The Still of the Night

Trip Start Oct 13, 2006
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Trip End Oct 16, 2006


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Saturday, October 14, 2006

By the time we reached Ephrata, I'd donned my jammies and made a pretense of trying to sleep. I'd wondered if the clickety-clack of the metal wheels would bother me and to my surprise, it did not. Maybe because we were on the second floor, far above the rails.

But our tiny sleeper room was squeaking everywhere, the upstairs bunk where Andrew snoozed was clicking gently against the wall. The windows shook, the door battled against its hinge, squeak squeak squeak.

Tune it out. Ah, don't bother, switch on the light and read. Think back. Remember Ephrata? We've crossed the mighty Columbia River now, but missed it in the dark. We're past the forest and the mountains,  in the dry and dusty farmland now, the irrigated spot, where last July Andrew and I traveled in the heat, and stopped at Mickey D's for lunch. The dragonfly that hitched a ride with us from Soap Lake? He got out in Ephrata, wonder if he's dead by now?
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