Monday, September 18, 2017

Oregon Coast

If you asked Tyler what his favorite thing about our vacation was, he would tell you about Cannon Beach. We woke up before sunrise and drove from our hotel in Seaside and were rewarded with a pink and blue sky and a nearly-deserted beach. As we made our way to the water, we passed a man meditating, a woman running, and a photographer taking advantage of the morning light. After an hour or so of wading through the waves, we headed back to our SUV and made the short drive to Ecola State Park. The view from Ecola Point is truly incredible--I think I could have stayed there the entire day. There is nowhere on earth like the Oregon Coast, and we'll definitely be back every chance we get.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Columbia River Gorge 2017

One of my favorite things in the world is introducing people to the Columbia River Gorge; seeing their expressions while taking in the sweeping views or towering waterfalls is so rewarding. I truly believe it's one of the most beautiful places on earth. Tyler is the third person I've brought to the Gorge (and he certainly won't be the last, as I'm already trying to rope another friend into exploring with me....).

 I have a standard Gorge introduction tour that I take everyone on, and then add in extras depending on time (click here if you're interested in some of my must-sees, and check back as the series isn't complete quite yet). Some day I'll find a really adventurous friend and take a multi-day hike (and finally do the Oneonta Gorge hike!) but until then I'll stick to my trusty, awe-inspiring stand-bys. I'm not a bad travel guide if I do say so myself--even if I made Tyler wake up at 4:30 so we could beat all the tourists to Multnomah Falls. :) Tyler bought me a GoPro for Christmas, and I finally got the chance to try it out, too--there are definitely things I need to work on as far as videography skills, but I'm happy to have some footage of one of my favorite days anyway.  Here are some snaps and a video of our wanderings.

Thursday, August 17, 2017


Even though we've been married for five years, Tyler and I had never taken a vacation together until this year. Crazy right? We didn't even go on a honeymoon because I had just moved back to Springfield and started a new job when we got married. So this year, we decided to extend a trip we had planned with my family and spend some time to ourselves.

We flew into Portland around 10am and hit the ground running (side note: if you've never flown out of the Kansas City airport early in the morning on a Saturday, just know that the recommended two-hour advance arrival for domestic flights is a woeful underestimation--we got to the airport at 4:30 for a 7:50 flight and barely got to our gate before our flight started boarding!). Since Tyler had never been to Portland, I wanted to make sure he got to experience some of my favorite spots--like Powell's! The Portland Saturday Market was up and running, too, which I think is one of the best ways to get a feel for the city. I mean, a guy was standing on the corner playing a didgeridoo; how much more PDX does it get?

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