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!

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!

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