Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

Short Day to Spokane

After breakfast, we hit the road early, stopping after a couple hours for a leg stretch and coffee. The weather is in the 50’s as we hit the road, and we are both ready for a warm-up. I was all set to order my normal ‘short non-fat Mocha, no whip cream,’ when I saw that they already have the fall specials on the menu, and oh, I love Pumpkin Pie Spice Latte . . .

While the roads are nearly empty, just us and an occasional truck, or pickup, the weather has turned ugly, rain coming down in drizzle, or torrents, or sheets, changing by the minute. By the time we stopped for lunch, I was ready to give up the driver’s seat.

Lunch was at the Fat Belly Deli, in Alberton, Montana, where we had Turkey Pastrami and Swiss sandwiches, oh, and ummm. . . . fries. They were having a little trouble getting the fryer hot enough to fry the fries, so I had time to take a couple photos:

On our way in, AdventureMan spotted a huge used book store – like catnip for cats, we could not resist. I found a copy of Elizabeth Warnock Fernea’s book “A View of the Nile.” If you have never read Elizabeth Warnock Fernea (Guests of the Sheikh, A Street in Marrakesh) read her biography in the link above. She was an amazing woman, who shared her insights in a very readable way. A View of the Nile is hard to find. I want it for my lending library. AdventureMan and I both found books. . . Too many books. We had to drag ourselves away.

(Update: AdventureMan reminds me that HE found the Fernea book and asked me if I wanted it. I promised to correct this entry and give him proper credit. 🙂 )

Soon we left soggy Montana to enter an equally soggy Idaho, although the weather cleared by the time we got to Coeur d’Alene:

By the time we hit Spokane, the sun is out and we are starting to feel warm once again. We could go on; we have gained an hour, but we see another Mariott Residence Inn along the road and decide to hit the pool and kick back for the rest of the day, with another short day on the road tomorrow to get us to Seattle, where the hard work will begin. We have accounts to close, a storage locker to clear, rugs to gather and plastic carrier boxes to pack. We are hoping we can get everything into AdventureMan’s Barcelona Red (the name of his Rav4) for the long haul back to Pensacola.

Our reward for good behavior will be a few meals with friends and family before we depart. We are looking forward to that part. 🙂

September 1, 2010 - Posted by | Adventure, Books, ExPat Life, Hot drinks, Living Conditions, Moving, Pensacola, Seattle, Shopping, Travel


  1. Sounds like the two of you are having an amazing trip together, enjoy.
    We are back in Doha for the next eight months with trips home for the second Eid and Christmas. All moved into our new home and loving it. The move went so smoothly I couldn’t believe it and am still expecting to hear from the removals people that they forgot to deliver half of our belongings!! There certainly didn’t seem as much as I had envisaged – although we did seem to spend a good part of our time on trips to the local recycling dump!!.

    Comment by 12Days | September 2, 2010 | Reply

  2. LLOOLL, I know about those trips to the recycle dump! Those old TV’s, the clothing – “why on earth did i keep THAT???” And isn’t it wonderful to know where you are going, AND to have these last eight months to say goodbye? Now that you know where you are going, you will better know what to take with you from Doha, what to leave, and experiences to treasure while you can. 🙂 I am betting, however, that they can’t live without your husband, and that you get an occasional call back. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 2, 2010 | Reply

  3. Ohhhh, how you tease me with the signs of Starbucks’ fall drinks and beautiful pictures of fall-like weather in the U.S.!! It makes me want to go be a barista in Idaho 🙂

    Comment by AcadeMama | September 2, 2010 | Reply

  4. i have been following ur photo chronicles, so much funf!!! 😀
    send over some of those beautiful mountains and clouds/fog! Kuwait is too flat and austere!
    Have a wonderful trip! Are u in ur RAV 4×4 by any chance?

    Comment by Mrm | September 2, 2010 | Reply

  5. AcadeMama, autumn was always the hardest season for me in Doha, when it did not turn cool, not even by Thanksgiving. 😦 I have to admit, I am loving the cool cool breezes in Seattle, and wearing a sweatshirt, and drinking hot coffee to keep my little hands warm. 🙂 But as we empty my storage locker here, I have found all kinds of wonderful treasures I have brought back from Doha – coffee bean toasting gear (you find it in one of the old stores in the souq al Waqif) and textiles and all kinds of fun things . . . make haste, enjoy while you can, this is a time that has much to teach you before you depart. 🙂

    Mrm, it IS so much fun, but also a lot of hard driving. We switch back and forth, and even so, we are often tired at the end of the day. Yes, we are in a Rav4 and finding it very comfortable. Even my 87 year old Mother says they are easy for her to get in and out of (no, she is not with us, but we take her places while we are here). The Rav4 just loves being on the road, and scoots up the long mountain passes without missing a beat. I wish you many many trips like this, you and your crazy lady friends. 😉

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 2, 2010 | Reply

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