Tag: Country

Late Spring Afternoon Drive

Hey Everyone! 

Today I just needed to get out of the house and go for a drive. 

I headed Southeast out through Clackamas County, out to Estacada, and a little way up into the Cascades.  

While I am definitely a beach person, I grew up living in between two mountains ranges, so I am used to seeing them everyday. Even though I am using to seeing the mountains everyday, I never get tired of seeing them. 

It was hot today, so, on the freeway I definitely used the AC, but once I was on the back roads I just rolled the windows down to get the breeze. It made for beautiful pictures. 

It’s days like this (as long as I have AC), that remind me why I love this part of the country. It is so pretty here, and it’s not all built up, and there are still many wide open, natural spaces. It’s not all concrete and steel here. 


Adventuring in the Rain

Hey Everyone!

Today was my day off, and I have spent far too much time in the city lately. Being able to get out of the city and into the country, and not take forever to get there is. One of the many reasons I am thankful for the urban growth boundary. The urban growth boundary means that it doesn’t take as long to get out into the country and the middle of nowhere, which is one of the things that keeps me going, and keeps me functioning in my current day to day life. 

In the past few weeks, I have really realized that this part of the country, the Pacific Northwest (and I include Alaska in that too, and if you know me, you understand why), is my home and where my roots are. I have definitely put down roots in this part of the country. I also love that I can have roots and wings – that means I am free to go and explore this great big world we live in, yet I always know where home is. 

Today was one of those grey, rainy days we are known for out here. Many people find it to be gross, disgusting, nasty and miserable. I honestly love it. I was also feeling a bit cooped up with work and everything that I just needed to go,  drive and explore.having it pouring down rain made the woods look different than they do on a clear sunny day. 

I had pulled into a parking lot in Colton to get my bearings and to see what way I needed to go, to get back to the City, as if was getting later and I still had errands to run. As I was getting ready to leave said parking lot, I saw this little church across the street, and had to take a picture. 

Heirloom Rose Garden

Hey Everyone! 

It’s been a little while since my last adventure. I was sick for a bit and then have been busy. 

This weekend has been a busy one, just with life. Yesterday I went up to Battle Ground, for an ItWorks team meeting. I didn’t realize how far into the country Battle Ground is. 

My mom had mentioned awhile back that she heard about this rose garden near St Paul (Oregon not Minnesota), and that she would like to go sometime. Well that sometime turned out to be this afternoon. So we took the drive from Portland to the Heirloom Rose Garden (it’s a little north of St Paul). It was really pretty to walk around and look at the roses. 

I was totally a happy camper, since I was outside and in the country. Life couldn’t have gotten much better. Well the only thing better would have been able to stay in the small town and not have to return to the city. 

Neat old (or new houses built with older architecture) houses in St Paul

Some of the Roses I saw today

Yes, I was standing in the middle of the two lane country road to get a picture. 
Catholic Church in St Paul

I went home! 

Hey Everyone!

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!!!!!!!!!!!

Good Evening to All!

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.

Birthday Adventure … I Love my Life

Hey Everyone!

So today is my Birthday! Yeah, that’s right, I have an awesome Birthday. Beings that I had the day off (not enough work for me to stick around the rest of the week, so yeah I get a few days off), I got to go do something fun for my Birthday!. I went out into the Columbia River Gorge! I got to stop at the Portland Women’s Forum, and take some pictures of the Vista House and the Columbia River, before continuing on to the Vista House itself, and lastly going to Multnomah Falls.

It is a beautifully clear, but windy and cold winter’s day here in the beautiful Portland metro area. The roads are also generally dry in this part of the metro area at the moment, so Icy roads weren’t a problem.

I had bought myself an Iphone a few days ago, and upgraded from the basic phone I had had for a bit over two years now. It was fun being able to snap some pictures on that, and be able to upload them to the Facebook Page and Instagram while I was out on the adventure. I still have some more pictures to add to the Facebook Page that I took on my new camera, as this was its trial run, but that will be done here in a bit.

After having seen some pictures that a friend of mine had taken yesterday, as she, her husband, aunt and uncle had gone out there, it made me want to go, so I was toying with the idea, and then my Mom had a similar idea, so my Mom, Dad, and I all went out to Crown Point and Multnomah Falls together.

I am happy that we had a nice enough day here in the Portland area, and had the day off so that i could fit one more adventure in this year. I had remembered to grab Winnie the Pooh and Tigger at the last minute, so I stuck them in my purse and they came on this adventure with my parents and I.

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger started going on adventures with me, back in 2011 when I went to New York. It started out as something to take with me from Home, to remind me of Home ,but then turned into something more and they became adventure buddies. i am trying to take them on as many adventures as possible and see where all they can go with me, and take pictures of them at different spots & Landmarks when I am on adventures.

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger have been to Canada twice, the beach several times, New York once, This is their second trip to the Gorge. It is fun to see the passage of the seasons and all the places I go, with them.

Going on adventures, even short ones, like I did today is what I live for. I love being outdoors, even when it is freezing cold (and it was like 30 degrees Fahrenheit out in the area of Crown Point and Multnomah Falls), and windy as all get out it is still amazing. I get up and go to work so that I can be able to go and do stuff like this on my days off, and then be able to document it and share it will you all. I will put a couple of the pictures I took down below, but there are many more over on the Adventure is my Middle Name Facebook Page.

DSC00058 DSC00059 Gorge_Adventure_Iphone 011 Gorge_Adventure_Iphone 012 Gorge_Adventure_Iphone 016 Gorge_Adventure_Iphone 017 Gorge_Adventure_Iphone 018 Gorge_Adventure_Iphone 032 Gorge_Adventure_Iphone 055 Gorge_Adventure_Iphone 056 Gorge_Adventure_Iphone 058

The Pioneer Church at the Baker Cabin

Hey Everyone! 

Church 017I have developed this tradition, that on the first day of Vacation Bible School, after I finish helping with Vacation Bible School, I go on a bit of an Adventure. Today’s adventure was going and finding the Pioneer Church at the Baker Cabin, and the adventure was in getting there. seriously. I had pulled up the map on my IPOD before I left, and starting out I took the right turn but didn’t take the next proper turn so I went past it, and then eventually turned around and then took a different road (passing it again on the way back), and then when I was on the other road I pulled off and looked closer at the map, realizing I had passed in on the first road. I had to turn around again, but I eventually found it. There are no directional signs, and you have to actually know where you are going to find it. Getting there is half the fun, and a huge part of the adventure. 

The Church dates back to 1895, and was moved to the Cabin site (which dates back to 1856) in 1967. 

I have been interested in the history of the American West and the Old West for years now. The buildings that are still around from that period, love seeing. Not just because of the history attached but the architecture itself is amazing. There is something about old architecture that is pretty awesome.