What to Pack for Portland, Oregon in the Fall/Winter

Portland, Oregon is a quirky city that has gained notoriety over the past few years for being a little “weird”. The pedestrian-friendly downtown area has bigger lanes for bicycles than cars and you’re more likely to eat out of a truck than a restaurant. Portland has the most breweries and independent microbreweries of any city in…

11 Amazing Hot Springs in the USA

Imagine relaxing in a bubbling hot natural pool, surrounded by lush vegetation, without a single other soul around for miles. The USA is full of these off-the-beaten-path hot springs that are reasonably easy to access and available for anyone to enjoy! We have our personal favorites but we also enlisted the help of a few…

The 10 Best Unique Hotels in Portland, Oregon

Referred to lovingly as both the “City of Roses” and the “Bridge City”, Portland has a lot of both. Sandwiched between the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, visitors will love the waterfront views of historic bridges while wandering along the well-maintained riverwalk. And when you’ve had your fill of city life, head to Washington Park, right…

Backpacking the Loowit Trail

Don’t do it. Just don’t. Just kidding but for reals, there’s truth in every joke. The Loowit trail is a 35-mile hike circumnavigating the base of Mount St. Helens. We hiked it over Memorial Day at the end of May 2016 and it was NOT my ideal way to spend a holiday weekend. Here is…

Backpacking the Timberline Trail

I actually  have very few negative things to say about this hike (shocking, I know). My expectations were misaligned (meaning, I get stressed out when I KNOW we should cover 14 miles in a day and we only cover 10) but overall I found this hike to be thoroughly enjoyable (all complaining aside). We parked…