A road trip is one of the best tests of a relationship. I once dumped a guy after a day trip to Milwaukee because I couldn’t stand his voice by the end of it. He also didn’t have any money for gas. I’m not a gold digger, but I’m not an idiot either.
I intro with this because traveling with Justin has always been a walk in the park. In August of 2012, we hopped in my VW wagon and spent two weeks driving up the coast from Los Angeles to Seattle. My two best ladies Nikki and Ashton were with us through San Francisco. All photos below were taken on my iPhone.
Our first stop was a berry farm in Santa Ynez, California.
This donut shop is where I first saw the Garfield clock that is now sitting on my kitchen wall. Thanks, eBay.
Big Sur is hands down the prettiest spot on the West Coast. I will admit, I teared up a bit because it was just so damn beautiful.
Justin immortalized The Duke on a rock.
We found an amazing vacation rental in San Francisco on VRBO. Vacation rentals are my favorite way to experience a city. You get to pretend you live in the city and are allowed to really submerge yourself in the culture. Plus they’re typically much cheaper and bigger than a hotel.
We went to Outside Lands at Golden Gate Park. Metallica, Neil Young, Jack White, The Kills to name a few.
After San Francisco, Justin and I departed from Ashton and Nikki and made our way to Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Absolutely stunning. I became a tree hugger.
Driving through a tree. No big deal.
Our campsite outside of Waldport, Oregon. Right on the beach. The cold, windy beach. This is where my awesome cold that tried to ruin our trip set in.
A quick stop at Rogue in Newport before heading to Portland. I got a root beer float because I’m real mature.
We stayed at an urban farm in Portland, complete with chickens and goats. It was the perfect amount of weird to introduce us to the city. You can read more about the farm here. Although our trip was overshadowed by my cold that was in full force by now, we still managed to do a lot of eating, shopping, and goat walking. Yes. I said goat walking.
Our last destination was Seattle. Pike Place Market was first on the list. We visited the original Starbucks and The Crumpet Shot (yum).
We also got to visit the EMP Museum. They had an exhibit on Nirvana which was pretty magical. I nerded out a bit over the cover layout for Bleach and the photo retouching notes on the Nevermind cover. “If anyone has a problem with his dick we can remove it.”
Sadly we aren’t hobos and had to get back to work, so we began the seventeen hour drive home. Now I’m determined to someday do the East Coast version of this trip. Someday.