Homeward bound on I-84, we pass over bluffs and across ravines. The Columbia glides along beside the minivan, sunlight sparkling off ripples.

The muted sound of Temple Run. “How much longer?” The hum of so much concrete under rubber tires.

A journey of many turns and undulations.

The sky blue fades and melts to a sickly amber hue. Smoke. Wildfires. Flakes of ash fall like summer snow. “Nothing to worry about.” We press on.

We pull off. One last tank before the Gorge.

“Lightning.” She pumps our gas. This is Oregon. “Bad thunderstorms this afternoon.”

“Thanks.” We don’t look back.

Picture is by Oregon Department of Forestry.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s