What Are We Up Too?
Mary and Paul decided that Mary's 50th High School reunion was a excellent destination for our practice run at driving across the country to visit Colleen and family in New Hampshire.
The "term reunion" is perhaps overstated because her official reunion was canceled twice because of COVID-19.
Now, it's two years later and the event is a birthday party for one of the guys in Mary's class. He was kind enough to throw the invite open to the entire class. So, off we go in a cloud of fur and a "Hi Yo Silver Van"... Yes, Scout is coming along! He packed his "moosey" and he was ready.
Mary, called "Egg head" by her loving classmates, graduated well before she was eighteen and this picture came from her annual from 1967.
The Adventure Begins!
This is the first time Scout, The Wonder Dog, has been on a road trip of this distance. He volunteered to drive but his license was out dated.
We wanted to go to Bora-Bora, but we are too Pora-Pora.
I have an irrational fear of speed bumps, but I'm slowly getting over it.
The We Visitged Family & Friends On Our Adventure.
We enjoyed seeing these folks and meeting Cousin Melody (thanks to Colleen) .
Cyndy Harrington; Daughter of Donna and Bob Zaitz|
Bob and (REAL) cousin Melody who kindly offered Mary her grandmothers hope chest.
Lanette, friends since 1970.|
Ty and Steve, Mary's friends for many years!
Sally, Mary's High School best friend.|
We are still friends after days on the road.|
Find It Quick!
Friday Afternoon - Mary's Old Memories
Friday Night - Meeting up with Sally & David
Saturday Morning - Meeting Cyndy for lunch
Saturday Evening - The reunion and time to partee
Saturday Night - Surprise; Dining at Porters
Sunday - Meeting Mary's Cousin, Melody and Husband Bob
Sunday Night - Meeting Lanette
Monday - Lunch at Si Seniors with Ty & Steve Lopin with Lanette
Monday Afternoon-Evergreen Air Museum and the Spruce Goose
Tuesday - Driving The Oregon Coast And The Bates Hotel
Wednesday - Trees Of Mystery
Thursday Afternoon - Solvang
Friday - Returning Home
The Itinerary Was Followed With Scientific Expertise!
We traveled just a little over 2,000 miles and it took exactly 64 hours and 13 minutes of driving time (the Van has a trip elapsed timer). We burned $425.00 in gasoline.
The carefully put together (courtesy of Mary) itinerary follows:
Rounding Up Things|
We had to get the dogie goodies ready. Mary ironed and Paul worked on the car getting it ready for packing!|
Mary packed and lucky Paul threw everything is a paper sack and declared victory!|
We packed the car for an early morning exit from the LA traffic. 6:00 AM arrives early|
Drive to Sacramento
The forecast is for 106 degree temperature! We did not get to see the train museum because there was no place for Scout; that means another trip north!|
Drive to Medford
Off to Medford where we visited Mary's early history and the places she remembers growing up. We settled in and then went to meet Sally and Paul at the country club where Paul is a member.|
Party Time from 5-9 PM
Dinner 9-11 PM
Visited Medford and dined with Cyndy in the morning.
Later we went to the reunion at the Walk-About Brewery.
After the reunion, we went to Porter's for dinner (a surprise for Mary)
Drive to Eugene
To Meet Melody and Paul
Lunch with Melody in Eugene. and Paul. We picked up Mary's grandmother's hope chest; the other reason for the trip.
Stayed with Lanette in Oregon City .
Stay in Oregon City Visiting With Lanette
Tour the city and go to McMinnanan OR
We toured Oregon City with Lanette in the morning.
Lunch with Steve & Ty Wilson & Lanette at McMinnanan's.
Afterwards, we went to the Evergreen museum and saw the Spruce Goose.
Drive to Crescent City
Off and running, we went to Crescent City and Mary had us stay at the Hitchcock Hotel.|
Drive to Santa Rosa
(5 1/2 Hours)
It was a seven hours drive but we saw the redwoods up close and personal. We walked the Trees of Mystery for two hours and drove the Avenue of the Giants.|
Drive to Solvang
(4 1/2 Hours)
We went right through the heart of San Fransisco! We had a great lunch at Subway.|
(5 1/2 Hours)*
*Mostly slow traffic!
Three hours and we were home. We took 101 to the 405 and stopped at Old Ranch for a drink
After an hour of recuperations, we hit the 22 to the 55. It's nice to be home
Let the imagination run wild.|
If I owned a DeLorean…I'd probably only drive it from time to time.
Did We Have A Good Time?
Meet Mr. Beaver, he will guide you through the next several pages. He is trustworthy. What did the beaver mention to a tree? It has been nice gnawing you.
What is a naughty beavers' favorite type of wood ever? Knotty pine.