And the next stop is…

Hello from sunny Seattle! Yes, you read that correctly: sunny Seattle. Not once has it rained on our trip – even here in Seattle (which is actually kind of a bummer!)

This trip has been utterly amazing and I’m not sure if words can even describe some of the beauty we’ve seen while driving across the country (I’ll go into the details of each stop when I post more about the trip next week.)

As for now, another quick update…

Over the past five or six days (we keep loosing track of what day it is) we’ve traveled through the northern tip of California, Oregon, and Washington. We stopped in Corvallis, Portland, Port Angeles, Olympic National Park and Seattle. Out of everywhere we’ve been, this has definitely been the MOST BEAUTIFUL part of the country. The trees are enormous, the mountains are unlike any I’d ever seen and I know I’ve already mentioned the perfect weather πŸ™‚
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Corvallis, Oregon was a charming little college town about an hour south of Portland. We stopped for the evening and had a wonderful time eating everything in sight, drinking and biking around. I loved how you could bike everywhere! The town also had an awesome Co-Op with fresh produce, baked goods, oils, spices, coffees and everything in between. I wish I could’ve attached the market to the back of my car and taken it back to Columbus with me. I can dream, can’t I? πŸ™‚

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Portland was our next stop and it definitely lived up to some of the stereotypes I had heard- both good and bad. Great coffee, great food, great people watching…let’s just leave it at that for now.

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We knew that Olympic National Park would be our next stop and it worked out that, by going to Port Angeles beforehand, we would actually save an hour on our drive to Seattle. I thought it was fun that we got to see Port Angeles. I had never heard of it until the Twilight series so it made for a detour in our trip. Fun fact: there is a table at Bella Italia called the ‘Bella and Edward’ table and that’s where our server seated us. It looked different than I had remembered from the film but she told us how Stephanie Meyer chose for that table to be their ‘first date table’. Fun memory πŸ™‚

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Olympic National Park was more beautiful than I could’ve imagined. We set up camp in Heart Of the Hills (under Hurricane Ridge) and went on a four mile hike. In the morning, we hiked some more and then headed off to Seattle.

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Alas, we have reached the point in our journey that we haven’t planned. At all. We are currently in Seattle-headed to Chicago-but aren’t really sure where to go from here. We have a few possibilities: the Badlands in South Dakota, Yellowstone National Park, and Glacier National Park. Other than those we’re not really sure what’s in-between. Suggestions are welcome.

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