3,000 Miles to Portland :: According to iPhone Pictures

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Helloooo from Portland, OR -- and Happy New Year! Steph, Jimmy & I made it to Portland last week after a successful, week long road trip across the states. The home made trailer remained in one piece, the weather behaved perfectly, and we had a blast in despite of insane amounts of driving. This road trip was completely different from our last one; a little colder and a little more in a hurry. But it was so beautiful. From Nebraska on we mostly stuck to "scenic byways", and I've never seen such beautiful wide expanses in my whole life.

I kept the "real" camera tucked away, but here is my collection of iPhone photos from the trip - blurriness, crazy filters and all - many of which you may have already seen on my Instagram.  I copied Taza's way of doing "life according to iPhone pics" - I think I'll do more of it!
Chicago Bean / sisters / Chicago style hot dog
Chicago skyline on the Bean / Grand Teton National Park
Nebraska hay bales for days / little scene from Omaha
the most exciting grocery store / thrifty business
amazing finds: coat hanger / happy platter / scary masks / delicious inner tubes of flavor
Omaha!! books / shops / eats / snow
open road / belly button / Jim's creation / wide spaces
horses smooching / jackelope ride / small town Wyoming / hi to the horsies
middle of nowhere / Jackson find
entering Jackson / antlers! / shops / no parking
The Lotus Cafe! India breakfast bowl / Bombay bowl / soup sips (Jimmy takes the plate)
cool sign / cool fence / lots of trains / cub sneak peek
Oregon coast with friends / games games games / welcome / sea stack
Cannon beach / winter sand frolic / silhouette 
And by the numbers:

  • 12 states tackled
  • 3,199 miles driven
  • 7 crappy motels stayed in
  • 280 gallons of gas sucked dry
  • 38 rest stop/McDonald's bathroom/mini mart visits
  • $913 put towards gas for the truck
  • 1,789 coal train cars passed (guesstimate)
  • 6 games of Settlers played
  • 8 bags of uniquely flavored potato chips chomped
  • 9 used clothing/vintage shops scoured
  • 2 french toast & bacon ice cream cones licked
  • 128 Disney/Glee songs sung 

It was a success! And now for the big announcement........Jimmy and I are officially moving to California! I just accepted a wonderful job down in the Bay Area, and I couldn't be more excited. We're not quite sure when we'll get down there, as we don't have a place to stay yet, but I'm sure we'll figure it out, as we always do :). We can't wait to explore a new area, meet people, learn things, and enjoy some sunshiny weather. I'm hoping to learn more details in the next couple of weeks, so we'll be in touch...

3 comments:

  1. Congrats on the new job, Allie! They're lucky to have you. Hope things are awesome on the west coast. Glad you hear you made it safely and had a blast getting there. Miss you guys!

    <3 Jillybean

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  2. So awesome... we're hoping to follow your footsteps across the country in April! Glad to see you liked it so much and congrats on Cali!

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  3. Wow!
    Living la Vida Cali!
    The rest of us miss you but remain grateful for the fantastic pics and snippets of life...wherever it takes you!

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