In less than four months Betty, Bailey, and I will be back in the RV for another two month road trip away from the heat of a Phoenix summer. Last year we drove over 5,000 miles to and from Wisconsin, adding nine states to the map on the side of our motorhome.
This year we have a less ambitious trip, one that will cover half that distance and allow us to add just three more decals to the map. But, we plan on spending a full month in one of our favorite cities: Portland, Oregon. There are few places prettier and more inviting for desert dwellers during the summer months than the green city along the Willamette River.
We will spend two weeks driving through Utah, Idaho, and eastern Oregon before arriving in the Rose City in mid July. After a month within a short drive of the Columbia River Gorge, we will spend almost three weeks driving down the Oregon and California coasts before turning back into the heat of the desert and home.
In addition to the adventures and memories we always generate on the road, we will be able to spend quality time with friends in Portland and in Paso Robles, California, on the way home. We will spend time on parts of the Oregon coast and Northern California we have never visited.
After all the mental stress of my father's passing and hard work of getting our home ready to sell, being in an RV away from the routine and on the road and making new memories sounds heavenly.
Is it too soon to start packing?