Jan 12, 2011

Diary: From SoCal Gal to Idahoan

Sunday, January 2, 2011

My husband, Barry, packed up our Nissan Versa with just the essentials for part 1 of our move to Idaho. For now, it’s just me and the boys. Barry will be joining us on January 16th when he arrives with a U-Haul filled with 26 years of marriage.

Monday, January 3, 2011

I left the Golden State (California) for the Gem State (Idaho). Jerry Brown is being sworn into office as the Governor of California later today. My exit is being timed perfectly.

I headed north from Long Beach at about 5:30 AM. The 2-day forecast looked cold but manageable. The harshest weather was through the Cajon Pass in California. Heavy rain ushered us into the pass, followed by an eerie moment when the rain stopped suddenly and I murmured “Uh oh,” aloud. Soon, we were engaged in a full-blown snowstorm. I had never driven in these conditions, so I picked a very slow car to follow.

The Cajon Pass had been shut down the night before and then reopened in time for my departure. The highway’s shoulders looked like a train wreck. A pickup careened 200 feet in front of us, finally gliding horizontally into the path of a semi truck. Miraculously, it was not hit. The pass was closed soon after we made it through.

The landscape through Nevada and Utah greeted me like one giant affirmation! Farms and ranches, grazing livestock, deer, fresh air, mountain peeks glazed with snow... I was praising God!

My parents blessed us with a room at the La Quinta Inn in Orem, Utah. I don’t remember falling asleep.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My sons and I were treated to breakfast by a very special friend from my high school days. We used to sing together and we share many wonderful memories. I wish we could have chatted longer, but he needed to head off to work, and the boys and I still had quite a distance to travel.

It was exhilarating to finally reach Boise and begin the ascent up to Idaho City. My emotions have been raw since leaving California. I’m saying good-bye to my roots, my parents, my family... I still cannot talk about leaving my daughter, son-in-law, and grandson without crying. Yet there is the excitement of a new beginning.

The highway leading to Idaho City is serene and picturesque. The icy, Boise River is framed by stately pines set against baronial mountains. I was delighted by the old mining town with its old west preservation, narrow streets, wooden walkways, and buildings dating back to the 1800’s.

Until we find an interim home, we will be staying with a friend from California. His fiance welcomed us with a huge pot of homemade stew. The temperature was -2 degrees.

There is no internet available at our friend’s home. My iPhone is completely useless on the mountain top. I am feeling very disconnected.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Today, I drove down the mountain to Boise. When my iPhone awakened from its stupor, the accumulated alerts sounded like a busy casino!

I got my first set of studded tires and a window scraper. I also learned that using a parking brake or rolling down automatic windows is never a good idea in below freezing temps.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

It took 4 hours, but the boys are now officially enrolled in school. We all got library cards so that we can use the library internet! I was finally able to post on Facebook!

Friday, January 7, 2011

I drove into Boise to apply for an interim apartment. We won’t be able to get a permanent place until Barry comes up and starts work. I wish patience was MY virtue.

I also opened a new business checking account and obtained our official PO Box since all mail is delivered to the post office. This is definitely Small Town, USA. Almost everywhere I go, people are expecting me.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

I was going to take the boys to a movie in Boise today. However, they ended up removing snow from the cabin steps and bringing logs up for the wood stove. Then the lure of sledding caught their fancy.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

We attended our new church today. They were hosting an event called Church in the Wild Wood. We met outside of our pastor’s mountain cabin and conducted worship around a blazing bonfire. Homemade chili was served afterward and the boys tackled some more sledding.

Later that evening, our friend and his fiance treated us to our first taste of bear and antelope! We thoroughly enjoyed it!

Officially, we are experiencing our first Idaho City snowfall!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Idaho City residents refer to people who live down the mountain as flat-landers. Well, I sojourned into the flat lands of Boise today. While pumping gas, I got the bright idea to clean my windows. When I picked up the window washer, it was frozen in the bucket. What was I thinking?