Day 12 & 13: I’ll keep this post short because we basically drove for the last two days. We didn’t plan on it when we left Grand Teton but it was the right choice when we left Boise.
We left Grand Teton National Park by 6:45am and arrived in Boise around 2:30pm. The first thing we did after checking into our hotel was bath (it had been three days) and then hit the pool. The temperature in Boise was about 94 degrees and very uncomfortable for these Seattleites. We finished the evening with a frosty from Wendy’s.
Originally we were going to spend two days at Wallowa Lake in northeast Oregon after stopping in Boise. After bathing and cleaning up the kids, then reevaluating what supplies would have to be purchased, including a new air mattress, we chose to be content with our road trip and head back to Seattle without stopping at Wallowa Lake. Also, Autumn wasn’t sleeping well and Ethan was getting terrible cough that required a good few nights rest in his own bed.
Again, on July 7 we were out the DoubleTree Hotel door by 8am and arrived at our door around 5:18pm. The 518 miles 10 hour + drive (include 1 hour for time change) went very smooth and the kids traveled like pros. The key to our success was a few stops to stretch our legs, plenty of books and toys to occupy our kids, lots of food to stuff their hungry mouths, and no movies of any kind (on the entire 2 week trip) so that they engage with their surroundings.
Everyone had a well deserved good nights rest at home that night.