This year we took a long journey up the western United States to experience the beautiful, green landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. For us it was a stark contrast to the Grand adventure we took summer 2012 and to our daily lives in Bakersfield, CA. While last year's trip across huge deserts, famous mountain ranges, and the Greatest of plains was hot, arid, and sometimes even on fire, our trip through Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming was always seen as a vacation, as a temporary excursion. However, our trip to the northwest came with a very different attitude. Not only were we vacationing across the states, but we were also looking for a new home.
Our many years in Bakersfield have given us a longing for rainy days, pine trees, and winter snow. We left Bakersfield on a June day with clear, sunny skies and 99° heat, pretty typical for the San Joaquin Valley. The next two weeks driving across Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia never made it over 80°. Personally, I would love summer if it stayed in the 70s the whole time.
So for us, this was a sampling of what life might be like for us in the future. We're hoping to make our home somewhere up north, where the sun doesn't beat down on us for 9 months out of the year and seasons change when they're supposed to. Where winter means it's cold, but where you also get to wear your winter clothes for more than a couple weeks in January. Simply put, we're looking for a dramatic change in climate and we loved trekking across the Pacific Northwest. I hope to see it again, soon.
Here's my 2,000-picture movie of our trip. Enjoy!