What an incredible couple of weeks it has been. I just got back from an amazing camping road trip through the west coast of the USA. 6000km through 6 states in 8 days. Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, and California. Even though we didn't have a ton of time in each location, we felt like we absorbed a lot and were consistently wowed by the diverse nature and everchanging landscapes.
The trip started in Vancouver on a Saturday evening, where we drove for a few hours and spent the night in Yakima, WA. I certainly would not recommend visiting Yakima. Not even as a stopover city. After that, we hauled all the way down to Salt Lake City. We cut down through Oregon and through Idaho and into Utah. What an amazing place SLC is. It seemed like the landscape changed every 20 minutes while driving. One minute you're driving through snowcapped mountains, then the next you're in the desert.
The next day we arrived in Moab, Utah. Jaw dropping is the only phrase that comes to mind when seeing the enormous rock formations and natural arches that are abundant. We spent an entire day exploring Arches National Park, and another full day venturing through Canyonlands National Park. 3 days in Moab was certainly not enough, but we felt it was better to leave while wanting more, rather than leave when we're bored with the place.
We intended on venturing north through Montana after our time in Utah, but the weather reports were predicting snow, so we made a spontaneous decision to go west to California instead. So we packed up in the rain at 5am and drove for 15 hours through Utah, Nevada, and into California where we ventured to the San Francisco area and upwards into the Sonoma County. We stayed at an absolutely amazing KOA campsite in Cloverdale, CA. Sonoma County is famous for the "Wine Road" where over 180 vineyards are all in the same general area. I have never experienced the peacefulness that I woke up to while staying there. Waking up to the sounds of so many different animals, in the shade on a grassy hill, overlooking endless miles of vineyards.
Lastly, we ventured up the coastline and into Oregon, where we stayed in Waldport. Again, the campsite was great and provided beach access that were amazing for photos.
Being back home is quite the change. I no longer can fill my tank of gas for $28 or eat In-N-Out burgers. I'm very excited to work through the photos I took.
Thanks for reading,