I took the #20 bus into Summerland this morning and then walked up almost to Carla’s. It had started to rain so she picked me up and saved me a last quarter mile in the drizzle.
Off we went to Jalama Beach for a delicious Jalama Burger, a beautiful drive there and back, and a nice walk on the beach. An interesting part of my day was leaving my reading glasses at home. With my new (cataract removed) eyes it was no problem for the eight hours I was away but I couldn’t use my cell phone or read other small type. A blessing in disguise in retrospect and a very nice get away/outing. Thanks Carla.
And a few more images from the day:
I had not been to Calico for decades so when I realized how close it was to Barstow I decided to spend the first night of my trip to Colorado in Barstow and drive out to Calico in the morning. I found it a very interesting place and certainly worth a visit. Click on the image above to see more of mine.
Boy did I luck out with this item!
I was contemplating buying one when I rode by a neighbor’s yard sale on my bicycle last Sunday and saw them selling this one. I procrastinated/thought about it all week then decided today, the day before my trip, to buy it if the neighbors were still selling it. Luckily for me they were so here I am mounting it on the Volvo for it’s maiden voyage.
It worked out great. I put all my camping items withing it and that way had clear and easy access to such when I was camping and did not have to dig through any of the camping stuff when I was not camping, cool!
I left the Allens this morning around nine and headed north on Interstate 5 then east on Washington highway 20 to and through North Cascades National Park. The weather was sunny and clear and in the 80’s and the scenery wonderful. A billboard near the entrance to the park described this area as the “American Alps”. Having driven through it I can none but agree.
After leaving the park and passing east of the cascades I drove for several hours alongside the mighty Columbia River, what a treat. Decades ago on a bicycle adventure I sought out the source of the Columbia in Canada and camped overnight there.
Tonight I am holed up in Ellensburg, Washington, the home of Central Washington University. It was granted the site of CWU in 1891 as a consolation prize when Ellensburg lost out to Olympia as Washington’s capital. The historic part of the city is highly touted so I shall be checking on such in the morning.