Thanksgiving –traveling solo? The Oregon Trail
The Oregon Trail
‘Suddenly Singles’ find ourselves traveling solo to holiday events- locally and far away.
The Annual Road trip – exploring the Oregon Trail
‘Undaunted courage’ is only a fraction of what it takes to drive to Portland during the predictable, acclaimed “storm of the century.” As a rule, Thanksgiving and Oregon generally translates to ‘stupendous storms.’
Amidst whipping winds, torrential rainfall, I have braved the liquid elements. Windshield wipers slapping the incessant buckets of water falling from leadened skies. Loathing freeway traffic- and crawling at a snail’s pace is painful. It always seems interminable.
Bring a small collection of books on tape from the public library to help pass the time. I love Unbroken by Laura Hilldebrand, Alice by Calvin Trillin and I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron. Stephen King’s 11/22/63 is a winner. The Immortal Life of Henriette Lacks or The Chronicles of Narnia – will make the miles evaporate….All these books entertain and distract from the boorishly long and challenging drive to Oregon.
Radio Days- Make Me Laugh
Travel Tips: Skip the annual leaf peeping pilgrimage to Vermont and simply drive to Oregon. The trees are ablaze with color.
Bring snacks, water, GPS the impossible to find the Trader Joe’s in Redding…And, not a bad idea: bring chains. (www.redding.com/places/trader–joes/) If you miss it, Medford has a great Trader Joe’s and a new In and Out Burger.
A rose by any other name…
If you must drive north towards Portland – enjoy the zigzag up the state and the assortment of entertaining names of towns, like: Boring, Drain, Riddle, Spray, Burns, and Dairy. Desperate times…it helps to laugh. Did I mention Boring?
Don’t Forget: despite the predictable rain, hail, snow, sleet, and gloom of night-
stop at the very famous Peggy’s Ice Cream at Rice Hill for some of the best ice cream in all of Oregon.
Holiday festivities, friends, family and a few hours at Portland’s Jewel in the Crown – Powell’s Bookstore, make the trek on the Oregon Trail so very worth it. Bon Voyage.