Warning - three days worth (a ridiculous amount) of photos to follow. I can see already that I will need to relearn how to take photographs in strong sunlight once we move. This game was the best road trip idea EVER. The girls' first time seeing a tumbleweed. (and it won't be there last with living in Idaho!) "Tumbleweed" is C's nickname so it was fun sharing this first with her. The quest for anything green in southern Idaho led us to a softball field. A dust storm suddenly picked up sending us running for cover. The only way to include myself in this story (post shower) Three little sleepyheads in a row More searching for green and water, too! Kevin just came back home last week after spending 2 1/2 weeks in Pennsylvania taking care of his Mother. We were so very happy to have him back with us. The day after he arrived, we packed up the van and drove to Idaho to check out the general area we will be living in. It was a longer drive than we anticipated so we ended up only getting one full day there. Not quite long enough to really discover anything but just enough time to take away the fear of the unknown. K loved it there and I admit it is much more beautiful than I expected. The mountains, huge skies and open land were breathtaking.
I think the pictures will show you that the landscape in Idaho is drastically different from our lush, green land here in Oregon. It will take some getting used to, that's for sure, but we'll adapt; we always do. I have to say that I had quite a strong desire to kiss the grass once we got back to Western Oregon! But different landscape means different species of plant and animal life and new ways of exploring. We were even already bird watching finding new birds we had never seen before.
There will be more trips back and forth to find our future home. We really have no clue where we will end up - Kevin's job is in the middle of nowhere where there are miles upon miles between buildings. This is actually ideal living for us, but I just always envisioned forests (and soil!)surrounding our little homestead. Kevin told me today he was thinking of possibly finding a place near a deserted ghost town (literally!!) because the nearest Catholic church is located there. I love him to the moon and back for making that such a big consideration.
Overall, a three day trip - two days of travel, only one day to explore but so worth it!