Our first couples’ trip since the big honeymoon, visiting family in the Pacific Northwest and going on some adventures.
  • Day1

    Copper Creek Inn

    July 6, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We finally made it! After a long day of traveling across the country by plane and by car, we are here at Copper Creek, just outside Mount Rainier National Park, to celebrate cousin Diana’s marriage to Chuck. We are sharing amenities with some family but have a tent to ourselves just outside their cabin. We enjoyed oysters from near the parents’ of the bride’s house and a taco bar, hosted by the brothers of the bide. We then took a little walk around the property to get our bearings and found the ceremony location: a lovely little clearing in the woods with ample bench seating, amphitheater style, and a platform at the front with a sunflower arch. Looks like it will be a beautiful wedding, and the property itself is wonderful with multiple cabins, hot tubs, sizeable trees, play areas for the kids, a creek, a gazebo, and a fire pit! It should be a fun weekend with most of the cousins, aunts, and uncles from Nick’s maternal family.Read more

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  • Day3

    Overlooking the valley in Salem

    July 8, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    After breakfast with the extended family and packing up all the wedding supplies at Copper Creek Inn, we rode with cousin Katie down to Salem to spend the night. We went to a cute and quiet community pool this afternoon with Nick’s cousins and one of their son’s, and then came back to the house to enjoy the view and some local spirits. We’ve been sampling Oregon IPAs all weekend and are enjoying some local wine with dinner. It’s been a nice pit stop before we head out on our own tomorrow morning. Also including a few pics from the wedding last night, (note the cedar smoked salmon planks!) which was such a great time filled with so much love!Read more

  • Day5

    Bend, OR

    July 10, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    This morning we drove from Salem to Bend, through the Detroit Lake region (which looks like a totally cool place to come back to visit!). We spent the afternoon just walking around and exploring Bend before trying some of the local brews and enjoying dinner on the terrace. When checking out Bend, bring layers! It was very hot during the day, but we were straight up cold after the sun set. The restaurant we went to thankfully provided us blankets, but if they hadn’t I’m not sure we could’ve handled the temperature change.Read more

  • Day5

    Bullards Beach sunset

    July 10, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    After leaving Crater Lake, we drove straight through to the coast and set up our tent near Bandon at the Bullard Bay State Park. It was an extremely busy and crowded campsite, but the beach was nearly deserted. We trekked through the forested dunes to a very windy beach just in time to see the sunset. There were some driftwood shelters set up which protected us from the wind. Of course we ended the night with a campfire! Tomorrow, we head back up to Salem.Read more

  • Day6

    Crater Lake (it's not actually a crater)

    July 11, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Between Bend and Bandon, we stopped for a few hours at Crater Lake. It was awesome, and we both want to go back to do some hiking down into the lake (and on the island). We were fortunate enough to get on a trolley tour around the lake, and we had a Park Ranger along for the ride. She provided us with so much historical and geological information, it was definitely worth the cost of the tour! Crater Lake is actually the caldera of the former Mount Mazama, a giant volcano. The geology of the area shows that there were several points of eruption over time as the tectonic plate was moving over the volcanic hot spot. There is actually a ton of interesting science behind this composite volcano, but as we can’t explain it as well as our guide, we recommend you go hear it in person (or go to NPS.gov for some reading material).
    Crater Lake is best explored on foot with multiple hikes, but if you are short on time, this trolley tour is the way to go. We also enjoyed the fact that the ranger was basically an Oregonian version of Rachel’s mom, which was an entertaining bonus.
    Moral of the story: Crater Lake National Park was an excellent pit stop!
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  • Day6

    PCH: Bandon to Lincoln City

    July 11, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    What a fun day of adventure driving up the coast on our way back to Salem. There are many cute and small towns to explore along the way, and we got a chance to sample the tourist favorite Mo’s (known for their clam chowder). Oregon also has some significant dunes, though there is disagreement between us on how they compare to the dunes of Northern Michigan. Other places we stopped included the Devil’s Punchbowl and Cape Perpetua. Overall, it was a chilly but fun day exploring new territory.Read more

  • Day7

    Bon Voyage, Oregon

    July 12, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    Thanks to our wonderful hosts (Uncle Alan and Aunt Kathy) who were our homebase while we trekked around. We had a wonderful time enjoying your home state, and we hope to visit again soon!