Monday, August 4, 2014

August 4, 2014 - Monday through Idaho to Oregon

We woke to a rain-covered van and tent, so packing up took a bit more time than anticipated. But there was still time for a driving lesson on the streets of Picabo. Reed has his learner's permit and this morning he drove all over town. Luckily Randy survived!

 Today's Idaho journey was a beautiful trip through a remote and sparesely populated section of the U.S. The Sawtooth Mountains were on our right as we left Picabo, then we continued through high desert ranchland until we reached our destination in Meridian, ID - Dottie's house. Dottie is another of Bryn's former Santa Monica Mountains co-workers, and it was wonderful to catch up during the short visit during which she served us a delicious Thai chicken salad lunch. We also were able to spread out the tarp and tent in her driveway to dry. The time was way too short!
 We spent the rest of the day following parts of the Oregon Trail into Pendelton, Oregon. A new state for the Sportsmobile, we'll add the sticker soon. Dinner at Joe's Fiesta, a great little Mexican restaurant in the downtown area. We also saw the Seth Thomas clock tower at the Pendleton Courthouse. Randy is dwarfed by it. It has glassed-in clockworks at ground level so you can see, unsurprisingly, how the clock works.

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