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June 2011

Day 52: A Wine Cave and Some Waves

Day 52: A Wine Cave and Some Waves The anticipation of seeing someplace new always, in my mind, overrides the hesitance that accompanies the dangers of traveling alone. Even though I am traveling alone, I never truly feel alone. Everywhere I go I find something familiar, and the new age of technology makes me feel tethered to a thousand different people, and similarly...more
June 30th, 2011 | No Comments

Day 51: Lava Tubes and Snow Covered Craters

Day 51: Lava Tubes and Snow Covered Craters Today was going to be a detour from the carefully planned itinerary I had developed for this trip. It has been over 50 days since I started this journey and there is one important thing to understand about road trips: The plan is secondary to the journey. If you take a vacation your agenda should...more
June 29th, 2011 | 1 Comment

Day 50: Opening Oregon

Day 50: Opening Oregon The big open wilderness of Oregon was masked as I drove southeast from the Portland area. As I climbed the pass on 26 highway I joined Mt. Hood in the blanket of the clouds. Driving through Oregon was a lot like opening a present layer by layer. After my foggy drive through Mt. Hood National...more
June 28th, 2011 | No Comments

Day 49: Mt. St. Helen’s National Park & Ape Cave

Day 49: Mt. St. Helen’s National Park & Ape Cave Day 49: Mount St. Helens National Park & Ape Cave There are a few different types of travelers out there one can embody. One can be the careful traveler, someone who sticks to the main roads and a strict agenda. Reading all of the signs and going only to those places known for tourism this traveler...more
June 27th, 2011 | 1 Comment

Day 48: The Rainbow of Olympic National Park

Day 48: The Rainbow of Olympic National Park Many emblems of the world hold multiple meanings. It is of no surprise that a rainbow holds various meanings of symbolism. A rainbow can be a sign of success after a hard time or a symbol that it is ok to be yourself even if you stand out from a crowd. It can also be...more
June 26th, 2011 | No Comments

Day 47: Ferry Boats and Fairy Tales

Day 47: Ferry Boats and Fairy Tales Escape from reality is something sought by a majority of society. Whether we read a book, watch a movie or tv show, or play video games we are all looking for a break. Many people even spend a large percentage of their time achieving this goal. Life is so mundane in reality that we have...more
June 25th, 2011 | 1 Comment

Day 46: Seattle

Day 46: Seattle Day 46: Seattle's Pike Place Market After spending so much time in the wild part of the west it was time to heat back to civilization. Seattle was a city that held many things important to me.I had originally planned my route here to visit the University of Washington but later learned their programs weren't quite...more
June 24th, 2011 | No Comments

Day 45: Exploring Forest Service Roads Washington State

Day 45: Exploring Forest Service Roads Washington State Today I took it easy and enjoyed some "Free Exploration" time to get a little more time in with the rural areas of Washington before I headed into Seattle. I started heading in the general direction of Seattle on the highways and took a detour anytime I saw something interesting. I decided to explore the...more
June 23rd, 2011 | 2 Comments

Day 44: An Intro to Washington State

Day 44: An Intro to Washington State Did you know that Washington has high desert plains? It has plateaus and mountains, rivers and lakes, snowy peaks and great big canyons? I always thought of Washington as the green state- eternally covered from top to bottom in green plants. There is a lot more to Washington than I thought. I had planned on visiting...more
June 22nd, 2011 | No Comments

Day 43.5: The Road Less Traveled

Day 43.5: The Road Less Traveled GPS. Although I am from this era I have fought against the technology generation's idea of navigation. It wasn't until this past December that I even owned a GPS. I had borrowed family members GPS from time to time, but I always printed out maps and picked up state and local maps along the way. This...more
June 21st, 2011 | No Comments