Away We Go

Friends, readers, fans, haters — I’ll be away on vacation for the next couple of weeks, but that doesn’t mean I’ll be AWOL. My family has decided to emulate a bad Chevy Chase movie and take a classic American road trip this summer, by car, heading north to Canada. And I’ve decided, what the hay, I might as well blog about it.

We’re taking two reluctant teenagers with us, so I’ll get more than my daily recommended allowance of bitchin’ and moanin’. We’ll be traveling north on I-5 to Mount Shasta, Ashland, Eugene, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver (and maybe beyond, who knows?), and then back along the coast. Any recommendations on route will be greatly appreciated. We’ll be looking for any and all diversions from each other (just kidding … well, not really).

Pray for me, friends. Or, rather, pray for my fan belt.


6 thoughts on “Away We Go

  1. We’ve done a lot of road trips including Canada. Car ferries are great, some longer than others. Our last trip got us four ferry trips I think. One is straight north out of Idaho past the Glass House (built from embalming fluid bottles so just dark enough to intrigue the teens) on the Kootenai bay. It’s part of the highway system so is free and very pretty. We did Seattle ferries including the one from Port Angeles to Victoria. Road trips are always memorable even if they seem to be a stupid plan at the time. Take pictures!

  2. You’re on one of my favorite trips, my son and I took the same route a few years ago. When you get to Vancouver BC consider taking a ferry to the sunshine coast, Gibsons, Roberts Creek, Sechelt, and all the wonderful towns there. I want to move there one day, it’s just that awesome. Enjoy!

  3. I’m sure you know this, but for eating, especially with Angry Teenagers–Brewpubs! And if either or both ATs can drive, then you are in luck, because you can have a pint! Or two! You’re heading into Brewpub heaven. Have fun…

  4. Wildlife Safari is a non-profit AZA accredited Zoological Park dedicated to conservation, education and research since its inception in 1972.

    Wildlife Safari is a fun-filled family destination where you can view over 500 animals in their natural habitat, roaming freely as they do in the wild! Visitors to the park drive through a 4.5 mile trek to see animals from Africa, Asia and the America’s.  This unique setting offers many opportunities to get up close and personal with animals large and small.

    Safari Village is home to unique animals, a petting zoo, beautiful gardens, the Casbah Gift Shop, Safari Village Cafe’ and White Rhino Event Center.

    Wildlife Safari is a world-renowned medical and research facility. We are nationally recognized for our educational facility in veterinary and biological sciences and welcoming interns from all over the world.

    A favorite hang-out for Douglas County residents and great place to stop for the day as families travel along the I-5 corridor through southern Oregon.

    Come visit us and experience wildlife like no where else!
    Wildlife Safari
    1790 Safari Road
    Winston, OR 97496
    (541) 679-6761
    10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (October 1st to March 19th)
    9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (March 20th to October 1st)

    Peace to you, the wife and disgruntled offspring…. David Beaudry

  5. Good luck! Me, I took my son on Amtrack from San Jose to Minnesota – turned out way better than I thought it would! Look forward to your adventures!

  6. Hi Wallace,

    We’ve done that trip many times and the ferries are GREAT! To feed your teenagers, stop at any of the Black Bear Diners (Redding and Shasta) for BIG meals. for a tub and swim visit Jackson Hot Springs right out of Ashland on the way to Talent – great place to take a break and lots of good restaurants in Ashland. Aloha, Lorraine

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