1.-2. When Californians travel, we always note two things. Is there snow on the mountains? The Sierra Nevadas and the Cascades. We were thrilled to see lots of snow on Mt. Shasta in Northern California.
There was also much more water in Shasta Lake, which means more stored water in California!
3. I love my home state of Oregon and it always thrills me when we finally arrive at the Oregon-California border. I watch for the State of Jefferson sign on the barn and the cow and calf sculptures in the pasture, and I know we're almost there.
4. The flora in the Pacific Northwest is so different from Southern California where we have tumbleweeds, palm trees, cactus and sage. The PNW has rhododendrons! (I might miss these beautiful bushes like this one blooming in my brother's garden!)
5. But the best part of this trip will be seeing all our long time friends from school and church!