After a ton of plans changing I decided this trip was just gonna be a drive till I wanted to stop. That pretty much means I couldn't afford to go on... I couldn't think of any other reason to stop a trip. Then about a month before the trip my car started having issues. Thinking I had it solved a few days before the trip I put some miles on the car to test it and everything seemed good. Trinity and I made our way to the Madonna Inn to celebrate our 3rd anniversary. We stayed in the Yahoo room which had a wagon as the bed! that was pretty cool. We ate dinner at the steakhouse and had breakfast before we left. This is our second time at the Madonna Inn and we are big fans! We will continue to check out all the individually themed rooms!

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Next on the list was Lassen Volcanic National Park. I did some timelapses at Sulfur works and Bumpass Hell. The Sulfur works is right off the road and really cool to see. Get there early for a better view and less people. It was just us when we got there, but an hour later on our way out the lot had quite a few people. The hour was spent hiking to Bumpass Hell. It's a short hike and totally worth it. The smell is a little overwhelming but deal with it. They have a boardwalk that brings you to a few view points... I'd stick to the trail, falling into that hot water doesn't sound fun. We also did a timelapse at the kings creek falls and thing called a Glacial Erratic. It's a large boulder made up of a different rock than what its on. They are moved via glaciers over time and then deposited miles from its source. After we Left Lassen We continued up the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway to Lava Beds National Monument for some caving. We only had time for one cave so we made it the easier Skull Cave. Its a simple hike with a nice path and stairs.

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Moving along the Scenic Byway you end up at Crater Lake National Park. The rim drive is pretty awesome. The whole park was rather amazing. I wish I had more time there. I notice I say that with every park. I don't think I will every get enough of any park. I shot some timelapses of Wizard Island, a volcano inside a volcano, and the Castle Rock, a formation of pumice stone.

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After Crater Lake we made our way to the coast and Cape Perpetua. A nice little place along the coast to check out some tide pools and shoot some long exposure. The mist from the waves quickly made long exposures a pain in the butt to do. We checked out a few of the tidepools that we could see and made our way back on the road. Along the coast we stopped at the Devils Punch Bowl, which was really cool, even at low tide. I wanted to see the water flowing through it, but we got to walk around inside it at low tide, so that was nifty.

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Leaving the Devils Punch Bowl I made a wrong move and don't like to be "that guy" when I mess up on the road. I kept going across the bridge and figured I would pull a U turn on the other side. That turned out to be the best wrong turn ever. We ended up under the bridge at the Rogue Brewery! We knew we wanted to have dinner there, but we found out they offer tours of the brewery AND distillery! We put our names in for the last tour of the day and also dinner. Turns out we were the only ones there for the tour! So we ended up with a real awesome personal tour. The people that work there are very awesome! Dinner overlooking the harbor was great and the food was tasty. This was the perfect place for Trinity and I as she is a beer drinker and I enjoy the occasional spirit. 

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We continued up the coast to Fort Clatsop in Astoria. Along the way, we found the Tillamook Cheese factory. THEY DO TOURS?!? We had to stop! The tours are self paced and free, WITH SAMPLES! The ice cream is pretty awesome. Buy a scoop (Pictured below is ONE scoop) and walk around the tour. The fort was the next stop up the coast for us. Fort Clatsop is part of the Lewis and Clark National Park. It is a small fort with a few rooms to resemble how it would have looked during the time of the explorers. We also wandered around the Oregon Film Museum and a few of the Goonies other filming location. I didn't want to go to the house because they said people have been getting their cars towed and I'm not one for encroaching on someones house if they clearly don't like it.

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Astoria was that last place for us together. I was dropping Trinity off in Eugene and heading on with the trip solo. I had no real plan except I needed to be in Goldendale, WA for the Maryhill Festival of Speed in a few days. I made my way into Washington and the first thing I did was PUMP MY OWN GAS!! After I had a full tank of gas I stopped at Fort Vancouver and wandered around a bit. Snapped a 360 pano to make into a little planet. I was a little disappointed to get into Olympic National Park at night but I drove around and did some exploring in the dark and shot a few photos. I wish I had more time so I could have explored the coast but that will have to wait for the next trip. I took a nap while I waited for the visitors center to open so I could get the stamp for my passport and all my other hoarding collections. Once I had my fix of mementos, I was off to Mount Rainier. 

Mount Rainier has to be one of the most beautiful places I have been. I was literally left in awe at some points. I used to drive fast through some of the national parks because the roads are nice and twisty, but I was just creeping along most of the time through Mount Rainier. I'm beginning to transfer my attitude towards more of a site-seerer than a driver... This shot of mine at Mount Rainier even got used on some of Subaru USA's social media

Most of the places I wanted to go to were closed for the season just for a few more days. It was pretty brutal driving there and finding it closed, but the views were still worth it. I made my way to an open visitor center and got more of my fix for traveling mementos. 

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On that note, This is where the name of the trip comes from. After leaving Mount Rainier I got myself a hotel and took it easy the night before going to Maryhill. I left Yakima for Goldendale, but the car will never make it. The car overheated about 30 miles outside of Goldendale. I have to thank the University of Idaho for sending their students to collect data from a stream in the middle of nowhere Washington. I got to some cell service and called for a wrecker to tow me to Goldendale. I got to see the Maryhill loops rd. from the passenger seat of a tow truck. Not the way I wanted. Turns out I have to tow it to The Dalles.

Check out the route of the trip via Roadtrippers.com!

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A big thanks to Connor Ferguson and his dad. They let me crash on their floor and catch a ride. Nice folks and those kids kill it. 

Shooting Maryhill was just hectic for me. The whole time I was worried about my car. I couldn't focus on shooting because I was always waiting for the call on my car. Finally I found out my car was toast and needed much more than I wanted to do at a shop 1,000 miles from home. My parents offered to come up and tow my car home. Props to Ford for building the F-150. They just jumped in the truck and drove it 1,000 miles and then towed an STi another 1,000 miles home without even thinking about it. 

Here are some more photos from Maryhill to brighten the mood now that we've talked about the struggles it has been owning my STi. 

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