Response from Ellen:
Thanks, Renee. I do usually pack it. If you'd seen my car before I reached my son's, you'd know why it didn't make this trip...I even had his cactus in my back seat! I'll have it next time, for sure. Trip home was longer than usual - 10 hours - as I had to make frequent stretch stops. Otherwise, it was a good trip. 99 degrees when I stopped in Hood River. Whew!