…to the Pacific Northwest, USA

Posts include days 2-36 in reverse chronological order. Click to read each short story.

Day 32: Train Ride to Portland

I had another appointment in Portland for the nasal balloon clearing, but rather than spend time in traffic and spend money on gas, I took the train. I love taking trains in Europe because they are so fun! They have giant windows to see the scenery, little restaurants, and are usually pretty comfortable. Trains areContinue reading “Day 32: Train Ride to Portland”

Day 31: Seattle Sights, Friends, Uber Rides

After my parking debacle the previous day, I ordered an Uber Pool to take me to downtown Seattle to do some more sight-seeing. It only cost about $6 each way, making it a much better option than driving myself. If you’re not familiar with Uber Pool, it’s a shared Uber ride. Uber will find otherContinue reading “Day 31: Seattle Sights, Friends, Uber Rides”

Day 30: Sightseeing in Seattle, WA

Visiting a city like Seattle means going to a lot of tourist sites. The city felt like a mini-Los Angeles due to the amount of people there. Being the largest city in the state of Washington and in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle has a population of 725,000 people. The metro area, however, has 3.87 million.Continue reading “Day 30: Sightseeing in Seattle, WA”

Days 26-27: Friends on Whidbey Island, Washington

The main reason I decided to stay on Whidbey Island is because my friend Trudy (who lives in Missouri) was vacationing there with her husband, three kids, mom, and sister. Yes, I crashed their family vacation. They rented a cabin off the bay in Coupeville (in Puget Sound), about 25 minutes from where I wasContinue reading “Days 26-27: Friends on Whidbey Island, Washington”

Day 25: Driving to Whidbey Island, Washington

The drive from Portland, Oregon to Whidbey Island, Washington was full of bridges. The route took me through Seattle, during rush hour traffic. I gotta say, Seattle traffic is almost as bad as Los Angeles traffic. I hit traffic just south of the city in Tacoma, then again near the downtown Seattle area, and againContinue reading “Day 25: Driving to Whidbey Island, Washington”

Days 22-24: Summary of Portland, Oregon

I spent that Sunday writing for my blog and hanging out at the hostel. The day after that I went to The Grotto. It’s a Catholic place for peace, prayer, and reflection. Being a Monday, the place was mostly empty. There is an elevator on the side of the steep mountain that takes you toContinue reading “Days 22-24: Summary of Portland, Oregon”

Days 19-21: Learning About Portland, Oregon

I often go on bike tours when I’m checking out a new city because bike tours are the perfect way to see the sights and learn about the city’s history. You go faster than walking but slower than a car. It’s the perfect speed. Plus, you get some exercise and can feel the breeze. IContinue reading “Days 19-21: Learning About Portland, Oregon”

Days 17-18: Discovering Portland, Oregon

I purposely booked nine nights in Portland so that I could take my time exploring the city, get some writing done, and not have to pack/unpack every one-two nights. I needed to get my tire looked at since it kept losing air so I took it to Costco. For $10, they repaired it and removedContinue reading “Days 17-18: Discovering Portland, Oregon”

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”

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)”

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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