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10 Waterfalls in a Day!

Trail of Ten Falls, Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

If you want to see waterfalls, then check out Oregon because it's drowning in them. You can see 10 from just a single trail at Silver Falls State Park. Naturally, that's where I found myself a week into my stay. My new friend Charity and I got together for this one; we spent the day chatting away while enjoying the incredible views around us. The trail winds along, over, and under the North and South Fork Silver Creeks as they flow through the valley in spectacular fashion.

I expected some of the falls to be a little lackluster, but I was pleasantly surprised. All of them were beautiful and some of them were even huge! I had a rocky start in Oregon, but places like this quickly changed my mind.

 

 

 

Moving to Oregon

I've explored a lot of beautiful places in Arizona during the last 15 months, but I've felt the call to greener lands, or even grass at all, for a while now. Oregon seems like it would be perfect for my lifestyle and it's close to a lot of amazing places: Northern California, Washington, British Columbia and Alberta.

I haven't allowed a ton of time to find a new roommate which is easily the scariest part - not finding one, but replacing the one I have. I brag all the time about my living situation; my rent and place are amazing, but Nick is the real reason I love my home; he's my brother from another mother and I'll miss the hell out of him.

I'm not too worried about the job situation. I'm hoping for a transfer through my current employer or finding work as a waiter again, but that shouldn't be too difficult; I'm a good worker and have plenty of references.

My last posted adventure in Arizona is Havasu Falls from July 4th - 7th, so I'll be ready to move shortly after that.

Timelapse Crosscontinent Roadtrip

I thought this video would take a lot of time to edit, but it was actually fairly simple. After inspecting all 7,290 photos, I found the right speed and added some basic effects to clean things up. Now you can experience my road trip from Phoenix, AZ to Anchorage, AK and back from the dash of my car at 1,800x speed! Enjoy! :)

Photo Gallery Update!

I finally editing my favorite photos from the trip and posted them. The dashcam video is coming soon! I went on a snowy mountain bike ride in Flagstaff yesterday too so I'll post some photos from that soon! Tips and more cool locations to see coming soon!

Putting Things into Perspective. Literally.

Here's a cool perspective on my path of travel for the trip. The total mileage ended up being just over 9,000. It still seems a little crazy to me that I actually did it. For no good reason really - which is perhaps the best reason ;)

Phoenix to Fairbanks (and Back): Day 10

What a trip this has been so far! The first 5 days were absolutely incredible! Unfortunately, things didn't quite follow the plan after that... By the time I reached southern British Columbia, my sleeping pad was flat, I was out of cooking fuel, the temperature dropped below freezing, and many private gas stations were shut down for the winter already. Towns and other cars became increasingly rare sights. By the time I reached Yukon on the 6th night, I had decided not to spend any more time in Canada than I had to. I made excellent time that day so I decided to head to bed early and finish the remaining 16 hours in the next day. I got up at 5 AM and reached the capital, Whitehorse, by 10 AM where I changed my oil. Stopping only for gas and occasional pictures, I pushed on to Anchorage and arrived shortly before midnight.

My couchsurfing hosts are insanely amazing, kind, and hilarious! The last three days here have been rainy so I haven't managed to explore much. Today is still cloudy, but I'm taking the opportunity to see what I can! Wish me luck!

Phoenix to Fairbanks (and back): Day 4

A lot of people have been requesting pictures. I will upload edited versions later, but here are some temporary ones to keep you at bay. It's the end of Day 4 for my Phoenix to Fairbanks (and back) trip. I spend the first day driving to the coast and reached it just as the sun set on the Highway 1. I got up before sunrise the next morning and drove up the coast to San Francisco and spent some time at the Golden Gate Bridge and surrounding area. Then I drove up through central northern California until I reached my friend's place in southern Oregon and passed out for the night. Yesterday I woke up and drove to the Redwoods, drove through a tree, spent a little time at the beach, then quickly drove over to Crater Lake just in time for sunset pictures. Today, I woke up drove straight through Washington and made it to Canada with enough light to check out a really cool waterfall just off the coast.

Tomorrow, it's back on the road as I head to Anchorage, Alaska. I should be there by the night of the 7th.

Off to Alaska! See you in 24 days.

I've been planning this trip for months and it's almost here. Many people signed up and expressed interest, but it looks like it's just me. I get it; three weeks is a long time. I knew this was a possibility and I'm not turning back now. Before the sun rises tomorrow morning, I'll be on the road to Fairbanks, Alaska. The trip will take 24 days and I'll see amazing things on the way there and back! Your loss, suckas! ;D