Day One and Two

All day yesterday, as we tried to pack everything up, I had to kick the kids out of the car. “Get out of the car!” They were so excited to leave that we couldn’t keep them out the car so that we could actually leave. But finally, everything was packed and we hit the road – a few hours later than expected, but we made it.

We made a last minute decision to take 299 from the coast over to Redding instead of going 199. And unfortunately paid the price – It added an additional two hours to our trip.

About six hours in, Joshua piped up with “How about we only visit one state?” And while that was a reasonable attempt to compromise, we have a commitment in Minnesota on Saturday. The whole purpose of this trip is to attend my in-laws 50th Wedding Anniversary in Rochester MN. So we continue our trek and enjoy the benefits of seeing this beautiful country and spending time together as a family.

We made a our first stop – Newburg OR – this morning at 5:30 am. In all, we traveled 572 miles on Day 1.

After catching a few hours of sleep and letting the kids play in the swimming pool, we headed over to Sheridan, OR to visit family. According to Josh “this is the bestest day!”. They’ve been playing with grandparents, aunt, and uncles, carving pumpkins, and got to go trick or treating for the very first time.

Yamhill county is alive this time of year with fall colors set against the backdrop of rolling hills, christmas tree farms, and orchards. We had planned to visit the Evergreen Aviation Museum ( on this trip, but it looks it’ll need to be another time. The aviation museum is the home of the infamous “flying boat” called the Sproose Goose. Just driving past the museum is a sight. If you get a chance, check out their website to see a picture. There’s also information on how this enormous aircraft was transported to this rural area.

Tomorrow, we head out across northeastern Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Our next official stop is at Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota. Before then, where we stop only time will tell.

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