Travelogue Pt. 12

The Travelogue series recounts a seventeen-day-long cross-country road trip I took at age 21 with two college friends. We started in Charlotte, NC, and ended up two weeks and 8,000 miles later in Los Angeles, CA. The following is taken verbatim from a handwritten journal I laboriously kept on the trip. Names have been changed, but the rest is absolute, 100%, unedited truth.

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June 15

June 13

Woke at 7:15. Left without seeing hosts.

Easy drive to Portland; no traffic b/c it was a Saturday. Came into Chinatown. Red Chinese-style lampposts. Saturday market going on. Huge. Very impressive because it’s weekly. Had to pee so kind of rushed through to find literally the grossest Port-a-Johns ever. Crossed in front of a woman hula hooping for tips. She yelled at us for walking across “her stage” and told us “we’d grow out of it.” Lolz. Continue reading “Travelogue Pt. 12”

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Travelogue Pt. 11

The Travelogue series recounts a seventeen-day-long cross-country road trip I took at age 21 with two college friends. We started in Charlotte, NC, and ended up two weeks and 8,000 miles later in Los Angeles, CA. The following is taken verbatim from a handwritten journal I laboriously kept on the trip. Names have been changed, but the rest is absolute, 100%, unedited truth.

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June 15

In Folsom. Or actually Orange Vale, CA.

Forgot my journal for a couple of days but will try to catch up.

June 12 Continue reading “Travelogue Pt. 11”

Travelogue Pt. 10

The Travelogue series recounts a seventeen-day-long cross-country road trip I took at age 21 with two college friends. We started in Charlotte, NC, and ended up two weeks and 8,000 miles later in Los Angeles, CA. The following is taken verbatim from a handwritten journal I laboriously kept on the trip. Names have been changed, but the rest is absolute, 100%, unedited truth.

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June 11

In Seattle. Or more accurately a suburb called Port Orchard, WA.

Got up, in the tent, at 7. Jess had gotten up to milk the cow. Packed up. Ate breakfast with Jennifer, Andrew, and Kayla again. Oatmeal with chia and flax, bananas, honey dew, maple syrup. And coffee.

Left around 8:30. Knew it was going to be a super long drive. Stopped and got postcards.

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Around 12 peed in this absurdly ghetto and gross bathroom stall. Probably never been cleaned. Had to go through Montana (Missoula) for a while. Stopped at an all-in-one stop for ice cream and postcards. They also had free popcorn. The preteen behind the counter couldn’t count out my 28 cent change. Gave me two dimes and a nickel instead of a quarter. Cut back into Idaho before Washington. I drove a big chunk through the mountains. It was a lot prettier than we were expecting until all the sudden after Spokane, it flattens out and there’s nothing, barely even farms. What I thought Kansas would look like but it was Washington. Stopped at Panera for dinner 7:30. Continue reading “Travelogue Pt. 10”

Travelogue Pt. 9

The Travelogue series recounts a seventeen-day-long cross-country road trip I took at age 21 with two college friends. We started in Charlotte, NC, and ended up two weeks and 8,000 miles later in Los Angeles, CA. The following is taken verbatim from a handwritten journal I laboriously kept on the trip. Names have been changed, but the rest is absolute, 100%, unedited truth.

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June 10

Writing from Salmon, Idaho.

This morning started around 8 in the tent. Went in to find everyone sitting down to breakfast so was actually perfect timing. Jennifer was making a potato and squash hash with eggs and bacon and there was a nice big pot of coffee too. We ate around the table. Met Kayla, their 15?-month old. She’s a beautiful blonde baby just learning to talk. Andrew left around 8:30 but we didn’t really do much until 9.

Then Jennifer strapped Kayla to her back and took us and Rachel down to see the farm. Went first to David, their male goat. He’s adorbs but it’s mating season and he was peeing all over himself and onto us. Continue reading “Travelogue Pt. 9”

Travelogue Pt. 8

The Travelogue series recounts a seventeen-day-long cross-country road trip I took at age 21 with two college friends. We started in Charlotte, NC, and ended up two weeks and 8,000 miles later in Los Angeles, CA. The following is taken verbatim from a handwritten journal I laboriously kept on the trip. Names have been changed, but the rest is absolute, 100%, unedited truth.

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June 9

Writing from Salmon, Idaho. In a tent.

Today started out in Star Valley at 6:30. Daniel made another killer breakfast. Were ready to go at 7:00ish but Daniel told us Megan wanted to say bye and was getting up so we hung out for a while. Said a tender goodbye but didn’t get out til closer to 8.

I slept on the way up to Yellowstone. Continue reading “Travelogue Pt. 8”

Travelogue Pt. 7

The Travelogue series recounts a seventeen-day-long cross-country road trip I took at age 21 with two college friends. We started in Charlotte, NC, and ended up two weeks and 8,000 miles later in Los Angeles, CA. The following is taken verbatim from a handwritten journal I laboriously kept on the trip. Names have been changed, but the rest is absolute, 100%, unedited truth.

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June 8

Writing from Star Valley Ranch again.

This morning, got up at 7. Daniel made us breakfast which was so kind. I was still in a mood. Left here at 7:30 and drove through Jackson Hole to Grand Tetons National Park. Apparently Samantha and Jessica had made new plans last night.

We bought the year-long national park pass for $80. Went to a hike called Amphitheater Lake. The scenery on the drive was incredible. I didn’t realize how Dirty Dancing camp-esque it was going to feel. Continue reading “Travelogue Pt. 7”

Travelogue Pt. 6

The Travelogue series recounts a seventeen-day-long cross-country road trip I took at age 21 with two college friends. We started in Charlotte, NC, and ended up two weeks and 8,000 miles later in Los Angeles, CA. The following is taken verbatim from a handwritten journal I laboriously kept on the trip. Names have been changed, but the rest is absolute, 100%, unedited truth.

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June 7

We are in Star Valley Ranch, WY at Megan and Daniel’s.

Left Pine around 8:20 this morning. Brittany made up a phenomenal breakfast of veggie scrambled eggs, bacon, berries, toast, and tea. It was a pretty tender goodbye and Brittany immediately friended us on Facebook.

Samantha drove out which was super nerve wracking. Both of them just abuse and destroy everything, including my car. Continue reading “Travelogue Pt. 6”