Faraway Files #91

I’m hosting Faraway Files this week, and after all your fabulous posts from last week’s edition I’m excited to find out where you’ll be taking me next! From hiking adventures in Norway and New Zealand to castles in Portugal and graffiti in Venice Beach there was a little bit of everything and I’ve definitely added to my ever growing travel wish list. 

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Day Trip: Laguna Beach California

Though summer isn’t officially over for twelve more days (but who’s counting) my kids went back to school weeks ago, and Labor Day Weekend, the unofficial official end of summer here in the States has come and gone. Still, autumn isn’t here yet, and I’m holding on tight to the last days of what turned out to be a wonderful summer full of carefree and fun filled days.

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Faraway Files #90 Crater Lake Oregon
Faraway Files #90 Crater Lake Oregon

Faraway Files #90

It’s Faraway Files time! I’ve missed all of you and I am looking forward to reading about your summer adventures and to share some of mine with you. I’m always excited when I travel, but I admit that the times when all four of us are equally excited doesn’t happen as often. This week I’ll be sharing the surprise and delight of our visit to Crater Lake National Park in Southern Oregon.

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Looking down into the caldera at Sinnott Memorial Overlook
Looking down into the caldera at Sinnott Memorial Overlook

Day Trip to Crater Lake National Park

There are very few times when all four members of my family are equally excited about something, but our visit to Crater Lake was definitely one of those times. As soon as the lake came into view our mouths quite literally dropped open. We couldn’t believe what we were seeing!

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Artist: Yoshi47
Artist: Yoshi47

Where to find Street Art in Portland Oregon

The amount of street art going up in cities around the world is simply staggering, so you might think finding it would be easy, but strangely that’s not the case. It’s always a lovely surprise when you come around the corner and are greeted by a larger than life mural, but when with limited time in a city wandering aimlessly and hoping to get lucky just won’t do.

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Boxer Ramen Alberta Street Portland Oregon
Boxer Ramen Alberta Street Portland Oregon

Photo Tour Portland Oregon

My family left, they’ve given up waiting on me to take just one more photo and are already blocks ahead of me. I run down the street after them, but then I see something. I stop to snap a few more pics of whatever it was that caught my eye, the view, a small detail, a piece of art… This is essentially the scenario everywhere we go. Snap and run, snap and run…

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Rose Garden Portland
Rose Garden Portland

Two Days in Portland Oregon

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.

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Cape Blanco Lighthouse
Cape Blanco Lighthouse

Lighthouse Tour of the West Coast

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.

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Secret Beach
Secret Beach

The Ultimate West Coast Family Road Trip Part 2: Oregon

Having grown up in the Pacific NorthWest this wouldn’t be our first trip to Oregon, but it would include a lot of unknown territory, and we’re always excited for new adventures.  It was no surprise that Oregon turned out to be the perfect family destination.

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The Ultimate West Coast Family Road Trip Part 1: Northern California

Our most recent adventure took us north along the coast from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon. We returned via central Oregon and over the course of two weeks drove 2300+ miles.

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