Never Pick the Freeway

On road trips there's always a big desire to do more, to see more, to get further. When I first start planning our wedding trip, my vision was to go all the way across the continent and back again. Thankfully, enough people asked why I'd want to spend the entirety of the trip in the car to make me change my mind.

Instead, we're focusing our efforts on a handful of states. But those states still have plenty of empty road, and getting from point A to point B is up for debate.

Foraging off the highway in Washington

The fastest way to get anywhere in America is on a freeway. Unfortunately freeways everywhere tend to look the same. The benefit of having a little more time to go fewer places is we can appreciate the journey as much as the destination, so on this trip (as much as possible) we're sticking to the secondary routes, and particularly the 'scenic byways.'

Views of Diablo Lake in Washington

So far, that choice has led to: foraging for blackberries and apples in Washington (and discovering a dry creek that forbade entry due to naturally occurring asbestos); jumping into rivers in Montana; roadside peaches, cherries and horchata, and lakeside camping in Idaho. Wins all around.

Exploring abandoned logging roads in Montana

(Sidenote: there's traveling by scenic byway, and living by it too. We met a young man in a tiny town in Idaho - Wallace - with an accent. He was from Moscow, but wanted to get away from Russia for the summer so decided to go to America... and ended up in Wallace, working at a BBQ joint. He was loving life.)

So here's to the good life, the slow life, the life with no wrong turns and lots of time lounging. Extra points if that time lounging is in hot springs with views like these.
To the good, slow life at the Jerry Johnson natural hot springs