Yesterday morning, I started a post contemplating a little train trip from California to Indiana.
I’m working on converting a whole slew of 35mm slides to digital. It would be a rather expensive project. Unless I do it in Indiana. In Indiana, I can do it for free.
However….that is now on the back burner.
Yesterday morning the Teamster decided at the last minute…at the very last minute…to make a quick road trip to Mountain Home, Idaho. Almost 800 miles, through Sacramento, Reno, Winnemucca, a bunch of nothing Oregon, and Boise.
The plan came together in about an hour. I had to find some shoes that aren’t sandals. Dig out some sweaters. And gather electrical cords. (The number of cords we travel with is absolutely ridiculous.) Throw it all into a suitcase, and head to The Teamster’s house to get his stuff. And chains for the car.
We’d been hearing for a week that northern California was about to be hit with a series of significant storms. I pulled up the NOAA National Weather Service to track the next 24 hours. It looked pretty bad.
By leaving last night we missed most of the really harsh conditions going over Donner Pass. Just as we left a little bit of a rainbow appeared. I decided it was a sign….an encouraging sign…
The laptop continued to give us weather data and the CalTrans page had constant updates on road conditions. We did have to chain up for about 35 miles.
Welllllll….not so much “we” per se. I sat in the car…fully prepared to jump out if needed. Apparently the “cables” are much easier to install than the old fashion “chains.”
We drove as far as Reno, Nevada. As we came down Donner, I fired up the laptop and did a hotel search. “Circus Circus” had a internet special for $40 in the Sky Tower.
It would have been a great deal…except we both left a twenty on the table…he at blackjack and me at roulette.
We also enjoyed a quick floor show.
Back on the road this morning….Interstate 80 east…long, flat, empty, and no weather issues.
Gonna stop in Winnemucca. Try to find that old casino with the Indian out front. Channel Opal Lee. Might go all the way to Mountain Home today…or we just may stay in Boise and arrive in Mountain Home tomorrow.
What’s in Mountain Home, Idaho you ask?
Something pretty darn special….tomorrow night…
The Teamster’s son, SPY returns from Afghanistan !!
Much to be thankful for…