Exploring the Pacific Northwest
The Pacific Northwest.... where do we even start? We've been wanting to make our way to the PNW for quite a while. We've managed to hit most of the country over the last four years, but tried to save the best for last. Finally, this July we made it happen!
Our trip started with a flight into Seattle, but we were dying to get a glimpse of the massive mountains - queue Mount Rainier. The sheer size of this mountain just blew our minds! It's the most prominent mountain (actually, active volcano) in the lower 48 states... so beautiful to finally see in real life! After spending some time in the snow, we made our way to Bend, Oregon where we met up with our friend, Joe. He introduced us to this little culinary goldmine called Spork, where we ate a delicious lunch, and then took us to hit some killer Oregon dirt jumps. We ended the evening with some craft hard cider at Atlas Cider Co. Unfortunately, we woke up to some poor weather the next morning, which meant Crater Lake would have to wait until the next trip out west (it'll be soon, I hope). Instead, we packed up and headed to the coast to check out Bandon Beach. The beaches on the Pacific coast are unlike anything the east coast has to offer! There are huge rocks that help to create the photographer's dream. They're also homes to tons of different birds and seals! We made our way up the coast to Portland, hitting a few different beaches along the way. Each one just as incredibly beautiful as the last. Portland was pretty rad if we do say so ourselves! They had food options for every lifestyle - gluten free, vegan, etc - oh, and all the pizza and beer you could ever imagine! This lead to one of our favorite parts of the trip.. We got to catch back up with Joe and this time we also got to meet his awesome girlfriend, Kaylan. They took us for a night tour of the city on bikes that ended with some grub at the food trucks. We can't thank them enough for helping to make this one of our favorite trips to date!
We will definitely be back! Sooner rather than later. Until next time...
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