From Prairie City to John Day, OR.

Just some shots from the cockpit of the Mothership as we made our way from Prairie City to John Day. The Fossil Center was really busy the morning we were there, but we did get a chance to see all of the exhibits, just not go out on the trail or whatever to see the actual beds. Just keeping track of two grandchildren, when I’m in a boot and need a cane to navigate, was a challenge enough indoors!

As an aside: the motorhome you see in the photo we seemed to have followed for a couple of hours. Not much traffic on this road, which is nice. Just a bit boring looking at the back of the same motorhome for miles!

 

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle!

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Leaving Prairie City, OR.

The morning routine of packing, cleaning and unhooking from water, electric and waste lines. Making sure the site is clean as when we found it. We drove from Prairie City to John Day to check out the fossils ( next post). Wasn’t much traffic as we drove across central Oregon.

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked and winterized

in Seattle!

 

Prairie City, OR.

After leaving Weiser, ID. we drove to Prairie City, OR. The campsite was on the grounds of the local museum and adjacent to a pasture of sorts and a cemetery. It was nice to have full hookups after dry camping in Weiser. As we drove across central Oregon the haze from forest fires was everywhere, it seemed. We had our grandkids with us so they kept us on our toes. There favorite spot was the cemetery across the street. I had to corral them before dusk as they wanted to read every headstone. Burial sites dating back to Civil War days. The cemetery was located across a narrow road and was the highest point in the area. The dead got the best real estate!

Safe Travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle!

Watching the Eclipse

In Weiser, ID. as the eclipse was happening. Took about 90 minutes to go through the whole transition. I probably spent more time looking at how people around us on Pioneer Elementary School play field were reacting to the event. Fun morning.

 

Safe travels

from The Mothership

docked in Seattle!

Twilight in Idaho

The night before the eclipse there were some clouds hanging about. The sky turned this color, sort of a prelude to the celestial magic that was to occur the following morning.

Note: It took me about a dozen attempts to capture the actual color of the sky/clouds. My daughter is my witness as she was standing next to me asking: ‘Did you get it”? The pressure was on as the light was fading, to find the right camera setting.

Safe travels

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Docked in Seattle!

Making our way to Weiser, ID.

Leaving Benton City and the Klipsun Cottage. Views along the road, some spectacular and some sad. One place that we have now driven through twice without stopping is Lime, OR. in Baker County, OR. The geology of the area is fascinating. The abandoned cement plant looks like a great place to explore and take photos. It is officially a Ghost Town. If you check the link above and subsequent link to the page that lists those towns of Oregon, you’ll find details.

As manufacturing and mining raw materials has gone from our country to ‘developing’ countries, the small towns that housed the employees of those companies have been deserted, leaving a ghostly presence. We saw a lot of that in 2016 when we drove back to Peoria, ILL and then made our way back to the SW via I-40 and old Route 66. I think, until you get out there and drive the country, you don’t really see the full impact of political and economic decisions made by corporate America in the past 50 years. It’s not a subject you will see on the evening news or even news magazine-like shows on TV. It’s not an uplifting story, what happens to workers who move to these remote places to find employment, only to have the company chase the raw materials or cheaper labor to other countries; it’s a race to the bottom and our fellow citizens are just a  disposal resource to Politicians and the corporations that line their pockets. Working in tandem for decades that have methodically stripped this country of its ability to support itself with the materials/ skill and even infrastructure ( to some extent) to be self sustaining as a nation. Drive around the country for a month or two, get off of the Interstate Highway System and see what is really out there, beyond the strip malls of fast food and convenient gas stations.

We all live in bubbles and our perceptions are formed through the lens of those bubbles/personal experience. If you can, step out of your bubble. Dare to venture beyond the asphalt arteries that crisscross this country. You’ll find out something about America first hand, something that may alter your perception of life in America.

Both times we have driven right by/through Lime, OR. I have felt a nagging thought in my head: I really need to stop and get a good feel for this town and what took place here. I’m just as guilty of racing from one perceived destination to another and not taking the time to explore. The times I have pulled off of the Interstate system and gone on the secondary and tertiary roads I’ve been rewarded to such a rich history of the people of this country.

Didn’t sit down to write an essay or screed, but it appears something inside needed getting out.

Travel safe and be adventurous, the two aren’t mutually exclusive!

From the Mothership

docked in Seattle!