So vast. So beautiful. Still so much to explore.
FINALLY! The long-awaited day-trip to see the incredible Multnomah Falls had come. Thanks to an awesome National Geographic Article and a this website about the plethora of waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, we had a whole itinerary. Bright and early Dalton and I were in the car, coffee cups in hand and excitement in the air. Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls Day Trip Itinerary - Take i-84 going east out of Portland, exit in Troutdale and get onto the scenic Historic Columbia River Highway (HCRH) Visit the Crown Point Vista House Stop by five waterfalls Latourell Upper Latourell Shepperd’s Dell Bridal Veil AND (drum roll please) Multnomah Falls! Check out the Bonneville Dam Continue
The infamous hike; every website filled with warnings of overfull parking lots, packed hiking trails and the being part of the tourist train. However I was undeterred - As a Colorado native it was necessary I see this notorious lake with my own two eyes. Being the middle of the week Dalton and I thought we might have luck of beating the crowds. After a slight detour through Glenwood Springs, thanks to the major reconstruction on i-80, our notions were confirmed; plenty of spaces in the parking lot. With the warm sun on our backs we pleasantly strolled the paved path down the canyon to reach the trailhead. Glen Canyon is breathtaking. Giant canyon walls
We got lucky. A week earlier I overheard G talking about how his timeshare in Vail was not going to get used this year and he wasn’t able to change the dates. Quickly I blurted out, “Well, Dalton and I would be happy to go up if they still aren’t able to change it for you…” Now we have arrived to our spacious riverside condo at the Wren, living the high life! While up here we had two priorities - mountain biking and beer drinking. Mountain Biking Vail Mountain With my mom’s incredibly nice Trek mountain bike and my dad’s old 70’s retro teal mountain bike we were ready to conquer the world! Getting up early
It was so dark, so early, so cold. However we were awake, filling our coffee mugs, stuffing bits of toast into our mouths and pulling our sweatshirts tight to keep the cold from biting. We arrived at the Boulder Airport the same time that the sun made its appearance above the flat plains to the east. My sister, Jordan, pointed out into the field of still airplanes at a guy walking around an impossibly tiny plane, “There’s Adam!” That’s when it started to really sink in. I was going up in the air. In a teeny tiny plane. Flown by my sister’s high school friend. But like really, really high up in the
What a fantastic vacation. Immediately following the camping trip in Mammoth, Dalton and I jetted to the Reno airport in order to fly to the great state of Colorado for my cousins wedding the following day. Jake and Rachels wedding was beautiful and a blast. The hotel was phenomenal and it was so great to see so many old family friends and family I haven't seen in years. We all dressed to impressed, had a classic Kimball family cocktail hour, and headed down to the ceremony. Jake cried when Rachel walked down the aisle, Rachel looked stunning. Doug, Jake's uncle, spoke. It was short and sweet, but packed full with advice, meaning, and humor. The dinner
What a camping trip in Bishop, California! Learned how to gut fish, play serious poker, construct ruh-coon traps, and play washers. We departed on at 10 pm from Ashland to embark on our super-moon guided trek south on i-5, through Reno and past Mammoth. Seven dark, deer-filled, hours later we arrived at McGee Creek in Bishop, California! The Urrutia clan had already set up, and as it was 4 am, Dalton and I passed out in the car until dawn. Dalton's 22nd birthday started off with the excitement of him opening his birthday present from Kacey, a wrapped Smirnoff Ice sitting right outside the car door. The day proceed with an excess of drinking (for