Me first! Let’s get this party started I’m thinking… as I sit in our little trailer in Oregon under 3 feet of snow. Our two little buddies had to sneak underneath to potty, Tiger disappearing on first landing this a.m. (confession: I gently tossed him) under a blanket of white.
I digress, this post is about the groovy new ‘An American Trip‘ travel series that needs to get its butt kicked into gear as we are already into February. I have a few interviews lined up, and many more to come, but I will start things off pronto with this post.
We were almost to the border of Oregon and Idaho (if I remember correctly, didn’t realize I’d be writing about it later at the time) when I realized I hadn’t taken any photos.
We passed through a ton of sweet little ‘country towns’ and the shot above was of one little business alongside the road; an America that is slowly fading away, glad the awesome teen got to see a little of it.
Time to Travel: Around 9 1/2 hours.
Distance to Travel: 589 miles/948 kilometers
U.S. States Driven Through: Oregon, Washington, Idaho & Montana.
Places We Stopped: Madras, Oregon (car overheated an hour into our journey); Hood River, Oregon; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (lunch at a casino); Spokane, WA (dinner and hotel).
Highlights: There are many stretches of this trip where the highway is very scenic such as: Mt Hood scenic byway (Hood River, Columbia Gorge area), Idaho Panhandle (Lake Coeur d’Alena) and others.
We drove straight through using GPS on a smart phone, but would be a great trip to spend five nights or more – and take a few offroad trips, like staying at the Columbia Gorge for a night.
Recommendations: I wish we had either purchased camping gear (before we got to Montana!) or bought a small travel trailer for the trip and enjoyed a few of the many beautiful camp sites along the way.
Hotels in the United States are expensive and all the comforts you get from paying $80-$100 USD per night (Cable T.V., heated pools, free buffet breakfasts) we really did not need. Would have much rather been enjoying more of the country. Next time…