My little family of three went on a grand adventure recently. If you missed the daily posts to my facebook page, never fear! I have compiled the grunged out, instagram-tastic pics (and a few unfiltered ones as well) here for your weekly peek into my fascinating life. My photo editing "skills" are completely schizophrenic and I can't remember from one pic to the next what filter I used so please forgive my array styles and filters that cover every decade from 1959 on and echo bad magazine photo journalism in one breath and polaroid nostalgia in the next. Aside from the somber mission of the trip (to visit my ailing mother who just entered hospice care) we did manage to have an adventure and we also managed to have some laughs and see some really beautiful things along the way. Here is my attempt at telling you the story with more images than words…
|Waiting to board the train|
|Thomas the Train on the train…whoa.|
|Awesome view from the train. Saw dolphins too.|
|This is Tuesday. Yes, this guy is Tuesday. This super friendly guy shared|
his 100 proof vodka with Jason. G'bless the kindness of strangers.
What a fascinating cross section of American society is found on a train! That woman sitting next to Tuesday got up to look for another seat when he sat down next to her. She was hoping she could pretend like she was on an airplane and not talk to anyone, which was going to be damn near impossible with a guy like Tuesday sitting next to her. Eventually she found her way back to her seat and Tuesday worked his miraculous charm on her. They spent most of the trip, heads bent together chatting privately. When we got to San Luis Obispo Tuesday stood up and announced, "C'mon, Nancy! This is our stop!" And she got up and they left together. Amazing. And of course Tuesday left his half bottle of 100 proof vodka with Jason before leaving, offering us a hearty farewell and safe trip. Sometimes, people are awesome.
|And g'bless the iPad and Pixar. What did parents do 20 years ago without these|
gadgets? Oh that's right, corporeal punishment.
|Dinner with Mr. Messy on a train in which he declares a ban on macaroni |
and cheese. Cheerios for dinner everybody!
|just pure evil|
|This is Dave. He was my seat mate from Klamath Falls on. Really sweet old guy|
traveling to Portland to see his grand-baby for the first time. The stale smoke
smell seemed to ooze from his pores.
|I was a little concerned about seeing power lines leaning dangerously close|
to a lake, but what do I know?
|There was an empty car below us and Jack found a playmate there in the morning.|
We told them to help push the train so we could get there faster.
After 28 hours we arrived in Eugene. It would have been 26 hours but we were delayed on day one because some guy got drunk and started a brawl on the train. Like I said, the cross section of people was fascinating.
Time for a visit with Mom.