After many last minute, unanticipated hiccups which delayed our departure by two and a half days, we were finally able to head out on our great adventure late on Friday morning (May 16).
The weather was particularly fine, and Rufus was not ready to get cooped up in a vehicle just yet. He took my command to load up as an invitation to play tag.
Our route took us south through Portland and over to the Oregon Coast, where we spent the night in the Oregon Dunes National Park
The boys found all the rattling and shaking that Harvey the RV generates with on the road a bit disconcerting, and elected to ride as close to the front of the vehicle as they could get. Rufus took this opportunity to offer editorial comments on my navigational skill.
Cooper demand that Rufus quit hogging the other front seat, and took the opportunity to call "shotgun" at our first pit stop.
However, all the excitement of the trip deprived Cooper and Rufus of their customary 10am - 4pm nap, with the result that, by the end of the day, Cooper was sprawled across most of the front of the vehicle.
When we finally reached the campground where we were to spend the first night, the boys passed out from exhaustion immediately after dinner.
All the pictures from today are available here.