While in Portland I got to see some amazing scenery. Waterfalls, hills, lots of pine trees, lol. I even went to wine country. Yes! Wine country in Portland. I had no idea there was one there. It was breathe taking. The wines were exquisite, the country was beautiful and relaxing and the winery dogs were super cute and friendly, well most of them were friendly. I never did get to see Mount Hood though, I think it was on vacation. ;-) Portland was a great city and I hope to go back for another visit. Maybe I'll teach a workshop next time.
So the plan was to fly there and drive back and as stressful as that was at times, I'm so glad I did it. We picked up the car and our first stop was Seattle. Now this is another city I want to go back to. What fun, what history. The market was great! I wish I had something like this close to home. Sadly, I could only stay a day. We were on a tight schedule in order to see as much as possible and still be home in time to teach my classes.
On our drive we saw mountains, which I have never seen before, wildlife, Yellowstone Park, we had buffalo right next to our car, geyser's, hot springs, Crazy Horse, Mount Rushmore, The Badlands, I saw so many stars at night I could see the Milky Way, I saw prairie dogs, I've never seen them, they're so cute and they squeak like dog toys, The Green Giant and so much more. I met some very friendly and interesting people. Halfway through the trip I wished I would have done a travel video blog. Oh well, I do hope to drive to the east coast one day, maybe I'll do one then.
I know this is a short description, but if I described everything I saw you probably wouldn't want to read it all. ;-) You are always welcome to contact me and I'll show you photos and tell you more if you like.
All in all, this trip made me realize just how large and beautiful and amazing this country's scenery is. And yet I still haven't seen it all.
If you ever get the chance to do a road trip, you don't have to drive across the country, but even just a couple states over, do it! You'd be amazed at the differences from one state to the next in scenery, people, cultures, just every little thing. :-)