Tuesday 3rd October 2017
After a month away, it was wonderful to get back to my own home. I had forgotten how much I hate jet lag. It took us a week to get back on a regular sleep cycle. I guess the old age thing is settling in.
We have come back to Oregon on fire. There are wildfires all over the state. We woke up one morning to a very smoky sky. It stayed that way for the next three weeks.
Everything was covered with a coat of ash from the Eagle Creek fire in the Columbia Gorge. Both Dean and I managed to pick up a hacking cough from all the smoke. Most of the time we stayed indoors with all windows closed and the air conditioner running.
One highlight was spending a day with Dax and Monique.
We also did some shopping. Now that’s a bottle of beer!
After a quick visit with family and friends in southern Oregon we moved south to California to escape the smoke.
The deepest Borax mine in the world is in Boron. Back in the day it took 20 mules 20 days to haul 20 tons of borax from Death Valley across the desert to the nearest railroad junction.
Now they use trucks so large to excavate the mineral they need this size tire. Our camper is in the background.
It’s amazing all the uses this mineral is put to. Everything from glass to fertilizer. I use it in the washing machine and also in our holding tanks.
Our last stop before heading to Phoenix Arizona was to visit our youngest lad. Jay just moved to Riverside, California. It will take a bit of adjusting from rainy green Seattle to the desert, but a nice warm sunny winter will help.
Jay gave us a paddle board lesson.
Of course Dean was a lot more agile than me. Jays dog Maya really enjoys the ride.
On to Phoenix.