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.
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.