We're leaving Cannon Beach, but first look how gorgeous the sky was this morning.
My brother says we should return in November and experience the storms. And Nancy, who works in reservations, says, Yes, November storms are exciting. Sometimes we lose all the power.
Our bellman says come back in June for the sandcastle building competition on the beach. He says it's the only time in the year when cars are allowed on the beach, and there are hundreds of cars. Very entertaining, he says. I bet.
We head out at 1,224 miles at 11:00, and pull into the River Place Hotel in Portland at 12:45. We've traveled 1,304 miles.
It's so different taking a road trip these days with the help of Destination Assist. As we approach our destination--this time Portland and the River Place Hotel--Ed connects with a nice person in destination assist. A live person punches our destination into our dashboard map. Just like that we take the right exits, follow her directions, make the right turns, and we glide directly in front of the hotel? It still surprises me how perfectly it works, and how easy it is.
There's no arguing over a map, and directions. Lord, what a difference Destination Assist would have made with our family road trips when I was younger.
Ed and I drive about 150 miles or so, and we're cooked. I marvel at how Babe would drive us--the 3 kids plus a neighbor friend (Dad was staying behind to work) from Houston to Seattle, averaging about 500 miles a day? How did she do that? And with no GPS, no Destination Assist, no cell phone? She was some Babe.