We planned to leave Salem at 8am and got out the door at 8:30, which wasn't too bad for us. We booked a hotel in Blackfoot, Idaho which was 12 hours away. Since Sam was with us we had all kids in the middle row. (The back was filled with our gear.) Gavin and Carter were wrestling and squealing most of the way. We made an unplanned stop at the Bonneville Dam because Renee had to go to the bathroom. We toured the visitors center and in the basement there were windows to the fish ladder, where we saw salmon. The dam was really cool too. The drive next to the Columbia River was beautiful. It was interesting to watch the the forest become mountains and dessert. We met my friend Jill in Hermiston, OR. (We lived together at BYU.) She lives two hours north but drove down to meet us on our drive east. We had lunch together and took some photos. After lunch we still had eight hours to go. We also lost an hour changing time zones and didn't get to our hotel until 11:30pm.