Oregon or Bust
Pendleton, Oregon: Yes, you read it right - we
are now back in The Great State of Oregon and the Pacific time zone, after
making an epic all-day drive... mostly due to getting shut-out of every
over-booked 3-day weekend
campground because we didn't realize it was a holiday weekend.
And for goodness sake, what is with the "Happy Memorial Day" signs and Memorial
Day "sales"? This is a day to remember United States military personel who
died in service. Died. They are dead. They will never be at a Memorial Day
weekend backyard cook-out - that we can all enjoy in peace - because they died
while serving their country. There is nothing "happy" about Memorial Day. Some
Americans will spend Monday at the mall, and some will spend Monday at the
cemetery, placing an American flag on the grave of a loved-one.
I am embarrassed to admit, I thought Memorial Day was next weekend. We
need a wall calendar.
It was 1989 in our motorhome last night. We decided to
play Scrabble, so I brought out the game. Nothing wrong with the original box,
all pieces accounted for, etc., but the date on the back read 1989. Must have
purchased the game when we bought our first RV - a VW pop-up van. Wonder how
many miles that thing has traveled in the five RV's we have owned? We need a
current dictionary in the RV too, as My Driver refused to accept a few of my
played "words". I'm keeping this antique edition - the board folds in half for
easy storage and the tiles and racks are made of wood. Wood. Like from a tree. And the
game was made in the USA!
I wanted to see a few meteors from the big
meteor shower overnight. There wasn't a hint of light in the
Craters of the Moon
National Monument campground (where we were lucky to barely-wedge-in to a
$10 campsite last night) to distract from the night sky. No meteors, but we did
witness a gorgeous sunrise. At 5:30a.
Sunrise... with a sliver of the moon
All we did today was drive, drive, drive. Nearly 400 miles
until we found room at the inn... any inn... which tonight happens
to be the KOA in Pendleton, Oregon. After 400 miles, I didn't care where we
Remember the cowboy boots we sent to Leo from Jackson, Wyoming?
He received the boots yesterday, put them on and has not removed them since.
Over 24 hours so far. Leo wore his boots to bed, and scared Lenny and Lisa at
six o'clock this morning when he started clomping on the hardwoods. They thought
they had an intruder... but it was Cowboy Leo, ready to start the day.
I think he likes 'em.
Until my next update, I remain, your Oregon correspondent.
KOA - We have a long gravel pull-through with 50 amp, water, sewer,
cable and free wifi. Laundry, bathhouse, playground, dog park. A lot of
live-ins. We paid $39 with our KOA membership card.
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