This post was almost named “One Way Shit is Stupid”. But I realized that is a bit judgmental and the Girl and I are on an adventure, so this is a good time for me to practice changing my perspective on things.
We are on day 2 of our road trip. We left grandpa’s early, tackling icy roads and mountain passes requiring us to carry chains. I thought I might be able to add to our adventures a picture of us putting chains on the car. The road was not great and we had to be cautious through the pass, but in the end we did not have to bother with the chains. We shall see if we are as lucky on the way back. You may still get to see a picture of that “adventure” soon.
We arrived at our destination early due to the roads being better than expected. With our extra time, we decided to check out Voodoo Doughnuts. Yummy doughnuts and definitely an experience. I ended up indulging in an Eugene Custard. I was in heaven – two of my favorites – custard filling and maple glaze!
I talked the Girl into posing for this picture and she was super happy that she was tall enough to not have to use the steps they provide. It is the little things in life that bring us joy!
We left early from Grandpa’s because we had scheduled a tour of University of Oregon. The Girl is a three sport athlete and Track is her passion. UO has an amazing Track team so she wanted to go check out the campus. The Girl likes to pick out the unusual mascots. She is a Fighting Zebra right now and is thinking of becoming a Duck in a couple years. It kind of fits her though. Mascots that are unsuspecting who end up being fierce. She is often underestimated due to her size and she has no problem using that to her advantage.
The campus was beautiful and we got in some good exercise at the same time. So it was a Win Win adventure for us.
After the tour we decided to drive over to the Duck store to get stickers for the Girl’s Hydro Flask (apparently that is the cool thing to do nowadays) and then find lunch. What I found was that Eugene is a cute town with a lot of weird roads and a ton of one way streets. And not just streets – one way parking lots too! We made about 10 u-turns and backtracks trying to get to the Chipotle we wanted to visit for lunch. I swear Google Maps was even confused! Then once we found it, the first entrance to the parking lot I tried to go through was an exit only. I was starting to get frustrated when I remembered I had committed to treasuring each moment of this trip. The Girl will be leaving home soon and I want to enjoy every moment of this time with her. We reminded ourselves once again that we are on a adventure!
We eventually figured out how to get into the parking lot and enjoyed a nice lunch before getting back on the road. I popped a couple chocolate covered espresso beans and we headed up to Washington.
The drive was very nice. I miss the green and even the rain that I grew up with. And I realized I raised the Girl right. She had loaded up her Spotify playlist with 80s and 90s music for our trip. We had a blast rocking out to Bon Jovi, Def Lepard, the Fresh Prince, and more. Even a little MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice thrown in for good measure.
All in all a good day that we ended in WA at my aunt and uncle’s house with a good dinner, good conversation and an episode of The Voice.
It was great to be able to spend some one on one time with the Girl. And I’m starting to (kind of) learn how to live in the moment and just enjoy and cherish it. How to enjoy the Adventure!
I have to wonder why it has taken me over 40 years to learn this! I just might be proof that you can in fact sometimes teach an old dog new tricks!