Our Road Trip :: Indianapolis to Portland

On November 7, 2011, Jimmy and I packed up our Jeep with a couple of bags, our two dogs and our cat. We said our tearful goodbyes to our family, and we set out on an adventure. This adventure would end up being 2,300 miles and take us 4 days. Thinking back … It seems unreal that we actually left all we knew and loved to write this new chapter of our lives. We’ve learned so much about our love & life since leaving Indiana … Here are a few things we saw along the way.

The clouds were just perfect on this day … It was almost as if you could lay on them.

The first sign of rocks. Little did we know these would look like pebbles compared to the ones we’d see later in the trip.

Our noble steed, Bertha ::

4 days on the road means we got to experience 3 beautiful sunsets. This one in Wyoming was absolutely stunning.

Love this shot of Jimmy … We stopped at a little resting point to take in the view. It was 25 degrees and we got to touch snow for the first time this year.

Surprisingly (at least to me), Utah had some of the most beautiful views of the entire trip … The red rocks were amazing to see.

Then we saw it … Devil’s Slide. It’s this amazing rock formation in Utah’s Weber Canyon. The highway runs right past it, and there was even a little pull-off so we could stop and take in the amazing site. I think Earth is the coolest planet … ever!

The views of the mountains were amazing … I had never in my life seen such a site.

When we went to bed on that third night in Boise, Idaho, we knew we’d be up early the next day for the last leg of our trip. We had shared days 1, 2, and 3 of our road trip from the iPhone perspective, but never shared the last day … I can tell you, it was one of the most exciting days of our lives. Knowing we’d be in our new home was worth waking up at 4 in the morning!

We were up way before the sun … Heading west, we were able to watch the sun rise in our rearview mirrors.

The first sign we saw for Portland. Such an awesome motivator to finish the last leg of the trip.

So, when you’re coming down out of the Blue Mountains (at least I think that’s what they are), there’s a pretty intense downhill grade for about 5-10 miles. AKA, if your brakes stop working, you’ll probably be toast. Thankfully, there are run-away ramps on each turn for just that reason. We had seen them before on our last trip to Oregon, but we actually saw one in use this time. So crazy!

One of my favorite stretches of the drive was along the Columbia & Hood Rivers. The rivers divide Oregon & Washington and the highway goes right along side. So beautiful.

We knew we were almost home when we saw the Fremont Bridge … Portland is a city with a big river right down the middle. We live on the west side of the city, so it was like the Fremont was our gateway … It was 60 and sunny that day, like the city was welcoming us with open arms!

And … we made it to our neighborhood.

We’ll be sharing more about our little apartment soon. Believe it or not, we’re still getting settled!

All in all, the trip was amazing. I would totally do it again. The animals were perfect … like scary perfect. It was a time that I’ll treasure the rest of my life. We’re thinking of a trip down the California coast next year, and I couldn’t be more excited!!



Nikon D700 // 24mm f1.4 // 28-75 f2.8 // Processed with VSCO film.


4 responses to “Our Road Trip :: Indianapolis to Portland

  1. Uh. Yes. A California coast trip clearly is necessary. And a lengthy stop in Northern California where two of your good friends live…… :)

  2. wow! what a amazing trip you guys would have had,.. life on earth makes sense ha,..


  3. I just spent an hour reading your blog and was really engrossed by the posts about your trip to Portland. About 71/2 years ago my wife and I decided to pack up our 2 Volkswagens and drive from the Seattle, Washington area to Kalamazoo Michigan. My wife has a sister that lived in Michigan that was given up for adoption when she was born. She found my wife’s family when she was in her 20’s and they developed a close relationship. So at the ripe old ages of 26 and 27 we decided to move there to see if we could do it. We were going to get to know my wife’s sister better, find jobs, and live happily ever after. So far it’s been the best decision we’ve ever made. We got great jobs and bought a house for a quarter of the price it would have cost us in Washington. We’ve met the most amazing people and developed the closest relationships we’ve ever had. We had a baby 9 months ago. But after almost 8 years in Michigan, we’re really itching to move closer to our family, and we think Portland would be perfect. We miss the ocean and the mountains so much. We miss the perfect summers and cloudy winters of the Northwest. It’s close(but not too close to our families in Washington. I’m really excited to start the adventure over again. Thanks so much for the great blog posts.


    P.S. Was it difficult starting your photography business over in Oregon?

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