This is Not How an Adventure Should Begin

I believe it should not go this way. I believe it should be all smooth sailing, no problems, whiz up the highway and get to the destination, smiling and laughing all the way. I believe an adventure should not start this way.

But the thing about life is that it doesn’t always go the way I believe it should go. The way I want it to go. So, we have this little added story to our adventure. The story that changed our five-hour trip to a ten-hour trip. Yep, that kind of story. The good thing is I have AAA, and we were close enough to home that I know the person they dispatched. The good thing is it did not take him too long to get there, and he knew what to do. The good thing is the car has a compressor built in, so we were able to bring the air in the spare tire (the good thing is we had a spare tire) up to the appropriate level. The good thing is my AAA membership just payed for itself with this one call.

This little added adventure required a slight rerouting for our trip, and after we got to the city where the tire company is and got a new tire – discounted for the wear that remained on the tire because they called it a road hazard (another good thing), we headed north. But not to Alaska. Just north via a route I had not traveled before. So there was new scenery to see, like Mount Hood way in the distance.

And cloudy skies over a pine forest.

Getting closer to Portland, where the sun parted the clouds to shine on some of the hills.

Arriving at our hotel. Or what we thought was our hotel. But was not, because our hotel had the same name, but was not at the airport in Portland but was in Gresham. Back on the road again. We arrived at our hotel – this time the right hotel, where we checked in and made it to our room. At 8:30 p.m., not 2:30 or 3:00 p.m., as originally planned.

Lest you take the “executive” part of the name of this room too seriously, let me tell you it is a nice room. It has a kitchenette with coffee pot (thank goodness!) and a small refrigerator and microwave. It has a king-size bed, where the Kat and I shall slumber, and a loveseat that opens into a bed, where Gep shall slumber. With his feet hanging over the end, because he is a long body fitting onto a not-so-long sofa bed. But he says it will work. We like that it will work.

Then to dinner, where we felt a beer was justified and was definitely appreciated. We are in our room now, the Kat already in the bed – she said she missed her nap today – and Gep and I are thinking that time will arrive soon.

Tomorrow we shall find the MAX station and head downtown Portland to the waterfront, where we will join those who are enjoying the beer fest. The reason we are here, Gep and Kat have advised. We plan to meet Kat’s sock creature maker friend for lunch, so they can meet face to face rather than Facebook to Facebook.

It will be a grand day. We shall enjoy every moment of it. It will be enough.

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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15 Responses to This is Not How an Adventure Should Begin

  1. Happy to read that not so good start of the journey ended so good and kind of smooth 🙂 I have only been for a short week long visit to Columbus and reading you just makes me feel that I have to go back soon for a proper visit of your amazing country 🙂 Mount Hood – wouw! What a beauty! And what made me feel a bit like being part of your trip was to see that white beer is served with lemon just like here in Belgium (in case of Hoegaarden, Blanche de Brugges etc) Have a great time and greetings from Brussels, Signe


  2. Ruth says:

    The last shot seems like a good response to the first one. Enjoy your visit now that you are finally there!


  3. Even with the inconveniences and delays, it looks like you’ll have a lovely time in Portland, Carol. I’m sure it’s wonderful to have you children back home. So glad for you!

    Mike and I are considering making a trip to Seattle and exploring a bit of the Pacific Northwest in August. We were going to do Vancouver, but since my papers for the China visa have not yet arrived, and since I might be without my passport while it’s hanging around in the Chinese embassy for a week or so, I don’t dare plan a trip out of the country. I’ve been to Washington and Oregon before, and lived in Coeur d’Alene for 4 1/2 years, so it will be a trip down memory lane. Am looking forward to coming back to that area!


  4. Karma says:

    I hope you have a fabulous day and that the rest of your adventure is smooth sailing!


  5. Dear Carol,
    This sounds like a great trip! It makes me happy just knowing you and your kids are on the road having an adventure. The Northwest is so beautiful, and Portland is a particularly fun city. So sorry your trip started out flat, but it seems that you are all making up for lost time.
    Happy trails,


  6. Sheri B says:

    This is what we call “Making a Memory!”


  7. Heather says:

    Too bad you can’t plan for – and around – tire injuries. Glad things went about as well as they could have, and that if you’re going to have that kind of adventure, at least you’ve got your kiddos to enjoy the time with 🙂 Happy Beer Fest!


  8. I love that you found oh-so-many silver linings on the initial flat-tire-cloud!


  9. Dawn says:

    Glad you made it. Now, enjoy!


  10. Kathy says:

    Yep, what is it about Life not going exactly how we want it to go? lol. Like Laurie, I am impressed by your attitude AND so delighted that your kids are having adventures with you.


  11. Robin says:

    I have always wanted to visit Portland. I’m sorry your trip started out with a flat tire, but it sounds like everything turned out well in the end. Enjoy spending time with your kids and the beer fest 🙂


  12. Robin says:

    Sounds like a grand adventure, even with a start that was not as planned. I often think that sort of thing happens to help us avoid Something More Serious.
    The beer looks yummy. 🙂


  13. lisa says:

    A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour. Sounds like this quote applied to you! Glad you arrived safe and sound. Enjoy your time…whatever happens!! xo


  14. pattisj says:

    We had a tire incident on a rental car on vacation once, and it was two days before we got to our destination. We just made the best of the situation, hubby and I, while the rest of the family went on. I hope you had smooth sailing the rest of your trip.


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