Day 8: Boise, ID to Bend, Oregon
Trip Start Jul 29, 2007
22Trip End Aug 18, 2007
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States covered: Idaho and Oregon
Miles covered: 394
Abby metdowns: 2 average sized ones...but we waited her out and she eventually calmed herself and reverted to her usual happy demeanor.
Highlights: coffee in Boise, John Day Fossil Beds Nat'l Monument, dinner in Bend
Nat'l Park stamp of the day: John Day Fossil Beds NM
Stay over: Hampton Inn Bend, OR (Travel tip: The oldest Hampton Inn we have stayed in, avoid)
Phrase of the day: "Abrupt Edge" Bright orange road sign in Eastern Oregon. You don't see the word abrupt on many signs.
Trivia Question: What river -- that Ann once rafted down -- runs through Bend, OR?
Answer to Yesterday's Trivia Question: Our brother-in-law Chris gets the strong win with...Basque. Apparently the original Basque settlers in the Boise area were sheep herders. We gave a little hint with a referene to our "tapas" dinner, but all of you who know Ann well know she would choose tapas for dinner anywhere.
It was a glorious morning in Boise. So, it was with a bit of reluctance that we left. But not before Ann visited one of the many, many hip coffee shops and had the best lavender latte ever (ok it was the only one she has ever had, but it was really good!)
This was the first day that we spent most of our time off the interstate. (Bonus trivia question: in what state did we drive on the first section of interstate system to be completed?) We crossed into Oregon, State #11 of our trip and Abby's 15th). We got off of I-84 just inside Oregon (at Ontario) and traveled highway 26 across the state. We went from barren scrub dotted rolling hills to tree covered mountains of 10,000 feet plus near Bend
Paul's commentary on today's highlight: John Day Fossil Beds National Monument (JDFBNM for short) was impressive. The area contains some of the richest fossil beds in the world. And it's not an easy stamp to come by -- take a look on a map, it's in the middle of nowhere Oregon. The visitor's center was top notch; great displays on the fossils. Don't think big imposing dinosaurs -- most of the fossil layers around mid Oregon are from the age of mammals. Still, there were some pretty cool animals back then in hat is now Oregon. Things that looked like rhinos and elephants and tigers and camels and horses and boars, oh my. There was even something called a beardog. That was a mean looking thing. Of course, they're all extinct. Outside of the visitor center, the land was impressive as well. All kinds of eroded mountains with exposed layers of geological history.
We arrived in Bend at a very decent hour -- especially since we gained an hour going from Mountain to Pacific time -- so we enjoyed a mexican dinner in downtown Bend -- dinner out 2 nights in a row is such a treat for new parents.
We will be staying in Oregon for the next few days so we can let the GPS rest a little.
Photo note: We were a little light on the pictures today, so we added some bonus Abby pix.