- there's nothing to see between here and there (sorry Eastern Washington, Eastern Oregon, Southern Idaho and Northern Utah). Trust me, after the first couple of times you've made that trip there is nothing near the freeway worth stopping to see. Alright, I'm exaggerating - a bit. There is a lovely stretch in Eastern Oregon between Pendleton and LaGrande. It's lovely as long as it isn't snowing...which we've had happen to us there as late as early April.
- kids. I'm pretty sure that Dante missed one of the levels of Hell. I'm sure there is one reserved for being confined in an automobile with kids. For extra bad people, the air conditioner has stopped working.
- did I mention there's nothing to see?
- did I mention driving with kids?
Lest you get the impression that the trip is just a nightmare, I will say that I have gotten lots of reading done when it was my turn to be passenger. I'm exceedingly grateful that I don't get carsick on the freeway, otherwise the trip would be a nightmare.Last October my daughter, son-in-law, and 4 grandchildren under the age of 7, moved from Washington to Charleston, South Carolina, a distance of nearly 3,000 miles. They made the trip in 6 1/2 days. Six and a half days of being cooped up in a mini-van with six people. I'm so impressed that they made it. There's no way I'm driving out to visit. *I'll be taking to the friendly skies.
*since writing this, Dr. van der Stevejinck has booked flights for us to go to S.C....in 10 days! Yes, it's great, I'm excited, thrilled, overwhelmed...now I have to find a substitute for my class. I'll be even more excited, thrilled and perhaps a little less overwhelmed when I've done that.