Exactly four weeks ago I ran my best five km time ever. Immediately after, my Mom and I embarked on our trip down the coast to Oregon. Oregon, you may be the most beautiful place on earth. And definitely a place where I could embody all of the things I try to share with you through my blog: Living, Traveling, Eating and Running.
“Living Life to the Max In Oregon”
Cannon Beach is a beautiful town. Except for the scary tsunami warning signs everywhere (which in hindsight are actually probably a good safety measure because within a day I knew exactly which mountain to climb should the sirens go off) its a beautiful place.
We definitely made the most of our two full days. Our hotel helped a little as well. We stayed at The Ocean Lodge which is as beautiful as it looks on the website.
I always think I would love to live in places like this, but then I think visiting them is better. I think after time I would get desensitized to the sun, and the ocean, and the view, and the general beauty of it all.
The hotel also boasted a gorgeous upstairs library with bay windows overlooking the hotel grounds. I planned on reading as a rainy day activity, but thankfully, it didn’t rain.
We had smores on the beach on our last night. S’mores and wine. In addition to the fire on the beach and the exploration, I felt most alive when I was flying a kite.
I haven’t flown a kite since I was a kid. And I must tell you, go out and get a kite.
The trip was so good for stress relief. At the time, Manfriend and I had to move in 15 days and had no apartment, he had no job still, and we were just general balls of stress. I can’t help but be happy and laugh just looking at these pictures.
It always helps to have a travel buddy who is someone who enjoys living life to the max as well. So obviously, having my Mom around was the best part.
“Traveling to/in Oregon”
Oh did we ever have crazy adventures. We got pulled over by a State Trooper in Washington (thank you again kind Sir!) and we were reliant on the technology that is Mildred (our GPS).
And I also
definitely may have broken the rental car a bit. But then I also fixed it. So go me!
Honestly there are two keys to traveling that I will share with you in this moment. Key number one: Roll with the punches. Seriously, you cannot travel somewhere all uptight and itinerary oriented because I guarantee SOMETHING is going to get all screwed up. My mother and I call this phenomenon “Making Adventure Choices.” You can’t find your hotel? Make an adventure choice and stop somewhere else. Need to pee and there is nowhere to go? Make an adventure choice and use that outhouse. You are never lost, you are making an adventure choice! I don’t believe in being lost!
Key Number Two: Ask locals for places to visit AROUND your destination. You’re already somewhere new, why stop there? There is usually a hidden gem just around the corner from where your destination originally was that is easy to get to. In our case it was Ecola State Park. (Note: they filmed part of Twilight here).
Being aware of local travel advisories is always important.
And obviously sunsets are a must, anywhere you travel.
“Eating in Oregon”
I gained SIX pounds on this trip. SIX. In three days. I ate my face off. And I do not regret it at all. Note, it was mostly alcohol. I generally don’t drink unless I’m on vacation, and my Mom and I had wine with dinner and a few cosmos here and there. Why not? It’s vacation for a reason! Insert: food porn.
We went to the same restaurant all three nights. This broke my golden rule of try everything, but it was within walking distance from the hotel, our server put up with us wonderfully, and they did not fry anything. Everything was baked or grilled. And they made those nachos from scratch. I ate those nachos three nights in a row.
Mmmm… delicious noms.
“Running in Oregon”
I got my fastest five km ever done in Oregon, that is, if my Nike+ app is to be believed (which it usually isn’t). I ran on the beach. It was my most memorable and best run so far. I made my Mom take a pic of me running, but I also ran by myself one morning.
These are the views I had when I went for my run on the beach one morning.
I also attempted other forms of exercise while I was in Oregon. I did lots of yoga on the beach
And I planked, just for you #planktweeps
If things go wrong when you travel, you can’t get caught up in them, make it an adventure.
And don’t forget to love every minute of it.