Just got back from my trip on Wednesday. While the trip was pretty dull consisting of hours of driving my folks out to the middle of nowhere, i.e. Elko Nevada, I've learned some things on the journey.
1. If someone cuts you off on the freeway to where you have to slam on your brakes and pray you don't die it's best not to lean over your parent and give the offending party the one finger salute.
2. "Cowboys" like to bet on horses and if they start yelling about it while sitting next to your mom it's best not to insult them to get them to shutup.
3. Napoleon Dynamite is not really exaggerating the people of Idaho. I firmly believe Rex Kwon Do exists.
4. When you're in cattle country it's best not to insult the natives' gods such as Toby Keith, Audey Murphy, and/or Hank Williams Jr.
There are many other things I've learned on this trip; but I'll list a few highlights.
1. The Rainbow. The Rainbow is the oldest bar and restaurant in Pendleton Oregon. The place became highly recommended by the hotel clerk. She claimed it was a "hoot". That's an understatement. The place was quite the dive, filled with urban cowboys, dirty floors, obscene bumper stickers, old foul mouthed men, and very young girls who flirt with everyone. Food was great though.
2. The polar bear. Mom and dad kept talking about this big stuffed polar bear that resided in the Commercial Hotel and Casino in Elko. When we arrived I got to take in the polar bear's splendor. Yep it sure was a stuffed polar bear. Very exciting payoff for traveling hours in a small car with your parents.
All in all it was quite the trek filled with boredom, profanity, white trash, and cheap drinks.
"No one needs a vacation more than the person who just had one." - Unknown