California road trip, part two: J and I drive a million miles to Yosemite back up to Lake Tahoe and back to Washington all within 72 hours.
Okay, it’s official.
Time to quit my job and somehow make money by road tripping, eating sushi, and taking pictures. That’s how I spent the last week and how I’d like to spend every week.
J and I got back a couple of days ago from a 5 day road trip from Washington down the coast, through the northern part of the Redwoods, over to Yosemite, up to Lake Tahoe, and back. 2200 miles in 5 days. Sooo much driving we didn’t get to spend as much time everywhere as we would have liked to, but I guess you can’t have it both ways…. Read The Post
Day 3 of the road trip with my mom was our last day of adventuring – day 4 was just a long 8 hour drive home from California (although In-n-Out burgers were involved, so obviously it was still a great day). We woke up and got on the road, passing into California in the morning and driving several more hours to get out of the middle of nowhere. Both of us had been to McArthur-Burney Falls in Northern California before, but it had been several years and we hadn’t gone together, so we decided we’d start the day there.
Finally getting back to where I left off with the first part of the road trip I went on with my mom at beginning of August! We spent the majority of our second day at Crater Lake National Park which is every bit as amazing as I had hoped it would be. Pictures don’t even do it justice or express just how truly stunning Crater Lake is.
I just got back a few days ago from an awesome 4-day road trip with my mom and am not ready for reality. Can I just stay on vacation?
I’ve been reliving all the beautiful places we saw the past few days while looking through my photos and am still just in awe. The world is such a beautiful place, especially the Western US (Okay, I’m slightly biased, I’ll admit). It truly is stunning, though, the difference a few hours of driving can make: Just 3 hours outside Portland to the East and I feel like I’m in a completely different place. Gone are the lush green trees, grass, and water. We drove past massive fields of wheat, where everything looked yellow and dry. Northeast of Bend, we explored the John Day Fossil Beds Monument, which covers almost 20,000 acres in Central Oregon. Of the 3 “units” the monument is divided into, we visited 2: Clarno and the Painted Hills.
Hellloooo and happy Monday!
This weekend J and I went camping with some of his family at Takhlakh Lake, Washington (Pronounced Tack-lack, in case those crazy h’s threw you off). I was a little worried when it was pouring down rain all day Friday while I was running errands, but it ended up being perfect weather for us while we were at the Lake. We drove about 4 hours out into the woods with no cell phone service, insanely bumpy, unpaved roads (thank God J was driving, I don’t think we would have made it otherwise!), and of course, beautiful Pacific Northwest views. Takhlakh Lake is 7 miles from Mount Adams, so on a clear day, you get a perfect view of the snow-peaked mountain reflecting over the lake. We waited all day for the clouds to clear up and finally, a few hours before sunset, almost all the clouds shifted and Mount Adams could be seen perfectly.
Happy Memorial Day!
How was your weekend? Did you do anything exciting? I went camping for the first time this season with my boyfriend and some of his family, on a property they own on the Hood Canal. It’s amazing: right next to the beach, lots of exploring to do, pretty forest, and oh, an old abandoned house to explore.
This week has been crazy! Back to work after spring break + my car needing to go to the shop and having to borrow my mom’s + J’s mom coming over for dinner + work + ahh I feel like my head could explode!
Thank goodness it’s Friday. Seriously.
The Pacific Northwest was blessed with some beautiful January snow yesterday. Despite being sick, I put on my furry-hooded jacket, gloves, and boots, and trekked around outside my house to capture some pictures. It’s been a couple years since we’ve had any snow that stuck (at least where I live), and I didn’t want to miss out!
Thankfully, I don’t have to work until Wednesday, and by then the roads should be all cleared up. Otherwise, I’d probably be panicking a little. When I was in high school, my parents never wanted me to drive in the snow, so a snow day for me meant a day off. Unfortunately, this means that as an adult, I’ve never learned how to properly drive in the snow. In Washington, it doesn’t snow very often, so this usually isn’t a big deal….. but two winters ago, I was driving up a steep hill to get to my boyfriend, Jensen’s house, and I got stuck! Tires spinning, snow flying everywhere. I was quite embarrassed. Jensen had to come rescue me and get my car un-stuck, but not before three different people stopped to ask if I was okay. Embarrassing, but at least people are nice.
I finally went to the pumpkin patch!
Yes, I’m aware that Halloween is in four days. It was also raining the entire time we were there.
It’s like the world is against me getting a pumpkin.