Excursions

You might as well grab the bull by the horns, you’re going to get gored anyway.

Excursion 8, Day 26, Home

Excursion 8, Day 26, Home

I know this is it, this is the end of the journeys for Michelle, long journeys in a bus at any rate. We have done what we set out to do and she has had moments with many family and friends, touched and been touched by them, smiled, cried, wailed and trilled.

Excursion 8, Day 18 to 19, Inyo National Forest

Excursion 8, Day 18 to 19, Inyo National Forest

We were ready, filled with electrolytes, and knew where we would embark, running little checklists in our minds about socks and shirts and stove and boots and the myriad of little items you know you’ll need for eating and sleeping and those you hope you won’t need for first aid and downpours.

Excursion 8, Days 17 and 18, Reno, Nevada to Bishop, California

Excursion 8, Days 17 and 18, Reno, Nevada to Bishop, California

The drive to Reno is stunning, first Mount Shasta dominating with its impossible beauty and then miles and miles of rolling forest and driving on really great highway when you take the turn East and South towards McCloud with the sign advertising Susanville and Reno.

Excursion 8, Days 15 and 16, Ashland, Oregon

Excursion 8, Days 15 and 16, Ashland, Oregon

We have a fantastic visit with old friends in their lovely home that backs to acres of public lands. Over strawberries and quiche and something outlandish with blueberries we catch up. Michelle is in good spirits and smiles and seems to recognize them for a moment here and there.

Excursion 8, Days 10 and 11, Bainbridge Island, Washington

Excursion 8, Days 10 and 11, Bainbridge Island, Washington

Many of us have that place, that place during Summer vacations particularly, where a branch of the family opens its doors and invites us in. For Michelle it was here and the home of her Uncle Rich, or Ratch as she called him.