The last bus trip
The first day we drove and drove until we got to Oregon. It was not oo
much fun. When we got to Oregon we started looking for place to stay.
Our usual campground at Champoeg was full. The other options were rv
park right nect to the freeway and a motel. We chose a motel.
Next morning we packed our stuff up and went to a park to have some
breakfast. We ended up staying for a while because there was a really
Swinging in Wilsonville, Oregon
There was a giant slide
At one point we had to leave though. At one gas station we bought some
ice and Liisa loved having acube of it in a mug and playing with it.
We drove down to the coast and unpacked for the night.
David cooked some dinner while I played with Liisa
After dinner we went down to the beach
It was foggy (is the coast ever clear there?) and the sun was setting
Liisa loved the sand (and no, she is not eating it on this picture, she
was beyond her sand-eating days already)
The light ws disappearing fast so we headed back to the campground
That night it rained so Liisa could try on her new rain boots first
thing in the morning
it was a lot of fun to stomp in the puddles
I tried to convince her that we don´t touch the water
but she didn´t agree..
But it wasn´t too bad, because we had to go and shower anyway.
After washing we packed the stuff up and went off onto the road again.
After driving for a while we stopped for lunch in a small state park.
David made scrambled eggs, Liisa crawled around and I rested.
It was warm and sunny and the lake was far enough that Liisa
didn´t have to try and run for it constantly. After some resting
we were off to the road again and soon stopped for the night at another
campground by the ocean.
In the morning Liisa helped us pack
It was a nice and warm day
But California was calling us and pretty soon we buckled Liisa in and
The ocean actually looked blue as opposed to the usual gray of Oregon.
Everything was really nice until suddenly Liisa became sick and threw
up. After a clean up and a change of clothes we drove to the nearest
town and stopped for lunch (if you can call some jo-jos and breaded
chicken breast from the deli counter a lunch, that is. I felt so crummy
afterwards (that´s what mostly organic whole food diet does to
you) that I had to drink tons of water and eat some fruit to feel like
a person again).
Liisa helped David pack the extra provisions. We drove on into
and had instantly some bad luck finding accommodation. The youth hostel
we tried was full, the campground we tried next was also full. The
closest campground was 30 miles away and Liisa was done with being in
the car. While we contemplated the situation at the full campground two
men from Lake Chelan area offered the use of their site as an
extra vehicle. Thank you! They were gone by the time we got up in the
morning and we never had a chance to properly say thank you.
David made some coffee and we ate.
Liisa crawled in the dirt for a while and then decided to have a snack
And then we packed up and went to look at some really big trees. They
were so big that it was impossible to take a picture of the whole tree,
even lying down didn´t do it
This one doesn´t look so big, right?
not too bad yet
up close it is still a giant
Liisa had to repeat saying ¨puu, puu¨ [tree, tree]
This tree I am exploring looks like three trees but is really one. I
climbed a little ways up to the poin where it branches.
This here is called the ¨Big Tree¨
Liisa definately enjoyed the whole climbing experience
This is what redwood bark looks like. I had really hoped to see seqoias
but it turned out that you can only see redwoods on the coast. The
giant seqoias grow only in the Sierra Nevada mountains, quite a
distance from where we were..
We turned the weels back towards Washington. When Liisa fell asleep I
sat to the front of the bus (usually I ride in the back with her).
On the way back we drove through the inland so we didn´t see any
more of the ocean. Had I known that I would have touched it before, but
it was too late now.
Before long we were back in Oregon. That night we stayed at the
dingiest motel ever. We had planned to camp but Liisa threw up again (I
think it came from food) and we had to wash the carseat cover.
Liisa discovered money.
Next morning we drove off pretty early for us. We soon stopped for a
proper breakfast and after that ended up playing on the city playground
for quite a while.
Next to the playground was a covered bridge
After a semilong drive and a good night sleep we drove on and stopped
for lunch in the same town we did on the second day. Liisa was happy to
visit the Wilsonville park again.
This time we tried the see-saw
In the end even I had to join :)
That night we stopped in a state park in Washington. It was our best
night of the trip. And it was even better that we got home one day
early and could rest :)