Oregon

Last week I got the chance to finally go to Oregon. Going to Oregon has been on my vision board so it was super exciting to finally go! There was so much to do it was hard to fit it into a week! In Portland we went to the Oregon Zoo which was so cool to see. It is always nice to go to a zoo where you can see that the animals seem happy and well cared for. Their exhibits are natural and huge compared to most zoos! We also went to Multnomah Falls which I always see pictures of so that was a great moment for myself as well. Plus there was yummy ice cream there too! Ecola State Park was truly breathtaking! I loved the view point that overlooks Crescent Beach and Cannon Beach. I also hiked the Crescent Beach trail which was a bit longer than I expected, but completely worth it. It was about 1.8 miles so took about an hour. The beach there (Crescent beach) was my favourite because it is very pristine due to not as many people hiking there. The sand and water was just incredible it really was a moment I will remember forever. We also went over to Cannon Beach afterwards and the view of Haystack Rock did not disappoint. I loved sitting in the sand reading and just being in the moment was pure bliss. After exploring this area the next day we ventured out to the Newport area which actually ended up being my favourite part of the trip. We got stuck in traffic on the way there and ended up at a gift shop/observatory where we saw grey whales for the first time out of many this trip. It was an unexpected moment which turned to joy on this trip. Sometimes the best moments come when you least expect them. In Newport I loved the Aquarium as well which was full of great information and beautiful exhibits. I loved the tunnel where you can see sea creatures above AND below you! I also found a new love for Puffins 😛 Yaquina Lighthouse was so beautiful that my boyfriend and I actually went two different days one during high tide and the other during low tide. I was also fortunate enough to witness a sunset here as well. Cobble Beach is an amazing place to see all sea life including seals and grey whales and the view from the lighthouse is like nothing else. The marina area in Newport was another unexpected highlight of my trip. There are so many interesting gift shops and it was neat to see the fish market area. If you walk down the dock it was entertaining to see the massive amount of sea lions there barking away and battling over spots on their VIP platforms. I could of watched them forever! Overall I really enjoyed my time in Oregon and I am already planning my next trip to Newport and Astoria! if you know of other things to do in Oregon let me know!

 

A

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Train Wreck Trail

Last week I had the chance to camp in Whistler. I absolutely love the vibe in this town because there is so much to do including the village, Scandinave Spa (which I highly recommend), lakes, and hikes. If I have the money to do so I would love to live here one day. The Train Wreck trail is a fairly easy trail which leads to a train wreck where over the years the cars have been graffiti-ed if that is a word haha. It is only about thirty minutes long and there is a short suspension bridge that leads to the train cars themselves. I loved this trail because of the history of the train as well as the suspension bridge overlooking the beautiful greenish blue water below. I would definitely recommend this trail to anyone visiting Whistler!

 

A

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Elk Mountain

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Hello! I feel like it has been forever since I have put up a blog post, oops! Well Elk Mountain is a hike that I have been dreaming about doing for five years, but at the same time avoiding. For some reason I have had it in my head that since it is fours hours long and rated ‘intermediate’ that it would be too hard for me. These last few months especially I have been doing my best to take some steps outside of my comfort zone and do things that I have always wanted to do! This mountain was definitely one of those steps! The first part of the hike was not too difficult just a gradual uphill trail. I did use hiking poles which I am very glad about because they helped with balance and definitely helped on the way down as the top section is very steep! I actually have to admit I broke down when I saw how steep the top part was and how it was right by the edge of the mountain! Ahh! Thankfully I have a supportive boyfriend who helped me through and I don’t think I have ever been so proud to get to the top of a mountain. The view at the top was definitely worth it. Even leading up to the top the wildflowers are incredible and as you look over you can see impressive views of Mount Baker. The peace and gratitude I felt at the top of this mountain are things I will remember forever. I would like to go back one day to complete the rest of the viewpoints as well. I am proud for taking a chance and not putting off this hike finally.

 

A

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Spirea Nature Trail

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One of my favourite things to do is check out a new trail and I was excited to check out the Spirea Nature Trail in Golden Ears Park. This trail is easily accessible for all levels and abilities. It is a fairly short trail, but the pond and mossy trees were absolutely dreamy to see. I liked this trail because it is a great trail that makes you feel like you are far out in a different enchanted world when you are still fairly close to home. I will definitely be doing this one again! I want to check out more trails in Golden Ears Park next time as well and will hopefully blog about those ones as well 🙂

 

A

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Dog Mountain (again)

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Happy belated New Year everyone! As most people do I have set out some new goals for this year and have high hopes for what’s to come. Along with saving money and putting my best foot forward towards work opportunities as well as my writing and photography, my key word for this new year will be ‘self-love.’ It has been something that has fallen away from me in these last couple years and my main goal is to get it back this year by taking chances and really seeing what I am capable of. I was given this opportunity by doing Dog Mountain again this winter (thanks mom for the snowshoes!) and testing my comfort zone. Dog Mountain has one of the most beautiful views and I love how every season it has a slightly different view of the world below. Personally my favourite season to hike Dog Mountain is in the winter when I can see the snow covered trees and city below. This last week, however, topped any expectation I had when I walked to the top of the mountain and saw the sun shining above, blue skies, and a layer of fog covering the city below. It was one of the most breathtaking sights I have ever seen. The fog was  like a soft fluffy blanket just wanting to be touched. It was mesmerizing watching the fog slowly blow past the snow capped mountains. It is truly a moment I will remember forever. I didn’t want to leave! It’s moments like these that make the slippery walk up the mountain completely worth it. I am excited for all of the upcoming adventures of this new year and seeing where they all take me. Cheers!

 

A

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Mundy Park

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Discovering a new park is always an exciting feeling for me. It’s definitely the smallest things that seem to always mean the most. For some reason I was hesitant to check this local Coquitlam park out because I was unsure of what to expect, but I was very glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone and went for it. This park is actually much larger than I expected and has a wide range of trails inside of this park. There are actually two lakes both Mundy Lake and Lost Lake. I was fortunate enough to be able to check out both lakes. As you can see in the picture the beginnings of the winter season left its mark in the forest throughout which led to a bit of a winter wonderland feel the day I went to the park. The trails are all flat in this park, but I still enjoyed checking out the different views throughout. There is something so spectacular this time of year in the forests when fall and winter are colliding. The brisk air and fall colours are incredible. There were also many kinds of mushrooms which was fun to see as well. I will definitely be revisiting this park in the future.

 

A

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Mystery Lake

Had quite the adventure yesterday up on Seymour Mountain. Often I get to this mountain either in the summer or the winter when it’s snowing so was quite a unique experience exploring it in the fall. The weather could not make up its mind between sunshine, fog, hail and rain. If I am being honest I should of prepared my outfit a bit better for unpredictable weather, but now I know for next time. For this trip I did Mystery lake and Mystery Peak. The trail to Mystery Lake is not very difficult you just have to watch out for the roots. The lake itself is peaceful and I loved seeing the fog throughout the trees while doing this trail. It definitely added more mystery to hold up to this trail’s name. After visiting the lake I went up to do Mystery peak. My boyfriend and I went to the edge of the lake and hiked up the rocks there to get to the peak. This climb was a bit steep with loose rocks, but only took about about ten minutes. At the top the view was at first all fog, but thankfully after a few minutes I got a great view of the Vancouver area. However, after a few minutes admiring the view I also caught glimpse of a black bear and scurried off with my boyfriend to head back down the trail so as to not cross paths with him. It was a bit surreal seeing this bear so close. Was both exciting and terrifying at the same time. Thankfully the bear was not aggressive and did not seem to notice me there, but I am very lucky that the encounter did not go another way. Am also lucky that the bear didn’t decide to take my route down! I have seen a few pictures from the this past weekend of black bears on Seymour Mountain so just keep your eyes open and be bear aware as they are fattening up for winter right now. Don’t forget your bear bells and spray! This was an experience I won’t forget. Be safe and happy trails!!

 

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