In the quirkiest corners of the world, along the roads less traveled is where I feel most alive. When I'm many miles from civilization, a restroom with running water, GPS signal – I feel free and electrically charged. I wouldn't classify myself as a "thrill-seeker." I'm no roller-coaster riding dare devil. I don't take silly chances on the highway –even when I'm out west, and the speed limit is 75. I'd love to see a tornado or a massive supercell up close, but I think that's because weather fascinates me and I'd choose a stormy day over a sunny one anytime. I suppose rambling down a desolate road like Nevada State Route 375 brings me such joy because of the serene solitude that circulates through my rental car on my solo-adventure. It might not be for everyone, but I highly recommend taking a trip all alone at least once in your life. Hey, you never know, it could become your new favorite way to travel.
One of the nights I was in Oregon, we ended up in a port town called Astoria, we had just passed through at first, heading across the bridge to the mainland of Washington State. When the sun came down, we returned to Oregon, we stopped for dinner at a local seafood restaurant (because when in a port town one should try the seafood), and on the way back to the car something caught my eye.
It was a memorial called The Garden of Surging Waves. While the name at first seems to indict that it is a monument to the sailors, the maritime heroes of the small city, it is a monument in honor or the Chinese heritage and the community of Astoria.
As I struggled in the light, gray rain to get a good picture I couldn't help but feel the peace and harmony around the Garden, it was a testament to people who traveled far and took a journey into the unknown to provide a better future for their families. Another group of immigrants who helped build our country as we know it today.
I travel for moments like these.
Sometimes it's worth adding hours to your drive and getting home after midnight to chase waterfalls you've been eyeing for years, but just never made the time for. It was an awesome day of icy cold water and winding dirt back roads.
After a long day of driving through traffic yesterday, we faced another long drive home today, but none of us wanted this weekend of adventures to end. So we took a roundabout route to explore some waterfalls we had been eyeing over the years, but had never made the time for. Even as the clock ticked later, we kept jumping off rocks into icy water and swimming under waterfalls, laughing to ourselves. As the sun set, we turned the music up loud and finally steered our car back toward home. Thank you, @rynryan and @dcarlberg for the memories and for squeezing every last drop of adventure out of these past few days. It's been one for the books.
One of my favorite days in Glacier we actually hiked to a glacier. We hiked a total of about 14 miles (round trip) with an 1800 ft gain in elevation. Coming from San Antonio, only 650 ft above sea level, it was a pretty intense hike for us. Thank goodness for @surgeshots! We love to be outdoors, exploring and adventuring, and Surge is our secret weapon! Best of the best!
Today we visited the Denali sled dog kennels. These Alaskan Huskies are canine rangers for the National Park Service! In the winter they pull sleds to help patrol the park. I'm in love! They are the sweetest dogs! ❤️ Does your dog go crazy if you say "Wanna go for a walk?" Multiply that excitement by 100, and you'll have an idea of how the huskies react before they get hooked up to the sled. They love it! #smoellketravels#alaska#denali100
On Sunday when I was on my way home from picking up eclipse glasses from a friend in the community, I passed by this rose garden in the city of Wilmington, Delaware. I was feeling very grateful and not in any big hurry so, I decided to "Stop and Smell the Roses" 🌹🌹🌹 Hoping you have some time this week to do the same!