Our trip to CA, OR and WA

 

Jon and I woke up bright and early on June 30th and scrambled to get all of our Monday morning responsibilities on the site done before starting our journey to Crescent City California to visit his family.

I figured out Sunday night who the COW award winners were for the week and got my post written so that all I had to do was publish on Monday morning. Our children were already in Crescent City because their grandparents had taken a trip to Montana and on their way back through Boise they collected the kids and took them home with them on the 20th of June.

So Jon and I got a mini vacation (10 days) without our two daughters before hitting the road. Do you know how much nicer it is to drive for 11 hours in a car without kids? It was pure enjoyment. We have not been away from our children for more then 1 or 2 nights since we started having them 7 years ago so this was and amazing break that we took full advantage of.

We spent 10 days in Crescent City with his family and then started our journey North to go see my side of the family in Portland OR. We were only there for a night and a afternoon before heading up to my big sisters cabin in the woods by Mt. ST. Helens.

I was pretty nervous about being at the cabin because up until that point I was able to keep working as usual and I was about to venture out of Internet access territory.

Jon had done some research ahead of time on the Sprint coverage map and had an idea that if we hiked to the top of one of the mountains in the area that we would be able to get a signal and maybe do a forum check. We got to the top of this mountain after a 3 mile hike and found that we were wrong and that we had just spent our time getting some really great exercise and an amazing view.

We did travel to a Wi Fi area 45 minutes from the cabin on Saturday night to do a quick forum check. I only made it through about 20 posts on my handheld before deciding to just relax and get caught when we got home. At that point there were 8 pages of threads to catch up on which meant that there were 70 to 80 threads to read and my handheld is really slow at loading pages.

We said goodbye to our family on Sunday and traveled home, it was so nice to sleep in my own bed again.

It is also really nice to be getting caught up with work.

Miss POI

That is some beautiful country...

and wait til you are the grand-parent... The new avatar is my newest's first birthday...

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Wow

Wow, Crescent City. I went there once. Went to the Aquarium (inside a boat). Pretty isolated but nice area away from all the smog and traffic.

Without the children

Without the children in the car you obviously had no need for the Rest Areas ! wink

I hope you did assist by checking for Rest Areas along the Highways & byways !

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Sure They Did

MrKenFL wrote:

I hope you did assist by checking for Rest Areas along the Highways & byways !

Sure they did, Ken. wink Every rest stop was dead-on with your file. wink No errors. wink

I'll bet they were too busy enjoying the trip without the kids to even notice. laugh out loud

Did Miss POI even mention using a GPS in her vacation blog? rolleyes

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Dead end

I did forget to mention that the GPS got us to all of our destinations perfectly except for one time.

Jon was driving along following the GPS and then found himself in the middle of a hotel parking lot and wasn't really sure how he had gotten there.

It was very funny that he was just relying on the GPS and not paying attention to the fact that he didn't really know that he was turning off the road and going into a parking lot. I was laughing so hard and was really excited that we had a funny story to tell.

I guess that just shows how far behind I am on my work and how I am struggling to get on top of everything again.

Ken, the GPS that we use on trips is a StreetPilot 2610 so I only get to use the factory installed files. I will make sure to use a different unit next time we take a trip.
Miss POI

Lucky

Good thing the wrong turn wasn't onto a set of railroad tracks! razz

What is it MM says - co-pilot not auto-pilot.

A 2610?!? Maybe we should all chip in and buy Miss POI & Jon some updated technology.

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Tampa, FL - Garmin nüvi 660 (Software Ver 4.90), 2019.30 CN NA NT maps | Magellan Meridian Gold

Mystery POI?

miss poi wrote:

I did forget to mention that the GPS got us to all of our destinations perfectly except for one time.

Jon was driving along following the GPS and then found himself in the middle of a hotel parking lot and wasn't really sure how he had gotten there.

It was very funny that he was just relying on the GPS and not paying attention to the fact that he didn't really know that he was turning off the road and going into a parking lot. I was laughing so hard and was really excited that we had a funny story to tell.

Miss POI

You must have been following one of the POI's I submitted smile

Miss POI lives in the dark ages sometimes

Gary A wrote:

A 2610?!? Maybe we should all chip in and buy Miss POI & Jon some updated technology.

I know I tend to choose to live in the dark ages and a few months or years behind the pack. I will be getting a new Nuvi soon. I love reading about all the exciting things that are coming out on these units.

We have quite a few other models that we play with, I just really like my 2610.

Miss POI

Can you hear me now?

miss poi wrote:

Jon had done some research ahead of time on the Sprint coverage map and had an idea that if we hiked to the top of one of the mountains in the area that we would be able to get a signal and maybe do a forum check. We got to the top of this mountain after a 3 mile hike and found that we were wrong and that we had just spent our time getting some really great exercise and an amazing view.

Miss POI

Well here is a plug for the company I retired from, after my recent trip of a month and a half and 12600 miles thru more states than I care to remember I got to say that Verizon has all of them beat, my traveling buddy had a Nextel and he lost coverage as soon as we passed thru Michigan and never got it back until we got to Arizona on the return leg of the trip, to then loose it again in New Mexico and part of Texas.

All thru Illinois, Idaho, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Canada, Alaska and all the way down to the I-10 corridor my Verizon had service.

Now that Verizon has purchased back Alltel they have an awesome coverage area

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Welcome home!

Sound like a wonderful trip. smile

Washington. I miss Washington. sad

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nüvi 750 & 760

Trains a'coming

Gary A wrote:

Good thing the wrong turn wasn't onto a set of railroad tracks! razz

What is it MM says - co-pilot not auto-pilot.

A 2610?!? Maybe we should all chip in and buy Miss POI & Jon some updated technology.

Something I didn't want to hear stopped at a jammed up intersection: "Honey, what's that light coming down the track toward us?" I blew through the intersection going in the wrong lane, but lived!