Monday, June 22, 2009

Ontario, without the fireworks

We are at the Wal-Mart in Ontario, Oregon (map), just shy of the Idaho state line. We are parked right on the Snake River.

Yesterday's travel plan called for us to stop somewhere in this area, and, when we looked it up, we found that Ontario had both a Wal-Mart and an Elks lodge. It's been over a month since we last stocked up at a Wal-Mart, and we knew this would be the last chance in tax-free Oregon, so we decided to come here first, and go over to the Elks if this was not suitable for an overnight stop.

Some time in the middle of the day, we started to get that eerie feeling of déjà vu -- a few quick checks of the map refreshed our memory a bit, and our arrival confirmed it: we were here almost exactly four years ago. That visit happened to be on July 4th, and we spent the evening up on our deck watching the fireworks in the distance.

Unfortunately, the nice quiet parking lot in the back, with a slightly better view of the river, has since been posted as delivery truck parking only (even though part of the lot is still striped for cars), and so we had to park in the main lot this time, in the "RV ghetto." We were one of only two rigs here when we arrived, but there were half a dozen or more over night. Still, it was fairly quiet, and we really needed the stock-up visit.

We were able to get off the freeway occasionally yesterday, passing through Hermiston on US-395, and Haines and Huntington on US-30. For most of the day, though, we were on I-84. Today we will likely divert onto Idaho-78 for a good part of the day, but I-84 is still our only real option for the majority of our route to Salt Lake.

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