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Outdoors in Oregon

12 Dec

I’m glad (well kind of glad) I ended up way behind in my travel posts. It’s nice to reminisce about summer now that every day is spent covered under an avalanche of blankets. Let’s take a trip back to the great state of Oregon. As my parents and sister say, it’s one of the best kept secrets in the U.S., and I’d honestly have to agree. It truly is a beautiful place to visit.

spencer butte trees | www.the-wild-child.com

This past summer, me and my cousin spent five days in Eugene with my sister. We had an absolute blast together trying new restaurants, checking out breweries and laughing a lot. One of our favorite days though was spent outside enjoying all that nature has to offer.

Spencer Butte difficult route| www.the-wild-child.com

Hiking in #Oregon | www.the-wild-child.com

Spencer Butte #Oregon  | www.the-wild-child.com

spencer butte summit  | www.the-wild-child.com

We started our morning with a hike up Spencer Butte, a small “mountain” near Eugene. Just for fun, and because we had no place to be, we opted for the difficult route. The hike wasn’t too bad, about a 2,000 foot climb to the summit, and the views were worth it. Even on a cloudy day you could see for miles. We rested at the top, took some hiking selfies and discussed plans for the day.

spencer butte landscape | www.the-wild-child.com

hiking selfies  | www.the-wild-child.com

Hiking Trail #Oregon  | www.the-wild-child.com

Forest in #Oregon  | www.the-wild-child.com

On the way down it was decided we’d grab lunch, change our clothes and head for the coast. The Pacific Ocean is about an hour from Eugene and we had a great day for driving – mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine.

Florence #Oregon  | www.the-wild-child.com

Sandy Path | www.the-wild-child.com

Upon arrival we were greeted by a wall of sand. But once we made it over, the views were anything short of spectacular.

It was my cousin’s first time seeing the Pacific Ocean, and we loved watching her take it all in. We spent a while walking along the beach, breathing in the salty air and collecting sand dollars. There’s something wonderful about the ocean. It makes all the worries in my life seem so small.

Pacific Ocean #Oregon | www.the-wild-child.com

sisters | www.the-wild-child.com

Pacific Ocean #Oregon#Oregon Sand Dunes | www.the-wild-child.com

Cousins  | www.the-wild-child.com

Our parents had visited a few months before and recommended we check out the sand dunes during our trip so we made our way to Sandland Adventures. We arrived just as a new tour was about to start so we quickly bought our tickets and climbed onto the giant dune buggy.

Dune Buggy in #Oregon | www.the-wild-child.com

Sand Dunes | www.the-wild-child.com

Yes, it was super cheesy at times, but also the best way to explore the dunes and learn some fun facts. For example, the Oregon sand dunes are the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America and have been constantly shifting and changing for centuries. Now you know. The company also offers a faster tour where you speed through the dunes, but you get sand thrown all over you and miss out on the history lesson.

Dune Buggy  | www.the-wild-child.com

#Oregon Sand Dunes | www.the-wild-child.com

After the tour was over, we were beat. It was time to head home, clean up and gorge ourselves on bar food and microbrews. When it was time to leave Eugene, we all agreed on another trip next summer. But my gypsy sister is moving again… this time to LA! California better be ready for us next year! As for Oregon, I’ll definitely be back because it’s just too good not to visit again.

2014 travel plans

28 Feb

Surprise! It’s snowing again in Ohio… All this cold weather has me longing for warmer days and vacation getaways. I love travel planning and daydreaming about all the places I’ll explore. Here’s where I’m planning to head this year…

– Chapel Hill, NC, in March – 

Chapel Hill, NC | www.the-wild-child.com

I can’t wait to visit my dear friend Lindsay in Chapel Hill. I made it there a couple of years ago, and I’ll be heading back next week. The last visit was so lovely. I can only imagine the shenanigans we’ll get into this time around.

– Boston, MA, in April –

Fenway Park

My little brother is running the Boston Marathon with his squadron – what better reason to visit? And we’ll get the chance to hang out with my cousin Alli as well.  We’re planning to attend a game at Fenway Park, and I really hope we do the Sam Adams Brewery tour.

– Berlin, Germany in May –

#Berlin | www.the-wild-child.com

The bf and I still haven’t decided if we’re staying in Germany or heading somewhere else, but I’m kind of liking the idea of a staycation in Berlin. Mainly because I have a list of at least ten new restaurants I want to try. And we could do a few day trips to Hamburg or other neighboring cities that I have yet to visit.

– Eugene, OR, in July –

Eugene, OR | www.the-wild-child.com

I’m so excited for this trip! My cousin Kelsey and I will be visiting my sister over the 4th, and I know it’s going to be a blast. Can’t wait to check out Eugene and Portland and see why my sister loves Oregon so much.

– Colorado Springs, CO, in August –

Colorado Springs | www.the-wild-child.com

I had such a great time with my family last year, so I’m heading back to the US Air Force Academy for Parents Weekend. Hopefully Sebastian will join us this year! We’re all renting a big house together in Colorado Springs – good times are guaranteed.

– San Francisco, CA, in September –

San Francisco | www.the-wild-child.com

After a weekend in Colorado, I’m hoping Sebastian and I can do a California trip. I really want to visit San Francisco again or maybe do a wine tour in Northern Cali. Endless options here.

– TBD trip in November –

La Romana | www.the-wild-child.com

Every few years I end up doing a mini-vacation around Thanksgiving. I don’t know where I want to go yet, but maybe somewhere warm. It will probably be snowing by then or at least cold. Caribbean anyone?

– Europe for NYE –

These past two years, Sebastian has visited the states over the holidays, so I’m thinking a trip to see him would be nice. The last time I was in Europe for New Year’s Eve, we spent it in Berlin. I wouldn’t mind visiting again.

Throw in a few wedding weekends, work trips and last-minute decisions to visit friends – this is sure to be another great year of travel.

What about you? Where are you heading this year?

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