The Oregon Trail

On day 28 I made it to the Oregon border, which was at mile 2300 into my cross-country adventure.  Sure you can go up the freeway and rip a straight line through the state, but that ain't my style, ya know.  My last turn in California I burned off the road at WEED; yes there is a town named Weed if you didn't know.  Taking a photo of the town sign was too cliché, so I kept rolling.  

 This state line statue is amazing.  I hope it's not going to be the best of my tour, I'm looking forward to more creative signs.  

This state line statue is amazing.  I hope it's not going to be the best of my tour, I'm looking forward to more creative signs.  

 Tina (yes I named my van) in her 1st real snow!  We drove up to Crater Lake and she handled great, the front wheel drive on her 5000 pound body stuck to the road.  

Tina (yes I named my van) in her 1st real snow!  We drove up to Crater Lake and she handled great, the front wheel drive on her 5000 pound body stuck to the road.  

 Even though I was covered in fresh snow, I woke up real cozy in my  Ninja Suit .

Even though I was covered in fresh snow, I woke up real cozy in my Ninja Suit.

 I got up early to shoot the sunrise, but the clouds spoiled my plan.  

I got up early to shoot the sunrise, but the clouds spoiled my plan.  

 ...but the sun popped out for an hour and I got the shot!  So stoked!!! 

...but the sun popped out for an hour and I got the shot!  So stoked!!! 

 This place really is magical.  (It's named Wizard Island)

This place really is magical.  (It's named Wizard Island)

 Classic Nat Geo scenic moment. 

Classic Nat Geo scenic moment. 

After playing in the mountains and snow, I headed towards the ocean to get some more oxygen.  The OR coastline is cold and rugged, but gorgeous.  

 Over in Cape Perpetual is the most insane natural feature I've ever seen, THORS WELL.  Here I'm about a dozen feet away and scared for my life.  ...one rouge wave came in and covered my feet, but not enough to make me lose balance.  Needless to say I packed up after that before the tide came any higher. 

Over in Cape Perpetual is the most insane natural feature I've ever seen, THORS WELL.  Here I'm about a dozen feet away and scared for my life.  ...one rouge wave came in and covered my feet, but not enough to make me lose balance.  Needless to say I packed up after that before the tide came any higher. 

 I'm a sucker for art deco architecture.  Yaquina Bay has an amazing bridge.  I play Frogger in the traffic for this pic. 

I'm a sucker for art deco architecture.  Yaquina Bay has an amazing bridge.  I play Frogger in the traffic for this pic. 

 More of the Yaquina Bay.  

More of the Yaquina Bay.  

 Day 29, mile 2700.  Lincoln City has a large tide change, and I caught it just right to climb this usually swim-to spot.  

Day 29, mile 2700.  Lincoln City has a large tide change, and I caught it just right to climb this usually swim-to spot.  

 When I worked at the summer snowboard camp at Mt Hood, we would come here on our weekends and camp on Cape Kiwanda beach.  

When I worked at the summer snowboard camp at Mt Hood, we would come here on our weekends and camp on Cape Kiwanda beach.  

 This crazy plant is called the Octopus Tree.  

This crazy plant is called the Octopus Tree.  

 Even though when I lived in San Diego 1/4 mile from the beach and had a similar view from my bedroom, this will NEVER get old.  

Even though when I lived in San Diego 1/4 mile from the beach and had a similar view from my bedroom, this will NEVER get old.  

 They say "Portland is where young people go to retire."  Rudolph took note, sorry Santa. 

They say "Portland is where young people go to retire."  Rudolph took note, sorry Santa. 

 Chopsticks is an iconic karaoke spot, soon to be closing.  My buddy Alex Mertz getting his fill while he can. 

Chopsticks is an iconic karaoke spot, soon to be closing.  My buddy Alex Mertz getting his fill while he can. 

  The Zoobombers are an iconic Portland biker gang.  Yeah, PORTLANDIA for sure.  This crew goes up to the top of the hill at the zoo, and races down on kid bikes.  When they finish the group goes to the nearest bar and chains all their bikes together.  

The Zoobombers are an iconic Portland biker gang.  Yeah, PORTLANDIA for sure.  This crew goes up to the top of the hill at the zoo, and races down on kid bikes.  When they finish the group goes to the nearest bar and chains all their bikes together.  

 I've been friends with Jared Johnson for about 15 years.  He moved to Portland and started up a motorcycle shop a few years ago, and has become a minor celebrity, but still a nerd in my eyes.  Check his stuff here:   HOLIDAY CUSTOMS

I've been friends with Jared Johnson for about 15 years.  He moved to Portland and started up a motorcycle shop a few years ago, and has become a minor celebrity, but still a nerd in my eyes.  Check his stuff here:  HOLIDAY CUSTOMS

 Locals don't really go here anymore, but it became famous for a reason.  They have some funny things on the menu, like a "cock n' balls" shaped creme filled, Cap'n Crunch covered, and my favorite- the Bacon Maple bar.  

Locals don't really go here anymore, but it became famous for a reason.  They have some funny things on the menu, like a "cock n' balls" shaped creme filled, Cap'n Crunch covered, and my favorite- the Bacon Maple bar.  

 It's aahhhmazing!

It's aahhhmazing!

 Luv them Oregon bridges.  This one is aptly name St Johns, because it gives me relief from stress just like St Johns Wart does.

Luv them Oregon bridges.  This one is aptly name St Johns, because it gives me relief from stress just like St Johns Wart does.

 The underside is just as beautiful.  

The underside is just as beautiful.  

 Portland, because it is a big port?  The big waterway means a lot of bridges, and a great sunset with Mt Saint Helens off in the distance.  

Portland, because it is a big port?  The big waterway means a lot of bridges, and a great sunset with Mt Saint Helens off in the distance.  

 I went back the next morning for sunrise, but this time got Mt Hood in the picture too!  

I went back the next morning for sunrise, but this time got Mt Hood in the picture too!  

 God bless America, and the owner of this van for restoring it so well.  

God bless America, and the owner of this van for restoring it so well.  

 I picked up my buddy Carey Haider for a little day trip outside the city for some fun.  He had no idea he would be risking his life for a portrait.   

I picked up my buddy Carey Haider for a little day trip outside the city for some fun.  He had no idea he would be risking his life for a portrait.   

 We went to Multinomah Falls on an very rare freezing day.  The trail was literally covered in ice, which kept most people at the bottom because you could not walk up this without pulling on the fence.  

We went to Multinomah Falls on an very rare freezing day.  The trail was literally covered in ice, which kept most people at the bottom because you could not walk up this without pulling on the fence.  

 I clawed my way up the ice like a polar bear!

I clawed my way up the ice like a polar bear!

 On the drive back we went along the ridgeline, and experienced the scariest wind I've ever been in.  I thought on a couple turns the gusts were going to knock the van over.  I seriously was white-knuckling the steering wheel.  

On the drive back we went along the ridgeline, and experienced the scariest wind I've ever been in.  I thought on a couple turns the gusts were going to knock the van over.  I seriously was white-knuckling the steering wheel.  

 I had to revisit Timberline on Mt Hood.  I've been in this parking lot probably over 1000 times, and this was the first without a snowboard.  

I had to revisit Timberline on Mt Hood.  I've been in this parking lot probably over 1000 times, and this was the first without a snowboard.  

 The famous Timberline lodge was the outdoor set of The Shining.  Super sketchy if you know the movie. 

The famous Timberline lodge was the outdoor set of The Shining.  Super sketchy if you know the movie. 

 On my way out of town I stopped by the airport PDX.  This carpet has gained somewhat of a cult following from it's interesting design.  It's due to be replaced pretty soon, so of course I had to get a POV shot #FromWhereIStand before it's gone!  

On my way out of town I stopped by the airport PDX.  This carpet has gained somewhat of a cult following from it's interesting design.  It's due to be replaced pretty soon, so of course I had to get a POV shot #FromWhereIStand before it's gone!  

Oregon was fun, especially when you go to buy something and know the exact cost (no sales tax)  or roll into the gas station and they pump your fuel for you.  

Going North next, to the birthplace of grunge rock and Starbucks, Washington!