Impressions of Seaside, Oregon

Seaside Beach Lifeguard

Seaside had all the makings of a great beach town. There is a huge beach that stretches as far as the eye can see. There are lifeguards. There is a great promenade along the beach. There are a bunch of really cute shops. The whole town looked adorable. And yet, at the same time, it all looked artificial. Like a beach version of Disneyland. I can almost understand how that came to be however. Seaside as we know it today, is built from Seaside House, a summer resort that once stood here. The beach was gorgeous though. I’ll give them Continue Reading

Shipwrecked at Fort Steven’s State Park

Peter Iredale Shipwreck

With a name like Fort Steven’s State Park, you’re probably not too sure to what to expect inside. Sounds rather stiff doesn’t it? At the urging of individual at the Visitor’s Centre in Astoria, we made the trek out to this state park. The lady at the Visitor Centre was super sweet and gave us instructions and a (confusing) map to get us there. While she was explaining its history, I was off wondering how they’ve managed to keep the shipwreck there. It seemed so unlikely that it has survived for so many years out in the open allowing Continue Reading

Incredible Views Over Charming Astoria, Oregon

Overlooking the Astoria-Megler Bridge

Two hours from Portland, At the mouth of the Columbia River, where it meets the Pacific Ocean sits the charming town of Astoria, Oregon. Known as the western end of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Astoria has a lot of historical relevance and is the oldest settlement in the US west of the Rockies. Astoria was originally a small fort, grew to a fishing and canning village in its heyday and now is home to 10,000 people. A mere 30 minute drive from where we were saying in Seaside, Oregon, we decided to take a quick drive up to see the city. Continue Reading

Highlights from Roadtripping Through Oregon

Oregon Road Trip - Looking Out the Window

I just came back from a whirlwind tour through the state of Oregon. In the span of 8 days we traveled almost 2500 km, visited 8 cities, passed through many more, relaxed on 4 beaches, and visited numerous national and state parks. We also ate a lot. That’s a lot of driving and memories being made! There were a couple key things that we knew we wanted to do: We wanted to see the Oregon Coast We wanted to go on the sand dunes We wanted to explore Crater Lake We wanted to do lots of eating in Portland So with those 4 criteria Continue Reading