Idaho was our first stop and after a long day of driving, we were thankful for the break. After making a pitstop in Boise for dinner, we continued on our way to Twin Falls. We wanted to get as far as we could on that first day, especially since we were planning on making two stops in Utah. Although it was exciting to enter our first of 10 states, we were a little apprehensive.

We were dreading it the entire way to Idaho. As soon as we saw the leaving Oregon sign we knew it was only a matter of time before we had to do it, it was unavoidable. We were going to have to pump our own gas.

There is a lot of planning that goes into a cross country road trip— which route to take, what hotels to stay at, how long to drive each day— but learning how to pump gas is unique to Oregonians.

This may not seem like a big deal, but it can be stressful for those who have never done it before.

Not having to get out of the car to pump gas is a luxury only one other state enjoys and it was not on our route.

When we got to our first self-serve gas station, we reluctantly got out of the car. We read the directions and nervously began to follow them. After battling with the gas cap and a few failed attempts to get the gas flowing, we had a full tank.

Stopping for gas is an important part of a cross country road trip so be prepared.

Unsure what to know before hitting the open road?

  • Get familiar with the gas tank before heading out on the road. It may seem simple and after doing it for the first time it is, but becoming familiar with it will only make the first stop easier.
  • Think ahead. There may be some long stretches between each gas station so don’t be afraid to fill up before the gas light comes on.
  • Gas gets cheaper when traveling west to east. Our wallets were thankful for this.

Once we had figured out how to pump gas and booked our first hotel, we were more than ready for bed.

We woke up early the next morning in order to see Shoshone falls, advertised as the Niagra of the west. We had decided before our trip started to see something unique to each state we were in and this was our Idaho stop.

Shoshone Falls
Shoshone Falls

While the picture on the brochure showed an abundance of water spilling over the edge, the real deal was not as exciting. We gave it the benefit of the doubt as it was a very warm summer and were still able to enjoy the views.

After our short trip to the falls, we were back on the road and ready to head to Utah.



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