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1999 Teardrop Adventure
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1999 Teardrop Adventure - Page 16
by Teri Fahrendorf


Drove back to Eugene via scenic Hwy 126 through the resort town of Sisters, and then over the lava wonderland of the McKenzie Pass. This is my home turf, and in a certain way I felt like I was seeing it for the first time. There were lots of cars at Proxy Falls and along the McKenzie River. It was an absolutely gorgeous Indian summer day, and everyone was out enjoying it. Got home about 2:30 pm. Didn't want to end the day, and the trip, by immediately unpacking, so I walked downtown; about three miles roundtrip. It was Sunday, the last day of Eugene's big annual party known as, "The Eugene Celebration." Ordered a falafel and a fruit smoothie at a food stand.

It was Sunday, September 19, 1999. A fine day: a perfect (and safe) end to a beautiful and imperfect trip. That night as I lay in my own bed in my little house, I tried to sleep but I missed the cool air on my face and the smell of pine needles. I stared at the ceiling, but it couldn't match the stars I had watched through the teardrop's vent hatch. And no matter how hard I listened; I just couldn't catch the distant yips of any coyotes at all. Eventually I drifted off to sleep; tomorrow was a workday and I would need the rest to catch up with work, and to unpack and clean the teardrop.

The tapestry is now complete. Thank you for joining me on this literary version of my journey. I hope you enjoyed the story. Happy Trails!

The End.

Total Miles: 4642
- (Estimated, due to broken speedometer cable for about 767 miles)
Total Gas: 182.3 gallons
Average mpg: 25.5

Click here to go to 1999 Teardrop Adventure Recipe 1.

The story is 16 short pages total. You can jump to other sections of the story here:

Page 1 - Departure
Page 2 - Washington
Page 3 - Idaho
Page 4 - Glacier
Page 5 - Montana
Page 6 - Yellowstone
Page 7 - Tetons
Page 8 - Denver
Page 9 - Colorado
Page 10 - Utah
Page 11 - Idaho Again
Page 12 - Wild Horses
Page 13 - Oregon
Page 14 - Enterprise
Page 15 - Lovely Drive
Page 16 - Home Again

And here are some recipes:

Recipe 1 - Pancakes
Recipe 2 - Guacamole
Recipe 3 - Bread

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Women in Beer & Brewing: www.pinkbootssociety.org