1. Whalen Island, OR. 9th August, 2014.


  2. Whalen Island beach triptych Whalen Island beach triptych. 9th August, 2014.

  3. Whalen Island, OR. 9th August, 2014.

  4. Downtown Portland, OR. 5th August, 2014.


  5. Heading out of Portland for extended travel around the United States of America

    Next month will mark fifteen years of living in the US for me. All this time I’ve lived in wonderful Portland, Oregon. For a while I’ve considered living in other cities in the US, rather than just visiting and I feel that now is the time to do that. One month from now, I will be heading out of Portland for extended travel around the continental US.

    The idea is to travel to a city, to live there for a few weeks, and then to move on to another city. I will be traveling in my car, and with a minimal amount of personal items that will fit in there. While at a city, I expect to explore the area in the evenings and on weekends as I will be working remotely at my current job on a daily basis. I’m very grateful to my employer and coworkers for being supportive of this idea. I’m hoping to make housing reservations at each city with the help of Airbnb as I go. I have a rough idea of the cities I will be living in but that list may change as I travel. In general I will head east and stay south of the wintry weather as seasons change. I will return via the southwest and be back in Portland at the end of May, 2015. I’m really excited to start this trip!

    I will post photographs and stories from my travels here on samgrover.com and cross post them to Twitter and Facebook to keep you updated and informed, should you choose to follow along. And I hope that you do because I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts, suggestions, and stories.

    And to all of you I know online or in real life, if I’m passing by or living near where you are, I hope you will get in touch, especially in case I fail to realize it. I would love it if we got to hang out. Also, should you notice me living in a city where you have friends, and feel like I should connect with them, please feel free to make that connection.

    The first city I live in will be Boulder, Colorado. Yesterday I booked a place there for five weeks starting on 21st September. I’ve heard a lot of great things about Boulder over the years and am looking forward to exploring it soon.

    Tagged #Travel
  6. Pacific City, OR. 9th August, 2014.

  7. Downtown Portland, OR. 2nd August, 2014.

  8. Beach, ocean, Chief Kiwanda rock, and dune at Pacific City, OR. 9th August, 2014.

  9. Almost to the top of the Pacific City Giant Sand Dune. 9th August, 2014.

    Forty-five degrees or more, straight up a few hundred feet. What you can’t see in this photo are the tremendous gusts of wind sandblasting one every step of the way, and especially at the top! The views are great, if you can manage to keep your eyes open. Highly recommended!

    Tagged #iPhone 5s
  10. Whalen Island, earlier today.

  11. Portland Farmers Market at PSU. Portland, OR. 2nd August, 2014.