Monthly Archives: June 2015

Mt Rainier, Washington State

On Tuesday we crossed into Washington State and pulled into the rather fancy state capitol building in Olympia to check things out. Washington’s face was stamped onto everything, including the door handle in the bathroom. Which turned out to be … Continue reading

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The Oregon Coast

After Portland we headed west to the coast for a couple of nightsΒ camping at Nehalem Bay State Park. The coastline was ragged and dramatic, then dotted with adorable small towns touting fresh crabs, ice creams and antiques. The coastal architecture … Continue reading

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Portland, Oregon

Portland is a fantastic place to visit if you like to eat food and drink beer and coffee. which we do. In fact, the city reminded me a lot of Melbourne, particularly Fitzroy, Carlton or anywhere north of the river. … Continue reading

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Mt Hood

Mt Hood teased us, standing in the distance on most of the drive from Bend: Coming from the Bend side (and not the Portland side) there was little signage and no information on hikes or other highlights, which was kind … Continue reading

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Oregon: Eugene and Bend

After Crater Lake we drove on to Eugene, a fun uni town packed with hippies, activists, potheads, craft breweries, artsy and outdoorsy types. Our time in Eugene (and Bend, come to think of it) was characterised by beautiful nature and … Continue reading

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Crater Lake, Oregon

Today officially marks 5 weeks in America! The first thing I would recommend to anyone coming to the west coast is Crater Lake. After we decided to bypass Shasta Lake and head into Oregon early we had an extra night … Continue reading

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Leaving California, arriving in Oregon

After we left Lake Tahoe we drove to a campground on the Sacramento River at a place called Colusa. Along the way we stopped at Folsom, to check out the prison synonymous with Johnny Cash. HeΒ performedΒ two concerts there in 1968 … Continue reading

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Lake Tahoe

Time for a map update! On Sunday we hired a kayak and paddled around Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe. In the middle of the bay is Fannette Island, which still has the structure of a ‘tea house’ built by the … Continue reading

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Panorama Trail, Yosemite

On day two of our Yosemite adventure we hiked the Panorama Trail, 13.5km starting from spectacular Glacier Point and ending with the Mist Trail which goes alongside two waterfalls, Nevada and Vernal Falls. We left our car on the Valley … Continue reading

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Yosemite National Park

We arrived at inimitable Yosemite in the late afternoon, pitched our tent at Crane Flat campground and drove into the valley to look around. We drove through a tunnel and were immediately greeted with this view: Which I thought was … Continue reading

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