I’ve been writing on here for nearly four years. Most of the time I love to share tips and ideas related to inspiring you to make memories and celebrate life. I write about our life, our stories, local events, recipes, etc…. but sometimes I write personal things. I share feelings and moments that don’t necessarily relate to anything else on here – but they are something that I just need to share.
A couple of weeks ago we took my Dad and the kids on an overnight adventure to Mt. Hood for Emma’s 8th birthday. None of us had ever spent much time at the mountain (which probably sounds crazy to Portlanders) and I was trying to figure out exactly what we could do and where we could stay. We ended up staying at The Timberline Lodge (more on that in the future), but stopped at the Mt. Hood Ski Bowl to do some snow tubing first.
Have you ever zip lined before? Honestly it wasn’t something that I had given too much thought to until last September. I had heard of people doing it and enjoying it, but it had never been something that was presented as an opportunity for me, and I never went out seeking for it.
Last fall while I was in California for a blogging conference (that one time I spent a day in Hollywood) we were lucky enough to venture out to Ventura County, California and spent the day at the Ventura KOA Ranch.
The Ventura Ranch KOA sits on 76 acres and is nestled in Ventura County’s highest mountain Topa Topa. There are plenty of gorgeous views, a pool, playground area, 3 zip lines, a huge jumping pillow, rock climbing tower, race car pedal bikes, and more.
The staff was all super friendly and sincerely treated us like extended family, welcoming us to come back anytime.
One of our favorite quick weekend getaways is heading to the beach. We live about an hour from the Oregon coast, making it easy to drive over for the night or even just for a day trip. One town we like to visit is Newport, Oregon, which is in the central Oregon coast. Newport has a population of just over 10,000 and has several districts that offer different interesting activities for all ages – with one of the most popular attractions being the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
|The Joel Palmer House|
Snow -you love it, hate it, or are somewhere in between. Here in Oregon the mountains are a top destination place to in the wintertime, but here in the valley we can go several years without a single snowflake, and other years we can be surprised with a few inches on the ground. I am always excited for some snow, because it brings back fond memories from when I was a kid.
Raising a lamb, the Yamhill County Fair, and front row JOE NICHOLS
A weekend in Hollywood & seeing a live taping of FULLER HOUSE