It certainly has been a moving year for me. I have experienced all four seasons in the six months since I moved to Washington State. Although I had RVed in, around, and throughout the state over many years, living here is different and it’s just as beautiful and exciting as I expected it to be. Hearing the fog horns warning the watercraft on the Sound and gulls discussing the weather as they fly overhead is thrilling to me.
To add a little animation to Christmas Day, the faults sleeping in the Puget Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca (the whole area where I live) woke up and put forth 8,000 tiny earthquakes. Between January 1 and January 4, 2,013 more quakes quaked. Those who know more about it than I do, say that these numerous earthquakes are just working off stress rather than bottling it all up for one big 6.5 episode. They call these quakes an “Earthquake Swarm and a Slow Slip Episode.”
It gives me more to think about than the tsunami warning signs I see all over the Northwest. Of course, I have seen many flashing elk warning signs, too, and I haven’t seen any of those either. It is also getting very deep around here. Snow in the mountains of the Cascade Mountain Range to the east and the Olympic Mountains immediately south, is deep, much to the delight of skiers. It sometimes closes the passes, which doesn’t delight the drivers who have few options traveling east without driving miles out of the way. Mt. Baker, at 10,781 feet, which I can barely see from my balcony, has over eight feet of snow and Mt. Rainier at 14,417 feet has more than 24 feet.
If you really want to get deep into something, we could talk politics. Ah, don’t worry, I’m too opinionated to touch that subject with a ten-foot shovel.
The Power Ball is moving on up with thousands in line to buy tickets. What would you do if you won a billion dollars? I’ll think on it for next week.
Winter in the Wilderness, Minshall’s first novel (e-book & hard cover), and the fourth edition of RVing Alaska and Canada are available through Amazon.com.
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.”