Thursday, November 24, 2011
November 24 - Unexpected Surmises
seemingly unusual for this time of year in these parts,
for same --
(one does that a fair bit at Oregonian service stops) and
wrangling along amidst river
railroad, up Columbia Gorge, growing increasingly arid through Multnomah,
John Day River), and
(the edge of the cliffs,
At Morrow, the water washes north, and we are indeed left on the level uplands for a time, turning northwest on 730 through Irrigon (get it?) and
Umatilla (town and county),
to the great relief of Wallula Gap,
heroically rising up near
Port Kelly and the
with a right turn at the Junction,
up the Walla Walla Valley,
the Blue Mountains beckoning,
perhaps warning of a premature stop,
but at last arriving at
Tom, and Claire's.
After a brief respite and visit,
we are off again en masse to
June's for Thanksgiving (somewhere during the preparations, call Crystal, Bette, George, and Sorrel to wish them every happiness), including Jim,
Ashley (a budding psychologist), and
Allison (angling for oceanography).
Songs thereafter include a lot of sight-reading re Franz Schubert leider, plus a bit of Ludwig van Beethoven, accompanying Jim, then many more for Christmas carols and hymns.
Back at Tisha's, we take in
Mel Brooks's broad barbs before wrapping tightly up against the chill night.
Ah, yes, the soundtrack for the day:
Rhapsody in Blue
Strike Up the Band
An American in Paris
Porgy and Bess