Last week, we set off on Spring Break.
The plan was to head out towards Eastern Oregon, but that was the extent of our plans.
It was Josh's 'unplanned-plan.'
And I don't know why the planner in me fears his unplanned-plans so much because quite honestly, in the last eight years that we've been together, even his worst unplanned-plans have almost always turned out better than my best planned-plans.
But I'm a planner, so a few days before the trip, I started feeling anxious and decided to email Josh at work in the hope that he had come up with even a semi-planned unplanned-plan.
This was his response:
"Sorry, but I just don't know. God's going to drive and I'm just going to hang-on. I'm going to pick a spot on the map, make sure there's hotels, gas stations and groceries within a day's travel and go."
So with that, I give you Day One of The Unplanned-Plan...
We loaded the kiddos up in the car around 5:30 a.m. and did our best to keep them asleep for the first few hours of the drive.
And when they woke up, they spent some time reading and drawing and eating snacks. (Annie had eaten her daily allotment of snacks by 9:00 a.m.)
That's Coley's, "We-only-have-one-week-off-for-Spring-Break-???" face.
And then we stopped for breakfast.
And then we made a quick grocery-stop before getting back on the road.
And then we made a brief stop at an overlook.
That's Annie's, "I-can't-help-being-so-cute" face.
And that's Courtney's, "I'm-going-to-pretend-to-throw-up" face.
Courtney Lee, picking up a bunch of trash, which included 100+ cigarette butts. (Josh put together a Scavenger Hunt list and #14 on the list was "Pick up someone else's trash" which was worth 3 points.)
And then we got back on the road again, but with a movie for this stretch of the drive.
About six or seven miles before getting to our first destination (Josh's only plan was to spend our first night of the trip in Mitchell, Oregon; population 150, which was question #2 on the Scavenger Hunt list, worth 1 point.) Josh pulled over because he saw someone broken-down along the side of the road.
Turns out they (a guy named Glen) had just run out of gas, so we drove into Mitchell to borrow a gas can and to buy some gas.
And then we drove back to where Glen was waiting for us.
And then we said good-bye to Glen and drove back to Mitchell.
Where everyone fell in love with some local goats. (I thought for sure we were going to come home with a goat or two.)
And then we checked in at The Oregon Hotel and met the owner, Skeeter. (#1 on the Scavenger Hunt list was, "Meet a person named Skeeter; worth 1 point.)
And then we took a few minutes to get settled into our room.
And then we took off to explore Mitchell.
Just a few minutes into our exploration, we ran into Glen, who lives in Mitchell and informed us that he had paid for us to all have lunch at the Sidewalk Cafe.
And at the Sidewalk Cafe, we met the owners (Sharon, Sharon's daughter and Sharon's granddaughter.)
And a patron named Tracy.
And then we stood outside and talked to Tracy for awhile before heading back towards our hotel.
And then the kids got started on #16 of the Scavenger Hunt, which was to buy something for a random stranger; worth 5 points.
Cole met a construction worker named Robert and bought him a Hershey bar.
Annie met Skeeter's grandkids and bought them a pack of Starbursts.
And Courtney Lee bought a gift box full of assorted cookies for Skeeter.
And then the girls met a couple who were also staying at The Oregon Hotel.
So they headed back down to the store to buy more Starbursts and cookies to give their new friends. (The couple gave the girls some Chinese meditation balls in return.)
And then we got back to exploring Mitchell.
And found ourselves inside a local church.
And then we spent some time at the park.
#13 on the Scavenger Hunt list was to win a foot-race, which was worth 2 points.
And then we had a competition to see who could swing the furthest. (I lost.)
And then went to Open Gym Night (Tracy told us about it.) to play some basketball.
I just included that one because of Josh's hot calves.
Josh ended up meeting (and guarding) the pastor of the Mitchell Assembly of God.
And once the kids were tired of playing/watching basketball, they decided to play on scooters.
And then we made it back to the hotel in time for a few of us to take showers and to do a bit of reading before calling it a night.