Last Thursday 5/12/16 I “hit the road” to Vancouver, Washington for a four-day annual quilt retreat with my ” Quilting Sisters” from California, Oregon and Washington. We gather at least once a year for a retreat, at Nancy’s Sew N Go Retreat.
This is post #1 of a series of posts about my quilt retreating experience!
Car loaded up with sewing machine, quilting paraphernalia, fabric and various projects, I got on the road early in the am on 5/16/16. Driving from Central Oregon to Vancouver Washington I found many “car buddies” along the way (see my post Repost: Road Trip for an explanation of “car buddies”).
My favorite “car buddies” were a brown Mercedes wagon and a gray Subaru that I followed for many miles on my road trip to the quilt retreat. If only they knew they had been my “car buddies” (they would have been very frightened by a wacky woman following them and making them her imaginary friends?!?!).
Solo road tripping is an opportunity to listen to wonderful music, rather loudly, and sing along at the top of your lungs! I had my iPhone with the “Tierney Mix” playlist loaded and hooked up to a FM transmitter that sent the music to my car radio. (Yes the classic 2001 Saturn 4-door sedans do not come with a jack for your iPhone or any modern amenities…).
The “Tierney Mix” is a very eclectic mix of music. Here is a sampling of 20 songs that played in order while I drove:
- Third World Man – Steely Dan
- Lovesick Blues – Hank Williams
- Your Love is King – Sade
- Annie’s Song – John Denver
- How Soon is Now – The Smiths
- Black is the Color – Nina Simone
- How Deep is Your Love – The Bee Gees
- Tom Sawyer – Rush
- Tennessee Waltz – Patti Page
- Don’t Break My Heart – UB40
- Gravity – Jon Mayer
- Heartbreaker – Pat Benatar
- Okan Bale – Angelique Kidjo
- Dancing Nancies – Dave Matthews Band
- Chan Chan – Buena Vista Social Club
- Nights in White Satin – The Moody Blues
- Like a Star – Corinne Bailey Rae
- Cozza Frenzy – Bassnectar
- Sultans of Swing – Dire Straits
- That’s the Way of the World – Earth Wind & Fire
As you can see my musical tastes are all over the place!
I am glad my “car buddies” and other vehicles could not hear me singing along!
The Road Trip Scenery
I know you are not supposed to be engaging in DWP (driving while photographing) but I assure you I only took photos while it was safe. Also there was some construction on Highway 26 (the road from Central Oregon to the Portland Oregon area) and I was stopped for awhile and took photos.
The landscape is filled with the Cascade Mountains, especially Mount Hood; lots of high desert brush; and endless farms. There is quite a climb in elevation from Central Oregon to the Portland Oregon area through the Mount Hood pass.
Mount Hood itself rises to 11,240 feet (Wikipedia) at its summit. The elevation from Central Oregon to the Mount Hood/Timberline Lodge region climbs from 3500+ feet above sea level to 6000+. Occasionally my ears “pop” on the drive from the change in elevation (but that does not stop me from continuing to sing at the top of my lungs).
It is a winding mountain road and in the winter some times it is not passable. I never drive from Central Oregon to the Portland area in the winter, though many Central Oregonians have family in Portland (and are originally from the Portland area) and drive to Portland for Thanksgiving or other “winter holidays”. Winter begins at the end of October or early November in the Mount Hood pass area due to the elevation!
Finally I arrived at Sew N Go Quilt Retreat!
NEXT POST: Sew N Go Retreating!