An American Roadtrip

This time last year, my Dad flew to Seattle and helped me pack up the few remaining possessions I had: a car trunk full of books, a suitcase of clothes, and my bike. 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.

day one

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015. Seattle, Washington to Boise, Idaho.


My favorite Seattle coffee shop, Seven Coffee. 


Highway 90 through the Cascade Mountians


Selah Cliffs, Washington

Selah Cliffs formed 12-million years ago from the longest known lava flow on earth – from west-central Idaho to the Pacific Ocean.

Selah Creek Bridge. 1971 winner of the “excellence in the use of concrete” award.



highway 82 to oregon


Pendleton, Oregon

The Real West


Pendleton Woolen Mills


Highway 84


Oregon’s Scenic Highway

Day two

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.


The otherworldly Great Salt Lake landscape

Salt Lake City

The Crossroads of the West… and the headquarters of the Mormon Church


A good Airbnb find


I could have stayed and lived here


Day three

Monday, October 5th, 2015. Salt Lake City to Cortez, Colorado.

Arches National Park, Moab Desert


Day four

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015. Cortez, Colorado to Colorado Springs.

Park Point


Mesa Verde National Park

Exploring ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings.


the Rocky Mountains


Burnt trees of Mesa Verde National Park

Day five

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015. Colorado Springs to Kansas City, Missouri.


Manitou Incline


A high-elevation hike before the last leg of the trip.


How to make a mile last 45 minutes


Day six

Thursday, October 8th, 2015. Kansas City, Missouri to Mt. Zion, Illinois.


Kansas City



Hannibal, Missouri

Mark Twain's Hometown

Tom Sawyer's fence

Huckleberry Finn’s house

Mark Twain Brewing Company


Mt. Zion, Illinois

North Drive


My backyard


Neighborhood run


What at trip, thanks Dad.



Listening to

The Eagles   |  Take it Easy  |  1972

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers  |  An American Girl  |  1976