March 15, 2015

Summer Travel Plans Come Together

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?

22 comments:

  1. Looks like a great trip. P.S. Sad to read of your Dad's passing. From what you have written about your relationship, it seems that you had a very special bond. Blessings.

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    1. One of the big differences this year will be that we don't have to think about making sure dad has all his pills and supplies for the summer, or worrying about his health or loneliness. Frankly, I'd rather still have those concerns.

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  2. Bob, we are right there with you. We're having a mini heatwave here in SoCal right now, with temps hovering in the 90's for the next few days, and thoughts of our summer escape to the mountains and coastlines of N. California and Oregon are very appealing right now!

    Remember my assignment to locate dog friendly wineries during our Portland leg? Well, guess what - there will be an event called "Canines Uncorked" smack dab in the middle of our stay with you two (or three :-) Check it out: http://www.portlandpooch.com/

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    1. My "personal travel agent" comes through again! Canines Uncorked? I will check it out as soon as I finish typing.

      I just read that California has only 1 year of water left before serious water rationing must start. 90 degree heat in March doesn't help.

      Got our Flex tix for the Phoenix Film Festival that starts at the end of the month. Not the same experience as Palm Springs but it will be fun to see four new movies over the course of five days.

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  3. How exciting! Your RV adventures always light that fire in me once again--we're still just on the fence, doing other travels and using airbnb rooms so far. I save your itineraries just in case!! Oregon sounds like a perfect respite from the desert heat ! The planning is a lot of fun,too!! I know you and Betty deserve a wonderful getaway,especially this year.

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    1. While she doesn't enjoy the driving part, Bailey loves these trips, too. There are so many new smells to explore she keeps us very active during these trips.

      A warm up trip to Show Low next month will take us through Payson. I really hope we can get together for lunch or a cup of coffee either on the way up or back.

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  4. I'll bet you and Betty are enjoying the chance to switch gears and focus and some fun and relaxation. You and your family are living through loss and preparing for the sale of your home, and that's incredibly taxing. You're wise to keep the balance in life. BTW, your home is lovely inside and out, and I'm betting it will sell quickly. Hoping every day becomes a bit easier for you as you navigate the changes.

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    1. Yes, Pam, thinking about the trip and making plans is a nice chance right now. As I noted to Madeline we will have a 4 night trip to the White Mountains of Arizona next month just to test everything out and make sure we don't need any repairs before the July trip begins.

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  5. Sounds like a great get-away-from-it-all. Meanwhile, Bob, people on Sightings Over Sixty are curious about how old you are (apologies if I'm embarrassing you.) Anyway, isn't it fun to plan a trip!?!

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    1. I'd better go read about their interest! The answer is 65

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  6. That looks like a tremendous trip... you'll be passing through and visiting many of my favorite places. Too bad that you will miss San Diego, but I don't blame you for turning east before you reach L.A.

    Happy trails to you!

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    1. Driving a 30 foot RV while towing a car through the LA freeway system is a personal nightmare. Even our present route takes us across the northern edge of LA and on several freeways but there is no other convenient way to get home.

      Both our daughters lived in San Diego for a time before moving back to the Phoenix area. We have been there many times and love the beach life and downtown/Mission Bay area.

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  7. Sounds like fun. You guys deserve some fun!
    b

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  8. Get in touch when you're in Portland. We'll be coming through there from Seattle on our way to Roseburg. It would be good to have coffee at least.

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    1. Absolutely. We will be in the area from Mid July through mid August.

      BTW, I trust Art had fun with his Guys and Dolls part.

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  9. Your summer trip itinerary sounds wonderful. I applaud you for planning it so far in advance. I do the same thing when I am going somewhere. I like the comfort of knowing exactly where I am going, where I am staying, etc. I have friends who never plan. They just get in the car and go. That would make me nervous so I don't do it. Your itinerary will take you to more temperate climates and beautiful vistas. It will be a great experience.

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    1. I just finished reading an RV travel book, Going Gypsy (see review above), in which the couple just goes. The couple who writes the blog, Wheeling it, are the same. They follow the seasons and their whims. It sounds like fun but I don't know if I could do that. I'd start to worry about where we are staying by mid afternoon.

      Of course, with a fully contained RV that is kind of silly; my home is traveling with me. Still, I am an itinerary type of person.

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  10. Looks like a fun trip. I always love this kind of trip planning. I feel like I get to enjoy a trip three times -- once while planning the itinerary, once while actually on the trip, and afterward enjoying the memories. -Jean

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    1. Sometimes the planning is the best part...nothing has gone wrong yet.

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  11. drat! I must have hit the wrong button---my other comment didn't come through. SO glad you are planning your trip & getting ready....thank you for taking us all along! I love to travel vicariously & we are planning some short trips of our own soon.

    You definitely deserve all the fun & it's not to early to start packing! (well, maybe a little early!)

    We are excited to see you in August!

    pam

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    1. We have to be careful what we put in the RV...it will melt before we get out of town in July. That tin can really heats up starting in late April.

      Yes, we see you during the trip.

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