Road Trip: 5,000 Miles

Upon leaving New Orleans, a somewhat morbid part of me wanted to visit the Gulf of Mexico to either see the oil spill firsthand or catch a glimpse of the white sand beaches before they are gone. I stood on the beach in Mississippi days before the oil would start lapping up. It’s hard to… Read more »

Road Trip: 4,000 Miles

The car hiccup in Austin meant I was on the road a day later into New Orleans, but I was on the road once more. The nine hour drive was broken up with a stop at the Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site in Martinville, Louisiana. I met some great new trees here that I would see… Read more »

Road Trip: Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

Upon my arrival into Austin, Texas, I quickly made a beeline for the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. It is a place I have seen pictures of in my Landscape Architecture classes as a beautifully designed, sustainable landscape. If you are within 100 miles of Austin, it is worth the detour to see this spectacular place…. Read more »

Road Trip: 3,500 Miles

I hit the road solo into Texas to visit a friend down in Austin and experience a city I have heard good things about. They call it Portland’s sister city, but upon entering Texas I was a bit skeptical. My experience driving in Texas left me with the opinion that the worst drivers live in… Read more »

Road Trip: 3,000 Miles

We rounded 3,000 miles during our brief time in Oklahoma. It felt good to be in the same place for a few days, surrounded by old friends and not-seen-enough-family. We ate, recharged and drank a lot of coffee on some long mornings. The big event we came for was the wedding of Jay’s cousin. The… Read more »

Road Trip: 2,500 Miles

We hit the road from the Grand Canyon pretty early in the morning, eager to get further east and closer to family and friends who were waiting in Oklahoma. The original plan was to stop for the night in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The scenery was calm and we were in good spirits. A couple hours… Read more »

Road Trip: 1,500 miles

Climbing out of Los Angeles, the road took us east toward the Grand Canyon. We learned early on that food on the road is really challenging. Unless you pack a cooler, which we really didn’t want to do, the options are limited. We ended up stopping at an In n’Out Burger on our way across… Read more »

Road Trip: 1,000 miles

The first 1,000 miles of my summer, cross-country road trip took me from Oregon down through California to visit friends. We got an early start from Oregon and the nine hour drive went smoothly, with a few breaks for our dog Howard to stretch his legs. The first stop was in Berkley to see my… Read more »

The Road East

My life is in boxes right now as I am putting my belongings into storage and preparing for my cross country drive out to New York. I washed the car for the first time in about a year in preparation! There isn’t a single strand of straw flying around or spilled garden soil in my… Read more »