Monday, June 30, 2014

Moab to John Day, Oregon

Day Three was a lot of driving and not much of anything to talk about. We did stop just short of Salt Lake for lunch and you may not be able to guess where.

I'm sure a certain member of the Platt family will know......

After shopping and lunch, we decided to push on to Twin Falls, Idaho in an attempt to shorten the next day's drive.

The first rain we had on the trip was this day!

The potato fields of Idaho

We did our first ever Walmart boondock and, I have to say, I will have to stop dissing Walmart so much after this! We were able to replenish some groceries and have a place to sleep for free by using their parking lot. Up and off the next morning for another, not so much long as boring, drive into the center of the eastern part of Oregon.

Right after we crossed into Oregon, we checked Gas Buddy and saw that diesel was being posted at $3.72 . Having run down to half a tank, we decided to fill it up while we could get a good price. For those of you that don't know, in Oregon you are not allowed to pump your own gas. So we thought $3.72 and having someone else do the work was a pretty good deal. Not! We learned that that price was "with PUC", some kind of discount accorded to truckers. Talk about a grumpy old man – Sid discovered the real price of $4.03 when he went to pay! He asked if they had an AARP discount, a military discount or a senior discount! The cashier was not amused, but the people in line behind him were rolling on the floor with laughter!

Anyway, after filling up, we pushed on through the "mountains" (highest elevation was, I think, 5277) into (put what this valley's name is here). It looks very much like Colorado!

Knowing me, if I were dropped into this place, I would think it WAS Colorado and never find my way home! The big surprise of the day was when we got to John Day and arrived at our campsite. Clyde Holliday State Park is an oasis in the high desert. Our site is so private, with wonderful smelling bushes on one side and greenery on the other. The only downside is the mosquitoes! Been a long time since we've had to deal with those! The John Day river runs through the campground, so, of course, Sid had to drop a line this evening – the first of the trip.

 Up tomorrow is meeting our daughter-in-law's parents. We're looking forward to it, then off to Portland for the first of the children visits! I hope you keep reading – you never know what adventures might pop up!

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