Keep Portland Weird

Just like most of our stops on our road trip, we didn’t have much time in Portland, but we made the best of it! We arrived in Portland in the afternoon, and we decided to go straight to Multnomah Falls. For those of you who don’t know, Multnomah is the second tallest waterfall in the U.S. and the tallest in the state of Oregon.

I have seen plenty of pictures of this beautiful place, and have always wanted to see it for myself. It was amazing! We only stayed in Portland one night and two “half-days”, but we made it to Voodoo Donuts, Powell’s Books, The Rose Garden, a few breweries, and plenty of amazing restaurants.

Portland was filled with incredible architecture, fresh flowers, book stores, coffee shops, the most friendly people, and the best food Derek and I have ever ate. In the short 24 hours that we spent in this beautiful city, we fell in love with it.

Until next time, Portland!

Onto the next adventure, Wren


Hello, Seattle

We’ve been home from our 8 day road trip for a week now, and I am finally making time to share our pictures. (If you know me, you know that there’s A LOT.)  I decided to do a post for each city, instead of bombarding you all with all of them at once.

We started our west coast road trip in Salt Lake City, and then we were off to Seattle! We stopped in La Grande, OR on the way and spent a night there since it was half way from Salt Lake to Seattle.
Fun fact: I’ve been wanting to visit the city of Seattle since I was fourteen years old.

For some reason, I had a feeling that I loved the city of Seattle before I ever went there. Let me just say, that it did not disappoint. Derek and I both fell in love with it. We only had two days in Seattle, but we had so much fun!  There were fresh fruit markets, and fresh flowers everywhere. The weather was perfect, there was dogs everywhere we went, and the people were all so nice. We stayed with our friends Kenzie and Joe. It was so good to catch up with them, and see their cute apartment.

This pizza was 14 inches long and only $5.99! ^^^

I love you Seattle, we will definitely be back!

Onto the next adventure, Wren


1st Anniversary in Moab

Hi guys! I have figured out how to use my new video editing software. I am still learning and messing around with it, so be patient with me. 😉  I finally made time out of my crazy schedule to finish this video. We’re going on vacation this week, but as soon as I find the time again, I will be finishing and posting more videos! (Including our home renovation.)

Thanks for watching!

Onto the next adventure, Wren



For our first Anniversary, Derek and I decided that we would rather get away for the weekend than spend money on gifts for each other. I had never been to Moab, and Derek hadn’t been since he was a kid, so we decided that it would be the perfect place to get away for the weekend.

I couldn’t believe how beautiful that little town and the surrounding areas were. It reminded me of home a lot, but it was so beautiful in its own way.

We drove to Moab on Friday. It took us about 5 hours to get there from home. We checked into our cheap little motel, and went out to dinner at a authentic mexican restaurant. On Saturday, we woke up early (to beat the heat) and hiked to the arch.

The arch has been something I’ve wanted to see since as long as I can remember. I never felt like a true Utahn since I hadn’t seen it. It did not disappoint!

We stayed at the arch for about a hour, people watching and taking in the beautiful view. Once it started getting too crowded, we hiked back down to our car. The next few hours were filled coffee shops, local jewelry and rock stores, and an afternoon nap. (because what’s a vacation without a nap?)


When we woke up, Derek decided that he wanted to show me Dead Horse Point. The view was incredible! It reminded me a lot of the Grand Canyon on a smaller scale.

After Dead Horse Point, we went to dinner at Pasta Jay’s, and then took a three hour sunset jeeping adventure.

We had a lot of fun, and the sunset was breathtaking. I am a sucker for desert skies, especially when they are bright pink.

We drove back to our home on Sunday, which was our anniversary. We picked Harvey up from my mom’s, made steaks for dinner, and indulged in our wedding cake. It was just as tasty as I remember!

I am so thankful for my healthy marriage, my husband, our home, and our adventures. Life is great with him by my side, and it just keeps getting better! One year down, forever to go.

Onto the next adventure, Wren


Our weekend in Zion.

Guess what!? ANOTHER birthday post! I told you, I’d be celebrating all month. 😉

The day after my birthday, Derek took me to Zion for the night. It was so fun to have a little weekend getaway, take in my favorite views, and spend some alone time with him. We drove up on Saturday afternoon, and hiked one of my favorite hikes, “Zion Canyon Overlook.” Derek had never done this hike before. It was overcast, but the weather was perfect!


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We even saw some mountain goats!


We ate dinner at “The Spotted Dog” that night, and stayed at the Flannigan’s Inn.









The next morning, we woke up to rain. I have been to Zion way too many times to count, but to see it covered in dark clouds and rain, was breath taking.

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We had breakfast at Oscar’s, and enjoyed our quick, rainy, trip home.

One of my favorite things about Zion, is listening to other people’s conversations. They talk about how beautiful it is here,  how far they traveled from to see these beautiful mountains, how they wished they lived closer, and how they don’t want to go home.

I am so thankful to live so close to a National Park, and one of the most beautiful ones. I will never take it for granted. Our weekend getaway was the perfect end to my birthday week, all thanks to my handsome husband.

Onto the next adventure, Wren

PS- Video of our hike coming soon!


This week’s adventures

For those of you who know me, you know there is nothing I love more than time spent outside, with my camera, and good company. Luckily for me, I live in a place that is 80 degrees in February.

On Sunday, Derek and I went hiking on a trail, five minutes away from our house, that we both hadn’t been on. It was a beautiful day, and we got to indulge in Super bowl snacks when we got back home. I will never get over how beautiful my own backyard is.

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Today, my friend Alyssa, and I went to Snow Canyon State park, which is about ten minutes from my house.

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I will never take this beautiful world that we live in for granted. I hope this inspires you all to get outside more and explore your own backyard. It’s fun, beautiful, and most of the time free!

Onto the next adventure, Wren