First off! I’m home and ready to get back to my normal routine of writing recipes, posting on my blog, walking the dogs, tennis and oh yeah.. my day job selling houses! Four weeks away is forever especially with the limited cell phone and internet coverage! It’s all good though. I learned that the world doesn’t fall apart and that it’s actually kinda really awesome not knowing what is going on… I’m in a peaceful state of mind for sure.
Secondly, I’d be amiss if I didn’t mention how grateful that I am that I can just take off for a month and for the awesome opportunities that seem to present themselves to me. I know that I am very lucky and I don’t take anything for granted. I say “thank you” every day and feel extremely blessed.
So this June, a favorite person in my life bought an older model RV with very low miles and in great shape with the intention of checking out the Pacific Northwest and do a little business along the way. Not knowing the RV we thought easy as pie. Well, truth be known big machines built in the early 1990s don’t move to fast and 250-300 miles a day doesn’t get you very far too quick. So our trip ended up with zero plans, no reservations, and a different location every night. We were totally “winging” it and quite honestly I wouldn’t have wanted the first trip to be any different. So 4000 miles later we ended up doing The Ultimate Summer Road trip!
The ultimate summer road trip took us to 7 states, 5 national parks, 2 national monuments, countless national forests, state parks and miles upon miles of amazing views and experiences. Of course, I can’t write everything down so I’ll just give you a snippet of the travels. There are a ton of pictures below (I seriously took over 2500 pictures and narrowed it down to 150, I picked out my favorite ones for this post) that you can see the amazing things that we saw and maybe inspire you to take a big road trip as well!
We traveled through Utah, southern Idaho, Oregon, Northern California, back to Oregon and up the coast, Washington, northern Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, back to Utah and ended in Colorado via backroads with only an occasional jaunt on a major highway. I’m telling ya, this is the way to really see America. The family farming, all the irrigation, the vastness of scenery, the clouds, the peacefulness of being in the middle of nowhere, the wind farms, all the rivers and lakes, crystal clear skies, millions of stars, mountains, trees, wildflowers, all the fascinating people, OMG, I can’t stop and could go on forever about how awesome it is to get off the beaten path.
If you are interested in learning more or if you want good trip ideas, I’d be more than happy to discuss it with you. I highlighted the map book (yes we used “real” maps for this trip) and made notes along the way! Fun last thought. While taking the backroads, we ended up following the Lewis and Clark trail for a majority of our travels. This was neat because it enabled us to stop and look at historical markers along the way. Very fascinating and we learned something too!
Enjoy the photos and our journey to the Pacific Northwest and the Wild Wild West!