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Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Cheri's flight snafu ended up being beneficial in that I wasn't rushed waiting in line. When I did get to the airport, however, her flight was WAY delayed. So I got to sit around for over an hour waiting for it to arrive. When it did, though, it was wonderful to see her again. I got her back to my house where Gwyn definitely remembered her.
The next day I got my next lesson in "Be Flexible" as it is ridiculously hard to wake Cheri up. After the house fire in 2011 (which is what led to me getting Gwyn) Cheri developed fibromyalgia and is no longer as mobile as she used to be. Her stamina is shot as well.
Note: She will easily discuss this and gave me strategies to help her get going in the morning.
So my grand plans of leaving by X time went out the door. We were on the road by 11am however. I hadn't planned for very long days of driving so our arrival wasn't too late in the evening despite the later than intended start. We made sure to stop at a Tim Horton's for Cheri to experience before we left Michigan, easily navigated outer Chicago suburb traffic and then it was flat land and farm fields as far as the eye could see.
|Hay bags kept the tiny donkey from escaping forward.|
|Suddenly dubious about this whole trailer thing...|
|Blinking in the hot sun in Illinois.|
|Crossing the Mississippi River!!!|
|It was still decorated for christmas, with a giant snowman on top.|
|Saffron: "Look, I know I said I wanted to go with Gwyn, but don't you think this is taking things a LITTLE FAR?!?!"|
|I wish these gas prices were in Washington...|
|Giant sculptures off the highway. You can visit this place (we did not)|
|Distant alpacas in the pond|
|Gwyn notices the alpacas|
|This cool lion artwork was on a Tesla in the hotel parking lot|
|The cool barn set up in SD|
|Taking in the sights of the Badlands (and I-90)|
|Saffron also takes in the sights|
|Coming into Wall Drug|
|The Black Hills!|
We had some gorgeous views of the Grand Tetons and the Yellowstone area (from afar)
My friend Dave recommended that we stop at a steak house (no services...) off of I-90. For a hole in the wall it was PRICEY! But oh so delicious. Cheri and I shared a giant steak and split the generous sides that came with it. I was stuffed full of amazing beef. We had enough for dinner leftovers that night.
|So peaceful. Even with the trains|
|I'd live here.|
|Trout Aquarium in St. Regis|
We hit Washington quickly and were back to lowly rolling flatland. Once we hit Washington though, we fought the wind the WHOLE WAY. It sucked down my gas and I had to have an extra gas stop more than I predicted because of it. Ridiculous.
Driving down into the Columbia River Gorge was harrowing, more so than the passes through the Rockies, which my husband told me had the worst of the climbs and grades. The wind was worse in the river gorge. And then the climb back out was just low grade and FOREVER. But my baby held steady and the temperature gauge never wiggled. I will say that I was worried about having only a half-ton truck in Washington, but this trip has definitely proved that she can handle the hills and elevation fully loaded with gear. The new trucks are just fantastic.
|Gwyn: Wait... I know this place. I KNOW THOSE PEOPLE|
|Gwyn: Saffron! THERE ARE COWS OUT THERE!|
|Also, look at how SHINY she is!!!! 🥰🥰🥰🥰|
|A BULL! RUN AWAY!|
So far I have already received several phone calls from their temporary Mommy to ask me how I prefer things done. She is taking very good care of them and I hear that Gwyn has already lost her fear of cows enough that she is bullying them away from their beet pulp at breakfast because she figured out they get fed first.
I just got notice today that we were approved/picked to lease a house in the Bothell/Everett area. It has a fenced backyard and tree house, is within easy walking distance of two elementary schools, a park with splash pad, and grocery store. We are also only a short drive away from my college roommate, Cheryl. We move in on Kaylee's 7th birthday.
I am leaving Gwyn in Duvall until our house sells here in Michigan, as our budget will be pretty tight with the rental choice we have until we get to stop paying mortgage too. I think that will also mean showing is not in the cards for a while. But I'll have Cortney to trail ride with again. And I can get Gwyn legged up for fall endurance rides with actual elevation. It might be the best thing for her SI and canter.