…to the Pacific Northwest, USA
Posts include days 2-36 in chronological order. Click to read each short story.
Day 2: Driving to Klamath Falls, Oregon
I was starting to get in the rhythm of road-tripping solo. I saw an outdoor sculpture garden and had to stop. Isn’t that what road trips are all about? Random stops?
Day 3: Discovering Klamath Falls, Oregon
I went on a ten-mile hike, enjoying the beautiful sights around Klamath Falls, Oregon. Hiking has a way of relieving stress for me. Being in nature is crucial for me.
Day 4: Alone in Roseburg, Oregon
In the United States, I still sometimes struggle being alone. I don’t need pep talks because I focus more on the enjoyment of what I’m partaking in. But dining alone takes some getting used to.
Day 5: Depression in Roseburg, Oregon
Feeling this incredible darkness made me unable to feel anything else. I hated that I couldn’t stop it, that I couldn’t fix it. I hated not being in control. I felt alone, deeply alone.
Days 6-7: The City of Bend, Oregon
I headed to Worthy Brewing Company where I saw on Facebook events that they had an observatory on-site. When I arrived, I saw that it was a restaurant, brewery, and after going up a narrow spiral staircase, an observatory.
Day 8: Friends in Bend
I met a friend of a friend for a beer and her family was great! I was also able to meet up with another friend while I was in Bend. In addition, I spent some time hiking.
Days 9-11: Hood River, Oregon
I went on a beautiful hike close to Hood River, Oregon. I was also able to meet up with a former co-worker who had just retired. We watched fireworks for the 4th of July and I was thrilled to have the company.
Days 12-15: Backpacking in a Rainforest (Olympic National Park)
I went backpacking with two friends for four days in Olympic National Park in Washington. It’s a rainforest with incredible green life that looked Jurassic. We spent three night camping and dealt with rain for a couple days. We even saw a bear.
Day 16: Arriving in Portland, Oregon
I checked into a hostel in Portland and walked around. I ate some Voodoo donuts and went to see a movie. The night scene in Portland was hipster.
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