Reading Material on the Road

In the cockpit: When I’m not piloting the Mothership I usually shirk my duties as navigator and have my camera poised for something interesting. There can be long moments between using the camera and waiting for something of interest to appear. There seems to be no shortage of reading material on the road. The only thing this trailer is missing is the “How’s my Driving” sticker.

 

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle!

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Leaving Seattle

Over the Cascade Range and into Wenatchee, WA. Headed towards Benton City, our first stop on the way to Weiser, ID. A longtime friend of our son in law has a ‘cottage’ on the land that is a vineyard, which his family owned till last year when they sold and retired. Mark’s friend, Alex, decided to buy the two cottages adjacent to the vineyard to live in and rent out. Amazing place, as you will see in following posts.

We followed this older ‘ship’ for a few miles on I90. On the back is the words: El Apartamento’. You never know what you are going to see on road trips. The cloud formations were interesting throughout the voyage.

Enjoy and safe travels.

From the Mothership

docked in Seattle!!!

Eclipse 2017: Weiser, ID

Location: Pioneer Elementary School, Weiser, ID.

Voyage: From Seattle, WA. to Weiser, ID and the return route through central Oregon.

I’m posting the destination first as these are some images taken on a Samsung Point and shoot camera. All of the DSLR images I have, nearly 300 or so, are still on the chip and will need lots of time to edit. So, rather than wait days for me to go through that process, I thought I would post a few images from our location on Eclipse day.

Above is a photo of my wife, with the Mothership behind her, also an image of more of my family members; daughter, son in law, and granddaughter. The third image is of our camping neighbor and their very serious telescopes with cameras and all sorts of crazy stuff. Apparently this couple are astronomers and have been photographing eclipses all over the world. Their last name is Fletcher, so maybe a search would turn up their webpage? They were going to post photos from this eclipse, as I understood. They were really wonderful people who let anyone view the skies through their telescopes. Very generous with their time and knowledge. After the eclipse they were heading to Glacier National Park for more astronomical photography. In the community of Astronomers/Photographers they are very well known.

The timing of these photos was during the transit of the moon crossing the path of the sun. Took about an hour and a half, but was amazing to sit through: the light didn’t really dim until the last 2%, but the temperature gradually went down over the course of the eclipse. The temps that morning were in the 80’s, rising to 94 by afternoon, so the drop was very noticeable. During the two minutes of full eclipse it became fairly dark– you could see Venus and stars- but not totally due to the corona, which was amazing in itself.

As the eclipse approached totality everyone on the campsite started clapping and cheering; it was really an amazing  and unique experience: This play field filled with motorhomes of all sorts, people cheering and clapping.

All for now. I’ll post photos of the journey as I can edit them.

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked back in Seattle!

Seaside Slough

A marker honoring those who served and a glimpse of the slough as it curves its way around the town. Since we were in Seaside during the week of July 4th it seemed appropriate to acknowledge past veterans.

A week from  today we are casting off the lines of the Mothership and taking a journey to Weiser, ID. to view the eclipse . Very scenic area along the Oregon/Idaho border and the Snake River. We will be there three days, dry camping ( kind of roughing it) along with a horde of other folks headed to that area to view the eclipse for 2:07 minutes!

Safe travels

from the Mothership!

PS: my apologies for a less than exciting blog this summer. I hope the Idaho voyage will make up for things. Health issues have impacted daily life as well as travel plans.