07-11-08 - 1

Just got to Seattle. Northern Cal is burning, yikes; the sky was full of gray, even mighty Shasta had trouble poking through the smoke. Shasta in summer is pretty ugly, the snow melts and it's a big barren pile of dirt. Hood is gorgeous, the perfect cone, and Rainier is the most imposing of all, towering in the distance of so many views. Northern Cal was blazing hot, dry pines, lots of hicks. Southern Oregon is gorgeous, so many rolling hills, pastoral valleys, rivers; Northern Oregon was not so great, the big plains of the Wilamette Valley are just like the plains anywhere else. Eugene was surprisingly shitty; I always heard it was nice.

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