|Best view of Seattle? From West Seattle|
|Central Oregon sky|
|Sunset at Hug Point, Oregon Coast|
Just finished a hilariously wonderful, impromptu, very unplanned vacation with my lovely husband, and I’m strangely feeling uninspired to write about it. Could have something to do with the obnoxious cold I came down with at the end of the trip, or that I’m simply basking in laziness after nine days of activity. Either way, I’m in an oddly blissful ‘meh’ sort of state.
This was a very unique trip for Andy and I. We usually have our vacations fairly well organized...this one, however, essentially ended up being completely played by ear. Originally conceptualized as a ski vacation last fall, that plan died a slow death with the increasing lack of PNW snow this winter-that-wasn't. Who knew that on Andy's first real vacation in two+ years we would be hitting up summer in February (sorry, east coast).
For all the time that Andy and I have lived here in Portland, interestingly enough, we’ve never really ‘done’ Seattle. So, we decided to cheeze/tourist it up for two days in our Emerald City neighbor to the north.
|nothing says 'tourist' like the Space Needle|
|The Seattle Wheel|
I forgot that Seattle is a city of tiers and multiple levels and stairs. Good shoes are a must.
|oh, hi & stuff|
|Pike's Place, of course|
|lots of stairs down to the Waterfront|
Mary Jane is also legal in Washington, and I inhaled more pot aroma in downtown Seattle than I have second hand smoked since my first round in college. We also witnessed some very amazing, meth-induced street dancing.
It didn’t rain on us, at all.
Portland, much as we love it, is not a city. It’s a town with tall buildings. Which is why we love it.
If you’re going to cheeze it up in Seattle, City Pass is the way to go.
|Seattle from the water (Argosy tour)|
|nemos at the Seattle Aquarium|
|octopus detail- Seattle Aquarium|
You also have to stop in the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum- it’s an absolute must.
There is a lot of really, really incredible coffee in Seattle. And it isn’t Starbucks.
|Paulina Falls, Newberry National Volcanic Monument|
Sometimes it’s hard to believe that Central Oregon belongs to the same state as Portland. Bend was actually part of the original ski vacation idea with both Bachelor & Hoodoo in the itinerary, along with some snowshoeing and beer touring.
|Sahalie Falls, Central Oregon Cascades|
|The Blue Pool, McKenzie River trail|
|old growth, McKenzie River trail|
Well, there’s no snow. We went hiking, enjoyed long drives and spectacular sunsets, had a failed attempt at Crux Fermentation Project (damn that place is busy), hit up Worthy Brewing instead (always delish), and tried our hand at fly fishing.
|Crooked River fly fishing|
At the last minute, in Bend, with the forecast continuing to say “No rain in sight”, we decided to rent a beach house in Manzanita.
|spring has started on the coast|
|chillaxing in the house|
|it really is February|
|happiness = a dog levitating on the beach|
|Bread & Ocean pastries- nom, nom, nom|
|Nehalem Bay at high tide|
A summer vacation in February really was perfect.