Day 16: Arriving in Portland, Oregon

After backpacking in Olympic National Park, I left Tracey’s house in Hood River around 9:00 pm. Because I couldn’t check into the hostel in downtown Portland until the following day and I just needed a place to sleep for a night, I booked a motel in the suburbs of Portland. I arrived at Rodeway InnContinue reading “Day 16: Arriving in Portland, Oregon”

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Days 12-15: Backpacking in a Rainforest (Olympic National Park)

My friend Mandy had planned a four-day backpacking trip in Olympic National Park, Washington. The plan was to hike about 14 miles to the Enchanted Valley and hike back out. Mandy’s friend, Lori, was flying to Bend, Oregon and then on July 5th, they would drive to the forest and start hiking. Mandy told meContinue reading “Days 12-15: Backpacking in a Rainforest (Olympic National Park)”

Days 9-11: Hood River, Oregon

After breakfast in Bend, I headed to Hood River, Oregon. I kept seeing these adorable little huts with drive-through lanes, called Dutch Bros Coffee. One of the huts was across the street from my motel and I stopped in the day before. During that trip, I ordered a delicious blended coffee drink and the guyContinue reading “Days 9-11: Hood River, Oregon”

Day 8: Friends in Bend

The nice thing about staying in motels or hotels vs Airbnb’s is that they usually offer breakfast. I enjoyed a pretty typical American continental breakfast and headed towards a hiking trail I had found on an app, AllTrails. The trail was a 30-minute drive west of Bend. I pulled down the gravel road and rememberedContinue reading “Day 8: Friends in Bend”

Days 6-7: The City of Bend, Oregon

I loaded up my car so I could check out of the Airbnb by 11:00 am, and on the way out, I stopped to talk with Victoria, the owner. She asked where I was going next and we talked a little about my next destinations. Then I told her I wanted to make a documentary aboutContinue reading “Days 6-7: The City of Bend, Oregon”

Day 5: Depression in Roseburg, Oregon

The Airbnb owner, Victoria, had recommended that I check out this wildlife Safari nearby where animals roam, you can drive your car through, and the animals walk right up to your car. I arrived around 11:30 am and was told it takes about an hour and a half to drive through. I also signed upContinue reading “Day 5: Depression in Roseburg, Oregon”

Day 4: Alone in Roseburg, Oregon

The drive from Klamath Falls to Roseburg, Oregon took around three hours and winded through the tree-filled mountains. There were barely any cars on the road, so I was able to drive in peace, not worrying that I was driving too slow around the corners and hills. I stopped at a gas station in theContinue reading “Day 4: Alone in Roseburg, Oregon”

Day 3: Discovering Klamath Falls, Oregon

I checked into the Days Inn in Klamath Falls, OR (population 21,000) around 9:00 pm and was given a room on the second floor of the motel. I parked as close as I could but there wasn’t much parking near my room. I had to walk up the stairs of the building next to itContinue reading “Day 3: Discovering Klamath Falls, Oregon”

Day 2: Driving to Klamath Falls, Oregon

I left Merced, California and headed to Sacramento, California. I’ve only driven through Sacramento once before and never stopped. I wanted to see a little bit of the city, so I decided to stop for lunch. I found a place on Yelp that had good reviews in the downtown area. When I walked in, itContinue reading “Day 2: Driving to Klamath Falls, Oregon”

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