Our last day at SCCA was with the typical Seattle weather. While snow is scarce in Washington this year, rain was not...at least in Western Washington.
I was hoping to get an early start on Thursday but things just didn't work out that way. We didn't get back to Issaquah until 6 pm, so some sleep was first order of business.
We left about 5am Friday morning and after rain the first 70 miles, we then had fog all the way to Spokane.
Spokane is just a small Seattle...people, people, traffic traffic!
Soon after leaving Spokane the countryside opened up and so did the sun...why do I like Eastern Washington?
Coming down the hill, with Chewelah in the distance some may appreciate the beauty of the Colville Valley.
The closer we get to home, the forest starts to encroach upon Hwy 395.
The mountain where we live is to the left about 4 miles away. Hard to see but the town of Colville is straight down to the end of this valley, Canada in the distant mountains.
As we turn onto our two mile dirt road to home I see one of my neighbors property about 1/2 mile away, with Xmas decorations up...really?
Ah...home at last, home at last!
While we were gone, our neighbors, all of which we only met when we bought the house 1 year before we had to leave for Seattle, took extra care in keeping a watch over our house. I know when doing a blog that you shouldn't tell people that you are gone, but with 6 "gun tot'en" wonderful, god loving neighbors... we have no worries at all.
Ballons and cards welcome her.
Flowers, in more than one spot...
Red wine (my favorite, they like me) and chocolates...Who does these things, not in Vegas after 24 years or Reno after 12...it's just unprecedented to feel the warmth that this community and neighbors have given us. I thank my lucky stars that after 65 years we found a place where we belong for as many years, is up to someone else. (or as my father would say when he was in his 80's, "don't buy me green bananas"!
REALLY? We have been home ten minutes and the begging starts?
As I went into Colville to pick up some groceries I passed the "mighty" Colville river. I love this valley...no really, I do love this valley so much. When we got to within five mile of our turnoff we spotted two sets of bald eagles flying about... you can have the bright city lights, the mediocre weather, traffic, congestion, Whole Foods and Costco's on every corner, (I do like Costco)... me? I love this valley and people in it!