Columbia River Gorge | Travel

I honestly didn't realize how much I missed Oregon until I put together this blog post. HOLY SMOKES. This  land was created for me. Rainy, overcast days, with a few sunny days mixed in for fun, trees upon trees upon trees, and constant sweater weather. I was in heaven. The very first day Curtis and I were in Oregon, we drove out the Columbia River Gorge, which is about a 30 minute drive outside of Portland. I don't think I stopped smiling once. I had a constant grin on my face the size of Texas, and I was almost in tears when we saw our first waterfall. God created such a beautiful, majestic and enchanting world, and in those moments, I was in complete awe of His power.  I don't think I've seen a more beautiful, green place in my entire life. Honestly, I would fly back to Oregon in a heartbeat. I would drive back there if it meant I got to explore this magical state for just one more day. 

Most people were pretty surprised when I said Curtis and I were going to Oregon, like it wasn't a destination or something. Boy oh boy were they wrong. If you'd like to see more from our travels in Oregon, you take a look at my post about Cannon Beach on the Oregon Coast. It's just as amazing! 

Oregon Coast | Travel

Okay, first things first, I realize this is a personal post, but Oregon is too dang beautiful not to share on my main blog. I'm absolutely IN LOVE with Oregon. Like, head-over-heels, you could put me on a plane and fly me there every single day and I would never complain, in love. It's mesmerizing and unlike any place I've ever been before. You can drive from Portland to the mountains in 35 minutes, or if the ocean is more of your calling, you can drive to the coast in about an hour. As a person who's pretty much stuck in the middle of the largest state in the lower 48, that's a dream come true. 

I wouldn't consider myself a beach person. I don't really enjoy sitting out in the hot sun. I'm not a fan of sunburns, which I'm pretty much guaranteed to get at least once or twice a summer. But, I do love the ocean. The sound of the waves, the deep blue color of the water (not the color you see off the coast of much of Texas.. unfortunately), and the feeling you get when being near such a magnificent and powerful creation. All of that leads to my point, I promise. Oregon's coast was my kind of beach. It was chilly.. which is an odd statement coming from this Texan. We went in early June, and the temperature dropped into the mid-50's by the time we left to go back to Portland. But, people set up campfires right along the shore, and watched the sunset over the ocean. It was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to. The fog rolled in as the sun went down, creating a beautiful scene in the mountains along the ocean. GAH, you guys. I want to go back and explore more of this gorgeous landscape. Half the time I couldn't believe I was actually there! Six days was not nearly long enough. 

Anyway, I will be posting many more photos of our time in Oregon in coming blog posts, but for now, enjoy one of my new happy places, Cannon Beach. Haystack Rock is a prominent feature, and what this stretch of coastline is famous for, but it isn't the only gorgeous thing about it! The first few photos are of the drive from Portland to the Coast, and some closer to the end are of the beautiful underwater habitat that reveals itself as the tide goes out. That was definitely an unexpected, but really awesome surprise! 

B&W images were shot on Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm film. Coast line images were shot on Kodak Portra 400. The rest are digital.