We all slept pretty good for our first night of the trip. It was a nice cool temperature. The kids were up at 8am and we had a good breakfast and hit the road.
On our way out to the main highway we saw a tiny little fox. It was way too cute 🙂 Not a mile further and we saw a moose! This was epic because it was Scotts dream to see a moose when we went to Yellowstone and to Glacier National park and we never saw one. Here we are driving along and one steps out onto the road in front of us. We all freaked out because we finally saw one. It was a young one that had no antlers but it was very large. I am told that we will see a ton of these on this trip but the first is just so exciting!
On the highway we made a few stops to rest and one lunch stop at another lake rest area. We also were able to find a Dollar Store to the girls delight 🙂 Pretty much the same stuff but theirs are actually $1.25 Stores. We also hit a Walmart by the gas station for some supplies. We realized that Ben had forgotten his pillow so we were thankful to be able to swing in and buy one for him.
The drive north was fairly uneventful besides some MASSIVE torrential downpours! It was reminiscent of our travels on the east coast. Sheets and sheets of rain! We ended our day at Canyon Creek Campground in Hixon. The rain was starting up again but the spots we were able to get were great. We had a big grassy field for playing and a nice big table for us to all eat dinner together.
We played for a long time….in the rain. We can do rain, we are from the Northwest right? Rain is not a game stopper 🙂 As it began to let up Ben and Katherine went up to the camp office and got two gold pans for us to try out. A trail led to the river where they attempted to pan for gold. Grandpa helped them with the technique. It was fun to try but wow, people who pan for gold are patient!
Next was a bit of fishing for Scott, Ellie and Ben. No success in catching dinner but fun and memory making .
Dinner around our big picnic table and a warm fire in the fire pit rounded out our day.
It has been really neat traveling with mom and dad. Lots of time with them to talk and learn a bit more about them. The kids have loved it and really enjoyed playing games and talking with them.