Coastal Trip and Squashes

Seaside, Oregon
Seaside, Oregon

Coastal Storm Tour

The PNW was meant to have  raging storms all weekend so of course an outdoor coastal trip was on the cards. Korey drew out a map Friday night (I’m not gonna lie, I was quite impressed with the accuracy!) and we looked at our options. It was decided that we’d head up to the most north western part of Oregon and work our way down from there.  We decided on a few spots and made up a rough plan of what to do the next day

Astoria

So off we took Saturday in another beautiful Cadillac up to Astoria in the pouring rain.  The car seats were heated in the car so I KO’d immediately and missed most of the scenic drive. The parts I did manage to squint in were beautiful though.

It took around 2hrs to get to Astoria and what a pretty harbor town it is! I’d love to come back in the summer time and see it in full action. For food we stopped in at Fort George Brewery. I had the most amazing salad (yes they can be!) and beer. I think it was called pumpkin something or other but either way it was delicious! 🙂 The brewery is set on two levels and the staff were so nice, it’s a really cozy place (even though it’s huge) and you could easily spend all day in there.  Afterwards, we hopped in the car and made our way to the wreck of Peter Iredale. It was pouring out by this stage and really windy which made the perfect setting for visiting the shipwreck which is part of Fort Steven’s State Park.

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Bend, Oregon

Paulina Peak
Paulina Peak
Bend, Oregon

What a beautiful place! Bend has definitely made it to the tope of my favorite places in the states so far. The town itself is just so pretty but it’s the mountains and scenery that surround it which are incredible. I can’t believe it took me so long to get there!

Anyhow, myself and Korey took a notion a little while ago to go bungee jumping, so after getting another recruit on board, Brent, we took off last weekend. We rented a Cadillac (obviously) last Friday and set off on the 3.5 hr journey to central Oregon. After checking in to the Towneplace Suites, we made our way to downtown Bend. We stopped in at Deshutes, one of the micro-breweries and tried some of the seasonal beers – yum! After Deshutes, we went across the road to Seven and stayed there for the night playing pool and not having a few drinks…. cough cough 😉 .

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Labor Day Weekend

Space Needle, Seattle
Space Needle, Seattle

Seattle

I love these summer weekends. They really are so much fun! Labor Day weekend was no different. Seattle was another random, sort of last minute trip that was planned at the tail end of California. Myself and Korey decided to head to Seattle for a couple days to catch the beginning of Bumbershoot. So I booked my Bolt bus ($25) and took the 3.5 hour journey up north to Washington on Thursday after work. I loved the city immediately, there’s a  lot going on up there as soon as you arrive. I got a  Lyft to the Renaissance hotel  where I dropped off my bags (in the Presidential Suite – Thank you Korey!) and went to meet some old friends from my Billabong days.

It was great catching up with Wes and his wife Carla who I’d met when I lived in New York back in 2011. It had been so long so it was great to catch up! We went to the Sarajevo Lounge for some drinks and food – which was DELICIOUS!! The service was amazing and I would 100% go back for the food! I’m very much looking forward to returning for round 2 with these guys. Korey picked me up after a little while and we took a spin around Capital Hill stopping before heading back to the hotel. Continue reading “Labor Day Weekend”

Flowers, Films and Food in PDX

Portland Rose Garden

This weekend was a busy one! I got to see and do quite a few things I’ve wanted to check out since I got here and managed to squeeze them in to two days! I know I’ve said it before, but there is so much going on all the time it’s hard to get bored. One of the things I got to catch was the Alberta Street Fair that happens annually. There are sooo many stalls of arts and crafts, food and music. It’s a lot of fun looking at all of the pieces that are displayed and feeding off the atmosphere!

Flowers

Portland is know as the city of Roses so of course I had to go check out the Portland Rose Garden.  I had been there once before but it was raining, a bit grey and getting dark so I wasn’t given the full experience. I took advantage of the beautiful weather and set off to go see what they were all about. It was so beautiful! There were so many different types of roses and the garden layout is overlooking the city of Portland. Just stunning! There’s also an amphitheater where they hold summer concerts so the place is always buzzing. Continue reading “Flowers, Films and Food in PDX”