A trip to the edge of the continent

A few weekends back Luke and I had plans to trade in the vehicle we’ve been leasing for the past three years. We were trading in our Ford Escape compact SUV for a new Honda Accord sedan. While we loved having an SUV, we found that we didn’t need all the extra room and the gas mileage was honestly not good. We averaged 15 mpg, yikes! The day before our trade-in we decided to take the Escape on one last adventure… We took a spontaneous road trip to the Oregon Coast to Cannon Beach (my favorite beach town in Oregon). That day ended up being one of the nicest days I’ve ever experienced at the coast and I’ve been visiting for nearly my entire life. It was a beautiful sunny day and we didn’t even bring jackets with us. Keep in mind, it’s January! Oregon weather really surprises you every now and then.

The views from Ecola State Park were incredible.
While I’m never one to complain about sunny weather, there was so much sun it was washing out my photos, haha!
The view of Haystack Rock never gets old.
We ate at Tom’s Fish & Chips. We’d never been here before and just wanted something simple with a few cold beers.
Even though it was a simple meal, it was delicious and hit the spot.
Of course the pup had to come along, too!

Rowena Crest Viewpoint

For years, I’ve been wanting to drive out to the Rowena Crest Viewpoint and take in the famous view of the horseshoe curve. The Rowena Crest Viewpoint is located about 15-20 minutes east of Hood River, Oregon. During the summer months we try to make it out to Hood River at least a few times, as it truly is the most magical little town filled with breweries, wineries and great spots to eat (hello, Solstice Wood Fired Pizza!). I should do a post about Hood River soon… part of me feels like I could never do it justice though, as Hood River really is that magical of a place. Another time.
Chek out a few recent Rowena Crest photos here, here and here that might add inspiration for you to make it out here! It really is a lovely viewpoint and if you find yourself near Hood River, I highly recommend the quick drive out here to take in the views. I’m continuously in awe of Oregon’s beauty – we truly live in a beautiful state. On this particular visit it was hot, hot, hot outside so we didn’t attempt any nearby hikes – that, too, is for another time.
– Photos © Holly Copeland –


A weekend off-the-grid at Lost Lake

Luke and I recently spent a glorious weekend at Lost Lake with our friends (my sister even joined!). We didn’t have cell service or WIFI the entire weekend and I couldn’t have been happier about it. Taking a few days to go off-the-grid is always good for the soul. My phone stayed place in my overnight bag and I took photos with my camera. It was just the refreshing weekend that I didn’t even know I needed.

Our days were filled with a hike around the lake, plenty of snacks and naps (okay, my sister and I were the only ones to actually nap…). We cooked (or rather assembled) all of our meals and even made a fire to roast marshmallows.

One morning we woke up early and took our camping chairs down to the lake to scout out the best spot to eat lunch and swim in the water. Our friends ran into some people they knew from their kids’ school as we drank beers while wading in the water. Their friend brought up a very interesting conversation about chance encounters with people you know. He referenced an article he read and summarized that when you run into someone familiar in a place that isn’t familiar (i.e. running into someone you know in a completely different state, or miles and miles away without the prior knowledge of each other being there) it triggers happiness in your brain. It instills a sense of belonging and gives you the feeling that you have a place in the world. It really got me thinking, how many more of these encounters could we make over time if we open ourselves up more and step out of comfort zones? Deep thoughts at the lake. 🙂

It was my first trip out to Lost Lake, which I actually find surprising, considering that I grew up in a family that explored most of the northwest. I grew up camping all along the Oregon and California coast. We even took “Sunday Drives” to explore new areas of Oregon we hadn’t been to before. There’s still so much more of this beautiful state that I haven’t seen yet – it’s all on my list!

We stayed in one of 7 cabins at the lake (we were in cabin #7).
– Photos © Holly Copeland –