Detroit to Portland | Roadtrip

A year ago, I took my solo flight out to Detroit. It was New Years Eve and I was so excited to go. I made the trip for one reason: to roadtrip from Detroit out to Portland, Oregon with two friends that were moving out there. It was amazing, and a once in a lifetime experience I think. We may have just booked it across the country - making the trip from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Portland in less than 48 hours - but it was beautiful. I had never seen any of the US farther west than Buffalo, New York before this. I encourage anyone who has never crossed the country like this to do so. You won't regret it.

This post is entirely composed of cell phone and instant photographs. I don't care that they are not high quality. They are so meaningful and capture my trip perfectly. So have a look.

The abandoned houses in Detroit are like none other.

The abandoned houses in Detroit are like none other.

I am so in love with Wyoming.

I am so in love with Wyoming.

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This was my first time seeing Mount Hood and even from a distance it is absolutely beautiful.

This was my first time seeing Mount Hood and even from a distance it is absolutely beautiful.

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This waterfall may be incredibly popular and overphotographed, but theres a reason for that. Its breathtaking.

This waterfall may be incredibly popular and overphotographed, but theres a reason for that. Its breathtaking.

My legs killed while walking the path, but the greenery was beautiful.

My legs killed while walking the path, but the greenery was beautiful.

No trip to Portland is complete without stopping by Voodoo Donuts. So worth it.

No trip to Portland is complete without stopping by Voodoo Donuts. So worth it.

I will never forget nights like this. Rob and I ran across a five lane road to see this view of the city. Exhilarating and wonderful.

I will never forget nights like this. Rob and I ran across a five lane road to see this view of the city. Exhilarating and wonderful.

The trip we took to Hug Point and Cannon Beach was my first time really seeing the Pacific Ocean. When I went to Vancouver last year for Flickr Island, it was the Pacific waters, sure, but not the open ocean. So I loved this trip we got to take, so much. I miss it like crazy.

This is my very favorite ice cream. Honey Lavender ice cream from Salt & Straw in Portland. The best I've ever had.

This is my very favorite ice cream. Honey Lavender ice cream from Salt & Straw in Portland. The best I've ever had.