• FIELD TRIP: Portland, Day 3

    You know what happens when you do a 10 mile hike, head to a Tennis show and end up home at 5:30am? Laziness happens. I’m not one to sugar coat things, so I admit that not every day was a perfect day full of trees and waterfalls. On the third day, ladies and gents, I slept in. I ate leftover pizza in the morning, which helped the massive hangover. The guys left to waterfall hop and I woke up at noon to meet up with a friend for coffee and smoothie bowls. Because after that second slice of pizza, my belly was full of beers from the night before and a bunch of regret. So, off to Kure I went. Another @mymils recommendation of course. Then, walked around with Alex and we sat down for coffee at Stumptown. After that, she took me to Union Way and Powell’s! It was a city escape kinda day and I was all for it! But, it was time to pack because we were headed to Seattle in the evening! So I went back to the airbnb, grabbed my things and waited for the boys to pick me up over at Good Coffee. Another one down from the coffee bucket list!

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  • FIELD TRIP: Abiqua Falls, Day 2

    Let me start off by saying that I didn’t in fact see Abiqua Falls and this is a post of getting there. Now that it’s out of the way, can I say that Oregon is all sorts of amazing and the actual road trip was as beautiful as the destinations? We woke up early to be able to hit Abiqua Falls in the morning. Our Airbnb was a dream with natural lighting everywhere and just 5 minutes away from downtown Portland. Which was perfect for us to eat something before heading out! We went to Cheryl’s on 12th thanks to a suggestion by @mymils and then we had a 3 hour or so drive all the way up to the fall. What we hadn’t accounted for was the snow. It was snowed in and our car wasn’t equipped for a snowy road so we opted to walk a dirt road all the way up to the Abiqua Falls entrance. Someone said it was only a mile. Somehow this whole thing ended up being a 10 mile hike! Once I was in the entrance the way down was muddy and steep as hell so, I opted out. I know, a huge hike and not actually getting to the falls. But, I kept imagining myself trying to come back and falling eight hundred times, making it slower for everyone. We had more stuff to do! So, I took one for the team and went back to the car while they actually saw the waterfall. After the whole ordeal and the breathtaking images the guys took, it was time to go back as we were going to see Tennis play at the Wonder Ballroom. No cameras allowed, but such an amazing show. Overall, 10/10 day and only the beginning of my falling in love with Oregon.

    photo of me by Robinson Rivera

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  • FIELD TRIP: Oregon Coast, Day 1

    Years have gone by since I first said I wanted to visit Oregon. Years! It was always in my future plans but never quite the priority. I knew I’d love it, so I put it off for as long as I could so I wouldn’t fall in love with it. I finally made it and the overall feeling was completely and totally regretting every single time I put off this trip. Completely and totally enamored on just the first day. We arrived at PDX at 6pm and our plan was to drive all the way over to Brookings to secure our sunrise at the coast. Well, six bathroom stops, one food stop and a fifteen minute breakdown later we were there. A seven hour drive followed by sleeping in the parking lot for only three hours. Then, waking up to the most gloomy scenery! It was foggy, cloudy and utterly beautiful. And so the roadtrip started! Things I learned about myself on first day on the road with four boys: I can change in the back of the car in 30 degree weather, my fear of heights will always be present… specially near water, I snore sometimes and I was beyond happy to make it to the Pacific Northwest. (evidence) But, more on that later.

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  • ON THE TABLE: One Part Plant Cookbook by Jessica Murnane

    Let’s get something out of the way first, these were the best damn corn cakes I’ve ever eaten. I tried my best to replicate this and to be honest, I felt like I had completely missed the mark on them. They didn’t look as round and smooth as the book and I was already feeling like a cooking failure. That’s until I tasted one… Holy mother of flavor! I went from testing one out to making three for myself! I still have to work on my masa skills, but seeing as I’ll be making these weekly, I’ll be able to make ALL the perfectly round corn cakes in no time!

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  • Making “Instant” Memories

    Last year I had a goal in mind. To spend the whole year creating things worth looking back at. To be able to look back at it, I had set out to document it. Every trip, every story, every meetup. For a while, this was the spark I needed to take those trips, create those stories and get out of my comfort zone to meet new people. Then, it started to become a part of me. I wasn’t forcing myself to go places and talk to strangers. This became the norm. I looked forward to planning trips even when it seemed monetarily impossible. I started accepting every invitation to sit down for coffee because, coffee never hurt anyone and wow… do creatives love their coffee! Stories were not something I seeked, they just started happening.

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