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SEATTLE
// 5th august '14
we arrived in seattle on the evening of august 4th, after nearly 17hrs of transit. we had a couple of days to chill out before picking up our suv and heading out towards portland and into the oregon wilderness.
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OLYMPIA
// 8th august '14
we picked up our rental suv from alamo at seattle airport. deciding on the 4x4 we wanted took the best part of 20minutes. we left and got onto the 5 freeway south. before long we had arrived in olympia, wa. after a walk, cigarette & burrito, we got back onto the freeway and headed into oregon and eventually portland.
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PORTLAND
// 8th august '14
portland is an awesome city. we stayed just outside the centre in a cheap old motel. we drove in on the saturday afternoon and caught the last few hours of the portland markets. i was lucky enough to get some time with the incredible @codyzeek from scapegoat tattoo who put a traditional rose on my arm. portland is the city of roses.
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LINCOLN CITY
// 10th august '14
after leaving portland we headed towards tillamook, and from there down the coast. we arrived in lincoln city and found an awesome motel right on the beach.
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ROSEBURG
// 11th august '14
after leaving our seaside motel in lincoln city, we hit the road down to coos bay. the 101 highway down the oregon coast is one the most incredible roads in the world.

we passed through various towns along the way including newport & florence. after arriving in coos bay we decided to turn inland on highway 46 towards crater lake. we got as far as roseburg before deciding to find a motel and crash.
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CRESCENT CITY
// 12th august '14
after leaving roseberg at 8am in the morning, we left for the two hour drive further inland towards crater lake. after driving even more incredible roads & stopping in rivers & waterfalls along the way, we arrived.

it's absolutely awe inspiring. we arrived in bright sunshine and were lucky enough to see a full blown thunderstorm pass overhead. we left a few hours later and started a 4 hour journey towards crescent city and california.
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EUREKA
// 13th august '14
after leaving cresent city and crater lake, we headed into the redwood national park towards the avenue of the giants. we ended up in a town called eureka.
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AVENUE OF THE GIANTS
// 14th august '14
after leaving eureka we headed into the avenue of the giants. it was an incredible drive through some of the most insane scenery. we even drove through one of the redwoods themselves. we also managed to see two wildfires spreading through northern california, i can still smell that burning/pine scent.

we stayed in lakeport that evening in an amazing shanty town looking motel called mallard house right on the lake.
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SAUSALITO
// 15th august '14
after leaving lakeport, we headed towards san francisco and through some of northern california wine country. although we won't be staying there for a good week or two, we wanted to see the golden gate bridge from the national park. after driving up there, we checked the map and decided to stay the other side of the bay, in sausalito.

amy splashed out and we bought one of the most expensive hotel rooms in the town, and it was worth every penny. after staying in real roadside motels the past couple of weeks, this place was a world away.

hotel: innabovetide.com
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YOSEMITE
// 17th august '14
after leaving the luxury of sausalito we headed towards yosemite. we crashed overnight in modesto along the way, before arriving in mariposa. we spent two nights there and headed into yosemite both days.

we spent the first day exploring the park, walking trails and renting bikes. when we went back the second day, we went to one of the rivers and spent the day sunbathing and swimming in the river.
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BISHOP
// 19th august '14
leaving yosemite behind, we headed towards bishop. we drove through the inyo national forest and got some incredible views of the sierra nevada.

our plan is to head towards a small town called beatty in nevada before finishing the last leg of our first journey into vegas.
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DEATH VALLEY
// 20th august '14
leaving yosemite and bishop behind, we started the 4hr drive towards beatty, through the death valley national park. it was 44 degrees at one point, you could even feel the air burn your throat. tomorrow we head to vegas.
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LAS VEGAS
// 21st august '14

las vegas was an utter culture shock. after spending two weeks in tiny coastal towns arriving in this city was completely surreal.

it's a hard place to sum up, love and hate. it's on the edge of becoming something i never imagined it to be, as we read somewhere; 'the new ibiza'. three days was more than enough, and i'm glad one of those was at the grand canyon with two australian dudes and us.
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SAN FRANCISCO
// 25th august '14

we loved san francisco. although we stayed in the roughest neighbourhood around, tenderloin, which was pretty heavy walking through after 10pm at night.

it was nice to be in a normal city after the madness of vegas.
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SANTA CRUZ
// 31st august '14

back on the road (in style, eventually).

we picked up our second rental car on our way out of san francisco. we picked up a brand new hyundai sonata, with 10 miles on the clock. after driving only another 15 miles it broke down. after hours on the phone and eventually getting towed back to the airport, we were upgraded to a convertible ford mustang. it was worth the nightmare.

we headed straight for santa cruz with the top down and spent two days relaxing over labour day weekend.
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