Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Day 57 - The journey is over... for now.

Tuesday, 18 October

We slept in this morning because we knew we only had five hours to travel today.  We had a great lunch in the Swan Dining Room of the Grand Geiser Hotel before starting the final leg of our journey.  The hotel is amazing and we highly recommend it to anyone who wants a romantic turn-of-the-century experience... and they treat you like royalty the whole time you are there... and it is inexpensive!

As we drove up the Columbia River Gorge, we began to marvel again at how beautiful Oregon is and it started to feel good to be coming home...

 We took the scenic loop of Highway 30 to the Rowena Overlook...

 This is an HDR composite comprised of nine separate exposures, looking north to Washington.

Debra took this photo of the beautiful fall colors in the gorge.

Before we finished the last mile to our home, we stopped to see if Jack still remembers his grandparents... he would not come to us at first, but he warmed up to grandma pretty quick... grandpa will need more time.  However, seeing him meant that we saw everyone of our nine grandkids while on this road trip!  Jessica and Tyler invited us for dinner and we ate a wonderful Italian dish before heading home.

As we pulled into our driveway tonight, our neighbor Katelyn was waiting in her window to greet us as we got out of the car.  She was so excited to see us, so we went and visited with her and her mom for a few minutes before going inside.

Deb and I both said that this was probably the best road trip we have had so far... we had so much fun visiting family, and researching our family history.  We have many stories to tell and look forward to sharing them with our kids.

It is hard to believe it is over, but it is great to be home in our own bed and able to take our things out of a drawer, instead of a suitcase!  Tomorrow we have a special blog treat... keep watching.

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