[This post is backlogged from Thursday, June 25th]
A little over two weeks ago I flew into Fresno, California to begin a National Parks/ National Forests road trip out West. I’ve updated you once since then, from Portland, Oregon, and since we’ve continued to see many more sights.
Sadly our trip is coming to an end, I flew out from Detroit, Michigan and am currently waiting in the Boston airport for my plane back to Florida to depart.
I’m still feeling so refreshed and inspired, my heart full and grateful. I also still plan to share more in depth about my travels (with a hint towards COVID safe travel, especially on airplanes), but again for now I wanted to give a little update simply with where else we’ve been, what we’ve done, where we’ve eaten, and what’s up next.
If you want more frequent trip updates, follow along on Instagram! Otherwise, stay tuned here on my blog for more soon!
We had been car-camping our way across the country (another topic I plan to share more about too) but now we have a 24 foot travel trailer, Camper Ernie, that we’re staying in. My travel partner and best friend Tori renovated the trailer herself, so we’re staying at campsites with trailer as our home!
(more on Camper Ernie to come too!)
I did this on my last update, so again I’m including places we’ve found to eat when not cooking at our campsite (if you didn’t see my last post, I’m on a vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, nut-free diet for medical reasons). Here I’m sharing places that I’ve found that have amazingly accommodated my dietary restrictions.
So here are the cities we hit in the last week! ! Some cities we’ve just stopped through, and other’s we stayed in.
Next Level Burger
Red Bluff Tap House
Yoi Tomo Sushi and Grill
Salt Lake City, Utah
Raw Bean Coffee
Grand Junction, Colorado
Dinosaur, Colorado/ Jensen, Utah
Outlaw Trail RV Park
A B Camping
Walnut Creek Campground
Maquoketa Caves State Park Campground
Emerald Trails Campground
We took to the trails and tracked our mileage as we’ve explored the National Parks and Forests!
Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area
Coyote Wall — 5.2 miles
Dinosaur National Monument
Fossil Discovery Trail — 1.8 miles
Walnut Creek Recreation Area
— 3.6 miles
— 3 miles
That brings my total mileage to 22.2! I had hoped to do a marathon’s worth of hiking, and I was only four miles short.
This trip has been a much needed release from the rigid lifestyle I fell into after a break-up followed by the worldwide quarantine.
Living one day at a time, chasing freedom, waking up in forests, literally stopping to smell the roses; this is how I want to live every day. The independence, freedom, and openness that comes from time in nature and travel has left me feeling inspired and balanced.
I can’t wait to share more about how that’s manifesting in my life and work, but for now I’ll just say some exciting ideas were born from this trip.