Archive For 21 July 2010

Day Eight: Los Angeles or Bust

Day Eight: Los Angeles or Bust

Odometer Reading: 1025 I’d hoped to take the Pacific Coast Highway down to my sister’s, but after talking to Uncle Dennis and my brother-in-law Will, they convinced me that it was foolhardy to think we could make it down there in one day. It would slow-going and expensive, two things I didn’t really want. So,…

Day Seven: Sardines and San Juan Bautista

Day Seven: Sardines and San Juan Bautista

Odometer Reading: 878 Moving everything up a day, we decided that we’d visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium while staying in Gilroy since it was close enough and besides, then we wouldn’t have to pull out all that camping gear yet again. So, for an hour I bugged the kids to get up and at ’em,…

Day Six: On the Road Again

Day Six: On the Road Again

Odometer Reading: 738 There was no rush to hit the highway again, so we took the morning as it came: repacking our bags and then the car. Every time it’s like a game of Tetris, making sure that each piece fits as tightly as possible into the previous bags with no gaps. Somehow we got…

Day Five: Day of Rest

Day Five: Day of Rest

After not getting to bed until after 11 p.m. and having spent the entire day either walking or screaming, we were all exhausted. I couldn’t even bear to wake the kids and let them rouse on their own schedules. By 11 a.m. everyone was awake again. It was also nearly 100°F outside. Somehow we’ve landed…

Day Four: Screaming is Fun

Day Four: Screaming is Fun

When I was just barely six years old we moved from Sacramento, CA (near my father’s family) to Newberg, OR (to be near my mother’s family). I don’t know how soon it started, but it became a tradition that nearly every summer, I would go down to Sacramento–first with just Marcella, then when Stephanie was…

Day Three: Leaving the Desert

Day Three: Leaving the Desert

Odometer Reading: 367 As soon as the sunshine slipped through the trees, I got up, rolling my sleeping bag and getting the kids to walk up and do the same. I had hoped that the chill of the morning would keep the mosquitoes at bay for a while, but, again, as soon as I opened…

Day Two: Rocks and Mosquitoes

Day Two: Rocks and Mosquitoes

Odometer Reading: 174 Despite turning the heat on the yurt (what a lovely invention) it was still a bit chilly in the high desert when we woke up sometime after 7 a.m. I made some hot cocoa for the kiddos (cooked on the propane burner instead this time!) and found an intriguing entry in our…

Day One: Heading South and East

Day One: Heading South and East

We’d been planning a road trip since last summer and I got the crazy idea that we’d merge it with a visit from my sister’s family. So when my sister flew home, she took only her son, leaving her daughter for us to bring home via our meagerly planned road trip. So today, we loaded…

on our way

on our way

We’re nearly ready to head out on our way to eastern Oregon this afternoon. Of course, we have a few last minute things to finish, but on the whole we’re prepared… with a color-coded map so Stuart can be my map reader/sidekick, cards with driving instructions, and others for the campground reservations, and journals for…

let the packing begin

let the packing begin

As the trip draws closer, things have changed. Sort of like my life. I plan with high hopes, but things never seem to work out like I wish they would. And so it goes with our summer vacation. What originally was us getting to see the Grand Canyon at long last, will now not even…

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