I went to Oregon for Labor Day weekend, and it was easily one of the best trips in my life. Ironically, it was also one of the simplest, but maybe that’s why it was the best? Just me, my car, a playlist comprised of 4 songs, and some homemade PB&Js 🙂

I’ll be honest, I was a little nervous driving that far by myself, but I’m so glad I did. Don’t get me wrong, I lovee traveling with my friends and family. But when I was cold, I turned the heater up to 80 and didn’t have to worry about baking Nick who is always hot. And when I found a favorite song, I listened to it on repeat for almost a whole day. It was great being able to do everything on my own time without having to compromise or figure out where to eat. I’m definitely going to make a habit of road tripping solo.

When I finally narrowed down my list to all of the places I absolutely had to see, it was still pretty long and ambitious. But that’s what made it exciting. It was my first time ever visiting Oregon (other than the inside of an airport once) so I had a lot of ground to cover. 3 days and 1,800+ miles later, I’m proud to report that I saw everything on my list 🙂 I hope you all enjoy looking at these pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them!

Here’s an outline of my trip:

Left the house at 4am
Crater Lake
John Dellenback Dunes

Multnomah Falls
Oneonta Gorge
Horsetail Falls
Rowena Crest Viewpoint
Trillium Lake
Pips Doughnuts
Cathedral Park
Altabira City Tavern

Painted Hills

Crater Lake- I couldn’t believe how blue the lake was. So beautiful and amazing to think that it used to be a volcano thousands of years ago. It’s the deepest lake in the United States with a depth of 1,949 feet, and it ranks tenth in the entire world! If I had more time, I would have taken the boat tour to Wizard Island within the lake.

IMG_5804 DSC_0999 DSC_1048 IMG_5760 IMG_5774 DSC_1066 DSC_1146John Dellenback Dunes Trail– I had to do a lot of research before I came across the John Dellenback Dunes Trail. It’s a local secret that this short 3-mile hike near the Oregon Coast eventually leads to sand dunes and the ocean! I was in complete awe when I got to the top of one sand dune and saw how far the sand reached. It was so soft to walk around and I felt like I was the last person on earth. Plus, I love how these pictures turned out 🙂DSC_1169 DSC_1181 DSC_1249 DSC_1185 DSC_1281 DSC_1308 DSC_1305 DSC_1315 DSC_1274 Processed with Snapseed.Multnomah Falls– Since it was my first time in Oregon, I felt obligated to go see the Multnomah Falls. Luckily, the hike I planned on doing was right around the corner! Fun fact, Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in the state of Oregon, and the second tallest waterfall in the United States! It was so easy to get to and less than a 5-minute walk from my car to the falls, which made it the perfect start to the morning!Processed with VSCO with g3 presetDSC_1404DSC_1370Horsetail Falls– Located right next to the Oneonta Gorge where I hiked. You can also walk behind the actual waterfall!DSC_1681 DSC_1649Oneonta Gorge– This was sooo cool. A short 1-mile hike, but you have to walk through a stream to get to Oneonta Falls at the end of the hike. The stream came up to my neck, and I’m 5’3, and it was freezing! A lot of people didn’t bring their cameras or phones since there was a chance they would get wet, but I took the chance and held it above my head as I walked through the water. Parts of the hike can get pretty dangerous, especially if you didn’t bring the right shoes. You have to climb over wet slippery giant logs, and a fall could potentially be fatal. The next time you go to Oregon, I highly recommend you take an hour to do this hike. Bring a towel and some extra clothes!DSC_1632DSC_1460 DSC_1564 DSC_1474 DSC_1586 DSC_1509 DSC_1519 DSC_1482I took the photo below while I was standing chest deep in water! I had to capture the moment I was the most freezing 🙂
DSC_1588 DSC_1576It’s probably a little hard to tell, but I am completely soaked in this photo below!DSC_1550 DSC_1527Rowena Crest ViewpointDSC_1713 DSC_1735 DSC_1697 IMG_5836 Trillium LakeDSC_1772 DSC_1770 DSC_1765Mt. Hood and Trillium Lake
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Pip’s Doughnuts and Chai- I know Blue Star is all the rave, but when I heard about these mini donuts, I decided to try Pips instead:)DSC_1794 DSC_1818Cathedral Park and St. John’s Bridge
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Painted Hills in John Day National Park- Before I headed home, I made my way to Mitchell, in Eastern Oregon. This trip was about 4 hours out of the way, but so worth it. It’s a really small park within John Day National Park, but I had to see the amazing colorful hills that I had been told about. Each colorful layer represents a different geological era and over time they formed when there was an ancient river floodplain. Every time it rains, the hills change colors and become vibrant and even deeper. Amazing, right?!DSC_0255 DSC_0238 DSC_0178 DSC_0199 DSC_0141 DSC_0122 DSC_0100 DSC_0052 DSC_0039 DSC_0013

Had to take a picture with my Prius partner in crime, which I named Blue Steel 🙂 Hope you all enjoyed these photos!


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