Back home, after logging about 2,500 miles over the last four weeks or so and it was great. This was a much needed family time road trip that had its share of ups and downs, but mostly ups. Of course, a large part of our trip was making sure baby DivHut was enjoying the ride as much as Mrs. DivHut and I were. If he was happy, we were happy. We saw a ton of amazing things on the road as we wound our way up the California coast into Oregon and Washington. For those who are familiar with that part of the country, we stayed mostly on the 1 and 101 northbound as we wound our way through some amazing forest and beach scenery. Some points of interest that we stopped along the way included Morro Bay, Pismo, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, 17-Mile Drive and S.F. up towards Eureka then Crescent City and southern Oregon. From there passing through Coos Bay visiting Tillamook and sampling some cheese and ice cream too and crossing the Columbia River at Astoria making our way towards Olympia and Seattle. Seattle was our final destination and we enjoyed our time up there a lot. There is a lot to see and visit in the Seattle area and it ranks as one of my favorite U.S. cities to visit. A few days before we left, the city was celebrating an annual festival called Seafair where they have high speed boat races on Lake Washington and the Blue Angels fly around performing stunts too. I have to say it was quite fun to watch those crazy fast boats flying on the water. Of course, as fast as we arrived, it was time to leave. Time sure does fly by when you are having fun.
Heading south we took interstate 5 almost all the way down which was scenic as we were following the Cascade Range and had amazing views of several prominent volcanoes, like Mt. Ranier, Mt. St. Helen’s, Mt. Hood, Mt. Shasta and Lassen Peak. Crossing into Oregon, we visited Portland, the Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Falls. Continuing south off interstate 5 we visited and spent a whole day at Crater Lake National Park. If it were up to me I’d spend two or three days there just hiking around the crater and spending time on the lake. For those who are not familiar, Crater Lake is basically a collapsed volcano that has filled its caldera with nothing but rainwater and snow. There are no rivers or streams flowing into nor out of the lake which makes it one of the deepest and clearest waters anywhere on Earth. It’s so deep and clear that when light hits the water all colors, except blue are absorbed by the deep water which gives it its unreal color. I have never seen water that blue anywhere else. Needless to say, it was a great day.
From Crater Lake, it was another couple nights in California along interstate 5 before we headed home. In all, we were on the road 26 days and covered exactly 2,537 miles. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to spend time with my family and share this travel experience with them. Of course, sometimes while driving on those long, straight stretches of road I was reminded of my dividend paying stocks and how they continued to pay me over those 26 days no matter where I was. It’s this passive nature of dividend income that we all seek. Whether at work, at play or somewhere in between, those dividends keep rolling in.
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