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The Great American Road Trip II - 15 - Hailfire

Posted by Sumiki , in Life, The Great American Road Trip May 29 2013 · 103 views

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After a good night's sleep we got on the road at noon, rested up and anticipating a drive to Boise. It was 55 degrees and, of course, it was raining. It was not a hard rain, so we were able to make good time. We saw orchards along with semi-arid hills and mountains covered in dust and sagebrush. I forgot how much of Washington was like this.

We stopped on the Yakima outskirts for gas and car snacks, then hit the road again. We crossed the Yakima and the Naches rivers and continued on the highway. We passed many apple orchards as well as warehouses. White barns along the side of the road would advertise "FRUIT - ANTIQUES" and below it "APPLES - CHERRIES - WINE - ASPARAGUS."

The sun finally came out at 1:17 in Grandview - but five minutes later the rains started up again. Vineyards were mixed with orchards, surrounding vast homes. (It's surprising to see these large houses in the middle of nowhere.)

Soon enough we began to climb again, with arid hills to our right and a vast valley to our left, filled with farmland. We saw mounds of basalt, fresh from the mine, as well as bits of the mineral poking through from beneath the hills. (Good thing it's so common, as it's a key ingredient in the production of asphalt.) My dad dubbed the electric lines we passed under "spaghetti spinners."

Rain clouds began to look increasingly more ominous in the distance, but we continued to run into only light amounts in spotty patches. We passed the entrance to an old mine shaft around 2:00. We entered areas reminiscent of the Badlands as we descended towards the Columbia River and entered Oregon.

A little ways into Oregon we stopped at a rest area and read a little about the Oregon Trail in a small outdoor exhibit. It wasn't too much more than we were already aware of but it felt good to move around a bit.

We climbed up a large hill that, in size, was somewhere between a hill and a mountain. We pulled off into a scenic overlook where we could see flat farmland for miles around. After getting pictures we pulled out and continued to climb up as high as the clouds in the distance. Eventually we ran into a cloud, which looked quite like steam coming up off the road.

We were within the Blue Mountains and climbed over in horrid road conditions. The road was rutted and bumpy with a great number of water-filled holes. It was barely raining at this point so we pulled off to visit a place in a national forest where you can still see the ruts from the wagons. Pulling out our umbrellas, we walked along the paved trail and read about the trail's history through the region. Travelers described the area as worse than the Rockies, which was surprising.

Needing some more exercise, we walked the trail again, which turned out to be a bad idea, because the sky immediately darkened and it absolutely burst. As soon as we got into the car, the rain turned to small bits of hail - noisy, but not dangerous.

Unfortunately, we needed to get back onto the highway for ten miles, and the highway conditions were atrocious. The right lane grooves where the trucks travel were filled up with water and made the car hydroplane constantly. The left lane had random lakes in it, which wasn't much better. On top of this, there was a river between the lanes. It was all we could do to navigate the scary miles, but we eventually got to the hotel. While we wanted to get farther on down the road, to either Baker City or to Boise, the reservoir-like conditions of the highway made travel all but impossible.

(The scary thing is that the Oregonians thought nothing of this weather and sped past us going well over the speed limit with no lights on. They hydroplaned but didn't seem to care, which was scary for us. We pulled over to the side of the road a few times to let them pass.)

Now, at a little after 8:00, it's no longer raining, and it looks like it will be a beautiful day tomorrow. We need one of those, I think.

Tomorrow: We travel through Boise to Mountain Home, Idaho, the jumping-off point for the Craters of the Moon National Monument.

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Rahkshi Guurahk
May 30 2013 12:18 PM
Seeing as you said youre going through Texas, does that mean you'll be in Alabama?
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(The scary thing is that the Oregonians thought nothing of this weather and sped past us going well over the speed limit with no lights on. They hydroplaned but didn't seem to care, which was scary for us. We pulled over to the side of the road a few times to let them pass.)


This is basically a description of how most of the people I went to college with in Eastern Oregon would drive through the mountain passes. It was terrifying, and then they would add snow to it and would make it even worse.


Also, I just read through all of this, and reading this so far has been great! My family did a massive road trip to North Dakota in 2004, and I wish I had more written documentation about it, because you can usually remember the general gist of it, but then there's all these random silly details that you forget.

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Snow on top of that? I can't imagine.
Where to North Dakota did you go? Of the Dakotas, South Dakota is more of a trip destination due to Mount Rushmore and the Badlands.

@rahkshi guurahk: Yep, we'll be in Alabama, though where exactly is debatable.
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If you learn one thing in life, learn this:

You should never, ever question why demons would possess a soda.

just a heads up - Cthulhu would probably eradicate mankind before bringing back Bionicle

so yeah, all I'm saying is, please think twice about this okay

nothing gets democracy flowing like erratic capitalizatION

[the NSA] couldn't say no when I offered them an ostrich farm in exchange

Sumiki -- nice try but we all know Toa Mata Nui stuffs its bra

You have a great understanding of history, but don't forget, war, murder and other poor decisions are also huge characteristics.

Also a long line of really great hats.

Shhh, I'm trying to focus on the negative to justify my dislike of history.

have we mentioned hats

To be fair, I am the one responsible for the invention of Mafia in the 1320s by seventeen bored italians locked in a mine shaft.

It's a long story.


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