This past week I went on a major nostalgia trip; literally. In 2012, my Girl Scout troop and I went on a 32 road trip all the way up to Alaska. 3 Years later, we decided to do a mini version of that as a send off to our girls that have graduated and are off to college this fall.
We rented the van, packed the tents, and set off to Oregon with exploration and adventure on our minds. An exert from my journal the first evening: “..Mother Nature is hugging us and blessing our trip with this sunset”. I didn’t even know how true this was at the time. The next day we went on to hike to the top of Lassen Peak, a 2,000ft climb in merely 2.5 miles. We made it in 3 hours, and it only took us 45 minutes to get back down!
The best lunch spot to ever be discovered out of desperate hunger: Burney Falls. After demolishing all of our cookies and sandwiches, the troop headed down to the base of the falls for a quick photo and misting. Absolutely heavenly in the heat, and truly magical to be around. I had to double check that I hadn’t been dumped in a Disney film.
Noah’s River Adventures will always be a reason to stop in Ashland. Since the first time working with them in 2012, the thrill enthusiast in me has been hungry for more, and I finally got it! It was 108° on the day we decided to go, and also the day that marijuana was legalized recreationally within the state. And WHEW, our campgrounds were evidence of it when we returned. Big, big smiles on smelly, smelly people.
Our last days were spent at Mount Shasta, swimming in Lake Siskiyou and baking in the sun before heading home. We were dirty, smelly, and sweating all over that poor van, but had joy in our hearts and a hunger for adventure together. It is always worth it.