Oregon at Last!

Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
Trip End Aug 05, 2013

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Flag of United States  , Oregon
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

This won't be a terribly long or informational entry. Today was mostly travel to our next mini-stop before the coast and Oregon interior.

The take-down was good this morning and we set out around 10:30am for Pendleton, Oregon. The bulk of the six hour drive (plus an ill-fated lunch stop) went smoothly. Both kids slept and the AC kept us cool as the temperature climbed to the mid-30s in Washington State.

This part of Washington had all the appearances of a scrubbier Alberta and didn't offer a lot of visual stimulation. The roads were good though and we moved along at a fair clip. Henry got his fill of freight trains to boot.

By 1:30pm we'd passed too many towns on account of superficial judgment and we were hungry. (Mind you, I can't see Connell's Correctional Institution, right off the highway, drawing too much tourist traffic.) We eventually stopped in Pasco for gas and then at a Burger King for food.

Yes, I recognize that Burger King is about as low as you can go and it doesn't really introduce you to too much local flavour, BUT, they have indoor play structures for tired and ratty children. 'Willy's Tacos' can't boast that and we'd had Mexican the night before anyway.

And so, I sat down to my Texan Double Whopper Meal (sorry Dad, I know you didn't raise me that way). I was actually enjoying this experience, Henry high up in the tunnels and slides, AC, and...

Hey Mister!


Is this your baby?

A glance at Penny. This one?

The one in the blue shirt.

Panic. Yes. What's wrong?

He's gone poo.

And had he ever. And he hadn't been content to call it quits after moving his bowels either.

It had been flattened, spread, smeared, and dropped everywhere.

My son's potty trained and this isn't supposed to happen. Especially when we have no change of clothes. Except in the popped-down tent trailer...

It sucked, suffice to say. 34 degrees and feces...

Moving on.

We arrived at the Wildhorse Casino and RV Resort around 4:30pm and immediately went for a swim in the pool after the pop-up to cool off.

This is a different place, that's for sure. We're not here for the gambling, just a place to stay for a couple of nights.

It's all big rigs on a well-kempt, virtually treeless, mostly tarmac lot. There's a lot of retirement savings being burned at this resort.

The Casino itself is a very well organized place and offers all you can eat buffets all day. We're hitching our appetites and laziness to that deal.

We had a quick wander through the Casino proper with the kids. Penny was a hit as she had her foot in her mouth the whole time in a little red, white and blue dress. Henry was awestruck by the noise, lights and energy.

I saw one pensioner with a hole-punched credit card in the reader of a slot machine, and a wire traveling to a clip on his shirt pocket. I thought this guy was pretty serious.

That's all for now. We'll see what Pendleton has to offer in the morning. There's a children's activity centre somewhere in town that I think we'll be heading to. The boy deserves it. As long as he doesn't...no, he wouldn't dare.
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kokes on

wow !! casino..should,ve would,ve gone as far as there with you guys.Trip sounding awesome ..even henry "pooh pooh".i,m chuckling at your blogs..you make my day ..less teary..
love you..mom

Sheryl on

Just as your describing this Indian casino, I know what you mean about the scenery and feel. I went to a golf tournament at the Kah-nee-ta Resort in Warm Springs. There's a ton of those Indian owned resorts in Oregon. By the way, that isn't a hole punched credit card. They are points cards. The more people play the more points they collect and are able to reach targets to collect prizes. I had one before :) Enjoy your trip, travel safe, me, the house and Romero are fine. I see him everyday. I don't know who's watching who...

Mum& Dad on

Hi Guys,
Isn't it fun travelling with kids?
Henry will be back to a routine when you get to the Coast, and you can really relax.
Should be a little cooler by the sea as well.

Wanda on

Pooh happens! I agree with Mary...had a good laugh!

Bev on

OMG - I can't stop laughing! Duncan, you should give up the day job and write travel books instead!

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