Greetings, my road trip friends! It’s Tuesday and we’re on to Day 17 of our AMB Blog Tour. Yesterday we left off in Minnesota. We’ll be making another East- to- West- then East again leap across the country today. No time for small talk, let’s hop to it and head all the way out to the West Coast again for our first stop today!
Good thing we live in the modern world with fast, sleek cars that have GPS, because it might have taken us months to make it to our next State if we followed the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon like most of the folks did during the great west expansion centuries ago. Oops! I guess I just gave away the State in which we’ll be making our First Stop of Day 17, but that’s ok, there is plenty to talk about with our next State! It’s one of 2 States in the Nation that do not have self-serve gas stations (the other State is New Jersey). You can thank the city of Eugene for having those (sometimes pesky, especially when you’re lost driving) one way streets! But besides those 2 motorist-related quirks, Oregon is a beautiful State! The coast line is one of the prettiest– Cannon Beach (where they filmed the scene in Goonies of the pirate ship heading out to sea) has the majestic Haystack Rock formation, at 235 ft tall it’s the third largest coastal monolith in the world. The Cascade Mountain Range also contributes to the scenic landscape: from the Columbia River Gorge, to Hell’s Canyon (the deepest river gorge in North America), to Crater Lake (the deepest lake in the U.S.), to Mount Hood(the tallest peak in Oregon at 11, 239 ft). If you’ve ever visited the Rose City, also known as Portland, then you’ve probably been able to get a glimpse of Mount Hood on a clear day. And when in Portland during this time of year, make sure you visit the International Rose Test Garden, which features more than 500 varieties of roses cultivated continuously since 1917, all in peak blooming season in June…now you know why it gets it nickname. It’s my pleasure to introduce you to our state ambassadors for Oregon. Please meet Kristin & Beth and check out their blog Sew Mama Sew to see their license plate block!
It’s hard to leave such a gorgeous state like Oregon, but when there’s ‘no place like home’ up ahead for our Second Stop of Day 17, then how can you resist!? Sometimes the lengthy cross-country driving can lead to tedium. If only we could be off in our next State with a few clicks of our ruby slipper heels- somewhere over the rainbow, above the fields of wheat and majestic sunflowers!! It’s no wonder why our next State earned its nickname ‘Breadbasket of America.’ In fact, our next State produced a record 492.2 million bushels of wheat in 1997, enough to make 35.9 billion loaves of bread. The American Institute of Baking is located in the city of Manhattan, and the Pizza Hut fast-food chain opened their first store in Wichita. Besides the fluid fields of wheat that dominate the landscape of this state, make sure you look up! Some of the most glorious sunrises and sunsets paint the skies above Kansas!! Please meet the artistically gifted, Melissa, of Lilac Lane, who will show you her beautiful license plate block.
How much fun was today!!? Get your zzz’s tonight because we are in for another long haul on the AMB Blog Tour tomorrow! See you then!
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