Last September was needless to say a little gloomy around here... The Eagle Creek Fire was absolutely devastating to Portland and the surrounding areas. The fire burned more than 48,000 acres, cost millions for firefighting efforts, left the area with extremely unhealthy air quality, and the list goes on. Most of the hikes along the Oregon side of the Gorge are still closed, including one of my all-time favorites, Munra Point. As soon as this area reopens, I highly recommend this hike and Friends of the Gorge is a wonderful organization to donate money to help the area recover from the fire. Munra Point is a HARD hike and might be terrifying if you don't like heights (like me!), but the views are beyond spectacular and this place is truly magical. Here are some of the photos from the two times I have done this hike and I can't wait to get back up there!
Fivemile Butte Lookout is in the Mt. Hood national forest and is available to rent overnight, but it is extremely popular and is typically booked out for months! I got super lucky and booked this lookout last year and it was one of the coolest adventures in the area that I've experienced. We had to park at the Billy Bob Sno-Park and hike in 3 miles, with food, water, bedding, and clothes. It was quite the trek in the snow, but once we were up there and were the only people around for miles it was well worth it. At 40 feet from the ground, the cabin swayed back and forth during the middle of the night because it was so windy, which kinda freaked me out. Haha. We woke up in the morning to a foot of fresh snow! So FUN!!!
This is a small collection of some of my favorite west coast adventures I've been on in the past 5 years. Getting fresh air and seeing these beautiful places makes me feel grounded and present. It is truly one of the best things I have incorporated into my lifestyle and there is so much more to see... I feel extremely lucky to live in such a wonderful part of this world. Hope you enjoy these photos just as much as I do! xoxo
Here is some Fall camping inspiration to get out there! This was along the Trask River towards Tillamook, Oregon. Such a stunning area that I had never thought to go to, while driving out to the coast. I love finding new places and Oregon constantly impresses me with its beauty!
This is the Three Sisters Wilderness in Central Oregon. We did a day hike and hit some unexpected snow, which was a lovely surprise and made for some fun photos. Our hike was only to the shelter and we stopped there to enjoy the warm fire and have some drinks and snacks!
One of my best friends and I finally took the trip we had been dreaming of for the past four years. We pulled the plug and booked tickets to Spain and Portugal this past spring and had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. It is amazing how things come together and you get to experience adventures with someone you hold so dear to your heart. Neither one of us had been to Spain or Portugal, so it was all new territory for us. By far one of my favorite destinations of our trip was the breathtaking Balearic Island, Mallorca. The island is covered with mountains, farm land, cliffside's and crystal clear beaches. There were moments on the trip that truly took my breath away. I can't wait to go back to this enchanting part of the world. Here are just a few of the many, many pictures I took.
One of the many great things about Portland is that it's only an hour away from the coast. It feels amazing to just pick up and leave for the afternoon to watch the sunset on our picturesque coastline and breathe the salty ocean air. Here are a few pictures, unedited, from a few months ago.
Spring has sprung and it is making me think of great road trips in the PNW. I went to Crater Lake a few years back and it was beyond beautiful. It was in the summer during the warmest days of the year and so I jumped in the lake for a little cool down. Yes, it was cold water… but it felt so clean and refreshing! There is only a few spots around the lake you can actually swim in, including Cleetwood Cove, shown in the pictures below. I can't wait to go back and see these glorious shades of blue!
Playing around with some marbling techniques on my photos from a recent trip to Palm Springs and loving it! ;)
During my most recent road trip to central Oregon, we decided to head out to the badlands. It was overcast that day, but we heard that the beautiful shades of colors were more vibrant in that kind of weather. When we arrived at the Painted Hills, we were shocked to be the only people in the whole national monument. It was so quiet and all we could hear were cows mooing in the far distance. I felt so inspired by all the rusty tones and hues. Here a just a few of the photos I took that day!
A few weeks ago I went to Redmond to stay with some of my best friends and they took me on this lovely hike in Sisters, OR. We had no clue that it would snow on us, but it made it so magical and then as we got closer to the shelter the sun came out. We had a fire, ate some snacks and had a few brews! It was a really good day.
The clean air, beautiful colors, silence... I am always inspired by the greater outdoors. It is one of my favorite places to be and it helps me clear my mind. Here are just a few of the photo's I have taken over the past few months!
It was early Sunday morning and although the forecast predicted rain, I decided to pack up my camera and dog to head out to the coast. One of the perks about living in Portland is that you are a close drive to the beach or the mountains. It was misty and foggy all day, making for some pretty awesome pictures. I came back to Portland feeling refreshed and inspired!
Feeling very inspired lately by random textures from things I see outside and the shadows they create!
The NW has so many beautiful places to visit and explore, I can't seem to get enough of it! I plan to share some of them on here, to get you all out there! :) We took a weekend trip to visit one of my very best friends and they took us on this great hike at Smith Rock. Even with it being overcast skies, the scenery was amazing. Once we got to the top to enjoy the views. we drank our beers and took some cool pictures. Here are just some of them.
Well, after one month of being back in Oregon from our trip to Costa Rica, I am still sorting and editing all my pictures... Yes, I did go a little crazy with my camera on vacation! I thought I would share just a few of my favorites that I have come across. I promise to post more pictures and info about all the contacts very soon. Pura Vida!
p.s. if you EVER get the chance to travel to Costa Rica, do it!!!
See just some of the items I packed for my recent trip to Costa Rica. As well as an collection of images I found for a mood board to inspire me before we left. More pictures from the trip will be up on the blog soon!
I have always loved road trips, probably because when I was growing up my family would drive to destinations for our vacations. So this past winter, my boyfriend and I planned a road trip down the west coast. Leaving from Portland and ending in Joshua Tree, CA. There was a ton of driving within 10 days, but well worth it. Side note, I have a list of 30 things to do before I turn 30 this summer and our trip was a chance for me to cross off some things off my list! Here are some of the details & pictures:
1. Staying in a treehouse in southern Oregon. It is called Out'N'About Treesort and is located in Takilma, OR. We got to the treesort after it had gotten dark and I'll admit it was kinda scary finding our way up to the treehouse... Waking up in the trees was pretty amazing though!
2. Exploring the area around Takilma. We drove up to the Oregon Caves, yet forgot to check before hand if they were even open... Hehe... They were not, but we got to play in the beautiful snow. The other part of the day we walked along the Illinois River and saw the cutest little jackrabbit.
3. Next stop, Yosemite. This was a place that neither one of us had been to, so we had no idea what to expect. Yosemite is such a breathtaking beautiful place. We stayed in the heated tents in Curry Village. The tent was nice and toasty, which was perfect after a full day of hiking in the snow to the upper falls. We plan to go back to visit sometime in the summer.
4. LA. Having lived in LA for about three years, it is dear to my heart and is the stomping grounds for some of my best friends! We decided to stay in Manhattan at The Belamar, so we could be close to friends and of course eat at one of my favorite restaurants, Simmzy's.
5. Palm Springs for NYE. It was a colorful kinda night staying at the Saguaro. The hotel was alight... I would much rather stay at The Parker next time! After partying the night away on NYE, the next morning we ate an amazing breakfast at The Parker and explored the stunning grounds. Ummm, dreamy.
6. Smell the stinky air at the Salton Sea, which is about 45 minutes outside of Palm Springs. Having heard of this interesting place, we had to make a quick afternoon trip to see what it was all about. We got there just around sunset and walked along the beach. Sounds pleasant, which the sky was gorgeous but the smell was just horrific. There were dead fish laying around on the beach and other things I will refrain from saying... Let's just say, stinky!!!
7. Joshua Tree. Mojave Sands was such a rad place to stay. It was an old motel that has been redone and has a cool retro vibe to it. We explored the park, climbed some rocks and saw the first Joshua Tree I'd ever seen. On our way out of town we drove through Pioneertown and ate at Pappy & Harriets.
8. LA. Yep, went back to LA to see some more friends and go to the Stanley Kubrick exhibit at the LACMA. We stayed in Culver City at the Culver Hotel, it was really nice and a wonderful way to end our trip!