Sunday, June 30, 2013

6.30.13 ~ 2 weeks, 4,089 miles

Early morning along Route 9 between Fair Play and  Buena Vista, Colorado.


Sunday, last day of June.... just back yesterday from.....northern New Mexico -> southwestern Colorado -> Utah -> southern Idaho -> Oregon coast -> Portland -> into Washington, abandon Vancouver (thanks RAIN!) -> northern Idaho -> western Montana -> western Wyoming -> Frisco, Colorado -> home to New Mexico

Lots and lots of hours passed in the car [praise be to my little red Subaru!] through miles and miles of wrenchingly beautiful country. 

The Oregon Coast, north of Yachats

Some highlights:

-- every nook and cranny of the Oregon coast

-- the road through eastern Oregon and Bend and Eugene to get to said coast

-- the Oregon State Park system

-- Portland. Every. Last. Thing. About. It.



Camping in Oregon

-- Route 12 all the way from western Washington to Montana

-- northern Idaho

-- US Forest Service campgrounds

-- the green banks of Montana sewn in along blue rivers and mountain forests

-- the Yellowstone River

-- the rugged, jagged, sweeping wall of the Grand Tetons


Cruising the eastern flank of the Grand Tetons
-- early morning light on the Rockies, welcoming us home

-- wildflowers along the Continental divide 
Morning in Wyoming


-- reading

-- drawing

-- thinking

-- dreaming

-- hooking up with long-ago friends

-- being completely unplugged and newsless for two weeks


-- every last bakery, eatery, coffee house, brew pub and food truck between here and Portland and back again

Descending from Hoosier Pass down into Alma, Colorado.



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