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August 24, 2009


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The photos are so contrasting, you did a great job to show the variety on your trip. I am glad you got to reconnect with old friends. This is the gold in a human life... relationships with those we love.

I drove California in 1991, from San Fran to the Mojave Desert and back up. Drove down near the water, drove up on the other side of the mountains. I hit Sacramento at something like 2am, maybe that was best.

Just spent Fri/Sat overnight in Chicago. Drove intentionally without the radio on, just to sort of meditate alone. It was good, there are times I can't do that.

Enjoy the drive, continue to be safe. Love the posts!

Susan J. Tweit

Love the travelogue! The cooling tower you spotted in Washington was most likely part of the ill-fated and hideously expensive WPPS (Washington Public Power Supply System--pronounced "whoops" for obvious reasons), which was built but never actually went into operation. (Thank you Dixie Lee Ray, former governor of Washington and a fanatic supporter of nuclear power despite the evidence that it is and was dangerous). Sounds like you had a lovely and restorative trip, even if it did involve a lot of driving!


Ah, the fruit police! I remember on our very first trip crossing from Oregon to California and seeing that shed that looked for all the world like a European border control point and thinking "What??"

Great decision to visit Steph and Alden! I'd love to do that one of these days. Is the big drive wheel Abby's? :D

Linda Cunningham

It's funny (as in "coincidental/strange" vs. "haha") you stopped in at Stephanie and Alden's -- I just recently decided to reread his Big Book of Handspinning from cover to cover when I was thinking about spinning a new fine linen all-in-one-piece driveband for my lace flyer.

And after rereading, I agreed with him that I wasn't interested in pulling my wheel apart to do it.


Deb Robson

Thanks for letting me know I got some variety in there, Lynn! I have more photos, but they weren't as good.

I think it has been about a decade since I saw Stephenie and Alden. That's way, way, way too long.

Yesterday I listened to CDs most of the day. Today, not at all. Usually I need them in the late afternoon, for alertness.

Deb Robson

Susan, I was hoping you could fill me in on those Washington towers. I remember Dixy Lee Ray, who was elected governor just after I moved away from Washington. I was glad to be out of there.

The trip was grand.

Deb Robson


Deb Robson

We used to encounter this on entry to both California and Arizona. I think Arizona may have relaxed: I haven't had to stop the past few times I've been there. I understand why (threats to major economic resources). It's still odd.

When I said "no," I forgot that I had an apple with me. I ate it as soon as I remembered.

Deb Robson

On Stephenie's bull-pup, they are testing out a crocheted driveband connecting the two wheels (not spindle and wheel). It's kinda nifty. Jury is out on whether it's better than other things.

I edited Alden's Big Book after I left Interweave. It was one of those capstone projects of a part of one's career. We had a good time working on it (any book is a heck of a lot of hard work, but some of them are rewarding to do as well, and that was one, therefore it was a good time). We reminisced just a bit about it.


May McCay

Thank you for the vicarous journey; not everyone understands our preference for driving instead of flying.
Some years ago I started a colection of pictures of Interstate Highway rest areas. That expanded to include sights from the routes taken. EG the mailbox in western Nebraska-metal work.

Deb Robson

Hi, May! Yes, people wonder about the driving. For this trip, I had the perfect excuse: many geographically scattered commitments, several in rural areas. Trying to "fly" and "rent-a-car" this one would have made me nuts. And I do love the landscapes, and seeing new things. It felt like a gift. I was ready to keep going instead of pull off at the exit here in town.

I'm so glad to hear you started your Interstate Highway rest area photo collection! I have thought a few times that would be a fun project. I wish I'd gotten one in particular in Nevada: NO shade, restrooms that were like permanent portapotties, lots of dust. Almost the total opposite of the California one I showed.

I learned by traveling with dogs the value of getting out and walking around every hour or, at most, two. I grew up in a family that didn't stop that often--! I can drive longer and farther if I move around outside the car frequently.

Susan J. Tweit

And in this morning's Denver Post, McCain and Udall are calling for nuclear power as a solution to global climate change.... Talk about consorting with the Evil Empire. Have they heard about how much cheaper it is to pay people to conserve energy?

Deb Robson


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