Multnomah Falls

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Multnomah Falls, located twenty to thirty minutes East of Portland, is definitely something worth seeing if you’re ever in the Portland area. Not only is it a great place for a photo-op but also just a cool place to start your exploration of the Columbia River Gorge.

When I went a few weeks ago, there was still some snow on the ground from the previous snowstorm and it just made it look even more majestic. Unfortunately, though, the snow and ice made it to where we couldn’t really explore on foot as much as I wanted to.

Happy Friday y’all!

-C

My Favorite Places in Oregon to Hike

Painted Hills Unit- John Day Fossil Beds National Monument 

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Smith Rock State Park, Madras, OR  

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Tumalo Falls State Park , Bend, OR 

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Mt. Pisgah, Eugene, OR

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Spencer’s Butte, Eugene, OR

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Southern Oregon Coast (Cape Blanco pictured)

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If there’s one thing I truly miss about Oregon now that I’ve moved back to Texas, it’s all the hiking I used to do.

Honestly, I could easily go on a hike any day of the week where I lived in my college town of Eugene. The other great thing was that hiking spots outside of Eugene weren’t ever too far of a drive as well, all within a few hours driving distance.

Readers, I insist that y’all hike at least one of these spots if you’re ever in Oregon–please!

-C

 

*Other spots I love that aren’t listed: Silver Falls State Park, Hobbit Trail (Florence, OR), Deschutes Basin, Skinner’s Butte, Yachats, etc. 

Happy National Park Week!

 

This week, April 16th-24th, is National Park Week and this year in particular is the National Park Service’s 100th birthday (so to speak). There’s lots of events going on to celebrate, including free admission to any park during the week, Earth Day (April 22) events, and even a National Park Instameet (April 23).

Be sure to visit your nearest National Park if you can to help celebrate! I know I always enjoyed the times I went, whether it was to the Redwoods or Glacier or John Day (all pictured).

-C

 

*For more information, visit the National Park Service website.

Favorite 2015 Moments

From hiking in the Deschutes Basin to exploring the Painted Hills to graduating from the U.O. to visiting Glacier National Park to checking out Graffiti Park in Austin and the Co-Cathedral in Downtown Houston, 2015 was one memorable year.

As previously mentioned, it was personally a rough year but with all that I was able to do, I don’t regret a thing.

Here’s to 2016!

-C

#OptOutside

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I’ve never really been the biggest fan of Black Friday, as I’ve honestly only ever shopped on Black Friday twice and one of those times was accidental.

I love how some stores, such as REI, are closing their stores today so that their customers and employees can be with family and friends instead. I’m also loving REI’s Opt Outside initiative for today and how some states are even following it. For instance, if you’re in Oregon today the State Parks fees are waived so you can go hiking, walking, and biking without having to pay. How awesome is that?!

Happy Friday!

-C

 

P.S. Here’s a list of other states that are waiving State Park fees.

 

(Location: Cove Palisades State Park near Madras, OR)

Those Ducks Make Me Wanna Shout

A new Nike Football video, featuring the song “Shout”, was just released, which will be the new video played at Autzen Stadium during games. The video is a recreation of the infamous toga party scene from the film “Animal House” that was filmed on location at the University of Oregon, my wonderful alma mater.

In the video we see not only current Oregon players but Oregon alumni such as Ashton Eaton, Marcus Mariota, and Kenny Wheaton to fans like Ty Burrell of “Modern Family”.

Proud to be a duck.<3

-C

Bits and Pieces of Field Camp

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Missing those gorgeous Four Craters sunsets!

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Kayak (who was our official Field Camp mascot) and his beloved soccer ball

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Had to keep the sass alive…to the point where my nickname was Texsass

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Colors of Central Oregon

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Some of those formation boundaries were tough to differentiate

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At one point we were only 5 min. away from Canada…so close!

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Bad Ass Coffee est. Dillon, MT

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My favorite lunch spot near the Crooked River during the last week of Field Camp

Paleo Field Work Out In John Day

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John Day Fossil Beds National Monument has got to be one of the most phenomenal places to witness geology. The Painted Hills themselves even seem to be something out of a Star Wars movie with their array of colors.

I was recently lucky enough to do some soil science field work in the area for a few days. Needless to say, I will definitely be back at John Day and at a time where it can be more of a recreational visit.

Oregon geology at it’s finest y’all! 

-C

Cove Palisades, Central OR

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This past Saturday was another day out in the field where I was again reminded of just how beautiful Oregon is–specifically Central Oregon. What is known as the Cove Palisades consists of volcanic ash and river deposit formations which are separated by the Crooked River and the Deschutes River.

The Cove Palisades, located in the Deschutes Basin area, are an incredible example of geology and definitely just another reason to visit Central Oregon. Though it’s hard to not want to explore and visit Central Oregon with great places such as Smith Rock and Crater Lake along with the great town of Bend, which is home to many a microbrewery.

-C