Evergreen Aviation and Space Musuem
After our relaxing hotel breakfast, we drove I-5 up through Oregon to Salem and then turned off on some smaller country roads to get to our new town of the week - McMinnville. The rv park where Matt and Jack had parked the Winnebago was right next door to this super huge plane and space museum. Good thing we brought along Emmett's orange astronat costume! The kids were excited to see each other, but Emmet and Kaylie were even more exited to see their new "rooms."
Our first rv park was pretty nice... all the things you look for when you are figuring out how to work an rv - wide lanes, flat flat parking spaces where you can pull all the way through with your tow car attached and then just keep driving forward to get out. With the tow car attached we cannot reverse. And by "we" I mean Matt, since I've only driven this bad boy in an abandoned neighborhood in Arizona. Anyway, since we can't reverse, that means we need to get lined up correctly the first time, or we have to pull through and do some kind of loop around the park and try again.
The rv park had a paved walk way that went across this grass field over to the immense buildings of the Aviation and Space Musuem. One of the buildings even had a 747 resting on the roof... with a waterslide that went through the cabin (did I mention there was an indoor waterslide park too?).
Recognize that big hunk? It's Matt! And behind him is the Spruce Goose! Some of you LA folks may have visited it when it was housed in Long Beach, CA. This plane was huge huge huge! And because of wartime metal rations, this plane is all wood (not spruce like you would think..but birch). Seriously. The metalic gray paint job makes it look like a reguar plane, but it's all wood!
With our family membership to CuriOdyssey, a children's science museum/zoo in San Mateo, CA, we are able to get into most science museums for free! That saved us over $100 in admission fees for one day at this museum. And you know someone kept asking to go back for another plane ride...
I'll be sharing our travel plans, some reviews, cooking ideas (because I know you are all jealous of my easy-bake oven), and ... oh who am I kidding?! I'll be lucky to get our photos posted!