We’ve made it as far west as we intend to go so it’s time to head back east, starting with our flight back to the mainland (from Hawaii) tomorrow. You may be wondering what we’ve been up to during our 3.5 months of travel in the States (and parts of Canada). The highlight has definitely been catching up with friends and family that we haven’t seen for years, or in some cases even decades! We’ve also enjoyed all of the fantastic National Parks our continent has to offer (Glacier, Banff, and Bryce were just a few of our favorites). We’ve done a bit of sightseeing, eaten some good American food (BBQ in Memphis and Kansas City, lobster in Maine, etc.) and seen the regions we’ve always wanted to visit – the Pacific Northwest and New England were as beautiful as we imagined! And we’ve spent time in some fun, funky cities; they are definitely ‘Keeping Portland Weird’! But, honestly, after all of our time overseas sometimes traveling in the US can have its monotonous moments. We’re used to constantly being shocked by unusual sights and different cultures when we’re abroad. Yes, I know we’re getting spoiled, but it seems like no matter how many thousands of miles we drive (we’ve driven over 19,000 so far!), there are still a lot of the same things. Bryan keeps commenting how tired he is of seeing nearly identical shopping centers with Lowe’s, Walmart, and McDonald’s. That being said, we definitely don’t regret exploring our home country. We invite you to take a trip with us through Bryan’s photos, as we traveled from the east coast to the west coast. Enjoy and we hope you are all having an awesome summer as well! 🙂
First Stop = The Kentucky Derby
Louisville Slugger Factory
Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, KY
Fun time visiting Katie and Drew in Indianapolis, IN
Ohio’s Amish Country – “Ma said she don’t care” was the response from the girl when I asked if I could photograph their family farm.
Amish Buggies were everywhere…
PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA = the BEST stadium in America!
Rickett’s Glen State Park near the Poconos, PA had an awesome hike that passed through tons of waterfalls like this one.
Steam Locomotive in New Hope, PA
Eastern Pennsylvania has numerous covered bridges like this one.
Philadelphia was a really fun city, and we even got to meet up with our friends Matt and Lani.
“The Basin” in New Hampshire
Plymouth Rock was waaaayyyyy smaller than we thought it would be.
Kristin downing a mini-Vermonster at the Ben & Jerry’s factory in Vermont
Portland Head Light in Maine was my favorite lighthouse.
Acadia National Park in Maine
Buoys and lobster traps everywhere in Maine.
Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Pemaquid Head Light in Maine
West Quoddy Head Light is the Easternmost Point in the USA!
Bay of Fundy has the highest tidal changes in the world.
Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia was one of my favorite small fishing villages.
Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse
Quebec City was a pleasant surprise – felt like we’d gone back to Europe
Toronto was a massive city!
Sunset in Algonquin Provincial Park (west of Ottowa)
Finally saw our first moose in Canada.
Just a little car fire on the side of I-40
Memphis loved their Blues
Martin Luther King, JR assassination spot at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN
Home of the “Little Rock Nine” – 9 African American students fighting to end segregation.
Me on a cliff in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas
Gateway Arch in St. Louis
Anheuser Busch Factory in St. Louis
Busch Stadium was really nice, but still no PNC Park
Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial
No visit to Oklahoma is complete without Eischen’s (my second time with Gayle and Tommy). The best fried chicken ever!
Moore, OK tornado victims (the destruction was unbelievable)
Chimayo Church in Sant Fe, New Mexico
Nice hike to the Flatirons (Boulder, CO) with Justin
Hanging Lake (hike in Colorado) was beautiful, but the hike to it was the most crowded and unpleasant I’ve ever done.
Double-Arch in Arches National Park, Utah
Delicate Arch was a 2 hour hike in 107 degree temps!
Typical Utah landscape
Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Amazing Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah.
Bison in the mud.
Zion National Park. Have you caught on? Utah has some awesome parks!
Glacier National Park in northern Montana
Rodeo at the Calgary Stampede was fun, but the rest of the Stampede (rides, carnival food, beer prices, etc) I could do without.
Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada was probably our favorite park!
Us at Banff National Park (Lake Moraine)
Seattle Skyline with Mount Rainier in the distance.
Seattle Mariners; what’s that on top of your stadium? And why no view?
North Cascades National Park in upstate Washington had beautiful lakes throughout.
Chemainus on Vancouver Island was full of awesome murals (like this one) all over their town buildings.
Lucky enough to follow 8 Orca aka Killer Whales on Vancouver waters.
Olympic National Park, Washington had blooming wildflowers everywhere.
Mount Rainier’s morning fog cleared, and this was our view (after a small hike)
Waterfall within Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier National Park had it’s own wildflowers (Avalanche Lilies)!
Portland’s another awesome city with tons of micro-breweries, futuristic innovations, and a “whacky” population.
Oregon’s west coast has tons of lighthouses as well; Yaquina Head Light
Heceta Head Lighthouse on Oregon’s coastline
Giant Redwoods of northern California.
Look at the size of these trees!
One of Oregon’s many mossy creeks.
Toketee Falls near Crater Lake National Park (Oregon)
Another example of Portland’s weirdness. We skipped the monster line in Portland, and enjoyed these in Eugene, Oregon.
Hayward Field at University of Oregon is one of the most famous tracks in the USA. This photo’s for you Vic.
Elowah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon
Stanley, Idaho with it’s population of 64!
Beaver Creek Fire is about to take out Ketchum, Idaho (where all the high dollar folk live).
Honolulu as seen from Diamond Head. Thanks to Ken and Heidi for having us!
Pillbox Hike has some pretty good views.
Standing on the same beach (Haleʻiwa) that my grandparents lived on 60 years ago when they were first married.