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The news last night reported that Portland had just experienced a record breaking 20+ days of maximum temperatures over 90°F. I remember numbers like that being bad when I was at school. However, the heat hasn't worried us here. Inside the studio has been well airconditioned.
Today a cool change brings temperatures back to a pleasant 24°C as we continue yesterday's colour tests. Our blends of various colours are out of the kilns for assessment. ...
... able to sit down and complete my blog today.
The total trip mileage was around 5500 miles, the parks I visited:
Yosemite; Death Valley; Lake Mead/Hoover Dam; Grand Canyon; Zion; Bryce: Capital Reef; Grand Tetons; Yellowstone. The only one I didn't get to is Crater Lake but since it's in Oregon, I can fit that in soon.
I got to visit my friend Sue who lives in Prescott, AZ and spend a week there before ...
... the numbers were staggering, simply staggering. At the junction of one street the groups of homeless folks stretched up a few blocks, all either sitting on the sidewalk, propped up against walls, chatting or selling their collected wares. It was weird to see, sure we see homeless people in Brighton, London etc, and these people usually look pretty down and out, and we wonder what turns their life took to deliver them to the cold streets, but here, well it seemed more like a ...
Wx: Overcast, Drizzly (Min: 4 Max: 9)
Woke to the weather being cloudy, overcast and generally GREY (again)! Packed up my gear and John drove me down to King Street Station. I boarded the AMTRAK 'Cascades' train bound for Portland.
The scenery along the way was fairly bland given the grey skies, however, you can see that it would be a wonderful journey ...
... coast, in the Puna District, south of Pāhoa Town - Same town that was almost overrun with lava this past October. Puʻu ʻŌʻō has been a naughty crater! We are hoping that Route 130 stays intact for our trip, and for all the people who live in Puna.
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