With Thanksgiving approaching we were up in the air about what we wanted to do this year.
We were so indecisive. I was indecisive. My husband was just waiting to see what I wanted to do.
Our soon-to-be parents were staying in Northern Idaho and sharing dinner with their orphaned friends.
Our newest newlyweds made plans to be here...
|Playa del Carmen, Mexico|
Our older son was working through the holiday weekend. Their late building start and getting organized in Bliss means now as winter weather is imminent the work load increases to 6 and 7 days a week. His wife and son would be spending the day with her family.
With my work schedule I am scheduled the day after Thanksgiving. I'm not a Black Friday shopper. Had no major desire to be out with the crowds. When enough of the surgeons turned in their block time and the schedule was emptying, I knew I could have the day off.
My waffling continued... "let's just stay home". Mike didn't want me to be depressed if we ended up spending the day along. I couldn't promise not to be sad. I love spending time with my family. Having them scattered in the winds, it would probably not be my favorite day.
Decision made. We were going on the road.
We made a hotel reservation for our favorite overnight place in Cascade Locks, Oregon along the Columbia River and headed over when I got off work Wednesday. Feeling good about the holiday we asked a surprised drive-thru clerk if we could pay for the dinner of the car behind us. I'm sure they would have ordered more if they thought that was a possibility.
The trip was uneventful... we stopped to switch drivers. I should have guessed as I started to drive and the chilly sky was spitting moisture, it would only get more intense. Driving from La Grande to Pendleton was like special affects from a Star Wars movie. I could barely see the road, trying to follow a car in front of me when the tire tracks were disappearing. At times with the snow coming at the windshield it felt like we were standing still. Once through the Blue Mountains we were again blessed with clear sky and stars. Our arrival to our hotel was rewarded with a bottle of wine.
|Paper cups? No worries.|
Thursday morning we woke to cool temperatures to start our Thanksgiving day. We enjoyed our breakfast and coffee and headed for our first stop of the day.
|Crossing Columbia River from Oregon to Washington|
|Some of the Oregon Shaws - my sister-in-law Kevin, niece Jorgan and great-niece Savannah|
|Centralia Deli - the calm between the crowds|
|With our DIL Debbie and good friend Linda|
It was a whirlwind trip over and back - filled with very special time with family and friends. You just have to take advantage of every opportunity.