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Road Trip – Day One

April 30, 2010

Yesterday morning we left Seattle at 9am.  We took some pictures of us in our empty house:

Isaac in his former bedroom:

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Sarah in her former bedroom:

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Jamie and Isaac play together on the last remaining “furniture” in the house – Greta’s bed:

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We timed our departure with Isaac’s first nap of the day which worked very well.  He hung out in the backseat and was pretty happy for 45 minutes, cried just a little bit, and then fell asleep for a nice nap

We took I5 south from Seattle to Portland, and then turned Southeast on I84.  I84 follows the Oregon trail along the Willamette River valley and the scenery was beautiful!  I tried to take a few pictures from the moving car.

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Windmill farms:

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River Gorge:

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Pulling the Uhaul trailer is going OK but we’re both a little nervous that it is too heavy, that our car won’t be able to make it up mountain passes hauling the trailer, won’t be able to stop on the way down, etc, etc.  The constant fretting is very stressful.  At the end of the day we drove over Oregon’s Blue Mountains – the grades were very steep and the summit was 4100 ft – and it went just fine.  Today is the highest pass somewhere between here and the border with Idaho.

Isaac has been doing OK in the car but he did have two bouts of 40 minute crying yesterday.  Greta has been VERY stressed out and can’t even relax in the car.  We had to give her a sedative in the hotel room last night because she kept barking at every little noise.  In normal life she rarely barks. 

We found a really nice rest area along the highway next to a field of cows.  Greta finally relaxed enough to go potty, and Isaac had fun sitting in the grassy fields.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Emily permalink
    April 30, 2010 4:24 pm

    Wow, the scenery is so ugly when you leave Seattle! I’m glad you had extra sedatives on hand for Greta. An extra dose of Prozac might not hurt either.

    What are you going to call your blog now? Seattle Farmette is soooo last week. What about The Adventures of the Traveling Gypsy Family?!

    P.S. Do you mind if some Killorens stay with you on/around June 19? I may have already offered your house up.

  2. April 30, 2010 4:44 pm

    Oh, good luck with the move and getting used to a completely different place. Hope you will like it just as the old one. But be careful. It actually might take animals-your dog longer to get used to a new house than to you. Patience will be needed. Oh, and what i wanted to say – great colors of the walls in your old house, they make any room seem much more lively and interesting.

  3. GrandPapa DEE permalink
    May 1, 2010 4:08 am

    Emily brings up a very good point about the blog name. Let’s see here…

    1. This is the story of how we got married, quit our jobs, and bicycled around the world.

    2. Seattle Farmette & Baby. Thoughts on my backyard farmette, homemade stuff, new baby, and more…

    How about:

    This is a story of how we gave away our stuff, (Chickens and cats too), packed the rest, and drove around the country like gypsies.

    And then?

    This is a story of how we got really suburban, clip coupons, suffer from “My grass must be greener than yours” syndrome, and drive to soccer practice fourteen times a day.

    All that matters is that you are together. Just keep smiling no matter what the weather. I know you will. Happy Trails!

    Lyrics to “Happy Trails” by Dale Evans Rogers

    Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
    Happy trails to you, keep smilin’ until then.
    Who cares about the clouds when we’re together?
    Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
    Happy trails to you, ’till we meet again.

    Some trails are happy ones,
    Others are blue.
    It’s the way you ride the trail that counts,
    Here’s a happy one for you.

    Peace & Love

  4. May 1, 2010 6:56 am

    You’re right, I do need a new blog name… I will have to give this gypsy lifestyle a try for at least a month before I commit to a rename like that though. Knowing me I’ll call this Gypsy Family Blog and then change my mind in 2 weeks and Soccer Mom Blog would be more appropriate 🙂

    We made it to Wyoming last night – we did a few hours of hair raising driving in the dark on curvy roads with no white lines last night between Utah & Wyoming. Today we have about 330 miles left, so we plan to reach Boulder tonight! Three days total, not bad. It is SO windy here but luckily it is a tailwind, otherwise our gas mileage would probably be like 5 miles per gallon.

  5. Johanna permalink
    May 1, 2010 5:59 pm

    I am curious about what you have in the car for the baby on such a long trip. Take some pics of the packed car with that big dog too!

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