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Places I want to go Hiking

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I have done a bit of hiking here in Oregon, and I really want to go hiking other places as well. I have begun a list of places I want to go hiking in. Some of the hikes I want to go on will also include camping, which is totally fine by me.

  • Garden of the Gods – Colorado Springs
  • Trail of Ten Falls Loop – Silver Falls State Park – Oregon
  • Alaska
  • The Scottish Highlands
  • Short 2 – 5 day hikes in the Sierra Nevadas, along the PCT
  • Somewhere in the Colorado Rockies
  • The Grand Canyon
  • Monument Valley – Arizona
  • The Great Smoky Mountains
  • The Adirondack Mountains
  • The Peak District – UK
  • Lake Louise – Alberta

This is not a complete list, it is just the beginning. I know I want to do more hiking than what I have listed here. The places I have listed above are just the places I currently know that I want to go hiking at.

As I do more hiking, and go on more adventures I will for sure be keeping you all updated.

If you all want to see more pictures from my adventures than what I post here on the blog, be sure that you have liked my Facebook page, as I will be posting pictures, and updates and all that kind of stuff there, that I may not necessarily post here on my blog.

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Sock Yarn to make Boot Socks

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While I normally keep my knitting stuff off this blog, today the two cross.

Over the past few months I have been stocking up on a load of sock yarn, in order to make boot socks for when I go out hiking. I am doing this, because I am working on having the right gear to get out and go hiking even when it is cold, wet and damp outside.

I have tried so many store brand pairs, that I lost count. I never really liked any of those. Now, I have socks that are quality made, that are comfortable, and will last for a while.

Most of the wool that I purchased for socks, is of natural colors or darker jewel tones. I have definitely been into the natural and jewel tones a lot more lately. I also find them to be a bit more appropriate for being outdoors.

I will be posting more about the socks over on my knitting blog, so if you are interested in more of that process check out that blog

I am in the planning stages of many great adventures, so stay tuned for those!

I went home! 

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One of my friends had told me earlier in their week that I should go do something spontaneous and fun today, so I did. I went home. I spent four amazing, tough, trying, all worth it years of my living in this amazingly beautiful area that helped shape who I am today.

It took me a couple years to really make it my home. By the end of my sophomore year of college, it was more my home that living in the big city ever have been. I made friends, and I had a second family. I still visit home quite often. I knew when I had to leave I was leaving my heart there. I love it there, and I don’t know when or how but I believe I will live there again one day. I took an additional drive that was typical of ones I took at the end of the term, to clear my head after a long stressful term. The foothills of the coast range is a beautiful place to take drives. I love thy I know that area so well that I can find my way back with ease. That area really helped me find out who I really am. So this adventure was a bit bittersweet and yet filled with hope that one day, hopefully soon I can call it home for real soon.

a Much Needed BEACH DAY!!!!!!!!!!!

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I haven’t been home very long at all from having spent most of the day at the beach. I met up with one of my friends, and we had headed out mid morning. I drove and got us to the beach just fine. We stopped at one of the State Parks in the area of Rockaway Beach, and walked along the beach and then back for about an hour and a half. We continued on to Cannon Beach, where we ate at Mo’s, and then went down on the beach again there, before heading north yet again to Seaside where i spent time wandering around the shops and then ending the evening on the beach again, freezing our butts off to watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean.

IMG_0020You don’t have to ask me twice to go to the beach. I also don’t mind driving. I am comfortable enough with going to the beach that even with not knowing for sure where I am going, I can still get around. If all else fails I know I have google maps on my phone. I also know that if the ocean is to my left I am heading north, and if it is to my back I am heading east.

Today’s goal was just to relax, and forget about real life for a while, and the mission was a success. Even with being a bit cold at the end of the day, I was totally in my zone, and I was someplace I love, doing what I love, enjoying life with a good friend. Even though, there are many times I go back to the same beaches, each time is different, whether it is with a different person, or different day, each time is different and unique.

I don’t know if I have mentioned it in previous posts, but for me, the beach, the ocean, the sights and sounds of them are calming and soothing to me. The ocean is a powerful force of nature that is a force to be reckoned with, and has claimed hundreds of thousands, if not more lives. That power has a beauty to it, as well as a calming force. It is like the sun, and the moon, it will always be there, and the waves will continually come crashing into the shore. The tides change, but the fact that the waves roll in, and there is the constant roar that is amazing, it is the original white noise machine.

I love the whole sand between the toes feeling, and coming home, and having to wash sand out of my hair for days even when I just sat on the sand, if even that. I love coming home and smelling like the beach, which is a combination of campfires, salty sea air, and having been outside. I love that smell.

IMG_0107Spending that much time with a good friend, and picking up where we had left off is also amazing. There are different dynamics with different friends, and it is amazing to be reminded on a regular basis on what it is like to have fun.

Having spent so much time outside, walking around, driving there and back, and swinging on the swing set I got a good workout in today. Being outside walking along the beach, breathing in the air, exploring, these are the kinds of days that bring out the best in me, and give me energy to get up each day.

This is Why I Love my Life

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IMG_0133Today I went on an amazing adventure with one of my friends. We had gone up to Forest Park and Hiked along one of the trails for a a fair ways. This was also my second outing with my new hiking boots, and I have to say that my new boots are working out great. They have good support as well as good tread for being out on the unpaved trails. This was their first proper hike. I am looking forward to many more adventures with them. I had also used the REI Flash 22 pack I had bought in the Black Friday sale. I have to say that I love it, and I am going to be using it a lot more often.

We had been wanting to go out for a hike for a while, and I had checked the weather forecast about a week ago, and the weather for today looked like it was supposed to be nice, so we too the chance and planned a hike for today. Today turned out to be gorgeous. We had wanted to check out the old stone structure in Macleay Park, so we did and kept hiking. Today was absolutely beautiful. It was cool, but not cold, and it wasn’t too hot either which was fantastic for being out hiking. The sun also burned off the clouds and was beautiful by the end of the hike. We had found some large pieces of logs in which we had taken the time to eat a mid morning snack. The trail along the creek was beautiful. Being outside and moving, and going was amazing. I loved the feeling of being out and being free. I love being outdoors. It brings out the best in me and actually makes me feel alive and like I am actually living. We finished up our hike around 1:00 this afternoon, and from there we went to go see a couple of old homesteads in NE Portland.

IMG_0144The first homestead we went to was the Zimmerman Homestead, which dates back to the 1850’s. The property used to be a dairy farm, but has since been downsized to the 6 acres it currently sits on. The old Farmhouse still remains, and is amazing to see. The collection in the house is a closed collection, which means that everything in there, was owned by the family that had built and owned the house. Not only is the architecture amazing, but the historical value of the collection is fantastic. From what I remember, three generations of the family had owned and lived in the house, which is incredible. We were not allowed to take pictures inside the house, so my friend and I respected that, and hence there will be no pictures from inside the house. The second was the Heslin House. Both of these houses were amazing to go visit, and explore.

Today was amazing, and it stood out, and reminded me that for all the days I get up and go to work, I can enjoy the days I am able to go do stuff like this, and work my way to the career I really want.

New Adventure Gear

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Today I was able to go and get myself a new digital camera, beings that I had broken the one that I had this past summer. I got myself a Sony DSC – W800.

I am hoping to take it on its inaugural adventure in a couple weeks. I am also hoping that in 2015 I will be able to get out a bit more on weekends, and go more places. I know that it may be hard at times, beings that I work full time and have food intolerances, but I don’t want the latter to hold me back from some amazing adventures.

This month I have been able to add to my adventure gear, with the REI Flash 22 pack I had purchased on Black Friday, and now a camera for photos and vlogging.

My current job, is a good entry level job, especially since the economy is still tough for the millions of Americans who are out of work. I am thankful for having a full time job, that pays more than minimum wage, and has benefits. It is for now a temporary job, while I am working on a specific project for the company I work for. I am thankful that I have been able to purchase more gear, and I am hoping over the next several months, to however long my job lasts, I am going to work on saving money, so that can have something to fall back on, be able to move for a new job, or take adventures on.

I am excited to be able to plan more adventures that would take me further away from home, that will be becoming a reality is an amazing prospect. I am excited for these adventures, and being able to blog and vlog about them for you all.

I want to thank those of you, who have stuck with my blog through the times of lean content due to lack of being able to take adventures. I have greater plans for myself, the adventures I want to take, and for this blog.

Planning Spring Adventures

Now that fall is here in full force, and winter is around the corner, adventures for this year have pretty much come to an end. That doesn’t mean that my blog is dead, at times it may be hibernating, but it will be back in full force next spring.

Between now and then I am doing some research about where I want to go, what I want to do, and thus share with you all. I am wanting to go on some new adventures that I haven’t written about before, and share new places with all of you.

I am also looking into more gear, like a good pair of hiking boots, a day pack, as well as some other travel necessities because I would like to go to the UK at some point. The UK won’t likely be happening in 2015, but I am starting to plan for that.

I know I have been talking about it for a while, but I want to build up my endurance for hiking, because I really want to go on more hikes, and do more challenging trails, so I really need to start building up to it. Going for walks along city streets is good exercise, and will help me start getting into shape, it isn’t the same as going hiking on hiking trails, where the path is uneven, and there is ascents and descents mixed in there.