Bingo Abroad

On January 13, 2018, we set off from Portland, Oregon to tour the world, from hiking the Andean Mountains in Peru, SCUBA diving the Red Sea in Jordan and adopting an elephant in Kenya.
Living in: Portland, United States
  • Day610

    Badlands or the moon?

    September 14 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    The Badlands in western South Dakota is a pretty funky place. Just minutes before arriving to the park, it’s just flat prairie grassland. Then bam, it looks like you’re on the moon, with layered rock formations made by almost a million years of erosion.

    We went on a short hike on Door Trail where you’re allowed to walk along the rocks and get up close to the formations. I thought it was pretty cool, Brice was less impressed.Read more

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  • Day608

    Beautiful South Dakota

    September 12 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 52 °F

    Wow, the Black Hills in western South Dakota are much more beautiful and the land is way more mountainous than I expected it to be. I’ve loved watching the scenery change as we drive east.

    We first visited Mount Rushmore and was shocked how much I liked it. I was so impressed by how massive and detailed the sculptures are. Even more impressive when you realize how much rock that had to explode to carve it.

    The next day the sun came back out so we did a 10-mile hike through Custer State Park up to Black Elk Peak. This is apparently the highest point between the Pyrenees and the Rockies. Who would’ve thought you’d only need to be at 7,200’ for that claim. The views all along the trail but especially at the summit were stunning.
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  • Day606

    Hello 35

    September 10 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 50 °F

    A pretty perfect birthday.

    A nice run through Jackson.
    A lovely brunch of excellent food including cake - why not have cake for breakfast on your birthday?!
    An afternoon reading and catching up with family.
    An evening viewing incredible wildlife and landscape photography at local galleries.
    Drinks while sitting on a western saddle at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.
    A fabulous dinner at Gather - oh man that truffle pasta.

    All that and still in bed by 10. 🙌🏻 #thisis35
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  • Day605

    Hello Grand Tetons!

    September 9 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 54 °F

    Our last morning in Yellowstone, we drove south down to exit the park. No exciting stops or animal sightings along the way - once you’ve seen a hundred buffalo, I guess you’ve seen em all.

    The weather the last few days turned on us and went from sunny and 85 to rain and 45. Talk about a quick change.

    But with nearly 6 days, we drove almost the entire park and clearly saw a lot! What an experience.

    From Yellowstone, we entered Grand Teton NP. Though much much smaller in that we saw almost everything in just one day, I found it to be spectacular. The clouds cleared enough for us to make out the massive mountain peaks. I convinced Brice to do a hike around Jenny Lake for even more gorgeous views. Minus not getting to see a moose like we hoped, it was pretty great.
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  • Day602

    Amazing Yellowstone, Days 4-5

    September 6 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 59 °F

    The other few days we spent further north of the park.

    After driving around Lake Yellowstone, we were greeted by herds of buffalo and even got our first buffalo jam on the road - definitely the only kind of traffic I’m ok with!!

    We saw the Grand Prismatic Spring and Excelsior Crater, though not as exciting as we imagined.

    We crossed the Continental Divide.

    My favorite by far was Canary Spring at Mammoth Hot Springs. The colors and reflections in the pools of hot spring water were astounding. A fun surprise was a family of elk hanging in one of the terraces.

    Another plus was seeing the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. I did a short hike to the Brink of the Lower Falls, which was a sight, being over the 300’ waterfall as it shoots down the canyon.

    We saw a pronghorn and even a big group of elk next to Mammoth Visitor Center with the male trying to herd all the ladies.

    Our last evening we spotted a bear finally! I maybe got too excited and was certainly too close vs the recommended range, but nothing bad happened as the cute black bear was more focused on snacking. I learned my lesson though! 😬
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  • Day601

    Yellowstone, Days 1-3

    September 5 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

    Yellowstone, you are real cool.

    Days 1-3 of our national park adventure included seeing lots and lots of crazy geysers, staying at the historic and beautiful Old Faithful Inn, hiking 24+ miles, having a sketchy encounter with a male elk while walking back from one said hike, learning a sorts of science facts and eating a lot of ice cream.

    After one hot day of hiking, we got some snacks and camped out in front of Grand Geyser, the tallest predictable geyser in the world, waiting for it to erupt. We had to wait over an hour but what a sight once it started - powerful bursts that shoot 200 feet in the air. So cool.

    Everything in the park we saw was beautiful and colorful. Such an amazing first few days.
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  • Day595

    Hello Idaho!!

    August 30 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 77 °F

    Made it across the first state line of our road trip and to McCall, Idaho to visit our good friends Jenny and Skylar.

    Jenny, the ever active half-robot, half-human, planned a hike for our first full day up to Box Lake. Just a casual 7-miles round trip with 2500’ elevation gain. Brice wasn’t the happiest but the view at the top was lovely and the cold beers and fries after well earned.Read more

  • Day594

    See Ya Later, Portland!

    August 29 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    Oh Portland, thank you for such a lovely extended visit! My 8 weeks back in town flew by. It was wonderful to have quality time with my parents and so many friends, and to enjoy Oregon summer - wine tasting, hiking, patio dinners, laying in the park. (More summer highlights on my other blog). While the time in Portland was super nice, I’m excited to be back on the road and see some beautiful new places.Read more

  • Day591

    25 Years of Friendship

    August 26 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 64 °F

    Went on a short hike around Wahkeena Falls (such a pretty spot!) the other day with my friend Laura, her new baby and her adorable dog.

    We discussed how friendships can evolve, grow and sometimes fade out over time with all the changes life can bring. Relationships can be hard to maintain while living in different locations around the world and in different aspects in life.

    We have been friends since we were 10, or maybe even earlier as our moms met when we were babies. I feel extra thankful we’ve managed to keep this friendship despite all our moves, job changes and now kiddos.

    It was so nice spending the day together. Plus we got to stop at Sugarpine Drivein on the way back for amazing lunch and delicious ice cream.
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  • Day581

    We're Now White Water Kayakers!

    August 16 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    We just spent the last 3 days out on the Klickitat River with @wetplanet learning to white water kayak. Man is it hard - mentally challenging, a little intimidating at times (especially flipping over with current and rocks), and certainly physically tough.

    That being said, it is beautiful out on the water, our guides and fellow kayakers were awesome, and I’m feeling mighty accomplished now as we conquered a lot of Class 2 rapids and one big Class 3 called Ishy Pishy. 💪🏻

    My body is now very sore and I’m thankful we don’t have to be on the water today, but so glad we did it!
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