Road Trip

Bloganuary Prompt for January 2: What is a road trip you would like to take?

I’m not much of a traveler. I find plenty of adventure right in my own back yard. Literally. Now, my definition of adventure may not match yours. Like the epitome of boredom: watching grass grow, or watching paint dry… I happen to enjoy both of those pastimes.

So when it comes to dreaming of road trips, I’ll stick to the one I took last October and will retrace next month, Washington State to Colorado.

My trusty buddy Chules and I left home on a Wednesday, two days later than planned due to an utterly random case of vertigo (me, not Chules). We dropped down from Vancouver, WA into Oregon and headed east along the Columbia River.

glimpse of the Columbia River east of Hood River, Oregon

There would have been a lot of cool stuff to see along the way. The Columbia River Gorge is always scenic, The Bonneville Dam is – well – there. The historic town of Pendleton, OR is home to one of the Pendleton Woolen Mills, and offers tours of the mill as well as outlet shopping for their way cool blankets and clothing. If I were planning to sight see, I would probably continue east from Pendleton and fit in a stay at Joseph, OR to revisit the multiple bronze sculptures around town and to tour the bronze foundry.

But, alas, we were destination focused, so we turned southeastward from Pendleton, and made it to Nampa, Idaho before I had to stop for the night. (My vision only allows for daytime driving.)

worrisome skies in Utah

The next day, we traversed Idaho, briefly dropped into Utah and then headed east into Wyoming, where we spent our second night in Rawlins, WY.

Rawlins, Wyoming

If I were going to dally in Utah, I might have visited the Great Salt Lake, and headed east from there to the Dinosaur National Monument near Vernal, UT. That would have then led me through some national forests and over the Rocky Mountains before arriving at my daughter’s home in Centennial, Colorado.

Snowy mountains in Colorado that we passed through on our return trip

Instead, we took a more northern route across Wyoming to Cheyenne, WY and then down through Denver, CO to Centennial.  The best thing about the trip was arriving in Centennial and getting to visit my six month old granddaughter.

And while I was there, I was able to watch grass grow while I weeded out part of their lawn. And I was able to watch lots and lots of paint dry as we repainted their living areas.

Chules watching grass grow
Violet watching paint dry.

What could possibly make for a better trip than that?

About Maggie C

Stained glass artist, writer, respecter of life.
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5 Responses to Road Trip

  1. Lani says:

    Ahhhh, you’re making me homesick. I love the West and have driven through many of the States you’ve mentioned. Good route. I wholeheartedly agree – and who says ‘watching the grass grow’ is boring? 😉

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  2. Ahhh, how lovely!! Any road trip that ends with this bundle of joy is the best trip. And Chules looks mighty pleased as well.

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