Manzanita, Oregon

The Oregon Coast should be on your list of places to visit in Oregon. It's not the kind of coast you go to lay on the beach in a bathing suit and cool off in the ocean. It's the kind of coast you go to enjoy a walk on the beach and maybe it's warmer on the coast than Portland that day. The Oregon Coast is interesting and captivating. It is not usually hot and sunny, full of bikinis and surfer dudes. Surfing is most comfortable with wetsuits on. You go there for the beauty of the ocean and the calm crashing waves bubbling up onto the sand tickling the tips of your toes. The sunsets produce some of the most vibrant orange, red, purple, yellow, and blue colors stretching across the sky and reflecting off the wet sand. 

Adventures are all around us. You may not always be able to afford to go on a last minute trip to Hawaii, but you can definitely afford to go on adventures close to you. It doesn't cost much to take a walk in your local park or ride around your town by bicycle or find a place to hike up to the highest point in your town and climb trees while doing yoga at sunset. If you've been reading this blog, you know I stress this often as I love making adventures. I'm fortunate enough that my hard work pays off to gift me the ability to take last minute trips to Hawaii. I had two weeks to spare between two jobs and I took full advantage of that moment to go get warm on an island. Some of the best Maui adventures are free. There are so many things to do in Maui. It wasn't boring. 

We watched a sunrise too early to be watching a sunrise at Haleakalā National Park, but it was worth it.


Sweet Potato Hash

Hey, do you own a cast iron pan? If you don't, it's time to get on the cast iron train. For real. I'm always talking about life changing things and this is one of them. How many pans do you have that provides an even heat, can be put in the oven and make delicious pies? Probably none if you don't have a cast iron pan. I made brownies in this thing one time. I didn't take pictures, that was shameful. It was also before I started writing a blog, so there's my excuse. Let's talk about making sweet potato hash, because yes it's delicious. 

This is simple and just requires a little step by step process. You know, like a recipe. What a smart ass.

There are hikes for everyone in the Columbia Gorge - easy, long, hard, scenic. Depending on your experience and who is with you, think family, the Columbia Gorge is a must see for visitors. Living in Portland, I get to visit the Gorge throughout the year and enjoy the different levels of water flow based on how much it has been raining lately. The Gorge has a different feel every time I go there. The difference is very apparent when you go in full summer sunshine versus a misty dark day, and each one is beautiful in its own way.

If you're looking to see a lot of waterfalls in a short amount of time with very little work, you can start at the Vista House exit and make your way along the Columbia River Historic Highway.

First stop Vista House


Happy New Year

2014 was a really good year for me. I hope all of you also had a great year. 2015 is already shaping up to be something magical. We rang in the new year on the Oregon coast and captured colorful sunsets, drank the Portland hipster staple - PBR, and enjoyed a celebration of old and new friends in a beach house. I am starting a new job and taking a spontaneous trip to Maui during my time off between jobs. I can't wait to share more adventures with you this year.

If you're not from New Jersey, you probably think the jersey shore is not a place you want to go. You might even think it's not beautiful, but it is. True story. Jersey has a lot of great places in it and one of them is the jersey shore. That is not to say that all of the jersey shore is worth seeing, but there are definitely hidden gems. In South Jersey, my favorite beach spots are Ocean City, Sea Isle, Somers Point, Long Beach Island and Brigantine and in north jersey my favorite spots are Pleasant Point, Asbury Park, Ocean Township and Monmouth Beach.