Did a nice, week long road trip with my 13yo daughter for the holiday week. Thought I'd share our itinerary...
Day 1: Drove from Bend to Medford. Stayed in AirBnB in Central Point. Spent the afternoon wandering around Ashland - a lot has changed since my last trip there, lots of shop closures. Quick bite at Greenleaf Restaurant (good!). Watched the Green Show (OK). Saw "The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, IA" (good!). My daughter loved the play, it was a very good "first Shakespeare" (she's been to plays at OSF before, but never a Shakespeare play).
Day 2: Visited family in the morning and for lunch. In the afternoon we went to Lillie Belle Chocolates (good) and Rogue Creamery (very good) in Central Point. We were disappointed they weren't making cheese that day but the samples were terrific. Went to the mall (bleah) then quickly moved on to Harry & David (good). My daughter wanted to go to Toys R Us (there isn't one in Bend) so we stopped there too. We cooked dinner and had a "movie night in" at the AirBnB.
Day 3: Drove from Medford to Waldport. Stopped at Heaven On Earth for a ginormous cinnamon roll. Stopped to look at the Elk Preserve near Reedsport. Stayed at McKinley's RV & Marina in Waldport (tent area). Met up with some friends for dinner at their "cabin", played on the beach and watched the Waldport fireworks show (July 3).
Day 4: Went to La De Da in Yachats. Got coffee at Green Salmon (hipster sightings!). Enjoyed the craft fairs. Ate pie at the pie social. Watched the parade. Visited the candy shop. Headed back towards Waldport, stopping at Gov Patterson Park. Stayed there for a few hours, playing in the surf and flying kites. Dinner at Grand Central (good!) the back to the same beach for the sunset.
Day 5: Drove from Waldport to Salem. Stopped in Newport to visit the Mark Hatfield Science Center - loved it as usual. When we pulled off the highway my daughter spotted Aquarium Village and she begged me to stop there so we did. It was... terrifying. Very sketchy.
Went down to the Bayfront because my daughter begged me to go to Ripley's. Fortunately she lost her nerve before paying, and we didn't have to actually go in BUT we did walk up and down the Bayfront. Reminds me that I really dislike that area. Not clean, not fun, not family-friendly.
Lunch at Arctic Circle (good). Continued up to LC and stopped at Read's to stock up on our favorite sweet treats (taffy, stick candy, seafoam). Then on to family in Salem. We went to a Volcanoes baseball game in Keizer - very long game because they introduced 4-5 vets between each inning and had to tell their whole life story. I get it, and I am proud and thankful for our vets but seems like they could just pick 1-2 to focus on each game, it was too many and people were "zoning out". :-( The "Candy Boys" did come and serenade us, they are very sweet and entertaining. We left during the 8th inning because it was so late.
Day 6: My 16yo son had the day off from his camp job in Salem so he joined us for the drive up to Portland. We met friends for lunch in the Sellwood area (Zenbu: good!), then went to Oaks Park with "the cousins". The teens all had a great time at the park, it was a nice day and the park was not crowded. Game operators were mostly very friendly and the kids walked away with arm loads of souvenirs to share with their friends. Had pizza at "Mean Streets" (good) and stayed the night with family in West Linn.
Day 7: Drove back to Salem to drop off my son and lunched with family at McGrath's (OK). Drove home to Bend over Santiam Pass without a single stop, made it home before 4pm.
After 850 miles we were tired but relaxed. It was a great mother-daughter trip. Our favorite memories will probably be the play in Ashland, playing on the beach near Waldport, La De Da in Yachats, and Oaks Park in Portland.