Red Rock

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Only about twenty minutes out from Las Vegas is Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. We drove through the canyon on a winding road taking in the vast, sweeping views of the mountainous terrain. The red rock really does stand out against the earthy hues, with the only other color coming from the blooming desert flowers. There were many points along the road where we pulled off to the side to snap photos and enjoy the crisp blue skies against a jagged skyline. You definitely don’t get anything like this in Florida! We chose to hike the Ice Box canyon trail which ends at a waterfall. Unfortunately, due to the lack of rain, it was more like a water-trickle, but it always is satisfying to make it to the end of a difficult trail. I would certainly come here again if I’m ever back in Vegas and do a different trail because I just fell in love with the views!

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Portland

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We visited the city a lot during our stay in Portland and got the chance to see a few things touristy and a few things recommended to us by our friends that live there. I feel like no matter what you decide to do or eat here you cannot possibly go wrong. We spent some time exploring the Oregon Zoo, got a bite at Voodoo Doughnut, enjoyed some hot coffee at Stumptown, played arcade games at Ground Kontrol in Chinatown, got more coffee, ended up lost in Powell’s Books, then found more coffee. We got to the top of Pittock Mansion for that amazing view everyone talks about and had the most amazing dinner at Urban Farmer (c/o Antoine the badass chef). I would move here for the food alone, but the nature is pretty solid as well. Portland was great to us. Thank you to our friends for inviting us and showing us around, we will definitely be back ❤

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P.S. Yes, I had to wear my hipster glasses the entire time because one of my contacts broke and I didn’t bring any backups (like an idiot). Luckily it worked well for the vibe. Never again though…

 

Multnomah Falls

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The Columbia River Gorge in Oregon has some of the most spectacular scenery all in one area that I have ever seen. There is an abundance of waterfalls, mountainous landscapes, and trails to explore. The main attraction seemed to be Multnomah Falls which is the waterfall with the cool bridge stretching across it. While we were there many of the trails were still pretty wet and icy but again if I had proper hiking boots I don’t think I would have any problems. Every inch of the park was covered in thick green moss or dead tree branches which, oddly enough, was eerily beautiful. I definitely think it would be worth seeing in the summer too when the flowers bloom and the air is crisper, but I really did love the serenity of winter.

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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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