In Part I, I made it safely to my dad's house, though with the Check Engine light glowing at me during the latter half of the drive.
In Part IV, I went to my mom's house and hung out for a few days.
I had originally planned to go home Saturday, but when that was the only day my sister could make it to my mom's, and the only time my step-sister would be able to play some board games, plus since my departure had been delayed a day, so I was still leaving the cats home alone the same amount of time as originally planned, I decided to go ahead and not leave until Sunday.
When I first checked the roads, they were icy in spots, so I wasn't in a big hurry to leave, hoping the sun and traffic would melt it some more before I got there. We had a nice breakfast, then loaded up the car and set out on our journey.
I noticed as I was driving toward Umatilla (about an hour away, and where I stopped to get gas--this Oregon girl prefers filling up in Oregon--someone else handles the pump!) that my gas light came back on. But it was still on steadily, not blinking, so I kept going. Got gas, and hit the road again.
I often stop in Biggs to use the restroom and get something to eat, but first, I headed over the bridge to the Washington side. We'd seen the Stonehenge War Memorial from across the river, and though I know I've taken Nathan there before, he didn't remember it, so we stopped. We found a geocache and took a few photos.
After that nice break, we also stopped at Biggs, used the restroom, had a sit-down meal in the truck stop restaurant (rather than just grabbing snacks for the road, in case I needed both hands to drive on the ice), and found another geocache. We looked for yet another one, but didn't find it this time. We'll save it for later. :-) Here's the view from where we were looking for it, though.