Driving -- two days worth.
I have not driven such a distance on my own before this trip. I wondered how it would be. It was fine actually. It was not a hard drive, the weather was beautiful, and I started my drive early enough to miss traffic and to get to a motel early enough to not be exhausted.
My recurring understanding is how vast and how diverse our country is. It may not have all the castles and cathedrals that Europe has, but the countryside offers every possible landscape and natural wonder that one could conjure up.
As I drove into the windy parts of eastern Washington and into more windy parts of Oregon and Idaho, I am reminded that wind turbines have become one of the new crops. I have yet to get a good photo of any, but I held my camera by the open window while driving (rather fast) and got this one as a sample.
|Wind turbines on windy land spaces|
I passed a field filled with sheep -- more sheep than I have seen in one field since being in Scotland (many) years ago. Of course I could not get a photo of them either. As I was about ten miles from Pendleton (you know, as in Pendleton Woolen Factory) I thought there MUST be a relationship here!
I made a view point stop for a couple of shots of Oregon land.
|Land, lots of land|
|Don't fence me in|
|Morning is breaking|
|Sun is rising|
I checked into my motel room in Moab in early afternoon and took a little walk around town to visit to the information center, see what shops were out there (gotta find something to bring home for Susan) and stretch my legs. Couldn't resist a photo of this coffee cup in front of (what else?) the Ekectica (their spelling) cafe. It was closed or I would have stopped in for an organic tea.
|Ekectica coffee cup|
I returned to the motel and found Linda and Brent, my friends from Edmonds, checking in. We chatted some and made a plan for some touring around together the next day. Will post about that tomorrow after our adventures in the red rocks.