I wanted to wait a few days before posting about our trip just so I could actually process all of the fun/craziness/wild adventures that went down over our 10 day excursion. It has also been more interesting than expected to adjust back into normal Charleston life in our new home, thus why this is quite a few days late. But I am actually back this time. Not just halfway. All in babay.
This is ’bout to get real picture heavy but when you travel 3,000 miles in a very short period of time a lot goes down okay?
Day 1: Flight to Portland!! We were giddy. I have a pretty subdued obsession with the airport. If you are ever so lucky to be my travel partner be prepared to hear “I just love airports” and “There are so many humans from all over in the SAME PLACE” over and over again. It is actually pretty neat.
Day 2: We hiked about 8 miles around Silver Falls State Park with Abby (a true Oregon local) as we stood in awe of the beauty that is Oregon. I could not believe how much crisper and fresher the air was here and the views were stunning.
Day 3: We spent the day relaxing at Abby’s cabin while basking in the gorgeousness that is the whole mountain/lake situation of Oregon. I mean you can’t make this stuff up.
Day 4: Explored Portland with Abby and Lizzy! Such a cool/trendy/lively city. Top 5 things we did:
1) Powell’s Books (aka a reader’s heaven)
2) Deschute’s Brewery. Amazing beer and a sweet atmosphere! A must-go.
3) Voodoo Doughnuts. This cookies n’ cream doughnut thing happened. So many baked goods yo.
5) Stumptown Coffee Roasters. Lived up to expectations. This coffee is widely talked about and doesn’t disappoint!
And then the road trip happened…
Day 5: Met up with Ed to hit up the Oregon coast and officially commence our road trip and the “Great American Edventure” (haha really though). This beach was sick. I could live with this.
Day 6: Drive to Salt Lake City area to stay with the most encouraging/Christ loving/ joyful family in the entire universe. So blessed by this night. Oh yea and we made a few pretty cool stops on the way.
Day 7: Denver bound! This was my favorite day of driving as we got to drive through the Rocky Mountains. Seriously breathtaking. Solid route choice.
Day 8: That morning, we explored Denver a bit more in the am, hitting up Little Owl Coffee (so great!) downtown before beginning our longest driving stint yet (about 11 hours) to good ‘ol Columbia, MO. Yep.
Day 9: NASHVILLE BABAY. We were so excited to get to Nashville that we actually left on time that morning (aka a huge improvement from our Denver departure time of noon. Worth it.) I was so happy to be back in one of my favorite cities and second home with two of my favorite humans. This was a perfect final night to our adventure.
Day 10: Back to Charleston! This day was bittersweet. We celebrated that morning with breakfast at my favorite coffee shop in Nashville, The Frothy Monkey, before hitting the road. We spent that day in the car processing all of the ridiculous adventures that we had over the past few days and also just sitting in awe of the Lord’s perfect timing and faithfulness. I would not have wanted to do this trip with anyone else.
I am beyond thankful for all that I got to see and learn! The Lord is so good.
On to the next adventure.