I’m leavin’ on a Jet Plane. Well, actually by the time you read this, I will be a week into a driving trip to the far North Country, then I’m returning on a jet plane. I’ll give you the basics now, and then fill you in on the actual trip in the 4-13-11 blog.
For the last two summers, I have stopped to visit with Friend Marie for a few days at her cozy little home whose front window looks west onto the North Cascades National Park and north to the Pasayten Wilderness which backs up to the Canadian Border. According to her daughter, a couple of weeks ago Marie’s driveway between Twisp and Winthrop, WA, had three feet of snow in it. Hopefully, by the time you read this, Washington’s spring will have arrived and that has melted. These pictures are what her view is in the summertime.
I wrote about Marie earlier this year when I said she had tired of the deep snow, did some home winterizing, packed up a few necessities including Boomer, the Pomeranian, and took off for warmer climes, leaving her 35’ MH stuck in the snow. She did a little renting after reaching Arizona, then bought a very nice used Class B MH and spent the rest of the winter getting it into shape with solar, etc. Her car is not towable thus a problem surfaced. Enter Charlie…. Marie is driving her Class B back home and I am following her in her car. It may not be the best time to head north but the very adventure of it works for me.
I am taking only clothes and shoes that are ragged enough I can in all good conscience throw them away before I pack for the return trip. I’m doing that because I am too cheap to pay the extra baggage fees when I fly out of Spokane. My kids are picking me up after we get to Marie’s and I will spend a few days with them before returning to Phoenix.
Marie and I have become good friends. We think alike which is somewhat dangerous. I’ll fill you in next week. God Bless until then.
Minshall’s RVing Alaska and Canada and RVing Adventures with the Silver Gypsy books are available thru Amazon.
At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”