Thursday, July 10, 2014

my week in pictures 59

tuesday 7/1 - sunday 7/6

All of my pictures from this week take place outside, which is kind of funny, and pretty awesome! We could never spend this much time in our yard in the valley since it was always raining (often enough in the summer too). By the way, when did summer happen all the sudden?!

Last week me and Pat spent a lot more time in the yard planting, watering, bbqing, reading, relaxing. It was pretty damn good. On the fourth we lazed around in the morning before having some friends over for a BBQ and heading down the street with our neighbors to watch the fireworks over Pilot Butte from a nearby park. It was nice to be able to just walk up the street to see them. As promised, Pilot Butte did in fact catch on fire... as it apparently does every single year. But don't worry, unlike my last fire story the trucks were ready and waiting for such an incident this time and promptly responded.

We spent Saturday and Sunday being totally lazy bums, and we absolutely loved and needed it. We laid around on the hammock, read, planted some new plants, and then ended up going out to Brasada Sunday to soak up some sun in the pool. Not too shabby for a weekend at home, and I felt much more refreshed and ready for the week on Monday because of it. Finally!

[[ sunset from last week i couldn't resist posting. crazy purple flowers. hanging in the yard as much as possible. flower print pants. pink sky. hop vines at crux. lazing around on the 4th. bbq. fireworks (and fires) over pilot butte. lighting off some of our own pat found. more pretty things popping up in our yard. sunday pool day. ]]

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

walla walla :: sneak peak

Here is a little preview of our recent trip to Walla Walla, Washington (with a pit stop in Hood River). I took a TON of pictures, so it might take me a few weeks to get everything sorted and posted, but I should have some good stuff coming your way soon. :)

[[ fields on fields of rolling colors. bein' fancy. k. multitasking. beautiful day. pit stop in hood river. ]]

Friday, June 27, 2014

black butte hike

On Saturday me, Pat, and our friends decided to tackle the hike up Black Butte, which is something we had wanted to do last year, but ran out of time. The whole "deal" with this hike is that you want to drink a Deschutes Black Butte Porter on the top of Black Butte :) So, packs on, filled with water and bottles of beer, and camera in tow we set off.

Admittedly, I was expecting the hike to be a bit easier... To make a comparison, take the Misery Ridge Trail at Smith Rock for example: super steep but with variation between up hill cut backs, stairs, and straight aways, and a fairly short trek up overall VS. Black Butte, which was long and pretty much just up, up, up the entire time. I suppose it didn't help that I had pulled my hamstring earlier in the week, but this did feel a bit harder. However, the view (and beer) at the top were plenty rewarding, not to mention all of the cute little chipmunks running around.

Here are some of the pictures that I shot with my big cam from the peak.

[[ mountains from the peak of black butte. views & fire towers. vibrant colors. chipmunk friends! back down. ]]

Thursday, June 26, 2014

my week in pictures 58

monday 6/16 - sunday 6/22

Last week we spent a pretty good amount of time outside including a trip to Old Mill for the Fermentation Celebration, a tough hike up Black Butte on Saturday, and lots of working in the yard Sunday. Not too many pics for now, but took my Nikon with me up Black Butte, so I will post more about that tomorrow.

[[ sushi dinner. fermentation celebration at old mill. beautiful sunset. hiking up black butte. wildflowers. bob, our chipmunk friend. weird little tower. drinking a black butte on black butte. super high. poses. crazy flowers in our yard. a trip to the garden/getting all domestic about it. ]]

Friday, June 20, 2014

our yearly day trip to newport

friday, june 13th

Me and Pat have been taking at least a day trip to Newport for several years now, and even though we are a lot further away from the beach now, it is hard to break the habit.

Since we had to head to Corvallis for Hayden's graduation we decided to take an extra day off work and take our trip a little early this year. The weather was crap, but we didn't care, and actually despite it raining all day it never happened while we were outside. Lucky us. Of course no trip to Newport is complete without visiting both Rogue locations (three if you count the distillery) and our friend Wally the Walrus for our annual pic. Here are a few pictures I snapped on my phone.

[[ bridge. rogue. pat's happy place. steamer clams and dill halibut fish & chips. rainy day. the marina. antique shopping. WALLY! crab attach on the pier. ]]

Thursday, June 19, 2014

my week in pictures 57

monday 6/9 - sunday 6/15

This week was definitely a busy and exciting one, though without any arson this time.

Me and Pat both had a short work week and then headed to Corvallis Thursday evening to visit some friends, take our annual day trip to Newport/Rogue, and for Hayden's graduation on Saturday. I still can't believe that brat is all gradumicated! Saturday night Hayden even convinced us to go out one last time and celebrate with him. That was interesting. I felt old, but didn't look it apparently, lucky me.

On Sunday I got to do brunch with my dad and some of my sisters for Father's Day since he was in town moving the little out of her apartment anyway. Then me, Pat and his parents helped Hayden move out of the 35th street house. It was kind of strange saying goodbye to that place one last time considering me, Pat, and a variety of roomies lived there for four years while I was in college. Although it hasn't felt much like ours for a long time since it is totally trashed now. Still lots of good parties, I mean memories there. :)

I am going to split the bulk of our day trip to Newport into its own post tomorrow so that this one isn't insanely long.

[[ a much less smokey view from our hike up pilot butte. dinner at brewerks. day trip to newport. hayden's graduation. reading through the speeches, my bad. this kid... pit stop at the rogue hop farm in independence. family grad. party dinner basically in the movie caddyshack. sunday brunch // dinner at les caves. bye bye 35th street house. ]]