Day Two of our Spring Break trip was a bit of a bust because someone forgot the battery charger for their camera, which meant they had to shoot sparingly until they could find a camera shop that carried the appropriate camera charger. (Thank goodness this person's spouse is wonderful, and didn't voice a single complaint.)
So we got the truck loaded up.
And got back on the road.
Not before taking a group shot in front of the 'Welcome to Maupin' sign though. (That's a hard-boiled egg in Josh's mouth, and a bad framing job that excluded (most of) me from the shot.
My little cousin, Roshelle told us about some falls just outside of Maupin that were a sight worth seeing.
There was also a sight not worth seeing at the falls. (Cole woke up with the biggest attitude ever.)
He decided he wanted to make his own path down to the falls, despite the signs along the path that warned otherwise.
And his attitude only worsened when his dad insisted he stay on the path with us.
Thankfully, Josh and I were still in good spirits, despite the ever-increasing teenage angst, and the ever-decreasing battery power.
Josh spotted a really cool, old building by the water, so we made our way down there.
I could have shot in that building for hours (if I had more than 1/4 of a camera battery left.)
I'm not sure where that smile came from, but I assure you, it didn't last.
And then we got back on the road again in search of a battery charger.
But then I spotted a pretty field and asked the kids if they'd be willing to stop for a few shots.
Two out of three were willing.
And as the saying goes, two out of three ain't bad.
But then my husband reminded me of the fact that we really didn't have a moment (or a battery) to spare and that we needed to start picking up the pace.
So we settled in the car for a looooong drive.
Which took us through some pretty stinky areas.
And we only stopped when it was an absolute necessity.
And then for a short while, the clouds seemed to darken, but Coley's attitude seemed to lighten.
And we stopped for lunch.
Josh and I have the loveliest unspoken rule...I plan and shop for all travel-related meals and he prepares them.
And then we were on the road, yet again.
While Josh drove, I spent time on the phone and on Google Maps trying to find a camera shop who carried the battery I needed. The closest shop turned out to be in Boise (which took us 6 hours off of our intended path), and they closed at 5:00.
About an hour before we got to the camera shop, we saw a sign indicating a time change (we lost an hour of time), which meant we were going to arrive about five minutes after the store closed. We called the store to tell them about our dilemma, but they didn't care. Thankfully, we found another camera shop at the mall who stayed open later.
Since we were already at the mall, the kids pleaded with us to have dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. And while I love(!) The Cheesecake Factory, it doesn't really meet our criteria for the kind of joint we eat at on Spring Break. Then again, big cities and malls don't meet our Spring Break criteria either, but that's where we found ourselves.
So we had dinner at The Cheesecake Factory.
And then we rented a hotel with a pool (also per the pleading of our children) where Josh spent the evening swimming with the kids while me and my camera battery recharged in the room by ourselves.
And that twas' the end of Day Two.