Saturday, July 17, 2010

Epic Trip

We started planning this trip with just wanting to get out and visit our Grandmothers and other family, but it soon morphed into an Epic journey of crossing the United States.

We started this journey at the Puget Sound. Eventually we'll get to the Rhode Island Sound, so instead of going ocean to ocean, we're going sound to sound.

The kids actually started the journey about two hours before we left.  They were so excited they sat in the car, waiting for us to be ready and eating half the candy we had been saving for our trip.

Just traveling 9 hours from our home we saw mountains, plains, deserts, lakes, rivers, gorges, more mountains. It was amazing how fast the scenery changed. 

We stopped here by the Colombia Gorge for lunch.  We got out of the car and the first thing we saw was sign saying watch for rattlesnakes.  We braved the rattlesnake infested area and hiked all the way up to these statues. 

It was a little scary on the way up.  The ground was rocky/sandy.  It was even scarier on the way down.

After this picture was taken, Lura jumped off the rock, losing her balance and almost fell down the cliff.  It was a looooooooooooonnnngggg way down.

Everyone made it up there. Sam stopped a quarter of the way up because he didn't want to see the horses and it was really, really hot. (We were shocked by how hot it was, just 1 hour before we had stopped at a fruit stand and it had been nice and cool, perfect weather).  Sam eventually made his way up, but only because he demanded to know why it was taking us 20 min.

We made it to Missoula last night and will spend the next couple of days in Yellowstone.