The Summer Solstice sneaked up on me this year! At least the 'official' date did, which was last Friday, the 20th, but it was obvious we were getting close by the days getting so long, and the temperatures rising steadily ..
At 80-85F it's already getting too hot for me, but according to the locals this is nothing yet, it'll get up into the triple digest in a couple of weeks from now! Yikes!
The dominant color in nature seems to be yellow right now .. as in Canola on the prairie around Grangeville above .. and Wooly Mullein and Yellow Salsify below ...
Even the birds are yellow ..
The weather finally cooperated enough (in the weekend) for another sightseeing trip, and after an early round of golf in Grangeville we first drove to the town of Cottonwood to grab a bite of lunch at Ro(nnie)Donna's:
They had just re-opened their 'inside' dining and had adjusted their seating arrangement by spacing the tables 5' apart. I guess it's the new 'normal' ..
We split a delicious Reuben with crinkly fries and saved room for desert .. a large piece of Rhubarb-Strawberry Pie a la mode!
It's beautiful country, with softly rolling hills under wide open skies ... there were still some patches of Canola flowering, although most of it had been harvested by now, and the corn is coming up fast!
Kamiah is your typical small-town-america kinda-town .. not too spectacular but cute enough, with a small 'historical' downtown area and, most importantly, .. a bakery!
Leaving town, we crossed the Clearwater River ..
This beautiful route is Idaho's longest byway and follows the route Lewis and Clark took through North-Central America.
It begins at Lewiston, on the US12 and traverses the winding Clearwater River Canyon for 202 miles.
At Kooskia the South and Middle forks of the Clearwater River, combining to become the main river.
Another bridge brings you back to the other side of the Clearwater and onto the US 13 which, after following the very windy southern river bank for a while, brings you eventually back to Grangeville.
It was quite a beautiful little drive, very similar to the one we took a couple of weeks ago, when we followed the same river further up-stream towards Elk City.
Work on the house is steadily progressing, this week very visible for a change. The roof has been completely wrapped now:
And within 2 1/2 days a 3-man crew dry-walled the whole house!
What a difference!
It almost starts to look like a house now!
|The living room ceiling is getting a wood ceiling so it didn't need drywall|
And today the steel for the roof and the siding was finally delivered.
Since the truck couldn't make it up the steep driveway, he parked at the turn-out on the other side of the highway:
James and James (yes, we have another James) used the tractor and a trailer to move it up to the house.
It was quite the job, and it took them almost 3 hours of sweating their butts off in the hot sun, but they got it all done!
It looks like next week they will make a start, roof first, to put everything on. I bet that will make a huge difference in appearance!