Though a cloud was sitting in the crater, the rangers said it was the first partially clear day in ten days. So we felt fortunate at our timing, even if the top of it wasn't showing.
However, my sister pointed out that most of the top is spread across Eastern Washington, so we didn't miss much.
You can see some glimpses of the valley on the left side of my head. The whole thing was a surreal sight like someone had painted a large canvas and set it up for people to view. And even though there were many people milling about, the silence of the area was louder than the crowd.
It was just incredible and certainly warrants a return trip.
I didn't post yesterday because when woman has the attention of her entire family, one can't waste it on blogging. Even just one "just a sec" would be grounds for them to drift off into their own stuff.
I have a graduation party to get ready for and I had domestic goals that required help. You know those things you don't notice until people are around? That happened to me at my fiftieth birthday party. I realized how dirty the outside of the house was. Yes, I know that was two years ago and I just addressed it now, but I haven't had any big parties since then. Plus, I've been arguing with my husband for that long about renting a pressure washer.
We have aluminum siding and I felt like pressure washing would be the easiest and quickest way to get the job done. I warned my husband we'd be washing the outside of the house on Monday. He wasn't totally on board about the pressure washer when we went to bed Sunday night,
I woke up cranky Monday morning, because the dog decided 2:00 am would be a good time to eat her dinner and go outside. I sat in the rocking chair waiting for her to come in, then directed her to her bed. But she was all ready to be entertained and started barking about ten minutes later. I got after her and though she settled in for the rest of the night, I woke up cranky because my sub-conscience was waiting for her to bark again. As it was she decided seven thirty was long enough.
I told my husband I was cranky and didn't feel up to arguing with him. He promised me he wouldn't, probably forgetting what I had in store for our day. When I told him we were going to rent a pressure washer, he was silent. It was the kind of silence like the mountain had. I knew he didn't approve, but he was stuck between a mountain and aluminum siding; he had promised not to argue with me.
When we got the pressure washer home, I started in blasting the house. But every wife knows that when it comes to "doing things right" her husband will probably tell her what she's doing wrong and take over, which my husband did.
It went surprisingly well, even better than I imagined, because I figured someone would have to follow behind him and do some extra scrubbing. We didn't need to, and though he'd never admit it, he was having a good time.
He had a little smile on his face as I watched him blast grime off the house, the porch, the patio furniture, the sidewalk. Yeah, he got a bit carried away. When I told him his time was almost up, because we only rented it for four hours, I think he was a bit disappointed. I only got him to admit it cleaned better than he thought it would.
The kids and I moved patio furniture, rinsed and scrubbed the back patio with the hose (because the pressure washer would have blasted all the paint off and I'm not ready to repaint it), washed windows, and put everything back in order as my husband moved around the house.
It was a good day, sans argument from my husband or my kids. I'm extremely satisfied with our results. And better yet, my family was cooperative and as silent as a mountain throughout the day.