I have always loved the outdoors, especially the mountains. Growing up in Michigan has also forced me to love lakes and bodies of water in general. When you look at a map, the Pacific Northwest looks as if it were created for people just like me. Here are some of the places I found on my trip there!
Portland is a super cool town. I’ll be honest we didn't spend a bunch of time there, but I could see spending a weekend out on the town and having a blast. It’s pretty centralized to other major places. Mt. Hood is only an hour or so east and Seattle is about two hours north.
Even if you’re not an avid read, Powell’s is must visit. It’s a gigantic book store with several floors of all kinds of books. I snatched up a couple stickers and an iron on patch from there.
Everyone knows Voodoo doughnut, but Blue Star Doughnut is just as good. Maybe not as crazy as Voodoo with its Oreo or even Fruity Pebbles doughnuts, but just as good. It’s totally worth comparing. I had both and I don’t know which I prefer. I guess you’ll just have to visit and see for yourself. If you’re looking for a super vibey place to chill, get some work done, and drink tea, well the Tea Bar is for you. They also have delicious frozen yogurt.
I may be biased because I live not even 15 minutes from the original Detroit, But Lake Detroit is stunning! It is a giant body of water, and when I was there it didn’t even look full. At one side of the lake there is a dam (which I’m assuming is why the lake looked low?) and you can walk on the dam like a bridge. There’s even a small campground by the lake. I bet it’s a popping spot during the summer.
If you drive up and down the road along the lake enough times, you can get the perfect view of Mt. Jefferson. Lake Detroit is the perfect spot for those itching for great water views, and the occasional ice capped mountain. Just be careful walking through the downed trees and mud beaches, I almost wiped out a couple times.
THE OREGON COAST
Oh, the famous Oregon coast. It lives up to the hype I’ll tell you that much. When thinking of the Oregon coast, one’s mind would probably go to a rainy, foggy, and moody day. Well when I went, it was sunny, bright, and windy. But if you wait long enough it starts to change. We started north of Cannon beach at a shipwreck. It’s the skeleton of the bow of and old boat. The sand is dark, almost black, and there’s tall tan grass on top of the sand dunes. It’s a unique place to say the least.
Closer to sunset we went south and passed Cannon beach (you can see Haystack rock from the road). Also, I should mention that I got my right foot soaking wet because I was rocking a pose to close to the water for Instagram (I know, the vanity, right?!). We then moved south to Hug Point State Park. We stopped the car got out, saw a couple wild rabbits (they were adorable) and went down to the beach. It was the perfect spot for a sunset, because it’s not Cannon beach and therefore not as busy, and there are just as many rocky cliffs. Hug Point beach is a little gem hidden on the Oregon coast.
SMITH ROCK STATE PARK
Smith Rock, where to begin? What’s unique about Smith Rock is that it’s a desert. When I think of Oregon, I think of cold, wet, and foggy forests, but it’s an amazingly diverse state.
If you like hiking or rock climbing it’s the place for you. While there a state park ranger had climbed the side of one of the rock walls and was chipping off rocks. They do this so rocks don’t fall on unsuspecting visitors. I guess it’s like a controlled erosion. There are multiple trails to take and all of them are great choices. It’s also a dog friendly park! If you love dogs, then chances are you’ll find a cute pupper exploring with its owner.