The moving truck arrived on time and got us loaded up by around 3:00 last Monday.
I knew we had gotten a good driver when I saw he had brought his dog with him for the trip.
Her name was Sophie. She looks menacing, but she was sweet.
We left town about 3:30...
I'm leaving out the trip details. Let's just say it wasn't a fun time and I'm trying to block it out of my mind. It was impossible to enjoy it as much as we could have with five dogs in the car to wrangle and tend to. They were all really good under the circumstances, except Eli, who whined incessantly for three days. You'd think he'd get tired and give up, but he didn't. I was ready to dump his ass on the side of the road after the first day. Of course, I would never. The scenery was amazing along the way though!
I snapped this picture in our driveway at our new home as we pulled in. We were greeted by a family of turkeys! Those little babies were so cute! We also saw several deer on the side of the road on the way into town. That's something we're going to have to be very careful about around here. There is so much wildlife, it's amazing!
I snapped this picture standing in our backyard that same morning.
This is my view out the bedroom window when I'm sitting in bed and I look to the right. It looks like a picture hanging on the wall instead of the real world out my window!
Then about four blocks behind our house...
We can walk down to the beautiful Columbia River...
The bridge that crosses the river and leads to the Canadian border about 7 miles north of us.
The water is so clear!
I could fill up this blog entry with hundreds of pictures of the scenery around here, but I'll restrain myself for now. You'll see it all over time. We are truly living in paradise here. It's like nothing I've ever seen, and it's our own backyard!
This itty-bitty town we live in is something. I feel like I was dropped in the middle of an Angela Lansbury TV show or Mayberry RFD or something. There's a train that comes through the outskirts of town, between us and the River, once a day. It's a commercial train that carries lumber, constructions supplies and the like, and it just adds to the charm of this little town. There's a siren that goes off at Town Hall every single day at noon. It sounds like the civil defense or tornado sirens we were used to hearing in Texas. If it goes off any time other than noon, it's to alert you to a fire in the mountains. One round on the siren means there's a fire in District 1, two means District 2, and three means District 3. Yes, things are definitely a lot different around here. Fires are an everyday occurrence this time of year.
We have noticed that people are not as friendly here as they are in Texas. Southern Hospitality is something these folks have apparently never heard of. It's just plain weird. Nobody is mean or rude or anything...it's just that they keep you at arms-length and aren't outwardly friendly. Nobody waves when you pass them on the road driving either. It'll take some time settling in and getting used to the ways around here. We're very much looking forward to it.
In the meantime, we're too busy unpacking tons of boxes and getting everything in place around here to care about that at the moment. I'll be glad when that's done and we can really settle into everyday life.
We finally got Internet service and our computers up and running on Wednesday. We're still working on getting any kind of TV. DirectTV is giving us a hard time. They're coming out for a second time next Saturday to try and get us hooked up. Seems all the mountains and all the trees are a problem for satellite. Who knew? There is no such thing as cable up here where we live though and satellite is the only option. They're going to have to erect a pole or something. We must have TV!! Right? We shall see.
Okay, that's it for now. Time to select a few more boxes to unpack. Much more to come, my friends!