Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Made it to Portland October 9, 2013

We got away from home at about 9:00 and headed north and then west. We had an uneventful drive through Idaho. We noticed there was no snow on the mountains in Idaho, and I don’t know if it’s because it’s warmer or the mountains are not as high as in Salt Lake.

We made it to Ontario, Oregon, which is just over the river from Idaho. It took us about 8 hours to drive just over 400 miles. We stopped at the visitor center and were asking the lady in the Visitor Center if she knew where we could stay for the night. She told us that if we were self-contained, go ahead and stay there, so that’s what we did. There were a lot of trucks that also stayed the night, but it was quiet and we both slept quite well all night.  We sure like our double pane windows.

We went to bed early last night and woke up and were under way by 7:15 this morning. Parts of the freeway showed signs of rain last night, but we didn't get rained on. Some of the mountain passes had some fog, one of which was pretty heavy, but we had no problems.

It didn't take too long until we noticed why we were going to Oregon, all the tree covered hills. It was a little cool today, but right now the sun is out, and we had blue skies about half the way.

It took just over seven hours to get to Portland and the Fabric Depot. They were having a big sale this week and we were planning on going to it tomorrow. The outside fabric that is normally 50% off, was another 50% off because they are closing the outside part for the winter. It’s easier to discount and sale it than inventory it and haul it inside.  The entire store is 30% off with an internet coupon for 35% on one cut of fabric. We got some Moda fabric for $2.75 a yard. Also there is not sales tax in Oregon, so we felt like we got an extra 6.85% off. 

And boy did we buy fabric. We were asking, while getting our fabric cut, about a quilt show that starts tomorrow. Cindy asked, what turned out to be a manager, about staying in their parking lot and unhooking to go to the quilt show. She told us that as long as we got as far away from the main parking, she saw no problem with us staying the night, and going to the show tomorrow. I guess if you buy enough material, they are willing to accommodate you.

So we are going to the Convention Center to the Quilt show tomorrow. We are not supposed to check in the campground we have reserved until 4:00, so with a two hour ride, we should be just right. So I think it’s good to be flexible.

Hopefully, we will have good internet tomorrow, and can post some pictures tomorrow night. Thanks for visiting.

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