Washington + Oregon | An Adventure

Day 1: Chihully Gardens & Glass, MoPop Museum, + Molly Moon's Icecream \\ Seattle, Washington

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*What camera gear do you bring along when traveling?
 -I like to travel as light as possible! No one likes hauling a ton of gear around when they're trying to hike or enjoy their time away. My lens of choice is my 24-70mm 2.8-- It's wide enough to catch landscapes and large scenery. I don't find I ever need a different lens so I only bring the one (unless I'm shooting a client while I'm away, then I bring my 50mm 1.4 for portraits but for pictures of Josh and I I'm just fine with the 24-70). I also bring a light weight tripod in a comfy shoulder-sling bag and a tiny remote so we can take pictures of us together. 

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MoPop Museum...

 Original costumes + props!

Original costumes + props!

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 Original tank of heads from TWD!!

Original tank of heads from TWD!!

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 I really freaking love Jim Henson, ok?

I really freaking love Jim Henson, ok?

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 Brainstormed names for Labyrinth (so cool to see the process of creation) 

Brainstormed names for Labyrinth (so cool to see the process of creation) 

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 Original brainstorming sketches

Original brainstorming sketches

 THE Labyrinth dress that feeds my inspirations 

THE Labyrinth dress that feeds my inspirations 

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Day 2: Mount Rainier National Park road trip \\ Washington

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 Gorgeous creation spotted road-side while gazing out the window on our drive-- so glad we stopped! The plantation here is stunning. 

Gorgeous creation spotted road-side while gazing out the window on our drive-- so glad we stopped! The plantation here is stunning. 

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*Clothes to pack for the PNW?
-RAIN BOOTS. It rained every single day we were in Washington and on and off the whole time we were in Oregon. We went in late November so it was pretty cold. Bring layers and a winter coat if you plan on spending a lot of time outside. We both prefer to dress more our own style even when hiking (instead of hiking shoes and North Face or whatever) especially if we plan on taking tons of fun photos while we explore but we both have on like 6 layers so it's all good, we're warm! Hats and scarves definitely.

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*Do you ever feel bringing your camera on vacation keeps you from really enjoying the moment?
-Nope, not at all. I am the kind of person that processes things best through the lens. I think there is a time and place to leave the camera at home but traveling the world is just not one of them! My dream since I was little was to travel the world as a national geographic photographer but then when I graduated highschool I fell in love with portrait photography so I stopped pursuing a NatGeo job. These yearly trips with Josh give me the opportunity to mix my 2 passions: portrait photography and traveling. It is so much fun for me and we both enjoy being in front of and behind the camera! At the end of every trip I make us a hard cover book of our adventure and it goes on our shelf. We have 4 years of adventures on our book shelf right now! I love that at the end of our lives we will have a whole lifetime of adventures together documented to look back on.   

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 The massive underneath of an upturned tree

The massive underneath of an upturned tree

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 At this point we reach a fork in the path. The sign said .5 miles back to the beginning or 2 miles up to a view point. With only a few hours till nightfall, we looked at each other debating wether it wasa good idea or not, especially since neither of us had our phones on us to keep track of time. We decided to just do it and started hiking. 

At this point we reach a fork in the path. The sign said .5 miles back to the beginning or 2 miles up to a view point. With only a few hours till nightfall, we looked at each other debating wether it wasa good idea or not, especially since neither of us had our phones on us to keep track of time. We decided to just do it and started hiking. 

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 Our first sight of snow in the lush green. We had no idea what was up ahead of us.... 

Our first sight of snow in the lush green. We had no idea what was up ahead of us.... 

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 Annnnnd then we stepped into Narnia...

Annnnnd then we stepped into Narnia...

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 This was one of the toughest hikes I've ever done (despite the fact that I wasn't sweating on a hike for once), neither of us were fully prepared for how steep and slippery it was going to be AND snow. It took us 2 hours to hike (we met someone with a phone at the top) and by the time we reached the top we were seriously running short on day light. We turned around and hightailed it down the mountain-- no literally, we RAN like we were running from bears DOWN a 2 mile steep mountain. We made it in 45 minutes.    

This was one of the toughest hikes I've ever done (despite the fact that I wasn't sweating on a hike for once), neither of us were fully prepared for how steep and slippery it was going to be AND snow. It took us 2 hours to hike (we met someone with a phone at the top) and by the time we reached the top we were seriously running short on day light. We turned around and hightailed it down the mountain-- no literally, we RAN like we were running from bears DOWN a 2 mile steep mountain. We made it in 45 minutes.    

Day 3: Pike Place Market \\ Seattle, Washington 

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 FINALLY got to see the infamous gum wall!!

FINALLY got to see the infamous gum wall!!

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Day 4: Deception Pass, Anacordes/Washington

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 Absolutely no editing on this water, it is naturally blue!! Taylor said that these waters have some of the largest octopus in the country and sometimes you can see the whales swimming under the bridge if you're standing up top.  

Absolutely no editing on this water, it is naturally blue!! Taylor said that these waters have some of the largest octopus in the country and sometimes you can see the whales swimming under the bridge if you're standing up top.  

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 PC: Taylor Rae Traveled a few hours north to explore with one of my closest friends from YWAM, Taylor! She showed us around her home town and all the secret little corners that we wouldn't have been able to find without her-- thanks Taylor! <3

PC: Taylor Rae
Traveled a few hours north to explore with one of my closest friends from YWAM, Taylor! She showed us around her home town and all the secret little corners that we wouldn't have been able to find without her-- thanks Taylor! <3

*How do you decide what places to see?
-Guys, here's my travel planning tip: PINTEREST. Before I even pick a destination to stay at/book our hotel in, I go to Pinterest. I type in a super broad search for the whole state we are going to: "Things to see in Washington" and I write a huge list of every single little thing that interests me wether it be a national park or a hole in the wall restaurant or a weird road side attraction or cool abandoned place, I write it all down. Then I research where each one is and mark it on a map and when I'm done, I see what places I want to see most are closest to the most things. Then I pick the closest centrally located city and book our hotel. We do ALOT and pack each day with things to see and do, so picking sights to see before destination to stay at really helps us be able to see it all. 

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 PC: Taylor Rae

PC: Taylor Rae

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 The cutest purple donut house.

The cutest purple donut house.

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 Eating doughnuts with a view.

Eating doughnuts with a view.

*Favorite places to eat in Washington/Seattle? 
-How To Cook A Wolf (A very small 10 table restaurant with tiny expensive plates of food in a far too hipster atmosphere but extremely delicious nonetheless haha-- make reservations WAY in advance!) 
-Molly Moon's (small batch homemade icecream in a cute shop with a cute dog on everything so obviously it's good)
-Buscuit Bitch (Fresh buscuits and gravy with an assortment of other things mixed in-- need I say more?)
-Din Tai Fung (Amazing dumplings!! We ordered 6 baskets of dumplings-- yes 6, and ate every single one)  

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Day 5: Jupiter Hotel \\ Portland, Oregon

 We loved the Jupiter hotel!&nbsp;

We loved the Jupiter hotel! 

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 If you ever find yourself in Portland, go to the store Three Monkies-- it is me in a nutshell.&nbsp;

If you ever find yourself in Portland, go to the store Three Monkies-- it is me in a nutshell. 

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Day 6: Silver Falls State Park \\ Oregon

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 It has always been a dream of mine to see the falls out west. Being here was so sureal and probably the best part of the entire trip for me.&nbsp;

It has always been a dream of mine to see the falls out west. Being here was so sureal and probably the best part of the entire trip for me. 

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 If you want to understand how big this waterfall is, just look to the left-- see that white dot? That's a person.&nbsp;

If you want to understand how big this waterfall is, just look to the left-- see that white dot? That's a person. 

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 The view from under a waterfall. Feeling the earth tremble below our feet and hearing the rush above our heads as we look out into the mist and pines beyond a 200 foot tall crashing ocean of water.&nbsp;

The view from under a waterfall. Feeling the earth tremble below our feet and hearing the rush above our heads as we look out into the mist and pines beyond a 200 foot tall crashing ocean of water. 

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 The first sunset we saw while out west! It was stormy/cloudy every day besides this one.&nbsp;

The first sunset we saw while out west! It was stormy/cloudy every day besides this one. 

Day 7: VooDoo Doughnut + Cannon Beach \\ Oregon

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*Favorite places to eat in Oregon?
-SizzlePie (HUGE amazing pizza slices! Try the goat cheese on white)
-Salt + Straw (OMG dreams do come true. The most amazing small batch handmade icecream ever. If you go around Thanksgiving, try the turkey flavor... i know, but trust me. We also loved Olive Oil, Strawberry Balsamic + Feta, Fudge Brownie, and the vanilla almond praline) 
-VooDoo Doughnut (Yes, they are as good as they say)
-Pepper Box Cafe (Authentic Mexican breakfast... tacos full of potatoes?? Count me in. They're super spicy though so if you have a low spice tolerance ask for no chiles!)
-Zell's Cafe (I just liked the fact that they give fresh mini scones with jam while you're ordering your breakfast) 
-Honey Milk (Pick 1 sweet, 1 savory and get the best of both worlds for breakfast. This was my all time favorite restaurant while we were in Portland! Maybe even of the entire trip...)
 

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 Haystack Rock where they filmed the Goonies!&nbsp;

Haystack Rock where they filmed the Goonies! 

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 It was SO windy!! I could almost lean backwards against the wind and be held up.&nbsp;

It was SO windy!! I could almost lean backwards against the wind and be held up. 

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Day 8: Exploring Portland \\ Oregon

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 We literally took an evening and just drove around looking for murals and when we saw one we'd hop out of the car and run around like tourists

We literally took an evening and just drove around looking for murals and when we saw one we'd hop out of the car and run around like tourists

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Home For Christmas

Hello there!

I'm so excited it's December! Christmas is on it's way, my hubby is home for the season, it's the month of cookies and comfort food, and the weather is getting chilly which always takes me back to the best memories. I finally have a bit more down time on my hands which means more time for personal photos and journaling! 

It's so different this year doing everything with our new addition/pup, Zelda-- a 5 month old pure euro great dane (She's pretty much the best)! She loves snuggling, music, warm blankets fresh out of the dryer, and EATING-- I may have turned her into a sugar cookie addict like myself-- oops. 

I wanted to give you guys a little tour around our home during the holidays! I love decorating for Christmas and always have an abundance of "things" laying around my house to throw together some cute diy festive touches (super proud of the last minute evergreen garland I threw together myself with the bottom branches of our Christmas tree). Zelda followed me around the house while I snapped most of the photos, so yes, she may or may not be in the bulk of the pictures. 

I know it's only December 5th and no one's really saying it yet? But Merry Christmas, guys!
Hope it's a good one.
xo

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