As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the temperature rose to 99 degrees yesterday. By the time the sun had set, it was cooling off and we opened the windows. By the middle of the night, we were putting on the blankets. By this morning, Regis turned the fireplace on to warm it up a bit. It’s crazy.
Last night, we heard many trains go through town. Lots of them. Since we entered North Dakota, we have noticed trains. The train tracks and the interstates tend to be close together, so you are often by trains if you travel the interstates. But, there were LOTS of trains last night. I did a little internet research this morning. (I have limited access.) I was able to determine that many trains from the interior of the country must pass through Spokane to get to the Pacific Coast. Because of the boom in the energy industry, there are more trains. One source I read said 50 trains a day pass through here. Since we notice that the majority of the trains pass through at night, that accounts for the near constant train whistles that we hear. It’s amazing. As we drove through Spokane this morning, we could see trains lined up waiting their turn to move on. The most visible train to us had probably 75-100 cars. Unless you are in an airplane, you can’t take a picture of that.
We went to a Farmers Market and got some fresh produce. The strawberries we got were red all the way through! I can’t remember the last time I got a strawberry like that. We also got cherries, apricots (would make a great martini), green beans, and zucchinis.
When we got back, I went to the campground store to get quarters to do the laundry. I overhead a woman asking for the phone number of a locksmith. They just arrived in the campground and accidently locked their dog in the car with the keys.
When I got back to the RV, I asked Regis if he knew how to get into locked cars because a dog was locked in a car. He rushed out to see if he could help. Remember, it’s hot here. I brought our blanket that reflects heat so they could drape it over the windows while they tried to get the car open. There was a beautiful, young German Shepard inside. He seemed to be in great spirits, not understanding his peril, and loving all the activity taking place. Eventually, the guy who owned the dog gave up on how long it was taking to try to get the car open and took a hammer to one of the windows so he could unlock the car. The couple and their children were so distraught, but the dog popped out of the car like this was all great fun.
Whenever we slow the car down for bad traffic, etc. and when we arrive in camp until we set up, we always open the back windows of the truck. That’s a great habit that we must continue so we don’t have a similar crisis.
It wasn’t as hot as yesterday, but it does get very hot in the sun. In the shade, it is not bad. I was reading a passage in the Lewis and Clark journals where they mention the heat in the mid-day sun is so intolerable it is difficult to breathe but you need two blankets at night. Perhaps the lunacy of freezing nights and scalding days has been typical, at least for the past 200 some years.