First, we drove through Sisters, a small town consisting of Old West style buildings. We then stopped in Bend for Supervillian Sandwiches, which were amazing! Nearby Mirror Pond had a play structure that Henry enjoyed.
The terrain of red soil and pine trees reminded me of Flagstaff.
Klamath Falls was our overnight stop. We saw OIT, where Alex went to college and had Abby's Pizza, one of his old favorites. It was a small desert-y town with a college housed in old military barracks.
A quick stop in Redding for In and Out Burger was the highlight of the trip for Alex, I enjoyed it too.
Once in Napa, we enjoyed a vineyard walk. Henry and I also visited my friend Wendy in Petaluma and had a picnic with her and her kiddos in Sonoma Plaza. This was the highlight for Henry. We also ate some good chocolates there. The last day of the conference, Alex watched Henry in the afternoon while I sat in the jacuzzi. This was my favorite thirty minutes of the trip!
After four days, we left Napa and stopped at the Vortex/House of Mystery. We heard a talk about a crooked house where up is down and down is up, and took a plethora of pictures. After a little more driving, we spent the night in Grants Pass/Rogue River. There, we all enjoyed a dip in the hot tub while it rained. And Henry and Alex enjoyed the free make-them-yourself waffles.
After morning check-out, we stopped at the Wildlife Safari in Winston,OR. It's a drive-through sanctuary for a variety of animals. The park boasted stunning scenery that looked like the set of Jurassic Park. Afterwards, we drove to Eugene and ate at a divey spot near U of O.
Two hours later, we were back home. We all missed our house, our town and our routines. I missed Henry being in preschool and personal space! But I'm so glad we got to see some sights and do the family right of passage: the too-long-road trip. And I'm grateful that we made it home safe. Maybe in 10 years we'll try another long road trip, or maybe never.