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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hiking Multnomah Falls

Our original plan was to fly Southwest up to Portland, Oregon. However, the plane flights are usually cheaper if you buy them three months in advance instead of the week before. So Plan B was to drive 10 hours straight up I-5 and get there by my sister's birthday. We left on Friday by 5 pm and drove straight until we hit a rest stop. We took a little nap, then drove another 3 hours the next morning to Vancouver, WA where my sister lives. We arrived around lunch time. Immediately after lunch my dad recommended going to Multnomah Falls. We were all for it until he said we were going to hike it. We didn't bring the hiking backpack for the baby, so each one of us took turns holding Solin once she fell asleep. It was a simple 2 mile hike that was moderate. Although it was up hill both ways we had a giddy ole time talking and getting soaked by the falls. This is definitely a hike I would recommend for any age!
My dad spoiling Solin with rock candy:
Love LOVE these photos:
She fell asleep before we hit the mile marker:
Here is a photo of my step mother, me, my sister Katie and my dad. We all made it to the top.
I was too scared to look down the falls. So I took a photo instead:
This hike was so worth it. My dad is  60 years old and he was able to do. I highly recommend it!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Powell's Books - Portland, OR

My sister moved from Arcata, CA to Vancouver, WA last year and we were finally able to take a road trip up there a visit with her for her birthday. (Check out theses posts here and here!) While we were up there I had a road trip bucket list. Portland was a must. And in Portland there were a few places I wanted to go and a few places I wanted to try out. Powell's Books was a must! I new that we would get lost in the labyrinth of the store and be there for hours. There was a point when I actually lost my sister and I would go into random aisles and call out "Katie, Kayyyyteee, Kayayatay, K T!" I found her looking up books on Jonestown... don't ask! Solin had fun running up and down the stairs and climbing up the shelves. I was really excited that Powell's actually shared one of our photos on their Instagram page here. After searching for a few Kinfolk books I just started following Solin around and started snapping pictures. We had too much fun getting lost in this book store:
A few hours later we grabbed some food at Los Gorditos which is a great place to stop if you are Vegan or Vegetarian. They also have a regular menu as well. Then we shopped in the Pearl District and I spent a little too much money at Madewell, but these jeans and this sweater was well worth it!
More from our Road Trips HERE!

Monday, April 25, 2016

VooDoo Doughnuts - Portland, OR

These photos were taken way back in February when we took a road trip up the Pacific Coast to visit my sister Katie for her Birthday. Our required road trip stop in Portland, OR was VOODOO DOUGHNUTS! It was crazy that my dad recommended this place, because some of the names of the doughnuts are a little out of this world. I always go old fashion and choose a bear claw and my husband is a fan of their Portland cream doughnuts. My biggest recommendation is to go early in the morning before 10 am. There was nobody in line when we got there. However, when we left the line was out the door. I loved stopping at this doughnut shop because it was a little weird and that's kinda the point of downtown Oregon!
Another delicious doughnut was called "The Dirty Bastard!"
My little sister Katie and Solin:
Solin couldn't wait to get her hands on these:
Another required insta snap in Portland:
Next post coming up will be our day trip to Powell's Book Store down the street from VooDoo Doughnuts!
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