Our first leg was from Portland, OR to Reno, NV – the longest of the three legs: a 9 hour drive.
I drove from Portland all the way down to Weed, CA, where my mom took over the driving and I got to shoot Mt. Shasta and the beautiful forests of Northern California, not to mention the incredible mountains off Interstate 395.
These are in the same order that they were taken so you can feel as though you were there too 🙂
Mt. Shasta was beautiful off in the distance, as seen from the city of Weed, but even more impressive up close.
Highway 89 in Northern Cali was lined with the most perfect, picturesque evergreens I’d ever seen, and topped with a sky so rich in blue I couldn’t believe my eyes.
As we headed into Lassen National Forest, the elevation rose quickly and mountains loomed all around.
The scenery changed pretty quickly from summery forests covered in sunshine to mountain peaks and evergreens topped with snow.
We’d crest the top of one peak and descend into the valley below, usually filled with cows munching on cud.
The highway wound around tons of beautiful little town nestled into the forest – McCloud was my favorite.
The farther south-east we went, the more snow we saw.
This is one of my favorite shots from the entire 24 hours we spent in the car:
The road was almost completely empty, aside from a semi here and there. It was incredibly peaceful and serene.
After finally descending out of the forest, we passed through another sweet little town called Susanville. The sun setting over the mountains surrounding it only added to the town’s charm.
I’m such a sucker for a sunset. If you look close, you can see wisps of fog at the base of the mountain and cows in the pasture. I was starved and wanted to eat one for dinner, but we snacked on Sour Patch Kids instead – much healthier 😉
This was the last photo I took that day, and I’m bummed that it doesn’t do the view justice. The entire sky was painted in pastel pink and orange, and was beautiful when offset by the bright white of the mountains.
We rolled into Reno at about 6, checked into our hotel, had dinner and passed out shortly after. We woke up to blue skies and 26* temps. BRRRR!
After waking up early to get a kick start on the traffic, we started our trip to Las Vegas!
Stay tuned for leg #2! 🙂