Day 32: Fri, Aug 10, 1962: Driving to Idaho

Trip Start Jul 10, 1973
Trip End Aug 28, 1973

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Flag of United States  , Idaho
Friday, August 10, 1973

Mileage 37,790

We left Ochoco State Park this morning at 9:00 AM. Today would be a long, eight hour driving day with no particular destination except getting closer to Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park.

Our trip had so far lasted 31 days, so we had been on the road for over 4 weeks. At this point, we hadn't stayed in a motel since Anaheim over 2 1/2 weeks ago. Our money was starting to get thin, but as I recall, most all of our non-city, camping days cost no more than $10. Momma charged all of the gasoline, so this left her original traveler's checks free for groceries, camping fees and such.

Terri and I probably spent the day playing with our new Klik-Klaks or playing the roadside bingo games. We also had invented clothes-pin dolls to play with. Momma had not allowed us to bring along our Madame Alexander "Ginny" dolls, so we created our own dolls using clothes pins & Kleenex. For many years after our trip, Momma's clothes pin bag had random pins with little faces on them!

I'm certain today was relatively boring for all three of us: Terri and I had just experienced the most exciting 21 days of our lives; Momma was most probably melancholic and reflective; and today was the first day on our trip since driving into California where nothing interesting at all happened. Terri and I did see road signs for something called Shoshone Indian Ice Caves, so we convinced Momma we just had to see this the next day (the definitive word here is CAVE). She told us she would "think about it."

From Prineville this morning, we continued on US 26 through Ochoco National Forest, stopping for 6.8 gallons of gas at Mt. Vernon on the outskirts of Malheur National Forest. Momma also bought some comic books for Terri and me and Coke, crackers and candy for all. This photo of Ironsides, Oregon shows the terrain as we exited the National Forest area. At 2:00 PM, we stopped for lunch in Jamieson along US 26.

At 3:00 we stopped for another 6.8 gallons of gas in Nyssa, Oregon. The temperature was 84 degrees. "The official Oregon Trail Auto Route (US-20/26) bends to the south along the Snake River, passing one last Oregon town, Nyssa, before crossing into the Land of Famous Potatoes. Nyssa calls itself the “Thunderegg Capital of the World” because of the many geodes found there, but it’s primarily a shipping point for the tons of spuds, onions, and sugar beets grown nearby."

Shortly after purchasing gas, we entered our 10th new state, Idaho. It was late in the afternoon as we drove through Boise, Idaho, the capital. This time, we did not stop for a picture at the state capital building; we didn't even stop at the Idaho sign. As much as Terri and I hated this routine earlier in the trip, we wish we had these precious photos now!

Sometime during this day, Momma had impusively purchased some hair "tint" for $1.65 plus shampoo and curlers for an additional $2.98. I suppose it says a lot about her mood these past two days that she had decided to dye her hair! We also bought ice, bread and tomato sauce, so most probably we had shopped at a grocery store.

We camped this night in Shoshone, Idaho's well-known city park, Mary L. Gooding Memorial Park, which is located on the  banks of the Little Wood River near the site of Oregon trail campsites. It was not the ideal setting for Momma to perform this hair-dyeing routine because all she had for rinsing her hair was an outdoor water pump! Her hair turned out to be a very, pretty, but slightly reddish color. Nevertheless, I think she was quite pleased with her accomplishment. And I stand corrected, maybe something interesting DID happen today!

So after an otherwise uneventful day, we ate supper, went to bed and hoped for at least a little "field trip" type of excitement for the next day!
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