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.
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.