Friends, i'll be honest with you. I am just not a road trip kind of a gal, but there are times you just have to put on your big girl panties, be a little uncomfortable and do things that you know will make your family happy because you are creating memories that will last a life time.
Our first stop was McMinville Oregon. Doesn't that sound exciting? :-)
My bestie Jenny suggested we stop at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. I knew Jeff would enjoy it, but not certain if the girls would. Fortunately we had a carrot to dangle in front of them. If they could endure the museum, their reward would be the enormous indoor water park situated on the same location. It was AMAZING! Can't even count the endless number of war planes, but the most intriguing was the Spruce Goose, built by Howard Huges for World War II.
The water park was a fabulous way to end the day. It literally was a downscaled version of the Great Wolf Lodge. We closed the place down at eight o-clock with three exhausted girlies.
|Spruce Goose behind us.|
|Look at what we followed in Oregon! The Oscar Mayer wiener mobile!|
Headed over to Newport Oregon the next morning to visit the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
Hopped back in the van and headed toward Crescent City but not before stopping at Bandon Dunes. It was between 5:30 and 6 pm and the best Dad in the world suggested they go for a swim in the ocean....the FREEZING COLD ocean. Mommy tried her best to hold her tongue and those girls didn't bat a lash. It was not a warm day friends. The proof is by what i have on. Yes....just another great memory being made.
|Nope....not gonna do it!|
|She was squealing because it was still alive and she could feel it moving!|
|Jeff admitted after our trip that his feet were numb. |
So handsome and smart NOT to tell me while the girls were in the water. :-)
|A well deserved rest after having to put up with four crazy women in the car.|
|I may have no shoes on, but i was COLD!|
|Even the clover are ginormous!|
|Closest thing to the splits i'll ever be able to do. :-)|
We were only there for the night before we had to head out to get Jeff to school by 4:30. Best Daddy in the world got up early to get in a little fishing for his girlies and made sure Mommy got at least two hours by the pool. We made it to Berkeley in just the nick of time....4 pm. :-) Part of the adventure of a road trip, right???....to make every single minute of it CRAZY!
|This was in our room.|
The phone was attached to the wall and had a cord and it still worked!
So no....our hotel did not offer foo-foo drinks with silly little umbrellas in them. :-)
|75 degrees at 10 am! My kind of place!|
|Blurry? Who cares!|
This is Olympian Missy Franklin!!!!
|Mid afternoon snack!|
|Why does the biggest and strongest look like she's having a hard time, when hers is the easiest? :-)|
|Peeking at Alcatraz|
|Grace got called up during a magic show.|
|And i love it when grown-ups do this!|
|It was no Disneyland, but still pretty incredible.|
Jeff and those crazy girlies went on just about anything that would go completely upside down!
|Drop to your death....NO THANKS!|
|YES....this is totally upside down and more than once!|
|Do you see a trend here?|
If you are an Allen, you only do rides with your hands up in the air.
How about surprise horse back riding lessons in Redding? Jeff's great idea!
|Thank you to Alicia Ryan, the owner of NorCal Trail Rides for such an amazing experience.|
The girls were on their own after only one hour!
Arrived home around 5 pm on Monday night just to get the girls cleaned up and to bed before school the next morning!
A Summer to remember....that's for sure!
|First Day of School ~ September 2012|
A 6th, 1st and 3rd grader!