Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Home Again Jiggety-Jig

Home Again Jiggety-Jig
September 26, 2005

My interpretation of “tomorrow” from Friday’s entry expanded across the traditional boundaries of the word to reach now, Monday evening. But since I feel that I am still adjusting to being back home again, the window of opportunity for a thoughtful conclusion to the trip remains open. At least that’s my argument.

Our final day of travel on Friday went as smoothly as the rest of the trip, other than waking up way too early. We stopped for a leisurely breakfast – the first restaurant breakfast on the road, no less – at Granny’s Place in Creston before starting the final day of driving. Highway 3 crossed the broad valley of the Kootenai River before climbing up and over the pass between Creston and Salmo. A simple sign at the junction of Highway 6 pointed south to the USA border.

After a short wait at the Nelway border crossing, we passed muster and entered both the US and Washington. Within two miles, traffic had stopped for road construction and we had the longest wait at a flagger of the entire trip, about 15 minutes. But the pause gave me time to search the radio dial and I picked up the familiar sounds of KPBX, Spokane Public Radio. Hearing the voices of Steve Jackson and Verne Windham seemed both extraordinary and commonplace at the same time.

The towns of Metaline Falls, Metaline, and Ione seemed smaller than I expected somehow, although Metaline Falls has a great little Main Street just off the highway where I was able to get coffee for the road. The highway followed the Pend Oreille River through Box Canyon and its trees and hills Before long, we crossed the county line into Spokane County near Deer Park; a few minutes later we entered the city itself amid the traffic at the North Division Y.

I’ve been incredibly tired for the last couple of days, something that’s perhaps not surprising but it is somewhat annoying. As I type this, it’s not even 10 p.m. and yet I can't keep my eyes open. Looks like the final review will have to wait yet another day.


At 7:04 PM, Anonymous jan said...

How come going home always seem to not take as long as going away? I love that drive down to Spokane from the border. It's even more beautiful on a crisp fall day. Good to see you Tuesday and again, WELCOME HOME!


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