Tag: Adventure

Bought New Boots

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That’s right! I did it! I bought new hiking boots. I definitely need to get them broken in before I do any major hiking.

I was starting to get a bit of cabin fever because it has snowed on and off this whole week, so I went to the Danner Factory Outlet up on NE Airport Way. I bought a pair of Danner Mountain Light Cascade Boots, which is the same style of boots that Reese Witherspoon wore in the movie “Wild”.

I decided to go with the Factory seconds that I found in my size. They look good, and that while they have have more minor imperfections, they are still well made (and cost less than the Factory firsts).

While I was out today, and beings that the roads were totally fine by early in the afternoon, I also ran to the mall to go to REI and Eddie Bauer. Yep, outdoorsy girl heaven right there.

At REI, I picked up a couple pairs of hiking socks, mainly for while I am trying to get my Danner’s broken in, and saving the socks I make myself for once my boots are broken in. I also picked up a travel wallet, mainly because it can hold my cellphone as help me stick with only the necessities for going out and about. I also picked up a new flip lid for my 20 oz hydroflask, in blue so it will match, and a pink rubbery bottom for the aforementioned hydroflask.

While I was at the mall I went in and went to Eddie Bauer, and picked up what they call the “connect tech travel bag”, which is a smaller purse like bag that can fit a wallet, cellphone, keys, a small tablet and a few other necessities.

I love going shopping at REI, and Eddie Bauer is nice when you are looking for something in particular.

Danner is a Portland company with roots going back to the 1930’s. REI was started in (and is still based out of) Seattle, and Eddie Bauer is based out of Bellevue, Wa (a suburb of Seattle). The Seattle area is local enough for me.

The hiking socks I bought as well as the Danner boots are made here in the USA, which makes me feel even better about them.

This spring and summer I am definitely wanting and needing to do some more hiking.

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Time for new Hiking Boots?

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I bought my first pair of boots a few years ago, and I have never really liked them. Once I have actually been wearing them hiking, I quickly realized how bad of a fit for me.

The last time I went hiking in them, I was left with the biggest blister on the side of one of my heels, and my feet were constantly sliding forward in the boots as I hiked down hill.

So my point is, is that it is time for new hiking boots, so I can get back out hiking and enjoy it.

I am still looking at hiking boots and brands. I am definitely staying away from the super heavy boots that are meant for mountaineering and such. I am not there yet.

While I am leaning more towards Danner boots, as they are a local brand and well made I am open to other brands. Merrill Moab boots are out as that is why I currently have and I am replacing them. I am looking for something with good support and stability, as well as durability.

I am definitely wanting to get back in to hiking and working my way up to some more intense hikes, and I need my boots to hold up and last more than a season.

Visiting one of the Grimm Filming Locations!!!!!!!

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This morning I had an interview downtown. Beings that where I was going to be interviewing was only a couple blocks from the Chinese Garden, I knew that today was going to be an Adventure Day.

I am not one who usually goes to Downtown Portland on my own unless there is a good reason to go.

Beings that I needed to go Downtown today, I decided to make the most of it. I had also realized that one of the filming locations from one of my favorite TV shows that ended last year – Grimm, was walking distance from where I was going to be.

After I had gone to my interview, I walked over to the Chinese Garden, and walked around for a bit, as well as went and got tea at the tea house. While it is kind of a pain to go to the Chinese Garden if I am not downtown anyway, beings that I was down there anyway and had taken the Max, I didn’t have to worry about parking, or actually driving downtown.

At the Chinese Garden, they were decorating for Chinese New Year so it was looking pretty cool.

After I had gotten done hanging out at the Chinese Garden I had gotten back on the Max before remembering I had wanted to go to the Customs House, since that is where they had filmed the exterior scenes of what was supposed to be the central police precinct in Grimm. So I got of the train at Pioneer Courthouse Square, took a couple pictures before the train going back the other direction came.

Once I was back at the right stop, I walked the couple blocks to the Customs House.

I had loved watching Grimm when it was on, and now own all six of the seasons on DVD. Beings I was so close to one of the filming locations, I had to go see it in person. I also live walking distance from another of the filming locations.

All in all, today was a great day.

Last Beach Trip of my 20’s

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Over the course of the past few days the weather forecast had been showing a stretch of dry and warmer (for this time of year anyway), weather. So I had decided to keep my eye on the forecast for the northern coast. For the majority of the week it was showing sunny and upper 50’s for highs along the northern coast. I decided yesterday that I would go to the beach today, beings that I had only gone 3 other times this year.

Beings that this month is my birthday month, as well as the good weather and the fact that this month is only going to get crazier, today was the perfect day to take off and go to the beach one more time this year and while I am still in my 20’s.

I, of course took Tigger and Pooh with me, as they have become my little adventure buddies over the course of the last six and a half years. I got them just before I went to New York when I was 23, and they have gone on many adventures with me since then.

Too hot and Smoky for outdoor adventures

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I haven’t been on too many adventures, especially the past month and a half because it has been to hot and smoky most of that time.

Beginning in late July and early august we were getting smoke from forest fires in BC (British Columbia) and Washington. Now we have a lot of fires burning up and down the west coast, including as close as 20 – 30 miles away in the Gorge.

Here are a few pictures taken locally within the last 36 hours:

The air has been at an unhealthy level quite a bit. I stepped outside about an hour ago, and it was very hot and smoky. The air even smelled very smoky. My allergies have been very bad today and my nose, throat and lungs are burning, just from a few minutes outside.

Summer Beach Day

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It was so good to be back at the beach today. I have missed it so much, you all have no idea. 

There is one particular area of the North Coast, which has felt like home for the past few years. 

Today I had gone to Rockaway Beach for part of the day. It was a beautiful day. It was pretty windy but beautiful. There is a state park near there that I absolutely love. 

Before coming back to the city, I stopped in Seaside, to grab some food. I had found a parking spot a little bit of a walk from the main drag that goes down to the beach. I am super glad I had parked where I did beings that there was so much traffic and not a park to be found along the main strip. Seaside is pretty much my least favorite town along the Oregon Coast. It is so touristy and has lost the character that many of the other smaller towns on the Oregon Coast have. Seaside has definitely turned into the top coastal tourist destination and has been trying to imitate the Southern California and East Coast beach towns that have all the attractions and shops. It also has a huge to do over spring break. For those of you who have watched Gilmore Girls in season 4, when Rory, Paris and some of the other Yaleies go to Florida for spring break, Seaside is where you are going to get as close to that kind of spring break as you will get here in Oregon. 

I definitely prefer a beach that is relatively empty and fairly clean. I definitely prefer being able to get out and walk along the beach, and be able to stay somewhere (whether I am camping or staying at a house) where I can have a campfire in the evening, and relax and drink some tea and maybe make some s’mores. 


I have loved the ocean for as long as I can remember. Whether it is a beautiful sunny day like today or whether it is pouring down rain and the seas are super rough, or even the rare occasion when it snows on the beach. I love it all. 

Bybee-Howell House

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Yesterday, my mom has suggested making a run out to Sauvie Island, and go to one of the farms to see if they had Strawberries yet. Turns out that it is still a little early for strawberries, especially to get flats of them to make jam. They had some from their first picking so we got a couple of pints. 

We had driven past this old farm house, which I had seen before, but kind of took notice of yesterday. The site has been turned into a territorial park. The house itself was built back in 1856, before Oregon was even a state. It’s original owner was one of the first commissioners of Multnomah County. 

I love old farm houses, especially in this part of the country. The Bybee – Howell house has an orchard out back, and it was so pretty.