Last Monday, my dad's sister died in southern Oregon. She is the one we tried to go see last year, when the space a flight we were trying to make got moved up, and we couldn't make the show time for it. I still am so sad it didn't work to get out there, as no other flights worked out. Anyway, I really wanted to get out there for the funeral, if possible, which was on Saturday. Because of the excitement on our flight to Nashville last month, I had a $150 voucher from United that I was able to use toward this trip! I flew out early Thursday morning (after juggling around my carpool driving responsibilities) to Denver, where I met my parents, and we flew on the same plane to Medford, OR. My seat was even next to one of their's, so my mom and I got to visit the whole flight!
We stayed with friends of my dad's from his growing up days. He and Bob met each other in 3rd or 4th grade, and they graduated from high school together. They also did cub scouts/boy scouts together, and had a lot of great adventures. Dad was the best man in their wedding, and the 2 couples have kept in touch over the years. We had such a good time staying with them! They have a house on 7 beautiful acres, and I thoroughly enjoyed tromping around out there, collecting samples to bring home to show my biology class of things like different types of lichen, some moss with sporophytes, and other nonvascular plants.
After breakfast on Friday, my mom, dad, and I headed over the Siskiyou Pass into northern CA, where my dad grew up. Our first stop was the old mining town of Yreka. This is the old hotel on the main street through town, with a neat stagecoach in front.
I'll post more about the rest of the trip in another post, but the whole trip was really wonderful, and I am so glad I was able to go!