Being a tourist in my own city

A little while ago Luke, Gracie and I took a stroll on the Eastbank Esplanade. It was the perfect Portland day. We first took Gracie on this walk earlier in the summer when we participated in the Doggie Dash – and I’ve since been wanting to return. We might have also been scouting out some locations for our engagement photos coming up next month.
 Photos © Holly Carman –

Fall Bucket List

It’s *almost* that time of year. That time of year when the leaves start changing colors and the air gets a little crisper. I’m in denial that summer is almost over, but I absolutely love fall, so it’s not that bad. Lately I’ve had my mind on all things fall. I’ve been thinking about these cinnamon rolls, this butternut squash soup and this pumpkin ravioli! I’ve also been thinking about fall fashion like my tall brown boots, cozy sweaters and this perfect fall outfit that I must re-create. Well, I thought it would be fun to put together a little list of fall things I’d like to do in the next few months, since I’ve had fall on my mind. What would be on your fall bucket list?

Happy Campers

This past weekend Luke and I went camping on the McKenzie River at Olallie Campground. It was also Gracie’s first camping trip. We bought our tent over a year ago and I’m ashamed to say that this is the first time that we’ve actually taken it camping. After this past weekend we definitely wish we would’ve gone more. Next summer we’ll plan better and get some more trips in.
Sniffin’ around
It’s important to point out that I started this fire with only ONE match. It’s even more important to point out that I started two more campfires this weekend, again only using ONE match.

We stumbled across the “Waterfall Loop” trail. It was our best find of the weekend.
The trail winds along the McKenzie River
and you almost always have a gorgeous view of the water.
My two favorite photos of the entire trip.
(Note: there is a rainbow in each one.)
Happy Campers
Hiking is more fun when it’s right by the river.
And everything is at your level.
Oregon has some awesome Ranger Stations
Before…
…After!
I beat Luke at every game we played.
I also accidentally threw my dice in my wine cup instead of the Yahtzee cup.
This is what we went to sleep to and woke up to. It was perfect.