Ben and I first met shortly after I spontaneously let his younger brother shave my head in their backyard after school one day. Their mom peered out from the kitchen window as I felt electric buzzers on my scalp for the first time; she was worried that she was going to get an angry call from my mom. Little did she know, my own mother is the one who goaded me for years about shaving my head. :)

10 years later and we’ve gone through all the ups-and-downs you can imagine. To celebrate our friendship’s longevity we planned a week-long road trip to revisit old haunts — some we shared, some that were our own — including the houses we grew up in.

In just under a week we visited Crater Lake, Ashland, Redding, Red Bluff, Los Molinos, Chico, Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, Humboldt, Bandon and all the little towns along the way.

The first and last legs of the trip were 12+ hour days. We visited our families, our friends, and made new friends, too. I got to hang out with 12 different cats for a spec-cat-ular average of 2 cats a day. We didn’t sleep in the same beds (or couches or floors!) for more than one night, and were treated to the full spectrum of weather — everything from arctic breezes at Crater Lake, to dripping with sweat in Central California, to getting cozy under the hazy fog of Humboldt County.

Add to that all the smiling faces and gorgeous landscapes we were greeted with, and I’d say it was a trip for the books.

Portland Lifestyle Photographer - Crater Lake National Park
Portland Lifestyle Photographer - Crater Lake National Park - Rim Village


Portland Lifestyle Photographer - Bird on Pole at Crater Lake National Park

Portland Lifestyle Photographer - Crater Lake, Oregon

Portland Lifestyle Photographer - Danskos at Crater Lake, Oregon
Portland Lifestyle Photographer - Tourists at Crater Lake National Park




Portland Lifestyle Photographer - Mt. Shasta

Portland Lifestyle Photographer - Sea Gulls at Shasta Rest Area
Portland Lifestyle Photographer - Ben sleeping at Mt. Shasta Rest Area



Portland Lifestyle Photographer - Panaderia La Competidora in Los Molinos, CA

Portland Lifestyle Photographer - The House I grew up in, Los Molinos, CA


Portland Lifestyle Photographer - Boys drinking beer at the swimming hole in Chico, CA


Portland Lifestyle Photographer - Telephone poles driving into the Bay Area

Portland Lifestyle Photographer - The Bay Bridge in San Francisco, CA

Portland Lifestyle Photographer - Coit Tower in San Francisco, CA
Portland Lifestyle Photographer - Sunset over San Francisco, CA - view from Coit Tower





Portland Lifestyle Photographer - Picnic tables at Patrick's Point, CA

Portland Lifestyle Photographer - Banana slugs at Patrick's Point, CA


Ben at the top of a hill in Patrick's Point, CA



Portland Lifestyle Photographer - Self in front of the ocean at Patrick's Point, CA



Portland Lifestyle Photographer - Bear claw scratches on food storage cabinet - Patrick's Point, CA

Portland Lifestyle Photographer - Driving through Humboldt County on the US 101 North Highway
Portland Lifestyle Photographer - Redwood forests and the morning fog - Humboldt County, CA

Morning sunlight shining through the fog and redwood forest - Humboldt County


Portland Lifestyle Photographer - Battle Rock, OR
Portland Lifestyle Photographer - View of the beach from Battle Rock, OR
Portland Lifestyle Photographer - Self-portrait in car mirror during road trip

A big thanks to all our gracious hosts and wonderful friends we met up with along the way, and to Ben for happily manning the wheel.