How To Have Fun Without A Plan

My trip to Washington started with a simple desire to see something new. I decided to center the trip around Olympic National Park, of which I knew almost nothing. I punch it into Google Maps and drove 7 miles to reach a dead end. It was a beautiful dead end, but I was expecting to find an a visitor center or something. I stopped for some shots and headed back to find cell service.

Staircase Campground, Olympic National Park, Washington

I called a friend who had been recently. She dropped a few suggestions and that was enough for me. Another two hours later, I made it to Ruby Beach. The sun had long set, so I just made a pb&j, made room in the back of my SUV and went to sleep. I woke before sunrise, ate another sandwich, grabbed my camera and headed down to the beach. It was brisk and very foggy, which worried me because I didn't know how the shots would look. They turned out to be some of my best captures to date! 

Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington

After I left the ocean, I headed inland to explore the Hoh Rainforest, which was way cooler than I expected. The weather had warmed a little by this time and the sun was streaming through the vibrant green canopy above. I couldn't have had a better day.

Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Park, Washington

After hiking on a couple trails and taking some pictures, I began the long drive back to Oregon. I had only driven a few miles when I saw a sign for a big dead tree, so I turned off and drove down some back roads until I found it. I had lunch at the big dead tree then continued driving back home. At some point, I realized that I had enough time to make a detour for Multnomah Falls, so I headed east when I reached Portland to see the famous sight. It was beautiful from below, but the best views were at the top. 

Multnomah Falls from the top - Oregon

I made it back home around midnight and went to work the next day, totally inspired for the next weekend!