…to the Pacific Northwest, USA

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

Day 36: Reconnecting with a Friend

I pulled up to Chanell’s house around 1:00 pm. Her corner house was beautifully decorated, newly remodeled, and I was impressed by how quickly she had unpacked. She had only been living in the house for about one month but it already felt like a cozy home. I was nervous and excited at the sameContinue reading “Day 36: Reconnecting with a Friend”

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Day 35: History of Seattle and Getting a Kiss

It was my last day in Seattle and I wanted to learn a little more about the city so I signed up for an underground tour. Meeting in downtown Seattle, the tour began in a basement of a skyrise. It was dark and had a setup like what you’d see during Halloween. The tour hadContinue reading “Day 35: History of Seattle and Getting a Kiss”

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Day 34: Hiking and Discovering Tinder

The fan attempted to cool me off as I relaxed in my Airbnb, and I researched places to stay in Vancouver, British Columbia – my next destination. Sadly, I was finding some bad places online. For example, I found two listings by the same guy for $27 a night. In one listing, you could stayContinue reading “Day 34: Hiking and Discovering Tinder”

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Day 33: Airbnb and Plastic Bags in Seattle

I wasn’t ready to leave Seattle, as I hadn’t been able to see as much as I wanted, like the nightlife. I had to check out of the Airbnb I was in and stay a few more days. I booked another Airbnb that was available nearby. The Airbnb I checked out of was a littleContinue reading “Day 33: Airbnb and Plastic Bags in Seattle”

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Day 32: Review of Modern Romance

On the train ride back to Seattle, I finished reading a book that I borrowed from my friend Tim, called Modern Romance, by Aziz Ansari. I’m a fan of Aziz and shortly before I left Los Angeles, I had a lengthy discussion with Tim about dating in 2018 and how different it is living inContinue reading “Day 32: Review of Modern Romance”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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Days 28 – 29: A Date in Seattle, WA

I took the ferry from Whidbey Island to Seattle. I love taking ferries. It’s fun to drive your car on, go to the cafe, get a coffee, and wander outside to check out the views. This ferry ride was just about 40 minutes which was long enough to enjoy the sun reflecting off the waterContinue reading “Days 28 – 29: A Date in Seattle, WA”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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)”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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”

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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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