North Dakota is the first one of a few states that we are visiting for the first time with our Airstream. It is really exciting to be venturing into new territory for us which hasn’t happened for a couple of years.
We left the Works family as we headed north into Montana along Interstate 15 heading towards Butte. As we did some research, we found that there was yet another awesome ghost town near the town of Dillon that seemed like a must see. As we are suckers for ghost towns, we could not pass it up.
On our way out of Oregon, we tried long and hard to figure out how we can make it out to Hell’s Canyon National Recreation Area in Idaho without adding a ton of miles to our travels. After a lot of research, we decided that it was not meant to be this time around. We found questionable cell reception at the campgrounds and the trip would likely have added several days to our visit. After all, we are not on vacation, this is our real day-to-day life and sacrifices are the norm.
As we left John Day, Oregon, we headed west towards Bend, Oregon. Our plan is to spend a little time in Portland as I fly back to Santa Barbara for a couple of days of work. Between here and there, we have a few stops along the way.
After leaving Goose Lake State Park we headed north to the small town of John Day, Oregon. It’s a pretty small town with less than 1,500 residents but it is just the type of place we were hoping to find.
As we continued to head north, we were determined to make it to Oregon. Driving from southern California to Oregon is a long haul. It is right up there with driving across west Texas. It takes just as much time to get to the Oregon border as it would be from here to Canada.
I am honored to be part of this month’s DELIGHT bundle from Be Wild and Free. If you haven’t heard of them, they have built an awesome community for homeschoolers. In this month’s bundle, I had a chance to join other mama’s that I admire, like @kristinrogers and @deannamccasland, and write about how we roadschool and adventure across the country with our three young children.
As usual, we don’t really have many plans until the last minute. Because we know that even if we try to plan something, things always come up to try to ruin that plan. We had thought about going to Alaska first. Then we thought maybe we head to Europe for the summer. At the end, we decided to finish off the rest of the 48 contiguous states in the country by heading to the northeast. First stop, back up the 395 towards the state of Oregon.
We first found each other a little over a year ago when they made the life changing decision to buy an airstream and take their family on the road. Our paths nearly crossed last winter in the southwest before they decided to plant new roots in Austin, Texas. We are really glad that we finally got to meet here in Connecticut as they are in the final stages of pulling up their old ones.
We can not thank Michelle enough for these AMAZING photos of the kids. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! And for the fabulous day we spent together. Hope our paths cross real soon.
You check out more photos of the kids here.
Well it is no secret that we are way behind on the blog but we are back in LA for a few weeks for the holidays so we will do our best to catch up. This goes all the way back to March 2014 when we spent some time at Sequoia National Park.
We exited Mojave National Preserve via Kelbaker Road and Interstate 40. Rather than taking I-40 west towards Barstow, we continued southbound on Kelbaker Road outside of Mojave and connected with the old Route 66.
We took the same route out of Page as we did last time we were there. Going north into Utah and meander along the Arizonia/Utah border all the way to St. George, Utah. We decided to stay the night at the Walmart while the Works continued on to Las Vegas.