Della is coming home today. Yay!! She will be here until Wednesday morning when we both will leave for White Salmon. My sojourn there will be very brief, though. I will board an Amtrak train at 8:04 am Thursday and, after a boring 2 hour layover in Portland, I'll arrive in Centralia around 2 pm. My friend Dan has agreed to pick me up and tote me back to South Bend. Dan also will look after our animals while I'm gone.
Della is returning home for 3 reasons: 1) She wants to take more of her stuff back; 2) Her mammogram is scheduled here on Tuesday; and 3) She misses me and the "kids." I will accompany her back to White Salmon for 2 reasons: 1) To help her get all her stuff up to her second floor bedroom and 2) To help her get better acquainted with the overall area. I have spent more time in the Gorge than she has, so I sort of know my way around. I want to take her to The Dalles Wednesday after work because that's where the discount grocery store is located -- something a person on a budget needs to know!
I will be making a big sacrifice. My return trip will involve sitting on a crowded train -- something I haven't done for 15 years or so. While I like traveling on trains a lot, I do not like having to do so with lots of people scurrying around! I'm not looking forward to that aspect. I'm also not looking forward to sleeping in a strange house. I will be more than happy when I return home and I can go hide in my isolated "cave"!!