Mile Munching: Driving Through Bliss and a Blizzard

We crossed the border twice again… I know, I know… no, I don’t know. What the hell is it about us and crossing borders twice in a day? It’s like this insatiable thirst for torturing ourselves.

ut whatever, we crossed it twice again, got the dang Banjiercito paperwork done, crossed again and Mikey just about fainted from the sheer joy and ease of driving on a Californian Highway.

california highway: route 395

“The shoulders!” he’d exclaim, practically drooling, “the flatness – IT”S COMPLETELY FLAT!” He was all but bouncing in his seat like a kid with a bucket of Halloween candy.

Since he was higher n’ kite with the flatness of the road, the thrill of the big, fat road shoulders carrying him far, since we didn’t have to watch out for cows crossing the road like we did in Baja, and since the kids were in a good mood, we drove a long way that day. We drove and drove and drove, Myrtle hungrily chomping down the miles like they cookie crumbs and she was the Cookie Monster.

We stopped in the middle of nowhere for a night and then got up for an encore mile-munching session. Gulp. Chomp. Fuel up. Repeat. And repeat.

the spring source of shepherd's pool
the spring source of shepherd’s pool

We burned our way through a few tanks of gas to get to Shepherd’s Pool and have a dip.

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Then dip again.

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And walk, run, camp

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Dip again.

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Then we left, because it was just too cold.

DSC_1089We were prepared the last time we camped up this way, we had a stock of wool long underwear, heavy socks that fit snugly in furry boots, down jackets and more.

This time, we were coming from Baja and baby, the beach in Baja isn’t good prepping for the frost of the North.

Uh-uh.

We continued to drive and when we started hitting the snow of Susanville, the huge drifts and piles of what felt like a blizzard, I started getting scared. Like, just big ole’ piles of ‘yuck’ in me, ‘what were we thinking?! How can we handle this? This is nuts, man….[facepalm]’

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Mikey drove on.

And we arrived in Blue Lake, just as the sun emerged directly overhead, like a beacon from heaven. Tired, cold, but happy to be there and in one piece, we were good. Safe. Sound. Ready for the next part of what is unfolding into a fantastic adventure.

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