Moving On – From San Francisco to Oregon and Washington

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They are not kidding about the fog here.

After two and a half wonderful weeks of base camp in San Francisco, we left for Portland on Wednesday, June 3rd via the Redwoods National and State parks and a ranch called Bar 717 in Northern California. We didn’t have a lot of time to get there, since we were going to the Portland Timbers match on Saturday, June 6th. Our drive was punctuated by car challenges on both ends. Before leaving SF we killed the battery, and then just as we arrived to the Redwoods, the “check engine” light came on, but fortunately we only needed new spark plugs. We knew it wouldn’t always be easy, and I guess that’s what happens when you put 5,000 miles on a car in two months! 

After Portland, we will head towards Seattle, Washington and are looking forward to checking out all kinds of natural wonders, but especially national parks along the way like Olympic, North Cascades, and Mount Ranier, as well as other fun places like Mt. Saint Helens and the San Juan Islands.

I wanted to mention again that San Francisco was an amazing place to visit, and we had a blast meeting up with many friends who have moved out from Chicago. I loved that there were so many great outdoor adventures in and just outside the city.

The view from Alamo Square, best enjoyed with friends, beers, and a dog.
The view from Alamo Square, best enjoyed with friends, beers, and a dog.

Here’s some of my favorite non-park things we did while we were there:

  • Sightseeing around town, and especially enjoying views from Twin Peaks, Dolores Park, and Alamo Square
  • Shucking and eating fresh and grilled oysters at Baker beach with Purdy and Julien
  • Wine tasting in the Russian River Valley

And here’s the photo roll:

Just hanging out at Baker Beach where we all shucked and grilled oysters.

Just hanging out at Baker Beach where we all shucked and grilled oysters.

So hot right now...
So hot right now…

 

Our amazing hosts in San Francisco, Purdy and Julien, with their faithful sidekick Nick.
Our amazing hosts in San Francisco, Purdy and Julien, with their faithful sidekick Nick.
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Another beautiful foggy shot of the golden gate with our group for wine tasting.
Enjoying a beautiful day in Alamo Square.
Enjoying a beautiful day in Alamo Square.

3 thoughts on “Moving On – From San Francisco to Oregon and Washington”

    1. Thank you so much! We have been pretty safe lately, but – spoiler alert – our last hike was a little dodgy. Don’t tell my mom!

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