Sunday, October 13, 2019

US95: Desert Departure

It was a crispy 19 degrees when Happy and I went for our morning walk in Winnemucca, NV. For those of you keeping track, that's an 80 degree swing in two days.

The rapid change is attributable to three primary factors: higher latitude, higher altitude and an arctic high pressure area over the northwest.

I put on a couple of extra layers to deal with it, but Happy was obviously pleased about being back in her natural temperature range.

Continuing north, it was clear we were still in the Great Basin desert, though the addition of some greenery indicated we might be approaching our desert departure. Sometimes, hope is all you have.

By the mid-point of our driving day, we had crossed into Oregon and climbed up onto the Columbia Plateau. That led us to the Snake River and its surrounding plain, where things started to green up.

Before we stopped for the day, we crossed another couple of our old US Highway friends: US20 and US30 which we drove back in 2012 and 2013. Those road trips seem like a lifetime ago!

We stopped for the day in Ontario, OR, and plan to take a day off here. I'm ready for a break from driving and the chance to watch a Seahawks game.

Happy is obviously thrilled to be back on grass for doing her business. She has been a very good sport as always about peeing on rocks and gravel, but greenery is by far her preferred canvas!

Looking at the map, we are only two or three stints from reaching the Canadian border on US95. The weather forecast looks pretty good, so let's hope we complete our trip with ease... Stay tuned!

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