Travel Thursday: Exploring Oregon- Recap of Our Trip!

Happy Friday-eve! This is the second-to-last day of my official #funemployment. It’s crazy how much faster the week goes by when you’ve got a free schedule as opposed to working all week?! Not really sure why that is, but I’ve been able to get a bunch of things done this week (including almost all of my runs already)! I’ve got some quick pick-ups to do today and hoping the snow/rain will hold off before I can get my run in later this morning. I’m also still reminiscing on our trip last week to Oregon and thought it would be fun to share the trip with you! I did a bunch of research before our trip to see what was on a ‘must-see’ list for the state and the time of year that we visited.

Luckily, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival was still going on and it was on the drive to Eugene from Portland. I highly recommend stopping here if you can. We got there around 11am on a Saturday (it was a bit rainy), but honestly the lines & traffic were nowhere near where I anticipated they would be. We spent around 30 minutes here, but I could seeing spending the entire day there (and SO many cute dogs were there).


In Eugene, we were ALL about getting some delicious food post-Eugene Marathon and eating dinner at The Beer Stein did not disappoint. They had a crazy-good selection of beers, apps, and the steak salad really hit the spot (along with that delicious pretzel)! Highly recommend going here if Brewerys are your thing.


The best place we ate at all week was at Off the Waffle in Eugene. We went to the one in South Eugene and it had a great super relaxed vibe. The waffle was absolutely INCREDIBLE. Perfectly toasted on the outside and sweet/sugary on the inside. We also walked across the street to the used bookstore (if that’s your thing)- it was HUGE and so many incredible deals. I wish we had one of these close to us.


We left Eugene on Monday and traveled about an hour and a half west to Florence. We visited the Sea Lion Caves and it was AMAZING. I cannot believe that there were over 200 sea lions just hanging out along the beach area. So cool to see them in their natural habitat.


We stayed the night in Florence at a hotel overlooking the ocean. Saw the most incredible sunset. It was perfect.


We left Florence on Tuesday and headed up the coast towards Cannon Beach. This was the longest drive we had of around 3.5 hours. It was such a scenic drive of the ocean for the majority of it and we stopped along the way to see Heceta Lighthouse. The lighthouse was beautiful, but honestly the views of the ocean landscape and the seals were the best part (ha).


We kept going along our drive and the Tillamook Creamery was on our route so we just HAD to stop. It was a huge cafeteria/gift-shop area and the amount of ice cream options they had was incredible. I got the S’mores flavor and it was incredible. My mom got the cold brew flavor and it was also delicious. We also got a grilled cheese, which was the creamiest, richest, cheesiest grilled cheese I’ve ever had.


We stayed the night in Seaside along the ocean again (about a 1/4 mile from the beach area) and it was a great place to run along the beach and their boardwalk. Super cute homes there as well to look at. We went to Cannon Beach the next morning and that was so beautiful.


The drive on Wednesday back to Portland from Seaside was pretty fast - around an hour. We stopped first at Blue Star donuts at one of their downtown locations. The donuts were pretty good- heavier than other donuts I’ve had- and really interesting savory flavors. It reminded me of some really indulgent cakes, where you can’t exactly finish the slice, but the bites you are able to have are real good.


The last stop on our travels was to Columbia River Gorge and Multonmah Falls. SO stunning and the pictures do not do it justice. Unfortunately the hike to the top of the Falls was closed when we were there, but luckily the crowds were minimal and the drive to the falls from Portland was also extremely scenic. I could see spending several days here to visit and hike through all of the vast outdoor space this area had. I definitely want to go back.


Travel Thursday- Where I WANT to go Abroad Edition #2!

Friday eve! I'm traveling back home from Denver today after a very long work-week and cannot wait to cuddle my kitties (...and Alex and Stella of course...)!! I'm trying SO hard to finish The Underground Railroad that I started back in November 2017, but those last 50 pages are definitely not easy to get through when I'm only ready a page or two before falling asleep at night. I really wish I just had ample time to relax, drink coffee, and read....Oh how wonderful that sounds right about now! Last edition of Travel Thursdays of listing out the places that are definitely on my bucket list (well there are A LOT more places I really want to visit, but I'm sure you'd rather hear about my travel recaps rather than where I haven't gone yet). So, this one is also abroad and it is to PERU! Machu Picchu is #1 on my list of places that I want to see. 

1. Sacred Valley of The Incas (includes Machu Picchu).


5. Paracas National Reserve and Ballestas Islands....penguins in the wild. 'enough said!


Where do you want to travel?

What is the top place abroad that you haven't that  you really want to?!?


Travel Thursday- Where I WANT To Go Round 3 ABROAD EDITION

You may be counting this as Friday-eve, but since I have to teach skiing both days this weekend it's more like Monday to me...ugh. Oh well! The end is in sight and I have next weekend completely off! YAY! We are traveling to Denver next Monday-Thursday for the Outdoor Retailer Show, so my running schedule will be a bit funky. I have an easy 6 miles on the schedule today and an 11-hour workday ahead of me...I can't wait to have a free night off again! I hope you have a wonderful day and get to get outside even just for a few minutes...

OK, so far we have Big Sur & Seattle on my travel bucketlist, but I have also been dying to travel abroad! I've only ever made it to Italy, so there are so many fantastic places that I want to visit, but Paris is definitely at the top of my list (helllooo RunDisney Disneyland Paris ! #bucketlistrace). I think my fascination with Paris began when I started taking French lessons way back in 7th grade. We would read books and look at photos of Paris and from then on, I was HOOKED! 


1. EIFFEL TOUR...duh...

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2. DISNEYLAND PARIS...another obvious one...

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What is one place that is on your abroad bucket list to visit?

Ever been to Paris?

Where would you recommend if visiting Europe?

RunDisney Disneyland Paris- yay or nay?

Travel Thursday-Where I WANT to go Round 2- Big Sur!

Happy Thursday! Finally we are ALMOST to Friday! Today is another 11-hour workday for me, but I only have one more then I get a full week off from teaching skiing (yay)! I always feel like January drags on, but that each winter goes by way too fast here (anyone else feel that way?!). I've been on a kick watching This Is Us on my treadmill runs (which is probably what I'll be doing this morning unless the snow on the road improves...). I have 7 miles on the schedule to kickstart my day. What is on your schedule today?!

I wanted to share with you 5 places that I REALLY want to visit along Big Sur. Yes, their marathon is definitely also on my to-do list (hopefully will do it when I qualify for Boston so I can do the Boston-to-Big-Sur Challenge). I'm not sure whether it's because I haven't traveled much along the West Coast or because I grew up so far away, but anything along the West Coast really draws me in and I just want to see it all. Not only is it intriguing, but Big Sur also boasts A TON of state parks (with so many incredible views)! 

-Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park / McWay Falls


-Andrew Molera State Park


-Pfeiffer Beachthis beach and views look absolutely amazing. I just want to bring a book there and stay all day!


-Sand Dollar BeachThis would be amazing to find a few sand dollars along the way (they were my FAVORITE to search for when we went to the beach growing up)


-Garrapata State ParkI've always wanted to see this particular view of Garrapata State Park! Definitely to DIE for!

What places are on your bucketlist?

Are you more of a in-state traveler or want to go more abroad? 

Ever been to Big Sur or ran their marathon?!