Everything Bremerton - Spinning wheels: a family road trip

This year the Smidt family chose Crater Lake as the main destination for its annual road trip.

Nothing is quite like the fun of being out on the road together with a new city and a new hotel every night, out-of-the-way twisty back roads to be explored and unique adventures to be experienced.

Jason rolled on his Harley Davidson motorcycle while Nick and I experienced the top-down delights of the two seat convertible Solstice GXP.

We skipped out of Bremerton late Wednesday night heading south. The first night we lodged in Sandy, Ore., a city that is just southeast of Portland. Thursday morning we were up and out of the hotel and headed south through Mt. Hood and much of the high desert area.

Thursday night a reservation waited us at a hotel in the small town of La Pine, Ore.

After checking in at about 6 p.m., it was decided that I would hop in the car and head about a mile down the road to a local pizza restaurant for some take out.

Nick was begging to use the hotel pool so I left both of the boys behind at the hotel to unpack and unwind with pool time while I picked up the grub and some beverages.

I parked my car outside the pizza restaurant just off of the highway.

I went in, I ordered the pizza and with 15 minutes to waste until it was ready, I decided to leave the car parked where it was and walked about a block down to the convenience store for some juice and soda.

I dropped the beverages off in the trunk of the car and went back in the restaurant to pick up the pizza and load up the to-go container from the salad bar.

Walking back out to the car, I noticed something looked off with the left front quarter panel.

Sure enough a huge dent that pushed in the panel and two 6 inch long scratches were now a permanent fixture on my car. Someone had backed into it with what appeared to be a trailer hitch.

Of course, no one was in the parking lot when I got there and no one had seen or heard a thing.

Whoever had perpetrated this damage had quickly left the scene. No note, no waiting around, just hit my car and took off. Most likely with a belly full of beer and pizza. I hope their guilt is eating them up as we speak.

While Jason and Nick enjoyed the pizza and the pool for the remainder of the evening, I got to spend some special time on the phone with the local sheriff’s office and my insurance company.

Exactly the kind of way everyone wants to spend time on vacation. A big thank you to Deputy Sheresky with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office for being very nice, very thorough and very professional.

Good news for me is that I have a low deductible to get my car fixed. Bad news for me is that I have any deductible at all.

The very last thing I want to be blowing a couple hundred dollars on right now is someone else’s selfish stupidity.

Everything considered, we still had a wonderful trip. Central Oregon and Crater Lake were beautiful and wonderful. We also spent nights in Oakridge and Newberg, Ore. and have added a rather large quantity of photos to the family vacation album.

However, I am very happy to be back home, dent and all, right here in Bremerton.


Colleen Smidt writes about all things Bremerton.

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