Winter time in Portland. It's a perfect excuse to get cozy on your couch with a movie and popcorn (every night...), go to Starbucks and read a book (I cried when they no longer had caramel brulee hot chocolate) or do nothing at all (cause, you know, it's raining outside...). Or at the same time, motivate you to actually write a blog post. So hello world! In light of this wet and cloudy winter, I thought I'd do a throwback to the warm weather and sun, and share the detes on the camping trips we went on last summer and fall.
CAMPING TRIP #1
Coming out of the gates, we started with the exotic campground of our comforting home! (you got to ease into it, you know?) But living room camp outs are actually my fave. Complete with roasting mallows on our grill, and watching a movie indoors :)
CAMPING TRIP #2
Welcome to McKenzie River! We spent one weekend camping with Payton's grandparents, which is always the best. We hiked to a couple of waterfalls around the area, played some golf, and went to the Blue Pool which is amazingly beautiful. Payton and I finished the trip with canoeing in Clear Lake on our way home.
Waterfall #1 (it really was this green!)
On our way to the Blue Pool...
OH MY GOSH
YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME
WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT
IT'S SO BLUE
Yeah so that lake was pretty cool I guess...
Golfing with the grandparents!
(with this hottie)
CAMPING TRIP #3
The weekend after McKenzie River, we went to Tillamook to do some coastal camping. When you mix not being allowed to have a fire and not having his grandparents join, you kind of end up with no meals...but who wouldn't mind going out to eat when you are on the Oregon Coast??
We went to The Fish Peddler at Pacific Oyster for dinner...
And for lunch the next day, we went to the Tillamook Cheese Factory!
(love this guy)
We spent our morning walking on the beach, drinking hot chocolate (Payton also had banana bread french toast for breakfast, which is BRILLIANT), and hiking later in the day before we headed home.
CAMPING TRIP #4
CAMPING TRIP #4
For this camping trip, we actually headed back to the coast, this time to Cape Lookout with some friends. We spent the night roasting marshmallows, eating joe-joe's, playing card games, and walking on the beach. The next morning, we hiked to Cape Lookout and saw some whales!
CAMPING TIRP #5
Our camp outings ended with a trip to Mt. Hood National Forest. Although I don't totally recommend camping in November, I 'd definitely recommend a weekend of hot springs and fishing.
Bagby Hot Springs!
Payton and I each caught a fish that we had for dinner the next day!
So there you have it. Happy Sunday and dreams of summer!