That is a basic summary of our time across the United States. As I write this, I have had a little time to rest and reflect on the past few months. While I honestly wouldn’t do anything differently, we pushed ourselves quite hard and are a bit worn out. Jasmine and I really considered this part of the trip to be more of a sightseeing adventure, as opposed to the rest which will hopefully be more of a cultural experience.
I left you last in Vallejo, CA. We woke up on Tuesday morning and headed over to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, which was just a couple of miles from our hotel. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is unique in that it is as much an animal park as a theme park. The closest comparison would probably be Sea World.
We woke up on Sunday with an urge to get over to the coast. The drive from Portland over the mountains to the Pacific Ocean is a little over an hour and we got to it quickly. Upon seeing the ocean, we decided to stop for lunch in order to fuel up for the rest of the day. This route is not the quickest by any means, but who drives down the coast to make time?
Day 85 - Saturday July 14, 2007 - Portland, Oregon How do you evaluate a city you might want to live in with just one day...
To be honest, I don't have much to report here and thus the only picture I can provide is the beautfiul rose above. We woke up Thursday morning and bid farewell to my cousin. He truly made us feel at home. It was wonderful, considering that we have been away from home for a little while. After leaving his house we got on the road for our five hour drive down to Portland. In reality, we stayed Thursday night in Vancouver, WA which sits right across the border from Portland.
I went online last night in order to check out a couple of places that we might want to see during our short time in Spokane. The one place that seemed to stick out in my research was Riverfront Park. Riverfront Park was built on the site of an old railroad yard in 1974 for the World's Fair Expo. It sits right next to the Spokane Falls, for which the city was originally named. Riverfront Park has several attractions left over from the World's Fair including, a carousel, amusement park rides and an IMAX theater.
I think that most Americans plan to see Yellowstone at some point in their lives. From it’s infamous geysers and hot springs, to it’s beautiful forests and waterfalls, Yellowstone doesn't disappoint. The drive from Cody to the eastern entrance of Yellowstone National Park was about 50 or so miles. On the way, we passed by the Buffalo Bill Dam and couldn’t resist stopping and taking a closer look.
When I left you yesterday, we were pulling into a campground somewhere in South Dakota at 10:30pm with a plan to sleep in the car. Well, I had never tried to sleep in this car before. To make a long story short, after suffering for two and a half hours I was so desperate to sleep, that without much care, I laid a blanket on the grass at the campsite and laid down and slept on the ground. Now, in my defense, there were no bears or really dangerous animals in the area, so my decision wasn't particularly careless. Being that I slept outside, I awoke around 5:45am when the sun rose brightly in the sky.