This was my first big solo trip in a while. Admittedly, it was weird not having Sydney by my side (hi miss u). Luckily, Dillon came to the North Cascades with me so I didn’t have to spend the whole time alone.
I have to admit though, I actually really love taking these trips by myself. Truly the best thing I’ve learned in 23 years is how to not be afraid of being on my own. I thrive on independence, and there’s a lot of self-learning and self-loving on these adventures that you can’t experience with anyone but yourself.
olympic national park
I am overwhelmed by the amount of green.
This place is much more diverse than I expected, there are so many different landscapes.
I went to three separate areas, and every one was so different than the one before.
I first drove up to the Hurricane Ridge Overlook. The entire trail was lined with huge fields of purple wildflowers, and there were tons of deer roaming the area.
Rialto Beach was one of my favorite spots, it reminds me of Cannon Beach in Oregon - like in a gloomy, but still makes you really happy kinda way. On the way here, I drove past the tiny town of La Push, still proudly displaying Twilight posters on all of their windows. No werewolves, though.
On my last day, I walked through the Hoh Rainforest. Moss and humidity thrive here and Eunice from Arizona does not (I still loved it though).
mount rainier national park
Somewhere in Washington, there's a little place where two polar opposite seasons happily coexist. On one side, you'll find a huge pile of snow while fields of wildflowers thrive just two feet away. There are also lots of pretty viewpoints here. My favorite kind, where mountains overlap each other, each their own unique shade of blue.
Here, the moon comes up before the sun is even ready to set, and these days, the sun has been going down at 9:30 (???).
Less time for sleep, but I can't complain about longer days. Not in a place like this.
During one of my sunrise drives, I came across a tiny family of foxes. I drove up right next to them, they didn't even flinch. They let me snap a few photos of them before running back into the forest and going about their day.
north cascades national park
Picked up Dillon in Seattle and drove out to North Cascades for a day.
We spent some time taking photos of the giant rock formations at Washington Pass Overlook, then drove back down the mountain to catch sunset at Diablo Lake. A short and sweet trip topped with a quick McDonald's stop and a night in a sketchy motel. My kinda party.