STUFF I DID AND SAW OVER THE WEEKEND
On Monday I headed south from Seattle on I-5 toward Tacoma, and ended up with a rock chip on the windshield that became an 18-inch crack by the end of the day. While driving south on WA Highway 7 from Tacoma, I drove through La Grande... There is another La Grande besides La Grande, OR. This La Grande is much smaller than the one in Oregon, but it is also nice and quiet, and I doubt very much more or less happens here than in the La Grande in which I live.
Taklakh Lake on the flanks of Mt. Adams is a beautiful and wondrous place, even when the mountain is not visible. On the way up the hill to the lake from the main road, I blew a tire...
... and by the time I got to the lake the tire was flat. The mosquitos at Taklakh Lake are among the most vicious I have encountered in a long time! They made changing the tire particularly difficult. Thanks to Matt from Centralia, WA for the help and the bug spray! In the picture, you can see it was my left rear tire that blew. This necessitated a long, slow drive south on the baby spare to Trout Lake, WA and then to the Columbia River, and THEN a 2+ hour stop at a tire store in Hood River, OR.
This is Mt. Adams as seen from the Trout Lake, WA area. Of the Cascade vocanoes, Mt. Adams is my favorite. It is a 12,000+ foot peak.
Here is the Columbia Gorge looking east from the Rowena Crest Viewpoint between Hood River and The Dalles. From here it was about a three hour drive home.
And of course it is always great to have family waiting for me at home!