Adventure

Time For Festivals

Giant Disco BallSince my trip to Iceland, I haven't done much international travel.  In fact, I haven't done much travel at all except for a trip to Georgia early in June.  The last couple months, I've spent my time working my day job, spending time with family and friends, going through the pain of buying an airplane, biking all over the place during Pedalpalooza, and going to a number of festivals. Since the end of May, I've attended SOAK, What The Festival?! and this last weekend was Oregon Country Fair.  All three festivals are quite different, but are each quite amazing - and all located in Oregon! (more…)

California

PDX->SNA (FTU)->SFO (Work)->PDX->SEA->LWS->Home

travel-newport-beach The title of this post is quite the cluster, but it is what my upcoming week is going to look like.  Prior to yesterday, I was going to go to Newport Beach, CA to attend Frequent Travel University (FTU) and then come back to Portland, work here through Thursday, and then fly out to Lewiston, Idaho to visit my grandma.  Well, a wrench was throne into the situation and now I'm also going to San Ramon for a four-day deep-dive for my work.  Now, I'm hitting the following airports before finally getting back home next Sunday. (more…)

Biking

Bridge Pedal 2015: 3rd Friendiversary

Chris Devon Michael Rubbo Teri JasonLast Sunday, I enjoyed my fourth time biking over all the bridges that cover the Willamette River in Portland in a bicycle ride called the Bridge Pedal.  I love bringing new people on this ride and sharing it with old ones.  Rubbo and myself met on this ride through our friend Paige in 2012 making this mine and Rubbo's fourth ride together and our three year friendiversary! Thanks to Chris, Devon, Michael, Teri, Ilona, and Corey for doing this ride with us!  You are awesome.  36 miles, 11 bridges, and one sore ass later, we did it! (more…)

Hikes

Hiking Helens 2015

Group Last weekend I went hiking to the top of Mt. St. Helens for the 4th time!  My friend Ryan and I have been hiking it together since 2013 and though it's grueling, the view from the top and the glacade down makes it all worthwhile. (more…)

Hikes

Ixa’s Birthday Dog Mountain Hike

Ixa (3) This weekend, Ixa turned a year older and to celebrate I took her hiking up Dog Mountain with Ilona, Ryan, his wife and their dog.  Ixa is a strong 75 pound pup and even though she was worn out as much as I was when we finished, she was a trooper and kept us going. (more…)

Hikes

Hiking Horsetail Falls Loop

Horsetail Falls Loop This weekend, my friend Cassie and I went on a hike around Horsetail Falls.  For someone who has almost lived in Portland five years, I've never been to this location.  Just makes me realize that there is a ton of the Gorge area that I haven't seen yet. We talked a few days before about getting some hiking in as I've only got a few more weeks till I hike up Mt. St. Helens once again (it'll be my 4th time!).  We didn't have a clue where we were going, and knew we didn't have a ton of time to do a long one.  So instead of driving far into the Gorge area and getting some real miles into a hike, we went the easy route and did this one here. (more…)