Coastline

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If I could just drive along the Pacific Coast forever I would be extremely happy. There is a beautiful view around every corner and little areas where you can pull over to enjoy. The scenery along the coast is unparalleled and I definitely plan on coming back on our next road trip. Our final destination for the day was the Tillamook Cheese Factory. They have some of the best grilled cheese and mac n’ cheese and they also sell ice cream and give out free cheese samples! Talk about heaven on Earth! There is also a shop where you can buy a million different types of cheese and a viewing area where you can see the factory workers making it. We headed back to Portland after this for dinner, drinks, and some sleepy time, ready to gear up for the next full day of adventuring.

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Oswald West

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Not too far down the road from Cannon Beach is Oswald West State Park which is even more beautiful than Cannon Beach if you can believe it. It takes a short hike through the woods to get to the small beach nestled between two mountains (one of which was covered in snow!) Parts of the beach are sand where others are covered in pebbles or driftwood and on one end there is even a waterfall! This beach has everything, even more puppers! I would highly recommend this location for anyone that ever wants to visit the Oregon Coast. There were a lot more trails out there as well time permitting. As usual my words don’t really do this place justice, it was just plain stunning. 10/10 would do again 🙂

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The Pacific

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I had never seen the Pacific Ocean in real life and boy was I stoked when we all piled into my friend Jordan’s car and drove over to Cannon Beach, Oregon. Our first glimpse was down the road and my brother Dan turned to see my expression which probably looked something like a giddy school girl. It was the freaking ocean!! I was beyond ecstatic. As the road gave way to sand our first order of business was to go touch the cold surf and take in the gorgeous view. Jordan’s pupper was having a blast as there seemed to be more dogs than people running about. This was just stop one as we drove further down the coast but this day was already gearing up to be my favorite.

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Real Winter

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Some people enjoy being whisked off to magical places and that’s all well and good but I really enjoy doing the whisking myself. I was really looking forward to a real winter this year and since Florida was never going to deliver I decided it would be the best idea to grab my brother (who I never get to travel with) and bring him with me to Portland, Oregon. Our friends were gracious enough to let us stay with them for the entire week! We tried out skiing for the first time under the shadow of Mount Hood and it actually started snowing! It was the definition of majestic. The trees were just piled high with snow and everything was so bright and blinding. I fell so many times but the ski lift operator said one of my wipeouts was the second worst he had seen in over 9 years! Go hard or go home I suppose. After literally busting ass on the slopes I had to get a piping hot bowl of ramen to warm me back up.

Pro tip: never ski in jeans, kids!

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