Spring Break in the Pacific Northwest


Long time no post right? Life has been a bit crazy this semester with school and working 24 hours a week but I’m excited to get back into blogging regularly this summer!

For spring break this year my family visited the Pacific Northwest. My oldest sister lives in Portland, Oregon so that was where we started and ended. The trip was a blast and I highly recommend exploring that part of the country if you haven’t already.


We flew in on Friday afternoon and met up at my sister’s house to decide where to eat. We ended up going to a restaurant called Screen Door. It’s a cute little southern style place, I had chicken and waffles and the french toast. The french toast wasn’t that exciting but oh. my. goodness. the chicken and waffles was amazing.



Saturday we drove up to Washington to visit Mount St. Helens. The road to the actual mountain ended up being closed so we decided to explore Ape Cave instead.



We hiked down into the cave but didn’t make it all the way through because of how dark and wet it was. Hopefully someday I’ll go back with a headlamp and explore some more.

On our way back we visited Multnomah Falls


The falls were absolutely stunning but make sure to bring a rain jacket especially if you plan on hiking the trail to the top because you will get in the spray.


On Sunday we visited Cannon Beach and the town of Astoria, Oregon which were the two filming sites of the movie “The Goonies.” I’d never seen the movie before the trip but my sister talked a lot about it so of course Saturday night we had to watch it. It was actually quite hilarious and made Sunday’s adventure a little more fun knowing the history of the places we visited.

Haystack rock from the movie
Cannon Beach

While in Astoria we had lunch at Buoy Beer Company. I recommend eating there just for the experience, the restaurant has a great view of the ocean and is built out over the water a bit and the area underneath it is a popular hangout spot for sea lions. After lunch we spent a little bit of time in the Columbia River Maritime Museum. The Columbia River bar is one of the most hazardous areas of water in the world so naturally the museum had a section on Coast Guard rescue swimmers which, being a lifeguard, I thought was really cool. I might have considered changing career paths.


Monday we tried to vist OMSI but the line was so long we headed over to Powell’s Books. There are no words to describe how wonderful this place was. I wanted to copy the kids from From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and live there. I was in heaven. I bought at least five books, I know that’s not that many but they had to fit in my suitcase.

After Powell’s we visited one of Portland’s many food truck pods on SE Division St. It was so much fun! I had chicken curry and chicken tika masala from an Indian food truck and a smoothie from Moberi truck. If you ever visit Portland you must eat at least one meal at a food truck pod. After lunch we went to Salt and Straw. They have new flavors every month that are inspired by kids from the local elementary schools near their locations. All the proceeds from those flavors go to the schools that inspired them. I had rose flavored ice cream with white chocolate and waffle cone pieces in it and it was amazing.




After lunch on Monday we started driving down highway 101 towards California. It was grey all day Monday but on Tuesay, our second day of driving, the sun came out and it was absolutely beautiful.


The north Pacific coast is so rugged and beautiful it was quite the enjoyable drive.



While in Crescent City we got to watch some surfers. They were in wetsuits but it still must have been freezing for them. They are way tougher than I am.


Our goal in Cali was to visit the Redwoods and they did not disappoint. The trees really are awe-inspiring.


While in the Redwoods we managed to lose one of my sisters. She is a runner and while we all went on a leisurely hike she decided to go running. When we didn’t ever meet her on the loop we were all supposed to be on we got a little worried. We regrouped, realized that it was highly unlikely that she’d actually get lost in the forest and my dad set out to hike around and look for her while we stayed at the car. My sister showed up about 20 minutes after that and then the worry was that my dad wouldn’t get back before the sun went down and everything got really cold. He got back just fine and was actually in a great mood from his long hike through a place he’s always wanted to visit. Needless to say Wednesday was a bit more of an adventure than we anticipated.



Thursday we spent a couple of hours in the Redwoods before driving back up to Portland to spend the last night with my sister before heading home on Friday.

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Have you ever been to the PNW? What was your favorite part?


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Florida Keys Recap


Last week my family went to the Florida Keys. This Colorado girl had a hard time dealing with the bugs and the heat but overall I had an absolute blast!

We flew into Ft. Lauderdale on Sunday and arrived just in time to get some dinner and take a night walk along the atlantic before we crashed. On Monday we drove down the coast to Key Largo we ended up renting a house while we were there and it was so much pleasanter than a hotel.

On Tuesday we went to Everglades National Park. This wasn’t my favorite part of the trip but we do get to see a couple of dolphins playing in the wake of our boat and that was so awesome!



We got back to Key Largo just in time to watch the sunset. It was so striking and so completely different from Colorado sunsets. The sun reflecting off the water of the Florida Bay was incredible.






Wednesday we got on a boat and went snorkeling in a coral reef in John Pennekamp State Park. It didn’t occur to me to bring a waterproof way to take pictures until I was already in the water I saw barracuda, parrotfish, and Dory’s cousin. Later that afternoon we planned to go snorkeling again at the park where we watched the sunset. We ran out of time but my parents went on a seafood date that night and watched the sunset again at the park. They came back that night and informed us that a shark had been spotted in the water there. It was probably a nurse shark but no one had been able to identify it yet so we were all pretty glad that we hadn’t snorkeled after all.



Thursday we went to Lauderdale by the Sea for a beach day because the Keys don’t have very good beaches. The weather was perfect and the water was so warm!



The beach we went to had the cutest benches shaped like a boat.


I wore my *Rey Swimwear suit for the first time and I loved it. The pineapples are so cute and the ruching on the sides is really flattering.




It is the first suit I’ve ever had that doesn’t ride up on my butt. The only downside is that I am just the tiniest bit too short for the suit so the top slipped down sometimes. Rey Swimwear is a super awesome ethical swimwear brand. I have a blog post about them here.


Friday we drove out to Key West. We visited Ernest Hemingway’s house, ate lunch at a restaurant called the Six Toed Cat, and had chocolate dipped key lime pie on a stick. The pie was delicious but I think I like it better on a plate, without the chocolate.


At the end of the day we went to another state park on Key West and looked around and watched the ocean for a while before driving home.



I wore a sundress that day because I’d been wearing a lot of Tshirts and things I could throw over a swim suit so I wanted to look cute. It ended up not being the best choice though because it was pretty short and there was a lot of wind that day.

Saturday my younger sisters and my dad went snorkeling and my older sister and I did some souvenir shopping and in the evening we went to the airport and flew home.

I had such a good trip. It was so much fun to explore and experience a totally different part of the country from what I’m used to. Plus, who doesn’t love the beach.

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great; you know I’m classier than that;). However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

All photos marked with By Quiet Waters Photography were taken by my mom over at By Quiet Waters.