Bye Lexus

I sold my beloved Lexus LS460 today. 😢 I bought it in 2008. Not having a commute, we never had a need to drive much so, except for road trips, we didn’t put many miles on it. After almost 10 years, it only has 28,675 miles, less than 3,000 miles per year! We don’t have a need for 3 cars so I’ve had it on my To Do list for years to sell it. But I couldn’t bring myself to do it, it was so much fun to drive. So it mostly sat in the garage, depreciating in value, waiting for a long road trip.

The good news is that I sold it to my friend Charles who drives for Peninsula Truck Lines and delivers grain to us at the brewery. He’s an affable guy that I’d see almost every week or so for the last couple years and we always chatted about the Seahawks. He saw the Lexus at the brewery one day and I mentioned that I was going to sell it. I was planning to auction it on eBay but never got around to taking photos and posting it. He was interested and kept asking about it and eventually offered a reasonable number so I accepted it.

Basecamp in Astoria, Oregon

The kids had a 3-day weekend so we took the Basecamp on its first trip. We brought Barley so this was his first trip too. We drove it to Astoria, Oregon.

Lunch at Fort George Brewing:

At our campsite at Fort Stevens National Park:

At Shipwreck Beach:

….where we could drive the Jeep on the beach:

Dinner at Buoy Brewing with a stellar view of the Columbia River and Washington:

A cool glass floor where you can see seals relaxing underneath the brewery:

Hudson’s 9th Birthday

We celebrated Hudson’s 9th birthday in Sunriver:

He wanted a poop emoji cake, so Gay had to put her baking skills to good use.

It was great that his best friend Bowie and his family was here with us. He thought we had forgotten about his birthday and presents because of the vacation and that he wouldn’t get any presents but he was wrong.

In the path of totality

I woke up at 3:30am to check traffic to Madras and Salem and both were clear. We originally thought everyone would go to Salem because it’s closer to Portland and just 50 minutes down I-5 so we were going to go to Madras to avoid the traffic. But Eclipse-ageddon didn’t happen so we decided to go to Salem.

By 5am we were out of the hotel and after a long wait at Voodoo Doughnut for donuts and coffee, we got to Salem by 7am, brought our camping chairs to the State Capital grounds where a lot of people were already gathered and waited until 9:05am for the eclipse to start.

Here’s a video at the total eclipse, it went dark very quickly and then we could take our glasses off and see the corona around the moon. It looks like a dim sun in the video but in real life it was a thin ring of light around a black circle. Amazing.

Eclipse trip

We drove to Portland to stay for the night before trying to see the totality of the solar eclipse. Traffic was somewhat bad, a 3-hour trip took 4 hours. Surprisingly, there was no traffic into Portland; I can’t remember the last time I’ve experienced that!

At Hi-Lo, they know the best letter:

After dinner, a walk around Portland and a stop at Powell’s, watching an early movie in the hotel so we can get up early in an attempt to beat the traffic.

Father’s Day 2017

Eva surprised me with her culinary skills for a Father’s Day breakfast: glitter nachos with a Unicorn and a kitty cat. Decorated with a 47 for my age. 

While making it, she kept coming into the room I was in to ask me if I heard any noises she was making. When I said I hadn’t, she was very happy and ran back to continue work.