Saturday, June 19, 2010

CA Vacation, Day 2 - by Brad

Spencer has this habit of muttering random phrases immediately after he wakes up. Last night, he was sleeping on the floor between the two beds. When Spencer woke up, he opened his eyes, stretched his arm out, placed his hand on the Gideon-placed Bible and declared, "I read half of this!"

We were all packed and checked-out of our slummy little motel by 8:30. We pulled out of the parking lot, passed the strip club (which was unfortunately visible from our motel window), and another pit stop at Dutch Brothers for morning beverages.

We drove a few miles south of Bend to Lava River Butte and then visited the Lava River Cave. I didn't expect the volcanic entertainment to be so entertaining, but it was well worth the stop. From the top of the Lava River Butte, we could see a huge flow of volcanic rocks. We could also see other lava buttes like the one we were able to drive up...




We walked around where the huge field of volcanic rock flowed from the butte...


Then we moved onto the Lava River Cave. Spencer cried vigorously, so Lindsey stayed behind with him, while Elliott, Wesley and I ventured down into the cave. When we got back, she went a little ways in with the older boys showing her around...



We had lunch by the cave and then headed to California. On the way, Elliott noticed a sign and exclaimed to Wesley, "Hey Wes, we can adopt a highway!" I don't think he knows the responsibility that entails.

Later, we drove through a bunch of smoke as a house was on fire right next to the highway...



We drove by Mt. Shasta and were going to stop for a photo op, but since it was only showing its ankles, it only warranted a drive-by pic...


We stopped at McDonald's in Weed to get out and let the boys stretch their legs at the play land. While we were there, Spencer was standing on the life size statue of Ronald McDonald. I told him, "Spencer! Get of Ronald!" To which he replied, "Why, is he gonna turn real?"

Tonight, Spencer quickly found the Gideon-placed Bible in our Super 8 hotel (a big step up from last night's Motel 6) and pretended to read...



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