Our last day. We leave North Bend, commenting that after blowing by on the way south we stayed there after all. We consider which road to take home and consult with our new expert, Lisa, who took highway 38, to Reedsport, down to meet us, and highway 42, through Bandon home. She recommended highway 38 that follows the Umpqua River so we took it and had no regrets. The sun was warm and the river magnificent. To finish in style, we stopped by the winery of friends Mark and Shaghayegh who were having a seasonal winery event on the very day we were driving through. We visited with friends there and relaxed in the sun, toasting to a job well done.
It has been a wonderful trip. I would like to extend thanks to a whole lot of people for helping make it that way:
Ellen, for driving us to Dismal Nitch, our starting point and then taking on the Astoria bridge with us and then traversing the Astoria bridge AGAIN before heading back home. YOU ROCK!
Lisa, for joining us for a tour of Bandon. She was tour guide deluxe, and her quick laughter was great medicine for sore muscles.
Nancy and Lisa, for watching Lily and tending to her every need. Bonnie seemed to enjoy the news of Lily antics everyday.
Steve, Jeff, and Patrick, for lovingly watching Kizzy for me, and Julie, Lucy and Annie for taking Kiz to the dog park for a wonderful day of play.
Bonnie, for planning and going on this SUPER trip with me. As I realized how easy it was to travel with you I started to worry ... if I thought you were that easy to travel with, then maybe it's because you were inconvenienced! ROTFL!! (I sincerely hope not.)And ... to ALL OF YOU, for reading this and cheering us on!