Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Lazarus Is That You?

When last I posted, we had collapsed in Kennewick WA. Although my beloved has been feeling better, and has been off the cold meds, my plague yet rages on.

We ordered Domino's Mango Habanero Wings and Artisan Greek Pizza for dinner at around 4:00 p.m. watched a little TV and were asleep early, expecting our customary early departure.

Nonetheless it was still a rude shock when my alarmphone went off at 5:00 a.m. I got up and started shuffling around the room getting coffee ready and things packed up to go. Once my beloved got up and dressed, I loaded the car.

We rolled out at about 5 past 6, and although I had previewed our route for the day, I still managed to get headed the wrong direction. "Never mind" I said we'll go this way and end up at the same destination. This was the view when we headed out.

Although the first picture for today's post shows the Ed Hendler bridge over the mighty Columbia River, our route would take us over the Kennewick Pasco Bridge, known to the locals as "The Green Bridge".

As we traveled up I-82 we needed to stop for fuel. As we pulled off we were greeted by this fine fellow. Although he looks somewhat menacing he is in fact stationery and harmless.

His slightly larger brother sits just across the road at the entrance to the gas station. Many of you have read in the past of our stopping at Sinclair Stations to fill up with "Top Quality Dino Juice". Perhaps Sinclair supplies the gas for these folks as well.

The town touts itself as being "Granger Where Dinosaurs Roam". Apparently this was an attempt at luring tourists that began in 1993.

There is also a monument to the tragedy that took place on 9/11. The towers are executed in Stainless Steel. Any such memorial always brings up such strong memories for our generation. It was at the time, and remains a paradigm shift in our worldview.

Having taken these pics, I add another for your approbation and we push on.

We pull off a little after 8 at Ellensburg. Although the sign says "Thank You For Visiting Ellensburg" I say "not so fast, we just got here".

Ellensburg has a historic downtown, and we were feeling well enough to grab a few pictures on the way through. This is the Kittitas County Museum.

This is the Davidson Building. I particularly like the Post Victorian details on what would otherwise be a run of the mill retail office block.

Apparently the art community likes the renaissance of the Davidson Building and have supplied a phoenix mural to illustrate their approval.

Across the street from the Davidson building  was a small park and we found a local taking his ease on one of the benches. The fact that this individual was a bull was somewhat unusual, but I imagine that even bovines like to relax.

One of the tenants in the Davidson Building was the Starlight Lounge. Ya gotta like a historic downtown that has a Starlight Lounge. I sounds so 60's. We didn't bother to investigate further.

At the end of the block was the First National Bank of Ellensburg.

Now, you might think this bank has delusions of grandeur, but the owners of the Starlight Lounge were still probably happy to deposit their take there after a busy weekend evening.

Heading north from Ellensburg we again cross the mighty Columbia River.

Due to the dry climate, they haven't bothered to repaint the iron. It gives an interesting contrast in color, or maybe it's just me. Yeah, probably..

We continue north and roll through several towns including Tonasket. I like the sound of it Tonasket. It rolls off the tongue in the same way Alamogordo, New Mexico does. Or maybe it's just me....hmmmm...

We arrived in Penticton B.C. around 1:00 and went straight to the hospital to see my aging mater, who has been in since Sunday. She seems to be on the mend, and in good spirits, even managing to get out of bed for a bit today.

We will head back to the Coast early Friday a.m. In the meantime we will console ourselves with this. Today was a day of passes. I shall enumerate.

  • Manastash
  • Satus
  • Blewett
These are names from the past, dimly remembered. It was nice to reacquaint ourselves with them as we exited freeways and rocketed up secondary roads through little towns and by quiet lakes and streams. We shall have to retrace our steps when we have more time to poke around abandoned homesteads and historic sites. Thanks for riding along. As always we enjoy the company!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

We Continue Weakly On

Up and out early again this morning. We didn't make much headway yesterday as we left from Redding CA, and only made it as far as Cottage Grove OR.

I slept from about 1:45 until 4:00 and then went to sleep again at 8:30 until 5 this a.m. I am determined to kick this cold back to the nether regions of hell from whence it came.
Patsy has been very solicitous of my condition and has been reminding me frequently to take the cold meds, which help but only for a few hours at a time.

I have been taking the equivalent of Day-Quil, Ny-Quil, Afternoon-Quil and Early Evening Quil. Still we soldier on.

One of the few pictures I took today was of Multnomah Falls. This is an oft photographed spot on the Columbia River Scenic Highway.

Although there is a Lodge at the base of the falls and a gift shop, I chose not to take the walk to investigate further. 

We stopped in the town of Hood River to pick up a few bagels. My darling made Cream Cheese and Ham sandwiches on the trunk lid of the car and we ate them with gusto as we motored along, unsure of how far we would make it during the day.

As it turns out, we made it to Kennewick WA.  a distance of 338 miles from our point of departure this a.m. Tomorrow we will be back in Canada.

Thanks for coming along for the ride, we would have made a bagel for you had you been here in person. They were delicious.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

LA and Northbound

Due to the plague upon us, we slept in on our first morning in LA so it was mid-afternoon before we ventured out to get something to eat. We considered and discarded numerous places, before settling on Popeye's. You will be able to note that we are dining in (the car).

And where were we parked to enjoy this little picnic you ask? Why Jack in the Box of course. Although Popeye's had the Chicken, and it was ensconced in Bullet-Proof Glass, what they lacked was a bathroom!

Accordingly we went to Jack and used theirs. I spared them the indignity of depositing our Popeye's garbage in their receptacle. I felt (rightly or wrongly) that it would be adding insult to injury.

After our Chicken adventure, we picked up our daughter Tracey and a friend and went to the local theatre to see the new Will Smith movie, Focus.

I can't really recommend the movie mainly due to some nudity and a lot of language. We came out to a cool LA evening.

ScooterChick and Tracey pose for a glamor shot.

We rolled out of LA at 05:54 this a.m. and drove until about 8 before stopping at a Rest Area just north of Tejon Pass.

The traffic was starting to build by this time and we rolled on Northward after stretching or legs for a bit.

Patsy has frequently remarked on the hills of California looking like they were draped in Velvet. Oh look, there's some velvet now!

Right around 8:30, just as we were starting to get hungry, we stumbled across an IHOP. As you know, it's never the wrong time for Pancakes.

A little farther north we saw an edifice that was unmarked. There was however a tower attached, so I took a picture of that.

Did I mention the verdant topography? The hills are draped in green of varying shades. Very pleasant to look at.

Some of the verdant hills have cows on them. That fertilizer can't hurt when it comes to the greenage.

In some areas the green is tempered with other colors. When I first saw this I had a suspicion of what was causing the change of color.

Sure enough, it turned out to be Canola. This is one of Canada's largest cash crops, both for grain and for oil. It makes for a pretty picture though.

We stopped at another Rest Area. This one planted with Eucalyptus trees. These are very common in the middle of the state. They grow quite large in the south, but the one's in the north are more fragrant, when you bruise the leaves.

They are also very pretty and provide a nice dappled shade. The Rest Area had a number of people stopped there including one fellow who was tossing a Frisbee for his Border Collie.

Even though we are both ill, we managed a smile for a Rest Area selfie!

Our stopping place for the night was Redding CA. We go a rate at a Ramada Limited, and pulled off the road at around 3:30. You can see My Shasta in the background. Time to shower and rest!

I will talk with you tomorrow.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Sleepy The Bear?

If you grew up in the same era as I did, you will probably remember Sleepy the Bear. He was a chubby individual, with a blue night shirt and cap, his arms outstretched as though sleep walking and had half-lidded eyes.

I will return to sleepy in a moment, but first. We awoke to the alarm at 5:00 am. and were loaded with fresh coffee to check out at 05:50. The breakfast does note even merit a picture, so I will leave it to your imagination. Don't imagine much.
We were on the road by 06:15

By 8:30 we had stopped at a Rest Area that we have used before both in the Westward and Eastward direction. I take pictures of the rocks we are passing.

On more than one occasion we have called them "dinosaur poo." Those must have been some honkin' big dinosaurs.

The rocks are pretty impressive and even moreso close up, where you can get a better idea of the scale. They rise about 300 feet directly behind the Rest Area.

Here is my beloved, taking more pictures for her report. Ho nice it is to be able to see the same events, measured through a different set of eyes.

We continued to roll without delay, save to pick up a can of coldness to recharge the A/C. When we stopped in Blythe CA. it had risen from about 25F this a.m. to 76F. or so. Break out the shorts sez I!

We stopped at a restaurant for dinner in Loma Linda CA. The name of the place was BJ's Brewhouse. We informed our server Caleb when he observed us taking pictures that we would be blogging about our  meal and expected his cooperation to make it a good report. He said he would do his best.

The decor is Artisinal Working folk, involved in the production of various carbonated amber liquids.

A popular quote which has been incorrectly attributed to Benjamin Franklin is "Beer is proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy?" These folks believe that with a passion.

The joint was jumping when we arrived, and there was a line out the door when we departed about an hour later.

I ordered Avocado Spring Rolls, which were served with a Chipotle Honey Sauce. Everything goes better with Chipotle. They were delicious, and swiftly dispatched.

I also ordered Clam Chowder in a Bread Bowl. It was chock full of clams and not overpoweringly creamy. Very nice. I couldn't finish the bowl.

ScooterChick decided on  Pot Stickers and Artichoke Puffs. The Potstickers were yummy, the Puffs crisp bu the Artichoke Hearts were pickled. My baby does not care for pickled anything, so I helped her a little with those. They also had a scrummy Garlic aoioli to go with.

Oh and by the way, good job Caleb.

To return to my first sentence, we checked into the Travelodge in Culver City.
Sleepy has morphed from a lovable cub to a smarmy looking teen with attitude.
I miss the old Sleepy, but won't miss any sleep.

Chat with you anon.