I have been to many states on the west side, from Idaho to Colorado, from desserts to ever green forests. It has been a long time since I have traveled, however when I did, I traveled with my family by car. My last trip was going to Mexico three years ago. This year broke my streak.
Just not long ago I went to Phoenix with my girlfriend to visit my family from my mother’s side. Coincidentally I had not been to Phoenix in 3 years as well. It was great to see all my cousins, aunts, uncles, and even my grandparents who were visiting from Mexico for a very short time. I had not seen them since I was 18. The heat was intense, but I managed to keep my cool. However, I did get sun burn for the first time in my life, but not in Phoenix.
San Francisco is known to be fresh and even cold during the summer. I was relieved to hear this when I traveled to California for an action/graduation for DREAMERS in June. San Francisco had clear blue skies, sunny days, but with cool breezes to compliment it. The action was held outside in front of the Capital building for quiet sometime. When I came back to Portland, I noticed my skin was pretty red and was starting to peel.
This year has been a great surprise for me, I am traveling again. I was certain that during my time at PSU I wouldn’t be able to travel. But time has shown otherwise and I am looking toward traveling more before the end of this year.