And this is a list of some of what I learned while on our vacation to the Oregon Coast:
1.) On travel trailers, there’s a thingy that attaches the axle, which holds the wheels, to the bottom of the trailer. The thingy has a very poetic name–it’s called a leaf spring.
2.) If a leaf spring breaks at the top of Lookout Pass in a snow flurry, the best thing to do is to unhook the trailer and drive down the pass to the nearest town, which happens to be Wallace, ID.
3.) Leaf springs are hard to find in small mountain towns. You might as well save yourself the trouble and just drive to Spokane, already.
4.) If you spend an unexpected night in Wallace, ID, the Wallace Inn is a lovely place to stay.
5.) If you stay at the Wallace Inn, there is a cable channel that plays SpongeBob Squarepants shows constantly. If you didn’t already know, SpongeBob Squarepants lives in a pineapple under the sea.
6.) All-SpongeBob, All-the-time takes the sting out of a broken leaf spring, if you are eight-years-old or younger.
7.) The Oregon Coast is worth all the fuss over leaf springs, and more.
8.) The Pacific Ocean is indeed bigger than I remembered it.
9.) I saw the whales.
Thanks for all the well-wishes, everyone! The very best thing about going on vacation is realizing how good it feels to be home.