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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

So Close We Can Taste It

The finish line is in sight, as long as you can see about three hundred miles...


We started the day off with plans to stop just short of our granddaughter's home, a "short" 300 miles.  We decided to spend a night in a campground to do some heavy laundry and in general cleaning up.  Since we've been blacktop boondocking, we have not been able to use our Splendide washer/dryer.  Ergo, a pile of dirty clothes developed.

Leaving Idaho, the roads were once again clear and dry, and it was sunny, but a little cold.  We crossed into Oregon on I-84 and enjoyed the scenery, you don't get to see things like this on the East coast.


The highway climbed up into the hills.


Further along, we began to see pine trees.


The road ran along a beautiful river.


Off in the distance on top of the mountain clouds were moving in.


The road took us up into the clouds and we found a real winter wonder land.



We never saw anything quite like the frosted pine needles before.

Eventually we made our way to Pendelton, Oregon where there is a KOA.


Here is a picture of the Journey at said KOA.  Just wanted to prove that we really do stay in campgrounds.  ;c)


Tomorrow, if all goes well, we'll finish the trip, and we'll be hugging our granddaughters...and Moochdocking in their driveway.

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.


23 comments:

  1. Amazing job you two! I wondered how in the world you would get clear across the country in December but your name must really be O'Dahl with the luck of the Irish.

    Glad to see you are doing at least a "little" relaxing!

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  2. hey..you are in our time zone now!!..whooohooo!!!

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  3. Boy, u guys really boogied along!!!!

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  4. Your pictures bring back fond memories. We have driven this route MANY times and no matter what time of year, it's beautiful. We lived in Kansas and my family is in Seattle. Did you take the bypass around Salt Lake City from I-80? That's a pretty little drive too.

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  5. Looks like a nice day drive. hope you remembered hows to connect all your a hook ups;)

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  6. What super great pictures!!!! Glad you made it safely to the KOA. Loved those snow shots! I'm excited for you guys! Stay safe.

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  7. Welcome to OREGON!! Besure you disconnect your water hose at night...it was 20F when we got up this morning and looks like it may be again tonight. The beautiful clear blue daytime skies means the temperatures really plunge after the sun goes down. The Wild Horse Casino just outside of Pendelton has the best breakfast buffet we have ever had...if you get chance!

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  8. Congratulations you two!
    Glad to see you've almost made it to the grandkids.

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  9. The last time I saw frosty trees like that was in the Ardennes, back in 09 I think it was.
    Always an amazing sight.
    Anyhoo, I'm curious as to how your motor home tolerates the cold? (Trying to come up with how to ask this.) We found once upon a time, long long ago when we had a Class A, that the cold ram air hitting the front end would cool off the heater hoses to the point where keeping warm was a challenge. I ended up insulating everything up front and that helped.
    My impression is that Class As are not made with winter driving in mind,(duh) and especially if your engine is way at the back, keeping your tootsies warm is perhaps not that easy? Maybe Winnebago has figured that out.
    Just curious.

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  10. Looks like you had another great travel day. That KOA looks nice with the concrete pads and paved roads.

    You're almost there. We know you're real excited to see the family. Enjoy, and travel safe.

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  11. Well Alrighty... We can feel your excitment!! Great idea to get a bit of a rest before the FUN begins;o)) Just so glad your travels went smoothly once you got out of the gate!!

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  12. Now you will reap the rewards of all the hard work you've gone through in the past year.

    I'm also curious about traveling in the bold (like Bob). We've never done any cold weather driving and I wouldn't have thought you could have managed so well, especially boondocking at night.

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  13. Mornin' you two. One more *short* drive and you will be in heaven :)
    Have a safe last drive..and hug 'em all!

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  14. Almost there ... in '1983, we were driving from Tacoma, WA to SLC, UT for Mui's first USAF assignment ... stayed in Pendleton overnight ... but we had to find a hotel to do so :-)))

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  15. Enjoy those grands! What a feeling of freedom for you. You are not on vacation. You are full time!

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  16. Sure some nice scenery on today's drive. Good to hear that you crossed the Oregon line. Have a great day meeting up with the family.

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  17. Hooray!!!! you made it. Enjoy the Grandkids. We are heading into winter too as we fly home on the 20th for Christmas.

    Take Care
    Brenda

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  18. Beautiful driving scenery! Enjoy the family visit, then get someplace WARM!

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  19. and you are on the last leg of the journey (for now) yipeeee....enjoy the hugs and visit :)....whereas we are heading out in the 'cold'..the end of this month I have been thinking and wondering just how cold the travel will be with the engine in the back..but who cares I sure don't I'll wrap in quilts if I have to ..to head somewhere warm...be safe out there!!!

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  20. Great pictures out the front window! You just have the lovely drive along the Columbia and you're there! Actually I guess you're already there since this was from yesterday. I can admit now that I thought you were crazy to attempt this at this time of the year, but you did it! Good job!

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  21. After this I hope you can take your time ad see more on your next trip!

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  22. Glad those roads around Pendleton weren't all covered in that white stuff. That can be a pretty rough hill when they are.

    You DO stay in campgrounds!

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