This blog has been offline for a while as our family has been busy relocating to the Pacific Northwest. Although we had tried to limit the amount of stuff we accumulated during four years in California, it was still quite a chore packing everything up, loading it onto my father-in-law’s trailer, driving 1,100 miles with two children, and unloading everything at the new place.
Some things I learned on the drive:
- Goldfish crackers will quiet almost any storm that brews in the back seat. But if that doesn’t work, Pez will do the job.
- If you buy two identical Magna Doodles for your children so they won’t fight, they will still pick one to fight over.
- Nothern California rest areas are just as thrashed and understaffed as Southern California rest areas.
- Oregon must have some money in their budget for road projects. We crawled through one construction site after another.
- Once the kids get to sleep on the first evening of driving, gun it and get as far as you can.
- If you drive through California, Oregon, and Washington in April, you’re going to see a LOT of water. And a lot of green. The drive was beautiful.
For our friends back in California, we are cold and wet just like you predicted, but safe and settled in just as you wished for us. Thank you for all the help and offers for help leading up to our move.