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Home again…

We’re back home again after our two weeks on the road. It was a trip I really needed, I think DH did as well. After Black Seep Gathering we had a week before The Grazing hills event the next weekend so we spent the time wandering though NE Oregon and into Washington via back roads, avoiding the major highways as much as possible. We stayed in State or USFS campgrounds and on occasion just bushwhacking. Here’s our first encounter with an automated flagman!

Automated flagman!

Seafoam blooming at/in window!

It was still springtime up in the higher elevations and a nice wet winter has everything green and blooming. Warm, not hot, days, cool nights, no internet or phones… it was wonderful! By the time we reached Viola, Idaho, we were relaxed and ready for the next event. Katie, Christine, and crew did a great job with this new event. It was well organized, well advertised, well laid out, just an all around excellent fair, especially for a first time event! Lots of other vendors and very friendly people. We got to see new born alpacas taking their first wobbly steps, and chatted with lots of old and new friends. I had a class of 6 new weavers there and at Albany and I hope I was able to inspire them to continue with this fun craft. The grocery bag wind socks were a popular item and certainly put on a show on this windy hill top! Lovely rolling hills farm country!

Viola Booth

One row of vendor booths on Sunday morning. Sunday morning is a slow time at fairs. We had lots of people Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

So now we have a couple months to get ready for OFFF and Lambtown! Check out those events, too, if you have not already done so.  And the garden is into production. I will have to pick beans again today. Randy pulled his crop of carrots and has replanted. I dunno if they’ll do much this time of year but as I have failed at carrots, I’ve turned them over to him! I’ll need to harvent some turnips today, too, as I see there are leaf munchers enjoying those plants!

First harvest! Not bad for a first time! And my first zucchini didn’t make it into the photo!

Randy has gone off with a neighbor to work on the water works up Treasure Creek. The spring run-off took out both the Beavers Dam and his own control system. People down stream are worried about their fishes, most politely, one forgetting that having this water is not her “right” and wording her concerns is less than acceptable ways. Ah well, not everyone is a happy person. Too bad.

And I now have a new ‘toy’! A summer resident and friend has given me his late wife’s knitting machine. She was a beautiful lady and will certainly be missed by everyone who knew her. I hope to be able to learn how to use her classic machine. But I am still weaving, never fear! lol

New projects coming up!

Hope your summer is not too hot or too busy!

 

 

Home again!

Here we are, back where we started from and happy to see it. We had a great trip but coming home is always good, too. My own bed! Well, the bed in the 5th wheel is also mine, I guess, but I like this one better! I have a limited amount of pictures on my camera. There are more on the tablet if I can figure out how to get them here I’ll post more. Meantime, here’s what I have of our trip so far.

We stayed at a campground on the Salmon river in Idaho, outside of Riggins. This old one lane bridge is being replaced. We did not take the trailer over it, just drove down to explore. In fact, we didn’t stay in the campground just in the parking lot in front, as the camp was closed due to a fire that they had there just a month after we stayed there last year.

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Here is the view from our trailer park at the outskirts of Moscow, Id. It is a pea field. some were just starting to bloom. I have no idea what kind of peas there were but there were thousands of acres of them and also of many kinds of grain.

moscow pea patch

This is our booth in the 1912 highschool building in Moscow. It is a community hall now days and the new hi is just up the street. That’s where the classes were held. We met many weavers and maybe converted a few more! A very nice, well organized event. Thank you, Shelly of The Yarn Underground who sponsored it and did a great deal of the work involved.

moscow show booth

This is Linda Echenrode of All things Fiber in St. Maries, Id who also had a booth. Linda carries our looms in her shop and she showed me the poncho she is working on using many sizes of Multi looms. My photo does not show much of the incredible pattern work and detail in Linda’s weaving. It is beautiful! If you are anywhere near there be sure to stop in at her shop and ask to see it!

 

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And if you have not seen these windmill ‘farms’ you are missing a sight. I know some people think they are a blight but I think they are beautiful! I did not get a good photo as there was no good place to stop when they were in view. There are fields of them in several states but this was Washington. Rolling hills with grain fields and these atop.

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Here we are now on the Mt. McKinley pass looking at the Sisters. We camped nearby and nearly froze! I did get Himself down to around 5000′ before he stopped so the morning temp was just barely below freezing! lol Very beautiful. Large lava flows in places.

Sisters

There are falls on the McKinley River. Thick moss and the roar is deafening. It’s a beautiful river. This is the upper fall.

McKinsie Falls 1

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These geese were standing on rock just below the lower fall.Geese 2

 

 

And here they are from below, looking up at their back sides.

Geese 3

 

Here you  can see how close they were to the fall and the fury and all the mist. I guess it’s a goose thing. ??

This is the lower fall.

McKinsie Falls 2

 

 

That’s it for today. Here’s a little ‘hitchhiker’ I picked up at a Goodwill in Bend, Oregon while we were waiting to get a new fridge installed in the 5th wheel. :-0 !

homeward bound

xo Hazel