Thursday, September 02, 2010

Idaho to Oregon

The drive from Idaho Falls to Portland yesterday went well. We woke up at 4am and were on the road by 4.20. We left so early so we could sock away a good heap of driving while the girls slept in the car. It worked really well. Magdalena didn't get seriously antsy until about noon, and of course her breakdown started in one of those areas where blue signs proclaim "No services for next 520 miles."

Well, not really 520 miles, but something like 30 anyway. We ended up pulling off at the Arlington, Oregon exit, in the Columbia Gorge. I never would have stopped there of my own accord but our fussing 2-year-old forced our hand. But guess what? The Arlington exit is like I-84's best kept secret! There was a gas station located right across the street from a small park with a nice play structure, which in turn was located right on the banks of the Columbia River. There were bathrooms and wide expanses of grass and a place to get snacks and everything. It was everything you could ask for in a road trip rest stop.

Of course, such an enticing park did set back our ETA about 45 minutes, but when you're traveling with kids, sometimes you have to make concessions. (Another concession was letting Miriam play on the playground in her pajamas.) (And barefoot.)

What we forgot to do at the magical rest stop of dreams was refill our water bottles. Thus it was that 10 minutes down the road, both girls got thirsty and the only thing we had to offer them were sips of a single can of Pepsi Throwback. The last 110 minutes of the drive were really...intense.

Now we're getting settled in Portland, just in time to head out and climb Mt. St. Helens tomorrow. Bring it on.


Liz Johnson said...

Did they get crazy off the caffeine/sugar? Or was it just the last 110 minutes of the roadtrip (which are always possible clips of horror films)?

I'm so glad that you've made it to Portland! Hooray! You're on the opposite coast!

Don't die on Mt. St. Helens, ok? Since I know you were considering that and all.

Mikael said...

you 2 are always so ambitious. Climbing mt st helens with kids? I would NEVER attempt... the aquivilent to that would be taking my 3 kids to the grocery store (which I refuse to do)
I am getting excited about our photos. your girls are DOLLS!! I can't wait to capture their adorable faces in a picture

Kathy Haynie said...

We always stop at Arlington. It's a great stop. One time we stopped there with a stake youth group on their way to do a pioneer trek with handcarts. All the kids--about 200 of them--in authentic garb. It was right after the Warren Jeffs trial and the group in Arizona with the women and children taken into custody. Haha - everyone was staring at us. Who did they think we were?? We ate our lunches, then got back on the buses and headed for our Trek. But we also stop at Arlington when it's just us.

Kathy Haynie said...

PS - I'm excited to hear about your Mt St Helens adventure. My husband and I climbed it last week for the first time! I posted here:

Katie said...

Ooooh, Portland. Please give it a kiss for me. And send me some good old fashioned green.


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