Pacific Northwest Love
Did you miss me? I missed you! Most of you know I just took a much needed vacation to the Pacific Northwest to visit a friend, and now I’m back! My trip was amazing, and my travels took me around the Oregon coast and up to Seattle. The scenery was gorgeous and the company was fantastic! Here’s a little recap of my adventures with a lovely free desktop wallpaper download for your pleasure.
Lots of Hair Chalk & A Little Dress
Photo Credit: Grace Wolf
Grace, who so graciously welcomed me into her home, is a wonderfully talented photographer. She does stunning, vibrant work that just makes you say, “wow.” Inspiration struck her while I was visiting, so I got to be her model. She found me a cute, jewel-toned dress, teased the heck out of my hair (took 20 minutes to [mostly] comb it out), had a heyday with heaps of hair chalk, and played around with fabulous eye makeup. You can see a sneak peek of the gorgeous results above. In the next few weeks, I’ll share a post featuring our fun little photo shoot. I’m excited to see how the other photos turned out! In the mean time, you’ll be glad you took a few minutes to see her other work on her website.
For my second weekend visiting, Melissa and I were invited to visit her Brother, Ethan, and celebrate the birthday of his wife, Katy. This was awesome because I hadn’t seen Ethan in eight years- whoa! They live near Tacoma, Washington, with a view of the magnificent Mount Rainier. Katy took us hiking in the foothills to the top of Hugo Peak. Again, the views were breathtaking!
Being so close, we couldn’t pass up a quick trip to Seattle. So, Melissa and I boogied on up and spent half a day at the Space Needle and Pike’s Place Market. Both were fantastic with lots of interesting things to see. At the market, we ate giant, delicious gyros on the curb, and bought a lovely bouquet of flowers for Grace.
Enjoy the highlights of our weekend in Washington in this photo gallery.
She Flies With Her Own Wings
Amazing memories deserve an amazing souvenir. I found it at Pike’s Place. We discovered an artist who crafts hand-hammered bracelets with beautiful phrases. Melissa and I got the same bracelet. How we got through middle school without having matching or “BFF” trinkets, I’ll never know. Anyway, we got copper bracelets reading, “Alis volat propriis,” which is Latin for, “She flies with her own wings.” A nice & positive phrase that spoke to us. Come to find out just yesterday, that phrase also happens to be the Oregon state motto. How fitting! The artist, Kathy Henning, was very nice and even explained her process for making each bracelet. You can see her pieces at her website. I love finding unique, hand-crafted items for souvenirs. They are so personal and better reflect the memories.
Not All Who Wander Are Lost
Of course, I had plenty of time to explore the Oregon coast. And, how beautiful it was. We poked at anemones, hunted for little crabs, hiked high cliffs, got stuck in the dunes, and wandered the streets of cute little coastal towns. See the photo gallery below to see the coast through my eyes.
Wreck This Journal
Photo Credit: Melissa Bean
Oh, boy. Let me tell you a little about Melissa’s journal. She had a crisp, clean, brand-spankin’-new journal. Called, Wreck This Journal. The point is to follow the prompts to destroy the book and have fun using your imagination. So, fun was had. Perhaps, too much fun? No such thing. It started innocently enough. We doodled. We stuck stickers in it. Then, we spit coffee in it. Then… Dave happened (pictured above). I think I saw a sparkle in his eye to accompany his grin every time he got his hands on it. His contributions included dumping protein smoothie on it. Throwing it in the fire. Kicking it across the yard, then onto the roof. Using the doggie poop scoop shovel to retrieve it. Finally, a quick splash of fresh urine. All in a 24 hour period. Mission: accomplished.
It was all very fun and entertaining. I enjoyed it so much that I purchased one for myself. What a great way to relieve stress and let go of perfectionist tendencies (who, me?). I’ll be sharing my journey through the journal with you in hopes that you’ll be inspired to make a mess, too! This is what I started on the plane ride home.
Mountain View Desktop Wallpaper Download
Please enjoy this spectacular mountain view from your desktop, courtesy of the Mount Rainier foothills![wpdm_file id=9] [wpdm_file id=11] [wpdm_file id=12] [wpdm_file id=13] [wpdm_file id=14]
Have you ever visited the Pacific Northwest? What are your favorite places and things to do there? Join the conversation below!