This time last year, my Dad flew out to Seattle to help me pack up my little Toyota Yaris with the few remaining possessions I had: a trunk full of books, a suitcase full of clothes, a bike, and my favorite piece of furniture that was small enough to keep – a thrifted ottoman from one of Seattle’s epic Goodwills. We set off on a father-daughter road trip across America – Seattle, Washington to Mt. Zion, Illinois – taking our time along the way for a few adventures.
Saturday, October 3rd, 2015. Seattle, Washington to Boise, Idaho.
Highway 90 through the Cascade Mountians
Selah Cliffs, Washington
highway 82 to oregon
The Real West
Oregon’s Scenic Highway
Sunday, October 4th, 2015. Headed into Utah from Boise , Idaho.
The Spiral Jetty
I wanted to see the Spiral Jetty since learning about it in art school. It’s the central work of American sculptor Robert Smithson, constructed in 1970 of the mud, salt crystals, and basalt rocks found in the area. It’s a counterclockwise coil that juts out into the Great Salt Lake, and depending on the level of water, it’s sometimes completely submerged. We were lucky to see it.
Salt Lake City
The Crossroads of the West… and the headquarters of the Mormon Church
Monday, October 5th, 2015. Salt Lake City to Cortez, Colorado.
Arches National Park, Moab Desert
Tuesday, October 6th, 2015. Cortez, Colorado to Colorado Springs.
Mesa Verde National Park
Exploring ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings.
the Rocky Mountains
Wednesday, October 7th, 2015. Colorado Springs to Kansas City, Missouri.
Thursday, October 8th, 2015. Kansas City, Missouri to Mt. Zion, Illinois.
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