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Trip Start Dec 20, 2009
Trip End Mar 27, 2010

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Friday, December 25, 2009

So far we have had a leisurely pace with no real schedule – leaving when we're ready and getting in when we get there. This is due in part to all the stops we keep making including Everett (north of Seattle) to get some new tires and an oil change for the van.  New tires, as it turns out, are rather smelly… like manure in fact.  We’ve decided it’s nothing to be embarrassed about.

We’re relying pretty heavily on our GPS with which Keara has become quite proficient earning her the title of GPS Queen.  Another stop we made with the help of said GPS was at an organic market north of Seaside.  We were going south so it made sense to stop north of our destination – or so you would think.  It turns out that we were going to approach from the East so it was rather out of the way to head north to get there.  Oh well.  We got to drive across the Astoria Bridge, between WA & OR at the WIDE mouth of the Columbia River, twice! which spans 6.6km.  And why not also take advantage of checking out Fort Columbia State Park (WA) which we had entirely to ourselves.

US 101 is the Oregon Coast Highway.  It is neither straight nor fast.  In fact it passes by many small farms including one that had a hand-painted sandwich board out front advertising FARM FRESH EGGS.  So we pulled in, knocked on the back door (clearly nobody used the front door of this house) and within minutes were back on our way with a dozen eggs.  Using those and the cheese from Tillamook Creamery as well as whole grain English muffins we got at Franz’s bread outlet in East Astoria, Jeff made egg mcmuffins for Christmas breakfast… OMG these are the BEST eggs I’ve ever tasted!!!

Adam was quite intent on getting the stockings hung with care as soon as we arrived at our Christmas accommodations.  Worldmark properties are consistently decorated with artificial plants - some are quite large – so we placed our tiny collection of presents under a large silk dieffenbachia near the fireplace.  We were sure to put out cookies and milk as well as carrots for the reindeer… all were gone in the morning.  The stockings were significantly less 'limp’ looking than the night before - all except for Jeff’s which looked as though it may only yield a lump of coal – but turned out to be chocolate, cash, and scratch n’wins.

With each new accommodation (so far there have been 4) there are new hide & seek possibilities which keeps the fighting to a minimum - between the kids, I mean :).
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Catherine on

Merry Christmas Travellers! Great writing, Stephanie, keep it coming!

Catherine on

Hey, we're having the same Christmas Breakfast.

Grannie on

What a great Christmas treat to read your posts and see the pictures! Thank you for sending them and telling us about your Christmas stockings and that fantastic breakfast... I`ll email when we get back to Victoria

Heidi on

Merry Christmas, everyone!
I love your blog, Steph... Keep it coming. Great photos too.
It`s good that you have a `GPS Queen`... We've always found that having a good junior navigator along really does help reduce the arguments (between the adults) on road trips!
Heidi :)

Philip on

Great blog, Steph! -- and thank you for the Christmas gift. I look forward to hearing more about the trip.

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