Ben and I made our way back to Seattle this summer with a cross country road trip. We started in Massachusetts, drove through New York, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon, and ended our trip in Washington. We camped the whole way and stayed in some beautiful places. My favorites were Rocky Mountain National Park, Arches National Park and the Redwoods. A storm chased us from Massachusetts to Colorado and we were extremely lucky that we didn’t end up in a downpour while camping. Here are a few film photos from my favorite stops, all developed by The FIND Lab.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, COLORADO
We LOVED Rocky Mountain National Park! We trekked up to the top of the mountain the first day. The air was thin and the temperature cool. A thunderstorm rolled in as we headed down (notice how it gets dark in the last 2 photos). We stayed the night at Aspenglen Campground, which was at a low enough elevation to avoid the storm. Gigi loved the wildlife here!
ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, UTAH
Moab, Utah has such a unique atmosphere. I am not used to the dry desert, having grown up in a rainforest, so I found this region to be captivating. The temperature was around 100F until the sun went down. Gigi really liked the air conditioned car here. The campgrounds in Arches National Park were already booked when I went to make reservations in March, so we ended up staying outside the park. After reading this post, I wish I had looked into the first-come-fist-serve campgrounds in the area. Nonetheless, we had a blast here and cannot believe how beautifully bold the colors in nature can be!
REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA
Our final leg of the road trip was Redwood National Park to Seattle. Boy, were the Redwoods amazing! We walked amongst giants! It was the first time on the trip where the weather was under the 90-100F range. Needless to say, we would love to make a trip back to the Redwoods. We stayed at the Elk Prairies Campground and had a great spot by the stream. On our way into the campground, we ran into a road block of huge elk! The mornings were foggy and the trees majestic!
You can see a complete overview of the trip here.