These road trip entries may end up being a little different. Road Trips are about adventure and the journey, and not always the destination. Thus, this road trip chronicle will be different from the Boise or Monterey trip, as it will follow the entire journey. This journey starts with Overcooked.
Stephanie and I do not have any family in town, but we do have some really good friends. So for this year’s Thanksgiving we went over to one of our friends houses for Thanksgiving lunch. As we had to drive about 6 1/2 hours from Seattle to Baker City Oregon the first night, the plan was to leave for our road trip by 2pm. Of course, I knew that it was unlikely that we would leave by two. Internally my real goal was to be on the road by 4pm ensuring we got to the hotel by midnight. However, all good plans go awry, and this one did in a bad way.
We ate around one, and we were actually on track to leave on time. Then we decided to play a few rounds of overcooked. Overcooked is a is a cooperative game for up to four players published by Team 17. Essentially this game is a cooking simulation where each person controls a chef in a kitchen that has also sorts of obstacles and strategies to work around. The faster you get your orders out the more money you earn. Once you earn enough money you can move on to the next level. Overcooked is chaos, is frustrating, it is extremely fun.
The thing with this type of game is it is extremely hard to stop playing. Especially when you come so close to beating a level over and over again and just fall short. Needless to say we got sucked in. 4PM went by. Then 5. Then 6. We ended up leaving our friend’s house sometime after 9pm. At that point by the time we got home and left to start driving we would be lucky to get to baker city by 4:30.
A Monster of an Accident
Stephanie and have two Alaskan Klee Kai (miniature huskies), Litty and Link. Or as we like to call them the Bug and the Monster.
In general, we are extremely good dog owners and treat our dogs like royalty. But given how sucked into overcooked we were, we left the puppies in their crates for a lot longer than we normally would. We got home the Monster having an accident in his crate. This has never happened before, but we could not recall whether we let him out right before we left them out being so busy cooking and getting ready for the trip. Regardless, we felt terrible. I apologised to the Monster over and over again for being a terrible monster wrangler. We immediately let him out. Then I gave him a bath while Stephanie cleaned out his crate.
While the Monster is an extremely good dog in the bathtub, it still took some time. By the time everything and everyone was clean, dry, and the car was packed it was a little after 11. So we hit the road.
Finally Starting the Road Trip
The reason why I wanted to leave by 4pm at the latest, was to get from Seattle to Baker City we would have to drive through Snoqualmie Mountain Pass. This pass cuts through a lot of Ski Areas and the roads can be pretty treacherous in the winter as they are regularly cover with Ice and Snow. Luckily for us, it was only snowing at the summit which, while a bit scary, we made through perfectly fine. We battled rain and fog the rest of the night. The toughest thing we had to deal with was exhaustion. We both woke up around 8am that morning so as the night wore on we both got a little more exhausted.
Luckily I have the world’s best wife who also happens to be the world’s best road trip DJ. She was able to keep me awake and engaged so we made it to our Motel in Baker City at about 6:30am.