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Last weekend, we headed to the coast for a cozy weekend with friends. A few weeks before leaving, Sara & I planned a hike on the Drift Creek Falls Trail in the Cascade Range. Man, I am so happy we did this hike.

Not only was the weather perfect, on an otherwise rainy weekend, but the trail itself was pretty wonderful. At one point, the wind wipped through the air, and we all went silent. Sara’s babe noticed the sound of the leaves showering down on us, and looked on in awe. The kids enjoyed their packs, and carrying various leaves and sticks. We eventually got to the giant suspension bridge that spans the creek. There’s always a, “Oh man! This is why we did this hike!” moment on every trail, and this bridge was that moment. While I don’t love heights, I really appreciated the amount of engineering involved to create such a beautiful hike & view.

Our Autumn schedule is one that we hold dear … we only have so many weekends before the holidays come. We love spending them outside, on the wet trails. I am so thankful for a baby who enjoys being out in the Oregon air, and for a husband whose collarbone has healed, and can carry our kiddo.

If you get a chance to visit Lincoln City, and have time to backtrack a bit into the range, I really recommend this hike.

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  • nonsequiturchica - Looks like a gorgeous hike! Sadly we have nothing that looks like that near Chicago…. :-(ReplyCancel

  • Rainelde Raymond - On my bucket list for next OctoberReplyCancel

  • Michele - Wonderful photographs and blog! We live very near here, but did not know about the trail. THANK YOU! :)ReplyCancel

    • The Oregon Tale - You are so welcome. I hope you get to enjoy it!ReplyCancel


While I miss the snuggly newborn days from time to time, there is really nothing better than the “now”. Now, Alba is walking & running all over the place. Now, I can pack up the car on a whim, and go visit the rose gardens in Washington Park. Now, I don’t have to worry about milk or formula or bottles or diapers. I just pop a water bottle into my bag, and grab the potty seat. Now, Alba will walk around, smell flowers, wave at people, and splash in the water from the sprinklers. Now, we can buy granola bars and fruit snacks from the food cart at the park, and sit on a bench together as we enjoy our treats. Now, she makes me laugh … by being silly with papa’s hat, and eating peaches like a rabbit.

Oh man … I can’t believe the summer is over, but I will remember this one as the year Alba really started to become her own little person — my friend.


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  • nonsequiturchica - Isn’t it the best? Alba is adorable (I feel like we haven’t seen a picture of her in a while and she has grown up a lot!)!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - I absolutely agree – this summer with a 1.5 year old was THE BEST. Having a built-in adventure bud like Morris is the greatest thing I could have ever hoped for.ReplyCancel


Back in July, it was so. freaking. hot. Like, I literally can’t ever be too hot, and I was TOO HOT! In a brilliant example of why we’re the smartest people in the world, we decided to take a trip up to Mt. Hood for the day. We packed our lunches, grabbed our hats and fleece, and enjoyed some 60 degree weather. You guys, it 45 degrees at the lodge. It was like HEAVEN! (well, kind of … we were used to 95+, so it felt like -30!)

Alba loved eating her lunch on at rock at Trillium Lake. She was not the biggest fan of the ducks. In all fairness, we were minding our business (vegans don’t feed ducks, duh), and we were surrounded by 5-10 ducks. They were obviously very comfortable with people, as they were literally climbing on us.

After that fiasco, we went up to Timberline for some hiking. Let’s be real, we did hike, but really, I wanted a drink. We stopped at the bar, had drinkies, and some food! Turns out there are exactly two vegan things on the menu. Color me happy.

I might not have fully appreciated the views that day, but looking back at the photos, I’m having extreme gratitude for all of the beauty here in Oregon.

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