Saturday, March 26, 2016


because the weather changed up, i decided to switch the big drive to day 2. we woke up early in the morning to head out to the oregon coast, astoria.

a cup of coffee at the hostel.

also, the neighborhood cat sleeping on the hostel's porch (the cat was also welcomed inside)

the first stop was lewis & clark national historic park. in 1805, the lewis & clark expedition stopped here before seeing the pacific coast. 

sacagawea and her young son. had no clue, but later learned from a ranger at the visitor's center (who was from california) that her son was john baptiste charbonneau, a pivotal person from california history. he contributed to the development of american occupation in california and was mayor of a mission.

a flag at fort clatsop, named after an indian tribe that helped the expedition

weird stuff growing

i later asked a ranger why there was a plastic flamingo along the trail. he said that it was part of a bird watching program. it allows the kiddos to be a winner because its hard to identify a real bird in real time. he said if i found the flamingo, i could get a sticker. i picked out a sticker :D

i really enjoyed the national park even though the history aspect was a lot smaller than i thought. because of this, we walked a little trail down by the river.

the next stop was fort stevens, an oregon state park. the fort was a defense for the columbia river gorge between the civil war and wwii. it was the only military area in the continental us to be attacked by the japanese during wwii.

the west batteries (russell). as one ranger said, there was a battle between a japanese submarine and the americans during wwii and, "nobody was hurt, just some feelings."

i love how the roof is flora

it was as crazy green in real life.

i know its probably just a garden snake, but i've never seen a snake that did not live in a cage.

we took a little drive to the shore to see the peter iredale wreck. it was a british boat that crashed in 1906. i barely got a glimpse. it was so windy that the sand was blowing everywhere, so i snapped a photo and ran for cover. 

on the way back, we stopped at camp 18 for dinner. i really wanted to eat here because it seemed like a hole in the wall. it is in the middle of nowhere, along a long stretch of road with only 1 lane going both ways. 

besides the strange bird (hehe) we had a view of the river from our seat.

i had rainbow trout (my first time) and homemade potato salad. my dad had country fried steak.

for dessert i had marionberry cobbler. a berry i had never heard of prior. it is a kind of blackberry created in oregon. 

all over the property was old logging machinery and wooden statues. good ol' smokey bear :)

now for a song! this song has nothing to do with my trip, but i've been liking it right now. i am not the biggest fan of her songs, but i really like this one. it is a song to listen to when you need a pick me up and need to feel like, 'i am woman listen to me roar.' 'goddess' by banks (boo, all i could find was a sucky lyric video). enjoy!

Sunday, March 13, 2016


four weeks ago i planned a little trip to portland. just me, my dad, and my backpack. fortunately, i had a four day weekend (the perks of being a government worker). originally i was so interested to see what portland had to offer, and to my surprise not a lot. but there were a many great things to do in the surrounding area. so, for the entire trip we rented a car and had daily little road trips. the first stop, was to another state, washington (funny enough, this was the closest attraction i wanted to see, a whopping 9 miles from the airport). 

here, was fort vancouver, a 19th century fur trading outpost that was part of the hudson's bay company. all of the buildings are reconstructed, but the area is so interactive. one of the best things is they have people actually working in the carpenter and blacksmith shop, even on a dreary friday afternoon. the fort has multiple buildings on site that either show how people lived and the fort sustained, or display artifacts found buried around the area. 

the garden

the cute little check-in.

the look-out from the outside

the look-out from the inside

beads and broken ceramics found during archeological digs.

the home reminded me of mount vernon, george washington's home in virginia, because of all the bright crayola colors.

more color.

i love southern california, but oh the the pacific northwest landscape...

a reminder that valentines was the next day

we then walked a whiles away to the pearson airfield, one of the oldest continuously used air field in the states. also, it is located on the national historic site. in 1924, it was one of the stops on for the army's first round the world flight. i am not all that interested in aviation, but it was cool to see how the museum interpreted history.

after, we just headed to the hostel and went to a little cuban restaurant across the street called, el cub de cuba. her, i experienced my first health nut portland restaurant. it was delicious.  

i had the original cuban sandwich with a mango salad. to my surprise i thought it was an actual salad, but no. it was cucumbers, onions, mango, avocado, and pepper. i also had a yummy mango smoothie.

now for a song. hosier's 'from eden,' my favorite song from the album. also, the music video is pretty cool.