Fall Breakfast Letter 2017
Eclipse viewing at Steamboat Rock
This summer the eclipse caused thousands of nature lovers and celestial dreamers to camp throughout Oregon. Farther north in Washington, the crowds were fewer and the scenery outstanding.
My journey began at the Amtrak Depot in Dunsmuir. I picked up my granddaughter, Madeline, and her bicycle at the depot in Eugene. We continued up to Seattle, specifically Bellevue, where my son has moved. The next morning, we jumped onto Highway 90 and cruised through rugged Wenatchee National Forest, crossing the Columbia River in the middle of the state and striking north toward Grand Coulee on the edge of the Colville Indian Reservation.
Here the elevation raises us above the tree level, exposing a moonscape of volcanic plateaus riven by winter cascades and pooling at oases along a series of skinny lakes. Steamboat Rock State Park is on an island in the middle of Banks Lake. The remarkable rock formations expose basalt columns crumbling and statuesque.
Maddie and I drove into Seattle looking for an art gallery showing a friend’s work. The Bonfire Gallery was exceptionally difficult to find 😊 😊 but we did find it squeezed into Jaytown west of Chinatown near the train station. There, Deborah Lawrence invited us in to see her amazing, insightful and inciteful humorous collages. Here’s a look in less than a minute.
Deborah and I worked together in downtown Los Angeles in the 80s. Friend her here on Facebook!
So many fires! They’re everywhere. Even in my hometown, Dunsmuir. While I was traveling, one had to be squelched by the local CDF. Thanks everyone. Stay safe.
When winter overtakes the garden with withering wind and snow, there’s nothing like a trip to the basement for a jar of memories. I’ll be remembering when my neighbor left me a bag of cucumbers which became Bread and Butter Pickles. And the sweet pears, so late this year, will transport me to the dusty, dry morning I picked them.