Mike Darby, well-known British car restorer and SABCC'er is on the road his newly-restored 1959 MGA roadster with daughter Stella, undertaking the dream trip of a lifetime. The Darby duo will be traveling from their Alabama Gulf Coast home to Southern California, then up the Pacific Coast to Oregon and then back to the Heart of Dixie.
kindly agreed to send along a daily report of their progress as well as
observations of the people and places that make up our nation.
Yesterday the five of us visited Crater Lake – we couldn’t have had
more perfect weather. Crater Lake, one of the deepest in the world, was
created nearly 8,000 years ago when a volcano erupted and then
collapsed in on itself. Brilliantly blue, it’s surrounded by high
cliffs all around; each stopping place on the trails and roads around it
shows a new spectacular view. The contrasting colours of the snow,
trees and lake had us reaching for our cameras over and over, even
though photos just can’t do it justice. Some snow cover lingers, but we
were thrilled to have bright sunshine and no wind. A perfect day to
appreciate an incredible place!
On the way home we topped up our
‘natural beauty’ fix even more, walking along the Rogue River Gorge.
The Rogue winds back and forth through the local area, meaning we
crossed it so many times yesterday we lost count. The gorge
was…well…gorgeous, of course! (Sorry.) Every minute enough water to
fill an Olympic swimming pool passes through the waterfall, flanked by a
canyon of lava rocks. No one fancied their chances in a kayak. But
the walk was great!
Having stuffed ourselves at a good diner at
lunchtime, we stuffed ourselves again with good Mexican food in the
evening. All in all, a fantastic day out. We couldn’t ignore the news
about Tropical Storm Andrea back on the Gulf Coast, signalling the
beginning of hurricane season…fingers crossed for everyone in the zone
Today we stuck close to home – more laundry,
sunbathing, porch-sitting and a quick shopping trip into town. Mike put
in plenty of work, though: he finished the rear lighting repair,
adjusted the valves, and topped up the gearbox and differential oil
levels…as well as cleaning the dust off the car. Tomorrow he’ll air up
the tires and fill up the tank, ready for departure early next week.
the meantime we’ll visit the Oregon coast before heading home. Tonight
Stella’s enjoying a birthday beer, looking forward to the birthday cake
Joyce has baked and is about to frost…yum! Surrounded by family, out
in the country with curious deer and thick trees up to the porch
railing, warm evening sun going down over mountains…seems a pretty good
way to turn 29 (yes, for the first time, thankyouverymuch! Haha).