Within 2 minutes of crossing the border from California into Oregon….it began to rain. The Pacific Northwest lived up to it’s reputation with cloudy skies, evergreen forests and espresso stands of every corner.
We spent over a week in the Pacific Northwest both sight seeing and relaxing with family. Here are some of the highlights:
We camped near Mt Hood along the banks of a the Clackamas River. The view from our campsite was spectacular and although it rained – the water was such a fine mist that we hardly noticed it. 🙂
Portland, Oregon is a lovely city. By appearances, it should be a busy, bustling place full of life, sound and culture. Instead we found empty streets with only a few somber looking folks walking from building to building. Not exactly what I expected.
Seattle is everything it’s cracked up to be and more. I’ve been there a few times since I can remember and each visit to the city is always a good time. Great food, lots of life, and top notch entertainment are what makes this city thrive. I wish it wasn’t such an expensive city. Many will argue that San Francisco and New York City are more expensive…but not by much.
Vancouver, BC was by far my favorite city in the Pacific Northwest on this trip. It was my very first time seeing the city and I was immediately impressed with the sheer size of it all. We only got to spend one day there, but I am confident that we will make it back on another trip to see more.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay with family in Washington State and the week was the perfect combination of relaxation and exploration. Next stops: Salt Lake City, Utah and Denver, Colorado.