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Sometimes our world changes so fast! We left India when Wuhan was a whisper, we left Sallisaw as the coronavirus was an interesting topic and we returned to Covid-19. Oklahoma welcomed us back to a beautiful spring. The dogs were let out of the house, the cats started collecting and distributing dead-gifts and the mercury skyrocketed. I (James, with Bonny, below) cleaned the shop, organized the tools and trimmed the cedar in front of the house. …then Dena and I went shopping for a power washer. We found a good one at one place, found a better one at a better deal at another place, tossed that sucker in the back, got home, and went to work on the front of Dena’s mom’s house. We got to hang out with both sides of (Dena’s) fam and we got to earn our keep in both Sallisaw and Moses Lake. We both felt great about that. The round trip from Oklahoma to Washington State and back was accomplished solely on Blue Highways. We eschewed interstate freeways altogether, and it gave us a humbling and fascinating view of the American West. Boy that sucker is huge! On the way from Oklahoma to Maryland and thence to Rhode Island, we compromised. The long, long distances between small towns were not to be found, so the 55 to 45 to 35 to 45 to 55 routine got old pretty quick. Not, however, before we drove through Beebe, Arkansas, one of my (Dena’s) childhood homes. I had some good times in that barn! OK to AR to TN to VA… We pushed our bodies to the rental-car limit to put this part of the adventure to bed… …So, we went for a stroll in a Virginia forest to shake off the road. The mixed highway-freeway thing[…]

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Birthdays

When I was in my 30’s I figured that when I made it past my fifth decade I would give up on celebrating the day of my birth. I was wrong about that. As it turned out I was wrong about quite a few things concerning aging, duh! I discovered that, unlike (the above) technology, I could change with the times and celebrate any goddamn thing I want! I figured when we went back to India this past fall that we would be back on the boat in plenty of time to party underway. Damn, I was wrong about that as well. We were underway alright but not the way we like. We were traveling by Infernal Combustion Vehicle back across the U.S. from Washington to Oklahoma after helping Dean move into his new house. So… …We pointed the car at the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas and drove. Once again we took the Blue Highways ‘cross-country and it was spectacular. On our first night on the road we found a very cool place to stay via an old friend of ours in northern Idaho just under the Canadian border in a log cabin way off the beaten path. It “belonged” to a wonderful sailing couple who had a beautiful retreat up in the mountains on a huge sprawl of protected land. This was still very early in the road trip and the weather was awesome, then it got shitty. Through Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Nebraska we never saw the sun and the temps stayed just above freezing, which assured that we would be indoors for my birthday. It was okay, we still got to see the biggest hand painted egg in the world in Wilson, Kansas! The road went on and on and ultimately ended us back in[…]

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