On my drive out to Portland, Kacey and I stopped and did Beartooth Mountain. It's one of America's scenic byways and supposedly the most beautiful drive in America. I just thought that it would be a pretty stop on the way through to Oregon. Beartooth blew my mind. It was one of the best days I've had in memory, and I decided to consider looking into more scenic byways. Oregon has 9-10 official scenic byways and another handful of unofficial byways. I dragged my roommate out to do the Columbia River Gorge one to see if Beartooth Mountain was a fluke, or if I should be pursuing this. I had another absolutely breathtaking and wonderful day. As a result, I've decided to try to do as many of the official scenic byways in the United States as I can. I'm not going to spend every waking moment pursuing this goal, but it's something that brings me a lot of happiness, so I'm going to start pursuing it.
I have already finished the entire state of Wyoming and half of Montana having done Beartooth. Next up, I'm going to try to do most of the other 8 in Oregon and then Washington state. The pacific coast highway one will be more of an endeavour. It's a 12 hour drive minimum (and that's not counting stops).
Besides banging out scenic byways, life in Oregon brings me happiness everyday. I love the mix of the offbeat city culture and the proximity of the beautiful natural Northwest. I haven't been so at peace with staying put in...ever.