Goodbye Eugene, Hello Portland.

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

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Hey! We're in Portland! A day early. And not staying in the tent trailer.

Interest piqued? Well let me spin you a yarn...

We had a rough sleep last night. Mel hacked (but sounded better for it) and Penny had a voracious appetite throughout the wee hours. Somewhere in the distance a rave was happening. Thump, thump, hack, hack.

We didn't start to stir until around 9:00am and both Mel and I looked like the living dead. The kids of course were brimming with energy and keen to get on with it. The day that is.

Mel was still lying in bed well after I'd dressed both Henry and Penny.

Feel this, she said.

A bump on her forehead. Another mysterious bug bite to go along with the series on her calves that she first got in Pendleton and had been driving her crazy ever since.

Are these ones getting worse?

Yup. The bites on her legs were a ring of welts with a yellow centre.

I'd seen a spider in our trailer the day before and had killed another this morning.

Okay. I'll call the insurance company and we'll get them checked out.

And so began 'Take Two' of our sampling of American Medicare.

Off to the Eugene Urgent Care Clinic and a swift diagnosis of...

...maybe fleas? Wow. That was unexpected. The doctor couldn't for certain ascertain what kind of bites they were but she said Mel was having an allergic reaction to them. Spiders seemed improbable given the number of bites she had but then no one else had any. Quite the mystery.

The one fact that seemed irrefutable was that it was happening in Mel's sleep. And Mel sleeps in the trailer. And so the doctor said she couldn't sleep in it anymore.

So let's see: we had one more night in Eugene and four more in Portland and then our hotel reservations began.

The holiday was now in serious jeopardy and we considered cutting our losses and heading home.

Henry had been sick and was going through some growing pains, Penny had been sick, Mel had had spontaneous diarrhea, still had a cold and was being feasted on by a highly discerning insect or arachnid on a nightly basis, and I was a high-strung wreck who was scarcely holding the world together.

But we just revised the game plan and said "fuck it" (pardon the language).

The trailer, bless it, was decommissioned and popped down one last time. We cancelled our camping reservations and adjusted our later hotel bookings.

We're doing four nights in Portland - in a hotel - starting tonight, one night in Coeur d'Alene, and then an epic drive home on Friday. We'll lose three days in holidays but gain it back in mental and physical health.

An acceptable compromise if you ask me.

And so we drove to Portland and checked into the Best Western Inn at the Meadows (near the Portland International Raceway). Civilized living again after two weeks in the trailer. It does feel pretty good.

A requiem is in order for our dear trailer. We loved the experience. We feel better for having subjected ourselves to living in close quarters with one another for two weeks.

Penny and Henry have developed a bond and Mel and I have tackled some pretty significant issues together. We figured out that we don't need much to have fun. And, despite the wackiness of some of these posts, we have had fun. The trailer allowed for it. Any grievances we had were not related to it.

We'll do it again in the trailer but I think two weeks is probably our threshold.

As for right now, I'm draining a bottle of Pinot Grigio. The shift to wine symbolizes the transition into the remainder of our holiday.

Here's to it!

For the record, Widmer Brothers' Brewing Citra Blonde Summer Brew, 4.4 percent (Portland) is my beer of choice.

PS. Mel just dumped a glass of red wine across the bedsheets. Of course.

PPS. Get Travel Insurance. Always.

PPPS. More tomorrow.
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Mum & Dad on

Pleased you have got the rest of your holiday sorted out, and you'll only lose three days.
Enjoy the hotel amenities, throw lots of wine around (remember that movie about the guys in Vegas and their drug party !!).
Take care, hugs for everyone.

Sheryl on

That's what I was going to comment on is to just go get a hotel since you all (except Penny) seemed stressed but I thought I shouldn't. Glad you didn't decide to religiously stick to your plans. It's a holiday, do whatever you want to make you happy! Hope you guys get a good rest. See you soon!

kokes on

Unbelievable!!!!pls duncan don,t get sick till you get my grandkids home.. Poor missy i hope it is only a spider bite reaction..i did,t think those nice things bite.Heres a way to check if you have bed bugs from experience.JK...At nite when everyone is asleep get a flash lite and check the seams in the matress and underneath..THEY come out at nite yeeew..but then again you and the kids would also get bitten..duh!!!Yeah motel sounds totally this point in time .enjoy your nightly ritual..And call it an experience..can,t wait to hear year henry will be a yr older and be more manageable .. Oops !then there is enjoy the rest to all mom

and call it an experience..Can,t wait to hear all..

Angata on

Oh my gosh...did I enjoy reading this crap...Duncan, I think you may be my favourite writer!!! I either laughed out loud or had a grin on my face reading each & every one of your blog entries...sounds like quite the trip! Note to self: do NOT go one extened road trip with kid(s) until they are older & fully & completely potty trained!!!! hahaha!!! We miss you guys very much & hope to chat once you are home & settled...hang in there Mel & Duncan, what can I say to you you poor bastard...rally the troupes & chin up!!!! Love, Agata :o)

Angata on

ps-Mel, LOVE the "crabs" sign...I miss your sense of humour!!! xo

Wanda on

lol...I am visiting your Mom in Kenora and had to read this entrie here. We had a great laugh and totally agree with Agatha (wait until kids are older). However, I do admire both of you for documenting this and letting us share your experience. Enjoy the hotel!!!

Mark on

Believe there is potential for a movie here...

Comedy or Greek Tragedy - I can't decide.

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