Bull Udders? You betcha.
Trip Start Dec 17, 2011
42Trip End Jan 27, 2012
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Funny things today: A huge car sales yard with a permanent kids merry-go-round (stick your kids on an endless ride & come buy a car!!). A service station attendant thinking we were from Canada – do American’s think the Canadian accent is so different from theirs?
Highway 101 along the California coast was very scenic, with some beautiful wild beaches and of course, the Redwood forests to drive through, though we couldn’t find anywhere to stop and take photos
A glorious drive through a huge forest with steep rock walls and a pretty river at the bottom of the gulley and then we hit the state border to Oregon. By the time we reached Grant’s Pass in Oregon I was busting to use the Little Girl’s room, but do you think we could easily find a restaurant we liked to use the restrooms?! Eventually we spotted a Denny’s sign and swerved into their parking lot. Turns out it was a good decision as we had one of the nicest meals and friendliest waitresses we’ve ever had. Every request was met with an accented ‘You betcha’ and a smile. The menu had some holiday specials on it and I decided on a turkey dinner – I didn’t know whether to be insulted or not when she asked if I wanted the senior option
The temperature is definitely dropping (2 degrees outside again), the mist/fog has dropped down over the tops of all the pine/fir trees in the moderate sized down of Grant’s Pass, but once we started climbing up hill we once again saw blue skies and sunshine. There is nothing like cruising on the US highways with the wide blue sky above you, your favourite music pumping from the stereo, passing huge trucks glinting in the sun and having your breath taken away when you round a corner on the road to see America in all its natural beauty rolling away to the horizon. Love it.
An 30 minute jaunt to a Walmart near Eugene, Oregon, turned into an hour shopping spree – one of the flaws of Walmart is the stuff is so cheap, it’s hard to resist! By the time we came out at 5.40 it was pitch black (gets dark here early). Another hours drive to the Comfort Inn in Salem, OR where we all went for a swim (well, the kids did, Fred, Jan & I soaked in the hot-tub) and chatted to a guy and his son from a small coastal town in Oregon – he said he’d never met a New Zealander before and had only travelled out of Oregon once when he was a kid. Domino’s Pizza for dinner, we’re too stuffed after travelling all day to go out again.