I’m not sure that we can wax poetic enough about Montana. It’s a special place, one of those states that has a mythical aura to it. It’s the West, but it’s also the North- and as such has a rugged, outdoorsy appeal that smacks of pine trees, horses and rolling mountains.
My parents came out to see us in April in New Mexico, but we hadn’t seen Carl’s parents yet this year. They had their pick of when and where to meet us, and they chose Idaho as a rendezvous point since they’d never been there before. USAnywhere means Adventures for everyone!
I’ve been putting off writing about Washington because it was a little rushed and a little unconventional. It didn’t get enough of our time- but dang it, we still saw some gorgeous stuff and caught up with a few friends to boot.
Of all the states to visit this entire year, Alaska was the one we were most excited for. Alaska was one of the only states we specifically planned around, since we wanted to be there for the summer solstice, or “the longest day of the year”!
Hawaii is one of the states that we’ve been anticipating since we hatched the idea for this trip. Hawaii is a popular travel destination due to its sunny weather, island environment and overseas flair. We’ve been thinking of the Hawaii/Alaksa leg of this trip as our honeymoon.
Finally, we arrived at the Pacific Northwest! Woohoo! The state of Oregon holds a very special place in my heart. At 17, I visited the evergreen state to look at colleges and completely fell in love with it.
SIGH. Finally, it’s California! A state so big (physically, spiritually and culturally) that even though we stole some days from other states to give it more breathing room, we still only saw a fraction of this massive place. But what we did do was so, so good.
We drove into Nevada through Valley of Fire State Park, in the southeast corner of the state. We’d seen pictures of Elephant Rock and other formations here, but we were nonetheless surprised at how beautiful the landscape was. The park turned out to be a red-rock wonderland.
Weeeeee’re back! So, we had a little extra time in Utah (and this maybe, MIGHT be related to the fact that we thought, like a couple of dopes, that it would be a good idea to go to Wyoming in April.)
Thinking back on Arizona, one major theme rises to the surface- it had all kinds of valleys. There were massive valleys, narrow slot canyons, sharp bends- and we barely scratched the surface of Arizona.