On August 18th we left Virginia with four suitcases, a carry-on, and a violin. Of course, this is only the first step in getting to China–we still have a few stops left!
First, we flew to Salt Lake City–which I didn’t get any pictures of. It’s just the Great Salt Lake and desert and mountains anyway!
Next stop was Seattle, Washington, where I finally got to see Mount Rainier. I’ve been somewhat fascinated with it ever since I watched a documentary in geology about how it’s likely to erupt at some time in the near future and how that could mean bad things for Seattle. There weren’t any signs of an imminent eruption as I was flying over, however.
Once we finally reached our destination of Portland, the next leg of the trip consisted of driving for 6 and a half more hours to Clarkston, WA, to visit Jared’s grandparents. (Yes, I was extremely ready to be done with traveling of any sort after that.) In spite of the long hours in a vehicle without any leg room, the scenery outside was still beautiful. I-84 through the Columbia River Gorge definitely has some gorgeous views.
When we arrived in Clarkston, we had a great time with family. We swam in the Snake River, saw petroglyphs presumably carved by the Proto-Nez-Perce 4500 years ago, and enjoyed the warm dry air.
After a few days of swimming and talking and enjoying everyone, it was time to leave again. So we stuffed ourselves back into the vehicle with no leg room for another 8 hours.
On the way back, we stopped to see some of the waterfalls and hiked up to see Horsetail falls.
We finally made it there and back, and I have slowed down with all the picture-taking somewhat.
In other news, we leave for China exactly one week from today–I have a feeling that this week is going to go by so quickly!