We have found that getting out of town is sometimes the hardest thing to do. There is always one more thing that needs to be done and so you always leave 2 hours or more later than you planned.
To counter this we have started leaving the night before! We might get out late – and two hours later than we had planned – but it is still a day early. We might not even get very far. But the next morning there is nothing left to do but have breakfast and get back on the road.
Our annual trip to Washington’s Long Beach peninsula for our family reunion would be no different. At 330 miles, it is a long drive, especially when pulling a travel trailer and trying to keep the speedometer at 60mph so as to keep the miles-per-gallon above 8. We pulled out Thursday evening at about 8pm with an audio-book in the CD player for the kids.
I was getting tired by 10pm and so we decided to pull in to The Dalles and ‘boondock’ at the local K-Mart parking lot. Once again we were not alone. There were a number of 18-wheelers in the parking lot and a couple of RVs. We don’t pull out the slide when we are just over-nighting but I do jack up the tongue of the trailer to level us out a bit so that our beds are not ‘pointed down hill’.
I stayed up to for a bit to wind down while everyone else went to bed, excited to see cousins the next day.
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