Months after our last trip I am finally finding the time to write and share our experiences in the Pacific Northwest. In a nutshell, we did a Pacific Northwest road trip with stops including Redwood National Park, Portland, Mount Hood, and Crater Lake National Park. The trip was full of winding roads, Redwood trees, and beautiful coastal views. This post is an overview of our entire trip, and future posts will cover more details and specifics. Enjoy the journey… 🙂
After I accepted a new job offer, we wanted to squeeze one last trip in before getting back to the grind. We planned this trip in about a weeks time, and only two weeks in advance. It’s safe to say we’re becoming masters of the art of trip planning; the itinerary is key. 🙂
We don’t like staying in one place for too long, and wanted to see as much as possible. We started out in San Francisco doing some typical tourist things like checking out Fisherman’s Wharf, seafood bisque, Pier 39, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
After taking some photos at Golden Gate, we headed north to Point Reyes National Seashore where we had our first night of backcountry camping. It was only about a mile hike uphill to our campsite, but is was a serene spot with an elevated view over the ocean.
We then traveled up to Redwood National Park where we spent two nights exploring the park. One night we spent on a campground, the other in the backcountry where we found an off-the-map trail that lead us through brush, down to the beautiful shore.
From Cali, we headed further north to Oregon. After a night at the Oregon Dunes, hours of driving through beautiful coastal towns and endless miles of farmland, we made it to Portland. We got comfortable switching gears to city life and explored some breweries and other sites. My absolute favorite spot was the International Rose Test Garden, just beautiful. After indulging in Voodoo Donut, we headed to Mt. Hood for two nights in the wilderness that we’ll never forget.
After surviving the Mt. Hood wilderness, we were ready to bring things down a notch. Our next stop was Crater Lake National Park, with a view and a history worth learning about. We spent two nights there winding down and also caught a glimpse of some PCT hikers before heading back to San Francisco.
Stay tuned for more details about our trip and backcountry experiences.
Safe travels. 🙂