Call it what you will, and it has a lot of names, Stumptown, Bridgetown, City of Roses, Rip City, or PDX but there’s just something about Portland, Oregon. A definite vibe, but it’s hard to sum up exactly, it’s a sort of Pacific Northwest Goth meets LA hipster vibe with a splash of… well, weird. After 10 days exploring the Oregon Coast this self described city girl needed a dose of hustle and bustle and a good cup of coffee, so we made a beeline for Oregon’s biggest city.
Did you know August 7 is National Lighthouse Day? It was news to me too. Coincidentally it’s also the day I’ve chosen to share our lighthouse tour of the West Coast. I’d call that Serendipity! Our family went on a most wonderful summer vacation this year, and a large part of it revolved around visiting lighthouses (something we’d never done before). Knowing we’d be driving along the coast we decided to guess in advance how many lighthouses we might see on our journey with guesses ranging from 2 – 12.
Welcome to this week’s edition of Faraway Files. We’re just back from an epic summer road trip, our third annual, and I’m deep into sorting both laundry and photos. As you can probably imagine I’ve got loads of both! We had a wonderful time exploring the West Coast from LA to Portland, and I’m eager to share all the details with you in the coming weeks.
How many times have we asked the question, “What should we do today?” With a teen and a (soon to be) ten year old in the house, the problem really isn’t coming up with an idea, it’s coming up with an idea that appeals to all ages. And, let’s get real, finding an activity that my teen will agree to is no easy feat.
I’m perched on a rock peering into the water, did something move? The sun shines brightly overhead, and the water is still for the moment, but it won’t be for long, the next wave will arrive soon. What is it? A crab, a fish, an anemone? My son calls out from his nearby rock, “I see something!” It’s so exciting! We hop from rock to rock exploring the magical world under the sea. Occasionally we reach in to touch, “OUCH!” what was that thing?
LA, is Americas’s second largest city, encompassing over 500 square miles and home to just under four million people. Trying to “see it all” can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Not if you think of LA as what it really is, a city of neighborhoods, each with its own unique character and charm.
The world is in love with Instagram, or at least 800 million of us are. Though I admit to growing tired of thinking up new and interesting #hashtags, I do love all the beautiful and inspiring photos. Instagram has shown me that there are even more amazing places around the world then I could ever have dreamed of and some of them are in my own back yard. Others are so obscure they may as well be on the moon…