Trip Start Oct 01, 2010
Trip End Oct 01, 2011

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Over the summer, while we were in NYC's Times Square, we were interviewed by Redbook magazine. They asked us what Steve and I wanted for Christmas? It's summer but ok, hmmm? I said I'd probably want a bubble bath and some crisp sheets. Steve was thinking about caving in and buying an iPad. Then while we were in Yellowstone, a woman called from the magazine, wanting us to confirm their quote, which would be published in the December issue. She said something along the lines of Steve having already made plans for a nice hotel, yadda yadda. The gist of what was said was close so we said, "Yeah, that works." Come October and we find ourselves motorhomeless and booking hotels.

We were not in the laps of luxury by any means. In fact, towards the end of our RV days, we were really running out of water so we had to save for toilet flushes. We couldn't clean our dishes so we bagged them up in trash bags and we washed them in our first hotel room. Classy. We also didn't really put too much thought into our fur kid, Rusty, being an added expense/hassle. For the most part, we were legit and paid to have him in our room. Some places were charging in upwards of $75/night just for him! In those cases, we put him in his stroller and acted like he was our baby, sneaking him in our room. 

Of course we could have afforded to pay for upscale accommodations but that's just not our style. Since we were seeing and doing things all day, all we needed was a place to rest our heads each night. So we tried to stay in the allotted budget of what we thought our insurance would cover. Someone was kind enough to let us know that chances were good we'd get double the amount because we had two claims and that would cover our rental and rooms to get us home! We found out, one desperate night, that Motel 6 doesn't charge for dogs and it was the perfect modern place as they just remodeled. We also stayed in places that offered breakfast. A penny saved is a penny earned!

We stopped at Mount St Helens and went through the museum. From a distance we could see the snow capped mountain. We wanted to see more mountains but this was on our way.

Then we happened to get to Portland the day of my friends wedding. We didn't think we'd be anywhere near Portland so I declined the invite months ago. Funny how life works out.

One of the coolest places on Earth is to stand in the middle of a Redwood forest. The trees are so massive and beautiful. The forest floor was covered in soft fauna and it was like walking on marshmallows. You have nothing but respect for the awesomeness that is nature.. A must see before you die. 

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