After being up most of the night with this sad, feverish creature we had to make a tough decision.
Rather than continue up Highway 101, stop in Portland overnight and then do a four-hour drive to Redmond on Sunday, we decided to forgo the Redwoods this time around, head over to I-5 and break the trip home into two six-and-a-half-hour days.
We stopped in Willows, CA for lunch at the Brown Bear Diner. Allie’s appetite and attitude both seemed to be on the mend after sleeping in the car.
When we reached Shasta National Forest and I saw the thousands of acres of evergreen trees I got a rush of familiar happiness that comes with comfort food: these are my trees. I know this landscape. I’m almost home.
We finally, FINALLY crossed the state line into Oregon,
And will spend our last night on the road at a Holiday Inn in Roseberg, OR. Can’t complain about the river view!
We’re disappointed about the Redwoods, but we DID get to see the Grand Canyon which wasn’t originally in the plan. And it will give us a great reason for another road trip in the future.