From Minneapolis to Bend, I was fortunate enough to road trip out west with my mom to help her move and get settled in her new slice of heaven in Bend, Oregon. I had never been to the Pacific Northwest before but knew I had to take full advantage of visiting National Parks along the way and being outdoors as much as possible. Although my mom had a full car of her belongings, as the ultimate duo, we managed to squeeze some camping gear in too!
Our stops along the way included Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Medora, ND (absolutely stunning badlands and beautiful campsites on the river), Yellowstone National Park with all its beauty (geyser basins, swimming holes, mountains, you name it!), Grand Teton National Park with great biking and hiking trails, Boise, ID (explored a bit of the downtown) and our destination of Bend, OR.
“Everyone should regularly have themselves overwhelmed by nature.” -George Harrison
After five days of being immersed in nature, it felt overwhelming but in a good way. There were no cramping desks, computers, television, even our cell phones were roaming and we were outdoors every minute we weren’t in the car driving. It was so refreshing and definitely gives you a different perspective on life — especially when driving through small towns such as Medora — getting a glimpse of the slower paced lifestyle that is the everyday for the people who live there.
It is a trip I will always remember and the break from the ins and outs of daily routines reminded me to live fully. I hope you enjoy the images I captured along the way and check out my visual storyboard on Exposure as well.
All photographs taken by Sara Chars for Taupe & Birch.