The United States Journey Continues.
August 31st marked our return to the open road after a pleasant pause. We’d been holding down the fort for our son and daughter-in-law, spoiling their sweet pets as they enjoyed their vacation.
Three quick weeks later, we were back at the airport, welcoming them back home. After a celebratory dinner with delightful chitchatting, it was time for goodbyes again. We then headed to Hillsboro’s Extended Stay America hotel for some last-minute preparation and a quiet, comfortable evening.
The next day, we hit the road early at 8 a.m. sharp, knowing a long drive awaited. We got a familiar question crossing the California border: “Any fresh produce?” This time, we didn’t. We had learned our lesson since our delicious cherries had met their sad fate at another border checkpoint a few weeks prior.
Friday, September 1, 2023, The 1st Leg: Driving to Redding, CA.
Reaching the Red Roof Hotel in Redding around 5 p.m., the rain continued its downpour and forced us to abandon our usual post-travel walk. Instead, we embraced a cozy evening with microwaved home-cooked goodness, warm blankets, and catching up with our favorite shows.
Saturday, September 2, 2023,The 2nd Leg, Driving to Grizzly Flats, CA
Thankfully, the next day brought sunshine and clear skies. We enjoyed a smooth drive. By 4 p.m., we had settled into our welcoming Airbnb in Grizzly Flats, CA.
We had enjoyed our break in Hillsboro to recharge, unwind, and catch up with our Portland friends, but now we were also excited to start the second part of exploring new United States horizons.