Sometimes you just have to pick up your things and go, no second guessing. The past few weeks I've been feeling like I wasn't utilizing my time right. I had my friend's wedding and an engagement shoot in San Francisco this weekend and decided to drive up from LA. Then I realized, if I'm going to drive to San Francisco I might as well drive up to Seattle! I've been dying to go there and something always came up when I made plans to go. I called Jorge (our videographer at NVC) asked him to meet me in San Francisco and drove up to Seattle! Talk about being spontaneous!
Nothing was planned on this trip. I mean no hotels were booked, no destinations were mapped out. A few people on IG reached out for recommendations in the area and that was a huge help. Our favorite recommendation was a couple spots in Portland. The road trip to Seattle, was therapeutic. Jorge and I finally got to bond and got creative with our equipments. He was practicing taking photos and I was practicing taking video. We jammed out to some good music and vented on life's ventures.
One of my current reads (because I tend to read 5 books at a time) is 'Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience'. The book was written by Mihaly Csiksgentmihalyi in which numerous of interviews were initiated in the pursuit of happiness. Mihaly discovered that people find genuine happiness in a state of consciousness called flow. In the state of flow the individual is completely absorbed in an activity, especially one that integrates their creative abilities. It is within these moments they feel alert, in control, unselfconscious and at their peak. They aren't overthinking, they are just doing. He also explains happiness must be cultivated by each individual, by setting up challenges that aren't too far stretched nor too simple.
"The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… The best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile." ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
This trip was most definitely spent in the state of flow. We woke up in our Toyota Rav4 on Baker's beach to find the Golden Gate bridge missing. Fog so densely white and deep you would fail to believe there was a bridge or an ocean. There were fisherman, throwing their hooks into the unknown, filling their buckets of fish. Dogs running freely letting their furs hit the salty air and because Baker's beach is a nude beach, people were also basking in the air's saltiness. In due time, the sun was rising and the fog gently disappearing exposing the Golden Gate bridge, the ocean and the curvaceous mountains surrounding it.
We headed North to Portland, in which we found an airbnb for $20 bucks each near the airport. We rested and headed out to Voodoo Doughnuts (recommended by @mighty_muggs) and stocked up on some Old dirty bastards (oreo's and peanut butter style) and chocolate coconut doughnuts. After stuffing our faces, we headed out to chase waterfalls and made our first stop at Multnomah falls. At about 627 feet in elevation, it's Oregon's tallest waterfall. It's also Portland's most popular. You can choose to hike up to the bridge or view the waterfall from the bottom. It's honestly so beautiful I couldn't stop taking pictures, of the same thing! It's height and the roar of the water falling was euphoric. We headed to Mt. Hood towards Trillium Lake, where snow started to fall heavily on our windshields and the sky started to darken. Not a soul in sight. We made it to the lake got our few pics and admiration in and headed towards Seattle. Can you tell we didn't plan our trip?
In Seattle we found a super chic studio in Capitol Hill on airbnb for $40/ night. Each floor had a kitchen in which we had muffins waiting for us in the morning and a rooftop view of Seattle's space needle. The next day we checked out the Space Needle for $25 and headed up 520 feet high, onto the observation deck. We got a 360 degree view of the city, it's infamous carousel and it's misty mountain ranges. Afterwards we explored the Snoqualmie fall, standing at 268 ft tall and ate our euphoric feels back in Capitol Hill. I fell in love with Seattle! Our trip was rushed so its definitely a city I want to come back to and explore throughly.
After a week on the road we headed back home to LA, stopping in Oregon again for some more doughnuts and thai cuisine, driving for approximately 18 hours straight to Big Sur. We indulged in the coast's beauty for a bit. Played with the beach's dog Bubbles, spotted some Zebra's (I KNOW! who knew Cali had zebra's) and landed back home. Trip was rushed and unplanned but totally worth it. With the help of Jorge I also discovered a love for videography.
- Baker's Beach- San Francisco
- Multnomah Falls- Oregon
- Mt. Hood National Forest, Trillium Lake- Oregon
- Voodoo Doughnuts- Oregon
- Phat Blue Buddha- Oregon (Pad Thai was amazing!)
- Biscuit Bitch- Seattle (Cheesy grits, biscuits and eggs, seriously you can't go wrong!)
- Fogon Cocina Mexicana- Seattle (Street Tacos are the way to go)
- Suika Seattle- Seattle (Pho to warm the soul)
- Space Needle- Seattle (I mean it's touristy but its awesome)
- Snoqualmie Falls- Washington
- Pike Place Market- Seattle
- Big Sur- California
(Video by Jorge Salinas with contributions from myself)