AUTHOR: linda TITLE: A Tri-State Thanksgiving Trek DATE: 6:53:00 PM ----- BODY:

$300: Chevy Impala car rental

$260: 3-night stay at the Troutdale Holiday Inn Express

22: hours driving in holiday traffic

1,354: exits passed on highway 80, 505, 5 and 30

$200: filling up the tank five times

1,308: miles across three states of tree-carpeted foothills, abandoned industrial areas, and fast-food rest stops

$26: four Wendy's spicy chicken sandwich combo meals #6

Holding my 6-week old nephew for the first time: priceless.

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