We spent the first two weeks of our global adventure on a leisurely roadtrip from San Francisco to Seattle. We meandered our way through the redwoods to the California coast, camping and hiking along the way. After a four-hour hike on the Lost Coast to an elephant seal colony, we swam in a wonderful swimming hole on the Smith River (hidden gem!) and then worked our way slowly up the Oregon Coast before meeting Andrea’s parents and enjoying visits with relatives on both sides in Portland.
From Portland, we stretched the three-hour drive to Seattle into three full days, with long hikes in the Hoh Rainforest and at Ozette Lake in Olympic National Park.