Friday, July 10, 2009

Day 13: Missoula, MT to Portland, OR

We tried to get a relatively early start today to have a reasonable arrival time in Portland. We contemplated taking the scenic route through Montana and into Idaho, but decided that speed was going to win out over beauty. I thought the interstate had its fair share of scenic vistas, but what do I know. Where we live, 3500 feet is tall for a mountain. Anything higher just looks spectacular to me!

We made pretty good time to Pullman, WA where we stopped for lunch with a friend of Ron's from high school, Jodi. Our kids and Jodi's kids, Ruby (age 7) and Arlo (age 4) took a little while to warm up, but once they did, they had a grand time playing together. When we were leaving, Ruby asked when she was going to see us again. Too cute!

We continued to make good time and stopped for dinner at a Burgerville, USA in The Dalles, OR. Ron thought the rest of the drive took forever even though it was only about another hour and a half. I guess when you've been traveling for so long and your destination is so close, time slows down.

It was sweet relief to unload at my mother in law's condo and the kids quickly fell into play mode with their cousins, Connor, Gage, and Ian. We let the kids run around for a while and finally got them to sleep at about 10:30 pm. Sleep followed quickly for us as we looked forward to no long drives for several weeks!

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