2/19/2011

Road Trip: Eastern Washington to Sacramento, CA

We spent the first night in Bend, Oregon, where we happened by a bed and breakfast called the Mill Inn. It was within walking distance of Old Town Bend and about six blocks from the Deschutes Brew Pub (picture at left), where we planned to eat dinner. We’d already visited the Deschutes Brewery, and after having more beer with dinner, we weren’t about to drive anywhere! It was risky enough as we made our way back through a blizzard and slipped and slid on icy sidewalks. 

The main industry in Bend is tourism. If you love vacations that include hiking, fishing, camping, skiing, snowmobiling and beautiful scenery, this is the place to go.

Between central Oregon (Bend) and Redding, CA, we drove on compact snow and ice. It was tedious to say the least, and besides that, a blizzard made visibility poor. I would’ve loved to have seen Upper Klamath Lake when the sun was shining, and also Mt. Shasta. Maybe on the trip back.

When we finally got through what we thought was the end of bad roads, we stopped at Weed, CA, for a latte and a sweet treat and to congratulate ourselves. Little did we know.  

Our misery had only just begun. We started up a little hill, which turned out to be a major mountain pass, and were stuck immediately in stalled traffic. Literally, miles’ worth, and literally hundreds of semi trucks had stopped on the road, as they were required to chain up. Cars didn't need to, but neither could we get through the traffic jam. When we finally got over the pass, we saw the same thing in the opposing lanes, only the lines of trucks went on for many miles more.

We’re now in Sacramento for the business part of our journey. Monday morning, we’ll head to San Francisco, about an hour away. We went to SF for our honeymoon, and would like to revisit Fisherman’s Wharf and see if we can order Lobster Thermidor in a swank restaurant. It probably won't cost $7.00 this time. We’ll visit the Redwood Forest and drive up into Napa Valley wine country. We'll pretty much retrace our steps, except we decided UC Berkeley wasn't on our list. The Hippie movement and Vietnam Protests have been dead and buried for decades. No need to see what's up at Berkeley ... 

My single, most important “must see” is the ocean. It’s not warm enough for swimming, but my astrological sign is Cancer. I am a moonchild who loves the sea. I live on rolling wheat fields and when the wheat is tender and the wind blows through it, it looks like an ocean of grass.

Even so, I like to see water as often as possible. It's the perfect objective correlative for our subconscious minds, inspiring right-brained thought and deep insights.

17 comments:

  1. You had me at "bed and breakfast" but then I was salivating by "brewery." What a great trip!

    So nice to meet you today, Catherine!

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  2. I love that area! My grandparents lived in Alta, CA, just down from Donner Pass, so I'm familiar with those places where the trucks need chains, and those runaway truck lanes. (What's scary is when you see tracks in the grave and know a truck actually needed to use one!) It's such a breathtakingly beautiful area!

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  3. Hey Crusader!

    I thought I'd drop by your blog, seeing as how you were kind enough to comment on mine. I appreciate how you feel about the ocean. I'm Pisces and the best feeling ever is to be by the sea :)

    I look forward to getting to know you and your writing :D

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  4. Wow, sounds like you're having an adventure! I've never been to Bend, but my family visisted the Oregon coast (saw the seals and seastacks) and we loved it :)

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  5. Hi Crusader! I'm making the rounds and wanted to stop by. Nice to meet you.

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  6. I have always wanted to go to the west coast! Apart from the blizzard, sounds wonderful.

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  7. Love Bend, haven't been there in a decade, you're a terrific travel writer! Those can be treacherous roads, for sure. The place I stayed in Bend had a video feed from a 24/7 camera on the pass back into Portland. And I'm wondering if you're my era, with your UC Berkeley comments? Baby Boomer and Crusader here, checking out member blogs. Looking forward!

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  8. You don't go swimming on the Oregon coast - your whole body would turn blue!

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  9. I'm crusading with ya. YOU'RE ON VACA? Bed and Breakfast? Waaahaaaaa I wanna come.

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  10. My comment. Did the gnomes get it?? To be continued...

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  11. Are those sandpipers on the shore? I have myself been to SF and loved my drive up and down the coast. WE didn't get farther than Lake Tahoe (got lost in a casino, my first time) but were amazed by the redwoods, the beaches, and particularly some protected tide pools that were the high point of the trip. Happy Crusading. I will enjoy reading about your exploits!

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  12. Great pics. Looks mega chilly though, I prefer warmth myself :O)

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  14. I love a good road trip. My husband and I honeymooned in Newport, OR and I'd love to go back and drive down the coast into Cali. Have fun with the rest of your trip! :) Fellow crusader here ~

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  15. Oregon sounds so nice! I would love to go visit.

    But... I think I'll rather go in the summer - which works, since it will be in my winter.

    ;-)

    PS I have an award for you on my blog.

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  16. Sounds like a great trip! I love that part of the country! Enjoy it, and crusade on!

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