01.01.16 The New Year

January 2, 2016: Exploring White Salmon, Washington. (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24101)

Friday, January 1, 2016
~ White Salmon, Washington – Hood River, Oregon – The Dalles ~

The hardships of the worst winter ever that Sir Thomas Leaf, Prince Cian, and Lady Etain experienced set in as some of the coldest and harshest winter conditions pounded the Columbia Gorge as they struggled from getting out of their hole over the last month. Snowed in to the Cliff Hanger up by BZ Corner, archaeology fieldwork was gone for the season, and their merchant trailer was snowed in. Off the grid they had no internet where they lived, and had to coast down the mountain to the gorge, into White Salmon to hit the library to do internet, hunt for work, and try to figure out surviving the winter into the New Year. It was the hardest winter yet in the life of Sir Thomas. But hopes of archaeological survey projects were ahead in March, yet sales almost non existent for their web sites. No tech work, no blogging work, it was pretty bleak message into the New Year for Sir Thomas. Lady Etain struggled with trying to get together her resume and just never pursued the job hunt. Not to mention the impacts of life on the adventurers trying to survive the harsh of winter. Each day they would try to escape their off-grid cliffhanger over the White Salmon to get into the village to visit the library so the Prince could play with some other kids, read books, play with legos, and Sir Thomas Leaf and Lady Etain get their job hunting done.

They drove into White Salmon for Lady Etain to work on her resume at Work Force, and Sir Thomas to job hunt at the Library, but being New Year’s Day, they were closed. The adventurers drove across the bridge to Hood River, visiting starbucks for chai n’ wifi checking job submissions, orders, and facebook. They discovered online that their SNAP was deposited and they could get groceries. So after wrapping up online work, they headed off to the Dalles for sundries and supplies.

In the usual sequence of grocery shopping, they hit the Grocery Outlet, Safeway, and Fred Meyer to refill their pantry. They scraped up enough to get the Prince a toy to play with at the Grocery Outlet. They also dropped by the Harvest Market in White Salmon on the way home for applesauce they forgot for the pork chops they planned for dinner. Back to the wilderness retreat, the shady duo of Kevin and Miles were getting drunk, slamming down beers, and becoming too rowdy/obnoxious making it hard for the adventurers to keep sane. Sir Thomas and the Prince called it a early evening while Lady Etain party’ed a bit with the wild ones, until the Prince needed his mom. The night was long, cold, and unforgiving.

Mileage: 72.7

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January 2, 2016: Exploring White Salmon, Washington. (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=24101) Chronicles 22: Life in the Gorge/Columbia River. November-December 2015. Photographs by Eadaoin and Thomas Baurley, Leaf McGowan, Technogypsie Productions. www.technogypsie.com/photography. Reviews: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. Chronicle tales: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409


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