Heading South….

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…out of the big city of Seattle.  First impromptu stop – an amazing hands-on pioneer village….  Old log cabins, barns full of animals and a schoolhouse full of artifacts (did you know that back in the olden days, teachers were not allowed to ‘loiter in ice cream stores,’ dress in bright colors, be seen with less than two petticoats on, or ride in the carriage of a man other than her father or brother?  Not sayin’ the education system is perfect now, but we’ve come a long way)

(Ma and Paw back on the Oregon trail….Our wagon is doing great!  Still have both our axles even after fording all those rivers!…and no children were lost to dysentery or cholera…yet)

(blacksmith nellie heating up a horeshoe and pounding it with a hammer  – fun fact: you strike once on the hot metal then once on the anvil & repeat rhythmically because the heavy hammer ‘ bounces’ off the anvil and makes the swinging easier)

(Ma washing some dirty clothes at the washstand with her pioneer children)

 

(yikes! one whole chicken in a can…its been interesting shopping in non-hippy grocery stores)

 

(pretty snow-capped mountains on our way to Mt rainier)

(yeah.  there was like  20 feet of snow still, so we didn’t camp.  we think they should rename mt Rainier to Mt Snowier)

(brian on a little hike on mt Rainier – pretty lousy visibility – we never got to see the top)

 

Climate CHANGE!

Eastern Washington and Oregon are in the rainshadow…and are dry and hot! Wide open roads, lots of sage brush, abundant pick-up trucks, signs like ‘next gas 140 miles,’ and mounted heads of hunted animals decorating all the convenient stores’ walls…)

(a bit dusty and dry….we stopped at every stream/lake we could find to cool off a bit…its now a little harder to read the ‘just married’ on our rear window)

We went to rustic Alvord hot springs, an old roofless shack in the middle of the Alvord high desert – the water was coming out of the earth at about 174 degrees, filling up two hot pools (each like 112 degrees…lobster pots!) – not exactly refreshing when it shade-less and sauna-like outside.  We diverted one ‘pipe’ and let one pool ‘cool off’ over the next few hours.

(brian’s motto: “smart animals stay in the shade”)

 

(domestic bri cooking beans n greens n weenies dinner in the only other shade we could find)

 

(bri soaking once the sun was going down….ahhhhh)

Once the sun came up the next day, we headed off to Lava Beds National Monument in Northern California.  There were really cool caves to explore – they were tubes under the earth made of/by lava, so we walked underground for almost half-a mile and got in touch with our hobbit-selves.  Some places we had to get on our elbows to get through the gaps.  It was nice and cool down there, though a little claustrophobic.  We turned off our headlamps and experienced the quietest darkness of the Mother Womb.

 

(Brian spelunking, finding a portal to the outside world.  Unfortunately, the flash makes it look so undaunting…)

(duck-walked through for a while)

 

We realized we missed trees and water a lot, so we headed to Mt Shasta for our final night!

(we love you!)

We traveled over 3,000 miles – by car, by foot, by ferry, by kayak, by horseback, by trapeze, by swimming, by duck-walking, by the shear force of our love ….We highly recommend honeymooning to all of you!

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