In the times of Pandemic, the thought of long distance travel is scary. But how can you let go off the July 4th long weekend without going for a vacation and celebrating 4th of July with your close friends. My husband and I decided to take the road trip from Seattle to San Jose in California and explore the nearby popular places of California. We have couple of friends staying in San Jose. So we considered staying a home to be a bit safer compared to hotels. (Its a risk, I still suggest stay home stay safe.)
So it was 3rd July 2020, and we were set to cover 840 miles in 12 hrs from our place. For all those of you who are most of the time on the road exploring places, 840 miles might not be a big deal for you. But for us, it was the first time and we were set to cover such a long distance with no stay or a break in between (Its Covid time- its high risk to enter any place). So with lunch and snacks and pillows and blankets packed we set off from our Bellevue house at 6:45 am, Friday. We were soon on I5 and its straight 544 miles on I5. We enjoyed the change in landscape - from the lush evergreen forests of Washington to crossing the pine trees and dunes of Oregan and finally entering California in 6 hrs. The beautiful Mt. Shasta welcomed us as soon as we entered California. For the next 2 hrs, the winding roads, the lake, Mt shasta kept us mesmerized. The drive was through Mt Shasta and Trinity National Forest for a good one and half hours of entering California. Once Mt. Shasta was crossed, the golden hills and fields of California left us spellbound. The lush forests is what we get to see everyday in Washington, so a different landscape, different yet so beautiful was one of the highlights of trip.