On the road… follow my road trip… – Day 1

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Travel day
Quality Inn & Suites, Weed, CA

Today was the longest single driving day (other than the return to Seattle.) We left Redmond at 9:21am, and made our first stop at the Kirkland, WA Office Depot! (I wanted to pick up some small speakers for the laptop in case we watch any movies along the trip.)

The drive from Redmond all the way through to central Oregon was non-stop rain! Typical grey/overcast/bad weather. The weather slowed down the traffic as well, BUT, once we got to the middle of Oregon, the rain stopped and we started feeling optimistic about the weather ahead. In fact right about then, we noticed that there was a row of beautiful, bright yellow daffodils right along side the freeway.

At our first gas stop I grabbed some snacks, including a small bag of funyuns. To my mild surprise, Debra had never tasted a funyun before! She tried 2. That is all.

Shortly after the 5 freeway reached its summit of 4,310ft on the Siskiyou mountains, we came to the Oregon / California border and started the decent toward Mt. Shasta. As the last of the grey clouds disappeared, the blue skies brightened the giant mountain ahead of us. I don’t think it could have been a more beautiful day to see Mt. Shasta up close.

At 6:19pm we arrived at our luxurious (for the budget conscious traveler) Quality Inn & Suites (no, we didn’t get a suite.) BUT, we did get a couple of free molasses cookies and a hot chocolate and tea.

Tomorrow – off to the Napa Valley area for some great food and photographs! (oh… and Bugles and swim trunks!)