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I spent this past week in Oregon, and I think I’m officially in love with the Pacific Northwest.  I went to visit one of our best friends Abby, who moved there a little over a year ago. You might remember that last summer I went along with Abby on her drive westward. We turned it into an epic three week road trip that included lots of camping and hiking in some of the most beautiful places our country has to offer. It was unforgettable.

So last week I hopped on a plane to Portland, sleeping bag and tent in tow. We packed up the car and headed to central Oregon.

We camped by a lake, pumped water from a mountain stream, cooked on a camp stove, hiked to the most beautiful waterfalls that I have ever seen, hoofed it to the summit of a real big mountain, and maybe got a little too close to a forest fire. It was beautiful, relaxing, and exactly what I needed.

Here are some things we saw…

Seriously. So amazing!

This may have just become an annual event. We’re already talking about where we want to go, who we want to bring along, and what we want to do next year. Alaska? Canada? Grand Canyon?

Feel free to throw out some ideas. Tell me about beautiful places you’ve been that shouldn’t be missed. You should know that we aren’t afraid to get dirty, we like some physical exertion, and going several days with no shower isn’t really a problem (just as long as there’s a hot shower and a big meal waiting at the end).

:: Carrie ::


Home Again, Home Again

During the last few days we visited Astoria, Oregon (one of the most picturesque and adorable towns I’ve ever been to), drove down the Oregon coast, camped by the beach, hiked some amazing trails in the Columbia River Gorge, and soaked up the culture of Portland.



The past three weeks have been a dream! I have a lot more to share with you, which will come later. Abby and I talked a lot about how lucky we are to be able to take the time to see and experience so many beautiful sights, and to meet some awesome new people. We’re trying to figure out when we can do it again.

We said our goodbyes this morning. Abby starts a new job on Monday in Portland, and I’m on my way home. From what I hear it’s blazin’ hot in Missouri. That might be a shock to this girl, who has been living in a world of perfect weather for the last three weeks. At least I’ll be sleeping in my own bed tonight.