Pacific Northwest

Starting the Year at the Coast

PNW Ocean

When most of us think of a getaway weekend to the beach, we imagine sunglasses, barefoot walks, and bronzed skin. But going to the beach in the Pacific Northwest presents a more nature-y, introverted sort of vacation that doesn’t seem as enjoyable until you’ve experienced it yourself.

There’s something deliciously romantic and rejuvenating about cold and misty walks on the beach, huddled in sweatshirts and hats. The ocean has a different personality in the winter, earnest and commanding, pensive and moody. And rather than the lazy, sleepy, sun-drunken haze that surrounds a summery beach, a winter beach makes you more alert, perceptive, and freshly introspective.

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Angel’s Rest/Devil’s Rest Loop

Angel's Rest

After two weeks without a hike, this weekend was a hike-no-matter-what sort of weekend, so Saturday came with overcast skies and the threat of rain, but we laced up our hiking boots anyway and brushed it off as a benefit that at least not as many people would be on the trails.

Our weekend adventures was the Angel’s Rest/Devil’s Rest loop of the Columbia River Gorge. This hike is considered moderate level/family friendly as the first part (up to Angel’s Rest) is only a 2.4mi hike up to the exposed bluff of the Columbia River Gorge with amazing views.READ MORE

Trail of Ten Falls : Silver Falls State Park

This past weekend Alex and I went on a semi-impromptu hiking adventure about an hour and a half south to Silver Falls State Park to hike the 8.7-mile loop of the Canyon Trail or Trail of Ten Falls, which as you can guess by the name, is a waterfall hike.

Trail of Ten Falls - Silver Falls State Park

There’s not much I can say about this hike except HOLY GORGEOUS! The Silver Falls State Park is the largest state park in Oregon located just east of Salem. It’s consider a temperate rainforest with miles of hiking, horse, and bike trails as well as picnic grounds and other recreation sites.READ MORE

Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach Oregon

This past weekend, Alex’s sister Maddie flew into town to visit us for the long weekend. We have had few visitors in the few short months that we’ve lived in Portland, but it’s always a treat to show new people the city we are so deeply falling in love with. Of course, much of the Portland experience revolves around food and we found ourselves vowing after each meal that we would never eat again, only to dive into the next food coma just a few hours later (let this be a warning for all future visitors).READ MORE

This is Portland | A Book Review

Working at a publishing distribution company has it’s perks, and as someone who handles (almost) every e-book that comes our way, I get some special sneak peeks. This book came across my desk (erm…screen) the other day and instantly caught my eye for a couple reasons:READ MORE