Once we settled in to our rental house, in Ashland, we had about six weeks to call our own before we had to get down to business. What to do?! What to do?! Road Trip!
About 3 years ago Abi and I drove Route 66 from Chicago to San Jose, so we have some practice at long road trips. This trip: Destination Washington, D.C. We had Dustin’s car with us in Ashland and we drove across country to deliver his car to him. We decided to drive the northern route across Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Ohio, PA, and arriving in D.C. on the 27th. The following is the travel journal/bog I wrote as we traveled a lot of roads all the way across this great country of ours. And, I apologize right up front for some of the photography, part is due to rain, part is due to the fact that we seemed to have had an internal smudge on our camera lens. Bah!
May 19, 2011. Having spent a lot of time exploring the Pacific Northwest, we purposely pushed through the first 950 miles of our trip in order to have more time to do a bit of sightseeing in the next few days. We left Ashland, OR on Wednesday (Wow! That was just yesterday?) May 18 and took the mountain path to Klamath Falls, which was just spectacular, but we were so focused on the drive we forgot to take the time to stop for photos. We made our way east across Oregon and I think we drove through every possible ecosystem. There was a stretch of about 150 miles where we maybe saw 10 cars; you know the kind of area you would never want to have car trouble?! I knew the American West was alive and well when we came across a herd of buffalo somewhere in the middle of nowhere, OR. We called it a day when we arrived, as planned, in Boise, ID.
We stopped for the night (as planned) in Green River, WY and I gotta tell ya it is ridiculously cold! We are near the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area and we hope to visit it tomorrow. If the cliffs outside our hotel are any indication, it should be quite a site to see, if we don’t freeze.