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HalfWay Oregon

How did Halfway get its name?

Halfway!!

The town is located "halfway" between the communities of Pine and Cornucopia. As the Halfway area became more populated with an influx of miners at thriving Cornucopia and more ranching families, a new post office was established in 1887. The name "Midway" was requested, but postal officials said it was already in use and suggested "Halfway." So Halfway it remains. For a short time Halfway became the nation's first "dot.com" city and some maps still depict Halfway as "Half.com."
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What an interesting history. This is where I am sitting tonight as I write this. Halfway, OR is a small town on the way into Hells Canyon. Total population is 337 in 2008 according to the website. It was a dark drive in on Hwy 86 so I cant comment on what the scenery is like on the way here from I84. I can however say that it's a scary drive in the dark. Hairpin turns and roads that simply drop off into darkness were encountered on the drive out. The town encompasses a total of 0.4 sq miles. There are three restaurants (two of which are bars) and the entire town is closed up at 2000 excluding the two bars.

My friend, Lisa found the hotel for me online while I was driving and called to make my reservation. She was told by the owner that 'I go to bed at ten'. Mind you, this was at 1900! I stopped for a possible final feeding for the Explorer in Baker City before venturing out to find Halfway. The gas station attendant told me that SR86 '....isn't too far' when I asked how to get there. Hmmmm.... Further instructions included; 'it's all black-top' and 'careful for deer and cattle, it's open range out there'. At this point I knew that I was in for a fun drive!

I'll fill you in tomorrow on the canyon. I am soooo excited to see it......

Now, lets back up a little bit. I left the hotel this morning and made an unscheduled stop at a roadside park along the Great Salt Lake. There was a pay station at the entrance but no-one was there. The sign probably said something like 'Day Use Fee: deposit $10 entry fee into an envelope and deposit here' but who really knows what the sign said...I wasn't reading!
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We spent about a half hour playing on the beach and Aco got a good dose of dirt/sand caked in her coat. Yeah ;o( She had a blast though... She did manage to get her feet just a little wet but decided pretty quickly that it was WAY TOO COLD for her to go for full body immersion. Thankfully! I can just imagine a wet and dirty dog in the car for 8 hours...ugggghhhh. Crises adverted!
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(see gallery for additional pics)

Next stop was at Twin Falls, ID. I have been through here in the past. Actually on the way to Elko, NV about a year ago. I wanted to stop and see the falls then but didn't want to take the time. I decided that it was now or never....and I'm glad that I did. My only regret is that I didn't choose a little warmer time of the year and that I didn't plan to do some hiking and spend the night here. The falls and the surrounding area were beautiful...

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Now remember, this......
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And, just because I am a little strange....here are some pictures of the tumbleweed for you! haha

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I had a very enjoyable day and am still smiling. :o) How was your day?

(Don't forget to check out the photo gallery for additional pictures!!)

Posted by Khandilee 22:28 Archived in USA Tagged travelling_with_pets Comments (2)

Road Trip Continues

Denver to Portland

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Somewhere in Wyoming I ran across the above photo. At first sight I thought maybe we were being invaded by giant Buffalo. On the approach, there was sign after sign advertising 'Buffalo Burgers'. I've had buffalo (can't remember where right now), and it was pretty good. A lot like very lean hamburger. Crises adverted on the giant buffalo invasion as I got closer, I could see that it was simply a billboard!

I had recalled reading somewhere that there was a giant Boot statue in Cheyenne, WY and I decided to check it out. After feeding the Explorer (she seems to have an insatiable appetite), I headed into the old downtown of Cheyenne, following some vauge directions given at the gas station.

On my approach to downtown, I came upon the Depot Station where the following pictures were taken. The boots were a little disappointing. I really expected something the size of the Louisville Slugger bat in Louisville, KY. It was interesting non-the-less.

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I was actually more impressed by the horse below made of scrap metal. Aco enjoyed the short break and spent her time sniffing at everything.

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I loved the 'COWBOY' billboard I caught sight of on my way out of Cheyenne.

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Somewhere outside of Cheyenne I snapped the pic of Lincoln Below. I'm not sure why it's here and didn't feel like making another stop to find out but if anyone has any information on this, let me know.

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As the drive continued, the sun began to set. It was one of several fabulous sunsets that I have had during this trip.
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Aco might be in need of a restraint! I don't know what was up with her today but she kept trying to get over in my lap! Several times during the trip, my elbow made it to her side. You would have thought she would have gotten the hint after the first time. She is being very clingy/needy today. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day for her.

I'm exhausted tonight. Didn't sleep well last night. I'm going to go crawl into the covers now.....gnite.

Posted by Khandilee 00:02 Archived in USA Tagged travelling_with_pets Comments (1)

Denver

Seattle and Elko in Denver

My arrival night in Denver was welcomed with a great Washington wine...just as I had earlier predicted. Teresa was quick to open up the stash ;o)

Our first day was spent chatting and catching up on the past couple of months of happenings since we last saw each other. I got to meet Teresa's sister, Lisa and she has been a gracious hostess. Thanks to Lisa!! I truly appreciate you allowing me to come and stay in your home.... Aco made herself right at home and I think she likes Lisa!

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I was pretty beat having been on the road for three consecutive days now, so the day was spent leisurely. We enjoyed home-made spaghetti for dinner and then lounged in front of a toasty fire with wine while we chatted the night away.

My second day it SNOWED!! Yes, I woke up with at least 2 inches of snow on the ground. It was really quite pretty (sorry I didn't get any pictures), although a little cold for my blood!! This was a 'task' day. Teresa completed some paperwork at the local per-diem office and then we went to REI to exchange my backpack. I got a brand new exchanged backpack for a mere $7.42 !! I LOVE it =) It is much lighter than my previous pack and although it's a little smaller, (ok, it's really a LOT smaller; about half the size), I think it is going to be functional for my needs. I just need to keep packing light and keep from buying souvenirs. I can even fit Aco's food and dishes into it with all my clothes....Aco is pretty happy about this, and she doesn't even know about the special 'bone' that I have hidden in the bottom.

We had some awesome beef and veggie skewers with Spinach salad for dinner and another roaring fire. Can you believe that Teresa actually took to the grill !! Lovin' it ;o)

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Day 3 in Denver was mostly spent in my pj's!! And....I LOVED it! Another bottle of wine and some great company....we broke open a super sweet wine and downed the bottle in about an hour. The evening looks like it's going to consist of more wine, cheese and crackers, and cuddling with the pups.

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Tomorrow I will hit the road and head towards Portland. I'm planning to get as far as possible tomorrow because I've heard that there is a storm blowing in from WA to CO that I am going to run into and I would like to get as far as I can in case I have to hunker down for a day from the storm....wish me luck!

Posted by Khandilee 21:54 Archived in USA Tagged travelling_with_pets Comments (2)

Germany Update

New Travel Dates

I thought I would update everyone on the status of Germany. I received an email update from CPAC a couple of days ago. My travel date has been moved to on/around December 1st. YEAH!!! I'll be home for Thanksgiving for the first time in 5 years. Mary....better make me some buckeyes!! Oh, and some corn (haha) Mama, your not off the hook here either ;o) Maybe you can get out of volunteering this year and we can have a proper family Thanksgiving dinner, and yes, I'll help!!

In light of the above information and the fact that I am attempting to put a 3-day strike work into the Road Trip plans....I may be away from home a little longer than originally anticipated. I will certainly be home by Thanksgiving but I am simply not going to rush anything. I am going to enjoy my time on the road, without rushing and spend some quality time with my friends.

I am thrilled that things are working out this way and am having a great time.

More to come soon...

Posted by Khandilee 02:05 Archived in USA Tagged business_travel Comments (1)

Indiana to Denver

Last minute friends along the way...

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View Pre-Germany Road Trip & Europe 2010 on Khandilee's travel map.

Elko, NV in Ottumwa, NE
McAllen, TX in Kearney, NE
Seattle, WA in Denver, CO

Wow! We travelers really do move around a lot.....

I headed out on Sunday afternoon, with Aco in the passenger seat. She makes great road-trip company but isn't very good with the navigation. Actually, most of the time she sleeps while I drive. Oh well, at least she doesn't bark or whine.

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I made it to Ottumwa, Iowa to visit a travel friend from Elko, NV. We had a nice time catching up and I slept like a bear in the winter. Before we left in the morning, Aco and I headed to the dog park! There wasn't anyone else there but it was nice to let Aco out and play a little before being cooped up in the truck. It's a good thing we did too, the next part of the trip was a long one for her.

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From Ottumwa we headed to Fremont, NE and I enjoyed a late lunch with Jason (Best Recruiter in the World...yeah, ok I'm sucking up). We ate at a place called J's. It's an old original building in the town that has been refurbished. It's a beautiful building with the old tin ceiling and exposed brick walls, cherry wood dots the interior. The food was top notch and I had the best cream of broccoli soup of my life! Jason gave me a short tour of the town and showed me how to get to the local dog park. After we ate, Aco and I washed the truck and headed to the park. We spent about an hour playing with the other dogs at the park then hit the road again.

An internet stop at Aurora, NE at the local truck stop, then my intentions were to head to North Platte, NE for the night. About 20 minutes from Kearney, NE my friend Teresa called and wanted to meet up. She lives and works about 45 minutes outside of Kearney. It was quite the unexpected surprise!! Teresa was at work and not able to meet until around 11p (it's about 9:30 now). I stopped at Kearney to wait for her and hopped onto the internet again to work on some paperwork for the upcoming strike job. I ended up at a Caribou coffee shop that was attached to a gas station and was actually closed. The gas station attendant let me hang out in the comfy chairs in the closed coffee shop.

Teresa and I headed to the local Perkin's (the only place open) and reunited over coffee. It was wonderful to see her agian. We met in Texas on contract and I haven't seen her since 2005!!

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It was about 0200 at this time so I hit the road fired up with caffine and made my way as far as North Platte (NP). At NP, I dropped the backseat down spread out the sleeping bag, grabbed my pillows and was nearly instantly asleep (around 0400). Aco took up post on the center console watching for passers by. She was still sitting there when I woke up about 4 hours later. Coffee and a toothbrush were enjoyed at the truck stop with bed-head and we were back on the road again.

We made great time to Denver, CO and were greeted by Teresa (2). I am staying with Teresa (2) and her sister, Lisa just on the outskirts of Denver. I'll update more later....

ps: My plans are ever-changing. Still looking at working the strike in CA Oct 28-30th and my start date in Germany has been pushed back to on or around the 1st December.

Posted by Khandilee 21:30 Archived in USA Tagged travelling_with_pets Comments (0)

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