Sleepless in the PNW

I have been MIA on the whole blogging thing since May, but life has been crazy for me!

And in the best way possible.

Recently, July 4th - 11th I had the opportunity to fly out to Portland, Oregon and go on a road trip adventure throughout the Pacific Northwest. We made our way from Portland, to the coast, up to Washington, the Olympic Peninsula, down to Seattle, Mt. Rainier and then back to Portland to fly home.

Ill split the blog posts about the trip in to a few different posts to come in the next few days. 

Day 1, July 4th:

On the 4th of July, Kate and I flew in to Portland and made our way downtown, and then to the International Rose Test Gardens to meet up with Nathaniel and Ryan. After a bit of visiting, Kate, Nathaniel and I made our way to Hoyt Arboretum to wander amongst the giant trees.

Our adventure in Hoyt led us to some incredible Redwood Trees and the most giant clovers I have ever seen in my life. 

Hoyt Arboretum, Red wood Trails

Hoyt Arboretum, Red wood Trails

From there we made our way back downtown where we walked around with a few new friends, John and Sharon and took in the city while we waited to see Fireworks and check out a Blues Festival on the Riverfront.

Turns out we didn't see any fireworks and the line to get in to the blues festival was 2 hours long. What we did get was an awesome group shot that should be an album cover, if we were ever to start a band

John, Nathaniel, Me, Kate

John, Nathaniel, Me, Kate

After a delicious "Philly" Cheesesteak sandwich from Tilt, and what felt like 20 miles of walking around downtown, Kate and I made our way back to where we were staying and caught a few fireworks driving over a bridge leaving downtown. 

It was a great 4th of July, full of great fellowship, stories about Paris Hilton (courtesy of John), endless walking, and as you can see, killer 4th of July apparel. 

Tomorrow I'll post about the second day of our trip, so stay tuned.