To keep it brief: I drove from San Francisco (CA) to Vancouver (BC), and back. Along the way I stayed in Coos Bay (OR), Portland (OR), Seattle (WA), Vancouver (BC), Victoria (BC), and Eugene (OR). This post is:
DAY NINE AND DAY TEN: Victoria, BC to Eugene, OR and Eugene, OR to San Francisco, CA
DAY NINE: Victoria, BC to Eugene, OR
What a doozy. For one of the first times in my life, I’ve witnessed true quality. I’ve explored the expansive nature of the Northwestern United States, seen the beauty of Southwestern Canada, tasted the quality of a delicious and expensive meal, and heard the sounds of cities and emptiness alike.
As I wrapped up my travels and began my journey homeward, I realized that I never once yearned for home. I didn’t have that feeling that I was missing out on something. I wasn’t fazed that I wasn’t fazed without my superficial and material goods/toys at home. I was relieved by it all and felt at ease. Being able to re-explore this adventure with you, my readers, I have felt the familiar rush and sense of wonderment once again. But the end of this trip isn’t quite without it’s sights to see and smells to breath, no.
As I woke up and walked to the ferry where I left my car for the night, I was greeted by a building that danced to its own lights:
And I strolled past the beautiful building I explored the day prior:
And then took the ferry back to the United States of America:
And finally took the short drive along the 101-South to the 5, going straight through Washington, a bunch of trees, Portland, OR, and finally Eugene, OR. Eugene was a fairly dead town, but the drive down was flush with trees, lakes, ocean, and wildlife.
DAY TEN: Eugene, OR to San Francisco, CA
On the final leg of this trip, I decided to see some of the sights I’ve wanted to see but never had the urge to drive to: Crater Lake, Klamath Falls, and Mt Shasta. With one word I’ll describe everything I thought about each location:
Crater Lake: Magical
After circling the magic that was Crater Lake, I drove down the highway taking the scenic route to Klamath Falls. I owe you a word:
Klamath Falls: Solemn
And finally, after taking the Volcanic Scenic route through Klamath Falls, I headed back south to get on the I-5 which headed right into Mt. Shasta.
Mt. Shasta: Serene
Over 10 hours of driving that day before I ended up home. The joy of walking overtook me just before the exhaustion pushed me into bed as I slept in my own apartment after 10 incredible days of traveling through the Pacific Northwest.
I’ve learned a lot on this trip and the emotions looking back have been overwhelming. I know there will be more to come, and I hope to return soon.