The West Coast Spring Break College Trip is officially underway. The first portion of the trip is in the Pacific Northwest. Mom and I flew into Seattle two days ago and made our way down to Tacoma for our first college visit at the University of Puget Sound. Yesterday we made the 4.5 hour drive inland to Wallawalla Washington to tour the campus of Whitman. Today, following our tour at Whitman, we are making the 4.5 hour drive back west to Portland. Tomorrow will be a fantastically busy day, with college tours at Reed and Lewis & Clark University, followed by a flight to Los Angeles. So far, I’m in high spirits. Unfortunately I have been quite sick the last couple of days, starting with our flight from Cleveland. I’m happy to report that I’m finally on the mend, and ready to get on with the rest of the trip in earnest. The weather has been absolutely unreal, it’s 60 degrees and sunny right now. I’ve been absolutely enthralled by the scenery, too. Yesterday we drove through right past Mt. Rainier and many other mountain ranges. Today we are following the Columbia river on our right, a chiseled mountain face on our left, and more hills covering the horizon.
I am getting really excited thinking about all of the outdoor opportunities out here. The hiking, mountaineering, biking, climbing, it’s almost endless. The ethos is really different out here as well compared to Cleveland. It seems as if being outdoors-minded is almost the norm, it’s really interesting to see that perspective shift. The location might be one of the biggest things that colleges in this area have going for it, and it’s definitely something that I’m keeping in mind. We’ve been eating a lot of good food too (would you expect anything else), but I think I’ll save that for another post. I’m thinking about doing posts every couple days, but I’m not quite sure yet. I think that’s just about all I have for now. As always, enjoy pictures below!