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Escape from "The Land of Entrapment" (N.M.)

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  • turtledude
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    Ran out of battery after this shot. Green stuff everywhere, tall and thick.

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    ...and all's well that ends well..The grizzly bear roomate is gone. Never underestimate the power of a woman.

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  • turtledude
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    *INTERMISSION*
    conclusion to follow. :hugs:
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  • turtledude
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    Left early the next morning after sharing a few cups of coffee. Maggie got lots of attention and gained another 6 lbs.
    Had to make it across the Cascades to the Turdfarm by noon to meet the propane guy, who was going to reconnect stuff and check everything out so I wouldn't blow the place up. One last glimpse at Chelan:

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    You know you are in New Mexico when you see a sign like this, except that it's been perforated with at least a dozen bullet holes.

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    Leavenworth, at the foot of the mountains. A pseudo Bavarian tourist trap with a different festival every weekend except in Oktober-fest till you drop. It's criminal, I tell ya! Pandering to stupidity.

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    See??!!!! It's a crime scene. Closed for investigation!

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    Tumwater Canyon

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    Steven's Pass Hiway

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    Ski area at the summit.

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    ...and down the west side.

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  • turtledude
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    after a few hours of traversing wheatfields, this gluten intolerant traveller dropped off the plateau into the Chelan valley.

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    Pulled into Al's complex- House and separate guest casita on the right, garage and offices on the left with an orchard behind that. Al is another cancer survivor (barely), and while he has a lot...it's all comes well after being alive and breathing...and his children, one of which is "special". Same situation in Helena. (see a pattern? )

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    In two months the lake will be full.

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    ...and I was in time for dinner! Life is good!
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  • turtledude
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    Awww. isn't she just too cute?

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    Wallace, Idaho. Well known in late history for it's women of ill repute and hard working miners.

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    Just west of Spokane, Wa. on Hwy 2 in the wheatfields of eastern Washington. This state is divided by the Cascade Mts. in both climate and politics. For those who still believe in politicians and stuff, Republican/rural/agriculture on the east side...Democratic megalopolis dwellers on the soggy west side.

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    Better living through chemistry.
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  • turtledude
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    Got an early start at 7:30am with the plan to make it to another friends house at Lk. Chelan, Wa. I have a penchant for calling people I haven't seen in a while, especially if they have nice homes, and asking them if they have a spare bed that i can crash in. (I'm not that bad...I usually give a day's warning!)
    Up over a pass just west of Helena:

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    I-90 follows the Clark Fork west of Missoula.
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    A gadamn sign every 5 miles for 200 miles!
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    Rest stop.
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  • turtledude
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    Well, it's about time I finished this chapter in my book of nonsense. Had a few days to decompress and then continued my journey west toward the land of the moss people. Took a few pics of Helena before I left. Nice white bread town that used to be a bit filthy with money. I was a bit uncomfortable because I found few people that would actually make eye contact with someone they hadn't seen before. I've been away from the "city" for too long, I guess. Down toward old town:

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    first governor's mansion:
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    Victorian style white picket fence dreamer
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    another missile.
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    The state capitol. State reps hand out candy in there. For real.
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  • MsExced
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    Beautiful, love you friends home

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  • Peasie
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    Originally posted by turtledude View Post

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    Spectacular!

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  • kia027
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    Following and liking

    I like the way you capture 'the road' travelled

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  • turtledude
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    In a few days we'll be heading west. More pics of I know not what to follow.

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  • turtledude
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    Maggie's boyfriend Bentley; so named after a "crook" in his tail.

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    Robert and the kids.

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    Susan and daughter Becca. Good friends. for real.

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  • turtledude
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    Flakes of snow had just begun falling when we arrived. Upon awakening I looked out to this:

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    As I mentioned, this place used to be a church.

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    Capitol dome a few blocks away. I went in there last year. There was a sign next to the entrance that said "Check Your Guns at the Door". That was the only security there was. Gotta love the spirit.

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    Inside the front door
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  • turtledude
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    People from Wyoming like to place metal statues of stuff on cliffs overlooking freeways. Dinosaurs. Rhinosaurus .Buffalo. Cowboys. Stuff like that.

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    Saw another sign...the word "independence" etched in history.

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    I'd been on the road since 8:30am and the amount of sunlight left in the day could be measured in minutes. The halfway point had been reached just beyond Casper.

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    We reached our destination in Helena at 3:30am and found the key to the door, as had been arranged. The sanctuary. Downstairs an attached apartment was waiting, a cozy bed, and a mini-snickers bar on the pillow. Sleep felt good!

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  • turtledude
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    Colorado Springs, I think...about 4 1/2 hrs into the journey.

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    then Denver, the last pothole on the freeway of love.

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    and just past the border into Wyoming was this park dedicated to ballistic missiles where one can go for a quiet walk near the freeway. The missiles are those small phallic white things in the picture. I only caught a glimpse.

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