Ranch Boss, our two cats, and I left our Oregon farm for Tucson on October 9. We were traveling in an older Silverado truck and pulling a 26' vacation trailer. Tucson is 1400 miles from our home up here which makes it a long drive. Flying makes it harder to take the cats and requires renting a car when we are there. If we only stay a week, flying works; otherwise, driving is pretty much required and we've tried it various routes as well as ways. The last two trips down, we've taken the trailer, and it works better in some ways but has its concerns as weather can make pulling it dicey. We drove down through Nevada keeping our driving days short for our benefit and the cats.
we get to our Tucson house, I always think we have so much time to
enjoy but there are always jobs to be done and in the end, a month and a
half hardly seemed long enough.
The work did get done, as well as some
good research time, many useful photographs, a lot of editing with two
books due out during those weeks, and some hiking-- but not nearly as much of that as I had expected.
I thought I'd lose weight while there-- instead I think we both gained
due to eating out more and in my own case hours at my desk with editing.
When it came
time to head back north, we knew, based on road conditions, it had to be
through California. Our departure would be determined by weather
reports. We were aiming for 12/10 but that became impractical when
California was hit by high winds, and the Siskiyous were requiring
chains. So we waited.
the 15th of December, we had thought we'd get right out and on the
road. Instead it took so long to get the trailer and truck loaded, not
to mention some last minute cleaning (the majority would be done by the
housekeeping service we are trying for the first time), that we camped
that night at Catalina State Park. That is a great spot for RVs or tents
for those who have never camped there. Peaceful, quiet site.
we were on the road for the next six nights with the trailer. One thing
travel like this reminds a person is how much our country depends on
trucking. Those trucks run round the clock, and there are a LOT of them.
I have this feeling that the country needs to get some better ideas on
how we operate as this much trucking cannot be environmentally or
economically wise in the long run. We're kind of spoiled as a people.
Fresh produce is expected year round. The latest gadget must be ours the
day it's out. I think we need to reevaluate our expectations and
desires. This much trucking cannot be good for the environment. It
certainly makes for crowded freeways.
had planned the RV parks where we'd stay and by necessity, they were
near highways, which meant noisy all night. We stayed in Bouse, Daggett,
Coalinga, Santa Nella, and Red Bluff where we again got the trailer
ready to be stored at a lot south of Redding. We drove then to Medford,
took a night in a motel, which both horrified and fascinated the cats.
Raven had never seen that kind of traffic with lights driving past the
window. Our time there was brief but nice to see our daughter and
grandkids (I better add, we didn't see our son-in-law because I ended up not feeling well, and he was working late. It would have been nice to see him too).
the drive home, we got a call from our son. He'd come out to the farm to
turn on the heat, only to see water pouring out of the utility room door. To
make a long story short, the hot water heater had sprung a leak, pouring
water over the floors of the utility room, kitchen, part of the hall
and dining room. He got it stopped and sopped up what he could. When we
got home, we built a fire in the wood stove and Ranch Boss fixed the hot
water heater the next day. We got our first hot showers Christmas
Currently Oregon is wet, cold and
definitely not the desert. This is though typical weather for the
season. Looks like our water table is back to normal after a drier than