We’re baaaaaack!!

It’s hard to believe 6 months have (almost) passed since we hit the road on April 1st. Proof that time does fly when you’re having fun!

The BAMF...posing!

The BAMF…posing!

I have to say, the freedom of not having a schedule is pretty darn awesome. And no alarm in the mornings! I’ve never slept better. If you get a chance, do it!

Lessons learned along the way (my $.02):

  1. I really don’t need a lot of stuff (although I did miss my shoes), but experiences are worth so much more
  2. It’s not where you go, but who you’re with – and Martin is seriously the best partner ever!
  3. Proper gear is critical – Mother Nature can be very temperamental, so be prepared!
  4. There is an amazingly large population of people making travel a lifestyle – it’s so cool to share that bond and experience and make new friends
  5. It’s not cheap to be vagabond – more $ than we thought. I have a lot of advice re: budgeting for this lifestyle for anyone who’s interested!
  6. Privacy is overrated (it wasn’t that bad), but a little more space would be nice…
  7. That being said, I do LOVE the BAMF! Best. Purchase. Ever.

On this side of it, I wouldn’t change a thing. The trip was inspiring, enlightening, and rewarding for me in so many ways. It makes me want to keep going and see more, more, more. I can’t wait for the next adventure! South America…?

101 coastal views along southern Oregon.

101 coastal views along southern Oregon.

But until then, I look forward to catching up with friends and family and re-engaging in the real world. Catch me up on all the gossip, please!

Blog feedback: this was my first attempt at a travel blog and I hope to create more in the future. I’d love to know any/all feedback re: what you liked & didn’t like about the content, format, accessibility, photos, engagement, etc. I welcome your thoughts. It’ll make my next blog so much better!

Thank you for following this crazy journey with us… xoxo

Bend…Love!

So, I know I’ve asked you all to move multiple times during this journey (Jackson, WY; Big Sky, MT; San Juan Island, WA), but I have to add one more to the contenders list: Bend, OR!

Cocktails (at Pine Tavern) by the water...priceless!

Cocktails (at Pine Tavern) by the water…priceless!

The Ale Trail bike (sober person steers, drunks peddle) to 10 breweries. #brilliant

The Ale Trail bike (sober person steers, drunks peddle) to 10 breweries. #brilliant

Tumalo Falls!

Tumalo Falls!

I am seriously in love with this town and surrounding areas – it has everything! Hiking, mountain biking, climbing, skiing, drinking (that should probably be first), great eats, quality of life, affordable housing. Check!

Downtown Bend is so cute!

Downtown Bend is so cute!

We’re looking for 5 acres for our chicken coop, alpaca/goat herd, and dogs. And of course a garage that will fit our new Earth Cruiser Fuso. Yep, I’ve officially lost my mind! P.S. Pot is legal here as of October 1st, so we could be growers too! 🙂

Smith Rock State Park – one of my most favorite places ever. The views here are incredible! It’s like being in Utah with the rock formations and colors. I could stay here forever…

Smith Rock. Need I say more?!

Smith Rock. Need I say more?!

More views. Climbers here are amazing...

More views. Climbers here are amazing…

I like this view too... :-)

I like this view too… 🙂

Newberry Volcano Caves  – another cool spot right outside of Bend. There’s a mile-long volcanic cave that is unbelievable. The volcanic history here is really cool!

Lava River Cave, Newberry National Monument

Lava River Cave, Newberry National Monument

Lave Butte. Cool hike!

Lave Butte. Cool hike!

Breweries, Breweries, Breweries! I can’t even count how many breweries we’ve found here, and most of them are seriously fantastic – cool vibe, great beer, good food. Temptation everywhere! If we did move here, I might never see Martin again… 😉

Our brewery sticker collection. #greatbeer

Our brewery sticker collection. #challengeaccepted

Crux Fermentation Project - one of our faves!

Crux Fermentation Project – one of our faves!

Worthy Brewery. Worth going!

Worthy Brewery. Worth going!

McMenamins...our last hurrah! #oldschool

McMenamins…our last hurrah! #oldschool

Boneyard Brewery. Simple place, but awesome beer!

Boneyard Brewery. Simple place, but awesome beer!

Special thanks to Chuck & Sue for giving us a place to stay for a few days – what a treat!

The big question remains: will my favorite jeans still fit when I get home? And where the hell ARE my favorite jeans, anyway?

Nearing the end…but we’re not done yet!

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Our trip through Washington was a little truncated because of the fires burning in the East, but it does remind me how much raw, natural beauty exists along the West Coast. Nearly every drive is scenic. And, we had a chance to catch up with friends JP & Stephanie Nicols in Bellevue, which is always a treat.

Love having to step over this guy. Hood River, OR rocks!

Love having to step over this guy. Hood River, OR rocks!

We’re now meandering through Oregon, taking in the amazing views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Hood (haven’t gotten to Mt. Bachelor yet).

Oh look - another brewery! Photobombed by the BAMF...

Oh look – another brewery! Photobombed by the BAMF…

Mt Hood ski resort. A slide & playground in the summer! #brilliant

Mt Hood ski resort. A slide & playground in the summer! #brilliant

More waterfalls...can we spray some on Calif?

More waterfalls…can we spray some on Calif?

"Waterfall Alley" in OR - all amazing!

“Waterfall Alley” in OR – all amazing!

We’re currently writing this from the historic Timberline Lodge, which will easily give the Ahwahnee a run for its money for coolest lodge ever. The Timberline Lodge was built in 1937, dedicated by Franklin D. Roosevelt, and is packed full of historical artifacts from the pioneering days. It’s also full of hikers as it sits along the historic Pacific Crest Trail. These adventurers are badass!

Timberline Lodge. #bestlodgeever

Timberline Lodge. #bestlodgeever

More Timberline Lodge. #totallyauthentic

More Timberline Lodge. #totallyauthentic

This lodge survived the Great Depression, WWII, and a barage of other monumental accounts. More importantly, it served as the exterior of the Overlook Hotel in “The Shining”! It’s absolutely stunning, sitting in the shadow of beautiful Mt. Hood. If you don’t hear from us again, look for us here…

Fisheye view of the lodge!

Fisheye view of the inside of the lodge!

Anyone remember this photo from the old iconic pee-chee school folder? It's from this lodge! #history

Anyone remember this photo from the old iconic pee-chee school folder? It’s from this lodge! #history

Next stop: Bend. Martin is particularly excited about the fact there are 21 microbreweries, so we may be there for a while. Besides, I’m stalling on the return to the real world. I’m not ready to face it!