I still have a significant leg to go tomorrow, but with the bulk of my cross-country trip finished, I'm feeling very grateful for the last week. I got to see America in every wonderful way. I saw the people, culture and scenery at its best. People held doors open for me, the cottonwoods were glowing yellow in the sun, and political billboards adorned every highway... mostly advertising opinions different than my own, but again, that's America at its best. I was particularly taken aback by the foliage this week. The 3rd week of October was BY FAR the best week of the entire year to travel. I hate to say this, New England, but the mid section of the country has you beat for foliage. It's true. I think that the concentration of non-deciduous conifers is so much lower in the rest of the country so that there is far less green among the other brilliant colors.
I have decided that I'm actually allergic to Kameko. I've had terrible "allergies" this past week, and I'm starting to think it's not the pollen. I think it's the close quarters with Kameko. My nose has been constantly itchy around her, and I sneeze like crazy. Oh well. It's a cross I'll bear.
Speaking of Kameko, she's on drugs again tonight in Oregon, and she's doing great. She's been very chill with the two humans, two dogs and cat that are here. I think she also must be happy to be out of the car after more than two days straight in it. I've got to give her credit- she has really figured out how to be happy and comfortable in the car. She has a few different nesting spots- one very special one. However, this one she found at Bob and Alesha's tonight is an award winner:
|Reminds me of that scene in ET...|
...to which an old friend from Texas replied and we ended up getting an impromptu breakfast in Boulder the next morning. God love Facebook.
|Impromptu Houston Reunion in Boulder, CO|
|Alesha, Bob and myself|
Some footage from my drive across Oregon today:
I'm starting to feel the drawbacks of the time difference. I'm 3 hours behind most of my friends and family on the east coast, and I'll be 4 hours behind in Alaska. That's a pretty signifcant difference that I'll have to contend with. I'm used to posting things on Facebook at 11pm and having some immediate activity. That's not going to be the case going forward. Thankfully, most of my friends aren't up at 3am east coast time. I guess that's just another way I'll be disconnected from my old life.
|Almost to Bellingham!|