Maybe it's because spring in Portland felt more like summer — with record setting dry and heat. We've had only 1.27″ of rain since the middle of April, proving it doesn't really "rain all the time" in Portland.
Or maybe it's because I've been traveling a lot this year.
Whatever the reason I can't believe we still have a whole week left in June! Summer feels like it's been underway for weeks and weeks, rather than just days. Color me very happy about that...
|the back garden. photo taken before we left town for a week|
We spent the last week traveling through the Southwest, flying into Phoenix and spending a few days there with my brother and his family. Then driving on to Tucson, and eventually to Las Cruces, NM — for a reunion of Andrew's mother's people — before flying out of El Paso, TX, yesterday afternoon. The fact I was in Texas for the second time this year got me to thinking about just how many Western states I've visited in the first six months of 2018. I made this artistic rendering for your viewing pleasure...
|I know, try not to be too impressed with my skills|
Starting with Washington state — I've spent time in both Seattle and Spokane. I went over to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for dinner with my parents (while in Spokane), so what the heck I'm counting Idaho too. Of course I've been all over the Portland metro area in my daily travels, but we also went down to Corvallis, OR, for a night, when I spoke to the Evening Garden Club. A Pacific Horticulture board meeting had me flying into Sacramento, CA, and then spending time in Davis, CA. The Garden Bloggers Fling took me to Austin, TX, for a fun week. Then, as I mentioned, we were just in Phoenix and Tucson, AZ, Las Cruces, NM, and then El Paso, TX. Of course the first trip of the year was to Paris, France, in January, but that didn't fit neatly into one image so you'll just have to picture France — off to the far right.
|our casita in Tucson, at The Lodge on the Desert|
I posted several of photos from our week-long SW travels on Instagram, but took many more with my camera, so there will be numerous posts to come. Not that I've yet finished talking about Davis, CA, or Austin, TX. Guess what...I'm staying home for the entire month of July...
Weather Diary, June 23: Hi 91, Low 57/ Precip 0
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