posted on Jan, 31 2009 @ 01:24 AM
Jennifer knew they would never make it as far as Leavenworth on a single tank of gas, at some point the snowmobiles would have to be ditched for a car
or preferably a truck. For the life of her she couldn’t recall any auto dealers close by, except for Vancouver. Quickly, they turn back - heading
due south as it was their only option that was no doubt a for sure thing in obtaining a vehicle. Once they had a truck, there were no limitations as
to where they could go.
One more perfectly secluded destination popped into her mind.
“Of Course!” She excitedly imagined. “Why didn’t I think of that old place sooner? Granite Oregon!”
In Leavenworth they would have to blend in with a festive crowd, but in Granite Oregon, there was no crowd at all to blend with. It was the safest
place they could go, and Jonathan would love that little almost abandoned ghost town. They could stay there for months on end without a care in
the world. Yes, they would be practically snowed in from the outside world all winter long, firewood would never be a problem as that area was lush
with ponderosa pine trees, both fallen & upright. She remembered how her father used to take the family to Granite on elk hunting trips. Those
ponderosa pine trees used to keep her and her sister busy for hours on end peeling away the bark. They called them puzzle trees. They looked just like
puzzle pieces when you peeled the bark chunks off. It was an absolutely thrilling game for them when they were kids! Any kid[s] in today’s world,
why they would think that very same game idiotic at best, however some years back, kids had to use their imagination to entertain themselves. What a
different world it was back then.
On the plus side, there was also plenty of wild game such as deer, elk & fish in Granite. There were so many old gold claim shanties in the rural
areas of Granite that were uninhabited in the winter; they could have their pick of places to stay. There was one place in particular that was
standing out in her mind. Of course the summer gold miners booby-trapped their shanties & cabins in the fall to keep squatters out, but it didn’t
take too much observation to see what they had rigged up. Another plus, Jennifer & Jonathan would have all winter & well into late spring together….
just the two of them! She motioned Jonathan with a hand signal to slow down & stop. Together they fine-tuned their course of action. Both pleased with
the new agreement, they continued on.
After they had successfully purchased the truck & trailer, they returned for the snowmobiles. They could have lots of fun on those snowmobiles in
Granite this winter! About six and a half hours later, they had made it to Baker City where they spent the night in the Best Western right off
interstate 84. It was late and they were both exhausted from lack of sleep! The next morning, they ate breakfast at the Sumpter Junction diner before
buying an enormous amount of groceries, as well as additional supplies such as a generator, sleeping bags, pillows, clothing & other various things
that would keep them until spring. Confident that they had bought everything on their long list, they pulled out in the direction of hwy 7;
before long, they took the cut off en route to Sumpter. From the town of Sumpter to Granite, would be the worst piece of passage for Jennifer with the
snaky, curvy road, she was sure to be carsick soon… even if it was only 15 miles in distance from Sumpter to Granite, once she was ill, she would
be under the weather for hours before it past. In the end... it would all be worth it.