I'll finish up this thread by posting some short videos of the last day of the trip and the country I was driving through. Most of eastern Washington is made up of high desert, sage brush, rocks and since irigation started many years ago huge tracks of wheat fields. In this video I have left from Hayden Idaho after getting my trailer slide repaired and am on my way home, driving across what is called the scab lands as the glaciers from the ice ages have stripped most of the soil from the land leaving only volcanic rock and sparse vegetation. Click the links, play the videos in full screen.
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Here I am coming up on the Columbia River Gorge.
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Now coming into western Washington and the foot hills of the Cascade Mountain range.
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Gone are the sage brush covered high plains and desert, now we are into the tree covered slopes of wet side of the State.
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When I reached Snoqualime Pass, it was dark, 31 degrees and snowing, the roads were slick and covered in slush, I was driving slow with the flashers on, way to close to home after a 6,000 mile trip to end up in the ditch now.
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Instead of going home after crossing the Pass, I was just to tired to deal with backing down my driveway to park the truck and trailer. I spent the night at a rest stop where in the morning I could dump my black and gray tanks, a few miles down the road I fueled the truck so it would be ready for its next trip. I took this video showing the road leading to my home when the camera battery went dead.
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And so that's that. I am home, safe and sound. I want to THANK everyone who invited me to visit, each and every one of you brought joy to me and Newt, sharing a bit of your lives with us is something I'll treasure always. When its all said and done, the only thing we really leave behind is the memories in the hearts and minds of others, it doesn't matter if we were rich or poor, it only matters that we shared what we had and gave when we could, my life has been truly blessed by the generosity of others no so much in a material way but by the way others have invited me into their homes and lives. And for this, I am truly grateful and humbled. So until next year when I plan to do it all over again, fare thee well my friends, may your lives be filled with happiness and good health, till we meet again.
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