This weekend, for the first time ever, some of the Freda family cousins went on a road trip. Joey is visiting from Florida, where he is training in the Navy, so we leapt on the chance to get together for a summer adventure.
Representing three different branches of the Freda family, Wyatt, Karen, Joey and I trekked out from Portland to eastern Oregon on my trusty little Honda Hybrid (not the best off-roading car), with a quick stop at the Reed College ski cabin for a filling lunch.
The Painted Hills are a 4-6 hour drive from Portland, and it is a straight shoot- you just take highway 26 all the way out, and it is a beautiful drive. The John Day Memorial Fossil beds are nearby as well, and you can take the breathtaking scenic byway on your way back.
We hiked, forded a slippery river to set up camp, and cooked up nutritious goop for dinner for three days of family fun.
Goodbye, farewell, this summertime adventure will become a seasonal family ritual.