Things may have changed in Downtown Portland over the course of the past year with the Covid-19 pandemic, but one thing remains the same: the Portland Waterfront Loop–it’s also basically the Eastbank Esplanade Loop. We added on to the loop though, because there’s nothing like walking over Tilikum Crossing, a pedestrian/bike/public transit only bridge.Continue reading
January 2021 – Mt. Tabor Park
If you live in or around Portland, Oregon and you want to get outside for some fresh air, there are obviously plenty of places to go, but one of the top spots has to be Mt. Tabor Park in Southeast Portland.Continue reading
December 2020 – Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve
When the wetlands are doing EXACTLY what they’re supposed to do, it makes for some pretty poor exploring. But! We wouldn’t have it any other way. Back in December, our attempt to hike around the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve was foiled by a rainy week. It still made for some beautiful pictures though!
Exhibit A:Continue reading
November 2020 – Lacamas Creek Park
On another gorgeous mid-autumn day, we made a trip up to Camas, Washington to explore the Lacamas Creek Park. What we found was nothing short of spectacular!
Two sets of waterfalls (Woodburn and Potholes), a lake, a bridge, and a beautiful scenery!Continue reading
October 2020 – Willamette Greenway
I know that the northeast part of the United States is well-known for autumn colors, but I’d like to help put the Pacific Northwest on the map for it too!
On the most perfect day in October, we got outside and took the Willamette (pronounced Will-Am-It) Greenway multi-use path that follows Portland’s South Waterfront.Continue reading
September 2020 – Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest – Blue Lake Trail
I cannot overstate how STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS this hike was back in mid-September as the fires were unrelenting in the West. Just. Look. At. That.
We drove out to the trailhead (through North Cascade National Park) on a leap of faith that we would be met with decent air quality and weather. Needless to say, it was a perfect day.Continue reading
September 2020 – Orcas Island – Moran State Park
This feels like the appropriate moment to mention that the ONLY activity we had actually made reservations for during our trip up to Northern Washington was canceled because of morning fog. But we pivoted and got to experience Moran State Park on Orcas Island!Continue reading
September 2020 – Whatcom Falls Park
When life gives you quiet days, you go to a city park to check out a beautiful waterfall!Continue reading
September 2020 – North Cascades National Park – Trail of the Cedars
This wasn’t the vacation we had planned for months ago, BUT it’s the vacation we lived and we couldn’t complain.
Our trip to the North Cascades National Park was hindered only by the smoke and air quality. We arrived while the wildfires were raging in the west, so we kept most of our adventures light. First stop: the Trail of the Cedars.Continue reading
August 2020 – Crater Lake National Park – Garfield Peak Trail
It’s difficult to put into words how gorgeous Crater Lake is in person, so I’ll just leave this picture right here…
This was my second visit to Crater Lake National Park, and this time we decided to trek UP to see the lake from above. Video of our time at the park below!Continue reading