Reporting from the road: the return

Today’s drive was the reverse trip of part 2, Portland to Ashland, 285 miles (460 km).

Here is what we noticed:

  • A big (person sized) “Nature Pride” graffito. Only in Oregon, I guess.
  • A large house fire south of Salem. I hope everyone is ok.
  • Saw 5 separate people walking south, or resting, on the shoulder of I-5. I feel like times are more desperate than I’ve ever seen in my life. I’m trying to figure out what it means and what to do.
  • I was really noticing the planer nature of the scattered fluffy cloud strata. It was very 3-d as we drove over the hills and through the valleys; moving nearer and farer from the cloud layer quite noticable shifted the perspective.
  • Mount McLoughlin was very pretty, a perfect cone.

That’s 5 remarkable things. Going north, it was 4, and based on the first day we expected 6. I think this is all fairly consistent. Does it say more about the rate of remarkable things on the road, or about the noticer?

As an aside, I learned that there is a complement to metropolitan statistical area: micropolitan statistical area. Neat. Found this while reading about Roseburg, Oregon.

J. Garo @garo