Our Big Move – Day 7

Finally, I’m getting to the last part of our drive across the country! It’s short, only because I didn’t take a lot of pictures. I was too excited to finally be done with the driving!

Day 7 – Idaho to Portland

We slept well in Boise, and more importantly, we slept in, as we only had a 6 and a half hour drive ahead of us. We woke up, packed our things in the car, and ventured to a Whole Foods to pick up pastries for breakfast. Soon, we were on the road!

After less than an hour of driving, we saw a very welcome sight.

Our drive across the country | Oregon! Finally!
We finally made it to Oregon!

So, the landscapes of eastern Oregon completely took me by surprise. I expected most of the state to be forest and thought we’d be driving through lots of trees, but no. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

This, my friends, is what eastern Oregon looks like. Not a forest in sight. We definitely didn’t expect rolling hills!

Our drive across the country | Landscapes in eastern Oregon.

Our drive across the country | Landscapes in eastern Oregon.

Another welcome sight? Driving along the Columbia River for the last few hours of the trip!

Our drive across the country | Columbia river.
The Columbia River!
Our drive across the country | Another view of the Columbia River.
Another view of the Columbia River.

I drove most of the way after I took these pictures, so I don’t have any of the last couple hours while we drove through the Columbia River Gorge. I also don’t have pictures from when we first arrived in the city, driving over one of the many bridges that span the Willamette River.

I just remember being happy we finally made it to our new home, ready for our next adventure.

Our Big Move – Day 6

Our drive from Colorado to Idaho was our last long drive, but possibly the most scenic. I took a TON of pictures on as we drove through the mountains of Colorado, past beautiful rocks in Utah, and over interesting landscapes in Idaho. This recap will just be of all the pictures we took. Enjoy!

Day 6 – Colorado to Idaho

Colorado. I've never seen views like this.
Colorado. I’ve never seen views like this.
Awesome clouds in Colorado.
Awesome clouds in Colorado.
Colorado mountains.
Colorado mountains.
Trees and hills in Colorado.
Trees and hills in Colorado.
Western Colorado, where rocks started turning red.
Western Colorado, where rocks started turning red.
Cool rocks in Colorado.
Cool rocks in Colorado.
Cool red rocks!
Cool red rocks!
Even more rocks in Colorado.
Even more rocks in Colorado.
Welcome to Utah!
Welcome to Utah!
Utah mountains.
Utah mountains.
These... hills? mountains?  looked pretty cool.
These… hills? mountains? looked pretty cool.
Cliffs in Utah.
Cliffs in Utah.
Fields and amazing clouds.
Fields and amazing clouds.
In northern Utah, no one cares how fast you drive.
In northern Utah, no one cares how fast you drive.
Welcome to Idaho!
Welcome to Idaho!
Ted hit 77,777 miles on his car while going 77 mph in Idaho.
Ted hit 77,777 miles on his car while going 77 mph in Idaho.

We reached our hotel in Boise at around 10pm, and we promptly fell asleep after procuring some free beer from the hotel bar. (Score!) We fell asleep fairly early, ready to finally arrive in Portland the next day. Six and a half hours of driving separated us from our new home.

Our Big Move – Days 3, 4, and 5

Our drive to Colorado was the longest drive of the whole trip – 16 hours! We didn’t look forward to driving for so long, but we knew we’d be crossing two time zones, so we told ourselves it was like driving for 14 hours. I’m not sure that worked.

I also didn’t take many pictures of our time in Colorado. I felt woozy from the high altitudes, and we spent most of our time laying low and relaxing, gearing up for our next long drive. We were happy we spent two whole days in Colorado before driving again!

Day 3 – Indiana to Colorado

We left Indiana bright and early and zipped through Illinois and Missouri. I’ve driven through Illinois and St. Louis many times, but after we drove through the city, we hit uncharted territory. We couldn’t find a place to stop for lunch in Missouri, so we pulled into a rest area and made sandwiches. Worked for us!

Lots of wind in Kansas!
Lots of wind in Kansas!

Then, we hit Kansas. We thought it’d be flat the entire time, but we drove through parts with rolling green hills. We also didn’t realize the altitude started changing in western Kansas, and as we crossed into Colorado, we were already a few thousand feet above sea level!

By the time we reached Colorado, we were tired. We just wanted to sleep, but we still had a few more hours to go. Ted and I switched off driving as the sun set, and once we reached Colorado Springs, I let him take the wheel to navigate the pass though the Rocky Mountains where his dad lives.

This is the view from Ted's dad's house. Pretty awesome.
This is the view from Ted’s dad’s house. Pretty awesome.

We slept well that night.

Days 4 and 5 – Colorado

We spent two full days in Colorado, to rest from our long drive and to see friends who live in the area. We spent the first day in Denver, and the second day in Colorado Springs closer to his dad’s place. The drive to and from Denver tired us after the first day, so we laid really low on the second. We did get to walk around Manitou Springs, drink some Colorado beers in Denver, and eat at a decent tapas place in Colorado Springs!

Driving down to Manitou Springs.
Driving down to Manitou Springs.

We made sure to go to bed early our last night in Colorado. We were still so tired from the 16 hour drive, and exhausted from the altitude! I didn’t realize being 7000 feet above sea level would affect me that much. We did get used to it after the last day, which helped the next day when we had to drive through even higher altitudes…