I found this fun app a couple months back called Steller. You can make little online books and stories with it. We went on a hike on Saturday afternoon to Annette Lake. You can see all my photos in the story below. Hope you like it!
We just got back from a whirlwind trip to Portland yesterday evening! What a crazy and fun day and a half, but man am I tired. So we've been taking it easy, drinking lots of water, taking our vitamins and are going to try and eat a bit healthier this week, ahem, a lot healthier!
We left for Portland on Saturday morning to avoid Friday night traffic. As soon as we got into town we hit up the food truck pod downtown, Joe got a really bomb Fried Snapper Sandwitch and I got some Paella. Then we walked to Maurices, a nearby bakery that I've seen on Instagram a few times. What a charming little place, I loved the garlands on the wall made from sandbakkel tins! And I got some mini macrons that were delicious!
We stayed at the McMenamins Crystal Hotel since it was within good walking distance of everything. The salt water soaking pool downstairs was pretty cool! Perfect for warming up after running around outside with such a chill in the air.
Then of course there was the Grand Opening Party for Evo's new store, what a rad event! They put a lot of work into pulling that all off! We got some cool camp mugs, some free snowboarding socks, a shirt and a backpack. I also picked up a Herschel catalog that I'm excited to look through, I've got a project in mind for some of the photos!
And of course a trip to Powells Bookstore was in order. Plus the obligatory stop at Stumptown Coffee and Ace's lobby to get a photobooth picture! (I'd love to stay at the Ace again sometime... it's my favorite hotel! I never even thought I'd have a favorite hotel! Almost all the pics in this post are from there! We'll just have to go back, maybe during a warmer time of year! It seems like it's always freezing when we're there!)
...and some window shopping at all the cool hipster and outdoor-inspired stores. When in Portland...
I have to admit, I'm pretty into that whole vibe, I could probably live in Poler's store or any of those other shops for that matter. Or the Ace, cause it's pretty much perfect! Airplants, record players, cool industrial side tables, sage and army green, retro tile floors, stacks of old books and vintage signs? Sounds like my kind of place!
This isn't a really wordy post, because in this case (as in many others) a photo is worth a million words. I was super stoked when my friend Hannah texted asking if I wanted to go on a fall hike. Yes, yes and yes!! I was so excited.
Whats not to get excited about? Fresh air, mountains, fall colors and thermos of hot chocolate! Those are like, all of my favorite things. And now I can add road trip on Highway 20 to that list.
Just wow, what a beautiful, perfect day! And with that here are some of my favorites...
Beautiful aye? So I have a question for any fellow Pacific Northwesters out there. Do you have any favorite hikes that I should check out? Any favorite spots to check out in fall and/or winter?
I'm on a major autumn kick over here guys. They say if you can't beat 'em join 'em. The chilly temps are here, drizzly days, crunchy leaves, that elusive fall smell is in the air. I pulled out my sweaters and leggings, have been pinning boots and hot drinks. Craving mashed potatoes and gravy. I even turned on my heater this week. So on-trend with my fall kick, I thought I'd share a few photos from a trip to Greenbluff from our last visit to Spokane.
When I was in Spokane a week and a half ago, I roped my cousin and friend into going out for a visit on Saturday morning. My favorite spot is Hanson's - if you can get your hands on it they have amazing cherry cider, but you almost have to go on a weekday to get it anymore. (Real cherry cider is my hands-down favorite!) We wandered around, walked through the orchard and enjoyed the sunshine.
Next we stopped at The Cherry Shack and grabbed several gallons of cider, they usually have the best price. It's a cute little roadside stand. They sell a few different preserves and honey, but mostly just gallons and gallons of cider!
Then we decided to brave the crowds and stop at the Harvest House - it's one of the bigger places (ie more crowded), but they have the aforementioned dynamite pumpkin donuts. So, so good! We got a baker's dozen, enough to have a couple fresh and some to save for the next morning. (Insider tip: Nuke them for precisely 8 seconds in the microwave and they taste almost fresh.)
As our last stop, we hit up Cole's on the way home. They are the only certified organic growers on the bluff. They were sampling different kinds of apples and I'm kicking myself for not getting a box to take home. Honeycrisps for $1.30 a pound... well that's just unheard of around Seattle.
After going to Paris two years ago, I'd been dreaming of going back. So when the opportunity presented itself, this fall, we just had to jump on it and just make it happen. And I'm so glad we did! Despite planning everything short notice, we still had a wonderful time. I don't know... there is just something magical about that city. And that's coming from a not-a-big-city-fan-kinda-girl.
There are so many sights to see and things to do there. But I swear, my favorite thing to do is just wander the streets, just soak it all in. It's fascinating to see the way people live in other parts of the world.
I love riding the metro. I love the architecture. I love the little markets and stalls on the side of the streets. I love walking around a corner and seeing the Eiffle tower staring back at you. I know it's cliche but I just love the Eiffle tower. Period. I love walking everywhere. I love the muted colors puncturated by the colorful doors and red geraniums. I love sitting at a cafe and watching the city go by. I love the miniture coffee. And the food - man oh man do I love the food. I love the people watching. And the little kids, I'm seriously not sure what could be cuter than a little French kid - unless it's a little kid speaking French.
What about you? What is your favroite thing about traveling? As I muddle my way through all of our pictures, I'll share more. My computer is a bit fritzy right now, but I'm trying to get back into the swing of things here on the blog. This summer was such a blast, maybe the best one ever, but truth be told, I'm glad fall is here. I'm ready to cozy up a bit and get back into a routine. I hope you didn't miss me too much the last couple months! Hopefully you guys were out living up the summer as well!!