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Planning Two More Trips This Year(2017)

With our next trip fully planned, a 14 day driving jaunt of 4000 miles that covers thirteen states, I have been planning two more trips.  One a 9-day cross country visit to the Washington D.C. area and a four day 100th birthday party trip for my Dad in Minnesota. 

Washington D.C. Trip

Image result for photo washington mallWe decided to stay in the United States this year as the flights to Europe are such a pain.  If I could afford first class air fare, things wouldn’t be so painful but, the cost for this addition doubles the price of the trip.  What a pain. 

So instead, we decided to head to the center of our Federal Government, Washington D.C..  This will be our third trip there but we feel we have barely scratched the surface of the things to see. 

This trip will be very different from prior trips.  We will not have a car.  We will be using Uber, We rented a one bedroom apartment in the suburbs within walking distance of supermarkets, restaurants and the train system that will take us directly into Washington, D.C. within in 20 minutes.  The cost of of our apartment is 1/2 or less than a hotel in D.C., we will be saving a chunk of $$$$ on food with our own kitchen and no rental car or parking costs.  This is how we do it on our trips to Europe so we figured we might as well see how it works here the United States.

100th Birthday Party(Minnesota)

20170429_121009We will be making our third trip this year to Minnesota, this time for Dad’s 100th birthday.  Four days with our daughter, we traveled there with our son earlier this year,

The cost for airfare to Minnesota is more than to Washington D.C.. Plus, renting a car is key as we must drive 100+ miles to the small farm town where Dad lives. 

We are all looking forward to this trip as we are expected see a good part of the community who are always supportive to family and friends. 

More later. 



Planning…Trip 4 of the Year 2017…Driving to Minnesota

I have often said, “Planning for a trip is at least as fun as taking the trip itself.”  That is what I have been doing the last few days for our two week driving trip to Minnesota.

2017 is the 100 year celebration for our family.  Dad will be 100 years old in November and he is really excited.  He was hoping he could celebrate it with Mom but she passed on  three years ago and will be celebrating in spirit with him and the family.

I am planning to visit Dad four times this year year if all goes well and the trip I am planning is a 14 day round trip from California to Minnesota.  Just got back two weeks ago from a four day turn around fly in visit to Dad with my son Jeff.  It was a great trip and even “enjoyed” the snow in May.  Dang that global warming.

Now about the planning for this trip.  Read an article about traveling in this year.  They recommended Europe as a good place as the dollar buys much more there than in the past.  Part of that reason is the ISIS terrorists are expected to be hitting Europe this year hard especially in tourist hotspots.  Americans will be staying home for vacation.

My planning, especially in hotels/motels, sure are showing that is true.  Our last driving trip cross country, October 2015, down highway 10 to New Orleans, had the cost of hotel rooms around $90 including tax per night for 2-3 star rooms.  This trip?  $120 per night.  At least a 25% increase.  I expect a 35% increase in the cost of food on the road as well.  The only thing that is less expensive will be gas.  Once you leave California, gas will be less than it was two years ago.  Plus, my gas powered Honda CRV gets and average of 35 MPG.

Getting my CRV oil changed and tires rotated next week.  Getting excited about this trip.


Salt Lake City, Day 1, March 22, 2015

Spring trip!  The first big trip of the year.  We decided that we wanted to drive to Salt Lake City/Park City area this year.  We stopped at a great hotel in Provo last year and we’re heading back there for three nights.

cracker barrelWe took off from home about 7 a.m. grabbed a quick breakfast at McD’s…been doing that for 20 years…and headed straight through to St George, Ut and our favorite road restaurant, Cracker Barrel.  It was Sunday Dinner(lunch) and it was fried chicken time.  Oh my goodness.  Best ever. 

Filled up with gas at Costco for $2.30 gallon a dollar and 10 cents less than Cali.  Oh yes food at least third less than good old Cali as well.  Another reason to smile on this trip.

An hour later we are at 6500 feet in Cedar City, Utah with snow capped mountains all around us.  Oh yes, 37.6 mpg for Honda CRV.  Great first day. 



Brothers Traveling Together 2011…Day 9

Vern Kathys HouseWe are on our way home.  We packed up the car and went down to Vern and Kathy to say goodbye, thank them and have a light breakfast.  We were on our way by 7 AM and had a 489 mile drive on highway 95, aRoad Fix two laner. 

We drove out of the river valley up into the wheat fields of Idaho.  We then started up a long climb up a mountain range and then plunged into Hell’s Canyon and the roaring salmon river.  What a drive and what a  view.  We stopped in Weiser, UT at the Behive Café where we had the best hamburger we had for 20 years. 

Hell's Canyon1 We then drove through Southern Utah’s potato and onion country…a slow process with all of the farm traffic.  Finally into the high desert of Oregon and Northern Nevada.Hell's canyon4  A couple of large mule deer slowly ambled across HI way 95 and we had to slow down to miss them.  Finally we arrived in Winnemucca, NV for the night.  A long day.  One more to go.

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Posted by on October 12, 2011 in idaho, Nevada



Brothers Traveling Together 2011…Day 8

snakeclearUp at 630 AM and down to Vern and Kathy for breakfast.  Dave, Vern, and Kathy headed out fishing and caught 5 more steelhead while I headed out to Moscow, Idaho and the University of Idaho.  On the way to Moscow, I took some photos of the confluence of the pulpmillClearwater and the Snake rivers as they meet in Lewiston, ID. 

Lewiston is dominated by a huge pulp plant.  The sky opened up and it started to rain on my way to the U of Idaho.  It was a very nice campus with a mixture of new and old buildings that were very well kept.  uofi3The people on the campus treated me very well and I enjoyed touring the basketballuofi5 facilities.  One of our basketball players, Jason Johnson, is touring the campus this month.


moonI headed back to Vern and Kathy’s place and we took an hours rest and then headed to the Nes Perz Indian museum. Very interesting .  Went out to eat at the Rooster Restaurant in Clarkston, WA.  Good food.  We are about packed for our trip home tomorrow.  We could see the moon through the clouds as we headed to the boathouse.  

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Posted by on October 12, 2011 in idaho, Washington, weather



Brothers Traveling Together 2011…Day 7

fishing1Up at 6 AM and down for a hearty Idaho breakfast with Vern and Kathy.  I slept like a log but Dave who had the cot said he did not sleep so well.  I offered to trade with himfishing3 tonight…he gets the queen size bed…and I would get the cot.  He said no and wants to try the couch.

Kathy made homemade pumpkin pancakes and pork sausage.  Nearly everything they eat is homemade and grown on their land.  Kathy guaranteed that the pancakes would be hold us till mid afternoon.  They did!

044The weather was overcast but dry as we loaded the jet boat on to the trailer and headed down the road to unload it near the best fishing hole on the Clearwater River.  Unloaded we did and in spite of Vern’s warning that catching one steelhead a day041 was great fishing, the fish went wild.  Vern caught the first fish, an 8 pounder;  Dave caught 3 in a row all around 5-7 pounds, and then bang!!!! I battled in a 15 pounder.  What a thrill!  Dave caught 2 more 5-7 pounders, and Vern a trout, and it was two in the afternoon and we were hungry.  All of the beautiful steelheads were released as per law.  What a thrill.

058We headed up the river in the jet boat and shot through two small sets of rapids and moored the boat below their house. We headed up the steep trail and Kathy had a big lunch waiting for us.  She had been working in their raised garden.jeffs fish  We put on their TV and starting watching the baseball playoffs and you can imagine after 6 hours of pulling in the hardest fighting fish in the world, the clearest air in the world, on a full stomach, we fell asleep in the three big recliners.  What a life. 

We headed out again and fished two hours on the river just below their house from 5-7 PM and the fish were still in their recliners.  We had a 061great dinner meal of 3 inch thick grilled pork chops, home made beans, a baked potato and a salad.  We could not eat the homemade apple crisp so Kathy said, “This will go good for breakfast.”

It was a great day and we can’t say enough about Vern and Kathy’s hospitality.  The only negative is that time is going too fast.

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Posted by on October 10, 2011 in Driving, idaho



Brothers Traveling Together 2011…Day 4

001We had a great trip to Vern and Kathy’s003 home.  Pretty much all 2 lane all the way. It was dark when we left Portland and we headed up the Colombia River.   up, it was clear that it reminded me of the Rhine River in Germany but about 3 times as wide.  Libby and I stayed on the Rhine in an apartment for two weeks last year.  Dave and I noticed that there were many vineyards on the Washington side of the Columbia River and other crops on the Oregon side. 

008As we made it up the Colombia, we saw a sign for Walla Walla, Washington wow, it was a surprise and a joy.  Great food, wine, onions and great weather.  The town has two colleges, a minor league league baseball team the “Sweets”, many candy and wine009 stores.  A real find.

We passed through about 5 small villages in the countryside before we reached the Idaho borders.  We got our fishing licenses and then headed out to Vern and Kathy’s gorgeous river home.


It is a beautiful location.  After a long visit, Vern started the BBQ and fresh salmon went on the grill.  With that we had fresh tomatoes and lettuce out of the garden, home made rice, and finished the meal off with a fresh baked rhubarb piece alamode. 020

We all talked into the evening and then headed up road to their “boat house” where we slept.  What a  fun day.

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Posted by on October 10, 2011 in Driving, idaho, oregon, Washington, weather