Postcards from the Perimeter
We did it!
Zack & Zoe and I road-tripped all the way around the country.
RVing solo with two big dogs is no longer a mystery, and I long to do more!
- 9,747 miles
- 3 months
- 31 states
- 2 dogs
- 1 woman
The Final Push
At my last posting, we were soaking up the southern California sun.
Since then, after lingering a bit, we made our final right hand turn of the trip to head north.
Turned our noses towards home in NW Washington.
With the end in sight, and Zack not feeling top notch, I decided to drive long days, straight up the spine of California, Oregon and Washington on Interstate 5.
California – Drought
California is stricken with a bad case of drought.
Highway reader boards begged people to limit outdoor watering. Signs and billboards along the wide expanse of California’s great agricultural region give testimony to a bitter water-use battle.
I was thankful for our precious on-board water source.
(And I pondered — draw a straight line from S. CA to the other coast and find South Carolina which I saw in full flood. It was interesting to eye witness such extremes.)
After driving through miles of crackly-dry terrain, we found a sweet oasis called the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Center near Bakersfield, CA.
The place was basically deserted and we had a nice camp spot right on the lake. If I hadn’t been so hell-bent to head home, we would have lingered a bit longer.
In Northern California, we took a break from mountain driving and hiked the hills around Mount Shasta, enjoying the cooler and moister air.
Oregon – Final Campsite
Our last camp was in southern Oregon.
There were two back-to-back storm fronts predicted between us and home, with a nice dry day between them. So we stayed put a few nights to time the final drive during that nice day. (It worked out great.)
The final days were a poignant time for me, as I relaxed with my two beautiful, funny, clever, mischievous, uncomplaining travel companions.
Washington – Home
I packed up the night before our final day so we could leave early. We had 432 miles to drive, our longest push yet.
Oregon and Washington was a bit of a blur. It was mostly a sunny day, the scenery was mostly pretty and lush, I made sure we stopped every 90 minutes or so to take a breather, and we made it home just at dusk.
Into the waiting arms of family and friends! What a joyous return!
Zack & Zoe celebrated by running figure 8’s and jumping around their very own yard. Such glee :->
Since then, we’ve slept well, continued our trip-habit of taking multiple walks a day, and enjoyed newly appreciated comforts of home. We’ve also taken some short, nostalgic trips in Betty, dreaming of the next adventure.
Note: the partial facial paralysis Zack experienced in the desert is mostly cleared up. I can’t tell if 1/2 his nose still does not twitch, but his face is no longer slack. Plus, he’s feeling much better.
We’re home for the winter, and there is now anti-freeze in Betty’s pipes. The next trip is on the horizon, most likely we’ll wander (slower) around the western interior. Suggestions are welcome!
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