Dusk in Prairie City

Two of our grandkids exploring the cemetery in Prairie City, OR. just as the sun was setting. Of course, if you’re going to venture into a cemetery near nightfall you need to take a stuffy/plush doll :-).

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked in Seattle!

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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

fromThe Mothership

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!

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.

Random Seaside

While riding around Seaside on a super fast electric trike I came upon this replica-barn shed and flowers. As I was shooting this from the end of a driveway the owner pulled in behind me —-Busted– and proceeded up the driveway to park. Needless to say, I hopped on the Hypersonic Trike into another dimension.  ( makes for a more interesting story!).

Trespassing and photography seem to go together :-).

 

Safe travels

from the Mothership!

Update for 2017

We have no extensive travel plans for this Summer, unlike last Summer. I still plan to post images when we do travel in the Mothership. The past couple of months have brought a slew of health issues for me and it seems prudent to take care of them ( or, you can look at as -they are impacting my day to day life).

I’m still wearing a boot, hoping the bone fracture in my right foot will heal soon. Last Saturday I was in the ER, with my wife, for 7 hours, experiencing extreme back pain.  A  CT scan showed I had a fractured 8th rib in the back, on the left side. While there they did some blood work and one of the test they ran was for an enzyme that is related to blood clots. I had an elevated level of this enzyme. So, this past week I have had a Doppler Scan of my lower left leg ( Edema) and what they call a Lexiscan- a two day procedure of sorts. I couldn’t do a treadmill test due to the boot on my right foot, so what the Lexicon does is chemically forces your heart to ‘race’ while they do an EKG to monitor things. This is followed  by imaging. The second day another injection and imaging to show your heart function at a slower rate.

The good news is, my fractures are on the mend and the pain from them is under control. If they can sort out the heart/blood clot issue and come up with a solution, I will be close to being back to my normal self- as scary as that might be :-)!

On my other, older blog, I have been posting images of our backyard flowers and less field photos. Once I get my ‘wheels’ back, I plan to be doing more field images around Seattle, an ever changing city.

Hope you still find this site worth a visit from time to time. We do have a trip, in the Mothership planned,to go to Weiser, Idaho in August to view the total eclipse.  So, I hope to bring home some interesting travel images from that Mothership Adventure.

Be well

and safe travels

from The Mothership !!