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Pacific Northwest Trek

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.

Hey there, Yogi Bear!

Next stop on our road trip – Camping in Yosemite

We left LA feeling great but ready for a more peaceful spot: the breathtaking Yosemite National Park. Honestly, I had no idea what to expect and came back with 3 great impressions from our time there.

First: Yosemite is in Bear Country and it’s no joke! All food and toiletries must be kept in giant metal containers called “Bear Lockers”. Warning signs are everywhere! Of course we didn’t see any bears at our campsite, and if we had – I think I would have peed my pants!

Second: Jake is pretty handy around a campsite! He found firewood and started the fire as soon as we arrived. He was also in charge of cooking during our camping trip. The first night was steak and veggie kabobs, then scrambled egg, ham and cheese skillets for breakfast, and hot dogs for lunch/dinner the next day. Everything cooked over the fire. I learned that smokey campfire flavor is super awesome by itself, no exotic seasonings needed. 🙂

Third: The landscape is breathtaking! Once you get into the valley, there is just no describing the beauty of the cliffs, waterfalls, and rock formations. Nature is just so beautiful! We stopped to take pictures several times and noticed that one could stay in Yosemite for weeks on end and still not have the chance to see everything it has to offer.

Overall, camping was a success. I’m not super outdoorzy, but I think I’m getting the urge see more of the natural world around me. We plan to go back in the future and make a point to hike some the more popular trails.