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Borrego Springs, CA

Sunday, August 16, 2015

From one extreme to another

Living on the Oregon coast, I experienced one of the chilliest summers I’ve ever lived through.  This morning, as the Chetco effect raised temperatures in Brookings, Emma and I hit the road to head for Valley of the Rogue State Park outside of Medford, OR.  Now at six in the evening, it’s still 92* here.  I’ve gone from several layers of clothing to shorts and a tee shirt today, and there’s not much cooling in the forecast for the next week.

The 110 mile drive up and down rte. 199 was mostly uneventful.  There was only one close call as a truck pulling a camping trailer misjudged a curve and swerved into my lane.  I’m afraid I said a couple of bad words when that happened. 

I was in no big rush, so when ever a pullout occurred, I moved over so people could pass.  Ended up doing that ten times, and got more happy toots of the horns then I’ve ever had from happy drivers.  Slow and steady wins the race today.

Pulled right into site D-26, plugged in the electric and turned on the AC.  Had a little trouble switching the DISH over from portable to automatic, but eventually I got it figured out.  Then about 4:00, Sue and Mo and pipsqueak Matty stopped by to visit.  Emma and Matty rolled around play fighting in the dust, and both ended up looking like junkyard dogs.  What a mess! 

Tomorrow, is another drive of about 120 miles to get to Tule Lake NWR in California.  With this heat wave, I’m glad I divided the trip into two days instead of one.  With the stress of today’s drive, and the soaring temps, I was ready to quit when I arrived this afternoon.

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

15 comments:

  1. Next time you see a photography contest, please submit your "marching avocets" image.

    I am (mentally) salivating over seeing what images you can capture at Tule Lake! I've always regarded it as one of the most under-rated places in the country w/r/t photo possibilities. Perhaps this is because the best images seem to be available at dawn. But I think you wake up better in the morning than, say, Merikay and I.

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  2. Glad you had an uneventful travel day--that's always a good thing!

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  3. I'm like you...slow and steady and using pullouts to let people pass. It's so much more relaxing that way. :-)

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  4. Understand the impact of heading away from cooler climes into the furnace (or steam room). We left the UP last Tuesday and went from 70-80 degree days with nights in the 60's to highs around 90 and lows around 75. Still not as bad as going straight down to the coast!

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  5. We left Nevada City this morning and are camped in Eureka for two nites. The A/Q in the central valley and west of Redding was horrible. Hope it's better at Tule Lake. We were so glad to get to the coast!

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  6. I now drive a Toyota Highlander, and when I'm traveling on 2-lane country roads at the legal speed limit, I pull over whenever I come to a turn-out or a large driveway opening. I know the country drivers like to go at least 20 miles over the limit! I hate to have someone following me close. I think you are going to have hot weather wherever you go that's away from the coast. I'll take the cold fog any day!

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  7. Slow and easy does it and is much more enjoyable too.

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  8. We, too, go the "slow and easy" way.... I hope you find good temps and lots of photo ops at your next location... your movin' on posts are starting to give me the fever ;-)

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  9. Hope you have another slow and easy driving day today! Glad yesterday was relatively uneventful.

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  10. Yes, when you leave the coast, expect heat!!!

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  11. Oregon is a strange state for weather. Along the coast...beautiful but cool....inland gorgeous but hot. Go figure.

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  12. Wearing shorts now? I guess you'll have to deal with that HLS (Hairy Leg Syndrome) again... :cP

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  13. Boy is that a switch in temperatures. Glad your day went well. Slow is my speed too. 125 miles a day is what I like best and over 200 and I'm an unhappy camper.

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  14. What we love about Texas is that they have huge "extra lanes" on each side of the roads specifically so a big truck or camper can move over and let people go around..and this is everywhere but the interstates..I cannot imagine driving that big thing..You are a better woman than I am, girlfriend....Safe travels tomorrow.

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  15. Nice Post.Thanks for Sharing this in your Blog

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