The Who of Summer

The idea of summer evokes a lot of images… all of them include sun, bikinis, cocktails and large bodies of water. And loved ones. Always, loved ones. Because, let’s be honest, most memories aren’t created alone.

I recently returned from a spontaneous road trip to meet up with one of my best friends. We live 1,000 miles apart but were desperate to spend a long weekend together. With a week’s notice we attempted to craft a last-minute adventure. Between Portland and Southern California (where she lives), there are plenty of awesome summer destinations to choose from. But after spending time with Kayak, it was clear that flights weren’t in the cards. Neither were hotels with fancy pools and cocktails. So, we decided to camp, only to find that every campsite from Portland to Tijuana was occupied. I guess some people actually plan summer rendezvous more than a week in advance.

We accepted the reality that Awesome Summer Destination wasn’t going to happen and instead lowered the bar in search for Available Apartment with Access to Pool. A quick search on airbnb delivered several options and we found one that fit the bill. Our spot – a random small town in Northern California described as more of a rest stop than a destination. She’d never visited and my only experience was stopping for gas and sunflower seeds as I passed through at 2am…

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