Roadtrippin’ on a budget

Hello there friends!

So on Monday, my fiance and I got back from a jam-packed weekend road trip up north. In 4 days, we traveled to the Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA to see John Mayer live, drove to Seattle, WA and then Vancouver, CAN. It was crazy busy and so much fun road tripping with my partner in crime and here’s how we did it all in four days!

Patrick and I hit the road Thursday morning from Boise around 10 am and drove about 5 & 1/2 hours to George, WA where we saw John Mayer in concert for a late birthday present for Patrick. John Mayer is his favorite artist, so he was obviously pretty anxious to get there. Once we got there, we were upgraded our GA lawn seats to some pretty sweet seats up front FO’ FREE!

                     Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with a5 preset

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

(Views from the Gorge Amphitheater were pretty spectacular. I took this picture right behind the stage.)

                   Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with a5 preset

(Patrick was obviously pretty stoked!)

                Processed with VSCO with a7 presetProcessed with VSCO with a7 preset

After the concert, we still had to drive 2 & 1/2 more hours to Seattle. By this time, it was already 12:00 am. So 2.5 not so fun hours later, we made it to our Airbnb.

Saturday, we had a more “relaxed” day by being tourists in Seattle. We met up with some friends for lunch, went on a nice hike to Discovery Park, and then walked around Pike Place. Later, we grabbed a Seattle Cider at Seattle Cider Co. then headed over to Georgetown near Renton, WA to explore the bizarre but super awesome grunge city.

 

Processed with VSCO with a7 presetProcessed with VSCO with a7 presetProcessed with VSCO with a7 preset

Processed with VSCO with a7 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 presetProcessed with VSCO with a7 preset

(Pike Place Market and looking at the bay.)

                       Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 preset

(The picture on the left, we went to Slate Coffee for a quick drink. I ordered a double espresso with almond milk and chocolate. It was SO GOOD! The picture on the left, we were at Seattle Cider Co. tasting ciders. Our favorites were 3 Pepper and Percy, but all their flavors are a must-try!)

Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

(A really cool and weird record store in Georgetown. This little town was super cool and you have to visit. It is super gothic and grungy but they have awesome restaurants and bars. Patrick and I went to a bar called El Sirenito. We just got drinks and chips & salsa there but all were delicious. Patrick ordered an old-fashioned with a Mexican twist.)

File_000 (8)Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 preset

On Sunday, we drove 3 & 1/2 hours to Vancouver, Canada to visit a good friend of mine who I met while studying abroad in Wales. The drive there was absolutely gorgeous, everything is so green.

Our first stop was to meet up with Tashana at Kitsilano Beach. Also, fun fact, if you have Verizon, it’s free LTE in Canada #ThanksVerizon. Processed with VSCO with a7 preset

(Seriously, living in Boise is rough when you don’t have the ocean near. This trip was perfect, having the ocean nearby.)

After we met up with Tashana, we found some lunch at a small Mexican restaurant that was very expensive for very small portions. Not my favorite, wouldn’t recommend and I’m sorry I don’t remember the name of the place.

After lunch, we drove to visit Stanley Park, which is HUGE and absolutely gorgeous. Seriously, the whole stinkin’ city is so clean! Stanley Park surrounds a beautiful lake, with some ponds hidden in the middle and greenery and flowers everywhere. Definitely a place to visit if you ever are in Van.

                 Processed with VSCO with a7 presetProcessed with VSCO with a7 preset

(Tashana being adorable in front of these MASSIVE leaves on the left and on the right, some rec teams playing cricket in the park. Still don’t understand the sport…)

We got lost in the park because it’s so massive so we spent a little more time in the park than we had hoped since we didn’t have enough time in the city as it was, but once we finally tracked down our car, Patrick wanted a donut because for whatever reason, he thought Canadian donuts were different than American donuts so we went to Tim Hortons (whats a trip to Canada without it?) Processed with VSCO with a7 preset

(After Timmy’s, we had ramen at a place on the corner called Ramen Gojiro. I would recommend this place if your in the mood for ramen. It was inexpensive (for Vancouver), really huge portions and very tasty.)File_005 (6)

(I apologize for the Snapchat pic, it was the only one I took of the ramen. Patrick didn’t realize he ordered a double of the ramen plate so clearly they gave him double of everything…)

In the final hours we had in Van, Tashana showed us Gastown. This was definitely the coolest part about the city, it was like a completely different place. So cute! It’s obviously pretty touristy there but you have to visit it for sure. We bought a drink at the Black Frog Pub in Gastown and took in the final minutes of this awesome city, planning our next visit… Until next time Vancouver.

File_006 (7)File_007 (7)File_008 (6)

As Monday rolled around and it was finally time to head home, we made sure to grab one more coffee and Slate, a bite to eat and enjoy our 7 hour drive back to Boise. Thanks again Seattle and Vancouver for the good times! And a special thanks to John Mayer for putting on an awesome show!

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 preset

Thanks for reading guys! Please like and share this post if you enjoyed reading!

Cheers, Bren

p.s. follow me on insta and let’s chat about your favorite roadtrip spots!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s