Devil’s Churn and Thor’s Well – The Wonders of Oregon Coast

“Through all the things my eyes have seen the best by far is you.” – Cecilia and the Satellite For those who have been following my blog, it’s a known fact the ocean/sea will always be my first love. I expected to enjoy the Oregon Coast. I just didn’t think it would blow me away…

Drift Creek Falls

“To the girl who reads by the flashlight. Who sees dragons in the clouds. Who feels most alive in worlds that never were. Who knows magic is real. Who dreams. This is for you.” -Author Unknown If you’ve never hiked before this might change your mind. Who wouldn’t want to see a hanging bridge and…

Born to Wander these Painted Hills

“If you never go, you will never know.” – Anonymous Painted Hills is considered to be one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon. I just had to see it. I left Bend at 5 am and began my journey while it was still dark outside. It was a 2-hour drive to Mitchell. A very lonely…

Chasing Benham Falls

“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.” – William Shakespeare Benham Falls is rated as Class 5 rapids located between Sunriver and Bend, Oregon. These are angry rapids that are quite mesmerizing with its intensity. I loved it. I drove straight to the trailhead which was an easy walk from…

Drawn to the Magic of Smith Rock State Park – Terrebonne, OR

“I am learning everyday to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.” – Tracee Ellis Ross Smith Rock State Park is approximately 40 minutes away from Bend, Oregon. It is also a very popular State Park drawing huge crowds throughout the year….

An Unexpected Trip to Crater Lake NP – Oregon

“I like the in-betweens. I like the time it takes to get somewhere…” – The Front Bottoms I’m a planner. I like to know where I’m going because long road trips cost money and I can’t afford to make expensive mistakes along the way. But at the same time, I’m willing to be spontaneous –…

Fish Canyon Narrows Hike

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” – Rumi Fish Canyon Narrows is located in Castaic, CA. This hike is an 8 mile out and back hike with lots of terrain changes from jagged rock formations, streams, and forest-like surroundings. Be prepared to see tons of poison oaks as well. This…

Gaviota Wind Caves Trail

“Tell the story of the mountain you climbed. Your words could be a page in someone else’s survival guide.” – Morgan Harper Nichols I’ve always had Gaviota Wind Caves on my list. This trail is located in Goleta, CA right before you enter Gaviota State Park there’s a road (on your right) leading up to…

A Walk in the Ruins of Knapp’s Castle

“There is a castle on a cloud I like to go there in my sleep.” -Les Miserables I love castles. Knapp’s Castle, unfortunately, was destroyed in a forest fire during the 1940s and all that’s left of it are sandstone ruins, fireplace pillars and some of the wall structures. This private property in Santa Barbara,…

Love at First Hike – Historic Railroad Trail

“Traveling is like flirting with life, it’s like saying, ‘I would stay and love you, but I have to go; This is my station.”  – Lisa St. Aubin de Teran Consider this post my Valentine’s edition. While most people (who are married or in relationships) are planning romantic dates this time of the year, I’m…