About a month ago I shared that my family and I had been planning a road trip. We finally got to leave yesterday and were excited to finally have our vacation start! I thought it’d be fun to share some highlights with you every couple days or so on the fun things we’re seeing and doing.
Our next stop was Salem, Oregon. It just so happened we were there in time for the tour of the tower that takes you up to the top. So of course, we did it. (I’m not one to turn down free entertainment, after all!)
Once you get up there, you get a closer look at that gold statue at the top of the building. This guy is the Oregon Pioneer, but I kind of like to think of him as the prince of Oregon.
We then had a scenic drive across to Bend, Oregon where we stayed the night. You can read my review of the Bend Grocery Outlet store, if you’re interested. It was a very nice town and we hope to come again!
This morning we hit up the Lava Tube which is near Bend. Have you ever been? If not, it’s worth stopping at. It costs $5 per day to visit and you can rent lanterns for $5 (which yes, you DO need because it’s pitch black in there)! We had our lantern with so we saved the $5. It’s also like a refrigerator in there, so coats or jackets are needed!
For “fun,” Terry turned out the lantern a couple times to see how dark it was. It was kind of disturbing and made me hope that the batteries were good and strong on our lantern. We agreed that headlamps would have made our experience better. So if you’re planning: bring headlamps!
We also felt some drippings on us while we were walking which was unnerving. I later learned – much to my relief! – it was just water. Not bats.
At about noon, we boogied out of Bend and cut across Eastern Oregon towards our next stop, Boise. (Yup, another capitol.) We’d never been through this part of Oregon and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the scenery! Just stunning! I also spotted these horses drinking down by a river. Any chance they could be wild? I didn’t see a ranch anywhere around. Do wild horses even live in Oregon?
I have to say, I’m LOVING our choice of renting a car! We ended up renting through Hertz which was a good choice because they offer unlimited miles. Ultimately, we decided on renting something that would be more comfortable and reliable than our current vehicles. For this trip, we’re enjoying a GMC Arcadia, which is a 7-passenger SUV. If you’re planning a road trip, you might want to check out their coupons & discounts available or get a quote.
The kids definitely have more room to spread out with all their things too. In this picture, we’d recently crossed into Idaho, and they promptly started singing “Idaho” repeatedly to the tune of the theme song from Nintendo’s Mario. (I hope we don’t have a repeat performance when we cross into Nevada tomorrow.)
Our first stop in Idaho was Boise to guess where? Yup, the capitol building. If you look really, really, really close… you might see my kids up there on the stairs.
My husband is insisting we walk the grounds around each of the capitol buildings and taking lots of family pictures, such as this.
For dinner, I found this place called The Piper Pub & Grill and of course, we had to go there because Piper also happens to be my daughter’s name. The food was good and reasonably priced.
Check out these beef fingers my husband ordered. Apparently they’re like fish sticks, only with steak in them:
Tonight’s dinner came to $41 with the tip and I was also happy because breakfast was free at our hotel and we pretty much skipped lunch, instead opting to snack on fruit, drinks, trail mix, crackers, and the like we picked up at Grocery Outlet. Not only did this save money it saved time as we didn’t have to make a single stop between Bend and Boise!
Tomorrow’s plan is to drive south to Nevada and then cut across to Salt Lake City, Utah for guess what… yes! Another capitol building! We’ll be there for a couple days. Any suggestions of any not-to-miss sites or museums?