Happy Memorial Day!
Where do I even begin? Should I begin when I first went on vacation or just the vacations this year? Should I do each one, one by one and give you a whole incite and itinerary about what I’ve done? As much as I would love to talk about every vacation and adventure I’ve gone on, I’d much rather spend each post talking about one adventure at a time that is most current. What a bummer, I know.
As you already know, Maddie & I are in Oregon and Allie & Nicholas are probably already passing through Colorado and on their way to Chicago. Which means, today is the day when the adventure begins. The adventure of not sleeping, traveling, and the risk of whatever we do. You can’t have fun without a little risk, right? In my other posts, those are just the ‘How To’s’ of daily traveling. I haven’t even got to the best part yet. THE ACTUAL FUN. My blogs intentions, yes, is supposed to be about traveling and giving you the rundown of every little key piece you need for travel and adventure. What I haven’t posted yet, is all the adventures and travels that I’ve been on. Since I won’t really know what is going on through the drive to Maine with Allie & Nicholas, we’ll just start with our flight, layover, and Oregon.
Friday morning, when we woke up, we finished packing and getting everything ready for our flight. By the time we were done running errands and packing, we left at 2:30. When we got to Sky Harbor, it wasn’t as busy as I thought it was going to be. We did have a little trouble at check-in and it turned out that United Airlines over-book our flight and someone had already taken my seat. Since I am a rewards members, they put me on stand-by for top priority and we ended up taking an earlier flight! Lucky for us! We still had a 4 hour layover in San Francisco. As for my first flight, it’s not as bad as other people portray it to be. To be completely honest with you, I like flying. I like the feeling of taking off, being in the air, and landing. Turbulence wasn’t bad, but I would like to definitely keep it that way. I wouldn’t want to experience turbulence anymore than what we already did. And that was very little. Landing was smooth almost every time and unboarding the plane didn’t take too long either. On all the flights we took, I payed great attention to every detail and fly attendants, wondering if someone would be kicked off the plane or screamed at. I didn’t notice anything unusual and they had great service on all the planes I was on. They were very attentive and caring. In which, I know is a little strange considering they’ve been on the news every other time. On top of that, our flight from Medford to San Francisco again, was over-booked and Maddie didn’t have a seat this time. Thankfully, I checked in at around 10am on Sunday morning so I was able to upgrade our seats to Economy Plus so we both had seats right next to each other. Economy plus isn’t fist class, but it might as well be. First class, didn’t look like first class every time we boarded. Economy Plus looked a lot nicer and had even more room than what First Class looked like. For $39/per person upgrade, I wouldn’t say it’s much worth it unless you are flying for a long period of time. We only flew about an hour, hour and a half each way. I mean, yeah, upgrading was nice because we got to sit next to each other, but not for $39 a person. So if you are planning on flying out of the country, across the country or even to Hawaii, that’s when you should upgrade.
Our layover in San Francisco wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I was dreading the long 4 hour layover thinking that time would be slow and we’d just have to sit there and wait, wait, wait. Fortunately, for us, it didn’t take as long as we thought it would. We ate Burger King because everything in the airport was so expensive and there was no where else we could eat that had a short line. We were right next to our gate and by the time we were done eating it was already 8:30pm. So much for leaving the airport to explore because at this point, if we left, it would take maybe an hour to go through security again. The airport was so busy for a Friday night! It’s crazy to see how many people were checking in through security and rushing to try and catch their flight. Considering we had an hour and a half left until we boarded our flight, we sat in these huge orange chairs. They were so comfy! I could have fallen asleep in them. Maddie was reading a book she just received for her graduation, I was on my phone and looking around, and there was this man sitting next to us. His name was Mr. Johnson. He was very kind and turns out he had been at the airport for about 12 hours and his flight didn’t leave until almost 11! Poor guy. So for an hour we spoke at Gate 74 and for some reason, after the flight before us boarded, our flight never popped up on the screen. We quickly said our good-bye’s, safe travels, and Maddie decided to stop to get coffee before we looked where our next flight was. It took us 15 minutes to get our coffee at this little coffee shop and by the time we looked at the gate where our next flight was, it was at Gate 84! Looking at the clock, it was already 10pm and our flight boarded at 10:04. We frantically ran across the airport keeping our eyes open for our Gate number. We made it their in about 2 minutes and boarded our flight to Medford.
We landed in Medord at about 11:50pm and got to our destination in Grants Pass at about 12:30am-1am. The weather was nice, a little chilly, but it definitely beats Arizona’s hot heat. It was slightly humid, but it was something we could handle. On Saturday, we slept in and tried to figure out what we would do for the day. After a few hours of just lounging around, we decided we would go eat at Wendy’s first and then go to BoatNik. For those of you who don’t know, BoatNik is a boat race and it has a carnival/festival type look. They had all sorts of rides, but the only one we took was the Ferris wheel. It was for 4 tickets per person. Each ticket was a $1.25 and for a set of 24 tickets was $20. Not too bad for carnival tickets. Before riding the Ferris wheel, we bought a couple snow cones and sat by the lake watching some boat races. Boat tours at HellGate were still going on throughout the river during the races. While riding the Ferris wheel, it gave us just enough time to sit and relax. It was humid outside, which made it really hot for 80 degrees. The breeze once you got to the top of the Ferris wheel was nice and worth it. You get to see the top of the trees and mountains when you’re up there. Such beautiful scenery. After the Ferris wheel ride, we walked around all the cute little tent shops around the park. So much jewelry, clothes, sample foods, and souvenirs all in one little park! The souvenirs and food are really expensive at BoatNik so I would highly recommend bringing lots of cash considering most tents don’t take card. The BoatNik festival is an all day festival that lasts the entire weekend of Memorial day. Bring a backpack just in case you buy a bunch of souvenirs and to keep your belongings in.
After a whole day of BoatNik, we decided the next morning to go to the Oregon Caves. Once we drove to the caves, we stopped to see how we could go through them, but we weren’t able to because they had a 2 hour delay and closed at 6pm. So we went to Griffin’s park instead. Griffin’s park is a park that is right along Rogue River. It has a play set for the kids, places to park your cars and RV’s, and is perfect for taking pictures and spending the day there with friends and family. We got to Griffin’s park at about 3pm and stayed until 5pm. We walked along this little shore, skipped rocks, and took tons of pictures! The water was a bit too cold, but after awhile you tend to get used to it. As the weather started to cool off, we decided to go get pizza at Abby’s Legendary Pizza, which I think, is the best pizza place alive! They have a huge selection of pizza and I wish we had one in Phoenix. Perfect place for large families or even just a date night. After pizza, we headed for SouthGate Cinemas to watch ‘Fate of the Furious’. Maddie & I have already seen the movie, but since Astrea (Maddie’s sister) and Riley hadn’t seen it, we decided we’d watch it again with them. ‘Fate of the Furious’ or any ‘Fast and Furious’ movie is an ABSOLUTE ‘have to see again’ movie series! You can never go wrong with ‘Fast and Furious’. After a long tiring day, we headed back to the house so Maddie and I could pack for our flight the next morning.
On Monday morning, we left the house at 4am to catch our flight. Luckily, I checked Sunday morning and I am so glad I did. We ended up arriving at the airport at 5am and our flight started boarding at 5:15am. After waiting 15 minutes to go through secruity, we ran to our gate and actually made it on time to board. We made it home safe and sound! No delays, no interruptions, just back to back flights. Thank goodness.
This trip to Oregon was very well needed for the both of us and I had a blast. It was very relaxing and not too busy. If you are ever in Grants Pass during Memorial Day weekend, BoatNik is a ‘must-see’ destination. There is so much more to explore and I wish we had more time to figure out what else there was to do, but that’ll be for next time. I hope everyone had a safe holiday weekend and enjoyed themselves! Again, Happy Memorial Day!