men.  Forget Match or eHarmony, just sit down and look at a map.  They can’t resist – if they’re gentlemen they want to help. Whether you need assistance or not you will meet some really nice people.  So, these two guys who were also laughing at the prairie dogs joined me at the picnic table to see if I needed help and we began talking about Idaho.  They  were headed south to the Tetons after spending the night in Couer d’Alene and highly recommended a stop there.  I was only a couple of hours away and very tired so I decided to take a break, have a hot meal and find a motel for the night.

I had an hour to kill before I could check into my motel room so I stopped for lunch.  I whipped out my atlas while I had a glass of wine waiting for my meal.  A nice older (than me) gentleman came over to see if I needed help.  See, I told you so.  Anyway, we had a nice chat about his dream of visiting Florida and he gave me some information about Idaho. When I checked into my room I took a wonderful hot shower, set up my computer to try to catch up on blogging, emails and messages and took a long nap.  When I got up I was hungry and lazy.  I didn’t want to get dressed up to go to a restaurant so decided to look for a fast food place in the neighborhood.  I found a Panda Express nearby and thought, why not?  Live life large, right?  Try something new.  Not.  By morning my hands were so swollen I couldn’t make a fist and my face was puffy.  Unless you can tolerate loads of MSG, don’t do it.

But, I was clean and comfortable and fed and getting organized.  I’m excited to explore Couer d’Alene tomorrow.

 

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Am I There Yet? A vintage girl’s journey across America – Day 8

I slept amazingly well considering I was on bear alert and a little on edge.  I waited for daylight so I could go across to the restrooms to get cleaned up and ready for the day. I was hyper-vigilant walking on the path through the bushes and carried my pepper/mace spray in the ready position.  With my quick reflexes and physical acuity I’m sure if I ever had to press the nozzle of the mace it would be pointed in the wrong direction and I’d get it in the face instead of the bear.  At least I wouldn’t be able to see him eating me.

I was reluctant to leave the grandeur of the bay but will savor the beauty and plan to return to Grand Teton National Park as a destination with my sister, hopefully, next year.

Yellowstone National Park is only 18 miles up the road from Coulter Bay Campground.  That was a pleasant surprise and, again, I saved the $30 entrance fee thanks to my Senior Pass.  My plan was to visit Yellowstone then head north to Glacier National Park but cell reception in the Tetons had been patchy to non-existent.  I even had trouble with my GPS so I’m a little anxious about driving to Glacier on secondary roads without any type of cell service in case of emergencies.  A girl’s got to be careful and aware when traveling alone, especially if she can’t call Geico or dial 911 if she’s in trouble. I decided to not think about it until I finished at Yellowstone, having already established a beautiful alternate route to Seattle if needed.

On the way to Yellowstone I passed the Continental Divide for the first time this trip.  An elevation of 7,988 feet may not seem like much to most people, but I’m from Florida where the elevation of my home is 6 feet.  I checked Wikipedia for a refresher on the “Continantal Divide” since it’s been about 100 years since my last geography class. If you’re interested, America’s Continental Divide:

is the principal, and largely mountainoushydrological divide of the Americas. The Continental Divide extends from the Bering Strait to the Strait of Magellan, and separates the watersheds that drain into the Pacific Ocean from those river systems that drain into the Atlantic Ocean (including those that drain into the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea) and, along the northernmost reaches of the Divide, those river systems that drain into the Arctic Ocean

Of course my first stop in Yellowstone was to see Old Faithful.  I only had to wait about 10 minutes for its eruption and it looked exactly like the old newsreels and pictures you’ve seen.  What made it especially exciting were the hundreds of people from all over the world waiting with me and the “oohs” and “aahs” as the geyser took off.  I stopped in the Travel Center to get my National Parks Passbook stamped, wrote some postcards to the grandkids and continued my exploration.

So I  moseyed and meandered through Yellowstone for a couple of hours observing waterfalls, geysers and hot springs.  So beautiful.  It’s funny …  I packed my clothes and equipment for kayaking and hiking adventures but my heart led me to continue driving and exploring, observing the beauty around me.  I entered Yellowstone from Wyoming and exited the park to West Yellowstone, Montana.  I had a late lunch at the Bullwinkle Saloon.  An adorable restaurant but $18 for a cheeseburger?  Oh wait, that included a Blue Moon and the tip. I finally had a wi-fi connection so I called home to let everyone know I was OK, caught up with emails and messages.  Wait, maybe I had two Blue Moons.  OK, $18 isn’t so bad. I checked my Allstays app (don’t leave home without it) and my atlas and decided it would be foolhardy to attempt Glacier National Park this trip.  I did not feel prepared or comfortable continuing without cell service or warmer clothes that were stored in my rooftop carrier and I’d rather be beaten than try to get the duffel down from there after the fiasco with my kayak. So, on to Plan B – just keep driving west.

I passed through Billings and Bozeman looking for a place to stay and finally gave up and decided to boondock at a WalMart in Butte, Montana.  I had a leisurely dinner at a local restaurant and spent a comfortable night tucked away between two giant RV units. Unfortunately, I parked under a security light and gave up a little bit of comfort for the safety of the big boys parked on either side of me.  It was a long day filled with wonders.

 

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I Gained Half a Pound

Daily Prompt:  Later

This morning I weighed myself and found that I’d gained half a pound.  Later I stepped on the scale but this time I sucked in my stomach.  I was still up half a pound.

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Body Parts that Jiggle

Daily Prompt – Jiggle

So you get to a certain age and body parts don’t stay where they’re supposed to:

  • You raise your arms to style your hair and your underarms jiggle like batwings.
  • You swing your legs out of bed in the morning and your thighs keep swinging.
  • You shake your head “no” and your neck starts gobbling.
  • You wake up on your back and wonder why there are pillows under your arms … they’re your boobs.
  • You turn over in bed and you have to wait a nanosecond for your tummy to follow.
  • You don’t dare jog because your gazongas could knock you out.
  • You think you’re being followed but it’s only your ass slapping against the back of your legs.

And then you realize that your belly shakes “like a bowl full of jelly.” Merry Christmas.

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My Baby Wants to be an 18-Wheeler

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Or…

Daily PromptOr

My everyday decisions:

  • Get out of bed and exercise OR snuggle in with a cup of coffee and Facebook
  • Wash my hair OR wear a baseball cap
  • Clean the pool OR put my feet up and read a book
  • Take the recycled bin out to the roadway OR wait another week
  • Put on makeup, get dressed, run errands OR stay home and doodle around the house
  • Pay the bills OR go shopping
  • Answer the phone OR  let it go to voice mail
  • Work in the yard OR play with my grandkids
  • Quilt OR crochet
  • Watch HGTV OR read a good book
  • Clean the bathrooms OR float in the pool and read a good book
  • Go grocery shopping OR eat an unidentified object from the refrigerator
  • Clean the house OR meet a girlfriend for lunch
  • Take my daily walk at sunrise OR sunset
  • Send a text to my kids OR call them
  • Cook dinner OR go out for Happy Hour and appetizers
  • Scotch OR wine

Either/or, neither/nor …. Life is good.

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Goliath

Daily PromptRelish

relish

Simple Definition of relish

  • : enjoyment of or delight in something

  • : a feeling of liking something

I seldom watch television unless I have some hand work that makes it worth my while to sit still; i.e., binding a quilt, crocheting an afghan, stitching applique or stuffing a pillow or doll.  Or, if I’m lying on the couch because I’m ill and feeling sorry for myself.

Therefore, I relish binging on a good TV series.  I don’t understand why I prefer a television series vs movies, maybe because I can stop after each episode and get up to do something exciting – laundry, dishes, floors, groceries, dusting; stuff like that.

Some of my favorites?  Midsomer Murders, Ripper Street, Luther, Downton Abbey (of course), Happy Valley, Transparent, Viking, Reign, Longmire and now (drum roll, please) – Goliath with Billy Bob Thornton.

I’m making fabric dolls for my year old granddaughter for Christmas so I watched three episodes of Goliath the first night, three episodes last night and have timed it perfectly leaving two episodes and the final seam on the doll to coincide tonight.  Maybe I’ll even have a hotdog and chips while I watch the show and try not to drip any relish on the couch.

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Carry Me Back to Ole Virginny

Daily Prompt:  Carry

 

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Maybe, Baby

Daily Prompt – Maybe

If you’re over 50 you might remember The Chantels, but

what about “Maybe” by Janis Joplin:

Enjoy.

 

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