An Oregon Update
Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since I did a little update and since we’ve been in Oregon for a little over two months I thought now would be a good time to do one.
So far we really love Oregon! The weather has be unbelievably beautiful and according to all the locals, this year has been particularly beautiful and by now we’d usually be into the winter rainy season. We’re soaking up all the sun we can while it lasts. We are living downtown and love the easy walks to coffee, the grocery store, really any shopping we need to do at all. We go on runs on the waterfront and have learned Portland is an incredibly active city and there are hundreds of people out working out and on runs on Saturday/Sunday mornings. I don’t know if I ever shared the reason for moving out here on the blog but Michael attends OHSU Dental School and I ended up landing at Nike! Dental school is hard but fun and Michael is loving all his classes and I’m totally immersed in the Nike culture; coworkers are also friends and every day is challenging but fun (people do not mess around here when it comes to “always winning”).
So lets get to the outdoor stuff, since moving here we’ve been on a ton of hikes and even an out of state road trip up into the North Cascades. I thought it would be fun to list a few of my favorite places and spaces we’ve been to since moving here! So lets get to it:
Fall Creek Falls is everything I dreamed it would be. I did the hike on a weekday so I only saw three other people and had the waterfall to myself to take selfies and just enjoy the thunderous sound of the water all to myself for an hour. It’s an easy-ish hike to the falls but be warned- the road to the trailhead is rutted out and you definitely need a high-clearance vehicle to get there. In the pictures it looks like there are only two tiers to the waterfall but as you’re hiking up you can actually see the top third tier from a distance. If you are driving from Portland you can stop off at other hikes in the Columbia Gorge on your way home.
Okay so the North Cascades are up in Washington but the range is absolutely stunning and was, by far, my favorite place we have been thus far since moving here. The snow capped peaks, alpine lakes and endless views (not to mention the majesty of Shuksan and Baker) make this area one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. While we were in the North Cascades we visited Diablo Lake, did a hike along the Skagit River, backpacked to the Winchester Mountain Fire Lookout and explored Artist Point.
Ecola State Park sits on the Oregon coast and has lots of hikes along the coast and down to the beaches. You can find tide pools, beach caves and much more. It’s a beautiful area and as an east coaster, I love hiking through tall, dense pines while smelling the salt from the ocean and then ending up on the beach. Although it is usually cold, it’s a great place to roll out a blanket and have a peaceful afternoon. My favorite hike is to Crescent Beach where you can find a waterfall running down to the beach, caves, and awesome tide pools. Also, Ecola State Park is an archeological site associated with the Tillamook people and there are lots of opportunities to learn about the history of the area.
During our first few weeks living here we explored the city and found some local places we loved. Here’s a list of a few touristy places and then our recommendation for a local place:
Voodoo Donuts —-> Blue Start Donuts
Powells Bookstore —> Powells Bookstore (you can’t skip this one)
Stumptown Coffee Roasters —> Case Study Roasters (Stumptown is really good too though)
Waterfront Park —> Eastbank Esplanade Running Trail (opposite side of the river)