We're Home From the Road!! 17 Days of Travel with Tons of Pics~COMPLETE!!

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  1. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    Who's ready to hit the road?? :drive: My family is planning a July road trip from the Willamette Valley in Oregon, down the south Oregon coast to the California coast, across to Disneyland & Hollywood and then down to San Diego before heading back up the I-5 corridor to Sacramento & back into Oregon for a wedding and then home.

    I am so excited for this trip as it will include a lot of new things, things from my childhood and also family favorites!!!

    So who is going on this fun road trip?? Let me introduce my family!!

    I am Laurie (51), lover of all things Disney. I'm a mom of 7 (3 biological & 4 adopted) and wife of nearly 30 years!! This is my husband Mike (52), lover of Disney, awesome hands-on dad and my best friend.

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    This is Tyler (27), also a huge Disney fan. Ty stays at home to help me with the 4 younger kids. Ty got to experience Club 33 with me in December.

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    The 4 kiddos: Michayla (6), autistic, mentally delayed, g-tube fed, non verbal and my sweet baby!!! Shyann (6), high functioning autistic, mentally delayed, making huge strides at school and our little character. Adaleah (8), a young girl going on teenager.....lots of Diva like "tudes" but still has the innocence when it comes to Disney and Princesses. Anthony (12), our very active ADHD kid. Loves playing video games & Legos. Struggles with school but getting the extra help he needs.

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    More info to come!!
     
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  3. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    Day 1, Part 1 & 2: Coos Bay, Oregon POST #425, #435
    Day 2, Part 1 & 2: Coos Bay, Oregon POST #448, #456,
    Day 2, Part 3, 4 & 5: Prehistoric Gardens, Oregon POST #457, #458, #461
    Day 2, Part 6: Trees of Mystery, Cali POST #468
    Day 2, Part 7: Chandelier Tree, Willits, Cali POST #471
    Day 2, Part 8: Willits, Cali POST #478
    Day 3, Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9: Charles M Schulz Museum POST #498, #500, #502, #504, #507, #508, #509, #511, #512
    Day 3, Part 10 & 11: Johnny Garlics, Santa Rosa, Cali POST #521, #522
    Day 3, Part 12, 13, 14 & 15: San Francisco, Cali POST #529, #530, #532, #534
    Day 4, Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11: Walt Disney Family Museum, Cali POST #544, #545, #546, #547, #549, #551, #554, #556, #569, #570, #571
    Day 4, Part 12, 13 & 14: WDFM~Mary Blair, Cali POST #572, #573, #574
    Day 4, Part 15: SmashBurger, Cali POST #581
    Day 4, Part 16: Gilroy, Cali POST #582
    Day 4, Part 17: Famous Dave's BBQ, Cali POST #583
    Day 5, Part 1, 2 & 3: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cali POST #589. #590. #591
    Day 5, Part 4: Monterey Bay Aquarium/Johnny Rockets, Cali POST #592
    Day 5, Part 5: Johnny Rockets, Cali POST #593
    Day 6, Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11: Disneyland, Cali POST #600, #609, #610, #611, #612, #622, #623, #624, #631, #632, #633
    Day 6, PHOTOPASS: Disneyland, Cali POST #634
    Day 7, Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17: Disneyland, Cali POST #646, #647, #648, #661, #662, #665, #668, #669, #670, #671, #672, #679, #680, #681, #682, #683, #684
    Day 7, PHOTOPASS: Disneyland, Cali POST #685
    Day 7, PHOTOPASS: Disneyland, Cali POST #686
    Day 8, Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9: Disneyland, Cali POST #687, #688, #689, #719, #721, #723, #733, #734, #735
    Day 8, PHOTOPASS: Disneyland, Cali POST #736
    Day 9, Part 1 & 2: Huntington Beach, Cali POST #738, #740
    Day 9, Part 3, 4 & 5: Angel's Baseball, Cali POST #743, #744, #745
    Day 10, Part 1: Universal CityWalk, Cali POST #751
    Day 10, Part 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10: Universal Studios Hollywood, Cali POST #752, #753, #766, #767, #768, #769, #770, #771, #772
    Day 10, Part 11 & 12: Universal CityWalk, Cali POST #779, #780
    Day 10, Part 13: Beverly Gardens Hotel, Cali POST #781
    Day 11, Part 1, 2 & 3: LA Farmer's Market POST #785, #786, #787
    Day 11, Part 4, 5 & 6: Walt's Barn POST #796, #798, #800
    Day 11, Part 7 & 8: LA Live Steamer's RR Museum POST #811, #812
    Day 11, Part 9, 10 11, 12 & 13: Travel Town Museum POST #813, #814, #815, #816, #817
    Day 11, Part 14 & 15: Shakey's Pizza POST #818, #819
    Day 11, Part 16: Shakey's Pizza & Super 8 Westminster POST #820
    Day 12, Part 1: Krispy Kreme & San Juan Capistrano POST #823
    Day 12, Part 2: San Juan Capistrano & San Diego Zoo POST #824
    Day 12, Part 3, 4, 5 & 6: San Diego Zoo POST #825, #826, #828, #829
    Day 12, Part 7: Dinner & Kings Inn Motel POST #830
    Day 13, Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9: SeaWorld POST #848, #849, #850, #851, #852, #853, 854, #855, #856
    Day 13, Part 10: Kings Inn/Amigo Spot POST #857
    Day 13, Part 11, 12 & 13: SeaWorld POST #858 #859, #860
    Day 14, Part 1 & 2: Travel Day POST #861, #862
    Day 15, Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8: CA State RR Museum POST #867, #868, #869, #870, #871, #872, #873, #874
    Day 16, Part 1 & 2: Park, Swimming & Wedding POST #889, #890
    Day 17, Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6: Wildlife Safari, OR POST #896, #897, #898, #905, #906, #907
     
  4. Nintfamily

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    I am on board! I am heading down in July as well. I have 3 adopted kiddos with special needs as well :) Looking forward to your adventure!
     
  5. awdsmama

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    Hi there Laurie! I live in the Willamette Valley as well! We road tripped it in 2012 but only to Disneyland and back so I can't wait to hear about your big trip!
     
  6. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    Welcome!!! Hope to find out more about your plans & family!!!

    Welcome!! Where are you at? We're in Philomath, outside Corvallis but have lived in Salem (and I graduated from Cascade in Turner).
     
  7. tstidm1

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    Subscribing to this thread. I must admit I am amazed at all you do for other people. Mother of seven is a Superpower.

    Seriously though. Maybe, we'll run into each other. Going to be on the Backstage Magic and in the Parks 7/8-11.
     
  8. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    Welcome!! Thank you....Luckily the 7 were split up, so it's like parenting all over again. Raised the first batch and then got the 2nd batch......lol

    Unfortunately, we won't be in the parks that early.......
     
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    Following along
     
  10. awdsmama

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    We're a bit east of Salem :-)
     
  11. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    Let's take a look at what our Road Trip looks like on paper!!

    July 10~~Drive from Philomath Oregon to Coos Bay Oregon for one night. Visit MIL and maybe some old friends. (we used to live there) This is also Adaleah's 9th Birthday.....so we'll have to incorporate that into our plans too!!

    July 11~~Drive from Coos Bay to Willits California, going down Hwy 101, with stops at Prehistoric Gardens in Port Orford OR, Trees of Mystery in Klamath CA & the Drive Thru Tree in Leggett.

    July 12~~Drive from Willits to San Francisco, with stops at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, lunch at Guy Fieri's Johnny Garlic's Restaurant in Santa Rosa and after checking in at hotel in SF.....going down to Fisherman's Wharf/Pier 39.

    July 13~~Start our day at the Disney Family Museum and the Golden Gate Park/Koret Children's Quarter before driving to Gilroy for the night. Planning on checking out Famous Dave's BBQ in Gilroy for dinner.

    July 14~~ Drive from Gilroy to Anaheim down Hwy 101 and then cutting over to head east, with a stop at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

    July 15-16-17~~Go to Disneyland/Disney's California Adventure.

    July 18~~Finally hit a California Beach, late lunch at Mrs Knott's Chicken Dinner and then catch an Anaheim Angel's Baseball game.

    July 19~~Drive from Anaheim to Hollywood, spending the day at Universal Studios.

    July 20~~Drive from Hollywood to Westminster after checking out the Farmer's Market, Walt's Barn and stopping to see my brother in Torrance.

    July 21~~Drive from Westminster to San Diego and spend the day at the San Diego Zoo.

    July 22~~Spend the day at Sea World in San Diego.

    July 23~~Drive from San Diego to Sacramento, up I-5, hopefully meeting with friends in this area for dinner.

    July 24~~Drive from Sacramento to Medford OR.

    July 25~~Attend an evening wedding of a family member in Ashland OR (just about 15 mins from Medford).

    July 26~~Drive from Medford to our home in Philomath.

    Whew.......are you tired yet??? :rotfl:


    I'll be giving information on each of the places we're planning on stopping at.....that way if you ever decide to do a road trip.....you'll have some ideas of things to do & see!!
     
  12. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    Welcome & thanks for following!!

    Nice!! Close by then!!
     
  13. Nintfamily

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    We are going to be there the 14th-19th :) Flying down from by the Canadian border in Washington. :)
     
  14. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    Ooooh, we'll overlap on our dates!!! Might have to do a quickie meet up!!! :cool1:
     
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    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    So let's look at Day 1~July 10th. Coos Bay is on the southern Oregon coast and about 3 hours from where we live. Mike grew up here and I lived 20 miles south of here until the age of 12. I moved back to the area to go to the community college while I lived with my dad.....it was during this time I met Mike.

    Mike's mom & 2 brother's still live in the area, so we will visit at least his mom when we stop for the night. We moved to Coos Bay with our boys when they were in 1st-3rd-5th grade and stayed for over 10 years. So we also have friends here.

    No big plans when we get there, other than visiting with people. It is Addy's 9th birthday....so we'll have to have a birthday celebration at dinner. Not sure where that will be yet.....probably a pizza parlor.

    Here are a couple pictures of the Coos Bay area (courtesy of Google Images)

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    We are staying at the Motel 6 in Coos Bay.

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  16. kaoden39

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    Hi.

    I'll be in and out.:hippie:
     
  17. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    Welcome Michele......I get it!!! :hug:
     
  18. Nintfamily

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    Fun! I know another Dis'er (azdisneylover) will be there too :)
     
  19. Sew into Disney

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    Another Oregonian following :)

    Sounds like this is going to be a busy and fun trip.
     
  20. DizNee Luver

    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    Yay.....I've made some life long friends from DIS meet ups!!

    Welcome!!! It will busy but hopefully not sooooo busy that we don't enjoy ourselves. Tried to break things up....and we don't have to go from open to closing at places. With the help of the Disability card at Disney and SeaWorld (haven't heard back from Universal to see if they offer something similar).....we will be able to be more relaxed in our touring!
     
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    DizNee Luver Luver of all things Disney!

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    Day Two~July 11th:

    We will leave Coos Bay & head south on Hwy 101 to the Port Orford OR area and stopping at Prehistoric Gardens.

    Prehistoric Gardens, is a self-guided tour thru an ancient Oregon rainforest with 23 life sized dinosaurs. Each dinosaur has a sign with their name and facts about them. This has been a roadside favorite since 1955!

    Images courtesy of Google:

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    Admission: $10/adult $8/3-12yr Opens Daily at 9am


    We will continue south, stopping for lunch at some point & then stopping again at Trees of Mystery in Klamath CA.

    Situated in the middle of the Redwood National & State Parks, this attraction has been welcoming visitors for over 65 years. Part of the 8/10's of a mile trail is dedicated to the myth of Paul Bunyon....in fact you are greeted by a 49 foot Paul Bunyon and a 35 foot Babe the Blue Ox in the parking lot. There is a Sky Trail Gondola ride that takes you on a breath taking trip above the tree tops to the observation deck at the summit.

    Here are a few Google Images of Trees of Mystery:

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    Admission: $15/adult $8/7-12 Open Daily at 8am


    We will drive about 3 hours south to Leggett to see the Drive Thru Tree.

    The Chandelier Tree in Drive-Thru Tree Park is a 315-foot tall coast redwood tree in Leggett, California with a 6-foot wide by 6-foot-9-inch high hole cut through its base to allow a car to drive through. Its base measures 21 ft in diameter. Wikipedia

    Thank you Google Images for this pic!

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    Admission is FREE!!

    One more small jaunt in the car to the Super 8 in Willits.

    Pictures courtesy of Google Images.

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