With the limited water delivered through the summer, a heavy snow winter will not cure the dry conditions, but create some intense contrast next spring, probably leading to more fires in the forests.
|An eagle flies past in a hazy twilight as I try|
to get a picture of Mt. St. Helens.
What is good and getting better in my life is my relationship with a sweet and remarkably interesting man who loves to travel. We have taken three trips with his 40-ft. RV and are now preparing for the Big One, traveling south and east for the winter.
Our last trip took us to Centralia and Chehalis and allowed for a side trip to Olympia where we met some of his friends and one of mine. The RV park where we stayed was so peaceful and delightful; we walked in the woods, enjoying the beginnings of fall with large maple leaves turning colors and being dropped at our feet.
The air was crisp and finally we got some rain... it sounded just as lovely as it used to when it drummed on the cabin top of the sailboat... I lay in bed and listened to it as I watched one solitary yellow leaf dancing with each drop.
|View from my window in the RV out to the|
wilderness we called home for the weekend.
I'm not allowed to drive the RV, but I'm very good at giving directions for Wayne to do the backing into sites. And I'm getting better at assessing if the site is wide enough, flat enough and deep enough for the 40-plus feet required.
The primary purpose for the trip was to go to the State Officers Meeting (and dance) in Centralia at the Oakville Grange and for Wayne to connect with some folks. We arrived on Thursday afternoon and I was surprised at how quickly others had put themselves into the primo spots (those with 50 amp electric and septic access) for the weekend.
I was reminded by the Tour Guide that this is the reason for leaving a site early enough to get to the next one before too late in the day.
|Gordon and Sheryl Coleman with Wayne Ratcliff.|
|Wayne's trees - planted by him 42 years ago.|
and seeing a stand of trees that Wayne had planted 42 years ago!
|Wayne Ratcliff with me and Cheryl and Don Pruitt at the|
|Les Kilwein, Ann Kilwein, Wayne Ratliff and me with the|
Shillings at the Centralia dance on Friday.
|Janet and Tony Schall with Wayne and me outside the|
restaurant in Olympia.
On Sunday we met up with Tony and Janet Schall from Olympia. He is a long-time buddy of Wayne's but we had such a relaxed breakfast, I felt as if I'd known them forever as well. Then we stopped to see the Pypers (Marcie and I met through her brother Stan years ago) and Marcie and Wayne connected through discussions about gardening. What a frabjous day!!
|Me with Marcie Galyean Piper at her house near Olympia.|
|Wayne found a channel with the Seahawks|
game being broadcast... they won that one.
|Tacoma Narrows Bridge heading west.|
Recently an enormous black rabbit (No, I'm not Alice in Wonderland in Negative) has started coming into my yard to munch on things. It is eating ALL the dandelions... curiouser and curiouser!
|This lovely black rabbit keeps appearing in my yard.|
|See how its eye sparkles? I don't know where it lives, but|
I am enjoying seeing it nibbling in my garden daily.