All posts tagged: road trip america

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Heading West | Visiting Roswell, Carlsbad Caverns and My New Home

Just like that, My Great American Road Trip is headed back west. If you read my post when I started traveling back east, you’re probably very confused — honestly, so am I. Over the course of 4.5 months, I crossed the entire United States from coast-to-coast THREE times. It’s a really long and complicated story, but basically I got to Tennessee and then decided to turn around and go all the way back to Oregon to stay for good. After all these months of traveling, I’m finally calling Oregon my new home, and that feels so, so, so good. Here are my photos from my trip heading west, where I visited Roswell, the Carlsbad Caverns, and experienced all the changing autumn leaves 🍂 When I left Oregon a month ago, I headed straight for Missouri where I stayed for a week. Then, continued on to Tennessee. This sunset in Missouri knocked me off my feet, but it was also a turning point. While I was in Missouri, I started to miss Oregon more and more. …

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Washington | Exploring Downtown Seattle and Mount Rainier

There’s something special about Seattle, and I can’t quite place it. I just love the feel of the city, the gloomy skies, the UFOs everywhere. Seattle is just different—and I like that. My recent trip to Washington was great! I spent my time exploring Downtown Seattle, camping in the woods, and meeting family I’d never met before! Have you seen the rest of my Great American Road Trip posts? 🌼 Have you ever seen a cuter face?! Look at this happy puppy! 😍 I am one happy camper 🌞 There’s nothing better than being above the tree-line and seeing nothing but green for miles and miles. The Pacific Northwest is so gorgeous. Fun fact: John Muir is my favorite person in the world. Did you know it’s because of him that we even have National Parks and green, open spaces that are protected? When I was younger, I was so interested in him, his books were all I would read. I even made my dad take me to Muir’s home in California, we did the …

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Oregon (Part 4) | Exploring Bend & Crater Lake After the Wildfires

I first went to Eastern Oregon four years ago to visit friends, so going back this time around was great! I was reminded what a beautiful little city it is, and I was so happy to be spending time in the wilderness. For the week I was there, I spent time exploring Bend and Crater Lake after the wildfires ripped through. Luckily, there wasn’t too much damage and it was still as beautiful as ever. *Have you seen Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of my Oregon trip? 😎 How adorable is this camp? I loved this little log cabin in the woods. I grew up with the Redwoods in California, but I will never get over the beauty of these giants. They’re so amazing! I’ve been making dog friends everywhere I go, and it’s awesome. I need a dog asap! Also, I’ve been reading a lot. Recently, I’ve started reading Harry Potter! I’m currently about to finish the Prisoner of Azkaban and it’s so good, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to …

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Oregon (Part 2) | Visiting my College Town in Eugene

I graduated from the University of Oregon close to five years ago now (yikes), and visiting my college town in Eugene was so surreal. When I graduated, I didn’t think I’d be back. Don’t get me wrong, it was amazing and I have nothing but love for the school and the place, I just thought that chapter was over. When I went back this summer, it felt so strange! Everything had changed, yet it had all simultaneously stayed the same. Here are photos from my second leg of my Oregon trip. If you haven’t yet, check out Part 1! And catch up on my other posts from my Great American Road Trip 😎 I’m totally biased, but the University of Oregon is the most beautiful campus I’ve ever seen. The buildings are gorgeous, they’re the birthplace of Animal House, there’s over 400 species of trees, and everyone’s smiling all the time. It felt so good walking across campus again. This was probably one of my happiest days. So many great memories are rooted here, I can’t wait …

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Oregon (Part 1) | Eastern Oregon & Mt. Hood in the Summer

If you follow me on my Twitter or Instagram, you know I’ve been in Oregon since July. JULY. I’ve been sitting on this Oregon content for a while because at first, I wasn’t quite sure how to put it all together. So, I’ll be rolling it out in parts (four, to be exact!). As soon as I crossed over the border into Eastern Oregon, I relished in the sweet Oregonian summertime. Here are photos from my stay at Mt. Hood in the summer! Crossing the border into Oregon felt like a warm, overdue embrace. The last time I was here, I was graduating from University (which was over four years ago now!). Coming back here felt like coming home, and after months of traveling to new and foreign places, that was a great feeling! I don’t know about you, but I have a thing for abandoned places. I love visiting run down places and towns that time forgot about. In the four years I lived in Oregon, I never once visited Mt. Hood. Ever. So …

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Wyoming | Rock Springs & the National Rodeo Competition

I’ve been to Wyoming a few times, mostly when I was really young. So when I went this last time, it was really different and special. I was there for a rodeo competition, which was a whole new world in itself. I also started a new job while I was there. I explored Rock Springs, which is home to most of the dinosaur fossils in the U.S.! Overall, the two weeks spent in Wyoming was relaxing, it was different, and it was new – exactly what this trip is all about. Here are some photos from my trip! The more I see mountain ranges like these, the more I fall in love with them. When I was young, my great grandmother had a painting similar to this photo. When I visited her in the summers, I drank my hot cocoa at the dining room table and stared at that painting – wanting to be in it. I think maybe that’s why the desert has such a pull on my heart. Two words: Dream. Car. Half …

Life Lately: One month living on the road

Remember when I first announced I was leaving my island home in Hawaii? Remember when I said my plan was to road trip across America? Well, it’s officially been one month since I’ve been living on the road, without a “home” and going somewhere new every day. I’ve been posting little travel diaries of each place I’ve visited so far, but here’s how life has been in general 👍🏼 I’ve been writing every day Since I’ve been on the road, I’ve had lots and lots of time to think, think, think. This has been great, but I’ll admit it gets overwhelming at times. I went through a spell where all I thought about was my previous relationship, the ending, the goods, the bad, the pain and all the joy. This is imperative for growth and healing, but boy, is it tough to work through all those feelings. During times like these, I reach for my phone, scrap paper, notebook or computer and proceed to word vomit. I dump it all on paper, and oftentimes, it doesn’t …

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Arkansas | Downtown Hot Springs & enjoying the quiet beauty

When I was thinking about dream destinations and places I’ve always wanted to visit, Arkansas never made it on the list – it just never seemed like a place I wanted to go. “What’s in Arkansas, anyway?!” Boy, was I wrong. While I was only there for a day or two (they’re all blending together), I was filled to the brim with history, culture and endless beauty. I stayed in Hot Springs, which is nestled in a valley. Hundreds of years ago, Native Americans and travelers settled here for the area’s natural spring water, which was thought to be healing. All throughout the area, there are natural hot springs and bath houses, it’s pretty neat!   I was just excited to be in a small city for a while, I feel like I’ve been in the woods for a long time! Seeing concrete again was nice for a change (as strange as that may sound 😂) The whole city had an older feel, which I loved. Endless beauty. Even as the sun went down, more …

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Florida | Orlando, Universal Studios & seeing gators! (Part 2)

Have you checked out Part 1 of my Florida trip? 😊 During the last few days in Florida, I had to go on a Gator Tour so I went to a place called Camp Holly’s! They had an awesome tiki bar, baby gators on site, and the funniest air boat captains. I had the best time, I highly recommend this place! (And if you do go, order a margarita and tell the bartender I say hi!) Since I was in Orlando, I had to go to Universal Studios! (I was planning on going to DisneyWorld, but I’ll save that for another time). I’m a huge Simpsons fan, so I loved seeing KrustyLand, and of course the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was a blast! This also marks the first week of living on the road (and not in an actual “house”). So far, so good! It’s taking some adjustment, but I grew up camping so I love it. The only downside right now is the lack of stable, reliable Wi-Fi, but I’m working around it as …

Florida | St. Augustine, Cocoa Beach & getting ready for life on the road! (Part 1)

My grand adventure of living on the road has officially begun! (And as I’m writing this, I’m sitting at an auto repair shop in the outskirts of Nashville – more on that later). The first stop on my trip was Florida to visit family before I hit the road. I explored a ton and had a blast. Here are some photos from the first leg of my road trip across America! Nearly every community is built on or around the water, and it’s unlike anywhere else I’ve ever been. I love these little docks behind all these houses! Exploring old town St. Augustine was incredible! It’s one of America’s oldest cities and it was founded in the mid-1500s! I explored a 17th century stone fortress, walked through the streets of the old town (with a strawberry ice cream in hand, of course), and visited America’s oldest wooden schoolhouse (still standing from the early 1700s)! This little town was amazing, and if you’re in the area I highly recommend visiting! Hawaii has some amazing sunsets, but …