10/30/11

Northwest Adventure


 Landon and I are newlyweds, and broke, with a serious sense of adventure. If we get a chance to go somewhere or do something we immediately jump on it, cameras in hand. Since this was the first year in forever that Landon had a fall break at the U we decided to jump in the car and drive until we couldn't drive anymore.

We started driving from the SLC and headed north, after two full days of driving, and puling off the freeway in Kennewick Washington to sleep in the car, we finally made it to Vancouver Canada! Vancouver is such a pretty city! We loved visiting Stanley Park, seeing the city, and shopping way too much!



We left Vancouver, crossed back into US territory and decided to set up camp in the most gorgeous National Park ever! It was called Birch Bay, right on the Washington coast. It was so fun to make alfredo noodles and use our tent. This was one of our favorite nights.




The next morning we headed down the coast, and ended up in Seattle! This was my favorite city of the trip! We were able to ride the Space Needle, hit Pike Place Market, have the best seafood and clam chowder, see the gum wall, do some shopping and see the piers. It was so gorgeous and the weather was perfect! Mid 60's and sun!







After we saw Seattle we headed through Washington and stopped in Tacoma, Olympia and then headed down to Cannon Beach, Oregon. This place was amazing! We were able to stay in the cutest little hotel and our balcony went out onto the beach. It was incredible! We walked along the shore, and ate amazing Mexican food. It was such a romantic little beach town.



We headed into Portland for a few hours, didn't love it there so we decided to head back to Cannon Beach and head down the Oregon coast. Can I just say this was the most amazing drive! There were so many cool patches of trees and forest and then you would pop out into a beach town. It was so incredible and I am so glad we were able to see so much.




We spent the night in a little town called Florence, Oregon and the next morning headed into Eugene. We were able to stop at the University of Oregon bookstore and pic a few duck things up. We spent some time in Eugene and then we were off again to Crater Lake. This place was incredible! It is the deepest lake in North America. The water was so blue, and it was so high that there was snow on the ground. It was gorgeous!


From Crater Lake we were able to head down into California and see some of the Redwood National Forest. This was Landon's favorite part! These trees were Giant!!! It was so much fun to drive along the coast and see these huge trees. One of my favorite parts was the "drive-thru" trees.



After our long drive, we made it to San Francisco, our final destination on this amazing trip. We had such a fun time in San Fran and we tried to fit everything in! We went to fisherman's warf, chinatown, shopping, the piers, lombard street, the golden gate bridge, got our car towed, spent way too much time in Zara, and ate some amazing crab.



It was a trip I know we will never forget! We had such a fun time spending almost two weeks together with no distractions! I just love my husband so much.





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