The Prodigal Son of Pendleton, Oregon

Pendleton, Oregon isn’t known for many things. In fact, unless you know where it is you probably would drive right past it without a second glance. Perhaps, on your trip across Oregon and into Idaho you’ve stopped to use the restroom at a roadside gas station or McDonalds. You’d have no reason to drive into […]

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Dining Out in Cartlandia

She asked me if I wanted to go to a food cart. It was over text message so I thought she might have been auto-corrected and was actually saying “go-karts” which was still weird, actually. I was confused. Terribly, terribly confused. When I asked her about it, I think I broke a piece of her […]

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Keeping Portland Weird

I grew up in Gresham, a city that connects to Portland on the east side before you head on up to Mount Hood. In fact, I grew up in Hood’s shadow, spending my winter weekends playing in the snow. After school my friends and I would hop on the MAX (light rail transit system) and […]

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The Oregon Coast

Having spent many weekends and summers growing up on the Oregon Coast it is no wonder I wanted to spend as much time there as humanly possible while I was in the area… and two days is never, ever enough. When I last lived in Oregon my house was only 50 minutes away from a […]

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Review: Clearwater Restaurant

  It was by complete happenstance that we stumbled upon this beautiful restaurant when we were on the hunt for dinner. We hadn’t planned to dine here, but I’m so glad we did. The atmosphere was warm and clean, the food amazing!   We were greeted by the hostess with a smile and she offered […]

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Newport, Oregon

We came to Newport to stay at the Sylvia Beach Hotel, but otherwise had left our schedule wide open as to where we would go and where we would eat. So after we dropped our luggage off at the hotel we set to walking around town and ended up finding this wonderful bakery just up […]

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Review: Sylvia Beach Hotel

I had heard stories about the Sylvia Beach Hotel since I was fairly young. A fabled bed and breakfast that decorated its rooms according to famous authors and books. I had heard about it for so long and it held such a permanent place in my memory that when I started planning my road trip […]

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Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad

Not many people can say they’ve sat behind the engineer of a steam engine and rolled on down the Oregon coast with beautiful views of the ocean while the heat of the engine fire warms your face, but I can.   One of the very important stops I made on my July road trip was […]

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A Family Farm in Beavercreek, Oregon

Talk about a magical place! Tecklewood is a farm owned by my best friend’s grandparents. It’s nestled in the tall trees of Beavercreek, Oregon where chickens peck, dogs bark, and smoke saunters upward toward the summer sky. It’s a perfect retreat for their entire family to come to and one that I’ve been lucky enough […]

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Bend, Oregon

One of my first stops along my road trip was in Bend, Oregon for the sole purpose of visiting my dad. Bend is gorgeous in the summer so we made grand plans to paddle board the Deschutes River the Saturday I would be there. Alas, fate was against us and instead of a bright, hot […]

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