July 17, 2015
We stopped at a campground called Valley of the Rouge on the Rogue River in Oregon. We are just trying to get to Sacramento so a lot of driving and not much stopping and sightseeing today.
Decent campground but nothing remarkable. Kids tried to have a play in the river last night and we found blackberries but everyone is kind of tired ...
Nice trail next to the river for a run this morning and another animal encounter. Might be hard to see in the photo but there are two deer there in the clearing.
My 3G was working all right (the benefit of camping next to an interstate.) so I got to listen to Snap Judgment again. I finished the Encore episode. The second immigrant story that really touched me was told by this woman and it mostly had to do with her mom. Her mom decides that she wants to go back to school when she is 45 years old and she is having trouble with the math placement test, in particular, the transitive property. So the daughter is trying to explain this to her but she is getting frustrated and tells her mom, how come you can't get this, it is so simple, didn't you learn this in school? The mom responds back speaking in Tamil. The narrator makes a neat aside that when her mom addresses her directly in Tamil it is like she is talking in italics, straight from the heart with no sarcasm and jokes and the mom says that when she was a child no one cared whether she ate that day. They were happy that she was in school because that meant she was out of the way. No one cared if she learned anything or not and she was not as smart as her daughter and son. God, that send shivers down my back and made me cry! It turns out that the mom passed the exam and ended up being a software engineer. Another example of someone who has a dream so secret, so dear to her heart, so afraid to reveal it but when she finally has the courage to do so, she does everything to make it true. I love these stories.
We are driving too much and passing all these places that I want to visit! Frustrating but I sense that we need to finish the vacation soon. It's getting to the point where we can't remember what we did and where we've been the day before and I don't want this experience to end up being a blur. I want it to be memorable, so less is more for now.
But ... Argh ... I wanted to see Crater Lake, Klamah Falls, Shasta Forest. We drove by Mt. Shasta but we did not stop. It looks amazing even from the interstate.
We are not going to see much of Sacramento. The hotel (Embassy Suites) is next to the river and next door to Old Town Sacramento. Strange place but we had fun and the candy shop and exploring a train engine.
I am surprising the kids a bit because I am shedding my "responsible mom" persona somewhat on this trip and encouraging them to break rules. At Silver Falls I got everyone to ignore the "do not enter signs" and climbed a fence so we can get closer to the falls. And this evening I climbed in a train and a train engine that were cordoned off and of course thy followed me. Nadia told me that she was getting worried by my recent behavior. How come I become fun all of a sudden. She claims that a few weeks ago I would have admonished them if they broke any rules. Am I that boring???!!!! I told her that this is really the way I truly am but being a mom of small children made me more cautious. Now that they are getting older I can go back to being my old fun and irresponsible self.
Right now we are doing laundry and exploring the stairwell and cupboards in the hotel.
We got to Sacramento and we are staying in a hotel! The kids are over the moon. The last stretch was the longest without a hotel but I did not miss it. I am getting so used to camping that I would be happy with no hotels at all. However, a nice hot bath, shaving my legs, pool, gym, doing laundry and free breakfast are all OK really.