My Iowa Adventure

I-84 Rest Area
The beach house at the last rest area on I-84 about an hour from Portland where I stayed overnight. The highway sign says it’s a rest area, but the signs in the parking lot say it’s a day use area managed by Oregon State Parks.

I returned home a couple days ago after visiting Misty-Jade during her spring break.  Towing the new beach house out to Iowa and back to Oregon was an adventure.  I had my doubts on the way out and worried about the weather, but I’m glad I did it.  In the future I would probably wait until April to tow a trailer in the northern states.  The weather was great driving to Iowa, even if it was a bit cold.  I had expected the weather to get better on the return trip, but I ran into light snow in Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon!  And the wind was tough.

Misty’s Steakhouse
We saw this chain of restaurants in Lincoln, Nebraska, and for obvious reasons had to try it out. We had delicious prime rib covered with melted blue cheese!

I had a wonderful visit with Misty-Jade and saw her compete vault at the Big 10 Gymnastics Championships held in Lincoln, Nebraska.  I’m very proud of her scoring 9.85 and placing 6th!  Her team will compete at the regional championships next week and try to qualify for nationals to be held in Texas in mid April.  I’m going to fly out and watch the Gymhawks compete next weekend.

Misty-Jade
Misty-Jade. Iowa is hosting the NCAA regional championships and counting down the days until the meet.

I’ve towed our previous travel trailer across the country in the past, but never with the intent of possibly full timing.  I’ve read many RV blogs over the past couple years getting ideas about this new adventure.  This trip to Iowa was different in that I made many mental notes of how I would do something if I were full timing.  My time was limited on this trip, so I drove trucker miles to get across country.  Obviously I wouldn’t do that full timing; maybe a couple hundred miles per day max and stay places for longer lengths of time.  I did take the time to do some sight-seeing on this trip.  I’ll write about some of my experiences and thoughts about the trip in the next few blog posts including Lincoln, Nebraska, the Nebraska State Capitol, rest areas, gas stations, RV parks, and the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument.

Tessa watching Misty-Jade walk away as we dropped her off at the hotel before returning home.
Tessa watching Misty-Jade walk away as we dropped her off at the hotel before returning home.

 

Ft. Stevens State Park, OR

Amber and I went to Ft. Stevens this past weekend with the intent of getting some more work done on the beach house before taking it to Iowa to visit Misty-Jade over  spring break.  My goal was to sanitize the water system and repack the storage area.  The water system got finished, but due to rain we didn’t get the storage areas done.  We took some time to explore the park a bit while the sun was out, thus the real reason for the storage areas not being repacked.  The last time we went to Ft. Stevens in July a couple years ago we got caught in a downpour and were sopping wet, so we thought spending time exploring while the sun was out was a better idea.

The shipwreck appears to have deteriorated over the years and gotten smaller.  Obviously that’s what happens, but I seem to remember it being much larger when I moved back to Oregon in 1985.

I didn’t know vehicles were allowed on the beach, but we had to try it out!  Tessa road in the back and loved it.

On one of our many trips to the store for supplies we were treated to this sight!  It reminded me of the moose that would come into our yard when we lived in Alaska.

Elk in Warrantor, OR
Elk in Warrenton, OR
Just too cute!
Just too cute!

We tried to go Kayaking at Coffenbury Lake, but just as we were setting up the rain started again.  We’re planning another trip here later this year and will bring the bikes as well as the kayaks.