Travel moments I still think about

 

I cannot believe that I have been home for a month after my month long trip! There are still moments and places that I still think about that I have yet to share on the blog.

Okay, Jackson Hole is really cute. I loved all of the galleries and shops. I’m definitely an art gallery gal. However, the most important thing I want to talk about from Jackson Hole is this ice cream. It was lemon honey and probably the best ice cream I’ve had. It was both refreshing and sweet.

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The drive from Jackson Hole to the Granite Hot Springs in Wyoming might have been some of the best miles down the road throughout my entire trip. I swear it was all so heavenly. Mountains, wildflowers and the bluest river water I have ever seen! I’ve never been to a hot spring before but I was definitely spoiled with Granite. I also saw a rubber snake…a real rubber snake! Rubber snakes look big worms and I wanted to take him home with me.

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My friend Jason and I took a little trip to Brookings, Oregon which is apart of the coast I have never been to. What I love about the Oregon coast is you get the beauty of the ocean yet you can be cozy in a light jacket. It all reminds me of autumn without the leaves.

While we were having lunch in Brookings there were hundreds of seagulls…hundreds I’m telling you! These seagulls were flying around the marina and we overheard one of the waitresses say she has never seen that happen before.

I had my first nap during my trip at the coast house and that is definitely something to take note of because I seriously needed it and I believe there are no better naps than Oregon coast naps. That evening we headed to the beach to watch the sunset. I rarely watch sunsets but it was definitely one to remember. Not only was a it a great view on top of the rock we climbed but we also had some good belly laughs while people watching.

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Stay Sunny!

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Walk with fear

During my travels I have been listening to many audiobooks. You may have heard of the award winning Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.  Gilbert also has an incredible book, Big Magic, which is all about creativity and creative living. There is a part of her book which I found most inspiriting, the difference between being fearless and being courageous.

When I tell others about my driving and traveling around they always seem in a bit of a shock that I am driving around by myself to all of these places which always leads them to ask “That doesn’t scare you?” and when I tell them that enjoy traveling by myself they follow up with the famous “Wow, you are fearless!”

Here’s the real truth behind all of this…I’m not the type of person to just wait for someone to hop in the car with me. I don’t believe I should wait for great opportunities just because I don’t have a friend or significant other to join me in the passenger seat of my car. I leave at sunrise and if you’re not there, you’re not going. This has nothing to do with being fearless but more so of being selfish with a great amount of wanderlust and motivation.

That being said, I have many fears when it comes to traveling. I understand all of the possibilities of what could happen while traveling. I watch the news, I read articles, I know and understand all of the terror. I have had my scary calls and have shed a few tears. I am not fearless.

I had the crazy opportunity at Tumalo Falls, a few miles from Bend, Oregon. My good friend Dustin is always talking me into crazy adventures. With the motivation of Dustin I did something I would have never dared to do. I jumped the wall at the top of Tumalo Falls to get as close as possible to the edge and take photos of the water rushing and crashing down, 90 feet below. This was not me being fearless, I was still scared shitless, I was allowing fear to walk by my side.

You do not need to be fearless to be courageous. When you are courageous you are allowing fear to walk by your side. Do not be fearless, when you are fearless you simply have no emotions. Creative and courageous individuals thrive on emotions. Be courageous and gladly walk hand in hand with fear itself. Let fear motivate you to see more, do more, and be the best you can be.

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Oregon || Portland Rose Garden and The Zoo

Hello fellow wonder seekers!
I am back from Oregon and have been very busy with life. I wanted to do one last post about my Oregon trip about my last couple days in Oregon when I went to The Portland Rose Garden and The Oregon Zoo.
If you haven’t been to The Portland Rose Garden in the summer you are seriously missing out. This rose garden is the largest public garden in America. I couldn’t believe all of the amazing roses and variety of colors! I grew up with a rose garden so they always hold a special place in my heart. When you’re here you can also see a good view of the city and Mount Hood.

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These were my favorite roses! They are called Whimsy Miniatures. They are small but so fun and surprising. The little pop of colors just bring me joy! But we all know how much I love pinks.

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The day before I left my family was working and had school so I decided to go to the zoo. I’ve never been to a zoo alone but it was actually every enjoyable! I was able to go and see what I wanted and for as long as I wanted. For instance, I could have sat with my favorite otters for hours and nobody could tell me “no” Everyone should go to a zoo alone once in their life! I’ve never been to The Oregon Zoo but it was beautiful! It’s in a great forest area with green trees and plants everywhere. The animal exhibits were pretty great too. Naturally my favorite were the otters, I got lucky because they have both sea and river otters. Surprisingly the Vultures were great to see, they were some of the biggest vultures I ever did see.

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Oregon || The Coast

This past weekend we took a trip to the coast and it was so lovely. We stayed in a little cabin located in Tillamook. Our place we just a hop, skip, and jump away from the beach. The first night we were there we took a little walk down to the beach to enjoy the waves and sunset. That evening we played games and ate cake.
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Saturday morning we woke up and drove to Garabaldi to go crabbing. The last time I was in Oregon and we went crabbing we were on a deck, this time we took a boat out. The weather could not have been more perfect for us! It was so nice to just sit out in the water and relax. We also saw a seal in the water, yes, a seal! He was a little far out but how exciting is that? Some of of you may wonder how you catch crabs. Well your bait are fish heads (Yes…a little gross but I would rather handle fish heads than worms) that you tie to the bottom of baskets and you throw them into the ocean! You wait a good ten minutes and yank that sucker back in. There are a few regulations as to which crabs you can keep though. You have to throw out any females and you have to measure the ones that are males before you keep them, if they are under by just a hair they are considered an illegal crab and you can be fined for it. The most difficult part was trying to pick up the crabs without getting pinched! We were able to catch two crabs…the third crab came from someone off the water who caught one and didn’t want it, it was very generous of them! So we were lucky enough to end up with three crabs. Once we got back they steamed the crabs for us and we went back to eat them, num num num!
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For dinner we drove an hour to have a nice dinner by the ocean at Kyllo’s. I have a great obsession of oyster anything when I can get my hands on it and lucky me they had a oyster Po’boy. mmm yes!
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Sunday morning we saw the sky and thought it was going to storm. We walked down to see the ocean and there was thick and beautiful fog. There’s nothing better than a coffee in your hand and your eyes on the morning sea! Since the tide was so low we were able to walk out pretty far and gather treasures. I love treasure hunting, I was able to find some really great rocks for my collection.

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That was our great coast weekend trip!
Happy days!
The Wonder Seeker
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Oregon || A day in Portland 

Hello fellow wondrous life seekers! I have made it to Oregon and I’m super excited for the week! Yesterday was my first day here and since my family was busy for the day I decided to take the bus into Portland and explore. I used to live in Portland so I somewhat know my way around.  I successfully got onto a bus and didn’t get lost. When I first got into the city I stumbled upon the festival of flowers at one of my favorite spots, pioneer square! I decided to run to a local coffee shop to grab a sweet chai latte and a strawberry sour cream muffin, oh they were delightful. I took it back to the square and people watched.  


After my goodies I tried to make my way to Powells bookstore. I got very lost along the way but that’s okay, getting lost in cities is my favorite thing. If you’ve never heard of powell’s bookstore and you’re a bookworm. Oh wow let me tell you it’s wonders. It’s a 4 story bookstore with everything….everything! I used to live in the Art section of the store. It look a lot of will power to not spend money.

There are so many adorable shops around downtown. The ultimate hipster happiness. 

For lunch I knew I needed something from the food trucks. Oh glorious food trucks. I decided to go for a whooping sized gyro. Oh my heavens, God has answered my prayers. 

After getting lunch I went somewhere new to me, the Art museum! There were some great contemporary art exhibits and also photography exhibits including William Eggleston who I had studied in school. 

After the museum I was pretty beat and decided to head back to Beaverton. I successful made my way back without getting lost too! Later that evening my dad and I went and got some sushi at Sushi Hana, sushi on a conveyer belt, my friends. 

Happy day, my friends!