Patiently Waiting For Juice

Canteen on Stark street has the best juices and smoothies. We stopped by before going on an early morning hike. The smoothie we got was all super healthy ingredients, but it tasted like cookie dough! 

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The Bluest Water That Ever Existed

Crater Lake is one of the most beautiful places we have ever been! It's a volcanic caldera that was formed about 150 years ago by the collapse of Mount Mazama. All of the water in this lake is from rain and snow, and its the deepest lake in the United States at about 2,000 feet deep!

Due to several unique factors, mainly that the lake is cut off from all other water sources, the water in Crater Lake is extremely pure and clear.

It's quite spectacular to see what that clear and blue. Chrissy even jumped in from a rock cliff and went for a swim! 

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Starry Night At Crater Lake

Chrissy and I recently went camping at Crater Lake! It was so clear that night and with almost zero light pollution, you could see the Milky Way Galaxy so clearly! It was really incredible and we stayed up late lying down on a picnic table looking up at the stars. We forgot about the fire though and it started to get a bit chilly, so Chrissy reignited it and fire light illuminated the trees! 

More photos from Crater Lake to follow! 

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Mirror Lake At Mount Hood

The hike to Mirror Lake is 1.5 miles and has an elevation gain of 700 feet. Luckily it was a pretty easy hike because we got a late start that day and I had to be back at work in a few hours! There's also a beautiful trial that loops around the lake that we quickly walked around, only stopping for a few photos. 

The hike back down was much quicker! I wasn't too worried about not staying a long time because we just bought a book that has a ton of secret free campsites all around Mount Hood National Forest! This means we'll be visiting Mount Hood many weekends in the coming Summer months. 

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The International Rose Test Gardens

The Rose Gardens were so beautiful! It has been very hot in Portland the past few days so I only took this one photograph before retreating to the shade and reading a book. 

I also have bad allergies, so I couldn't really smell any of the roses, but they were still enjoyable to look at! 

Have a nice Tuesday, everyone! 

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Oregon Safari

Chrissy and I went on a safari this past weekend! We got to see cheetahs, lions, giraffes, buffalo, elephants and so many others! A very curious emu also came up to our car and stuck his head in the window! 

We also got to experience a lion encounter. It was so cool to see the lions up close and watch them eat a snack! 

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The Grotto

the grotto is a really neat treasure in ne portland. it's 62 a acre catholic shrine and botanical garden. theres an incredible shrine built into the existing rock formations, and peaceful walking paths throughout. 

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Our Weekend In A Forest House

chrissy and I recently made a trip to the oregon coast for a weekend trip to a forest house! 

once we reached the coast, we immediately headed to the beach at seaside, oregon. seaside is filled with lots of neat treasures, including the salt works, an oven used by lewis & clark to make salt for their journey. we also found the best swing set ever. a swing with an ocean view.. it doesn't get much better than that. 

after beaching for a few hours, we headed over to our forest house. the house sits on an organic farm that creates 100% of it's electricity. it even has a solar powered bath house! the wood burning stove was a little tricky at first, but we adapted to forest living pretty quickly! 

the next morning we awoke to a rooster crowing and warm light shining in through the windows. 

we decided to spend the day at falcon point in oswest state park. the day started out foggy, but the sun soon followed. 

after a long day of hikes and beach walks we headed back to the forest for some well deserved vegan smores and a warm bed with a beautiful view. 

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Woodland Tulip Festival

we had a wonderful time frolicking through tulip fields. they even had a patch where you could pick your own! after the tulips, we stopped at a lilac farm. it was the best smelling place ever. 

 

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WWII Bunker Remains

We found these WWII bunker remains while hiking through Ecola State Park on the Oregon Coast. 

We haven't been able to find a lot of information about them, but it looks like they were more so used as radar stations. 

We even went inside the main bunker area! it's made up of several long dark hallways, each with tons of rooms within each hall. Pretty crazy stuff! 

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Haystack Rock

There are a couple Haystack Rocks in Oregon. This is the one at Cannon Beach. During the Summer, Puffins nest along the high cliffs of the rock! 

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Wildwood Trail

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