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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Home again, home again, jiggity jig.

Drove down (south) to San Francisco to visit family. I now have a son, a brother, a sister-in-law and a niece living there. Arrived home late last night and when I reported this momentous event the title phrase popped into my head. Where did it come from? Mother Goose, or possibly some subversive organization, your choice.
To market, to market to buy a fat pig;
Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog;
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.
To market, to market, to buy a plum cake;
Home again, home again, market is late.
To market, to market, to buy a plum bun;
Home again, home again, market is done.
To market, to market, a gallop a trot,
To buy some meat to put in the pot;
Three pence a quarter, a groat a side,
If it hadn't been killed it must have died
We were going to leave Friday afternoon around 4:30PM but friends warned us about I-5 traffic on the weekend, so we waited until 7:30PM and then drove as far as Ashland. It poured rain the whole way. We lost traction momentarily a couple of times, not long enough to send us spinning, just long enough to tense up.
    Saturday morning we headed south into California and blue skies. We took I-5 due south and then cut over on I-505 just after Dunnigan. It was smooth sailing until we got to the outskirts of Berkeley, then it got a little crowded. When we got to the Bay Bridge traffic came to a stop. It took us an hour to get across the bridge. This was Saturday afternoon. This is the new Bay Bridge, the one they were working on the last time I was here. The old steel truss bridge is being dismantled.
    We spent a couple of days visiting, looking at the sites and sampling the food, then we turned around and came home. We drove north on highway 101 to Ukiah and then cut over on highway 20 to Interstate 5. We crossed into Oregon right around dark and it started to rain. Stereotypical - blue skies and sunshine in California, dark and rainy in Oregon, coming and going.

On the way home we saw:

I-5 Antlers Bridge Replacement
Truck Village, Weed, California, Exit 743.
  • a rainbow assortment of water trucks all parked in a row.
  • a big new McDonalds in Ukiah where you are only allowed 30 minutes to consume your food and you can't bring your backpacks inside.
  • signs warning us to look out for snow in the Siskiyou mountains.
  • truck stops and rest areas with dozens of trucks. One place we saw may have had a hundred. 

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