If you're tired of reading long stories about adventures you didn't take part in (I wholeheartedly understand) then here is the TLDR:
-Best quick hike in Oregon
-Do it. Do it now! Ok, for the few of you who are interested in how this all went down, here's the story. Even though I love hiking and being outdoors, I'm quite picky about when I choose to partake in the endeavor. Too hot, too cold, too windy, and (this is the biggy) cloudy skies = no bueno in my book. So when
Oregon's most populous city is well known for having the most breweries per capita of any city in the world (84 in the Portland Metro Area). It also has the more dubious distinction of running the most strip clubs per capita as well. In true Portland fashion, one notable establishment "serves only vegan food and allows its strippers to shed only non-animal-based clothing". You'll have to choke your chicken elsewhere. In addition to the breweries and strip clubs, we should
I haven't visited Portland since I was a kid, so pretty much my entire perception of it and its inhabitants is based off the odd-ball TV show with the eponymous title and the hipster stereotypes that are perpetuated online. I couldn't have been more wrong. Well, mostly wrong. They really do love their brunches. Another thing I got wrong about the city was thinking that it would be a carbon copy of San Francisco. With the cost of living in the Bay going through the roof, I
Everyone likes to share the highlights of their trips and brag about the amazing times they had while abroad/traveling/etc. However, we often suffer from "Travel Amnesia", whereby we're only able to conjure up happy memories from our adventures and our mind omits the not so fun parts such as the 8 hour layover, trash everywhere, shitty hotels, obnoxious people, car breakdowns, and paying the tourist price.
Thankfully, I didn't have to go through any of that on my latest tr
You have the perfect shot in your mind. You can picture the frame and know just the right angle. The lighting is right and nobody is standing in your way. However, sometimes it just doesn't quite work out. Some shots are just too beautiful to capture in a photo. Your shot just doesn't do it justice.
Maybe I'll be more skilled in the future. Maybe technology will advance to allow better and new methods of digital capture. But for now, sometimes it's just best to see
I don't much care for crowds. I don't think anyone does, but I find them especially loathsome in nature. Nothing more UNnatural than standing in line to behold one of the beauties of nature and having your view obscured by people taking selfies. So when a friend mentioned that the lines and crowds at Crater Lake (my next destination) were atrociously bad, I started to worry that I wouldn't enjoy it. I put on my thinking cap and decided to take a different approach and vis