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Archive for March, 2011

Pacific Northwest

The Oregon coast as seen from Ecola State Park.

It seemed that when all of a sudden our travels starting taking us west, we always ended up in desert climates. Joshua Tree, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Zion, Bryce, and all of the sites in between. Deserts are awesome, but I always felt like I was only seeing a portion of what the west had to offer.

Portland was high on my list of places to visit after hearing about the biking culture, the outdoorsy population, the Cascades, Columbia River Gorge, and Smith Rock. Ange had a buy one get one $99 companion ticket to use, so it seemed logical that the way to get the most bang for the buck was to travel as far as possible in the continental U.S. (to a place we wanted to visit, that is).

Most of our reading indicated that the best time to visit the PNW was the summer. However, we were eager to have a trip before then, and we had to use the BOGO$99 ticket before it expired. We decided to go in March.