2 Hours in Portland

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You know when you’re on a very tight schedule and you start out on track, but then it deteriorates very quickly? That was my family and our planned day trip to Portland last summer. When we drove up to Oregon, we decided to stay on the coast, but we also planned to spend a day in Portland. Here was the itinerary for the day:

– Leave the beach house very early in the morning and drive about 2.5-3 hours to Multnomah Falls
– Drive into Portland and spend the day there
– Drive to Beaverton and meet my cousin for dinner

Instead we:

– Drove into Washington (since we were so close to the border, my mom thought it would be a shame not to cross the state line for a bit)
– Drove to Multnomah Falls
– Drove to Portland and spent less than 2 hours there
– Drove to Beaverton to have dinner with my cousin

Although the day didn’t quite go according to plan, we were able to squeeze in a few fun things during our brief time in Portland, including Powell’s (the place I was most excited to visit), Voodoo Doughnut, Blue Star Donuts, and Salt & Straw (yep, I dragged my family to all the sweet shops in town).

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From the few bits that I saw, Portland seems like an awesome city. I’m already thinking that I need to plan another PNW trip and spend more time in Portland and Seattle!

Multnomah Falls

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I am back from my whirlwind, two-week vacation on the West Coast and it was absolutely wonderful. I’ve caught a bad case of the post-vacation blues, but I’m slowly working on easing back into my routine here in the city.

Of course, I’m so so behind on my posts, that I’m still recapping the vacation that we took last year! I’m going to try and wrap up our Oregon trip in the next week or so so that I can get to this year’s vacation pictures.

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Let’s rewind back to last year… Since we planned to drive inland one day to visit Portland, we thought it’d be a good idea to also visit Multnomah Falls, which is less than an hour outside of Portland.

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When we got there, we had a small snafu- we ended up parking in a spot that was a lot further away than we’d realized, and had to hike through the woods to get to the falls. Let’s just say that I was not prepared for a hike and not wearing the proper footwear. Since this was such a last-minute trip, we hadn’t done a ton of research. Later, we noticed that there is a paved parking lot directly in front of the falls that provides direct access to the site. Ah well, you live and you learn, right? Now we know for next time!

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Seattle/Vancouver Recommendations?

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You know when you’ve been planning a vacation for months, and it seems like it will never happen, then all of a sudden, it’s here? I’ve been thinking about this trip since December (probably even earlier than that) and now it’s finally close!

In a couple of weeks, I’ll be heading home to California. My full itinerary, though, involves LA, San Diego, Seattle, and Vancouver! I’ll be home to visit my family and then we’re taking a family vacation to Seattle and Vancouver. On the way back, I’ll spend a night in LA, then head down to San Diego for my best friend’s wedding.

To say I’m excited is an understatement and I know I’m only going to get more excited as the trip draws nearer. If you’ve been to Seattle or Vancouver and have any recommendations to share, I’d love to hear them. I’ve been planning the bulk of the trip and I’d love to know if there are any must-see sights or must-do activities that I should add to my list. This will be our first visit to both of these cities and I’m so excited to explore somewhere new (and to finally relieve that wanderlust itch for a bit).

Just talking about the trip makes me giddy. Hopefully I’ll have lots of pictures and some videos to share with you guys when we get back! I’m actually thinking about renting a different lens for the trip (have any of you ever rented camera equipment?).

Tell me: Do you have any trips planned for the summer?

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Fifth-Year Reunion Photo Diary

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A couple of weekends ago, I went to my fifth-year reunion and had a surprising amount of fun. It wasn’t that I thought I wouldn’t have a good time, it’s just that with the move and everything else going on, it kind of snuck up on me. In fact, I thought maybe I would skip it, but instead, I ended up registering about a week before the event.

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I started to get really excited on the train ride down to New Haven. I made the train trip with one of my really good friends who used to live in NYC, but now lives in San Francisco. It was so good to see her and catch up, and that’s really what the whole weekend was like. With the exception of a couple people, all of my good college friends went to reunion and it was so wonderful to have everyone in the same place again.

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We laughed, we reminisced, we danced, and we chatted. I’d been seriously lacking in friend time thanks to the move, so it was just pleasant to have a weekend away to relax and stop thinking about the apartment for a bit. Also, every time I step back onto campus, I’m reminded of how beautiful it is.

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I’m really glad I went to my college reunion. I’ve heard rumors that some people have started to plan my ten-year high school reunion next year, so that should be interesting!