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...


  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

  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!

  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!

  4. when this record arrived in the mail on Saturday I listened to it five times in a row at wall rattling volume. I don't want to tell you what to do, but it was practically a religious experience for me. fence contractors pinellas county


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