by Pa Rock
I got to Scott and Molly's house before noon today following a leisurely drive up from Medford. The mountains and forests of southern Oregon are awesome. Salem and the northwest portion of the state are more similar to the Ozarks, but with more evergreens. Salem, Oregon's capital - where Molly and Scott live, is not too dissimilar to Jefferson City - the capital of Missouri. Lots of hills and curving roads. Neither city is that big, but I remember being lost in Jefferson City for over an hour late one night while trying to find a friend's house.
I was so lost that I couldn't even find the public housing where Bob and Lori Holden lived!
Sebastian is one of the busiest children that I have ever encountered. He will be three tomorrow. I brought him some small wooden cars from Phoenix that seem to have made a hit with him. His little brother, Judah, is a very happy child, constantly giving big smiles and gooing contentedly.
Scott's parents, Alvin and Susan Files, are also here for tomorrow's big birthday party. They are such nice people. Susan retired from teaching this past May, and they are talking about moving out here to Oregon to be closer to Scott and Molly and their boys. I hope that works out for them. Judah is seven months old, and when he starts walking, keeping up with both of them at once will be a challenge for multiple grown-ups!
It looks like my Dad's pickup will enjoy being in Oregon - lots of shade and cooler temperatures (by far) than it experienced in the Valley of Hell.
Tonight we are going to watch the fireworks display over the river.