Updated on June 10, 2016
Road Trip 2016
I have so much I want to share with you guys, but the thing about blogging is it’s hard to sift through my life and figure out what you guys are interested in reading about. Total first world probs, right?
Hopefully you like reading about vacations because that’s the topic we are going with today. If not, you’re gonna have to take it up with Bam.
In May we rented an SUV and took a road trip to places I have never been before. About 3,600 miles worth of new adventures. Mike has seen a lot of these cities from the road, but never got a chance to get out and explore. The major cities we hit up were:
- Shasta Lake, CA
- Medford, OR
- Portland, OR
- Kennewick, WA
- Spokane, WA
- Coeur d’Alene, ID <-we freaking LOVED it here!
- Boise, ID
- Twin Falls, ID
- Salt Lake City, UT <-I have big dreams of going back at Christmas time!
- Provo, UT
- Park City, UT
- Bryce Canyon, UT
- Las Vegas, NV <- DUH
Shoshone Falls just outside of Twin Falls, ID. It was in the 40’s, pouring rain and maybe 9 other people there. Freaking awesome! It was all fun and games until Mike slipped in the mud and I had to pee.
Overall we had a great trip! We hit up a Brewery in just about every city, walked along greenways & rivers like locals, stopped into shops, hiked, ate simple & delicious food, saw screensaver worthy countryside, stopped into coffee shops, chatted with locals, explored on foot….we lived!
Though we did run into a couple unplanned snafus. One, we were planning to go to Yellowstone, but it was supposed to snow and we’re from Cali and I’ve heard that white stuff is cold, so yoga pants were not appropriate attire. The other thing was all of the hotels were booked in the park and around it. We don’t book hotels for our road trips, because we end up wherever the wind takes us. We didn’t want to rush through the park for one day, so we decided to skip it, but added a trip to Bryce Canyon instead. Which turned out to be a magnificent idea! Mike promised we’ll go to Yellowstone one day and if there’s one thing about Mike, he is a man of his word. <3
I could go on about the trip, but I’ll share the highlights and pictures.
Dechutes Brewery, Portland, OR. I loved their grilled chicken, which is marinated in ginger ale & salt. We replicated it at home twice now and it’s a winner. Mike loved their beer as well.
Coeur d’Alene, ID is our only regret….we should have spent more time there. We both fit right in and within 24 hours we integrated our lives into their community, making friends with the local brewery, talking to the locals and visiting their farmers market. Mike took a flight around the lake which he LOVED. This girl stayed on land to avoid motion sickness. Our time in Coeur d’Alene was a very memorable part of our trip.
Multnomah Falls, OR was a random stop. I saw it from the freeway, so we stopped. #soworthit
Upper Falls 542 feet, Lower Falls 69 feet.
Salt Lake City, UT Capitol Building.
Finally got to meet the beautiful & talented Heather for bagels in Provo!!
Bryce Canyon, UT. Do I even need to explain this one?? We hiked the Navajo Trail at Sunset Point. It was only 3/4 mile one way, but starts at 8,000 feet elevation. Good thing it goes down, but of course you have to hike back up. Thought I might die. It was the most difficult, mind blowing, beautiful hike I have ever done in my life.
See those little dots on the bottom right? That’s the trail we hiked.
The bottom of the trail.
Driving through Red Rock NP on the way to Bryce Canyon.
Badwater Basin in Death Valley, CA. 282 feet below sea level.
If you want to find really rad places, I highly recommend using hashtags on Instagram. Sounds kinda weird, but that’s how I found a lot of these wonderful places. I even use hashtags where we live just to see where others are doing.
I really wanted to see and do a lot more, but I was about a month post major surgery, and already pushing it. My energy level is just not where it used to be yet and I still have some rough days. Instead of heading to tour the Lower Antelopes & see the Horseshoe Bend in Page, AZ, we opted to sit under palm trees in warm, sunny Vegas for a few days. It was a great life decision!
The only way to travel, is together. There is no one else I’d rather do life with than you cowboy! <3
What cities or places are on your bucket list?
What was the last new to you city you visited?
Where should we go next?