Well I see now why Portland is called the rose city. This garden was way better than I expected! So many beautiful flowers blooming in the most magical colors. I couldn't help myself and I think I took a picture of almost every type of rose there! Scroll down to see some of my favorites and be sure to play the slideshow too! There were just too many to pass up.
After wandering the garden rows for a couple of hours Stephen and I finally went to eat at the East Burn restaurant! Dang was it delicious!! I can't wait to bring people there :) The waitress said we need to become regulars, and I agree!
Brohamcation. A long weekend spent with best friends, playing every second.
For the most part, we just hung out and chilled. We played a ton of beach volleyball, ate way too many hot dogs and hamburgers, and invented stability ball. We spent every evening around the fire talking and roasting marshmallows. One day we went for hike that lead us across a suspension bridge to an amazing waterfall. Some even decided to play in the spray of the falls. To celebrate the Fourth of July we dressed up in glow sticks, watched our neighbors light off fireworks and we wrote in the sky with sparklers. This was such a wonderful weekend spent with the dearest of friends. I can't wait for this new yearly tradition that will follow us as we transition through the different stages of life.
It was such a beautiful day as we drove through Oregon on our way to Hood River. There are so many little farms and markets on the way there that I wish we could have stopped at them all! I'm so glad we got to spend a little time in the lavender fields! So many different beautiful colors of purple. My mom and I both picked bouquets of lavender, hers for cooking, mine just cause. The wildflowers growing near the lavender and the mountain in the back was just picture perfect.
We had such a good time at the family reunion. We toured the log cabin, fed salmon, and I held a baby goat. That was a magical experience! Now I need to find a reason to have goats of my own. BBQ, s'mores and string lights. Good stuff! Definitely a good way to start summer. We took some generation pictures before we left and Mt. Hood was looking stunning as we left the driveway!
I ended up working a little bit on Memorial Day but after that it was time to get outside! We decided to go back to the Macleay Park area and check out a different part of the trail. Our starting point was the Pittock Mansion, dang is that a cool house! We couldn't go inside the house because we brought Remy, but just walking around outside and taking pictures of the flowers was good enough for me. Also, check out that view!!! All of downtown Portland and Mt. Hood. It doesn't get much better than that!
Days off are for adventuring! Even if it's raining. And besides, I love the way the light is when its raining, all dark and moody! We didn't really know where we were hiking so when we stumbled upon the Audubon, a bird rescue, we were fascinated! We got to meet and chat with a big horned owl. I love owls, and Julio was amazing. There were so many other trails to explore but eventually being out in the rain catches up to you. We will be back here again for sure!
Since the move and our big road trip life has been pretty hectic trying to get everything settled. It was so nice to purposely take a day off to relax and spend my mom's birthday with her. We accidentally found the Moulton Falls trail loop and my goodness was it cool! Waterfalls and great trails to hike, we are definitely going to come back when there is more daylight and go on some of the longer loops!
I almost stepped on this little guy!
Our last two days of driving weren't too eventful. We were both pretty beat up from the rest of our drive so we decided to just head straight to our destination. I did enjoy my first In-N-Out Burger though, so I guess that means it wasn't too boring. We spent most of the last two days driving through nothingness lightening to 1984 as a book on tape. After leaving San Jose we stayed in southern Oregon and the next day we arrived in Vancouver! Mt. Shasta was really pretty at sunset! I didn't take too many pictures the last few days, but I think I might have to do an iPhone pic post of all our silly candid moments. Thanks for coming on this journey with us! We can't wait to see what life as in store for us back in the PNW!!
When you see cars pulled over, you join them. Originally I was going to run off by myself and take a few pictures but, before I got too far away from the car I could hear how big and awesome the waterfall was so I made Stephen get out and come with me. There wasn't a real path to get to the waterfall so we jumped all over, climbing rocks and finding our own way. It was in that moment I thought to myself, this is what I have been missing! I love to be outside, I love to hike and climb and explore, and I love to be out of breath doing those things. That moment is what made the move feel right. We also stopped at McWay Falls and the Bixby bridge before calling our campground to upgrade to a cabin. It had been non-stop rain all day, it was so bad that it was even raining in the car! Poor Remy and Albert were soaked! (The straps that held the bag on top of the car just let all the water seep right in.)
After checking into our camp site we drove about an hour more into San Jose to have dinner with one of Stephen's good friends Jose. He recommended a cute French restaurant in this really cool shopping area. It was too bad it was already so late, I would have loved to walk around more and hang out longer! I hope we can come back soon, hopefully to watch some hockey ;). We drove back pretty late and that was just another great thing about sleeping in a cabin, lights! Even though it was nice that night, it was even nicer to let everything dry out before our last day of driving.
I can't believe I am almost done sharing about this trip! Guess that means we need to go on another one soon! ;)
Call us crazy (if you hadn't before, moving across the country with a zoo and all) but, we drove up the California coast on HWY 1 in one day. It is definitely a multi day trip! There were soooo many amazing places to stop!! It was sort of a good thing that it was raining the whole time we were there 'cause otherwise I would have wanted to stop 1,000x's more. But, because we did end up stoping about a million times anyway to take pictures I'm breaking this up into two posts. So much pretty! Also, sea lions are soooo cute! I'm glad they were hanging out when we stumbled across their lookout point.
Stay tuned for part 2 of HWY 1 and the end of our trip!
What an eventful day this was!! The plan was to book it from Phoenix to LA to be able to explore and hang out for as long as possible. Just after crossing the Arizona California boarder we drove through a tiny town and planned on stopping for gas in the next one. Well turns out, there was no next one! We had about 11 miles left on the gas range so we pulled over to where we thought there would be gas, but I don't think that place had been operational since the 1950's!! We stopped and asked about the next closest station and the answer was either 25 miles ahead of us or about 32 behind us! I was certain we were about to be stranded in the middle of the desert with a dog, cat and a rabbit.
So, we continued on our journey praying that somehow we would make it to the next gas station. Stephen got behind a semi to help reduce the wind to hopefully prolong our tank. I had the gps loaded up for the gas station ahead and watched the miles tick by. We got to a point where Stephen felt comfortable running to the gas station and running back if we were to break down. "It would only take me 3 hours!" He said at one point. I was definitely freaking out! Eventually the gps starting saying 3 miles, 2 miles, 1 mile, 1/2 a mile. And then by nothing short of a miracle we were pulling into the gas station! We got gas, got everyone some water and then continued to sunny LA.
We got to Venice around 2pm and we met up with Ashley to get coffee, wander around and eat dinner. It was such a beautiful day and getting to walk around and hang out felt sooo nice. As we were walking to dinner we encountered Remy's most terrifying object, skateboards! We have no idea why he is so scared of them, but nonetheless if one skates past him he immediately tucks his tail and tries his hardest to run home. We were only a few blocks from the restaurant so Stephen ended up picking Remy up and carrying him the rest of the way. As you can see from the picture below, it solved all of Remy's problems. The looks we got walking in to the restaurant were hilarious! Everyone chucked seeing a 50lb dog being carried to his seat.
I love taking pictures. Whether it is of people, animals or landscapes I am always running around trying to get the best shot. Just ask my husband, I am always annoying him with pictures ;).