1445, Friday, 11 December: Left Orange County. Took two hours and forty-five minutes to get through Los Angeles in the rain. Did 75 MPH through the pass, and cruised through intermittent rain up the grapevine. Got into Sacramento at 21:15.
0845, Saturday, 12 December: Very little visibility through Redding. Pouring rain north of Redding and through the Shasta's. Thankfully, no ice or snow, and I was able to drive a confident and consistent 75 MPH through the mountain twisties in the rain. After this trip, I may never go back to 2WD.
Late Dinnertime, Saturday, 12 December: I'm in love with Portland. Can't wait to go back.
2107, Saturday, 12 December: Welcome to Fort Lewis, Washington. Visitor's Center wanted my driver's license, Mrs. 13's Driver's license, my vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. What happened to just showing one license and writing down the license plate number for a visitor's pass to tape to the window?
0926, Sunday, 13 December: NCO enlisted housing overlooking a lake. Coffee.
1048, Sunday, 13 December: It's snowing!
2309, Sunday, 13 December: So, I haven't been on "post" yet and I'm not even sure which post I'm on--but this place is strange and beautiful in a quiet and relaxed way. In 24 hours, I haven't seen a single ACU or "soldier." I had never intended to go back to the Army, but this place kicks serious ass compared to Fort Campbell. For starters, there's more than just two hick towns full of Wal-Marts...
Around lunchtime, we drove up Mount Rainier looking for snow, but there wasn't any... we finally turned around and on the way down, it started snowing pretty heavily. Supposed to head into Seattle tomorrow, but it rained and snowed all afternoon and now the roads are black... so, we'll see.
1100, Monday, 14 December: Let's go to Safeco Field and the Space Needle!
1545, Tuesday, 15 December: We're in Oregon. Daytime traffic in Portland and Beaverton sucks. Weather was so rainy, visibility on the freeway was difficult. Couldn't see the taillights of the car in front of me at 75 in the left lane. But we made it safely and are ready for fun!