From Idaho Falls we headed west into Oregon. Talk about some gorgeous scenery. The first couple of hundreds of miles is flat with farms dotting the hillsides here and there, but once we were about halfway across the mountains could be spotted on the horizon.
We were headed to Crater Lake but they weren’t open. We ended up in Newport, Oregon. We broke down and stayed in our first hotel room after hubby went in and sanitized it himself. We used our own blankets and towels. We stayed at the Elizabeth Oceanfront Suites, Ascend Hotel Collection.
Talk about a gorgeous room. I think hubby was trying to make me feel better. I needed a little pampering and they provide it in spades and was incredibly reasonable. A hot shower and an excellent dinner were what he thought I needed, but he would soon find out.
When I woke up the next morning hubby wasn’t in the room which isn’t unusual. He wakes HOURS before anyone and I often find him returning from an early morning walk. Our companions were still sleeping comfortably and I decided to go join him downstairs.
I was on a mission. There was no “good morning” “how did you sleep?” it was, “I can’t take it anymore I’m ready to go home.” “Me too!” said my husband now to talk our traveling companions into going home two weeks early.
We were surprised to find them wanting to go on which was perfect for us. It’s hard to feel responsible for someone else’s happiness. I”m used to having a trip planned out, but with this trip, it was all “fly by the seat of our pants” and I was the plane per se. They all looked to me on where to stay, where to eat, when to eat. I’m an empty nester people I only want to be responsible for me!
So, they stayed and we were packed and ready in under 15 minutes. We were both so excited #1 Because we were headed home and #2 we were doing it alone. That first day we traveled over 500 miles. From Newport, Oregon to Fallon, Nevada.
I’m going to be perfectly honest with you, when we headed east I was finished with camping out. I had finally stayed in a hotel in Oregon. I had crossed that line. We had a plan. He would go into the hotel first and disinfect and make the bed.
While he was doing this I went to get food. By the time I got back, he would be finished and have his shower with his clothes in a bag to put in the car. We would eat, I would take a shower and we would sleep. It was a chance I didn’t think I would take, but I did.
We hit America’s Loneliest Road rt 50 headed west across the desert. This road is aptly named don’t you think? This hotel Hotel Nevada is a place that my husband and I visited 20 years ago and he reminded me that I was also homesick at the time too. I had forgotten that.
A few margaritas later and a $900 jackpot and I was good to go (then not now). More on that next week!
We stayed in:
- Newport, Oregon
- Fallon, Nevada
- Grand Junction, CO
- Columbia, MO
This was the reason, among others that we decided it would be best to self-quarantine for 2 weeks and then immediately get tested. We did and were both negative.
I want to travel, but first I must find my love of travel again and right now I just don’t have it.
Until next time,