Bethany Lake

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Nathan and I have been hitting up the fishing spots in the area. Most spots are out in the suburbs but still prove to be really beautiful. This particular area was called Bethany Lake. It was more like a pond and likely man-made. It had a beautiful trail going along the water, though. It was a rather strange spot, literally a block away from a busy 4 lane road and across the water, opposite of the walking trail, was a little neighborhood. It felt secluded, for the most part. I caught my first fish there, a tiny little guy. Nathan took my picture while I stood as far away from the fish as possible. I really don’t like things that live in the water. Nathan had to do the honors to release it back into the water. I will not touch fish.

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oregon coast

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Recently I took a trip out to the coast with my boyfriend. It was a little extended weekend trip but it was really nice to get away. We didn’t really plan out anything besides the hotel. We were just winging it!

The Oregon coast is so beautiful. It’s unlike any other beach area I’ve ever been to. The forest basically comes right up to the beach and it’s breathtaking. And the fog! I love the fog.

We tried to check out Thor’s Well but the tide was low so it was basically a hole in the ground with some water at the bottom. Nothing like the photos I had seen of it! We also tried to go to the sea lion caves but the sea lions were out in the ocean. Boo! This is why you should plan things, guys.

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Before we left, we went to a little pond area to do some fishing. I spent the time taking photos of the area and the sunset. I loved the cotton candy clouds!

On our way home, we stopped by a little aquarium and had a fun time. We weren’t planning on stopping in but I saw a sign from the highway and thought it would be a nice to check out. They have a part where you walk through a tunnel that is surrounded by water and sharks swimming overhead. I wasn’t too excited about that bit!

I really love taking short trips to explore areas outside of Portland. I hope to take more trips in 2016!

exploring portland

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Last month I agreed to go on a missive mission of sorts. Through Twitter, I connected with a lady who sent me a postcard of an old UFO museum in Portland. She asked that I go check out the area, find out if it’s still there and report back. I need a good excuse to leave my apartment so I was quick to agree. The area is just blocks from my apartment so I took the opportunity to take a walk around Portland with my boyfriend. I think we walked about 5 miles total! It was pretty crazy and my hips hurt so bad by the time we got home. Totally worth it to shoot a roll of film!

This sign is where the UFO museum used to be. It’s now some sort of youth center that I don’t even believe is named Ace Apts. It’s a pretty neat sign though, huh?
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The buildings in this city are so good. I have to stop myself from taking a picture of every building I come across.
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Downtown! Well, kind of. Part of it! I wish we had cloudy days again.
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A dactyl in the wild.
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I don’t know if there is anything better than trees blooming. I wish they would look like that all the time!
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I absolutely love bay windows! Every detail on this building is so spot on.
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I also really love doors that aren’t common colors. Especially when the rest of the building and surrounding area is so drab.
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The train station is so photogenic. I will never forget my first visit to Portland, arriving by train at Union Station. Seeing the station always brings back those memories. I had just turned 18; my mom bought me and my ex train tickets to see the city. Ever since that trip, I longed to live in Portland. Now I do and it’s pretty awesome.
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