Overlooking the Crooked River in Smith Rock State Park, Oregon

Smith Rock State Park: Oregon’s Rock climbing Mecca & Dreamy Day hike destination

A legendary rock climbing destination, Smith Rock State Park is a paradise for hikers as well. We made a (not-long-enough) stop here for a few hours on our way south to Bend. What our 4-mile-hiked lacked in length, it made up for with a challenging workout and spectacular scenery.

Shoreline at Larrabee State Park in Bellingham, Washington

Larrabee State Park in Bellingham, WA

The scenic route north on Chuckanut Drive winds through farmland and up the side of Chuckanut Mountain, providing teaser views of the Salish Sea and San Juan Islands. Upon discovery of the sweet campground and shoreline at Larrabee State Park, we decide to stay here for four nights and explore the area. By the end of our time in Bellingham, I will find myself dreaming about a life here. 

Orange Grove and Palm Trees at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings homestead, Cross Creek Florida

Southward We Wander: Tiny North Florida Towns (Part 2)

“It is necessary to leave the impersonal highway, to step inside the rusty gate and close it behind. One is now inside the orange grove, out of one world and mysteriously in the heart of another. And after long years of spiritual homelessness, of nostalgia, here is that mystic loveliness of childhood again.” — Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Cross Creek, 1942)