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!!!
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 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!
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.
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!
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.