Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy HalloCatMoose

Ed recently bought me a gift and he hand-decorated the box with these cats and moose, using tempera paint and stencils.  It was not Halloween-related.  I'm saving the box forever.  It's one of the cutest things he's made for me.

And the color is perfect for today.

The moose are scary, right?

Happy Halloween.

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2013: It's That Time Of Year

2012: Happy All Hallows' Even
2011: What You’ll Find In The Hills And Hollers Of Tennessee
2010: Three Coins In A Fountain
2009: Truck Or Treat
2008: Spooktacular
2007: Isn’t He Comcastic?
2006: Trick Or Treating With All Ten Toes
2005: Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Twenty Minutes On The Water

Not the most interesting view from the windshield, but we took the Kingston-Edmonds Ferry the last time we were in Washington state, saving us more than two hours travel time.

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2013: 1960s First Aid
2012: Far From The Soaking Of The East
2010: Lucky To Be A Woman
2009: I Feel Like A Thief
2008: Emulating The Brazilian Bombshell
2007: HMMWVs
2006: She’s Still Learning
2005: Woof

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Fruits Of My Internet Surfing Labor

Six Navajo on horseback.  Circa 1904.
I hate bugs of any kind.  But I might like them a little more if they dance for me.

I love time capsules.  They're even better when you can live in them.

There are some pretty decent bagels in other parts of the country but none compare to those of New York City.  It's gotta be the water, right?  

Show me the money.

Being an entrepreneur is not as easy as it looks. 

Serial is my new favorite podcast.  If you're not listening to it, you should be.  And believe me, the wait between episodes is almost unbearable.

If you have to work in an office, these put others to shame.  

I've been to every one of these with the exception of Athens, Georgia.  But I do have friends who recently visited...and they liked it.  Right, LWNFA?

I'm pretty sure she does wake up like this.  

And last, these stunning photos of Native Americans.  

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2013: They Never Talk About These In The Brochure
2012: A Day On The Giant Sleeping Frog
2011: Off The Board And In The Air

2010: Evening Fruits And Vegetables
2009: He Parks Like A Girl
2008: Out Cattin’ On Halloween
2007: The Bridges And A Cowboy
2006: What Happens When Time Falls Into The Wrong Hands
2005: Me

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Good Morning Kansas

Waking at a rest area somewhere in Kansas.  I prefer sunrises to sunsets, but driving into a rising sun is as hard as driving toward a setting one.  Much prettier in my opinion, but hell on the eyes.

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2013:  What A Caricature!
2012: Shopping Among The Farmers
Tango Hotel Alpha November Kilo Sierra, Charlie Company!
2010: It Always Pays To Take The Full Coverage Insurance Option On Your Rental Vehicle
It’s Here! It’s Here!
U.S. Route 287
Room 328
This Could Be The Day You Have A Date With Destiny
Go See It

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sweeping Views

The Vantage Bridge that crosses the Columbia River in Washington state.  Approaching the river and bridge from the east provides the best view since the interstate you must travel to get there is high on the bank of the river.  It descends quickly, with a swooping curve to the right which places you at the east end of the bridge, ready to cross.  

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2013: Some Mothers Find Time To REALLY Play With Their Kids
2012: Even At 9,000 Feet Above Sea Level, He's Still A Handsome Devil!
2011: Perfecting The Paillard

2010: This Beautiful Place
2009: If I Had A Horn, I’d Toot It. I Do Have A Blog Though.
2008: We Are THAT Good
2007: Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures
2006: Alabama’s Greatest Showplace
2005: Half Nekkid Thursday Virgin

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Morning Coffee

A driver returning to their truck in an Ohio rest area with a cup of coffee.

The morning fog in Ohio was so thick, I had to stop.  In my opinion, it's one of the worst conditions to drive in.  I hate it as much as driving on ice, which we absolutely don't do.  I'll never forget driving through Texas maybe six or seven years ago, in dense fog, and coming up on a slow-moving RV. The back of the RV was white, which became almost indistinguishable from the fog.  And I was going verry slow.  I couldn't imagine someone traveling at a faster speed.

On the day this photo was taken, I stopped while it was still dark and waited for the sun to come up before I continued.  Even though fog isn't great during the day, the visibility is much better than at night.

Better safe than sorry.

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2013: When The Awkward Silence Comes BEFORE The Conversation

2012: Relax And Enjoy The Ride
Goats Make Good Pizza…And You Don’t Even Get Onion Breath From It
2010: When Medieval Equals Pretty
2009: A Great Celebration Of Abundance
2008: Dormers Of Sweetgrass
2007: Old Power
2006: At Your Service
2005: Clothing Identification 101

Friday, October 24, 2014

Keep It Movin' People

I stopped at a rest area in Minnesota during the wee hours of the morning.  I was jonesin' for a Diet Coke and had none in the truck.

The rest area wasn't really much - one tiny building that housed two restrooms and two vending machines.  After I retrieved my can of soda from the machine, I turned around to leave.  That's when I saw the poster above.

I thought to myself that it might be a good idea to have this information ON the highway - oh, I don't know, maybe in the form of a giant sign? - rather than hiding it next to the vending machine in a rest area.

There are lots of people who travel that don't use rest area bathrooms or vending machines.  And I think in this day and age, with all the freaking out people do about anything that can be perceived as their city, state, or country being under attack, they'd probably want to know about fiery explosions happening on power lines while helicopters are flying overhead.

Kinda hard to keep your eyes on the road with that happening. 

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2013: Salt For Miles

2012: I Attended Without An Entourage
It’s All Greek To Me
2010: Italy On A Shoestring
2009: What The Elle???
2008: Weird And Random
2007: California Burning With Need
2006: Walking Into Another World
2005: Fall Into Winter

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Constant Surveillance

I recently listened to a TED Talk given by Hasan Elahi, recounting his experience about mistakenly being put on the terrorist watch list in 2002.

As a result of the government's assault on his privacy, his subjection to six months of intense questioning about his international travels, and their disbelief at the fact that his storage unit in Florida only held winter clothes and extra furniture rather than explosives as they had thought, he decided to give them what they wanted.

Full disclosure of his entire life.  Since that life-changing event, he decided to become the Master of Sousveillance by documenting every move he makes, every minute of his day.  On his website he posts photos, often with coordinates, of food he consumes, flights he takes, hotel beds he sleeps in, parking lots he parks in, urinals he well, urinates in, grocery stores he shops in, banks he banks in.  He posts financial data, transportation logs, credit card  and ATM receipts, phone company bills, etc.

And apparently, it's of interest.  He can tell from the logs on his server that his site has been accessed by the C.I.A., Homeland Security, the F.B.I., the National Reconnaissance Office, and even the Executive Office of the President himself.  You might not be able to make sense of the barrage of data he supplies, but if you're curious, his website is available to all. 

Being put on a terrorist watch list probably isn't something many people have to worry about - well, unless you have a "funny foreign name" - but you never know these days.  Everyone is so hyper-sensitive about what might be construed as "acts against the government" that some people might find it advances their agenda by having someone they deem a problem, harassed.

Keeping a log, like we do, pretty much detailing our whereabouts - in addition to things like Twitter and Facebook and Instagram - is a pretty good way to determine where we generally are, and what we've generally been doing.  And truckers with EOBRs are tracked all the time when they're operating their vehicle.

This post came to mind when I was talking to a friend about my mother and her calendar keeping.  My mother has been keeping calendars for over fifty years.  She gets her yearly calendar, whether it's a gift depicting twelve months of kittens, or something she got free from March of Dimes.  She puts that calendar on her wall and writes down 99% of what has happened on any given day.  "Went to doctor at 9, pharmacy for meds, lunch with Barbara, pick up flowers at Home Depot, dinner with kids, grilled chicken/broccoli/mashed potato (Salena cooked), took shower, called Ronni, watched Criminal Minds/Blue Bloods/The Departed - LOVE Leo DiCaprio! and then went to bed by 11."

She also writes down every menu for every holiday we've ever had.  Whose house it was held at.  Who cooked.  Who attended.  Times of guest arrivals and departures.  The menu thing is always handy because either I cook or my brother's mother-in-law cooks for the holidays, and I don't like to repeat meals if I can help it.  As soon as we start talking holiday, my mother has the calendar out telling me what I cooked the year before for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day and any given day in between.

The calendars are also good for remembering life events.  She knows better than I do when I went on my first date with Ed.  She remembers the date we signed the papers on the new truck purchase.  The dates we were in Italy.  When my nephew broke his arm.  When the other one lost his first tooth.  She might not remember what she did this morning, but she can tell what happened on Tuesday, March 10, 1973 in the flip of a few pages.

Which is why she'll likely never find her name on a terrorist watch list.  She'd make their heads spin with all the information she'd be able to provide.  They'd let her go just to get her to stop talking.

It is an interesting concept though, providing every bit of information someone is looking for.  Especially if it'll get you off the proverbial government watch hook.  Although I don't really think they're ever not watching you in some way.  The funny thing is, if everyone actually did this, you'd be able to hide in plain sight if you were a nefarious type, because as Elahi says, "if 300 million people started sending private information to federal agents, the government would need to hire as many as another 300 million people, possibly more, to keep up with the information and we’d have to redesign our entire intelligence system." I think that's probably pretty unlikely.

In the meantime, I'll continue to fill out my log according to the federally mandated Hours of Service and blog about my travels and daily happenings, and if they need to find me, they can always ask my mother where I am.

Or send a spy to zoom in on her wall calendar with a telephoto lens from some hideout in the middle of the desert.

She has very neat handwriting.

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2013: Not Even Good Enough To Make My Top 100 Pictures Of Fall List

2012: Exactly
A Little Grease More Often Is Better
2010: Scenes From Florence
2009: Eddie Palm Sketch Friday
2008: Moabulous
2007: Ready To Draw The Future
2006: Red Fish, Blue Fish, One Fish, Two Fish.
2005: Beautiful Enough To Lick

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

You've Been Warned

This happened in Belgium.  But don't think for one second it can't happen here.

This kind of thing happens EVERY SINGLE DAY on the road.  I can't even count how many people make moves like this, thinking it'll save them a little bit of time.

My friend Marlaina echoes what we all think when she says that it's such a stupid move because they don't know what's on the other side of us.

I just have to say, I hope something like this never happens in front of me.

And to prevent it from happening to you, it would probably be a good idea to not cut in front of a truck.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Happy Fall Morning

Ed was driving and I was photographing as we made a little detour through a town somewhere in Indiana.  The colors in Indiana have been the best I've seen so far this Fall.  Such bright bright oranges and super-bold reds.

I was driving when the sun came up and the mist was still shrouding some homes and fields, it was beautiful.  You can still see a bit of it in the distance in this photo.  Once Ed started driving, I was so in awe of the colors - each tree even more amazing than the last one - that I wasn't paying attention to having my camera out.  Had I thought about it, I would probably have gotten better shots.  These will just have to do. 

Fall makes me happy.

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2013: Own The Day
2012: Barrio Viejo 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Released To The Press

Tucson-based independent truck owner and operator Ed Godfrey has joined an elite club receiving his One Million Safe Miles driving award from Landstar System Inc.

Godfrey, 39, who specializes in extreme freight, is part of Landstar’s worldwide transportation network, built on its 8,500-truck fleet of owner-operators. Pulling oversized loads, specialized equipment, hazardous materials and high-value freight coast-to-coast in the Lower 48 states, Alaska and Canada, he has driven eleven crash-free years without a moving violation or a damaged freight claim.

He credits patience, his attention to detail, the maintenance of his highway heavy-use tractor and trailer, and a little luck for his safety record.

Godfrey has seen, up close, how tragedy strikes in a split-second on the highway. In the months between earning his reward and actually receiving it at the celebration ceremony, he witnessed a highway tractor pulling a 53-foot van trailer flip over in front of him on Interstate 20 in Texas, 50 miles west of Fort Worth.

“A quarter-of-a-mile ahead of me a pick-up truck blew its tire, lost control, and T-boned the tractor-trailer unit,” Godfrey explained. “I drive fifty-eight miles per hour and that gives me time to react.”

Slowing down, he says, “and taking every precaution that you can is more important than anything. Maintenance on your equipment affects everything as an Owner-Operator.”

Truck drivers typically drive about 120,000 miles a year, ten times more than the commuting motorist does. It takes about 10 years for a truck driver to reach the one million mile mark according to Landstar, which is equal to 357 trips from New York to Los Angeles or 2 round trips to the moon. In July of this year, 126 One Million Mile awards were presented at the 2014 Million Miler Banquet held in Savannah, Georgia.

“Their talent, hard work and dedication to safety are truly worthy of celebration,” said Landstar Chairman and CEO Henry Gerkens. “They make the roads safer for all of us.”

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), a leader in truck-related crash research studied driver factors in fatal car-truck crashes and found that car drivers were responsible for 81% of crashes versus 27% of truck drivers.

Godfrey’s first trucking job was in August 1996. He writes a blog at Truckin' Ed, where he discusses business and safety issues related to trucking.

“If I were to teach a safe driving course I would focus on learning the skill of always being aware of your surroundings,” Godfrey says whose personal goal is to reach two million safe miles.

The U.S. freight market is worth more than $800 billion a year and long-haul truckers move more than a third of our goods.


Although Ed has driven over 2.5 million during his 18-year career, the Million Miler Award he received this year was specifically for achieving one million safe driving miles with the company he's currently leased to.

His receiving this award was recently published in our local paper - albeit in a much edited version of the original press release above - which was a surprise and delight to my mother (she's beaming with such pride, you'd think HE was her kid instead of me) and her WOW friends, one of who saw Ed in the paper and saved the clipping for him. Thanks, Judy!

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2013: In A Time When Gentlemen And Ladies Actually Existed

2012: The Great Affair 
2011: The Gaping Void Says It All
2010: Under The Tuscan Sun Within 3,000 Year Old Walls
2009: Dragged Back, Kicking And Screaming
2008: Seniors Maintain Law And Order By Way Of A Fluke Discovery
2007: Lisa Lavie Is The Angel Here
2006: Fight The Moth
2005: Abandoned But Not Forgotten

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Farm To Belly

This week we stopped at Wheat Montana Farms Bakery and Retail Store in Three Forks, Montana - Exit 274 off of I-90.  We planned on going to the Town Pump truck stop on the south side of the highway, but decided to turn north when we exited.  The side of their building says "Bakery" and "Deli" in giant letters that can be seen from the highway.  It was a no brainer.  
In addition to the wall of bread, rolls, and bagels, they had a bakery and deli case.  The place was pretty busy, so I couldn't get close enough to the main case to get pictures of the bakery items, but believe me when I say they had cinnamon rolls the size of an infant's head.  I didn't get one of those, as I was in the mood for a chocolate croissant.  Unfortunately that was normal sized, but delicious.
The store sells baseball caps and t-shirts - with clever sayings like "Stop and smell the flours" - in addition to crocks like the one below, mugs, candles, cookbooks, and other items.
You can also purchase large and small quantities of different types of flours and whole grains for baking.  They have flour and pancake mixes, cereal, specialty grains, oat groats, spelt, etc.  When we left, we chatted with a trucker parked next to us who bought a 50-pound bag of Prairie Gold Wheat for his daughter, who likes to bake bread.  They are known for their non-GMO products.
There is plenty of seating in the deli and if you can't stay for lunch, take it to go.  And don't forget to buy a cinnamon roll, muffin or croissant for later, to have with your evening cup of coffee.
There's plenty of truck parking and it's a great place to pick up something delicious to bring home to the family.

This is their corporate headquarters location and the store is open Monday through Sunday from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Wheat Montana Farms Bakery and Deli
10778 US Highway 287
Three Forks, MT  59752

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2013: It's The Weekend. Kick Back And Relax.
2012: With Pleasure
2011: It’s Exhausting Imagining You In These Pants
2010: Florentine Youth
2009: What’s In A Name?
2008: Farming The Wind
2007: Eddie In The Big Little City Friday
2006: Photograph It If You Think You May Never See It Again
2005: Why???

Friday, October 17, 2014

Yellow Trees, Big Sky

Earlier this month I posted another photo of yellow trees in Montana.  We've been through here a few times in the last two weeks.  I'm drawn to their brightness and varied yellow hue.

This picture was taken in the late afternoon, but the sky was still bright, the river was flowing in the background, you can get a glimpse of a small mountain ridge, and then there's that line of pretty trees in varying shades of yellow.

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2013: The Negotiation
2012: Going Au Naturel
2011: A Great Idea
The Real Deal
This Should Keep You Buy For A While
Plenty Of Room For The Ladies
2007: It All Began With The Cheese
Zig Zag Wisconsin Color
2005: Made In China

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Way The River Went

"It is pleasant to have been to a place the way a river went."
~ Henry David Thoreau

There is some benefit to us having down time.  Things I dream about I can research.  And sometimes the research turns into actual plans.

Like my dream to go on a European River Cruise.

I've been wanting to do this for a few years now, and I'm finally able to get to the actual planning stage.  The trip will take place in the Fall of 2015 and at this writing our intention is go to with our friends from LWNFA.

There are a lot of choices, but I think I've narrowed it down a bit.  I definitely want to do one of the European ones.  My favorite is the 23-day cruise that hits nine countries which include a few in Eastern Europe.  We've been talking about doing an eight or ten day cruise and tacking land travel days on either end, which I think I'd be okay with. MacGyver is interested in the Formula One races in Belgium and Italy, but us girls don't really care about that and it will only be included if it works out with the plan.
My top cruise choices are:

European Sojourn:  23 days, 19 guided tours, 9 countries

Grand European Tour:  15 days, 13 guided tours, 5 countries

Rhine Rhapsody:  10 days, 8 guided tours, 4 countries

Rhine Getaway:  8 days, 6 guided tours, 4 countries

Passage to Eastern Europe: 11 days, 7 guided tours, 5 countries

See what I'm talking about?  Hard to choose.
The thing I like best about the river cruising is that you're not out in open water, like a regular cruise, with nothing to look at.  On a river, there's scenery.  You travel through quaint villages.  You get a glimpse of what it might have been like to travel these waterways many years ago.  It's leisurely.  There are castles.

Like Winnie the Pooh said, "Rivers know this: there is no hurry."

The photos in this post were taken from the Viking River Cruises website.

If you're interested in seeing more, check out their site or order a free brochure.  

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2013: If You're Looking To Flip A House For Money....Don't

2012: A Sad Day For The Piggies
A Warrior Waging A Noble Fight, Fueled By Chocolate Ice Cream
2010: Ragazzo dell’Ombrello
2009: Eddie It’s Not Even Halloween Yet Friday
2008: Not So Different, Are We?
2007: Quite Uneducated, If You Ask Me
2006: Sometimes Identity Theft Can SAVE You Money
2005: Mina In Fifty Years

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Where The Food Is Delicious And The Service Is World Class

The last weekend of September, my mother was admitted to the hospital.  Initially, I would have said it was "nothing serious" because it's something she's dealt with in the past - cellulitis, a common bacterial skin infection - without incident.  But we didn't really realize how serious it was until I started Googling, and how serious it could have become until she saw the doctors and they gave their assessments.

When Ed and I were home earlier in September, we noticed she had a little swelling in her foot and ankle area, but because she'd had this happen before (but never been hospitalized for it) she just kept saying, "It'll be fine."  Then, that last Sunday of the month I spoke to her while she was preparing to have my brother and family over for dinner.  She was making meatballs, browning her sausage, making her gravy, and setting the table.  When she told me the redness had traveled up her leg overnight, I hit the roof.

I essentially scolded her up and down, told her my nephews would live one Sunday without macaroni, and that she needed to to go the Emergency Room immediately.  Traveling redness and swelling was not good.  "Okay, okay, okay." she said.  I could tell she was annoyed that I was badgering her.

Her last words to me before she hung up were, "I'm going to take a shower now and then I'll go up to the hospital.  But if they admit me, I'm going to be really pissed at you."
Really? And how's that different than any other time you're pissed at me?  I can deal with that.  

Surprise, surprise.  They admitted her.  She was not happy.

I started making phone calls, letting my brother know Pasta Sunday was off, and asked my sister-in-law to stop at my mother's house to make sure the lights, ceiling fans, and A/C were off.  Turns out my mother left the gravy on the stove, it was still bubbling

She remembered to take her iPad - fear of being without Pogo probably prompted that decision - but she didn't turn off the stove.  I created a monster when I bought that iPad for her.  And Pogo, that's another monster with it's grip around the elderly population.  Sometimes she can't sign onto Pogo because there's a little password glitch and she calls me, frantic.  It's one of those things where you enter the password and the cursor pops around making you lose your place, then you have to backspace to fix it.  Pain in the ass for sure, but when I try to tell her how to do it you'd think I was explaining quantum physics.  As if I could.

So, long-story-sort-of-short here, she spent about ten days in the hospital, being poked and prodded, and x-rayed and scanned.  She made friends with all the nurses learning every detail about their lives, had the doctor who "never spends that much time with patients" wrapped around her little finger according to her favorite nurse, and even found time to send me pictures of the meals she ate.

She loved everything they served her, loving even more that she didn't have to cook it.  She also liked that the salad, Jell-O, and pudding came in individual cups, which satisfied her anal-retentive gene.  She said she felt like she was at a resort and was probably the only one in that hospital who wasn't complaining about the food.

There were a few scares that had me worried, but it seems the antibiotics did their job and she was instructed to go easy on the foot now that she's back home.  The doctor wants her to conduct herself just as she did in the hospital, which means no excessive walking (so no shopping), no raking the yard, no open toed shoes, no strenuous housework, etc. until her home dose of antibiotics is finished.

I'm really glad she's home and feeling better.  Today she had a visit with all the WOWs, who came to her house and did all the work to pull together their monthly meeting, taking the brunt of the work off of her.  They're such great ladies, and I'm so happy she was able to be in the company of all of those women who love her.

I just hope she doesn't pull any funny stuff to land herself back in this "resort".  Even if they do have delicious Jell-O in tiny cups.

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2013: Something To Look Forward To

2012: Two More For You, Mr. President!
A Thing About Things
2010: Americans Among Us
2009: Next Time I’m Buying Him Carbon Paper And White Out. And A Roll Of Stamps. And Maybe A VHS Player.
2008: Flash Flood
2007: Consider The Source When Getting Advice
2006: Perfectly Apropos For Bush’s Home State
2005: Soul 2 Soul

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Even The Deer Are Bored

Wow.  It's been such a slow day for blog activity that the best I can do is a picture of a few deer we crossed paths with as we were tooling around the PNW (that's the cool way to say "Pacific Northwest").  They were so uninterested in our existence that it took forever for one of them to even turn our way for a picture.  Whatever, deer.

We saw them the last time we were here, even fed them a few veggies I was planning to get rid of.  Well, fed isn't exactly right, it was more like veggies I threw in their direction.  We also heard there were recently a few black bear sightings but we haven't run into any of them yet.  And they don't seem too interested in joining us at the campground area.  

The weather has been rainy and cool, and this weekend the wind blew so ferociously, the truck was in a perpetual rocking motion for most of the day.  I felt like I was on a boat in the high seas.  It finally died down, but then the rain came.  Again.

We'll be looking for a load out of here, but I'm not sure how much luck we'll have since there are five other trucks exactly like ours here.  All pulling the same type of trailer, all looking for the same type of load.  Last time we spent six days up here.  I could get bored in that time.

Which means you may be getting more lame pictures of wildlife.  Prepare.

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2013: Happy "Columbus" Day!

2012: Not So Subtle
2011: Satan Called. He Wants His Weather Back.
2010: If Only I Looked As Good As He Does
2009: What Grandmothers Do When Their Grandchildren Grow Up
2008: The View Of The Valley And Meadow
2007: A Beautiful Dimple In The Earth
2006: Dive The Sky
2005: G-Y-M