Cross Country Adventure: Portland Oregon on the 4th of July

Day 12

Up at 7:30am prepping for a busy day. A little after 8am Gregory, Matthew, Ahni and I head to Kell’s to eat breakfast and watch Germany beat France. At 11am we head to our next item on the itinerary.

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The Thorns versus the Red Stars with over 13K in attendance. Out of five women, a mohawked and a pink-dyed hair cheerleader lead the spirit chants through the women’s soccer match. A drum is beaten. Pink smoke and flags wave when the Thorns score their two goals. Cotton candy, soda, ice cream and cheese nachos are enjoyed.

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We pop into a grocery store to pick up beer for our next destination. Gregory liked the varied selection.

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This telephone pole near the grocery store is clearly a popular advertising spot.

We head to Cathy and Andrew’s, friends of Matthew, and have luckily only missed a few minutes of the first half of Brazil versus Columbia. We eat, we drink, we make merry until early evening.

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Back at Matthew’s we sit outside for a while, spent from the busy day. We eat and drink a little and relax. Little Ahni is fired up to see fireworks.

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Happy 4th of July!

Cross Country Adventure: Utah to Oregon

Day 11

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The first part of the day. We could see for miles.

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The second half. More of the same.

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At 4:30pm we roll into Boise Idaho to meet a friend I’ve known for 19 years but am meeting in person for the first time today. Greg and I meet Lane at Andrade’s at 5pm for drinks and an early dinner. Unfortunately my brain was fried from driving all day in the unairconditioned car so I wasn’t as energetic as I usually am. I guess this lower section of Idaho we’ve been driving is not indicative of all of the state. I was surprised that what we drove through was all high desert. Meeting Lane, who shares my same birth day (not my birth year), was wonderful and a real treat. I’m looking forward to when I can spend more time visiting!

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After our early dinner we head back for more.

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Sleepy, full stomach, and hot! Too hot to sleep. My water bottle is half full of hot water which does little to quench thirsts.

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Driving and sweating.

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Clouds move in.

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The air temperature falls with the setting sun providing relief from the heat.

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The long day was worth it. Greg and I made it to Portland Oregon before midnight (at 11:44pm to be exact) and by the 4th of July!

Cross Country Adventure: Utah Continued

Day 9
A slow start to the day. Gregory and I kick it off with a visit to Whole Foods around 1pm followed by the US vs Belgium at the RAMP factory. Afterwards we head back to Salt Lake City.

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Beers, BBQ, soccer and music ensue.

Day 10

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Today’s plan is to hike that mountain.

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We did.
Views from the summit of Mount Olympus
Mountain in Utah
Elevation: 9,026′ (2,751 m)

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We celebrated with still cool PBR.

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A great breeze blew us up.
Once atop it was dead still.
Not a whisper of wind.
Just relentless sun and thin air.

What an adventure!

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Color I

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Color II

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Light trails on a darkened bumpy road as we drive from Salt Lake to Park City.

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More of the aforementioned. Upon arrival to Park City we head to
Cisero’s for last call!

Cross Country Adventure: Colorado to Utah

Day 7
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10:30 am and we say farewell to Greg’s friend Robin and crew before hitting the road to Utah.

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We leave Golden and head through the pass.

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Whitecaps ahead.

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Long day driving. No where to hide from the sun.

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We meet up with Greg’s friend Schuyler and Head to Brighton Estates to sit by the fire merry-making , music-making and camping.

Technology becomes obsolete.