What three days of travelling from Yosemite, California to the border town of Blaine, Washington, USA, looks like. IMG_4348

Shasta Lake, California

Shasta Lake, California

Shasta Mountain, California

Shasta Mountain, California

Almost to Weed, Oregon

Almost in Weeds, California

Shelley: What the? John, Look at that guy. Yeah. Yeah. You go, Mr. A Class.

John: Yeah, Mr. A Class.  Why don’t you pass us on one of the steepest grades on Highway 5, Mr. A Class?

Shelley: Whooooshhhhh! What was that, Mr. A Class? That’s your gas needle sinking like the Titanic, Mr. A Class.

Shelley and John: Mr. Aaaaaaaa Classsssssssss!



Shelley: Sigh. I wish we could afford to drive as fast as Mr. A Class. You?

Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Hello Washington State

Bye Oregon, Hello Washington

Shelley: Thanks for returning my running shoes. You were so patient. Love you.

John: Think nothing of it. What husband wouldn’t be patient as his wife tries on half the store’s inventory, then proceedes to buy and return three pairs of shoes in less than twenty-four hours?

IMG_4377 Shelley: John. Look at those cows. Don’t you think those cows would make a good picture?

John: Nah.

Shelley: I sure do. Don’t you want to take a picture of those cows?

John: Not really.

Shelley: If I wasn’t driving, I would take a picture of those cows.

John: Shelley, if you want me to take a picture of the cows, ask me to take a picture of the cows. Don’t pretend to ask for my opinion.

Shelley: Fine. Please take a picture of the cows and while you’re at it, let’s complete the crossword puzzle.

John: Make up your mind. You ask me to do one thing, then seconds later, you ask me to do something else. I can’t do two things at once.

Shelley: Why not?

John: Why not? Because it’s impossible to take a picture of cows and read clues from the crossword puzzle.

Shelley: I can do two things at once with my eyes closed.

John: I don’t think so.

Shelley: I know so. For example, while I was playing Candy Crush, which by the way, I’m now on level 77, you asked me to take a picture of the Smith Summit sign and I did.

John: It’s a terrible picture. It’s blurry.

Shelley: No. It’s perfect. I purposely snapped it out of focus. It’s called art.

Smith Summit

Artistic Photo of Smith Summit

Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington

 John: Pididdle.

Shelley: Now?

John: Shelley, you know the rules, when you see hay, you have to say, “Hay.”


And when you see a vehicle with one head light, you have to say “Pididdle” and then kiss someone.

Shelley: But I’m driving in the middle of Seattle traffic. Seattle drivers are the worst drivers in the US.

John: Shelley. Pididdle.

Shelley: I give up. Here’s my arm.


Shelley: John, I refuse to stop wearing my sandals no matter how cold it is. However, I cheated a little. Look. Ha! Ha! Take a picture of me wearing socks with my sandals. Take a picture. It’s funny.

John: In the middle of this traffic? I thought Seattle has the worst drivers ever?

Shelley: If you don’t take it now, I’ll forget. Menopause, John. Full fledged menopause. And just a heads up, haven’t taken the crazy pills today.


Shelley: Speaking of menopause, I dreamt I was pregnant last night.

John: WHAT????

Shelley: And unlike you, I was,

“Well, there you go, then.”

which is an odd reaction, because when you think about it, a fifty-three year old woman, who is five years into menopause, can hardly be pregnant. Which, by the way, you should be thankful for, as even though it was cold last night, my hot flashes kept us both warm. You’re welcome.


Shelley: How about a little music.


Lorde sings “Team.” Click here to watch and listen.



Shelley: I can’t understand one word. Can you?

John: Blah blah blah I live in a cave. Blah blah blah throw my arms up in the air. Blah blah blah don’t care.

Shelley:Thank you for clarifying.

John: Blah.

Lorde finishes. Farell Williams begins singing “Happy”



You can listen to the song too by clicking  Pharrell Williams – Happy

John: NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!  I’m so sick of that song.


Shelley: That song makes me happy. Anyway, I’m the driver, and the driver gets the say. And I say, ” ‘Happy’ goes back on.”


John: Jesus Christ, Shelley! We’ve heard that song 93 million times in the last three days.


Shelley: Who are you, my mother?


John: I am not exaggerating.


Shelley: You sure are!


John: I. AM. NOT!




Shelley: It’s a happy song for God’s sake. It’s supposed to make you happy. If this song doesn’t make you happy, you need to think happy thoughts. Like me. I wasn’t feeling happy because I don’t want our trip to end, but then I thought happy thoughts such as we get to see Andrew and Ash,


and my brother, Shenley, and his family, and my sister, Shannon, and her family, I get to have a bath in my jetted bathtub. You need to think happy thoughts too, because if you are not happy, what is the point?



John: I’m sorry. I’m really tired. I didn’t get much sleep last night. There, I’m happy now.

Shelley: You’re sure you’re happy?

John: Absolutely.

Shelley: Because a nap would make all the difference.

John: No. No. It wouldn’t be fair if I napped while you drove. Yawnnnn.

Shelley: You’re yawning. Listen, don’t worry about me. I’ll turn the radio on nice and low. It won’t bother you at all. It will make me happy. It will make you happy. I insist.

John: Fine. Wake me in thirty minutes. Click.

Pharrell Willams: Happy! Happy!

Blaine, Washington

Blaine, Washington

 Day 230, April 12, 2014

Screen shot 2014-04-13 at 7.49.36 AM Shelley and John 


42 thoughts on “Happy

  1. I have taken many artistic pictures like yours of the summit from a car window as we never seem to go anywhere when I am here hahaha
    Do you know I play that song Happy at least 5 times a day?
    Good song Shelley .. good song.


    • Thank you Linda. One moment while I read your comment to John. Maybe we should have an art gallery showing! 🙂 It’s a great song and 3, 6 hour days in a row, nothing wrong with a little pick me up!


    • I am so not passing your comment on to John. 🙂 We didn’t stop at Shasta Lake because of our time limit in the States. Looking back on our pictures of lakes in California, that State is in for a dry summer. Are you on the Gold Coast, the Outback? Meet any Sheilas????


  2. Great photos, and I felt as if I was really listening in on your conversation! 🙂 I know you’re eager to get home.

    (If you feel comfortable sharing it, let me know your address — you can use the contact form on my site for privacy — I haven’t forgotten the promise of chocolate.) 🙂


    • Ohhhhh you just made me feel all warm and gooey. We only have a few minutes before we board the ferry. The ferry that costs $259 one way? Sigh. I’ll pass on my address to you once we arrive in the valley.


  3. Well, I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t make this blog post. I should think you would have stopped here in Washington for a quick bite to eat with one of your followers!! Sadly, I’ll have to complain about it in my blog! Have a great summer back in BC.


    • Ahhh sorry Kevin. Next year we’ll give ourselves more time on our to return trip to Canada to visit fellow bloggers. Uncle Sam insists we are out of the US once we hit 6 months! 😦


    • Awwwww thanks Jill. I thought for sure you were going to fall in love with the summit. 🙂 6 hour travel days were not as bad as last year’s rush. Three, nine hours days in a row. Holy you know what!!!


  4. What fun, I love being in the back seat, listening to your conversations. 😀

    My fav part was the Mr Class AAAAAAA…

    BTW, I started my blog post about our new plans on my phone while waiting for a ride Saturday afternoon. I swear, it will be up in the next couple of days.


  5. Ha,ha! Nice socks and sandals. I didn’t realize there were so many “rules” while driving. I like that, it maintains order and sanity! I am sad that your trip is ending but I know the Shelly & John adventures will continue!! 🙂 Muy Bien!


    • Gracias. Rules, lists… there’s always something. We couldn’t decide if my feet looked German or Japanese. Am totally sad it’s over. The house is full of bags and boxes which we have to hurdle. Thanks for joining us on our travels. Next up, renovating our rental bathroom. Did you hear those curse words????? 🙂


  6. Oh hey! You cruised right on by us!! … Well, by “right on by us” I mean 20 miles give or take off Route 20 (Burlington) off I-5. But you know … LoL 😉 Anyway, Glad you guys are making it back safe and sound!! What an amazing trip you’ve had!! Kudos to you both for doing it with such style and grace. Yes, really! And thanks so much for sharing your adventures via your witty commentary!! Okay, I guess that’s enough exclamation marks!! Perhaps I had a bit too much coffee today … they say wine is good to even that out. Hmmmm … 🙂


    • Ahhhh. The problem is we wait and wait until the last minute, then we have to go like you know what to get out of the US before we stay longer than half a year. Otherwise Uncle Sam tax guy will get us, and/or they can block out return. Must plan better next year. Where will you be in the fall? It was indeed a great trip, not sure about the style and grace, but John says you are obviously directing that part of your comment to him. 🙂 Enjoy your wine. I’m off to drink mine that I bought in Canada because we missed the duty free. Insert sad face here.


  7. California and Oregon… Such a wonderdful trip.
    I truly enjoyed the part when you told him “Speaking of menopause, I dreamt I was pregnant last night”.. That was pretty odd…
    Best wishes Shelley,
    Aquileana 😛


  8. I think it was so cool that you were able to buy shoes and return them without hubby complaining too much. Also, that he did take a pic of the cows, even though I could totally relate to the idea of planting the suggestion into his head, hoping HE would think it was a good idea! Glad you saw family and did like the uniforms and the faces smiling so happily, too. Lastly, I know the song is overplayed, but it makes me happy, too! Smiles, Robin


    • Thank you for understanding. 🙂 The shoes I buy are so expensive because I’m afraid to go down in quality because of my knee. Was so mommy proud watching Andrew coach. Blushing with pride here. I love the song. I watched Pharrell on Oprah, he cried because the song has made so many people happy. I showed John and he rolled his eyes! Men!


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